Global Game Jam Wellington – 2018


Welcome to Global Game Jam Wellington 2018! Here you’ll find all of the essentials and resources to help you prep for the jam.

When: Friday, January 26 – 28, 2018

5:30 – Doors open
6:30 – Keynote and theme reveal
7:00 – Pizza

Where: *NEW ADDRESS* Yoobee School of Design – 2 Bunny St, Pipitea (near Wellington Station)



Registration is $20 this year (for pizza and snacks). Sign up for the jam here!


GGJ Account

Register your Global Game Jam account and link it to the Wellington, NZ jam site here.


Pre-Jam Meet Up

None this year.

What is Global Game Jam?

Global Game Jam is a 48 hour jam where developers from over 75 countries around the world create games based on a single theme. Your welcome to come with a pre formed team, fly solo, or come without a team and create a team to work with. Find a more info on the Global Game Jam Website


Why should I do Global Game Jam?

Mostly, because it’s fun, but it’s also great way to improve your game development skills. You’ll meet new people in the industry and be part of a huge world wide event. It’s also great for your portfolio, as it gives you a finished game to show off. Some great and successful games even started off as Game Jam Games, such as Surgeon Simulator and Screencheat.

If you’re an aspiring game developer there is probably no single thing that will do more for your skills than doing as many game jams as possible.

Here’s what Unity has to say about it.


Who is this for?

Anyone who does anything to do with making games, or wants to do things to do with making games.

It’s often thought that Artists and Programmers are the only ones who can useful in a game jam, but there will no doubt be stuff to do for Game Designers, UI Artists, Graphic Designers, Musicians, Sound Designers, Voiceover Performers, Writers or anything that could find use in a game.

No game dev experience? That’s OKAY! You can team up with some more experienced people and use this as an opportunity to pick up some skills.

If you’d like to brush up on some skills, Global Game Jam has some great resources that you can take advantage of.



Registration begins at 5:00pm on Friday, January 26th. Keynotes and Theme Reveal will happen at about 6:00pm.

Find the Schedule here.


How to Get There

Address: 2 Bunny St, Pipitea, Wellington 6011

To get to Yoobee, enter the train stations, go to the west side of the building (left when you enter) and go through the automatic glass doors. Continue down the hallway and you’ll find some elevators and further round some stairs. Yoobee is two floors up on level 2.

There is no designated parking though there are places to find some parking if it’s needed (see the purple in the map below). The venue is also very central so its easy to access via transit.

We will have the doors open for you during registration, however they will be keylocked during the rest of the event. There will phone numbers to call to gain access, though it’s easiest to trade contact info with your teammates.




Things to Bring

  • Your computer and all it’s bits/powercords
  • Wifi dongle if your computer isn’t wifi savvy already
  • A water bottle that seals (easier than buying someone a new computer)
  • A coffee mug with a seal-able top
  • Headphones
  • Any Medications you expect to need
  • Extra clothes with some spares in case of emergency
  • Sleeping bag and Pillow if you’re crashing at someone’s house
  • Ear Plugs or Earbud Headphones and music for sleeping
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant and soap) and a towel
  • Snacks (granola bars are great!)
  • A notebook / Pen


Social Media/Info


Twitter – Official Hashtag: #ggj18

Sign up for our Slack via NZGameDev


Jam Resources

There are many resources that Global Game Jam has collected, including access to software, and articles to read up on. It’s worth taking a look, especially if you’re new to game development. Also remember to download any software early so you’re ready to go when you arrive.


Global Game Jam Sponsored Resources

Another Resource List

Yet Another List

A Note on Boardgames



Global Game Jam’s 2018 Diversifiers
Find other diversifiers for previous years if you want some more challenges or inspiration


Jam Rules

A full set of rules for the Jam. They are straight forward and include info about both the site expectations and global game jam rules (uploading, game requirements, etc). The Attendance Agreement includes the Code of Conduct, the Network Agreement, and the Liability Waiver (all three of which you have agreed to when registering for the jam).

Find the Jam Rules here, and the Attendance Agreement here.



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