Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Welcome to the Global Game Jam Bangalore 2018

Hope you are all excited for this year’s Global Game Jam :) we sure are! We hope you are well rested, all your gamedev tools sharpened and ready to jam! This is a bit of a long post, please do read it till the end!

First and foremost, If you have changed your mind or is unsure/unable to attend this jam, please remove yourself from the jam site - http://bit.ly/ggjblr18. This is very very important as it will help us get a clearer picture of how many participants we have as well as help us get the right amount of sleeping bags and food at the venue.

With that out of the way, here is a small note on what to expect at the jam this weekend and how to get ready for it.

This is the first time we are jamming at Srishti and it is the first time that Srishti is hosting a long 48 hour jam - things that can go wrong, most probably will! Please come prepared.

Getting here

Yes, we’ve heard enough and more jokes about how far Yelahanka is, but heck we’ve been travelling to HSR for the past five years too! Also, if it makes you feel any better, you will only be doing that once. As with getting anywhere in Bangalore, you can take buses (most likely a 402) that can take you to Yelahanka or use other means of transportation to get to the Srishti N3 Campus, here is the exact location on Google Maps - https://goo.gl/maps/yp4vA8LG3f72. There is a bus stop right in front of the venue and the closest bus stand which is the Yelahanka 5th Phase Bus Stop is about 500 meters away.


We start at 03:00 PM with our registrations; please try to make it to the venue at least 30 minutes prior and plan your travel ahead considering how Bangalore traffic always throws a wrench into everyone’s plans; also, it is a Friday!

Please bring a valid government (or college) id card (Driver's License, Aadhar card etc) when you are coming as you will be required by security to validate your registration for entry into the event venue. Without a valid id card, you will be refused entry to the venue.

After registrations, we move on to talks and by 05:00 PM we will announce the theme via the keynote and commence the jam. Please have a look at the schedule for better idea of the Jam is structured. You can find the schedule here - http://bit.ly/ggjblr18schedule.

Srishti has organized dinner, breakfast and lunch on all days so that you need not leave the venue and can focus all your energies on making your game!

The Jam


Apart from the main theme which is mandatory, you have a large bunch of awesome but optional constraints that you can abide by; here is the full list of diversifiers for you to choose from - https://globalgamejam.org/news/ggj18-diversifiers

Apart from your laptops and other peripherals that you will be using, please carry an extra power strip with you for emergencies. Do carry extra clothes, deodorants, toothbrush and toothpaste, some towels and blankets just in case. If you take any kind of medication, do remember to carry them along with you. Also remember to get bottles so you can refill them and keep yourself hydrated. The nights are long, so be sure to pick up some snacks you can chow down later.

We take the safety of our jammers very seriously. Please read our Safe Spaces Policy here - https://gamedev.in/safe-spaces-policy/.

If we missed anything here, please be sure to keep an eye on the #ggj slack channel on gamedev.in. Please join in for the latest news and updates regarding GGJ from all across India and more (join the #ggj channel) - http://chat.gamedev.in

If you have any questions please do check out our faq here - http://bit.ly/ggjblr18faq or feel free to contact us.

We hope to see you there and happy jamming :)

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