Creating Comics All Day Long: 24Hour Comics Day – 1st October

24 Hour Comics Day BannerThis year’s 24 Hour Comics Day comes around on Saturday 1st October, and we mean to be ready!

We have registered to run a 12 hour challenge to get you started, as you won’t be forced to finish within the weekend ūüėČ ¬†If you’re up for the full 24 hour/24 page challenge (on the 24 Hour Comics Day challenge page) Farset Labs offers you the opportunity to take advantage of the 24/7 facilities to¬†complete your opus in the one weekend.
Join the Sketchy Individuals meetup or via our Facebook event to register your interest!

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or enthusiastic amateur, you’re welcome to come hang out and set your mind to the task. Snacks, tea and some art supplies will be available (plus access to the kitchen, of course)
but the most valuable thing on-site will be your mind… and your drawing/writing appendage ūüôā

We look forward to seeing you there – the comics challenge is¬†always good fun, and it’s a brilliant chance to finish a small project with some funny, smart, artistic, or just interesting¬†company ūüôā

Update:¬†The lovely people at¬†InkMonkey¬†on North Street are providing us with some free art materials to work with this Saturday, including some of their fantastic Zebra ink brush-pens (so you can get your¬†INKtober¬†started as well¬†ūüėȬ†)rurrl1c2-jpg-largeAs well as being lovely pens to look at (!?) they’re genuinely pretty well-regarded.
“Possibly the best brush pen in the world; capable of vanishingly thin lines and bold back lines all on the same stroke.”¬†– PJH
“Awesome ink heaven with a side order of flexibility¬†ūüôā¬†it’s a must have inking pen for me.” – Ann H

Our normal venue rules apply. Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult. Please contact events@farsetlabs.org.uk if you have any queries about the venue facilities or access.

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

Policy Hack: Hacking our way to better outcomes

We’re happy to announce that we’re playing host to the first Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) “Policy Hack” day tomorrow morning from 9:30am.

So what is a Policy Hack? It’s a way to bring together policy makers from across the community and voluntary sector,¬†activists, trade unionists, academics, business people, civil servants and members of the public with an interest in the¬†topics to attack issues experienced across a range of themes using a different perspective; the experimental, iterative, and “agile” practices common in the technology and digital creative sectors.

Farset Labs is hosting this programme in our inspirational event space, which should create the atmosphere of open collaboration and knowledge sharing that is often lacking in the rest of the world.

This first event is focused on finding alternative solutions to the current quagmire that is working poverty; where due to a range of factors, individuals and families remain below the poverty line despite being partly or even fully employed.

For more information about NICVA’s programme of events, check out their website. Tomorrow’s event will run from 9:30 to 17:30 and there are just a few spots left, but to express interest in future events, sign up here anyway!

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 Рthe 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
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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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