ABOUT

HOW IT WORKS

The goal of the Alberta Game Jam is to create a game in 48 hours within a multidisciplinary team according to a secret theme that will be revealed at the beginning of the event. After the theme is revealed, participants will be able to meet and mingle with each other and form teams before starting to work on their game. (Think of it like a hack-a-thon, but focused on game development!) Teams may choose to make digital or board games, so long as it adheres to the theme in some way. At the end of the 48 hour period, each team presents their game, where they will present their experiences and what they learned throughout the jam. Alberta Game Jam starts promptly at 5 pm on Friday, August 23rd and ends at 5 pm Sunday, August 25th. Your game must be uploaded to the Alberta Game Jam itch.io page by 5 pm. Presentations start right at 6 pm, and then we can all go home and sleep!

TEAMS

Attendees may choose to participate with a pre-made team, but in the spirit of encouraging collaboration and experimentation, it is preferred that participants wait to form a team at the event once the theme has been announced. Use this opportunity to meet new people and work with someone different! Alberta Game Jam teams may not exceed 7 people. Solo teams are allowed, though we encourage you to at least talk to your fellow developers throughout the event! The Alberta Game Jam is open to people of all disciplines, backgrounds, and levels of experience. Game development would not be possible without programmers, designers, artists, writers, and audio artists, so please do not be discouraged from attending if you don’t know how to do everything. There is guaranteed to be someone at the event that can do what you can’t (and vice-versa!) for you to team up with. And if you’re sure that you really can’t do anything, the Alberta Game Jam is the perfect time and place to pick up and learn a new skill.

Equipment and Software

Attendees are responsible for bringing and providing their own equipment and software. Equipment includes anything that you will need to work, such as your computer/laptop, mouse, keyboard, drawing tablet, controllers, etc. This year’s physical sites allow you to sleep overnight at the facility, so equipment also includes anything you need to be comfortable (blanket, pillow, air mattress or pad, toiletry kit, change of clothes, favourite snacks or food, etc). Site amenities at the physical locations may differ slightly from site to site. (For more information, visit the Tickets page).
Internet is available at all three physical sites, however, it is heavily recommended that you ensure that any software programs that you may need are installed and updated prior to coming to the event.

”One more thing—why the dinosaur?”

The dinosaur on our logo isn’t just any dinosaur—it’s an Albertosaurus! The Albertosaurus was first discovered in Horseshoe Canyon, Alberta in 1884 by Joseph B. Tyrrell, the namesake of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology in Drumheller, Alberta. The Albertosaurus was chosen as the Alberta Game Jam logo because it is unique to Alberta, and something that we can all share in regardless of where in Alberta we hail from. Besides being named after the province, the Albertosaurus is also featured on the new Alberta’s driver’s licenses and identification cards. Additionally, it is believed by some paleontologists that the Albertosaurus moved and hunted in packs, which fits with the themes of unity and empowerment driving Alberta Game jam. (Plus, dinosaurs are awesome!)