Guildford

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Registration for this site is now closed. If you have registered and cannot attend please let me know and i will remove you from the list. if you would like to join the waiting list please also let me know and you will be notified if there is a vacancy.

 

Welcome to Guildford GGJ19!

Guildford is once again hosting Global Game Jam at the Guildford Library. The jam will take place on the 3rd floor of the Library in our own open jamming space with plenty of natural light.

The library is also home to the Guildford Makerspace project. We’re encouraged to use the library resources from books and some special Guildford Makerspace hardware. See Available Tools for a detailed list.

Guildford Library: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/libraries/your-library/find-your-nearest/gui...

Library Maker's Space: https://www.guildfordmakerspace.org.uk

We are also keen to have a day sometime before the Jam to show jammers how the kit and how to use it, so let us know if you're interested and we can give you more details on when that will be!!

 

GGJ Information

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'll go out for dinner and/or drinks!

 

How do I get to the Jam Site?

Address
Guildford Library

77 North Street
Guildford
Surrey GU1 4AL

Guildford library is situated near the top of North Street in Guildford town centre.

Car
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

Parking
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.

Bus
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

Train
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

 

Who is sponsoring this event?

Criterion Games
www.criteriongames.com

Criterion is an award-winning games studio that is proud to be a part of Electronic Arts. Their story began some years ago as a small studio of talented people who craft games with joy, passion, and commitment to great quality.

Growing over the years, they have nurtured our values in creative collaboration, diversity, honesty and unique perspectives. The studio is made up of a healthy mix of industry veterans and newcomers working together to inspire, support, and educate one another.

Criterion is proud to have been awarded Best Mid-Size company in the GamesIndustry.biz “Best Places To Work” awards in 2018.

You might know them from Star Wars: Battlefront II to the world, the BAFTA-winning Burnout series, Black, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (also a BAFTA winner) and Need For Speed: Most Wanted. Most recently they have been working with DICE to bring Firestorm to Battlefield V.

 

Fireproof Games
www.fireproofgames.com

Fireproof are a team of 17 based in Guildford, UK and since 2012 they have been creating their own games, beginning with the award winning iOS, Android & PC game The Room, followed by The Room Two, The Room Three and The Room Old Sins.

Their Virtual Reality Jetpack game Omega Agent is available for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift & Samsung Gear VR.

They also teamed up with Team 17 to release The Room on Nintendo Switch as their debut game on the console.

Most recently they have released The Room Three: PC Edition which is out now on Steam, featuring a full graphical overhaul of the game's beloved aesthetic.

 

Figment Productions
www.figmentproductions.co.uk

Figment is a digital media production company that delivers creative content and cutting-edge technology. Its award-winning team has a reputation for delivering top class creative work coupled with technical innovation, and has been delivering projects worldwide for nearly ten years. From Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) to fully immersive Virtual Reality, the team blends art and technology with an innate love of storytelling to provide world class immersive experiences.

Figment is best known for creating Derren Brown’s Ghost Train, Thorpe Park (2017), Galactica, the world’s first rollercoaster dedicated to VR, Alton Towers (2016), Kraken Unleashed, SeaWorld Orlando (2017), and The Great Lego Race, a VR Rollercoaster experience launched in numerous Legoland Resorts worldwide (2018).

 

Rocketdesk
www.rocketdesk.co.uk

Rocketdesk is a vibrant co-working space, based in Guildford, Surrey and created exclusively for creative technology professionals. Whether you’re a programmer, designer or artist you’ll find likeminded, passionate and productive people like you in the friendly Rocketdesk community. Contracts are fair and flexible, ideally suited to start-ups or freelancers. See more details at www.rocketdesk.co.uk, or get in touch at [email protected].

 

Ubisoft
www.ubisoft.com

Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, such as Assassin's Creed, Mario + Rabbids, Far Cry, Tom Clancy's (Rainbow Six®,  The Division and Ghost Recon), The Crew, For Honor, Just Dance and leading edge online experiences that engage players over many years.

The teams throughout Ubisoft's worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms.

 

G3 - Galvanising Guildford Games
www.guildford-games.com

G3 was founded in 2015 to promote and celebrate the vibrant Games industry local to Guildford.   As well as providing the community a voice to local and national government, G3 runs a popular annual conference / drinks and BBQ event each summer at the University of Surrey attracting over 150 attendees from the regional industry each year.  During the year G3 runs satellite networking events (e.g. graduate recruitment at the University) and local events promoting tech skills, access to finance for startups etc. G3 is run in collaboration with the local games industry by UKIE, Charles Russell Speechly LLP and the University of Surrey.

 

 

Is there WiFi?

Wifi will be available at location.

To avoid exploding from stress we recommend downloading all major software in advance of the jam.

 

What do I need to bring to the Jam?

Make sure to bring yourselves and any equipment you may need to create games (subject to your discipline):

- Laptops
- Chargers
- Graphics Tablets
- Headphones
- Keyboard & Mouse
- Controllers
- Hard drives and/or USB drives

Some other stuff you may need:

- Snacks
- Drinks
- Deodorant
- Sleeping bags, tooshbrush & toothpaste
- Thinking caps
- Tonnes of patience

 

Available resources

GGJ: http://globalgamejam.org/jammer-resources

Soundly: Free 48hr access codes will be available for people to use during the jam to access an entire library of sound effects for their games.

 

Social Media

Website: http://globalgamejam.org/

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/

Twitter: @globalgamejam

Official Twitter Hashtag: #GGJ19

 

IMPORTANT!

Please note that by attending GGJ you are expected to uphold to a certain Code of Conduct: http://globalgamejam.org/legal-policies

 

Entrance Fee: 
None
Hours: 
Open for entire 48 hours
Who Can Participate: 
Anyone
Age Restrictions: 
18+ only
Food Options: 
Access to food in close vicinity. Drinks and snacks provided on site.
Available Tools or Technology: 
Power Strips, Soundly(sfx software) Access Code, Printers, 3D Printer, Digital Cutter, Makey Makey Microcontrollers, Micro Bits, Little Bits, Ozo Bots, Arduino, Raspberry Pies, Library Books
This site has onsite security.
Maximum Capacity: 
35

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Facilities: 
This site is wheelchair accessible and has accessible toilets
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This site has a quiet space/spaces away from the main jam areas
This site has qualified first aiders
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This site has 24 hour security
This site has easily accessible public transport
This is a non smoking site
This site welcomes jammers creating boardgames
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