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


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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

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:


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’.

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