Welcome to Guildford GGJ18!
Guildford is proud to be a host site for yet another Global Game Jam! This year we’re moving to the centre of Guildford with the generosity of our friends at the Guildford Library. The library is also home to the Guildford Makerspace project.
We will be situated on the 3rd floor of the library in a gorgeous open space with plenty of natural lighting.
We’re also encouraged to use the library resources from books and some special Guildford Makerspace hardware. There will be tutorials for those willing to use them. See the list below!
We are now at full capacity! Thank you for signing up!
The Game Jam starts on Friday and ends on Sunday and the library is open to us for the entire 48hrs.
We will receive the Jam theme at 5pm and will not be allowed to post it publically until the last jam location gets it (Hawaii) at their 5pm local time. (For reference, previous themes can be found here: http://globalgamejam.org/history)
The games will have to be uploaded on Sunday by 4pm and for technical issues it’s advised to start the upload at 3pm (If there are any changes you will be notified during the jam.)
The WiFi will be available throughout the jam but we suggest you download all the necessary software or tools you will need ahead of time.
There will be some photography at the jam so if you're uncomfortable with that do let me know in advance or on the day.
Please note that due to the GGJ’s new age policy we must restrict the jam to 18+ only. More information here: http://globalgamejam.org/news/word-about-our-new-age-policy
After the jam, we’re hitting the pub!
Getting to the Guildford Library
77 North Street
Surrey GU1 4AL
Guildford library is situated near the top of North Street in Guildford town centre.
Guildford is accessible by car with plenty of parking locations that are quite cheap or free over the weekend. To plan your journey please visit this link: http://experienceguildford.co.uk/getting-here.php
There are several nearby pay and display multi-storey car parks in the town centre and some pay and display short stay on-street parking further down North Street. There are two disabled spaces outside the front of the library.
For details of buses arriving to the Guildford Friary Centre please look at the website to plan your journey: https://www.arrivabus.co.uk/travel-help-and-accessibility/arriva-bus-app/
- The bus stop closest to the library is called Library
- Most busses will end their journey at the Guildford shopping mall - Friary Centre
- From there it’s less than 5 minutes to the Library
- Guildford is on the London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour line, which has an excellent service.
- There are four fast trains per hour to and from London Waterloo
- Once at Guildford Station, it’s less than 10 minutes to the Library
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Food & Drink
Snacks, tea, coffee and dinner is kindly provided by our sponsors! We tailor to all diets!
However, there are also stores and restaurants in close vicinity.
Stuff to bring
Essential (also depending on what you work with)
- Cintiq or graphic tablet
- VR kit
- Sleeping Bag
- Deodorant (please <3)
Available at location
We recommend downloading all major software in advance of the jam.
GGJ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GlobalGameJam/
GGJ Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/globalgamejam
Guildford Game Jammers Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/486374098214833/
Official Twitter Hashtag: #GGJ18
Please note that by attending GGJ you are expected to uphold to a certain Code of Conduct: http://globalgamejam.org/legal-policies