Back at the start of July we held a 1-day Grrrl Games mini jam at the Bristol Games Hub. Focusing on the theme ‘What game would you like to have played when you were 9?’, three teams of women* who had never worked together before, made three games.
We used a great resource list that’s been put together by Ciro Continisio (GGJ Rome), which includes a ton of generally free tools for games jammers.
So, the games… Considering our teams had just ONE DAY, they created some amazing things – some of which they’re hoping to continue developing!
Clare, Nat & Lauren decided to focus their game on environmental change, using the domes at the Eden Project as inspiration. Wanting lots of exploration and interaction, the player would walk around inside a big sphere with mini-puzzles contained inside.
Nat learnt how to use Audacity during the jam and created some awesome music to be used in the game by mashing together fine different tracks. Lauren took charge of the 3D models and Clare built the scenes in Unity.
Anne and Claire got impressively far with their game Tebahpla! – a platformer word maker crossover. Anne coded it using a phaser.js framework, which she’d just started to learn earlier in the week and Claire made some nice pixel art in Piskel.
You can even try out their playable demo on Anne’s website.
Last, but by no means least, AJ and Gicela made Teeth Rex, which definitely won the award for most impressive title screen.
Centered around a dinosaur who can’t brush his teeth (cause t rex’s arms are too short – GENIUS), Gicela used Game Salad for the first time to start making the game and AJ took charge of 2D pixel art (see more examples of her work here).
It was a great day, with some really good outcomes. We hope to run another one in the autumn and are always looking for people or orgs to help support these kind of activities!
At the moment Bristol Games Hub generously let us use their space, but we’d love more options for bigger jams. Other things we need are people and money… Anyone who is able to be on hand to provide to tech support or if you know of any funds to make our events better, please get in touch!
*When organising and running Grrrl Games activities, we define ‘women’ as female, transgender and non-binary people who identify as female.