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Announcing: The Wicker Jam

Part of doing Feral Vector in Hebden Bridge is access to good outdoor space: it’s right next to Nutclough, with its woods, wildflowers, ponds, footpaths, and remnants of Victorian industrial architecture. Adam Dixon will be running BUSINESS YEAR 2000, a LARP you can find a little more about on the schedule. We want to make even more use of it though, so: The Wicker Jam.

The Wicker Jam

You’ve probably taken part in a game jam, right? What would you make if you didn’t have a computer, could only use things you found, and instead of an office or computer lab, you were all in the woods? Folk games, of course! Jonathan Whiting will be running The Wicker Jam, a single afternoon game jam about folk games made entirely from found things. Think stones, twigs, leaves and flowers.

We massively encourage designers to make site specific games, and we’ll be doing our damndest to document them in some way. Inspiration is great, but please do not actually build a giant wicker person then sacrifice someone in it. As well as not being much fun for that one specific person, we’re pretty sure it would violate several health and safety regulations and the code of conduct. It’s a public space; there are going to be a few people walking their dogs or playing with their kids.

Day tickets are still available, and from this moment on come with a solid gold guarantee that you will not become a human sacrifice.

(I’d like to thank Jonathan for stepping up to run this, and Ste Curran for letting me bounce thoughts back and forth after this name popped into my head a few weeks ago).


The bad old days, but nothing much has changed about game development. In this fly on the wall videogame studio documentary, any resemblance to Peters living or dead is entirely coincidental.

2016 Schedule

Here’s the schedule for Feral Vector 2016. Day tickets are available from ti.to, and signups for workshops and live games will go out to all ticket holders early next week.

See the note below about Tea Club, and games on show at Feral Vector will include: Flat Heroes, 29, Wrestling With Emotions, Chalo Chalo, Overcooked, Viderunt Omnes 3D (work in progress), Line Wobbler, The DOOM PIANO, The World is Flat + yogaball controller, Trawl, Reigns, and one as yet unnannounced game that may be strangely familiar yet at the same time completely and utterly life changing…

Outdoor activities (Business Year 2000 and The Wicker Jam) may be rescheduled if the weather turns bad.

Note: Thursday activities are postponed due to a train fire on the East Coast Main Line preventing people from getting here.

Thursday the 2nd:
12:00 – Open for wristband collection, games, Tea Club.
16:00 – (Workshop, postponed from 14:00) Making Cardboard Things, Dominik Johann.
15:00 – (Live Game) (POSTPONED UNTIL FRIDAY)
Business Year 2000, Adam Dixon. The Global Investors left centuries ago, but we can bring them back. We just have to be the best at doing the rituals… (Bring stout footwear and be prepared to spend time outside).
12:00 – 20:30 – Games, party.
21:00 – (Screening) Other Places, Andy Kelly

Friday the 3rd:
10:00 – Open, Tea Club, Games.
10:30 – (Talk) Henrike Lode: Games No One Wants to Make With Me
11:00 – (Talk) Alex Roberts: Building Custom Controllers
11:30 – (Talk) Amran Anjum: Our Cultures and Appropriate Appropriation
12:00 – (Talk) Katharine Neil: Tools for Game Design Thinking, and Other Heresies
12:30 – (Talk) Elizabeth Simoens: LARP, Opera and Game Design
13:00 – (Workshop) Wetgenes: Dr. Caligula’s Pirate Willy Workshop
13:00 – 15:00 – (LARP, outdoor) BUSINESS YEAR 2000
13:00 – 21:00 Games/Party
15:30 – 16:00 (Outdoor) The Wicker Jam, Jonathan Whiting: Outdoor folk game jam, with our new “No human sacrifice” guarantee!

Saturday the 4th:
10:00 – Open, Tea Club, Games.
10:30 – (Talk) himynameischuck/Tom Davison: you are all ghosts (a talk on anxiety)
11:00 – (Talk) Johnny Marshall/The Mighty Git: Spotters Guide to Fear
11:30 – (Talk) Emily Short: Narrative Design
12:00 – (Talk) William Pugh and Dominik Johann: SERIOUS
12:00 – (Workshop) Graham T. Spence: Physical Map Making
13:00 – 21:00 Games/Party

Tea Club:
We tried a new thing with Tea Club last year and will be doing it again: If you have something you’d like to give a talk on, as soon as the main talks programme is done, you can, but you have to serve people tea while you’re doing it. That’s a lot more fun than it sounds, and if you’re new to public speaking, it’s less nerve wracking than getting up on a stage.