One Game Dad 40: Community Wayfaring
Another year another game jam over at Waypoint, and yours truly is hosting.
This year's jam is called Big Boy Season, and as usual it's a Waypoint community game jam, albeit unofficial. Don't ask why it's called Big Boy Season, the community voted for it as a reference to something that's occurred on one of Waypoint's streams or podcasts.
I try to stay active in some online communities but largely I fail. Hosting this jam seems to be the extent to which I'm really active. And even then I'm not doing a whole lot as once the jam is set up it runs itself. I just send out the occasional reminder. But I do the jams in part because it gives me an excuse to write something new and different.
This year I'm writing a pen and paper adventure on a system I created myself. So once that's done it'll be shared here. I didn't want to do a video game because that's what I'm doing at work. A change of pace and focus on a different type of writing is stimulating. It helps keep me in the mood to write lots of different things, but so does reading a variety of things.
That focus on creation, along with having a family, leaves me little time and even less interest at being online with others. Which is odd given how necessary it is these days to be so - both for business reasons and being part of a community. Working out of Games Factory in Helsinki helps with that though. I get to work with and around others who are creating things so it's an opportunity to talk over those very subjects.