This year was the second year we took part in Global Game Jam, but with one small difference. This year, I was the one organising the event, as Tim Ponting was super busy. We had 20 enthusiastic Jammers, and a really cool theme – Transmission.
Now this was a but more difficult to think of something with. I’d already had 4 days to come up with something, but came up with a few half baked ideas about nerve cells etc. We teamed up with a couple of students, and both they and Ethan independently came up with the idea or transmitting a signal from planet to planet. So we spent the rest of the evening hashing out the idea a bit more and planning the next day.
Day 2 saw the two students leave the group, one to pursue his own project. We were joined by one of their friends, who’d been unable to attend the previous day, and like our idea. Finn and Ethan got stuck into the coding while I went to town on the artwork.
There were several diversifiers this year that caught my eye. The most obvious one is Stained Sprite, where all our artwork was stained glass style. Another one was Special Random, where we had to incorporate a random wikipedia article (without cheating) into our game. We drew this article about James Bayley, an early 20th century tennis play from Australia, so one of the planets is a tennis ball. Another diversifier we liked was the easter egg one, so keep your eyes peeled for a planet with Circular Gallifreyan on it. Yes, we are big Dr Who fans.
On the evening or day 2, Matt Caradus who did our music for last year’s Gorgon game dropped in, and though our game was still fugly at that point he got the idea and made some really cool music for the game. The background music is so relaxing I like listening to it outside of the game.
Day 3 saw crunch time, and we threw all the pieces together, and worked out a few annoying bugs. Once it was all pulled together, we had a game that looked and sounded amazing. We even had compliments from some of the Jammers from Runaway Play about how cool our game looked.
Anyway a huge thank you to Finn and Matt, for helping us with this project, Tim Ponting for supplying us with caffeine and drawing supplies and all the Jammers that attended to make the event a success. We definitely look forward to next year’s event!