Do I need to sign up with a team or can I come alone?

You can sign up with a team that has already formed, but you can also come solo and join a team while you’re here. We’ll have a team-building session for anyone who hasn’t yet found a team. We also ask people who have formed their teams beforehand to consider adding a first-time jammer to the mix. If you have a team but are missing someone with a particular skill set, don’t worry, you will meet that person at the jam!

How many people per team?

There is no required number, but we suggest you stick to 2 or 4. Anything above 4 or 5 per team is not recommended as it can get a little chaotic. You can also make a game by yourself, if you’re up to the challenge! Join the GAMERella workshops to broaden your skill set.

I have a team and a game idea. Can I start now?

The guidelines for most game jams are as follows: if the theme is not secret (will be announced mid October), you may begin thinking of how you would like to approach making your game and find yourself a team. We encourage you all to try to make your whole game, including your assets during the jam. Of course we understand that time is short and there are some great asset libraries online, especially for sound. We will leave it up to you how much you rely on those. Just make sure to obtain the rights and give credit when using assets created by someone else

Are there any free/easy tools I could use to make a game?

Yes, there are. Make sure to visit our Workshop page to find out online tutorials for many of the apps listed below!

We recommend Twine an open source, free tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories online. It is very easy to use and requires no coding knowledge.

Stencyl is another great tool to create games without code.
Just like Stencyl, GameMaker is also mostly drag-and-drop, but includes features allowing for more complex games with some basic programming.

There are also great free apps for making audio (Audacity, Tux Guitar, Otomata) and art (PyxelEdit) for your game.
Most probably these applications will be taught during our workshops!

I’m not available the whole weekend–can I just come by and check it out?

In this case, we recommend you join us for the playtest that happens Sunday from 5 to 7pm. During the playtest participants will show what they worked on during the weekend. The vent is public, so invite all your friends!

What happens with the games?

All GAMERella participants who make a video game will be asked to upload their game to our itch.io jam site. It is free to register and easy to upload your game. Once uploaded, people can play your game anywhere in the world for free. If your game is a physical game and cannot be described by zeros and ones, take some photos or even some videos and share that online. Organizers can help you with this process, just let us know. During in-person game jams, our photographer can help you take stunning photos for your game’s glory.

I’m not in Montreal, can I still participate?

Yes! In 2020, we are all jamming online. Please sign up and we will invite you to our Discord server where the jam will take place.

Is GAMERella accessible?

We do our best to make the jam as accessible as possible. When the jam is in-person, it takes place on the 11th floor of the EV building at Concordia University, which is wheelchair accessible via all of its entrances and the 11th floor is reachable by elevators located near the building entrances. In proximity to the space, there are gender-neutral washrooms that are also wheelchair accessible.

In 2020, we will all gather on Discord. Discord text can be adjusted for better readability and supports both video and audio calls. All announcements or spoken parts of the game jam will be either transcribed and posted with closed captioning. Beside Discord, we expect to use gather.town and Zoom or Google Meet for announcements and the team-making session.

We also recommend trying to make your game more accessible. Here are a very handy tips and guidelines to help you with that.