Registrations open for Isolation Jam 2018

Applications are now open for Isolation Jam 2018. Head over to the registration page and sign up.

Do note that a payment for the game jam needs to be made before April 6th. If a payment has not been received by that time the next person in line will get your spot.

Those that manage to secure a spot will get an e-mail regarding that, along with payment information.

For more information see the Isolation Jam page, and the Practical Information page.

Isolation Jam 5: The Cuddling of the Lambs

The date has been set for the fifth anniversary of the otherwordly Isolation Jam! 13th to 17th of June 2018.

I will never forget the lambs walking by our window, curiously peeking at these strange people sitting inside, making games, or simply having a good time with old and new friends. – Minnamari Helmisaari, Isolation Game Jam 2014, 2015, & 2017 attendant

We will open up for application here on Thursday the 8th of March, a week from now. At 18:00 UTC.

Kollafoss Game Farm reborn

In 2014 the first Isolation Jam was hosted at Kollafoss, before there was anything such as Kollafoss Game Farm. At that point in time Kollafoss was simply an abandoned old farm owned by my family, and mostly unused.

In 2015 we held the second Isolation Jam, installed a 3G antenna, and right after the game jam we (Jóhannes & Adda) officially moved in. Not only that, but shortly after the game jam we received funding from SSNV to start Kollafoss Game Farm as a game developer residency. In November 2015 Josh Raab of Studio Wumpus stayed with us for a whole month while working on the digital board game Sumer (which is now on its way to the Nintendo Switch)

In January 2016 we hosted the first ever Global Game Jam in Iceland (as far as we know), and June obviously included the third installation of Isolation Jam.

In 2017 we managed to get optic fiber Internet on the farm. Matt Marshall of Wayward visited us in April 2017 for two weeks to work on his game The Veil (and give the new Internet connection a spin). The fourth Isolation Jam was hosted in June like expected.

And now it’s time for the year 2018. We will obviously host the classic Isolation Jam which will be announced in the next days, but the biggest news is that 2018 is also the year of some changes around Kollafoss Game Farm. The game developer residency program will be closing down  and more focus will be put on actual game development with our first game (to be announced soon) set for release in mid/late 2018. Most of the information on the website has been updated to accompany that but there might be still some outdated information sneaking around that we missed, but that should slowly get fixed in the coming weeks as the website gets adapted to its new purpose.

Thank you to everyone that joined us for this amazing ride in the past few years, and helped making this possible. We are already looking forward to what the future will bring forth here on the farm.

Even though the residency is officially closed we still welcome game developers to drop by for a visit. If you are driving by or in the “neighborhood”, please do drop us a line and we’ll start brewing the coffee.

Registrations open for Isolation Game Jam 2017

Sign ups are now open for the Isolation Game Jam 2017. Head over to the registration form and sign up.

Do note that a payment for the game jam needs to be made before April 1st. If a payment has not been received by that time the next person in line will get your spot.

Those that manage to secure a spot will get an e-mail regarding that, along with payment information.

Also, the Kollafoss Game Farm refund policy now applies to the Isolation Game Jam as well.

Lets hug some lambs! Isolation Game Jam 2017 announced

Mark your calendars. 7th – 11th of June 2017 is the date for the fourth installment of Isolation Game Jam. Registrations will open on the 1st of March.

These game developers hugged lambs last year

Head over to the Isolation Game Jam website for more info

Isolation Game Jam 2016: Tractor Egg

The second game to be featured from the Isolation Game Jam 2016 is the aptly named Tractor Egg by Jonatan Van Hove, Pavel Savchuk and yours truly, Jóhannes Gunnar Þorsteinsson. This post comes just in time for the second harvesting season which is about to start here in the region.

A 4 player local multiplayer harvesting mayhem where farmers are forced to share a field and steal hay bales from each other. Just like in real life.

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One could say that Tractor Egg, of all the games made at the Isolation Game Jam, had the most focus put into research. Game developers had the opportunity to try out and feel how it is to use a tractor to pick up hay bales, or like we called it during the game jam, tractor eggs. No game developers were harmed during that experiment.

Do you want to refresh your harvesting skills? Or have you perhaps never operated heavy machinery during harvesting season? Well, now is your chance. It’s time to harvest more tractor eggs than your neighboring farmers. Get the game at itch.io

Isolation Game Jam 2016: Sky Farm

This year, we had a game jam attendant come all the way from South Africa. Robbie Fraser has been traveling around Europe, meeting game developers, and writing about it for the past months (Check out his blog!) and he decided to join in on the fun here at Kollafoss.
During the jam a lot of ideas were born and concepts were tested out. But it felt like Robbie had a clear idea right from the start the core game mechanics he was aiming for. The result of that was the beautiful and serene management game Sky farm.


Sky farm is an extremely soothing and atmospheric (thanks to artwork by Pavel) management game which doesn‘t really have any end goal or progression. It‘s all about just optimizing your farm and seeing your score slowly rise (or fall) depending on your choices.

This is a game that has been kept running on a secondary screen for hours here on the farm.

For more games from the Isolation Jam, go check out our itch.io page.

Thanks for Isolation Game Jam 2016

Special thanks to everyone that showed up to the third installment of the Isolation Game Jam. It was a blast! The jam ended on the 12th of June and since then we have been taking a well needed break after the month long lambing season and the game jam that followed right after.

There was no specific theme word, just like last year. But rather the theme was simply the atmosphere, surroundings, and the isolation all around us. The results were quite diverse and fascinating, as we saw games revolving around tractor eggs, sheep herding in VR, relatively abstract farm management, VR running and spider leg locomotive system and more.

You can check out many of the games made during the Isolation Game Jam here at Kollafoss over at the following page. https://itch.io/jam/isolation-game-jam-2016 . For the next few days you can expect a short feature about many of those games online.

Isolation Game Jam 2016

Update: Sign ups are now open.

It’s time for the third incarnation of the Isolation Game Jam here in north west Iceland. This time the venue, Kollafoss, is not only Kollafoss, but Kollafoss Gamedev Residency. Because of that the website has now moved from the good old Leikjasamsudan.is to here at Kollafoss Gamedev Residency. Check it out for more information! http://kollafoss.farm/isolationgamejam/

The game jam will be on 8th – 12th of June this year. Tickets will go on sale on friday, january 15th, (yes, tomorrow) at noon UTC. Keep an eye on the website for the sign up button on friday!

Global Game Jam 2016

It is time!!!

On 29 – 31 January we will be hosting a Global Game Jam event here at Kollafoss and we invite you to join us for these 48 hours of intense game making. The setup will be quite similar to the Isolation Game Jam. There will be space for 7-9 people. Bedrooms will be fitted with extra beds and mattresses. Desks will be moved to the shared living room where the game jam will happen.

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Food is included in price, although technically cooking is not. We will take care of cooking but people are free to help out with the cooking or come up with some crazy food ideas.

The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is the world’s largest game jam event (game creation) taking place around the world at physical locations.

Interested? Head over to our Global Game Jam page for more info and the sign up form.