Dublin GameCraft 5 – What a weekend!

Two years of GameCraft celebrated from whens it started.

It was over two years ago since we ran our first GameCraft. And it all started at DIT, and we are back again, this time for a weekend game jam.

People were super polite, they even queued for pizzas, and I’m sure many are famished as it was around 6 hours in.

And to help with a boost of sugar later on, an awesome GameCraft cake:

We played Johann Sebastian Joust, I can say many had fun, and it’s great to introduce social games like this, and seeing the looks on folks faces light up with glee playing it. It’s so addictive. Pity we couldn’t pair two more controllers that night.

Thanks to all who came along for an awesome weekend.

Here it is storified:

Big thanks to our sponsors

Big kudos to DIT for their support through the last 2 years, and particularly for this one since they are hosting us for 24 hours :D


We couldn’t make GameCraft happen without the awesome help from our sponsors
Photon Cloud


UnPlugged – People’s Choice

Space Banditos


by .

GameCraft – Best Overall Game

Team 24 – Rabble rousin’ party party (it’s like hungry hungy hippos :-) )

GameCraft – People’s Choice

Team 20 – “Space Candy”

GameCraft – Best Execution

“Hairdryer Game”

GameCraft – Best Presentation

Here are pics and videos of some of the entries:

Board game UnPlugged entry


[UnPlugged] Don’t Say!

Never laughed so much in my life! I also learnt that I don’t listen to people.

Team 1

Team 2

Team 4

Team 5

Team 7

Team 9

Team 10

Team 11

Team 16

Team 17

Team 18

Team 21

Team 22

Team 23


Our first Galway GameCraft

Had a real fantastic time at Galway GameCraft. Big thanks to Brendan Smith, Alanna Kelly for helping me organising venue and hosting it at INSIGHT at NUIG, and the bar afterwards. And also for opening the Computer Museum which was awesome and Alanna for demoing all the cool stuff on the C64.

A big thanks to our sponosors as well:
* Exit Games
* Six Minute Games
* Demonware

And also a big shout out to our partners: 091 Labs and

Our cool judges
* Chris Colston ()
* Paul Conway ()
* Alanna Kelly ()
* Myriam Leggieri ()
And finally to Mick (]for coming along and helping me out on the day as well as being the lead judge co-ordinator.

The theme was GLITCHING





Here’s their game in action:


Here are the rest of the games at the end of the jam

SLAM GLAM (Team 2)


Team 4

Team 7

LET’S BOO BOO (Team 8)

My slides

Here’s some of the tweets found storified

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Dublin GameCraft 4

“Rocking around the Christmas tree…”
Ok, there was no Christmas tree, but there was cupcakes and mountains of yummy cake to be had. It was sugartastic and as organisers we hoped that gave enough buzz to keep GameCrafters going for 11 hours. Creativity has been pushed to another level and even travel from afar like a 3AM bus ride from Derry, you guys are crazy, !).

Cupcakes by

Cake by

The sandwiches were by .

The theme for the day was

“Always winter but never Christmas.”
― C.S. Lewis

So it was a Christmassy-type of theme, most people kind of guessed anyway. :-)

Here are the winners

Honourable Mention –  (Prize: Rory StoryCubes)

Best Multi-Player –  (Prize: Rory StoryCubes)

Best Audio – (Prize: Headphones thanks to GameStop Ireland)

Best on Theme – (Prize: PS4 Controller)

Best Visual (“Most Polished!”) –  (Prize: Quadcopter)

People’s & Judge’s Choice – (Prize: EGXRezzed Tickets for the team)

You can find the rest of the games crafted at http://bit.ly/dub-gc-4
(NOTE: Teams please update your entry with more game details, link to playable game (if any), more screenshots, and about yourselves.)

A big thanks and congratulations to everyone who took part and helped out. And yes, GameCraft is now incorporated as a not-for-profit organisation called GameCraft Foundation. Without all of your support, this wouldn’t have happened. We are deeply grateful for a fantastic community. Don’t hesitate to contact us with ideas, feedback and even about sponsorship. We love to talk. Email:

Any photos, please share them with us to , tweets, and .

A big thanks to Digital Hub for hosting our event, and to our sponsors, Enterprise Ireland, Exit Games, Swrve, GameStop Ireland and Rory StoryCubes.

And here are the tweets (#GameCraft) I found and storyfied it all:

Insomnia GameCraft – Theme



Posting live from Telford, at Insomnia GameCraft. The theme for today is “Last assignment” and we are in full swing here.
For some background info, Insomnia is a gaming conference, it’s basically a huge LAN party with tournaments, an exhibition hall including a generous section for indies such as Snozbot, Honourboud, Dream, and many more, check here. There is also some other more established games on display such as XCOM enemy within, XBOne with Forza and Need for speed and many hardware providers.

Will keep you posted…


Some of our Dublin GameCraft 4 judges… make sure you register for the 7th of December here

Declan Doody

“I’ve been playing games since I was four years old and giving out about them since I was five! I am Editor for theArcade.ie and I’ve been writing critically about video games for the past four years and organising one of the largest gatherings of gamers and geeks in the country, ArcadeCon, for the last three.”

Editor – www.the-arcade.ie

Colm Larkin

Colm has been making games since his family got their first computer when he was 6 years old (a ZX Spectrum 128). Nowadays he’s a software engineer for Swrve by day and a hobbyist game developer by night. Since co-founding the Dublin One Game A Month group this year he’s finished a number of small games and is now working on his first commercial game ‘Guild of Dungeoneering’.

Twitter :


Cork GameCraft – Story, results and more

Our first Cork GameCraft went really well. Thanks to St. John’s College‘s staff and all those who helped out and making the day a success.


 Spirit of GameCraft for helping loadsa people

By the way, he also made a game called ““.

Best Technical –

Most interesting interpretation of the theme –

Best Solo –

Best Group –

Their game:

People’s Choice –

Their game, 

You can find other games here:

Thanks to our following sponsors

Gold: Exit Games
Media Partner: Evening Echo
In-Kind: MaKey MaKey | O’Reilly | Qwertee | Rory Story Cubes

Thanks to our judges

Phil Bourke, James Daly, Dave McCabe, Paul O’Brien and Farad Raissa.

A special personal thanks to who I ()  drag along to almost all the GameCrafts, and remind me about many things.

A big, big, big thanks to Paul O’Brien who made this event happen, and to the staff and helpers at St. John’s College.

Finally, we have storified the day via those #GameCraft tweets, enjoy!

Cork GameCraft Judges

Phil Bourke

Philip is a Lecturer with LIT-Thurles and course coordinator for BSc. (Honours) Degree in Computing (Games Design and Development).

Philip is founder of the computer games festival, Games Fleadh, which includes games design and programming events such as DirectX, Robocode and Game Studio Ireland Challenges.

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James Daly

James Daly is CEO and Co-Founder of . Based in Thurles Co. Tipperary, James set upwith Michael Murphy, Martell Malone and David Kelly in 2012. Since starting,  has won the “LIT – Company of the Future” competition, gained entry onto Enterprise Irelands’ New Frontiers programme and has just released their first title ““.

Dave McCabe

Dave McCabe is a filmmaker, video game narrative designer and all around writer sort who has worked on more things than he’d care to remember. He’d give you a list, but it would just depress him when you’d heard of none of it. He has been playing video games since he couldn’t get past the first boss of an early 80′s version of ‘Green Beret’ that is so old he can’t even find a video for it on youtube. You can find him on twitter  where he’ll probably say something about your ma.

Paul O’Brien

Paul is the Course Coordinator for the Computer Game Design Level 5 course in St. John’s College.

Paul has been playing games since 1980, which is terrifyingly long ago.
Originally from a video and sound background, Paul has in the past been involved in the production of shows for NEAR FM and East Coast Radio and numerous video productions.

His main interests are narrative and its use in games and the computer game as a creative and artistic medium.

Farad Raissa

Farad Raissa teaches in St John’s College and is Course Coordinator for the Computer Game Design Level 6 course.

Farad is a coder in C sharp, C++ and more. He introduced 3D Design (3ds Max, Cinema 4d and Blender) into the Game Design Course. His background is in web development and game development with Game Engine (Unity 3d).

He has developed training programs for various companies in Cork (CSO, DAA, Quinn Healthcare, College of Commerce…) and is hugely involved in the E-learning platform development across FE colleges in Cork.

New York GameCraft – Results

A big thanks to everyone involved in making this happen. Everyone was truly amazing. A big thanks to Phil Trelford for kicking this off and to SkillMatters and Phothon Cloud for making it possible.

The theme was Lost Doorways

The results :

Best overall –
People’s Choice –
Best concept –
Best art direction –
Best multiplayer –

New York GameCraft

Thanks for being part of it and see you in the next one.

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Derry GameCraft and the Winners…

With only a couple of days to go till New York GameCraft, the haze is just being lifted from our first 24-hour GameCraft alongside Nintendo, I can safely say that it was an all round success.

We were fed, watered, people slept where they could, when they could, and many were a bit zombie-like in the wee hours of the morning in an empty Millenium Forum.

Here are the winners:







You can check out the rest of the games made during those gruelling 24 hours at our Derry GameCraft . All games listed were judged (else they don’t exist in the judges eyes).

Check the madness and those crazy eyes after 24 hours of jamming… photos can be found below:-

And finally if you want to know what happened during the day, check out our . I won’t embed it here but here are some entries: