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"Adventure is out there!"

Diversifier is LEGO/Block-based equivalent

Cork GameCraft is back to St. John's College this Spring 2019. Let's make this a special GameCraft in memory of Paul O'Brien.

A bit about Paul, he was the Course Coordinator for a Computer Game design course at St John's Central College. Paul and the staff have been very supportive of GameCraft and they have all been amazing hosts each year. He passed away after a short illness early last year. Phil Bourke also knows him, and he will be joining us with his students at this year's Cork GameCraft.

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Schedule

Games

Games made on the day are uploaded to https://itch.io/jam/cork-gamecraft-2019


for updates.


FAQ

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.

Code of Conduct

It is important that you have read the Code of Conduct before registering, people who have not read it will not be eligible for the game jam.

You can read it here: https://www.gamecraft.it/codeofconduct/

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! We need more designers, crafters and makers!

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 (08:30 till 08:59), 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.

Judges

You are the judges! šŸ™Œ

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.

Result

Organisers will tot up the votes, and there will be

News

Cork GameCraft Re-CapSaturday March 30th

Cork GameCraft 2019 - In Memory of Paul O'Brien

As always we made our annual journey to Cork for our annual GameCraft, this year was very different, it was emotional for many of us as around Feb last year, it was the last time we saw Paul O'Brien, lecturer, gamer, all round geek and adventurer. Farad and GameCraft Foundation wanted to dedicate this year's Cork GameCraft to Paul to say thanks for all his support of our events. I especially miss all his adventuring stories.

This year it was Mick Twomey, Darren Kearney and myself representing GameCraft Foundation, and Farad is there as always to welcome us all. Phil Bourke brought his students (very experiences with jams, mind you) all the way from Carlow, I think they just recovered enough from the recent Games Fleadh.

The jam started late as we were still waiting on folks from Carlow, but all in all, we kicked off the jam which was LEGO/Brick-based themed and the theme was "The Adventure is out there". Paul loved LEGO and as I mentioned before, he was an adventurer, so we all agreed this was a suitable theme for this year's jam.

Time flew inexplicably fast, the labs on the 1st and 2nd floor were full of students from Carlow and Cork, our main room was just a few people, but it quickly filled up as 12:30 approaches as Paul's family dropped by for a memorial dedicated to Paul; students and friends of St John's Central College built an arcade machine in memory of him. Touching speeches were given, and we went for lunch onsite.

Arcade Machine Dedication to Paul O'Brien

Arcade Machine Dedication to Paul O'Brien

Arcade Machine Dedication to Paul O'Brien

Darren and Joshua trying out the Arcade Machine

Before we knew it, I was calling out the 1 hour warning to all the rooms. Frantic calls to see where the pizzas were was the usual staple at this rate for me, but we finally got our delivery albeit a little later than expected.

There were 16 games in all. Following are photos taken at the event, as I get more photos, I'll update this post. If you still use Flickr, you can share your photos there and we would be in contact if we can use your photos - flickr.com/groups/globalgamecraft/

Game 3

Games from Cork GameCraft 2019

Game 5

Games from Cork GameCraft 2019

Game 6

Games from Cork GameCraft 2019

Game 7 (This was Captain Crunch, Vicky and Mick's favourite)

Games from Cork GameCraft 2019

Game 8

Games from Cork GameCraft 2019

Game 9

Games from Cork GameCraft 2019

Game 12

Games from Cork GameCraft 2019

Game 14

Games from Cork GameCraft 2019

Game 16

Games from Cork GameCraft 2019

Random media

Games from Cork GameCraft 2019

Games from Cork GameCraft 2019

This is a lot of people having pizzas in one room!

Lots of people having post-jam pizzas

šŸ† Results

Congrats to everyone who created a game, including those who did not show theirs in the end, GameCraft is about experimenting and having fun trying new things and challening yourself... and did we mention that it's meant to be fun.

Here are the People's Choice Award Winners and special Paul O'Brien Award.

šŸ„‡ People's Choice First Place

Cork GameCraft Winners

šŸ„ˆ People's Choice Second Place

Cork GameCraft Winners

šŸ„‰ People's Choice Third Place

Cork GameCraft Winners

And we have a special category called the Paul O'Brien Award, it was the judges choice, and it was pretty close. I personally loved the Captain Crunch as it was silly and caused so much laghter all round and was due to the many bugs that caused it. But in the end....it was down to more technicalities and judges majority vote.

šŸŽ–Paul O'Brien Award Winner (ā‚¬50 voucher contributed by Paul's family)

Cork GameCraft Winners

So congrats to all the winners of awards, I hope they enjoyed their prizes and make good use of the vouchers.

šŸ‘šŸ‘šŸ‘ Thank Yous

We would like to thank St John's Central College for hosting, to Robin O'Keeffe for his TTG as prizes, to Mick and Darren for helping out and keeping things going, to Phil for his ongoing support of our events and encouraging students to challenge themselves and explore and connect with other communities.

And thank you all for participating and also helping ReFig: Network in Play research by filling out their survey.

šŸ“¢ Upcoming Events

Easter Dublin GameCraft 2019 FB

If you still want more jams, we have another one coming up, it's our Easter Special hosted by TU Grangegorman on Sat Apr 13. More details at https://gamecraft.it.

šŸ“Œ Also check out following for other events:

If there's other events/groups I'm missing out, let me know. You can do so by emailing [email protected]

Here's some upcoming events:

šŸŒˆ Finally...

If you want to get involved with GameCraft and help us pay cover expenses like accountancy fees, you can do so via bit.ly/gc-collective.

Thanks to all who have contributed so far! ā¤ļø

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Where

St John's College, Cork, Ireland