To participate in this event, please reserve a free ticket on Eventbrite: LGBTQ+ Game Jam tickets
To sign up as a Mentor: Mentor Sign up
Note: For those taking public transit, the 87 stops at or near RPI on Sundays, at stops #5 and #6.
In celebration of LGBTQ History Month, the next event in our #include series will be the LGBTQ+ Game Jam, a day long “hackathon” dedicated to creating games, interactive artwork, and stories inspired by LGBTQ+ contributions to history and culture.
We will have Construct 3, Twine, and Ren’Py instruction available for beginners! We will also have analog game making materials for anyone who wants to make a board or card game!
Everyone is welcome to take part in this public game making event, and first time creators are highly encouraged to participate. The atmosphere at #include events is fun and collaborative, and a team of experienced mentors will be on hand to help out any newcomers and provide guidance on how you can bring your game ideas to life.
The jam will take place on Sunday, October 22nd starting at 10am and ending at 6pm. Participants are invited to gather at The RPI VAST Lab (located at 110 8th St on the RPI Campus in Troy) at 10am on Sunday in order to join in the event kickoff, which will feature a brief word of welcome from the organizers, an introduction to our team of volunteer mentors and a chance for you to meet the other participants. Then we will get right to making games!
This Game Jam is open to participants of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels. Tickets are free, but spaces are limited, so please book your ticket early to avoid missing out on your chance to participate in the game jam. Please read all of the event info below before booking your place in the jam.
Sunday, October 22nd 10am-6pm
The VAST Lab (110 8th St, Troy, NY 12180)
About the Jam:
The game jam will take place at The VAST Studio, located at 110 8th St in the Sage Labs building on the RPI Campus in Troy. The kickoff event will take place at 10am on Sunday, February 26th and the event will run until 6pm (at the very latest!). The jam will be centered around the theme of the LGBTQ+ experience, culture, and history, and participants will be encouraged to create games and digital artwork inspired by this theme.
There are variety of dining options on the RPI campus, but there is no eating or drinking allowed inside the venue itself, so please take this into consideration when planning for meals and snack breaks.
In they choose to, participants can also share their games with the public at the Troy Interactive Showcase, which will take place at The Arts Center during the next monthly Troy Night Out celebration to occur after the jam. The showcase will be held from 5-9pm the following Friday, October 27th at the Arts Center in downtown Troy!
If you are a local game developer or someone with experience in a related field (programmer, artist, designer, musician, etc.) and you have a few hours that you’d be willing to contribute toward volunteering as a mentor during a future #include event, please volunteer using the mentor sign up sheet in order to let us know you’re interested. Once you have signed up using the online form, we will get in contact with you to provide further details on how you can get involved with our upcoming diversity events.
#include is a series of diversity-focused, creative events hosted by Tech Valley Game Space that are intended to support aspiring game makers in the Capital Region. The goal of the #include initiative is to provide recurring, local classes and game jams targeted toward groups that continue to be underrepresented within the game development community, in order to demystify the process of digital game creation and make it more accessible and welcoming for everyone.
For more information, please visit techvalleygamespace.com/include