Global Game Jam 2016 | 29th-31st January

Global Game Jam at Farset Labs is back again in 2016.  The Game Jam will run from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st January, and is a chance to meet some great people and develop a fun game in a weekend.  With a party atmosphere from Friday night, there will be plenty of people there to team up with, create something interesting and, most importantly, to have fun!

Teams start to put together their ideas

Last year’s jam was a great success, with our highest jammer count yet! Continue reading Global Game Jam 2016 | 29th-31st January

Game Friday

To relax at the end of a busy week, we’ll be reprising our LAN game evenings along with a bit of chilled music and classic console gaming on Friday 5th June.  We’ll kick off at 6pm, but there’s no rush – all are welcome!
Entry is free for Farset Members (including corporatesponsor employees) and £3 for non-Members.

We’ll plumb the depths and ages of multiplayer game greatness, we’re open to playing anything suggested – so if you have any recommendations, let us know.  It’s best if it’s either available for all players to get easily, or if it’s a popular game.

Just kidding
Only a little dirty though.

Team up and compete for map dominance or have a break and kick back with a wee drink and some console classics.

This is a BYOPC and BYOB event. We have some machines available on site, but we recommend bringing your own machine if you want a well-performing rig 🙂

Snacks and soft drinks will be available (in return for a donation to the charity).

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Global Game Jam 2015 | 23rd-25th January

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Global Game Jam at Farset is back once more for 2015, in partnership with Northern Ireland Screen.  The Game Jam will run from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th January, and is a chance to meet some great people and develop a fun game with a theme. The theme will be announced on the Friday night; there will be plenty of people there to team up with to create something interesting and, most importantly, to have fun!

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Last Years Jam went very well, with all teams submitting something at the end of the weekend

How do I enter?
Register on the Global Game Jam site to participate, and reserve your seat on our Eventbrite listing for the game jam.  The event is free, and meals are catered!  The theme will be announced at 5pm on Friday 23rd January (to accommodate Hawaii) so we recommend all participants to be in Farset before that time, or send word if you will be arriving later on. We look forward to seeing you all for this, as it should be a great weekend!

What do I need?
There is no required skill level or barrier for entry; we welcome programmers, artists, musicians and anyone else who might be interested in being involved! Bring yourself and your equipment – the organisers recommend that participants wait until the beginning of the event to form teams.  We have found that this worked well in the past and gives interesting results.

More information will be provided in the run-up, but please feel free to contact events@farsetlabs.org.uk or ask us questions via Facebook or Twitter with the #GGJ15 tag.

Brought to you to in partnership with Northern Ireland Screen, and with support from Iglu Media.

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Brought to you in partnership with NI Screen
Iglu Media
Iglu Media

What is Global Game Jam?
Global Game Jam is essentially a hackathon, focused on games of all sorts, from full-scale console productions to mobile, web-based and embedded games, as well as non-digital productions like board and card games. Some will be frivolous, others developed for solid causes, such as social impact in the case of the Games For Change movement.  There are already a number of large sponsors involved in this year’s global event, including Facebook, Unity and Github.

The first Global Game Jam ran in 2009, and this year there are already over 480 individual Jam sites registered around the world. We will be live streaming video from sites all over during the 48hr event. There will also be an opportunity to see and play other teams’ games at the end of the event. The details of the venue are also available on our Global Game Jam listing.

Press Release

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Belfast GameCraft is back; Jam season returns.

Belfast GameCraft

As the nights close in during October, warm your creative engine with some tasty Game Jam at Farset Labs. Our friends at GameCraft will be returning for a day-long game jam on Saturday 18th October, with a panel of independent game developers judging the winners.

GameCraft is a games jam event to build, bind and encourage the gaming community to make their ideas happen. This latest Belfast date forms part of a chain of GameCraft events starting back in 2012 with 120 people producing more than 35 games at the first event; since then it has been hosted in Belfast, Dublin, London, New York, and at huge national games events like Insomnia.

The jam is based on a secret theme, announced on the Saturday morning.

With that as your starting point, no matter your particular interests or skills, the task of making a game in a single day begins.

Anyone who has been to a game jam before can tell you about the excitement of getting started, and the satisfaction of getting to the end – in between are the half-baked ideas that just about work, the quarter-baked short-cuts that work better than they deserve to, and the ages of concentration to get an animation right because it makes the character “just perfect”. It’s a fun ride, and GameCraft concentrates all of this into one day, so there’s none of the crazy-sleepless-zombie-coding seen at weekend jams.

Come to have fun! Come to share ideas or just compete! Most of all, come and make games!

This is a BYOC event, but Farset can provide external monitors on request.

You can find more information about GameCraft, and register for GameCraft Belfast, on their site. Registration is required to take part.

Farset Labs Members can also take advantage of their free ticketsInformation on how to get your free tickets in our members forum

Belfast GameCraft is sponsored by DemonWare, SixMinute, and Leman Solicitors, and is hosted by Farset Labs

Get Kids Coding, Designing and Building This Summer 2014 with Our Special Four-Week CoderDojo Course

 

Summer can be either be downtime or uptime for kids, families and businesspeople alike. For our members who volunteer to run CoderDojo at Farset Labs it could have been a good time to chill out. But noooooo, they’ve only gone and made more work for themselves.

This July and August, bring your kids to Farset Labs to learn their choice of the following, in four weeks:

  1. Build and program a LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 robot. The robot was part of the kit kindly donated to Farset by the Nerve Centre for just this kind of hands-on learning. Well, it’s not just about the learning, right? It’s the errr…. Robots! UPDATE: LEGO sessions were booked-out in a couple of hours! Sorry. Hannah is taking names for more LEGO sessions in September, just email dojo@farsetlabs.org.uk
  2. Design a working computer game with GameMaker.
  3. Design and build a website.

Normal CoderDojo will resume in September. See the calendar for details.

Aaaand, while we have your attention, it’s worth reminding everyone that Farset has no public funding and is run by volunteers. No, wait, not quite volunteers: in fact all of us pay to be members in the first place. So if you or your contacts are interested in sponsoring great causes like our CoderDojo events, or getting behind Farset in its mission to develop everyone’s creative and technical skills, get in touch. And you don’t have to be a deep-pocketed company, Farset’s lifeblood is our recurring monthly member payments, and we are always keen for small personal donations from visitors to the Labs. ‘Nuff said about filthy lucre, now let’s get back to the… errr… ROBOTS!

Register for the CoderDojo Summer Course here.

P.S: No nasty remarks about my design skills on the flyer. I stayed up to the wee hours putting that abomination together. It’s MY abomination and I’m proud of it.