TOJam is an annual 3 day indie game jam held in
Toronto with the goal of creating a game in 3 days. I've got friends who attend
every year and I had so much fun last year I had to return. Truly one of the
highlights of the year for me.
On Friday April 23rd 2010, I packed up a laptop, some hardware and 2 changes of
clothes and headed to the train station.
The Jam actually got underway at 10:00 am for early arrivals, but living outside
of Toronto and being reliant on public transit meant not getting there until
early afternoon. That's fine though, as early arrival was limited this year. I
was set up and working by 3 pm.
Yep, there's that big towery thing again.
From Toronto's Union Station it was a short walk up Bay Street to King Street
and then over a couple of blocks to Sherbourne. Convenient!
Bay street towers. People who like money work there and do stuff with money. I
like money, but not that much.
Inside the Autodesk building, second floor. This is the place!
Ah, good ol' Em, Jim or Rob.
I set up my laptop and gear quickly, then headed to the nearby market to load up
on cola and vegetable samosas. I then settled in and began working on my game,
This year's Theme is "Missing", and as always interpret that as you will. For
my game, you play as a Scientist with super-spring boots who's crashed his time
machine and must retrieve all the missing parts.
About 8 pm or so Jim, Em and Rob gave the official welcome.
Keeping it short and keeping it real.
After the speeches and thank you for commings, thank you sponsors, it was back
to work! I powered through until about 4:30 am, at which point I crashed out on
the floor for about 2 hours of poor quality sleep.
I powered through Saturday and crashed again about the same time (4am-ish).
Slept for about 3 hours. Got back up and worked until the end. Good times.
I keep a text file open during the Jam where I mark the time and mention events. It's pretty much just intended for me, but I thought it might be fun to share this year. Just a warning, it might not make sense, might contain profanities and/or inanities. If you don't think you can handle that, just don't look.