Jam Site Owner: 
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Jam Site Type: 
Jam Site Audience: 
Primary Language: 
American English
Entrance Fee: 
Friday: 8pm-3am. Saturday: 9am-3am. Sunday: 9am-10pm
Event Start Date: 
Friday, February 3, 2023 - 6:30pm
Site Time Zone: 
Jam Site Description: 

IGDATC is hosting a hybrid site this year. We will be in-person at Noble Robot in Minneapolis, and online via Discord. The space at Noble Robot is limited to 30 attendees.

All are welcome, whether you are a seasoned veteran, or someone just curious about game development, this event is for you!

We welcome all types of games (digital, hardware, tabletop), too!

See below for important information:

  • ▶️ Schedule, February 3rd-5th
  • ▶️ ***COVID-19 policy***
  • ▶️ In-person site information
  • ▶️ Parking/transit
  • ▶️ Food options
  • ▶️ Online site information
  • ▶️ FAQ
  • ▶️ Post-jam presentations on February 8th!


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▶️ Schedule, February 3rd-5th

All times are Central Time (UTC -6).

Friday, February 3rd
06:30p - Noble Robot opens
08:00p - Opening presentation (online/in-person)
09:00p - Team formation
10:00p - Jam starts
03:00a - Noble Robot closes

Saturday, February 4th
09:00a - Noble Robot opens
12:00p - Game page created on the GGJ site by now
03:00a - Noble Robot closes

Sunday, February 5th
09:00a - Noble Robot opens
02:00p - Draft game/assets uploaded to the GGJ site by now
08:00p - Jam ends
08:30p - Post-jam presentations (online/in-person)
10:00p - Noble Robot closes


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▶️ COVID-19 policy

For the safety of our community, please review the following COVID-19 policy for this year's in-person location:

  • You must be fully vaccinated and boosted.
  • You must have a negative COVID-19 test result, taken on Friday, Feb 3rd. You will be asked to show a photo of the test when you arrive, so remember to take a picture!
  • If you are feeling sick at any time during the weekend, you must go home immediately.
  • Because of the testing requirement, masks are not required, but if you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, please feel free to. Additional masks are available on-site.

There are no exceptions to this policy. If you are unable to provide a photo of a negative test, or you forget to take a test (it happens), there is a pharmacy right next door to Noble Robot where you can quickly obtain a home test.

If you cannot comply with this policy for any reason, you are of course welcome to jam with us online via Discord.

If you have any questions about this policy, please contact Mark LaCroix, the in-person site organizer.


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▶️ In-person jam site

Noble Robot is a co-working office for people working in games, software, and digital art, located in the St. Anthony Falls area of Minneapolis, just across the river from downtown.

It is an open plan space that can accomedate a maximum of 30 people: 22 in the main area, and 4 in each of two conference rooms.

There will be enough power strips for everyone, but you may wish to bring your own to be safe or if you have additional devices. There will be a few extra monitors as well as a large number of Xbox One and PS4 gamepads. See an organizer on-site to check out any Noble Robot equipment.

One of the conference rooms doubles as a podcast/recording studio, and can be used to record audio for your game. See an organizer to arrange use of the recording space and equipment.

This conference room also features a TV and wide-angle webcam connected to a USB hub for Discord/Zoom meetings. It's use will be prioratized for hybrid teams.

The building also has a small amount of common space that can be used temporarily, but there will be no dedicated space for sleeping/napping.

Noble Robot will remain open until 3am on Friday and Saturday, and open again at 9am on Saturday and Sunday.


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▶️ Parking/transit

There is free street parking within two blocks of Noble Robot, and the parking lot of the nearby Union Bank and Trust building is free on weekends.

Before you set out, please see the detailed information at:


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▶️ Food options

There are many food options next to Noble Robot, including a full grocery store, pizza and fast casual options, and other restaurants. A near-complete list/map of nearby options can be found here.

There will be limited free snacks and drinks on-site, as well as a microwave, tea kettle, and refrigerator.


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▶️ Online jam site

For our online site this year we're again partnering with Amber Waves of Games to manage the Discord server for the jam. All jammers will use this server, whether online-only or in-person. The opening and closing presentations will be streamed into the server and to the IGDATC YouTube channel.

Server invite here: https://discord.gg/8jrMTDnnfW


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▶️ Post-jam presentations on February 8th!

After the jam is complete, we will hold our traditional post-jam presentations during the following Gamedev Meeting on February 8th. If you'd like to present a short (10-15 minute) post-mortem at this meeting (either online, or in-person at the Nerdery!), you can claim a speaking slot at this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0948ada92ea7f4c61-monthly#/


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Food Options: 
Access to food in close vicinity. Drinks and snacks provided on site.
Available Tools or Technology: 
Power strips. Audio recording space and equipment. Spare monitors and game controllers.
Who Can Participate: 
Age Restrictions: 
18+ only

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