Global Game Jam Wellington – 2017

Welcome!

Welcome to Global Game Jam Wellington 2017! Here you’ll find all of the essentials and resources to help you prep for the jam.

When: Friday, January 20 – 22, 2017, registration at 5:00pm

Where: Yoobee School of Design – 2/20 Kent Terrace, Mount Victoria, Wellington

 

Ticket Info

Tickets are $20 this year. Purchase them here!

 

GGJ Account

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

 

Pre-Jam Meet Up

Tuesday, December 10th, 2016 at Southern Cross Garden Bar & Restaurant.  Let us know if you’re attending.

 

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. We’ll be hosting our first game jam at University of Victoria’s Kelburn Campus from January 29th to January 31st. No need to come in with a group, as we’ll be having a Meet Up at Southern Cross to intro the jam and form teams over pint. If you can’t make it to the Meet Up, we will find you a team on the first day of the jam. 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.

 

Schedule

Registration begins at 5:00pm on Friday, January 20th. Keynotes and Theme Reveal will happen at about 5:30pm.

Find the Schedule here.

 

How to Get There

Address: 2/20 Kent Terrace, Mount Victoria, Wellington, 6141.

There is no designated parking though there are places to find some parking if it’s needed. 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.

 

 

Things to Bring

  • Your computer and all it’s bits/powercords
  • 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 water bottle that seals (easier than buying someone a new computer)
  • A notebook / Pen
  • A coffee mug (preferably one with a seal-able top)

 

Social Media/Info

Facebook

Twitter – Official Hashtag: #ggj17

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 2017 Diversifiers – keep scrolling to find the diversifiers for 2016

 

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.

 

Contact

Have some questions we haven’t answered on the site?
Email us at: ggjwelly@gmail.com
Slack: naviverse