MICA Game Lab

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Friday, January 28, 2022 - 5:00pm
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Join us this January as we host the Global Game Jam online at the MICA Game Lab! We expect the jam to be primarily online this year with some limited in-person activity for community members. 

Communication for the event will be happening on the MICA Game Lab Discord, so make sure to join the server (and click that little star on the welcome channel) beforehand: link

Students, game designers, artists, musicians, poets, friends, tinkerers, curious people who have never made a game before... you're all welcome. Come make a game with us!


GGJ Weekend Schedule

Friday, January 28th @ 5pm EST:
Join us on the MICA Game Lab Discord channel where we'll start things off with the official GGj keynote videos. Then you'll have an opportunity to chat with fellow jammers, form teams, and start making games.

New to the site? Let us know beforehand by emailing [email protected] if you're open to teaming up with someone new.

Saturday and Sunday (January 29-30th):
The weekend will be loosely structured, so you can work when, and for however long, you would like. MICA Game Lab members will be on the Discord channel throughout the day to check in on everyone and offer support, encouragement, and playtesting.

Sunday, January 30th @ 5pm EST: 
Games are uploaded to the GGJ site and then we'll spend some time hanging out on Discord playing everyone’s games, chatting, and handing out some fun MICA Game Lab awards to attendees. Finished games will also be added to the MICA Game Lab itch.io page and featured on the Game Lab's website starting in February.



How do I get into the MICA Game Lab Global Game Jam Discord? 
Follow this link.

If you haven't used Discord before, be sure to set up an account and download the client ahead of time. You can grab it here.

I'm in Baltimore. Can I jam in-person at the MICA Game Lab?
We're keeping an eye on COVID and waiting for some institutional guidance on this one. For now, we're going to focus on organizing a fun and inspiring online jam site. MICA students will have access to buildings during normal operating hours to jam.

Do I need to be a MICA student to join the jam site?
Not at all! Our site is open to anyone over the age of 18. Invite a friend! Plus, since the jam is online, you can join from anywhere in the world.

What if I‘ve never made a game before?
That’s okay! Game jams can be a good place to try new things. You could make a non-digital game, a playful intervention, a puzzle... maybe a toy! You can also join a team on Friday evening and focus on contributing the different skills you already have.

How do I join a team?
There will be time at the beginning of the jam to chat on Discord with other attendees and form new teams.

If possible, reach out to us beforehand by sending an email to [email protected] to let us know that you’re interested in joining a team so we can help support you on Friday evening.

If you already have people that you want to work with, feel free to coordinate before the event. It’s also okay to make a game by yourself!

I want to jam but I can’t attend the whole weekend. What should I do?

You can participate as much as you would like. If you’re working on a team, just be sure to communicate your availability with your teammates early on, You’re also welcome to join us on Discord at 5pm EST on Sunday to play what everyone made over the weekend.

Do I need to make a video game?
NO. You can make any kind of game. At the end of the jam, you can submit a print & play version, or photo/video/text documentation, of your game. If you have coding skills, you can even use software like Tabletop Simulator to share a playable version of your non-digital game.

What if I don't like the theme? 
Don't use it :) While themes are sometimes a good constraint, it shouldn't be the focus.Truth is, sometimes they just don't inspire us. If that's the case, you can make any game you would like. Have fun!

What do I need to participate in the jam?
You will need access to the internet, a computer or smartphone, and Discord.

You will also need to register on the MICA Game Lab GGJ site (link)

Otherwise, you’re free to use whatever tools you need to make your game.

I have more questions. Who should I contact?
Hi, I'm Sam. Please send me an email! [email protected]

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Access to coffee/beverages and food in close vicinity.
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Age Restrictions: 
18+ only

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