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On Saturday the 23rd February game developers from all over will gather together in Farset Labs, Belfast , to pour forth their creative juices in an extravaganza of game development talent that hasn’t been seen since…well, since the las GameCraft in November, or another game jam :D . That’s right, it’s time for Belfast GameCraft! This time around, particpants, either individually or as a team, have a whole 8 hours to create a game centered around a random theme to be announced on the day.

It will be exciting, it will be intense, it will be…slightly pungent, frankly. But it will be worth it! After 8 hours, a panel of highly trained judges (at least, they look highly trained, they are all wearing monacles) will examine each of the submitted games and select a few stand out entries to be awarded some awesome prizes. While the games are being pinched, prodded, and poked, we’ll all have some well deserved refreshments and a bit of time for the all important networking. Participants are free to use whatever game creation platform they like, be that Unity, UDK, GameMaker, Construct2, XNA, or one of the myriad other fine platforms available today. Good luck and may the most ridiculous game win!

What happens on the day?

This event is free but all members of your team need a ticket.

FAQ

Q. Any restrictions on who can join?

All levels welcome.

Q: How many people can be in a team?

Team size is unrestricted, although bear in mind that larger teams will make it hard work as well.

Q: Do we bring our own hardware?

Yes, participants will bring their own hardware, but you will need to look after your own hardware on the day.

Q. Does GameCraft support online participation?

No, but we will look into it for future Dublin Game Crafts.

Q. Do we decide on an idea before the event?

The topic of the game is decided on the day, so probably not a good idea.

Q. Can we also bring pre-written frameworks we code ourselves. Would we need to share these frameworks with the other teams?

You are free to use which ever framework you want. Sharing your own framework is up to you.

Q. What other tools and frameworks should bring along?

Prepare your machine with the tools before you come along on the day, this will alleviate the load on the wifi. You can find information on what you need on this resources page.

Organization

Judges

And a big thanks to our judges, so be nice to them:-

News

It was another amazing GameCraft, it was great to travel to such an amzing location for this event :D . Thanks to Matt Johnston for organizing everything and we really missed you Matt!! Thanks to Greg for judging and being a great friend! :D To Farset Labs for being amazing hosts and to all the people who are involved in one way or another with this amazing event. What you all want to know :)

Who won??

1st Prize

Team Free Roast Beef, with their game: Bloomers

2nd Prize

Most Original Game prize and People’s Choice Award – Team For Loopers, with their game Gravity Bloom

3rd Prize

Team: A Team (will be confirmed soon) with their game Sting Ray (name will also be confirmed soon :) )

4th Prize

Team Pulse College

More pics here

Thanks and we'll see you at the next one. (Keep an eye on your inbox)

This is announcement to those who are travelling to Belfast for GameCraft this evening. As you are aware, the arrangement for the hired coach up has fallen through. It's too late to hire another one that's available so last minute and affordable.

So here is a list of cross-border buses that are the cheaper alternative.

Andrea has offered to pick up people when they get to Belfast, if others who are driving, if you can help out, that would be great.

Apologies to those who booked a place for the bus us, please pass the word on to others as we don't have the list of the people who registered.

/// Vicky & Andrea

Dublin-Belfast BusMonday Feb. 11th

Hey GameCrafters! The 23rd is getting closer! The big deal for people coming from Dublin is transport. Shane Kavanagh has done all the hard work trying to organise a bus to take us directly to the venue from Dublin and back again. All on the same day.

The cost per person depends on the numbers using the bus. We'll need at least 14 people for it to make sense, but the more we get, the cheaper it'll be.

If we get enough people, we'll be GameCrafting in Belfast for the day, without the hassle of public transport! Nice.

Please register here if you are interested

PS Thanks to Shane for the hard work!

  • When: 23rd February 2012, 9AM
  • Where: Farset Labs, Weavers Court, Linfield Rd, Belfast, Antrim BT12 5GH, United Kingdom

On Saturday the 23rd February game developers from all over will gather together in Farset Labs, Belfast , to pour forth their creative juices in an extravaganza of game development talent that hasn’t been seen since…well, since the las GameCraft in November, or another game jam :D. That’s right, it’s time for Belfast GameCraft! This time around, particpants, either individually or as a team, have a whole 8 hours to create a game centered around a random theme to be announced on the day. It will be exciting, it will be intense, it will be…slightly pungent, frankly. But it will be worth it! After 8 hours, a panel of highly trained judges (at least, they look highly trained, they are all wearing monacles) will examine each of the submitted games and select a few stand out entries to be awarded some awesome prizes. While the games are being pinched, prodded, and poked, we’ll all have some well deserved refreshments and a bit of time for the all important networking. Participants are free to use whatever game creation platform they like, be that Unity, UDK, GameMaker, Construct2, XNA, or one of the myriad other fine platforms available today. Good luck and may the most ridiculous game win!

What happens on the day?

  • You with your team need to build a game from scratch, you have about 8 hours.
  • You can come with a team formed or form your team there
  • Platform agnostic
  • We announce a topic during breakfast
  • Early start, then, at 5pm judging starts. There is a people's choice so we all get to play each others games
  • People and Judges vote .. there are prizes yay!
  • Everyone learns
  • People meet other people
This event is free but all members of your team need a ticket ... REGISTER

And a big thanks to our judges, so be nice to them:-

FAQ

Q. Any restrictions on who can join?

All levels welcome.

Q: How many people can be in a team?

Team size is unrestricted, although bear in mind that larger teams will make it hard work as well.

Q: Do we bring our own hardware?

Yes, participants will bring their own hardware, but you will need to look after your own hardware on the day.

Q. Does GameCraft support online participation?

No, but we will look into it for future Dublin Game Crafts.

Q. Do we decide on an idea before the event?

The topic of the game is decided on the day, so probably not a good idea.

Q. Can we also bring pre-written frameworks we code ourselves. Would we need to share these frameworks with the other teams?

You are free to use which ever framework you want. Sharing your own framework is up to you.

Q. What other tools and frameworks should bring along?

Prepare your machine with the tools before you come along on the day, this will alleviate the load on the wifi. You can find information on what you need on this resources page.

Organisers

  • Andrea Magnorsky (@roundcrisis on twitter)
  • Matt Johnston (@cimota on twitter)
  • Greg Maguire
  • Andrew O’Connor (@bravesirandrew on twitter)

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Where

Farset Labs, Weavers Court, Linfield Rd, Belfast, Antrim BT12 5GH, United Kingdom