GLOBAL GAME JAM | JAN 26-28, 2018

The Pioneer Valley Game Developers (PVGD) are excited to host aspiring and experienced game developers at the 2018 Global Game Jam! Join us from Jan 26 - 28 at Another Castle, our new game dev co-working space in Greenfield, MA!  

30 Olive Street, Suite 2

Greenfield, MA 01301

ABOUT

Global Game Jam is an event for humans with an interest in making games.  While it’s helpful to have some experience in programming, art, audio, or game design, the event is open to all skill levels.  The general goal of any game jam is to work together in a team to create an original game from start to finish in a short amount of time. 

REGISTER | All attendees must sign-up to create an account at Global Game Jam. Our jam site can be found at https://globalgamejam.org/2018/jam-sites/another-castle-codev.  Please note that public registration is now  CLOSED. However, please email Chandra Hughes at chughes@hitpointstudios.com if you’d like to participate. We have a few spots still  available so act quickly.

CODE OF CONDUCT | We highly suggest reading the PVGD / Another Castle code of conduct policy before attending the event. http://www.pvgd.org/code-of-conduct/

SCHEDULE

JAN 26, 2018

5:00p | Arrive

5:30p | Kick-off & Keynote Speaker (Dinner)

6:00p | GGJ Video & Theme Reveal > Group breakout / game brainstorming

6:30p | Game pitch & Team selection

7:00p | Start jamming!

JAN 27, 2018

9:00a | breakfast break

noon  | lunch break

6:00p | dinner break

JAN 28, 2018

9:00a | breakfast break

Noon | lunch break

2:00p | pencils down & final project uploads

3:30p | presentations

5:00p | GGJ end

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need a team to participate?

A: No! In fact forming teams prior to the event is discouraged. Teams will be formed during the game jam.

Q: Do I need skills to participate?

A: It's best if you have some skills in either art, programming, audio, or game design, but everyone is welcome.

Q: What if I already have a game idea?

A: You can make any game you want, but the Global Game Jam has a secret theme that is announced at 5pm Friday. It's often a fun and rewarding design challenge to consider the theme.

Q: What if I want to make a board game instead of a digital game?

A: Non-digital games are perfectly acceptable. We'll have some supplies available.

Q: Do I need to register on globalgamejam.org to participate?

A: Yes! Everyone must register, and registration is free:

Q: What if my question isn't answered here?

A: E-mail the Game Jam Organizers or review the official Global Game Jam FAQ page.

MORE FAQ | For more information about Global Game Jam, please visit the official FAQ section on the global game jam webpage - https://globalgamejam.org/faq

Before the end of the Jam, please do the following:

1) Upload your final game to the Global Game Jam site.

2) Please complete this final survey. 

Useful Links

Huge list of game jam resources (art, audio, programming, etc.), courtesy of the Global Game Jam

Hampshire IP policy draft

If you have any questions, please email us!

PREVIOUS GAME JAMS

Spring 2017, UMass Amherst, 24 hours (Theme = Waves)

Spring 2016, Hampshire College, 48 hours (Theme = Ritual)

Spring 2015, Hampshire College, 24 hours (Theme = What Do We Do Now)

Fall 2014, Hampshire College, 5 hours (Theme = Ritual)

Spring 2014, Mount Holyoke College, 24 hours

Fall 2013, Hampshire College, 24 hours

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