The Global Game Jam starts on the next weekend (January 26 – 28, 2018) and some time ago I planned to participate.
However I never participated in a Global Game Jam before and to be honest I did not know some very important facts. (Which make it in some way more attractive and in some ways nearly impossible to participate)
I will create an account and connect to my location / site…
I will be there for the Check in at 2pm on friday and I will stay at least until friday 7pm. However… I will finally decide if it makes sence to participate on friday 6:30 pm. Because the timeline looks very tough. (I also have 3 hours of family stuff to do on Saturday and I need at least 6 hours sleep to be productive.
Some facts I collected…
DO I NEED TO COME TO GGJ WITH A TEAM ALREADY FORMED?
Do not come to the Jam with a team. Ideally everyone forms teams on the Friday, and get the chance to work with a new collaborator or few! You will have some time to think and pitch an idea. Make new friends or jam with peers you admire.
This is a OnSite Event / Offline Event – but the ZKM is just a few minutes from my office and yes… Meetings in the real world are sometimes nice 😉
You have to create an account and affiliate with a location.
(My location has still some more places left – but yes… Might be a problem in crowded areas / other years. It was very complicated to find the registration link 😉 Maybe there is a secret facebook page or something I miss?!)
It’s our hope that we will see some very experimental realized prototypes that you can continue to work on after the jam.
plus… the theme is announced at 5pm local time.
5pm (in your time zone) on January 26 and goes for ~48 hours through January 28, 2018.
I still do not get the glue, how they want to hide the theme from others until 5pm German time?!
Are there any prices you can win?
Global Game Jam encourages innovation, collaboration and creativity. We find competition often diminishes collaboration and innovation. Every jammer is a winner at GGJ, with their prize being the games and friends they make.
IS THERE JUST ONE THEME?
Yes, all locations all over the world share the same theme for the jam.
I WANT TO KNOW THE THEME!
The theme is announced at each local jam site after 5pm local time on Friday. Timezones from New Zealand to Hawaii are all participating. As we aim for all jammers to have the same experience we ask everyone to keep the global theme a secret until the last region (Hawaii) starts. We announce the theme on our website and social media after Hawaii has joined the jam
So I’m very interested if someone posts the theme via this hashtag earlier…
Some usefull Links:
- Most of my Brainstorm questions have an answer on the official FAQ
- Unitys site related to the GGJ18
- Register for the GGJ18 here (Link is hard/impossible to find on the main site)
- GGJ Free Assets from Unity
- GGJ18 – Location in Karlsruhe HfG / inside the ZKM
- GGJ18 – HfG GameLab
My Planning for the weekend.