Big Muddy Monster Game Jam

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On December 16th, 2017 Pixel Press hosted our 2nd Big Muddy Monster Game Jam in Murphysboro, Illinois at the General John. A. Logan Attendance Center. The event is special to us because Murphysboro is home of three of our employees.

It was an action packed day, with over 80 kids ages 6 through 14 making games from 9a to 3p. Each participant received a Big Muddy Monster T-Shirt to commemorate the event, thanks to donations from Murphysboro School District 186 Education Foundation and State Farm agent Stan Graeff.

 
 

In the morning sessions participants learned the basics of making games using our Brainstorming Kit, where they learned the elements of a video game and mapped them out first with paper and markers and then on their Bloxels gameboards. Students learned how to create game environments and art and were soon combining them together in the Bloxels Builder app using tablet devices provided by the school or their personal devices from home.

 
 

After a pizza lunch, sponsored by Whiffle Boys Pizza, the students moved on to learning more advanced tools and started to round out the specifics of their game, including the storyline, game progression and game objectives. 

At the end of the day students presented their games on the big screen and were able to see other players experience the games they created.

Other activites throughout the day included a visit from the Big Muddy Monster himself, as well as game building on the Bloxels Big Gameboard.

Thank you to our sponsors and volunteers, including Steven Bost (the Monster!), Galen Rath (photographer), and Steve Carrington (on-site organizer).

 

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Robin Rath

St. Louis, MO