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April Fools' Game Jam

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  • McDonough Museum

    525 Wick Ave, Youngstown, OH (map)

    41.104965 -80.644920

  • You must register on Eventbrite in order to participate in this event. The event is free, but we have to have an official head count for McDonough Museum's records.


    Game Jam

    What is a Game Jam? This Game Jam is a 3 day over-night event where you and a team of 1-5 people come together to create a video game prototype.

    Game Jam Theme

    The theme for your game will be announced at the Game Jam’s opening speech, just after registration.

    Cost to Attend

    The event is totally free for you, and meals are included. In order to attend, you will need to sign up by March 24, 2017. The link to sign up is coming soon.

    Things to Bring

    You do not need to have a team in advance; you can always form or join a team to meet new people when you get there!

    Laptop is preferred, but desktop is also acceptableMouseWacom / Drawing TabletAny software you need should already be installed on your devicePen and PaperSleeping Bag and PillowAir Mattress or Cot (the museum has cement floors)Snacks (we provide meals and some snacks)Toothbrush and paste

    This list is full of suggestions. None of these things are mandatory for this event, except for maybe the computer. Also, this building does not have showers, so be prepared for that.

    So, pack up your sleeping bags and computers, game devs, and come have a weekend of fun with the Youngstown Game Developers!

    Register Now! First off, let's get you registered before March 24, 2017!

    Registration will be open by November 11th. Space is limited; sign up before it's too late!

    Secondly, we will need some info. On the Friday that the game jam starts (March 31st, 2017) We will provide a link to a form we want you to fill out so we know where people are and how to make things better for future jams, as well as what prizes you would like to be entered to win.


    That's right, we have some prizes to give away! This game jam is a non-competitive jam, however, we still wanted to offer some cool stuff to give away. Thanks to our wonderful sponsors, we have some cool stuff to give away during the game jam! The way it will work, is when you fill out the form on Friday, you will also select which prizes you would like to be entered to win. To be fair for everyone, once you are randomly selected as a winner, your name will be removed from the randomization list. Now, to select the prizes you want, you'll have to wait until you sign in on Friday, however, here's a list of what we will be giving away!

    (List is subject to change)

    List is coming soon. In the mean time, check out the prizes from last year!

    2016 Game Jam Prizes:

    • Scirra swag box (everyone gets one!)
    • Scirra Construct 2 Personal License ($129.99 value)
    • One year Unity PRO License ($900.00 value)
    • Packt Publishing E-Book: Construct 2 Game Development by Example ($26.99 value)
    • Packt Publishing E-Book: Getting Started with Unity 5 ($23.99 value)
    • Packt Publishing E-Book: Learning Unreal Engine Game Development ($35.99 value)
    • Packt Publishing 50% E-Book discount and 30% Book discount (available during the Game Jam)
    • RPG Maker MV License ($79.99 value, 4 available)
    • $20 Gift Certificate to Quaker Steak and Lube in Boardman, OH

    I will update the 2017 list regularly, up through the event so you can keep in mind the prizes you would like to be entered into to be randomly selected to win. Don't forget, the game jam sign up deadline is March 24, 2016!

    Form: April Fools' Game Jam 2017 - Team Declarations (link will be live on March 31, 2017)


    McDonough Museum of Art
    525 Wick Ave
    Youngstown, OH MAP


    March 31st
    6pm - 7pm: registration/check in and dinner
    7pm - 7:30pm: keynote/opening speech about the jam
    7:30pm and on: start jamming! don’t forget to nap when necessary

    April 1st
    8:30am 9:30am: breakfast
    12pm - 1pm: lunch
    1pm - 2pm: team pics
    2pm and on: testers are available to use
    6pm -7pm: dinner

    April 2nd
    8:30am - 9:30am: breakfast
    12pm - 1pm: lunch
    2pm - 3pm: submit your games
    3pm - 5pm: present games
    4pm - 5pm: wrap up

    *schedule subject to change

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    Please read our WAIVER OF LIABILITY.

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  • Kendra C.
    Event Host

    Hi! I am a game developer. Currently, I am working on making the iOS build for Epicurus Unvorsum... more

  • Jeff R.
    Assistant Organizer

    I am a software developer and video game enthusiast.

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    Robert "Rupert" Waite

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