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Casual Dragon goes global later this month when it joins Ichiban Games in the Global Game Jam.

The Global Game Jam involves multiple locations around the world creating games based on a single prompt. The games created can be video games, board games, card games, or any other type of game. More than 160 sites in 113 countries are expected to participate this year. This will also be the first time a location for the Global Game Jam will be held in Niagara County. Multiple games can be created in one place, and Casual Dragon has several separate rooms that can be used for this purpose.

Mark Miller of game design company Ichiban Games, which oversees the event, says people of all skill levels are welcome to participate.

“It doesn’t matter with skill sets,” he said. “You can be an artist, you can be a musician, you can be a programmer, you can be a writer, but you can also be an enthusiast. You may not have any skills, but the people are there and you will learn from them. It’s very practical, so it’s a good starting point for someone who wants to get into gaming. This upcoming event will instead have the additional participation of people from all over the world.

It’s similar to the Game Jam the store held last summer, where people got a chance to spend the weekend making games.

“We decided to have a Game Jam,” Miller said. “We thought it was a good idea to bring people together and create, because people were restless and wanted to get out of their homes and do something.”

The Game Jam will last three days, from January 28 to 30. The first day will include presentations, an explanatory speech, brainstorming and the start of part of the creative process. This will take place on Friday, January 28 from 5:30 p.m. to midnight. The creation will continue the next day from 10 a.m. to midnight, then the finishing touches will be made from 10 a.m. The final presentations of the games that have been made will take place at 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 30.

The event is free to the public and snacks will be served throughout. It is recommended that those wishing to attend bring laptops, drawing materials, headphones, and anything to help them create. Regarding COVID-19 precautions, Casual Dragon owner Jason Gough advised anyone feeling ill to stay home and those in attendance to try to follow proper health guidelines.

“There is sanitizer throughout the building, and even free little ones in the hallway, for anyone who wants it,” he said.

Event details can also be found on his Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/2969520663378734. Questions can be emailed to Mark Miller at [email protected]

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