April Game Jam 2016

YGD Game Jam RSVP-01What is a Game Jam?

This Game Jam is a 3-day over-night event where you and a team of 1-5 people come together to create a video game prototype. The theme for your game will be announced at the Game Jam’s opening speech, just after registration. The theme for this year’s Game Jam is Locked In. Good luck! The event is totally free for you, and meals are included. In order to attend, you will need to sign up by March 25, 2016. You can register below. You do not need to have a team in advance; you can always form or join a team to meet new people when you get there! So, pack up your sleeping bags and computers, game devs, and come have a weekend of fun with the Youngstown Game Developers! First off, let’s get you registered before March 25, 2016! Registration is closed, and we have a full house! 40 Jammers for the YGD April Game Jam! If you didn’t get to register, but would still like to see what a game jam is all about, please come down during the event and check it out! If you do plan on stopping by, please email info@youngstowngamedevelopers.com so we can know to expect you. The doors to the building will be locked, so someone will need to let you in. Registration is now closed. Thank you for making this a full house! Secondly, we will need some info. On the Friday that the game jam starts (April 1st, 2016) We will provide a link to a form we want you to fill out so we know where people are and how to make things better for future jams, as well as what prizes you would like to be entered to win.


That’s right, we have some prizes to give away! This game jam is a non-competitive jam, however, we still wanted to offer some cool stuff to give away. Thanks to our wonderful sponsors, we have some cool stuff to give away during the jam! The way it will work, is when you fill out the form on Friday, you will also select which prizes you would like to be entered to win. To be fair for everyone, once you are randomly selected as a winner, your name will be removed from the randomization list. Now, to select the prizes you want, you’ll have to wait until you sign in on Friday, however, here’s a list of what we will be giving away!

• Scirra swag box (everyone gets one!)

Scirra Construct 2 Personal License ($129.99 value)

One year Unity PRO License ($900.00 value)

Packt Publishing E-Book: Construct 2 Game Development by Example ($26.99 value)

Packt Publishing E-Book: Getting Started with Unity 5 ($23.99 value)

Packt Publishing E-Book: Learning Unreal Engine Game Development ($35.99 value)

• Packt Publishing 50% E-Book discount and 30% Book discount (available during the Game Jam)

RPG Maker MV License ($79.99 value, 4 available)

$20 Gift Certificate to Quaker Steak and Lube in Boardman, OH

I will update the list regularly, up through the event so you can keep in mind the prizes you would like to be entered into to be randomly selected to win. Don’t forget, the sign up deadline is March 25, 2016!

Form: April Game Jam 2016 – Team Declarations (link will be live on April 1, 2016)


McDonough Museum of Art

525 Wick Ave

Youngstown, OH MAP


April 1st

6pm – 7pm: registration/check in and dinner

7pm – 7:30pm: keynote/opening speech about the jam

7:30pm and on: start jamming! don’t forget to nap when necessary

April 2nd

8:30am 9:30am: breakfast

12pm – 1pm: lunch

1pm – 2pm: team pics

2pm and on: testers are available to use

6pm -7pm: dinner

April 3rd

8:30am – 9:30am: breakfast

12pm – 1pm: lunch

2pm – 3pm: submit your games

3pm – 5pm: present games

4pm – 5pm: wrap up


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