Global Game Jam 2016 @ Glyndwr University

Date:
Friday 29 January 2016 - Sunday 31 January 2016

Venue:
Glyndŵr University, Creative Industries Building (room CIB 108), Plas Coch Campus, Mold Road, Wrexham, LL11 2AW.

Cost:
£10 - Open to BCS and non-BCS members (registration required)

Organised by Glyndwr University in conjunction with Global Game Jam, Games Wales (North) and BCS Animation & Games Development SG.

Keynote Speaker:
Chris Payne (Lead Programmer, Traveller's Tales)

Details:

Starting on Friday 29 January 2016, Glyndwr University will be taking part in the annual 48 hour Global Game Jam (GGJ) event. The goal will be to come together and attempt to make as many computer games as possible from start to finish within a strict 48 hour period. The event takes place around the world simultaneously and is designed to bring people together from all backgrounds and encourage creative thinking to result in small but innovative and experimental games.

Glyndwr University is the largest and most experienced Welsh representative and by participating, we are hoping to help set another world record for the worlds largest "Jam".

Last years event holds the current record with 28,800 game jammers working from 518 different locations spread across 78 countries simultaneously. The outcome of that weekend was a staggering 850,000+ hours of development time resulting in 5,439 different games created globally! Last year, a team of 47 people at Glyndwr University managed to design and develop 18 unique games within the 48 hour period. This year, we are hoping to make the Jam even bigger with a target of 28,000 participants globally.

We need your help! If you would like to come along and participate in the event, you can register at our official Glyndwr Game Jam 2016 site

There is a registration fee of £10 for the event which will be payable using our online system (follow the "local registration link" at the above site to pay for your ticket). The fee will be used to help towards the cost of snacks/drinks, prizes and consumables.

Event Schedule (Opening Day):

Venue: CCI Room 108 A+B (The PC suite on the first floor).

Friday, 29th of January

4pm - 5pm: Registration Completion & Initial Meet/Greet
5pm - 5.30pm: Official Opening & Mystery Theme Reveal
5.30 - 6.00pm: Keynote Speech: Chris Payne (TT Games)
6.00pm: Ice Breaker & Brain Storming!

This year's keynote speaker is Chris Payne - Lead programmer at Travellers Tales Games who has worked on many of the famous Lego related series such as Lego Jurassic World, Lego Harry Potter, Lego Lord of the Rings, Lego Dimensions and Lego Batman. Chris is also a keen game jammer and will be sharing his experiences as well as offering advice to this years participants. After the opening ceremony we will be working uninterrupted for the following 48 hours with a view to finishing at 5pm on Sunday, 31st of January.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Just in case you find the thought of developing a game in 48 hours intimidating, it might be worth considering the following common questions:

1) Do I need to be an experienced games designer, artist or programmer?
A: Not at all! The Global Game Jam is designed to accommodate people from all backgrounds and skill levels. Absolutely no previous experience is necessary!

2) Will I be working as part of a team?
A: It's completely up to you! You are free to be a "lone wolf" and work on something by yourself, or join together with other people and work on a game project as a small team.

3) What kind of game project would I work on?
A: All of the games produced must revolve around a particular theme that is kept secret until the start of the event. From there, you are free to interpret the theme in any way you like. You don't even have to create a digital product... traditional board games and card based designs are perfectly acceptable and more common than you might think!

4) Which development tools should I use? Can I bring my own laptop/dev tools with me?
A: You are free to use any development tools that you want, provided that you have a license to do so. Many people choose to bring their own laptops with them, but we will be working in one of our PC labs where a variety of tools will be available such as Autodesk Maya, 3D Studio Max, Multimedia Fusion, Flash, XCode, Android, MS Visual Studio and many others.

5) Do I have to stay around for the entire 48 hours?
A: Whilst you are not obligated to stay for the entire period, you are encouraged to try and attend as much as possible throughout the event. We recognise that some participants may have family or work commitments, so for that reason you are able to come and go as you please. However, please bare in mind that designing and implementing a product in such a short space of time is tricky, so its a good idea to inform your fellow game jammers of your availability at the earliest opportunity. This will help your team to schedule work more effectively.

6) Can I bring friends or family with me?
A: Yes! The event is open to absolutely anyone, but all attendees must be registered on our official site at the links above.

For more information, you can also follow us here:

Facebook: @Glyndwr Game Jammers
Twitter: @GlyndwrGameJam and @R_Hebblewhite

Richard Hebblewhite the official event coordinator for our location in Wales, and he can be contacted at (r.hebblewhite@glyndwr.ac.uk) if you have any questions.

About Games Wales:

Games Wales is a voluntary organisation made up of leading academics and people from within the games industry in Wales. Our mission is to champion and promote games-making in Wales, to improve links between academics and industry professionals and to provide support through networking, training and social events. There are two official groups; Games Wales (North) and Games Wales (South).

Official site: www.gameswales.org
Games Wales (North): www.gameswales.org/north
Games Wales (South): www.gameswales.org/south