Announcing: Fall 2011 Cardboard Jam!

by Darren Torpey on September 28th, 2011

As promised, the next Boston Game Jam will be the Fall 2011 Cardboard Jam, on October 8th and 9th at GAMBIT.

Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab






As before, please bring your friends who love design and board or card games but whom are afraid of the whole programming/tech side of game jams. If that you, then now’s your chance to bring yourself to a jam!

The beauty of this jam is that the technology barrier is waaaaaaay lower — anyone can cut out pieces of paper, write with a pen, and organize objects on a board! We’ll also be adding a bit more structure this time to facilitate play-testing and the peer feedback process.

Where? When? How Much? Why?!

October 8th and 9th, 2011
Sat: 9am – 11pm
Sat: 9am – 6pm

Singapore/MIT GAMBIT Game Lab
MIT Building NE25-388
5 Cambridge Center, 3rd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142
Google Map


Because Boston still needs more independent game development and open, creative collaboration and innovation. And because making non-digital games lowers the barrier of entry and allows anyone to try their hand at game design in a collaborative environment. The April CBJ was a huge success, so we’re bringing it back!

What to bring:
Paper, cardboard, playing card decks, dice, etc. Anything that will help you design and implement your game! Notebooks are encouraged, though we’ll have lots of whiteboard space for collaborate design.

Hosted By:
Darren Torpey (darren AT boston game jams DOT com)
Rik Eberhardt (reberhar AT mit DOT edu)


» Register here

At this jam we’ll focus more than ever on using constraints to inspire creativity in the design process and on cross-team collaboration. In particular, we will be playtesting each others’ games a lot at this jam.

What’s a game jam?

A game jam is an event where people of all disciplines come together to create interesting interactive works.
I’ve written up a more thorough Q & A for game jams on the Game Jams page.

Sponsorship welcome!

If you or your company would like to sponsor the food for the event, email me (darren _AT_ bostongamejams _DOT_ com) to discuss details. Thanks!


My wife, Vickie Torpey, likes to do a mini-jam of her own, but her creative specialty is making TASTY THINGS™, so she likes to prepare us lots of delicious food (aka “yummies for our tummies”) to keep our bellies happy and the creative juices flowing! What’s more, she does it live with us on location, improvising with limited resources, in full “jam” style. :)
Also: Vickie’s can make her food very veggie/vegan/allergy friendly, so just let us know about your special needs when you register.

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