Welcome to The 'Foundry' @UWEGames Jam @UWEBristol!
Historically one of the biggest, oldest and best FREE jam sites in the UK.
This year our GGJ site is in person only at the UWE Bristol Frenchay Campus.
Location / Parking
By bus: Walk up the short, steep path into UWE, in the middle of the bus rank. Walk through 3 sets of double doors and go up the stairs between the Foundry + Barbershop to the Works on arrival.
By car: Car parks 1-3 are best suited and available for the weekend. Pickup and drop-off is also possible in a dedicated bay, just after the main bus rank. If you have the hardware, we suggest using this drop-off, as the Foundry / Works is only 100M from the bus rank.
Use the UWE Internal Navigation website to help with room and route finding on Frenchay Campus.
4:00 pm onwards - Earlybirds can arrive at 'The Works' (above Foundry). Grab a coffee from Core 24 or the Grill down the corridor.
5:00 pm - "Find a Team" Networking. Follow Foundry staff from Works to the GGJ Welcome + Keynotes + Theme Reveal location (Lecture Theatre 2D067).
6:00 pm - GLOBAL GAME JAM STARTS - Video Keynote + Theme Reveal.
6:XX pm #GAMEDEV COMMENCES across Foundry / Works.
6:00 pm - PIZZA PLAYTEST
Giant pizza order (incl. limited vegan + gluten-free options) and a chance to take a break to playtest early builds of others jammers games.
11:00 am - BREAKFAST PLAYTEST
Tea, Coffee, Pastries & Fruit - start off the day with a hit of caffeine and nutrients. Squeeze in a quick playtest with other jammers before a final sprint.
3:00-5:00 pm - Upload game to GGJ site & chill.
6:00 pm - Final gameplay demos + audience award in the keynote theatre (2D067).
Hardware & Software
Most people prefer to BYOD (bring your own device), laptop, or even desktop, but we also have some guest accounts so visitors will be able to use the 30 machines in the Works (Unity, .net, Adobe, etc.)
If you want something to plug into, rather than haul a monitor in, we also have (SOME) large displays & projectors for use.
NB: There may be high demand for these items, so if you need something specific give Charlie an email and he can advise as to available resources.
Food & Drink
As this is a FREE event, we try to provide a huge delivery of Pizza on Saturday night, plenty of fresh fruit and some light breakfast items on Sunday morning. There are lots of water fountains available - so bring a bottle and STAY HYDRATED!
There is a range of shops, cafes, and the student union on-site (incl. Starbucks, Costa, and Subway), with major supermarkets and retail parks with fast food (and healthy alternatives) within walking distance.
We always try to learn a bit more about you the jammers and the event we run to understand it better and share these insights with colleagues. There is no formal research observation this year however we may ask to collect some non-identifable information from you during the event. See also our statement about collecting photo and video data.
Video / Photos / Twitter
Sometimes we make a short video of the event or record the final demos. If you do not wish to be in this, you can let an organiser or film crew know at any time.
We also tweet about the awesome stuff you've made!
It's healthy to take breaks. We reserve a couple of rooms for chilling out or even a quick sleep, so bring a pillow or something if you are not heading home for the night! Please also bring additional clothes in case you get cold... It is January in the UK after all...
*More details to follow.