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Moray Game Jam 2018

 

 

 


Workshops


Details of all the free workshops that are taking place on Saturday, 17th March 2018 can be found below. Please ensure you register for them early to avoid disappointment as tickets are limited. The 2018 jam will also conclude with a showcase of the competitors games and a chance to network with game designers and industry professionals. If you have not done so already then 'Like' our Facebook page for the latest updates.

 

Please note all young people who are 14 or under should be accompanied by an adult.

 

Failure as a path to success

Sat 17 March 2018, 9:30 - 10:30

A presentation about how we learn through failure, how to expand past your comfort zone and a few tips that might help you along the way.


Speaker: Karolina Jacobsson, Junior 2D Artist at Hunted Cow Studios Ltd


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Writing and Programming a Choose Your Own Adventure

Sat 17 March 2018, 10:35 - 11:35

In this lecture we will look at the open source Ink scripting language - a tool used for the creation of branching stories for games such as 80 Days and Sorcery. Ink is a very powerful toolset which can be used to create branching narratives and even includes a basic structure for game logic. It can also be fully integrated with the Unity game engine making it an extremely flexible and versatile tool for any game which incorporates branching dialogue or divergent narrative. The first half of the lecture will focus on the basics of making your own interactive story using Ink and the freely available Inky editor. No prior experience is required as the language is extremely simple to use. The second half of the talk will look at a sample Unity project which demonstrates how the Ink scripting language can be used within Unity and the full possibilities which it offers. This will be of particular interest to game developers looking for a simple framework for use in their own narrative driven games.

Participants are welcome to bring their own laptops to try out Ink on the day to write their own choose your own adventure!


Speaker: Gary Groves, Managing Director at Strange High House Ltd


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Online Gaming - Working Out What Players Want

Sat 17 March 2018, 11:40 - 12:40

The anonymity enjoyed by players in the online space gives them the ability to behave in ways they might not in their real lives. The way they consume their games also varies depending on the choices and tools they're given by developers. This talk will break down the most common types of player, what kind of content drives them and how they might interact with the wider community around a game.


Speaker: Sam Davidson, Front-end Unity Developer at Hunted Cow Studios Ltd


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Now What?

Sat 17 March 2018, 12:45 - 13:45

I've had an idea, I'm sure its good. What do I do now. From the initial concept to the Game Design Document and everything inbetween.


Speaker: Phil Harris, Senior Narrative Designer at Bigpoint GmbH


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Art, Work - Rules for Being Awesome in Game Development

Sat 17 March 2018, 13:50 - 14:50

A lot of people want to know how to break into the games industry, but it’s just as important to know what to do when you get here. How to work within a team, moving forward in your career, & tackling tough situations - come listen to Hunted Cow’s CCO discuss the lessons she’s learned along the way from wide-eyed graduate to leading a team.

(Also included: a rapidfire round on how NOT to mess up your application, because this whole talk is redundant if you're still trying to get over this first hurdle!)

All disciplines of game dev are welcome, though you may have to forgive a slight bias towards the artistic aspects!


Speaker: Louisa Gallie, Chief Creative Officer at Hunted Cow Studios Ltd


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How to manage a game project

Sat 17 March 2018, 14:55 - 15:25

A talk on efficiently managing a game project using agile methodologies.


Speaker: Craig Barron, Producer at The Football Pools Ltd


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Gamepocalypse Now

Sat 17 March 2018, 15:30 - 16:30

How AI and robots will steal your job. How games and esports will save your life and why you should never, ever trust your WiFi toothbrush.


Speaker: Brian Baglow, Editor at DIGIT.FYI


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