Big Fat Game Jam 2018

Brampton Road Campus CA3 9BJ Carlisle - Brampton Road

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Recruiting for annual Games Jam

On December 10th 2018 we will be holding our annual Gamejam competition and it’s now open to everyone! Last year we had over 180 participants nationwide.


The Gamejam will take place over 96 hours, running from 12pm on Monday 10 December to 12pm Friday 14 December 2018.

The games are judged by academic staff and/or industry professionals. The categories are:

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.

Frequently asked questions

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 will be released at 12pm on 10th December to mark the beginning of the Gamejam.

When is it?

Gamejam will take place over 96 hours, running from 12pm Monday 10th Dec 2018, to 12pm Friday 14th Dec 2018.

How do I join?

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.

How is it judged?

The games are judged by academic staff and/or industry professionals. The categories are:

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

There will be an award event on 18th January, playtesting will be on the morning of Friday 18th Jan 2018, the winners will be announced at noon. There will also be talks held by industry speakers at the University of Cumbria campus during the event.

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 (you won’t need to mail us your D&D dice, we totally already have some).

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.

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.

Contact

Don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Katy Little, Senior Lecturer in Games Design
Email: katy.little@cumbria.ac.uk

Event details

Brampton Road Campus CA3 9BJ Carlisle - Brampton Road