The OGPC season begins with the Kickoff in November, when the theme is announced. Teams then work to develop a game project they will bring to the Main Event in May.
Season 13 will kick off when the webpage goes live Saturday, November 16th at 11AM. It will have this season’s theme, competition manual, and achievements list.
A great way to start the season is by having a team Kickoff meeting where you do some brainstorming and game design activities, learn about the theme, get excited about the season, and start making plans for your project. Better yet, if you know of other nearby teams, arrange for a joint event.
Although it is fun for everyone to learn about the theme together, you don’t have to hold your event on the day the theme is released. Plan an event for whatever date and time works for your team after the official Kickoff.
We will be sending out resources to coaches (videos and activities) to help them plan an event. Make sure you are on the coach mailing list to receive these!
OGPC Main Event
The Main Event is the culmination of teams’ efforts — it is where they bring their games to share with others, compete for prizes, and learn from industry professionals.
Western Oregon University
New Physical Education (NPE) Building (Directions)
Date: May 16th 2019, ~8:30am-5pm
What to expect
The day starts with check-in and getting your table assignment and schedule (which includes judging times and lunchtime). Judging happens throughout the day with each team assigned a time block where they will present to judges. During the rest of the day, students will show their project to other students, check out the games made by others, attend breakout sessions with industry speakers, and have opportunities to talk to WOU representatives about their programs. After judging is complete, we wrap up with the awards ceremony.
8:30 – Doors open for setup
9:45 – Opening ceremony
10:00 – Judging begins!
Noon to 1:00 – Lunch
3:30 – Begin packing up
4:00 – Awards ceremony in Warner Center
5:00 – Time to head out!
Presentation & Judging
Each team gets a table to set up their project and information about it. The team should try to make sure that someone is staffing the table throughout the day to show off their project to others (who will be voting for the People’s Choice Award!)
During a block of time (provided to each team in their schedule for the day), judges will come to visit your table. Your team needs to be ready to give the judges an elevator pitch for your game and then explain aspects of it. Every team member should be ready to participate.
At each year’s event, we strive to bring excellent talks from industry and education. Past topics have included “My Journey from Student to Game Designer”, “I’m a Software Engineer: Ask Me Anything”, “Women in STEM Fields,” and “Audio Production Tips and Tricks.” Check for topics and times in the Coach’s packet, received at registration, and posted in NPE all day.
Registration for the 2019-2020 season Main Event will be available right after the season starts in the Team Management System. Until your team is registered for the season and has paid, it is not guaranteed a spot at the Main Event.
Open to the public!
The Oregon Game Project Challenge Main Event is free to attend and open to the public. No need to register or get tickets to attend. So invite friends and family members to come visit during the day and check out all the games.
Interested in volunteering?
We can’t run our events without the help of many talented volunteers, including judges, speakers, and general helpers. If you are interested in learning more about how you can help, visit our Volunteer info page.