Peanut Butter and Game Jam

Another April, another STL Game Jam at local game design firm Simutronics.

For those of you just tuning in, a game jam is a 48-hour event where you divide up into teams and create a playable game of some kind — video game, board game, card game, mobile game, etc — from beginning to end. I’ve been doing game jams for the past year or so and they are always a lot of fun.

At the game jam last August, my team created a Wherigo game, which is a located-based GPS-driven mobile app game based on geocaching. We had so much fun that we’re doing it again, and the word spread and long story short, we’ve got about 25 geocachers here on-site creating about four Wherigo games:

Ch-Ch-Chain — a Wherigo based on the Chain of Rocks bridge

Meet Me in 1904 — an augmented reality game where you visit the sites of the 1904 World’s Fair exhibition halls and stage a rescue

And a couple of other games just taking shape.

We’ve had geocachers from as far as North Carolina fly out to our game jam for this event.  I can’t wait to play all the games.

For more info on what all the other teams are working on, check out the STL Game Jam website, where Simutronics intern Chelsea is liveblogging the event.

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