The Indie Galactic Space Jam was an idea started by a fellow Fiean, Kunal Patel, who is also the founder of the local Orlando Indie community and meet-up Indienomicon. While I haven't been to an Indienomicon meeting I do have many friends who've gone and who use it to promote their personal projects in the O-town dev scene.
The Space Jam was an event to celebrate and promote interest in space exploration and science. Orlando is considered part of the Space Coast scene, having many Sim and space oriented tech companies.
I was so excited to be able to work again with some of my favorite Fieans. One of my producers from Pitch Jumper, Kevin, asked me about a month ago if I wanted to join and I was like "YES I WANT ALL THE SPACE GAMES." Kevin is great to work with, and we have similar interest in promoting education in the sciences (he was once a high school teacher before going into the games industry) so this was a great opportunity to have fun doing what we love while promoting cool topics.
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We all showed up a little after 6:30 to mingled a bit as a team, ate dinner, and then people pitched game ideas. Everyone had about a minute to push their game before we broke off to vote on all the ideas. If you came as a team you were allowed to stay together and do your own thing(which is what we choose to do). Kevin had been researching private industrial space tech and had an idea to do a game on the costs and prohibitions of building a space elevator that could bring materials and people into space sans a traditional rocket. Not ever team decided to do a serious science game; you had a lot of freedom so long as it has a space theme to it. We worked a bit on the idea, planning out the next day and then went home at midnight. There were several Nasa guys who came over from Kennedy Space Center and they walked around talked to each group to see if they needed help with clarifying science concepts or topics.
Work ramped up again between 8am and 10am. Unity was one of the sponsors of the event and provided all teams with Unity Pro if they needed. We all knew Unity so we decided to use that as our engine. We braked for lunch, and mingled a bit more to see what everyone else was working on and how it was going. The amazing thing about the event was just how much food they provided. Bagels and coffee in the morning with chips, soda, water, candy, and mini sandwiches all day. So much food.!So much sugar! We worked until about midnight before going home. Paul got it so that when the sun was rotating around the Earth it created a mini day night cycle that you could see with the textures I made.
I mostly worked on skybox, planet textures, UI, and parts of the space elevator model.
We continued on polishing a bit more on the visuals; Anthony joined us that day to help with some of the effects. We stopped working on the game around 5pm, had it uploaded to the Jam site around 6ish and then had dinner. After dinner we went upstairs for final presentations before going home at 10pm.
Our team was:
1. Kevin (Programmer/Producer)
2. Paul (Programmer/Producer)
3. Matt Burton (who doesn't have a website because boo but he is an awesome programmer and an awesome dude to work with...he just put out a game you can play here)
4. Nathan (Producer)
5. Sean (Programmer)
6. Anthony(Tech Artist)
You can try out all of the games here:
Space Jam Game Downloads
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