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Global Game Jam 2018

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Global Game Jam 2018

Location: Wrexham Glyndwr University (Creative Industries Centre)

Date / Time: 26th – 28th January 2018 (5pm start of Fri)

Prices: Free

The Global Game Jam is a 48 hour create-athon where you collaborate with others to try and create fun and innovative game prototypes based around a mystery theme. Join us at the popular annual global event.

The Global Game Jam is designed to accommodate people from all backgrounds and skill levels. Absolutely no previous experience is necessary! Meet people.
Get creative. Learn new skills.

The aim is to invent small but innovative and experimental games. The event lasts ALL weekend and the site will be operating 24/7 throughout. Participants are encouraged to stay on site for as much as possible, but you are welcome to dip in and out if preferred.

Come along and help us break a new world record for the worlds biggest game jam and take part alongside people from 96+ countries! We will be live streaming all of the weekend events, and communicating with people from all around the world.

The Global Game Jam is completely free to attend, and we also provide a free buffet lunch each day.

If you would like to know more, you can contact the GGJ Regional Site Coordinator (Rich Hebblewhite) at:

You can sign up for the event at:

For more general information, you can visit the official GGJ website at:

Here are some commonly asked questions:

1) Do I need to be an experienced games designer, artist or programmer ?

A: Not at all! The Global Game Jam is designed to accommodate people from all backgrounds and skill levels. Absolutely no previous experience is necessary!

2) Will I be working as part of a team ?

A: It’s completely up to you! You are free to be a “lone wolf” and work on something by yourself, or join together with other people and work on a game project as a small team.

3) What kind of game project would I work on ?

A: All of the games produced must revolve around a particular theme that is kept secret until the start of the event. From there, you are free to interpret the theme in any way you like. You don’t even have to create a digital product… traditional board games and card based designs are perfectly acceptable and more common than you might think!

4) Which development tools should I use ? Can I bring my own laptop/dev tools with me ?

A: You are free to use any development tools that you want, provided that you have a license to do so. Many people choose to bring their own laptops with them, but we will be working in one of our PC labs where a variety of tools will be available such as Autodesk Maya, 3D Studio Max, Multimedia Fusion, Flash, XCode, Android, MS Visual Studio and many others. We can also provide arts and craft materials for non-digital game projects.

5) Do I have to stay around for the entire 48 hours ?

A: Whilst you are not obligated to stay for the entire period, you are encouraged to try and attend as much as possible throughout the event. We recognise that some participants may have family or work commitments, so for that reason you are able to come and go as you please. However, please bare in mind that designing and implementing a product in such a short space of time is tricky, so its a good idea to inform your fellow game jammers of your availability at the earliest opportunity. This will help your team to schedule work more effectively.

6) Can I bring my friends with me ?

A: Yes! The event is open to absolutely anyone, but all attendees must be registered on our official site at the links provided.

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