Game Jam 2017

CoRe Jolts Collaborative Game Jam

CoRe-Jolts-Game-JamWe have begun plans to host the Third Collaborative Game Jam!  This event will be held at a private home in Tsawwassen from the evening of Friday, May 5th through the afternoon of Sunday, May 7th, 2017.  The Game Jam will be focused on the development of collaborative games for any and all occasions.

What is a Game Jam?

A game jam is simply a gathering of people for the purpose of planning, designing, and creating one or more games within a short span of time. Most game jams gather together programmers, game designers, artists, and others in game development-related fields to form teams for game creation.  This game jam is different in that we will gather diverse teams of people skilled in collaborative conflict resolution approaches.  Each team will have at least one “gamer”,  but those persons might well also be collaborative practitioners.  This game jam will also focus on “tabletop” games rather than online games.  Tabletop games include board games, but can also extend to a wide variety of other games played “offline”.

What is a collaborative game?

In a collaborative game, players work together to win.  They contain an element of competition, but winning can only be accomplished by the group as a whole.  Collaborative games (like Pandemic and Forbidden Island) are quite different from the didactic games some of us recall from the period when cooperative games were the new thing in schools.  Good collaborative games are fun!  And unlike traditional board games like Monopoly and Risk, they don’t leave half the players out in the cold by midway through the game.

Who should attend?

We plan to form teams of 5-6 game-makers each.  We would love to have diverse teams including mediators, collaborative lawyers, other dispute resolution professionals, law students, gamers, artists, educators, and really anyone who thinks it would be fun to spend a weekend building a collaborative game collaboratively!


Participants must commit to attend the full weekend.

  • Friday, May 5th – 6:00 pm -10:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 6th – 10:00 am -6:00 pm
  • Sunday, May 7th – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Is there an Agenda?

Yes.  Friday night will be devoted to introductions, team formation, and game play.  We will introduce and play a variety of collaborative games in order to inspire teams and to give everyone a good sense of what kinds of collaborative games are out there now.

Saturday will be an all-day game creation session for each team.  Teams will have their own workroom and will be supplied with a range of materials.

Sunday morning will be a chance to finalize teams’ games and prepare them for play.  In the afternoon, teams will present their games to the group and we will create spaces in which to test them out.

Lunches will be provided on Saturday and Sunday, allowing the groups to take a break and intermingle.

What will the games be like?

Games will be developed to meet the interests of the participants on each team, but the overall theme for all game production is the creation of games that emphasize collaboration and/or joint problem solving.  We will try to design games that can change the way we think about game playing and support a culture in which collaboration is normalized!

Teams might choose to create games that can be played by families, games for young children, or games to be used as a tool in a mediation or negotiation setting.  Perhaps a team will create a game for negotiation training or a game that practices negotiation skills but within a format that teens would find exciting.  There are really no limits to the possibilities.

Will the games be developed/published?

cards-in-handBy joining in the Game Jam, all participants agree that games created and ideas generated may be developed by any participants or by CoRe Jolts.  Creations will be considered “open source”.  That said, should CoRe Jolts choose to develop any ideas arising from the event, all team members involved in the inspiration for the game will be invited to participate.  We anticipate that teams might well reach their own agreements regarding development of ideas and games created within the team.

One game was developed and kickstarted following the Second Game Jam – Zombie Fight or Flight. The game was taken through production by a team of Game Jam participants who formed PignPotato Games for that purpose.

What will it cost?

We will collect $50/participant to cover food, drinks, and purchase of game construction materials. Please advise us in advance of dietary restrictions. Refreshments will be provided throughout the weekend; lunch will be served on Saturday and Sunday. (Any extra funds collected will be donated to CoRe Conflict Resolution Society).

Join us in an effort to develop more outstanding collaborative games, and to spread the word about collaborative games as a tool for cultural change!

If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact us at

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