Vancouver Island Game Developers

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In-person Only
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9am to 11pm are core hours
Event Start Date: 
Friday, February 3, 2023 - 4:00pm
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This jam is being run by Vancouver-Island Game Developers (VIGD) at Makerspace Nanaimo.

About VIGD and the Global Game Jam

  • We're a group of game developers (hobbyist and professional) largely on Vancouver Island, in Nanaimo. We have weekly hack nights over Discord and monthly pint nights in person.
    • But you don't have to be part of our Meetup group to participate in the Global Game Jam!
  • Our group is open to all skill levels. Haven't made a game before? There's no better way or time to start!
    • ​Want to program? Grab a game engine (Unity, GameMaker, Unreal, or other engine of your choice) and jump on in!
    • Is art your thing? There's plenty of free tools out there including Inkscape, MagicaVoxel, and Blender just as a start.
    • How about sound design and music? Check out Bfxr, LMMS, or musagi.
    • While our site doesn't have specific mentors, you will find people excited to help you get started on your gamedev journey!
  • Remember, this isn't just about code: games need art, music, writing, level designers and more. A game developer is anyone who's involved in developing a game! 
  • But something not usually in short supply are ideas. Don't expect to join a team as the "ideas person" or producer. Everyone jamming should expect to get their hands dirty in creation!

Key Timings

  • Friday
    • 4pm: The jam site will open for jammers to arrive, register, set up, and mingle.
    • 5pm: The keynote will be presented and theme announced
  • Saturday
    • 11am: Jammers need to have their game project page set up on the Global Game Jam site
  • Sunday
    • 2pm: Teams start uploading their game (if they haven't already)
    • 3pm: Game presentations/shared play time as available.
    • 5pm: Jam concludes, teams depart.

Venue Info

  • Bus stops are under a 10-minute walk away. Service is fairly regular throughout the day, but slows after 6pm.
  • There are not many food options available. Quality Foods and Landlubber Pub are a 15-minute walk away. It is recommended you bring food. There is a single fridge on site, but non-perishable food is preferred as space cannot be guaranteed.
  • The Makerspace is an open work area. While there is a loveseat, participants should plan on getting sleep off-site during the jam. The site will be closed overnight.

What You'll Need/Recommended to Bring

  • Laptop or computer (updated with your development software of choice)
  • Earbuds or isolating headphones to help you focus on your project
  • Food.
  • Your enthusiasm to create!
Food Options: 
Nothing available in the area. Participants must arrange their own food and drink.
Who Can Participate: 
Age Restrictions: 
16+ only

Recently Uploaded Games

Can be played on Mobile (Touch) or Desktop (Mouse) Global Game Jam 2023 - Theme was "Roots", and after brainstorming for a while, we listened to "Root Down" by beastie boys.
A mesmerizing game of growing a system of roots for a budding new plant.
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