It's time for another Guildford game jam! This time the jam will be hosted at the shiny new home of Rocketdesk in the Surrey Research Park, from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th November.
We're aiming to run these regularly - once every couple of months - so if you're unable to attend this one then keep an eye out for future jams! Details, discussions, and theme voting will take place on our lovely Facebook group page.
This month's theme:
Yes or no? Left or right? Fight or flight?
The aim of the jam is to make something which hinges on having just two options. Whether this manifests in your design, your mechanics, narrative, input etc. is entirely up to you.
This month's modifiers:
These are extra optional challenges, to help you flex your game design brain, and which can provide new directions to consider. Pick one, all, none, or any combination -- they're just for fun!
- Reality check: include a non-digital component in your game, or make it fully non-digital.
- Introspection: make a game based on your life, past, or thoughts. Communicate something about yourself.
- Never stood a chance: make a game where the player cannot win.
Do I have to stick to the theme?
No! The theme is a suggestion, not a mandatory restriction. If you want to work on your own theme, on no particular theme, on an existing personal project, or whatever else you can think of, then don't hesitate to come along -- the more the merrier!
What time do I show up?
The jam kicks off on Friday evening at 7pm. The jam will not continue overnight; jammers are encouraged to go home and get a good night's sleep. This lets us all remain rejuvenated, upbeat, and in an optimal game-making mood! We'll finish up on Sunday evening, leaving a little bit of time for everyone to show off their games, give others the chance to have a play, and maybe all grab a bite to eat or drink afterwards!
Can I work in a team/on my own?
There are no restrictions on team size. Feel free to work on your own, bring a team along with you, or form a team with other jammers once you arrive.
Is the equipment provided?
No, you'll need to bring your own equipment (laptops, drawing tablets, etc.), your own software, and your own food/drink, as these won't be provided (although we may all pitch in to get some tasty takeaway). The research park is just a short walk from Tesco, so you can easily pop out to fetch a bite to eat (or just to get some fresh air and stretch your legs!).
What if I haven't made a game before?
You're still more than welcome to come along! It definitely helps if you have some previous experience with either making art, designing games, writing code, creating audio, or story writing, so if you can, download some tools for your area of interest before the jam and try to make something small. People at the jam will almost certainly be happy to help you out when they can and pass on their wisdom, so don't be afraid to ask for help if you're just getting started!
I have a question you haven't answered.
Not to worry: ask away on either the Facebook group (linked above and below), or get in touch on Twitter (link below).