Thank you for an amazing GGJ16!

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It was that time of year again, and MalmoJamsToo stepped it up a bit this Global Game Jam. We were very excited to have more participants and more fun this time around. The event itself has grown, and we also noticed quite a few things ourselves, which this post-mortem will touch upon.

We had a significant increase in number this year, and is in no small part thanks to the growing community and events surrounding game development here in Malmö. These range from super friendly game developer meetups to events specifically geared towards encouraging others to check out what’s happening in the game industry. On top of that, we have made good on our efforts to let people know about the event in very good time. We started December 14th, and opened up registrations from the 19th, which gives an extra two weeks and is before the holidays starting. This meant people were able to plan and prepare for it and was less of a spontaneous invite. In any case, we saw an increase of participants to 73, which is almost twice as much as our 45 from last year.

After our recent decision of bringing our three and a half year local sketch jams and the game jams together forming MJT, we took to creating a Facebook event hosted by our transformed Community page. This made up most of our outreach, with the addition of printing out a poster advertising the event which is also something new for us with GGJ. In the past we relied on word of mouth and some really good networking to tap into potential participants. Using the Facebook event made it much clearer and easier to see how people were reacting after we sent out the initial invites through email and how fast we got interest and following.

So the games that were uploaded can be found at the GGJ jam site. If you want to see previous posts about this jam, go to the Previous Jams menu at the top of the site, or follow this link.

The theme for the jam was RITUAL, and there were additional diversifiers that participants could take on.

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We recycled a bit of our presentations but still kept it fresh. I think for next year we should plan to simplify the upload process as the official GGJ16 one was a mouthful and needs a lot of clarification. There were two keynotes, and they offered good, solid advice.

As per usual, we kept to the same format as the previous years. The exhibit-style game show is still the preferred type of presentations and we kept the evening hangout times from 19—22:00. We have learned from the last game jam that the game show should be kept to an hour. A lot of this stems from participants lingering with nothing to do if they have exhausted their game viewing and networking. Our custom certificates made a return, and this time they were printed on thicker paper and left as A4 instead of A5. This both upped the quality of last year’s certificates, and made for less work as they only needed to be filled in and did not need to be cut.

We had two potential groups who were doing table top games this year. We attempted to follow up from our Card/Board Game Jam a little with some materials for prototyping, though we should work on making it clear that we want to support that. We also had some last minute logistic problems so for next time we will squeeze in time to sort and encourage more groups to try table top prototyping. One of the nicest things with card and boardgames is that participants can focus and work on the game mechanics since there are no technological barriers (some technical knowledge would go a long way though).

Something we brought on-board this year was Twitch streaming, which was exciting and totally new for us. We assembled a Twitch crew who took care of the live stream and gave them free hands in documenting the game jam in other ways, suggesting interviews and the hello video. We will probably explore how to make for a better experience for next year, but we really appreciated the work Anton, Benjamin, Freyja, Rasmus and Victoria put in! Delegating work specifically to a dedicated media team was a good idea. I think with some more careful instruction we can make the Twitch channel a lot more alive and that will definitely up the quality of the delivery as well.

The Twitch stats were as follows (copied from Jo Summers on Slack)

Global Game Jam Channel:
37,300 uniques, 6,900 from front page promotion
102,340 views, 27,860 from front page promotion
1,283,300 minutes watched

Global Game Jam category
74,100 uniques
251,440 views
2,149,700 minutes watched
187 unique streamers to the category

Pretty interesting statistics to look at. We were able to get a stream that lasted for most of the jam, and included time for interviews. A side effect from streaming that we liked was that the cameras pointing toward the event added an extra layer of security. Another side effect was the experience of seeing the building shut down on us. For a brief moment of the jam, on the first night no less, we experienced a game jam in the dark. We did make light of the situation (wink) the best we can, and soon enough we got our lights back on for the rest of the jam.

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We had 21 groups this year and we also attempted to use Slack for sending out communications. I think for a first time this was super successful. It encouraged more fluid chat from our side at the very least, though we should probably work on getting more fluid chat in general for future events. Out of the 73 that stayed, 54 (73.97%) were on Slack. We also made sure that at least one group member from each group had joined Slack so they can relay information to others as necessary.

Since we moved location to the Niagara building, we have good jam space that is adequately heated and lit. This meant we shifted to a more collective jam space which is something new and fresh from previous years. At first, the sofas that were being used quartered off participants, but it was encouraged to change their configuration from a box to a v-shape instead. This was a very nice and noticeable change as others were welcome to see everyone as much as each group could see themselves as part of a bigger event.

The groups were as follows:

1. Mynn Alrik H. David R. Emilia L. Fredrik H. Henrik P. Sofia P.
2. Radical Remorse Alexander B. Andreas K. Beatrix M. Daniel B. Hugo T. Joakim L.
3. Aztortion André L. Angelo L. Björn I. Daniel L. Josef N.
4. Journey To Viking Nirvana Axel B. Felix L. Jesper A. Manne W. Mattias A.
5. Kawaii Kingdom Carl S. Jonas K. Julia H. Katarina K. Oskar L.
6. Fatal Sacrifice Emil H. Martin B. Martin G. Nina O. Olof S. Per M.
7. Loading Alex C. Matteo F. Michelle W.
8. Office Rituals Eric T. Gustav J. Simon H. Tristan L.
9. Zeal the deal Ellen J. Johannes L. Sante L. Tom L.
10. Chronologicum Demonus Gustav R. Magnus A. Robert T. Patrik J.
11. KaffeKombatâ„¢ Markus B. Viktor H.
12. Arrow raid Andreas S. Kristoffer F.
13. Rituals of the Void Christian G. Jonathan H.
14. Liars Colors Anders D.
15. Erik N.
16. Cliffual Hussein T.
17. James N.
18. Fake Science Johan B.
19. Cultish Converts Jaffar S. Job Z. Samanta M. Torsten H.
20. The Path Ana G. Sebastien B.
21. Neighborhood Watch Henrik J. Magnus G. Shailesh P.

All in all, this was a great run. I hope what we learned and tried out this year continues to grow and be better in the next jams. In fact, judging from our similar reactions and excitement, we’re looking forward to it! 🙂

As usual, below is a fancypants infographic about how our event went.

GGJ16 is underway!

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It’s begun!

The theme is finally revealed: RITUAL

We are 67-70 people in 20 teams this year, which is an all new high! We’re excited to see what you all create during the event.

Anyways. The game jam teams are as follows:

Team 1: Hex666 Team 2 Team 3: UR Jamming Malmoe!
Alrik H. Alexander B. André L.
David R. Andreas K. Angelo L.
Emilia L. Beatrix M. Björn Boyd I.
Fredrik H. Daniel B. Daniel L.
Henrik P. Hugo T. Josef N.
Sofia P. Joakim L.
Team 4: Team Team 5: Doodles Team 6
Axel B. Carl William S. Emil H.
Felix L. Jonas K. Martin B.
Jesper A. Julia H. Nina O.
Manne W. Katarina K. Olof S.
Mattias A. Oskar L. Per M.
Martin G.
Team 7 Team 8: Honey Badgers Team 9: Tomtebloss
Alex C. Eric T. Ellen J.
Michelle W. Gustav J. Johannes L.
Matteo F. Simon H. Sante L.
Tristan L. Tom L.
Team 10: Outel Team 11: SLARV SYLTA Team 12: Team Rect
Gustav R. Markus B. Andreas Winther S.
Magnus A. Viktor H. Kristoffer F.
Robert T.
Patrik J.
Team 13: Goblin Academy Team 14: Phyosoft Team 15: Angry Gecko
Christian G. Anders D. Erik N.
Jonathan H.
Team 16: Husenap Team 17: # Team 18: Fake Science
Hussein T. James N. Johan B.
Team 19: Team MJT Team 20: Perfect Enough Team 21
Jaffar S. Ana G. Henrik J.
Job Z. Sebastien B. Magnus “Gordon” G.
Samanta M. Shailesh P.
Torsten H.

We also have a Twitch/streaming crew! They are:
Anton B., Benjamin J., Freyja B., Rasmus N. and Victoria L.

Food

  • The Central Station in Malmö has some eateries if you want something quick. You’ll find a Coop Nära there.
  • During the jam you’ll all have access to the microwave ovens.
Opening—Closing times
Coop Nära 07:00—23:00 every day.

Logistics

Internet Access
We will help provide access to internet. The details will be provided at the Jam.

Building Access Cards
For those of you who can not access the premises we’ll make sure that you have 1-2 access cards per group. More details on that at the Jam.

Sleeping
While sleeping at the game jam site is not technically allowed, taking a nap during the game jam should not be a problem.

 

 

The Global Game Jam 2016, January 29—31

Registration

Hey! It’s that time of year again and you want to be part of the Global Game Jam 2016. Click below and follow the instructions to get registered and set at our Malmö University jam site:

  1. Registrations close up a day before the jam. Please register as soon as you are able so we can help accommodate for you!
  2. We’ll add you to a mailing list which will only e-mail you about future events/workshops we have. It’s also super easy to opt-out, and we keep your details private.
  3. We will be using Slack to communicate with everyone during the event, but you may also Like and follow our Facebook Community page.

Food

  • The Central Station in Malmö has some eateries if you want something quick. You’ll find a Coop Nära there.
  • During the jam you’ll all have access to the microwave ovens.
Opening—Closing times
Coop Nära 07:00—23:00 every day.

Logistics

Internet Access
We will help provide access to internet. The details will be provided at the Jam.

Building Access Cards
For those of you who can not access the premises we’ll make sure that you have 1-2 access cards per group. More details on that at the Jam.

Sleeping
While sleeping at the game jam site is not technically allowed, taking a nap during the game jam should not be a problem.