Galway Game Jam 20

Galway Game Jam 14 Poster. Original artwork by Tia Friedel, GreenRat

Hi folks, it’s jam time again! We are going to run yet another hybrid game-making event after the success of our previous hybrid jam.

Thanks to support from Ardán and GTC for helping us put together another venue-based jam.

Sign up

Join the jam on itch.io: https://itch.io/jam/galway-game-jam-20

Theme: [TBA]

When

Carve these dates out of your calendar:

  • Day 1: Saturday 5th November – 10am – 6pm
    • 10:00am Event information,
    • 10:10am Team formation
  • Day 2: Saturday 12th November – 10am – 6pm
    • 4:00pm submission deadline, short break.
    • 4:30pm  Jammer Showcase

Where

Venue Description

For our on-premises jammers, we will be using The Cube co-working space in the Galway Technology Centre located in Mervue Business and Technology Park, Wellpark Road, Galway. Big thanks to Galway Technology Centre for supporting the jam!

Here we will have access to a well equipped space which contains desks, office chairs, power and internet and meeting booths. So, please bring your own computer/laptop and cables. 

As we did in our previous hybrid jam, we will be streaming from the venue to our Twitch channel during the event, and a large screen will showcase our virtual jammers and stream right in the space, bringing everyone together in the end. How nice!

Facilities:

  • Kitchen area with tea/coffee making facility
  • Accessible unisex toilets and gendered toilets.
  • Open plan event area with natural light, internet and power (please bring your own laptop/computer + cables)
  • Large screen (used for presentation/showcase and live-stream)
  • Individual sound insulated meeting booths (talk with your remote team members more easily)
  • Located near convenience stores (Apple Green on Tuam Road, Londis on Dublin Road).
  • Free car parking at venue.
  • Bus stop on route 405 nearby, with service every 20 mins.

Rules & Requirements

Code of conduct: https://galwaygamejam.com/code-of-conduct

Covid / illness restrictions: In-person jammers, please take an Covid-19 antigen test on the morning of the jam. If your test result is positive, do not attend the venue. If you are feeling ill, do not attend the venue. You are very much welcome to participate remotely, (but take care of yourself!) see links above for remote jamming details and links.

Contact: We will provide stickers to attendees to indicate the level of contact they are happy. We are using a traffic-light system: Red = no contact. Yellow = Hand contact is okay. Green = Full contact is okay. If you are unsure, please ask! (And people can change their mind!)

Photography: If you wish to be excluded from photography please wear the black sticker provided. There will be some photography at the event for promotional use on social media and website by Galway Game Jam. 

With support from

Join the jam on Discord!

Galway Game Jam Discord

Galway Game Jam 19 – HYBRID JAM!

Galway Game Jam 14 Poster. Original artwork by Tia Friedel, GreenRat

Hi folks, it’s nearly jam time again! We are going to run a hybrid event: both virtual and venue based participation. We can’t wait to bring you our first in-person compatible jam since 2020! This event will also be part of the Wild Galway Games Initiative from Ardán and Galway City Council, look out for their theme on the day!

Theme and Diversifiers: [to be announced on the day]

When

Carve these dates out of your calendar:

  • Day 1: Saturday 16th July
  • Day 2: Saturday 23rd July

Where

Venue Description

We will be using the Portershed’s latest facility at Bowling Green, located in the heart of Galway city.

Here we will have access to an event space which contains desks, chairs, power and internet. So, please bring your own computer/laptop and cables. There are a few small booths available for use, including a sound treated streaming booth (a dream for you audio folks who like to record bespoke sounds and Voice Overs on the day!).

We will be streaming from the venue to our Twitch channel during the event, and a large screen will showcase our virtual jammers and stream right in the space. Hopefully we can collide the seperate worlds of the hybrid jam together even more for this one.

Facilities:

  • Kitchen area with tea/coffee making facility
  • Accessible unisex toilets
  • Open plan event area with natural light, internet and power (please bring your own laptop/computer + cables)
  • Large screen in event area (used for presentation/showcase and live-stream)
  • Whiteboards
  • Individual meeting booths (talk with your remote team members)
  • Sound-treated streaming booth (to host Galway Game Jam live-stream, but we can vacate during breaks to facilitate game audio recordings)
  • Centrally located near restaurants, cafés and convenience stores.
  • Car Parking available beside venue (pay-by-hour, no guarantee of free spaces)

Rules & Requirements

Code of conduct: https://galwaygamejam.com/code-of-conduct

Covid restrictions: In-person jammers, please take an Covid-19 antigen test on the morning of the jam. If your test result is positive, do not attend the venue. You are very much welcome to participate remotely, see links above for details and links.

Contact: We will provide stickers to attendees to indicate the level of contact they are happy with in a traffic-light system. Red = no contact. Yellow = Hand contact is okay. Green = Full contact is okay. If you are unsure, please ask!

Photography: If you wish to be excluded from photography please wear the no-photo badge/sticker provided. There will be some photography at the event for internal use by Ardán, as well as some photography for promotional use on social media and website by Galway Game Jam. 

With support from

Ardán
Comhairle Cathrach na Gallimhe | Galway City Council

Join the jam on Discord!

Galway Game Jam 18 – Livestream schedule (last update 12th November)

A Table titled Galway Game Jam 18 - Saturday 13th Livestream Schedule. The table contains three columns times, guest and topic. At 10:00 Sophia talks on how to turn concepts into designs. At 11:00 Dr. Sam Redfern from Psychic Software talks about Building your GameDev Inventory. At 12:00 There is live development followed by a break. At 13:00 Alastair Low from Lowtek talks about Accessibility and Dislectek. At 14:00 Leela Colins from run.design gives an overview of Northern Irish Game Development plus questions and answers. At 15:00 Jupiter Hadley talks abou making a good first impression. At 16:00 There is live development followed by a break At 17:00 There is a review of Jammer Progress. At 18:00 There will be a Wrap up for the day.

Hi folks,

Here’s the schedule for the livestream on Saturday 13th November.

See you then!

TimeSpeakers at #GalwayGameJam 18Topic
10:00Sophia ImpetusHow to turn Concepts into Designs
11:00Dr. Sam Redfern (Psychic Software)Building your GameDev Inventory
12:00Live development followed by break
13:00Alastair Low (Lowtek Games)Accessibility and Dislectek
14:00Leela Colins (run.design) & James BrownOrganised fun @ NIGD
15:00Jupiter HadleyMaking a good first impression
16:00Live development followed by break
17:00JammersJam progress and playtests
18:00Wrap up
Galway Game Jam 18 slow jam – week 2 livestream schedule

*All times are Irish standard time / GMT / UTC+0.

Changes:

  • Update 12th – added Sophie Impetus.
  • Update 12th – added James Brown to panel with Leela Collins.
  • Update 12th – final topic titles.

November Slow Jam! – Galway Game Jam 18

Galway Game Jam 14 Poster. Original artwork by Tia Friedel, GreenRat

Make a game throughout the month of November! On the last Saturday of the month (27th) we will run a showcase livestream on our Galway Game Jam discord server where we will play everyones jam creations.

  1. Join the jam on itch.io: https://itch.io/jam/galwaygamejam18
  2. Join the discord server: https://discord.gg/S5YtdKMU7R
  3. Discuss the jam in our #galwaygamejam18 channel and feel free to use the voice channels to organise a team.

Are Galway Game Jam going to run a venue-based jam?
We are still uncertain about running a physical Galway Game Jam event. We would love to hear any ideas about how you would like this to be done on our discord, and if you have any suggestions for fun things to do for the game jam that is currently underway, we would love to have them!

Galway Game Jam 17 – Virtual Jam

We are hosting a virtual gamejam event on split over two weekends in June.

Assistance will be provided to ensure everyone can get up an running for the event. If you have any technical questions please reach out and we will do our best to help you get set up for the jam!

Theme announcement will happen on our Discord server at 10:00am Saturday June 12th.

Details and tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/galway-game-jam-17-tickets-149767361209

You must agree to our Code of Conduct and Privacy Policy to participate in the event and access our Discord community server.

Complete! Galway Game Jam 15 done, games are up!

Moody fantasy scene for game at Galway Game Jam 15, artist is Darren Kearney

Thanks again to everyone for making Galway Game Jam 15 possible.

It was a cozy little jam and we are delighted with the results.

We were very impressed by the professionalism shown by the film students from GMIT while undertaking their observational documentary project, from initial meetings setting up the project, through to execution over the two days. Great job folks!

The games made at the jam are available at the link below.
The theme was “An Epic Evil”.

https://itch.io/jam/galwaygamejam15/entries

Our good friends at Galway Gaming Tribes are willing to host us for public demo of the games. We will be demoing all games who’s creators have given us permission to do so. If you would like your game demo’ed at Tribes, please get in touch!

— Darren

Galway Game Jam 15

Galway Game Jam 14 Poster. Original artwork by Tia Friedel, GreenRat

This two-day game jam will be taking place in Galway, a city along the Atlantic coast of Ireland, during the growing wintery darkness of November. It’s okay, we have hot beverages and donuts to keep you warm and cozy as you create weird and wonderful games!

Dates:

  • Sat 23rd November
  • Sun 24th November

Admission: €10

Booking and details: http://bit.ly/GalwayGameJam15

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2574442122785793/

News: We may have a student film crew at the event making an observational documentary of the game jam. We have not had anything like this before at a gamejam, so before the event we will send out more information regarding this collaboration (e.g. release forms). See our discord server for further discussion and to express any concerns you may have about this so that we can address them.

Everyone is required to agree to our Code of Conduct in order to participate or attend the jam in any capacity.

Galway Game Jam 14 – 2 day gamejam

Galway Game Jam 14 poster

A 2-day game making event.

Attempt to make a game or prototype in a super short timeframe.

This game making even aims to be a creative, collaborative and welcoming event. We are open to people of all levels of experience and welcome different types of games; video games, board games, card games, table top games etc.

Organisers will assist team formation on the first day.

Games made at the event will be played by everyone at the end of the event, so people can see what everyone has been working on and get a chance to play each others games. We may assist people wishing to order food as a group at the end.

When: 
Day 1 – Sat 21th – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Day 2 – Sun 22th – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (4pm submission time.)

Admission: €10

Bookings: https://galwaygamejam.clr.events/event/128809:galway-game-jam-14

Theme/Limitation: TBA – Please discuss on discord/facebook!

Discord server: https://discord.gg/ah4WcdW

We will announce the theme on Saturday morning that will serve as a focus or design pillar for your game. Themes and limitations are great for your creativity – they remove the problem of having a “blank page” of infinite possibility. Feel free to interpret the theme is your own way. Use this as a core part of your game, or at the very least a starting point for your game idea. Hopefully, this focus will serve to channel your creativity and experimentation.

Check our facebook event page and our discord server on the lead up to the Galway Game Jam 14 for updates!

We will not be providing food; please arrange food and snacks for yourself. Our venue is located in the city centre, so there are plenty of options for you to get a bite to eat. There are also the Saturday markets and Sunday markets if you are up for a short walk!

There are some kitchen facilities available. You are permitted to eat & drink at the gamejam and are responsible for cleaning up after yourself – thank you!

Organisers and volunteers, identified by “STAFF” badges and during announcements, will be around during the event. Feel free to ask them any questions and bring any issues to their attention.

Galway Game Jam 13

Galway Game Jam 13 Poster by Tia Friedel, GreenRat

A 2-day game making event.

You and your team attempt to make a game or prototype in a super short timeframe. Open to all levels of experience from total beginner to gamedev pro. Organisers will assist team formation on the first day.

When: June, Sat 15th & Sun 16th.
Admission: €10
Bookings: https://galwaygamejam.clr.events/event/128350:galway-game-jam-13
Theme/Limitation: TBA – Please discuss!
Start time: Sat 10:00am.
Finish time: Sun 8:00pm. (Thanks to our poll on facebook!)
Discord server: https://discord.gg/ah4WcdW
T-shirts: “What? T-shirts?!”, you say? “Yes!” I say! Read more about this special occasion below. 😉

A theme will be announced that will serve as a focus for the gamejam. The idea is to interpret the theme and use that as a core part of your game (or at least as a starting point for your game idea!). Hopefully, having this as a focus will fuel your creativity and experimentation with core gameplay. Themes and limitations are great for your creativity – they remove the problem of having a ‘blank page’ of infinite possibility. A possibility space that has boundaries is easier for us to think about and play with, helping us to generate ideas and solutions. A theme also gives all the games from the jam a shared connection (or jam flavour!), though the games might all be different in many ways.

Some details yet to be determined. Check our facebook event page and our discord server on the lead up to the Galway Game Jam 13 for updates!

Food will not be provided, please arrange food and snacks for yourself and try to keep it healthy! The venue is centrally located, so there are plenty of options available (there is also the Saturday markets and Sunday markets!). There are some kitchen facilities available. You are permitted to eat & drink at the gamejam and are responsible for cleaning up after yourself – thank you!

Organisers and volunteers, identified by “STAFF” badges and during announcements, will be around during the event. Feel free to ask them any questions, or bring any issues to their attention. 

Awesome T-Shirts!

Our new, limited run, Galway Game Jam t-shirt will feature a design by pro illustrator and animator Tia Freidel made especially for Galway Game Jam 13.Why? Well, enough people have been asking about it! It is clearly past time to show your creative past-time game jam alter-ego to the world!

If you are interested in ordering a t-shirt please get in touch with us at info@galwaygamejam.com to avoid disappointment.

You must agree to our Code of Conduct (see our website) in order to participate in the jam.

Global Game Jam – Closing Times Extended!

Some folks in the game development community really wanted us to run a 48-hour event without closing times. In fact, they even volunteered to join the team in order to make it happen!

We now have the green light for a 48-hour event!

Huge thanks to the all-nighter volunteer team for taking this responsibility on board. We are all doing this out of a passion!

While the facility is now there for working into the early hours of the morning, it is perfectly okay to leave whenever you like. We would like to stress that the Global Game Jam is about collaboration and is not a competition.

Please note that we can only keep the venue open after hours while a staff member of the organiser team is on site for security and insurance reasons. Should the staff leave for any reason, they will inform you and you must also vacate the venue immediately. Please ensure you have your accommodation planned in advance of the game jam. Thank you!