Manchester Game Jam – 28th April

MCR GameJam

MCR GameJam

Title: Manchester Game Jam – 27th & 28th April
Location: MadLab
Date: 27-04-2013 and 28-04-2013
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 17:00
Booking: Tickets available here.

Please note: On the Saturday (27th) we will be jamming at the Manchester Hackspace, two doors down from Madlab. On the Sunday (28th) we’ll be at Madlab like usual.

Are you a coder, artist or audio designer interested in videogame design? Or, are you a gamer who’s curious about how videogames are put together? If so, we’d like to invite you to come join us at Madlab for the next Manchester Game Jam!

We’re throwing another one of our infamous Ludum Dare weekend-long game jams, and you’re invited to come and make cool stuff with us. In addition to the full Ludum Dare contest, we’ll also be running an extra-special jam theme all weekend too, so there’s something for everyone. Groups and solo entries are both A-OK, and we’re not just limited to videogames: if you want to bust out your crayons and make a boardgame, that’s cool too!

Our jammers are a mixed group, consisting of local indie devs, students, hobbyists, and everything in between. If you’re interested in gaming and game design, please do come and join us. We’re also always happy to group people up, so if you’re inexperienced and would like to learn from the pro’s, let us know.

For more info, drop us an email:
or, you can follow us on Twitter: @MCRgamejam

Here’s how our last few jams went down:


I’m not a programmer, will I be any use at the jam?
Absolutely! We’re encouraging a really diverse group of people: artists, designers, audio people and everyone in between. Most of our games are videogames, but in the past we’ve had board games and all sorts pop up. Go nuts!

What are the rules?
Rules? Pah! No rules for us. We’ll announce a theme beforehand, but apart from that you can do what you like. Our only request is that at the end of the jam you show everyone what you’ve been working on. If you’re taking part in the Ludum Dare then you’ll have to adhere to their rules, but we don’t bother with that stuff. Oh, apart from one: you have to show us your game at the end!

Is there a winner?
Nah. We’re in it for the games, the learning, and the fun. Let’s be honest: you’re all winners at our jam.

Do I need to bring a computer?
If you’re making a digital/computer game, then yes please: we don’t have any machines. We usually have some other fun stuff happening (board games, pervasive gaming), but generally most folks will be making videogames. There’s high-speed WiFi and lots of plug sockets, but you’ll need your own machine.

Who owns the games that get made?
You do! We usually share the finished games online, and we’re encouraging people to share their code too: looking at how people have built stuff is all part of the fun. Ownership of anything goes to the creator of the game, but sharing is caring, right?

Can I participate remotely?
For this event, no. It’s a hands-on, group event. Join us!

I don’t have a ticket, can I come anyway?
If we’re not sold out, you can pay on the door. Check the Eventbrite link on this page, or give us a shout!

I have a ticket, but now I can’t make it. What do I do?
Please let us know, so we can refund you and give someone else your ticket. Demand is always high, so we don’t want to waste any tickets!