Let's wrap up the year with a gamejam yule never forget! (Credit for title of jam: Rob, amazing DUUG organiser)

🙌A huge thanks to DIT for hosting us and providing lunch, and to Unity for passes to Unity Plus.


Call for Sponsors

If you are interested in hosting (or have some place that would be cool to host a game jam), and/or you want to sponsor our game jam, you can drop us an email via [email protected]

Bring your own mug

To limit the amount of disposable cups used, bring your own mug. Thankies in advance.


Games made on the day will be uploaded to https://itch.io/jam/dublin-gamecraft-a-gamejam-yule-never-forget


What is a GameCraft about?

It's a game jam for people who are interested in game-making to come together under one roof to make games, meet people and generally have fun. GameCraft provides a venue so you can concentrate on making fun games. We also provide food and beverages throughout the day.

But what is a game jam?

A game jam is an event for people to make games based on a theme (announced at the beginning of the jam) within a given period of time. It can be 8 hours or even up to 24 hours.

Do I need to bring anything?

You bring your own tools, laptops, sound equipment, peripherals, software, assets, etc. We do not provide any equipment.

Is it all about digital games?

No, you can make non-digital games like boardgames, card games, RPGs, other types of pervasive games. All you need to do is bring your own craft materials. We don't provide any on the day.

Am I able for a game jam?

YES! You like games, and having fun. You don't have to be a programmer, if you can draw, tell stories, make music, and more... come along!

Is there an age restriction to participate?

Yes, GameCraft events are all adult events (over 18s) unless specified. Normally when you sign up, you have to agree that you are over 18 before completing your registration.

Do I have to be in a team?

Nope, let us know when you check-in at registration on Saturday morning (09:30-09:59), and let us know what skills you have, and we can form a group in the morning before we announce the theme.

How many can we have in a team?

As many as you want. :-)

What about ownership of the games we create?

All games and content produced during GameCraft events remains the full property of their creators. GameCraft makes no claim to anything participants create. When you take part in GameCraft events you own everything you create.

All trademarks remain property of their respective owners.

See https://www.gamecraft.it/privacy/.

Can I play games made at the jam?

Yes; we will try and get folks to upload their games to: https://itch.io/jam/dublin-gamecraft-a-gamejam-yule-never-forget

Where is DIT Grangegorman?

The event takes place in St. Laurence's Church (left from the entrance).

Here's the map: https://goo.gl/maps/C63PgSngHCE2

Here's how to get to the venue: http://www.dit.ie/grangegorman2014/howtogettograngegorman/


You are the judges*! 🙌

Step 1

Organisers will be handing numbers for each game that is set up after the jam.

Step 2

Play as many games as you can.

Step 3

You like a game, note its number and tell the organisers who will keep score.


Organisers will tot up the votes, and there will be

Special Category

Note: *There is an extra category for Best Game made in Unity3D. The GameCraft Organisers will be the judges. The prizes will be passes to Unity Plus courtesy of our sponsors, Unity3D.


(A quick note that photos in this post are mine unless explicity credited to other owners, if you have a pic you want to share, let us know)

❤️ Huge thanks to everyone who helped and participated in our end of the year GameCraft.

❤️ Shout out to our sponsors, DIT and Unity3D.

❤️ A special thanks to Bryan Duggan for helping us sort out hosting with DIT and Kal who is the student ambassador liason with Unity3D for sorting out the Unity Plus prizes. To Thomas Shaw who personally contributed The C64 Mini as a prize, and to Robin O'Keefe who dropped over his Moveable Type games as prizes personally on the day.

The morning was clear, cold and even had a rainbow to welcome us:

Ohh and what a bumper set of prizes we had on the day:

I (Vicky) didn't take many pictures during the jam, but I have pics of when the games are being played after the jam ended.

Here is proof that Robin dropped in with his games as prizes:

The theme is /drumroll:

It was more appropriate for last year as we were all nice and warm this year in the church. 🔥

Here's a pic at the start of the jam as people were busy figuring out what to make with the theme.

Don't forget to upload games to itchio


The Games made and played after the jam

Team 1

Team 2

Team 3

Team 4

Team 5

Made with Codea.

Team 7

Team 8

Team 9

Our only board game - Freezing assets that can be played up to 4 people.


Congrats to all our People's Choice winners and Unity3D winners.

Folks can upload their games here: http://bit.ly/yulejam18

People's Choice

🥇 Team 1

🥈 Team9

This is a 3-person team.

🥉 Team 3

Best Game Made in Unity3D

Prizes are Unity3D Plus codes each for 1 year. Judged by Bryan, Mick and Vicky

🥇 Team 4

🥈 Team 2

A few more things...

Special announcement from 1GAM Galway

  • https://twitter.com/1gamgalway/status/1069943913706938368
  • https://www.facebook.com/pg/1gamgalway

Special announcement from GameCraft Foundation

We announced on the day that we are fundraising with a target of €1000.00 for 2019, the main expense is our accountant's fee, and any left over will go towards our future game jam expense.

If you can contribute €10, that would be super awesome, and there's an option for you to donate other amounts either as a once-off, monthly or yearly.

First step is to head over to https://opencollective.com/gamecraft-foundation-clg, you'll see who has donated so far, and how much we have raised. Thanks to those who have dropped in a few bob so far. ❤️🌈


Our next GameCrafts

  • CORK (In memory of Paul O'Brien who passed away earlier this year, a big supporter of Cork GameCraft and lecturer at St John's Central College)

Other Upcoming Game-related events

Global Game Jam (Fri Jan 25 - Sun Jan 27 2019)

Other Groups

I forgot to mention other game-related groups around Ireland. If there's one I missed out, let me know.

And for more games-related news, check out gamedevelopers.ie.

And finally...

On behalf of GameCraft Foundation (which includes Andrew, Aphra, Bryan, Darren, Dave, Mick, Naoise, Siobhan and myself), we want to wish you all a Happy Holidays. We look forward to seeing in the New Year! 🎄🎉

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St. Laurence Church, DIT, Grangegorman Lower, D07 C972