2014 Global Game Jam Details & Information

Hello and thank you for registering for the 2014 Global Game Jam at Montgomery County Community College on January 24th through the 26th. We are super-excited about the jam and hope you are too!

The event will be held on the first floor of College Hall in rooms 144/148/151 on Montgomery County Community College’s Blue Bell campus. Registration begins at 2pm on Friday the 24th and the keynote will be given promptly at 5pm so don’t be late!

Also, if you have a laptop that you can develop with please bring it! We will have computers available on site but only enough for half of our attendees. If you definitely will need a computer please send an email to Jason Wertz at jwertz@mc3.edu so we can make sure there will be enough available.

We know you have a lot of questions regarding the event so here is an FAQ that runs down a bunch of things we think you will want to know. If you still have questions after reading this please don’t hesitate to contact Jason Wertz at jwertz@mc3.edu.

What is a Global Game Jam? How do I sign up?
The best place to learn about the Global Game Jam is from the main site’s FAQ at http://globalgamejam.org/faq. In addition, all participants must register through the official MCCC Global Game site.

Where is the Global Game Jam being held at MCCC?
The event will be held on the first floor of College Hall in rooms 144/148/151 on Montgomery County Community College’s Blue Bell campus. This is the large conference room adjacent to the cafeteria. The address for the College is 340 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422. You can find directions to the College and a map of the campus on the College’s web site.

What is the best place to park?
You can park in any lot. College Hall is centrally located on the campus.

Can I take public transportation to the jam site?
Yes! Septa provides bus service directly to the College’s campus. You can find more information on the Public Transportation section of the College’s web site.

What is the schedule for the event?
Registration begins at 2pm on Friday, January 24th. The Game Jam kicks-off at 5pm sharp so don’t be late!!! Final games are due beginning at 3pm on Sunday, January 26th. Final team presentations will begin at 4pm on Sunday, January 26th. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

Will there be food?
Please note that the following information may change as we are still in the process of seeking additional food sponsors. If we gain more sponsors we will be able to provide more food.

Light snacks and soda will be available at the event while supplies last. The College will be providing one meal per day. The tentative schedule is pizza on Friday night, hoagies on Saturday afternoon, and donuts on Sunday morning. Participants are responsible for feeding themselves at all other times during the event. Please plan to bring snacks or food if you have special dietary needs. There are numerous food options within a short distance of the College. The College will provide each attendee with a reusable water bottle so they can stay hydrated. Microwaves are available on site next to the event as well as drink and snack vending machines. Free coffee will also be brewed continuously throughout the event.

What rules are in force during the Global Game Jam?
All participants must adhere to the College’s student code of conduct which can be found on the College’s web site.

In addition to the College’s policies, an event specific Expectation of Behavior will be in effect for the duration of the event. All participants must agree to abide by these documents to participate at this Global Game Jam site. A printed copy of these items will be provided to event participants at the time of on-site registration.

Will there be a place to sleep?
The room used for the opening and closing presentations will be dedicated as a quiet space during the game jam. Participants will be able to use this space to sleep if they so choose. There are also some lounge chairs and sofas in the hallway next to the event space that participants can use for sleeping.

What should I bring if I want to sleep?
You should bring a sleeping bag and pillow. The College will not be providing cots so you will most likely be sleeping on the floor or in a chair. Please plan accordingly.

What about hygiene?
There are bathrooms right next to the event space. Jammers are encouraged to bring personal hygiene items such as a toothbrush and a change of clothes for the event. You will be a more productive jammer if you take time to get yourself cleaned up at the beginning of the day and the other jammers will appreciate it too!

You should also plan to take a few small breaks from the jam. Taking a walk, running home to clean up, and making a food-run are just a few of the things that you can do to help you recharge your creative batteries in addition to sleeping.

Is the site open for the full 48 hours of the jam?
Yes. You can work straight through the event at MCCC. The site will not close.

Can I leave the site and return at any time?
During the daytime you are welcome to come and go as you please. After a certain time at night jammers must stay inside the building until the morning. This rule is in force to make it easier for Public Safety to provide adequate coverage during the event. The exact times and rules for when jammers may enter and leave the site will be communicated at registration. We are still in the process of working with Public Safety to determine the exact times and rules for jam site access.

Can I volunteer to help with the event?
Sure! Please contact Jason Wertz at jwertz@mc3.edu.

What technology is available?
All participants are encouraged to bring their own technology (laptops, PC & monitor). There will be 28 jammers and the College is only providing 16 computers. If you have a laptop please bring it.

The College will provide:

Are any sponsors providing free items during the Global Game Jam?
Yes! Unity is offering a free, limited time, pro license with Android & iOS export. Additional sponsors can be found at http://globalgamejam.org/sponsors.

You can find additional resources for jammers, and potentially some other special deals, at http://globalgamejam.org/jammer-resources

Anything else I should know?
We currently plan for the event to be live-streamed on the internet. You will be able to find the URL for the live stream on the College’s Global Game Jam page.

Can I get started on the Game Jam right now? I can’t wait any longer!!!
You can’t start developing yet but you can review this year’s list of diversifiers. Find out what a diversifier is and see the list of this year’s diversifiers at http://globalgamejam.org/global-game-jam-diversifiers.

What if I still have questions or require special assistance?
Email Jason Wertz at jwertz@mc3.edu.