Vancouver Island Game Developers

Jam Site Owner: 
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Jam Site Type: 
Hybrid
Primary Language: 
English
Entrance Fee: 
None
Maximum Capacity: 
16
Hours: 
Open from 8am to 11pm; longer depending on staff
Event Start Date: 
Friday, January 28, 2022 - 4:00pm
Site Time Zone: 
America/Vancouver
This site only accepts people near site's time zone: 
America/Vancouver
Jam Site Description: 

This jam is being run by Vancouver-Island Game Developers (VIGD) at Makerspace Nanaimo.

We're running this jam in a hybrid model - so you can participate on-site at Makerspace Nanaimo, or join us via Discord. Note that if public health restrictions tighten, the entire jam will be over Discord.

About VIGD and the Global Game Jam

  • We're a group of game developers (hobbyist and professional) largely on Vancouver Island, in Nanaimo. We have weekly hack nights over Discord and monthly pint nights in person.
    • But you don't have to be part of our Meetup group to participate in the Global Game Jam!
  • Our group is open to all skill levels. Haven't made a game before? There's no better way or time to start!
    • ​Want to program? Grab a game engine (Unity, GameMaker, Unreal, or other engine of your choice) and jump on in!
    • Is art your thing? There's plenty of free tools out there including Inkscape, MagicaVoxel, and Blender just as a start.
    • How about sound design and music? Check out Bfxr, LMMS, or musagi.
    • While our site doesn't have specific mentors, you will find people excited to help you get started on your gamedev journey!
  • Remember, this isn't just about code: games need art, music, writing, level designers and more. A game developer is anyone who's involved in developing a game! 
  • But something not usually in short supply are ideas. Don't expect to join a team as the "ideas person" or producer. Everyone jamming should expect to get their hands dirty in creation!

Key Timings

  • Friday
    • 4pm: The jam site will open for jammers to arrive, register, set up, and mingle.
    • 5pm: The keynote will be presented and theme announced
  • Saturday
    • 11am: Jammers need to have their game project page set up on the Global Game Jam site
  • Sunday
    • 2pm: Teams start uploading their game (if they haven't already)
    • 3pm: Game presentations/shared play time as available.
    • 5pm: Jam concludes, teams depart.

Venue Info

  • Bus stops are under a 10-minute walk away. Service is fairly regular throughout the day, but slows after 6pm (and stops at 7pm on Sunday).
  • There are not many food options available. Quality Foods and Landlubber Pub are a 15-minute walk away. It is recommended you bring food. There is a single fridge on site, but with up to 30 participants, non-perishable food is preferred as space cannot be guaranteed.
  • The Makerspace is an open work area. While there is a loveseat, participants should plan on getting some sleep off-site during the jam.

What You'll Need/Recommended to Bring

  • Laptop or computer (updated with your development software of choice)
  • Earbuds or isolating headphones to help you focus on your project
  • Food.
  • Your enthusiasm to create!
Food Options: 
Nothing available in the area. Participants must arrange their own food and drink.
Who Can Participate: 
Anyone
Age Restrictions: 
18+ only

Recently Uploaded Games

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Facilities: 
This site has parking
This site has refrigerator space
This site welcomes jammers creating boardgames
This site welcomes jammers creating hardware games/alternative controllers