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UOC Game Jam 2019

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University Of Cumbria in Brampton Road, Carlisle

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We are now recruiting for our annual Game Jam!


On December 9th 2019 we will be holding our annual Gamejam competition and it’s open to everyone! Last year we had over 280 participants, coming from countries worldwide.


How do I join?

The event is free to enter. Register your details via this eventbrite page, you can also contact us to ask any questions, or add any special requirements that you may have. If you are already in a team, please register your team details and the number of members.


Your entries will need a submission form included with them (one per game) which can be found HERE. Make sure to state whether or not you are a student or a graduate (this would include Masters students and industry professionals).

Your completed game needs to be packaged, zipped with the form included and sent to our dropbox folder, which will be made avialble through a link here, closer to the time.


The Gamejam will take place over 96 hours, running from 12pm Monday 9/12/19, to 12pm Friday 13/12/19.

The games are judged by industry professionals. The categories are:

Best video game

Best non-computer game

Most inventive game

Best non-student/graduate game


Where is it?

Gamejam takes place at the University of Cumbria’s Institue of the Arts campus, Brampton Road, Carlisle. However, Gamejam participants can also work remotely and works can be submitted digitally, allowing you to take place wherever you are. We will keep all participants updated via Twitter and Facebook live.

Please see our FAQ's below for further deatils...


FAQs

What is a Game Jam?

Gamejams are social, collaborative events wherein people gather to create a working game in a short period of time. Ours will take place over 96 hours and unless declared (see “Can I use other people’s assets?“), all work needs to be created in this time.

The Theme

Games will be required to be based upon a theme, this year's theme will be released at the start of the event.

When is it?

Gamejam will take place over 96 hours, running from 12pm Monday 9th Dec 2019, to 12pm Friday 13th Dec 2019.


When will judging take place, when will I found out if I’ve won?

There will be an award event on Friday 17th January, playtesting will be on the morning of Friday 17th Jan 2020, the winners will be announced at 2pm.

Can I play the other entries?

During the playtest and after the winners are announced, the Gamejam entries will be exhibited for everyone to play.

Where is it?

Gamejam takes place at the University of Cumbria’s Brampton road campus, here in Carlisle.

However, Gamejam entries can be submitted digitally allowing you to take place wherever you are.

I’m coming to Brampton Road, do I need to bring anything with me?

Not especially, although if you have a particular set up you’re used to a laptop may come in handy.

I have no experience in game making software, can I still be involved?

By all means! Gamejam is for everyone of all experience and skill levels; join a group and contribute through designs, artwork, ideas, playtesting and more. Also…

Can I submit a paper-based game?

Of course. Card, table-top, board, paper-based, or games that do not require a computer are also welcomed. Make sure to include a comprehensive set of rules, as well as anything that may be needed to play the game.

The only difference for a paper-based game is that we ask you to post a copy of your creation to us. This ensures that the artwork and all the elements are in the right scale, colours, resolution and so forth.

The deadline for physical, or paper-based games is Tuesday 17/12/19. Any submissions received post-marked with this date or earlier will be fine. Please send your entries to:

Games Design at the University of Cumbria
Brampton Road
Carlisle
CA3 9AY

Is there hardware and software available?

On site we have high-end PCs, Macs and a suite of industry standard software, including but not limited to; 3dsMax, Maya, the Unreal Engine 4, Photoshop (+ Adobe CC), Mudbox and ZBrush.

Which programs can be used in making the game?

Any, as long as it is possible to open and play the game as a standalone. The game needs to be packaged so that it can run without the software with which was created. Its worth double checking this by running and checking the finished game on a different computer.

Can I use other people’s assets?

You may use work from other sources, if you have a license that allows it. If such material is used, be clear and declare it on an intro screen.

Are there any rules regarding team size?

Nope, you can work alone or in any size group. Really big groups may prove problematic in the time frame, though.

Who owns the game I make?

You do. Although be aware that any games made with software on site will be created under an educational license. We would also like to retain a copy of the game for possible promotional purposes.

How do I submit my game?

On campus, games can be loaded straight onto our network. If you are taking part externally, they can be submitted to our Drop-Box, closer to the deadline.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch.

You can contact us via email katy.little@cumbria.ac.uk

Good luck, we’ll see you in January! ....

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