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Manchester Mini Game Jam

Monday, September 9th, 2013
MCR GameJam

MCR GameJam

Title: Manchester Game Jam
Location: MadLab
Description: A rapid-fire one-day jam, open to anyone and everyone interested in all things game
Date: 2013-28-09
Start Time: 09:00 (please note the earlier opening time)
End Time: 18:00
Booking: Tickets £5, available here

Are you a coder, artist or audio designer interested in videogame design? Or, are you a gamer who’s curious about how videogames are put together? If so, we’d like to invite you to come join us at Madlab for the next Manchester Game Jam!

Once again we’re throwing a rapid-fire one-day jam, open to anyone and everyone interested in all things game. Like last time, we’ll announce the theme a few days before the event so everyone has a bit of notice to plan stuff out (or, just turn up and wing it!). Solo and groups are both A-OK, and it doesn’t even have to be a videogame: if board games or anything else is more your bag, that’s cool too. Our only rule is: you have to show your game off at the end!

For more info, drop us an email: MCRgamejam@gmail.com
or, you can follow us on Twitter: @MCRgamejam

Under-18 policy – Jammers under the age of 18 are warmly welcomed at our jam as always, but absolutely must be supervised by a parent or guardian for the entirety of the event. Unattended children will be taught C++ and released into the wild.

Here’s how our last few jams went down:

http://blog.danhett.com/2012/11/manchester-game-jam-3.html
http://blog.danhett.com/2012/08/game-jam-2-madlab-august-2012.html
http://blog.danhett.com/2012/04/manchester-game-jam-in-photos.html

FAQ:

I’m not a programmer, will I be any use at the jam?
Absolutely! We’re encouraging a really diverse group of people: artists, designers, audio people and everyone in between. Most of our games are videogames, but in the past we’ve had board games and all sorts pop up. Go nuts!

What are the rules?
Rules? Pah! No rules for us. We’ll announce a theme beforehand, but apart from that you can do what you like. Our only request is that at the end of the jam you show everyone what you’ve been working on.

Is there a winner?
Nah. We’re in it for the games, the learning, and the fun. Let’s be honest: you’re all winners at our jam.

Do I need to bring a computer?
If you’re making a digital/computer game, then ideally you should bring a laptop or machine: Madlab have some available but they’re not really set up for game dev. We usually have some other fun stuff happening (board games, pervasive gaming), but generally most folks will be making videogames. There’s high-speed WiFi and lots of plug sockets, but ideally you’ll need your own machine.

Who owns the games that get made?
You do! We usually share the finished games online, and we’re encouraging people to share their code too: looking at how people have built stuff is all part of the fun. Ownership of anything goes to the creator of the game, but sharing is caring, right?

Can I participate remotely?
For this event, no. It’s a hands-on, group event. Join us!

I don’t have a ticket, can I come anyway?
If we’re not sold out, you can pay on the door. Check the Eventbrite link on this page, or give us a shout!

I have a ticket, but now I can’t make it. What do I do?
Please let us know, so we can refund you and give someone else your ticket. Demand was high, so we don’t want to waste any tickets!

MCRGameJam / MCRGirlGeeks games weekend

Sunday, August 18th, 2013
MCR GameJam

MCR GameJam

Title: GameJam
Location: MadLab
Description: A weekend-long game jam, open to anyone and everyone interested in all things game
Start Date: 24-08-2013
Start Time: 09:00
End Date: 25-08-2013
End Time: 17:00
Booking: Eventbrite, £5.00 (plus fee)

This August’s GameJam brings together the Girl Geeks and Ludum Dare to create a mega-jam! If you want to come along for the full weekend Jam, register for a ticket at Eventbrite - but if you’d just like a gentle introduction, come along for the one-day Girl Geeks event!

Girl Geeks Summer Gaming Tea Party

Girl Geek Tea Party for August – in association with Manchester GameJam
Sunday 25th August, 10am-5pm, Madlab, Edge Street

For August, we’re holding it in association with the MCR GameJam, who’ll be having a full game jam event upstairs while we fill the downstairs with Girl Geek Tea Party action. We’ll be there all day from 10am to 5pm, and we’ll have plenty of activities going on, so you’re welcome to join us for some or all of the day!

Girl Geeks activities include:

  • Game character sprite making using Hama beads – we’ll have designs for you to work from, or bring your own and make key rings, magnets, badges or coasters from plastic beads.
  • Board games to play - if you attended our recent board games tea party, you’ll know we had a large range of geeky games to play, and you’re welcome to try them out!
  • Computer games to play, including multiplayer Nintendo DS – bring yours if you have one, plus any multiplayer games you’d like to play with others. We have Tetris and Bomberman! If you don’t have a DS, you might be able to ask someone nicely and borrow one.
  • Cakes and biscuits, including a computer games themed bake-off – bring the most awesome game-themed bake as judged by our panel, with prizes to be won!
  • Lightning talks - we’d like you to come and tell us about your favourite computer game or board game. What’s the story, how does it play, and why do you like it? You can also show off games you’ve made yourself, as the GameJam attendees will be doing towards the end of the day. Talks will take place informally, as and when people want to give them, and we’ll have a laptop and projector if that’s useful.
  • Scratch programming – drop-in informal workshops, for anyone from complete beginners up, where you can spend a few minutes or as long as you like learning to write your own simple computer games using Scratch. Bring your laptop if you’d like to join in, or please get in touch if you don’t have one you can bring and we will see what we can do.

The game jam

We’ll be running our usual weekend-long game jam alongside the MCRGirlGeeks festivities, so anyone taking part in the Ludum Dare can use the space to build their games and bounce ideas around with like-minded folks. For those who aren’t doing Ludum Dare, we’ll also be running some one-shot jam themes open to absolutely everyone, so join us!

Some frequently asked questions:

I’m not a programmer, will I be any use at the jam?
Absolutely! We’re encouraging a really diverse group of people: artists, designers, audio people and everyone in between. Most of our games are videogames, but in the past we’ve had board games and all sorts pop up. Go nuts!

What are the rules?
Rules? Pah! No rules for us. We’ll announce a theme beforehand, but apart from that you can do what you like. Our only request is that at the end of the jam you show everyone what you’ve been working on.

Is there a winner?
Nah. We’re in it for the games, the learning, and the fun. Let’s be honest: you’re all winners at our jam. Obviously if you’re taking part in the Ludum Dare then they have their own rules, but for our mini-jams it’s anything goes.

Do I need to bring a computer?
If you’re making a digital/computer game, then ideally yes: we do have machines but they’re basic Linux boxes. We always have some other fun stuff happening (board games, pervasive gaming), but generally most folks will be making videogames. There’s high-speed WiFi and lots of plug sockets, but you’ll need your own machine. If you’re up for making boardgames or similar, then be sure to bring your crayons and materials with you!

Who owns the games that get made?
You do! We usually share the finished games online, and we’re encouraging people to share their code too: looking at how people have built stuff is all part of the fun. Ownership of anything goes to the creator of the game, but sharing is caring, right?

Can I participate remotely?
For this event, no. It’s a hands-on, group event. Join us!

I don’t have a ticket, can I come anyway?
If we’re not sold out, you can pay on the door. Check the Eventbrite link on this page, or give us a shout!

I have a ticket, but now I can’t make it. What do I do?
Please let us know, so we can refund you and give someone else your ticket. Demand was high, so we don’t want to waste any tickets!

Contact info

MCRGameJam on Twitter

Email the MCRGameJam

MCR Girl Geeks homepage

MCR Girl Geeks on Twitter

Manchester Game Jam – 24th Feb 2013

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

MCR GameJam

Title: Manchester Game Jam – 24th Feb 2013
Location: MadLab
Date: 24-02-2013
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 17:00
Booking: register here

 

 

 

 

 

Are you a coder, artist or audio designer interested in videogame design? Or, are you a gamer who’s curious about how videogames are put together? If so, we’d like to invite you to come join us at Madlab for the fourth Manchester Game Jam!

Once again we’re throwing a rapid-fire one-day jam, open to anyone and everyone interested in all things game. Like last time, we’ll announce the theme a few days before the event so everyone has a bit of notice to plan stuff out (or, just turn up and wing it!). Solo and groups are both A-OK, and it doesn’t even have to be a videogame: if board games or anything else is more your bag, that’s cool too. Our only rule is: you have to show your game off at the end!

We’re jamming on the same day as the ever-awesome Raspberry Jam too, so keep ‘em peeled for some hot cross-jam action too!

For more info, drop us an email: MCRgamejam@gmail.com
or, you can follow us on Twitter: @MCRgamejam

Here’s how our last few jams went down:

http://blog.danhett.com/2012/11/manchester-game-jam-3.html
http://blog.danhett.com/2012/08/game-jam-2-madlab-august-2012.html
http://blog.danhett.com/2012/04/manchester-game-jam-in-photos.html

Manchester GameJam

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

MCR GameJam

Title: Manchester GameJam
Location: MadLab
Description: The Manchester Gamejam invites you to come and make videogames with us. All abilities and disciplines are welcome.
Start Date: 25-08-2012
End Date: 26-08-2012
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 17:00
Booking: Sign up here






Are you a coder, artist or audio designer interested in videogame design? Or, are you a gamer who’s curious about how videogames are put together? If so, we’d like to invite you to come join us at Madlab for the second Manchester game jam! Madlab will be hosting the event for the full weekend, so Manchester’s community of nerds, artists and gamers can get together to design and code playable videogames from scratch in 48 hours (or less!)

The jam will be over the weekend of the 25th and 26th August, to coincide with the Ludum Dare global jam (ludumdare.com/compo). Some people will be entering the full 48-hour Dare (which is a solo online contest with a few rules), and we’ll also be running our own jam too, so people can drop in and out over the weekend. We’re encouraging group efforts, so none-coders and beginners are all highly encouraged to team up and get stuck in. In the past we’ve had the Larkin’ About pervasive gaming experts in the house, and some board/card game folks too, so if you want to take your game idea off the screen and make it into something bigger then we have you covered.

We’ll also have some retro arcade machines up and running, as well as our giant step-on controller that the Hac:Manchester guys built for our jam event at the Maker Faire.

Need more persuading? Here’s what happened at the last jam: http://blog.danhett.com/2012/04/manchester-game-jam-in-photos.html
For more info, please do drop us an email: MCRgamejam@gmail.com
You can also follow us on Twitter: @MCRgamejam

Grab your ticket here: http://gamejam2.eventbrite.com

Frequently asked questions:

I’m not a programmer, will I be any use at the jam?
Absolutely! We’re encouraging a really diverse group of people: artists, designers, audio people and everyone in between. Group jams will be happening both days, so we’ll make sure everyone’s teamed up.

I’m a student/beginner. Can I come?
Yep! Everyone is welcome. The last jam saw a great mix of every skill level, from absolute novices up to indie developers and industry veterans. If you’re making games, or you want to know how it works, you’re welcome to come jam with us.

What are the rules?
Generally, there aren’t many. Some people will be taking on the Ludum Dare, who have their own rules for game submissions. Apart from that, our jams will be informal and fun group efforts: there’ll be a theme for each one, and some sort of time limit, but apart from that: anything goes.

What’s the schedule?
The jam is 10am on the Saturday through to 5PM on the Sunday. There’ll be a general theme for the weekend, and presentation roughly at the end of each day, so we can see all the cool stuff our jammers have come up with.

Do I need to bring a computer?
Ideally, yes. Although we’ll have some other fun stuff happening (board games, pervasive gaming), the focus of the weekend will generally be making videogames. There’s high-speed WiFi and lots of plug sockets, but you’ll need your own machine. Any laptop will do, jam games are generally pretty lo-fi.

I only develop in [insert language], or on [insert platform], is this OK at the gamejam?
Of course! Want to make your game in Scratch and not write any code? Cool. Want to roll your own C++ behemoth? You’re mental, but that’s cool too! Use whatever language or platform you’re comfortable with, or ditch the computer altogether if you like: we’ve had board games and pervasive games in the past that went down a storm.

Who owns the games that get made?
You do. We’re going to put up some webspace to host the finished games, and we’re encouraging people to share their code too: looking at how people have built stuff is all part of the fun. Ownership of anything goes to the creator of the game, but sharing is caring, right?

Can I participate remotely?

For this event, no. It’s a hands-on, group event.

I don’t have a ticket, can I come anyway?

If we have tickets left, you can pay on the door, but it’s generally a good idea to grab a ticket in advance: http://gamejam2.eventbrite.com. The ticket number is based on how many people fit in MadLab, so once they’re gone, they’re gone. Drop us an email/tweet if you want to check availability.

I have a ticket, but now I can’t make it. What do I do?
Please let us know, so we can refund you and give someone else your ticket. Demand was high last time, so we don’t want to waste any tickets!