Post Galway Game Jam 10 Update

Huge thanks to everyone who came to Galway Game Jam 10 last weekend. As always, it’s amazing to see the imagination and creativity in the local Game Development community. The theme was “Extinction and/or Insomnia” and there were a lot of different interpretations of the theme in the entries. Most games made at the jam can be seen at our itcho.io (https://itch.io/jam/galway-game-jam-10/entries) jam page.

We’re intending to run our next Jam in September (or possibly early October), hopefully we will be able to confirm a date and venue in the next two weeks. I’m hoping to improve the next Galway Game Jam to make it better. I’d like to run some talks on Game Development between the game jams and prepare some code and asset templates for people to use in Game Jams and make them available on GitHub for people to use, if anyone wants to help please get in touch with us on GitHub (Pull requests very welcome) or Twitter, Facebook or E-mail.

Some pictures from the day:

What was Ticket Money spent on?

We like to be transparent at Galway Game Jam!

  • Net Ticket Sale were €111.80.
  • Pizza Saturday: €120
  • Food for Weekend:  €51
  • Sanwidches Sunday: €38
  • Food Resupply Sunday: €5.29
  • 2x €5 refund because of dietary requirments: -€10
  • Venue was free.

This mean the event was overbudget by €102.49 (48%). We would prefer to  be bale to keep evens on budget in futer, but we’d rather not raise the ticket price. As a result, we have decided not to order pizza at the next event as we do not raise enough money for ticket sales to be able to afford pizza two days in a row.

Galway Game Jam 10

Galway Game Jam 10 is happening at the PorterShed, Galway 16-17 June 2018. The event starts at 0900 16 June.

We’re running a 24 hour jam this time, with a break overnight in between. We will probably use the last hour as a showcase (2000-2100 on Sunday). Join us and make a game in a 24 hour jam, learn new skills and meet people interested in game development and, above all, have fun!

We’ll have some food later in the event as always – please do let us know if you have any dietary requirements because we want to include you.

FAQ

What is the ticket money spent on?

Galway Game Jams are not for profit events. The ticket money is used to purchase food and pay for venue costs (eg a cleaner after the event).

When?

9am to 9pm Saturday 16th June and 9am to 9pm Sunday 17th June

Where?

The PorterShed, Galway City

Google Maps: bit.ly/portershed

What do I need to bring?

  • PC or laptop & its cables
  • Keyboard & mouse etc.
  • Headphones or earphones – No speakers allowed
  • Any game making equipment you think you’ll need (e.g. graphics tablet, game controllers, VR headsets etc.)
  • If you are travelling from outside Galway you will need to organise your own accommodation. There are hostels in the city with reasonable rates and Bed & Breakfasts on College Road are only a few minutes walk from the venue.

Do I need to be a pro gamedev to participate?

No, not at all! The gamejam is for everyone from complete beginners to professional game devs. If you’ve never done anything like this before that’s totally okay. We would recommend having a look around the interenet for some tutorials in whatever aspect of gamedev interests you the most before the event, or attending some local game dev workshops – consider bringing a friend to work with! We will try to accommodate everyone as best as we can. Keep in mind there are some lovely folks attending these gamejams that would be happy to help a fellow jammer who’s gotten stuck.

Is it for computer games or board games?

Everything! You can use the Galway Game Jam to make any type of game.

Can online/remote participants join the competition?

Yes. You must purchase an Online Competitive ticket before the ticket sales end in order to take part in the competion. For more information send us an email or leave a message on our community forums at https://itch.io/jam/galwaygamejam8.

Can I work on a project that I’ve already started?

The game jam is for making something new, however you can use the time to work on your own project. Note you won’t be allowed to enter the competition with such a project. If in doubt, message us or ask an organiser!

Can I use a game engine/library/framework/asset packs/royalty-free music etc?

Yes. Simply include the names of the technologies or libraries used in the description of your game.

Can I participate with a pre-arranged team?

Yes. As long as your team is no larger than 5 people.

Can you eat/drink at the venue?

Yes but we’d like you to observe some rules. Please use the bins for any rubbish you have. Please don’t eat or drink anything that smells strongly in the main game jam area. Please tidy up after yourself.

What kind of skills would be helpful at the gamejam?

Pretty much all of them! The aim is to make stuff and have fun making. We encourage everyone to plan for a (very) small game. For example, a game that a single person can play in their web browser and complete in a few minutes.

These skills can be handy, but by no means definitive:

  • Game Design – coming up with game mechanics in systems
  • Writing – weaving a story, giving depth to the game through lore.
  • Programming – trying out making a game using programming language you already know, or taking some tutorials in a game engine and bring all the pieces together.
  • Art – create beautiful (or horrifying) art assets, and maybe some animation
  • Audio/Music – making some noise, and some music. A great way to boost percieved production quality of a game!
  • Production – organisation and time management skills. If this is a strength of yours you could take the lead in making deadlines for your team to achieve at different points over the event.
  • And more!

Of course you can always use the gamejam to try something new, and I totally encourage it!

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

The event is typically for adults. If you are under 18 years of age and want to attend, get a parent/gaurdian to contact us beforehand. info@galwaygamejam.com

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There is a multi-story car park close to the venue. You may load/unload your vehicle at the front door.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can contact us at info@galwaygamejam.com, on our facebook page or twitter.

What will the ticket money be used for?

The money raised from tickets is used to buy food and pay for cleaning costs at the venue.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, if you have some form of ID then an event organiser will match it and check off your arrival.

What is the refund policy?

If you decide you don’t want to go to the event, please contact us before the event for a refund. 72 hours prior to the event we will no longer be able to refund tickets.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn’t match the attendee. Is that okay?

If someone else got you a ticket then that’s okay. If there are any issues then you agree to follow the course of action chosen by the organisers.

Galway Game Jam 5

Make a game in a weekend! This one is a 48 hour event!

Join a team or work solo. Learn stuff, meet people, make games, have fun!

**When:** 6pm Friday 1st April until 6pm Sunday 3rd of April.

**Where:** Aras na Mac Lienn (Student Societies building), NUIG

**Tickets:** €5 online or €6 at the door.

**Book tickets online here:** [j.mp/GalwayGameJam5](https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/galway-game-jam-5-tickets-22447892250)

Twitter: [@GalwayGameJam](https://twitter.com/GalwayGameJam)

Our hashtag for the event is [#GalwayGameJam5](https://twitter.com/search?q=%23GalwayGameJam5)

Itch.io event page: [itch.io/jam/galwaygamejam5](https://itch.io/jam/galwaygamejam5) – online participants go here!

Facebook event page: [https://www.facebook.com/events/1522180204751280/](https://www.facebook.com/events/1522180204751280/)

**FAQ**

**What do I need to bring to make games?**
Bring your own laptop or any game making equipment you think you’ll need (e.g. graphics tablet, controllers etc.)

**Do I need to be an expert gamedev to participate?**
No, not at all! The gamejam is for everyone from to complete beginners to professional game devs. We will try to team up beginners with some more experienced game jammers so you can be sure to learn and have fun and have something made by the end of the event.

**Will there be food/drink at the event?**
The gamejam will provide tea & coffee. You’ll have to get your own meals and snacks.
The venue is NUIG, so you are nearby a Tesco Express and a short walk from Galway City centre.

**What about copyright / intellectual property / licences on the work I do at the game jam?**
You own everything you make. You can do whatever you want with it and attach the license of your choice. Go create!

**What about accommodation?**
Have a good plan. Staying awake for the 48 hours is not a good plan! If you are traveling from outside of Galway please organize your own accommodation for the weekend.
If you need any help ask on our Facebook event page or drop us an email.
We won’t be able to let you sleep at the venue (it is in NUIG after-all). There are some hostels in the city center like Barnacles and Kinlay house (Snoozles is booked out for the event). Mention the Galway Game Jam event. If you are staying with a friend or whatever, make sure to bring a sleeping bag & extra clothes!

**Is it for computer games or board games?**
Everything! You can use the Galway Game Jam to make any type of game.

**Can I work on a project that I’ve already started?**
Ideally the game jam is for making something new but by all means you can work on your own project. This would obviously disqualify you for any prizes.

**Can I use a game engine/library/framework/asset packs/royalty-free music etc.?**
Yes.

**Can I participate with a pre-arranged team?**
Yes. As long as your team is a maximum of 5 people.

**Can I take part remotely/online?**
Yes. Join here: https://itch.io/jam/galwaygamejam5

**Can I still join the competition if I am an online participant?**
Yes! Submit your game by the competition guidelines here: https://itch.io/jam/galwaygamejam5

You don’t need to pay the ticket price to take part online/remotely AND you can submit your game for the competition.

**What prizes are there?**
Right now some small ones. We’re working on that, but with our current lack of sponsors our prizes will likely be small. We’re working on improving this, the more game jams you participate in the better the prizes will be!

**Can you eat/drink at the venue?**
Yes but we’d like you to observe some rules. Please use the bins for any rubbish you have. Please don’t eat or drink anything that smells strongly in the main game jam area. Please tidy up after yourself.

**What kind of skills would be helpful at the gamejam?**
This depends entirely on the type of game you want to make. These skills can be handy, but by no means are neccessary to join:
Game design skill, programming skill, art skills, storytelling skills, audio/music skills, organisation skills etc.
By being part of a team you can decide to work to your strengths or try something new.

**I’m a member of Compsoc NUIGalway, do I have to pay the €5 entrance fee for this event?**
Compsoc members are required to bring their Student ID with them. Once we verify your membership you can enter for free. Enjoy!

**Note to Online Participants:**
Check out https://itch.io/jam/galwaygamejam5 forums for discussion and keep track of our twitter account for announcements.
Anyone can participate remotely for free AND take part in the competition among all entrants. Same competition guidelines apply.

If you have any questions contact us at info@galwaygamejam.com or through our social media.

Galway Game Jam 5 is made possible thanks to Compsoc NUIGalway.