In the spring of 2014, The first Isolation Game Jam was hosted on the farm Kollafoss and game developers arrived from all over the world. The year after, we organised the second one and to our surprise, we got enough signups to fill a waiting list for the next 5 years. That’s when we realised that there was a genuine interest for this little project so it was time to take it further.
In the summer of 2015, me (Jóhannes) and Arnfríður moved to the Kollafoss farm and settled there. After seeing how much space was available in the house we quickly came to the conclusion that this was the perfect place for a gamedev residency. The house was big enough to comfortably house at the very least 5 people.
The Kollafoss Game Farm is partially modelled on artist residencies in Iceland. Rather than taking in ten people for a couple of days like at the Isolation Game Jam, we will be offering space for three game developers at a time to live here with us (Me and Arnfríður) for up to a month to work on their projects in touch with nature. The difference to regular artist residencies though is that Kollafoss Game Farm is more like simply renting a house with several like minded people. So, in essence, me and Arnfríður are simply looking for gamedev people to rent with us and fill this large house of ours.
I, Jóhannes Gunnar Þorsteinsson was raised and have lived most of my life in this valley, Vesturárdalur. I studied visual art at VMA in Akureyri, and then sound design for video games at Skövde University.
I am a home working sound designer, musician, game developer and a farm worker, along with the job of making the Kollafoss Game Farm into reality. I usually am working from home on various things related to game development and music so you will be seeing me most of the time.
Arnfríður Hanna Hreinsdóttir is from Skagafjörður in north Iceland. She has mostly worked in the mental health care & support field in the UK and Iceland, but currently works away from home at Staðarskáli in the next fjord every other week.
Kollafoss is a large house with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, storage rooms, a large, fully equipped kitchen with a dinner table, two living rooms and a back porch. We will be renting out three single bedrooms, all of which have a private working area, single size bed, a closet and other necesseties.
In a way, this is a mixture of a commune and co-working space. Just think of this as 2 people renting a cabin somewhere out in the nature, and asking game developers and other like minded people to come along.
Food and Supplies
Do note that food and other supplies are not included in the fee.
We will be providing transport to the nearest town (Hvammstangi, 30 km) when needed for grocery shopping, socialising or anything else you might need, although we try to keep it to a minimum because of the distance. Shopping is usually done in bulk.
Sightseeing trips around the local area can also be arranged and there is plenty of hiking routes near the farm. The farm has sheep, horses, two dogs and a couple of cats.
The September Sheep Round-up
September is the time of rounding up the sheep after the summer and anyone interested can volunteer to participate.
Currently our internet connection is via a 3G aerial, which is sufficient; however, fibre optic broadband will be installed later this year. Internet connection is included in the fee.
Do note that download/upload cap is 100gb (can be upgraded to 250gb if needed).
Feel free to contact us if you have any more questions?