Held consecutively every year except the first, DU's Global Game Jam site is the largest in Colorado. Join us and local developers for 48 hours of awesomeness!
Please be sure to register so we have a good count of how many people will be attending.
First, if this is your first Global Game Jam, then welcome! We're excited to have you with us! A few things to know about attending a GGJ:
- We try to encourage people to allow new people in their groups. It's fine to come with a premade group to work with, but we also ask that you be friendly! That's the whole point of what we're doing here.
- If you don't have a group, we will have ice-breakers to help introduce you to people and we'll also have game pitches so that you can have a chance to find teams you want to work with.
- Don't know how to program and aren't really artistic? That's ok! We also typically have groups that do board, card, and various other types of physical games. It's a great way to learn about game design without the difficulties of putting your ideas into code. In addition, you'd be surprised about how much you can learn in 48 hours!
- Download your tools before you come. Many people use Unity because it simplifies not having to build a game engine in 48 hours. Others like UE4. Still others use scratch, Inform, or various other things. Make sure to get the tools you want before you arrive. We will have internet access for everyone, so don't worry about that. We also have plenty of power outlets around the building.
- Food options are plenty and within walking distance (assuming a few blocks of walking is fine). We will also have some snacks and such available throughout the jam.
- Get some sleep--especially friday night, since it's usually saturday that you might want to burn the proverbial midnight oil. Also, please shower each day. We actually have showers on the 3rd floor, but we don't have towels or soap--you'll want to bring that if you're staying the whole time. You can bring a sleeping bag and sleep on site.
- Finally, please read the things we have specific to our site below.
Our site is "free", but it's provided by our sponsors, in particular, the University of Denver and the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science. They do this because every year everyone behaves and helps keep the place clean. We look forward to their continued support!
To get to the site, you will need to go to the ECS building (Engineering and Computer Science), this is on the south side of campus. You can get there by looking at this map: https://goo.gl/maps/QEkr8ntWR852. Note that you want to enter on the south side, there's not usually any parking along the north, which only has some street parking. In other words, enter via Wesley street. We will have signage up to direct you, but registration is on the 1st floor through the southwest door (this leads to an area called the Innovation Floor). Once there, we can direct you.
Doors will open at 5pm, you may come earlier, but registration won't be open yet. The theme will be announced at 6pm in 410 in the same building--this is just a room we can all fit in so we can show it. It's also where the showcase at the end of the year will be. We will be open the entire 48 hours, and the showcase will start at 4pm (participating in the showcase is part of the 48 hours).
Parking is not free in any of the lots by DU. However, south of campus, you can sometimes find parking. They patrol these areas strictly, so you won't want to illegally park anywhere, unless you like parking tickets. Once the weekend is here and Friday has passed, parking will generally be easier in the area.
We're accessible via the light-rail, we're the University of Denver stop (obviously). It's about a 10 minute walk across campus to our building, so keep that in mind if you're taking the train but bringing equipment. Just note that the light rail stops running here around 1 or 2am--you should check the times to be sure you can get back to where you want to.
Finally, we reserve the right to have you removed from our site if you misbehave. Be respectful of our space, our stuff and our people. Generally be respectful of everyone or we'll simply have you removed and you'll be banned from future game jams.