Friday, January 18: Game Jam Survival Techniques Panel

18:00 - 19:00 - DePaul CDM Building Room 708
Looking for tips and tricks on how to survive Game Jam? Or maybe you just want to hear old war stories from seasoned game jammers... One week before Game Jam, in collaboration with the Chicago chapter of the IGDA, we're hosting a panel where game jammers and professional game devs will talk shop on how to get through a game jam with a finished game and your sanity intact (sort of)! Location: CDM 708.

- Dave Fulton (JackSmack)
- Ryan Wiemeyer (The Men Who Wear Many Hats)
- Kevin Zuhn (Young Horses)

Moderated by Jay Margalus (Lunar Giant Studios and Chair of IGDA Chicago)


Friday, January 25: (The Soft-Start)

17:00 - Sign in
17:30 - Rules, Judges Introduced, and GameJam Challenge Announced!

18:00 - Team Formation

18:20 - Paper Prototypes and Playtesting Ideas

20:00 - Wrap-up and Close!
Everybody goes home. Sleep on your ideas.

Saturday, January 26:

08:00 - Breakfast, Kick-off and power on!
12:00 - Lunch
19:00 - Dinner

Sunday, January 27:

08:00 - Breakfast
11:30 - Hands-off! All work on Game Jam Games ends now.
12:00 - Lunch, presentations and meetings with judges
13:00 - Judges Confer
13:30 - Awards
14:00 - Go home and sleep!

Expert Consulting Sessions

On Friday and Saturday, GameJam groups will be able to talk to veteran game industry professionals who will be on-hand to advise and help participants with their projects.

Expert Consultants:

Sound Team

The sound team is a group of DePaul students who help all the game teams with their audio needs: music, voice recording, effects, foley, and more!
  • Jake Garcia
  • Andrew Mortega
  • Jay Caston
  • Jay Caston
  • Brea Cunningham


- Best Overall Game - Audience Award
- Best Overall Game - Judges Award
- Spirit of the Game Jam - Audience Award

Judging Panel

(in alphabetical order)

Social Media Crew


Other Details

As the event's date approaches, we will be updating this site with further details.

2013 DePaul Game Jam poster design by Julia Simplicio