NAG Jam is just hours away, and there’s some stuff you should know


The inaugural NAG Jam starts tonight! 72 hours of GO GO GAME DEV. I can’t decide if I’m more excited or afraid. When I pass out from emotional whiplash, don’t wake me until after rAge.

We’ve got some final guidelines for you brave souls who plan to take part in the jam. Follow me.

Before we begin: if this is all news to you and you have no idea what a NAG Jam is, what it smells like or how you make it, please read this.

Right, so: we’re revealing the theme of the jam tonight at around 7pm via our Twitter wotsit. After that, you’ll have until 7pm this Sunday to create a game based on that theme. Once you’re happy with your creation and are ready to submit it, you’ll need to upload it to a file-hosting service like Dropbox or Google Drive. Once that’s done, share a link to your game with us so we can download and play it. Said link must be mailed to by no later than 7pm on Sunday, and we’ll immediately start downloading the submissions.

Bear in mind that if you want to get fancy and host an HTML5 (or Flash, or whatever) game that we can play right there in our browsers, that’s great for convenience, but not so great for your game’s chances of being selected as a finalist. This is because firstly we’d have no way of knowing that you’re not quietly updating your game behind the scenes after the deadline date, and because we’re going to need access to some form of offline executable for your game so that we can actually run it on the machines we’ll be using to showcase the games at rAge.


Board games will be permitted, but we can’t guarantee that they’ll be eligible for being put on display at the Intel stand. That, and getting it to us so we can actually play your game could prove challenging. But if you fancy yourself a board game designer and want to take part, please do, because we’d love to see what you create.

The winners of the jam will be announced on the main stage on Friday at 5:20pm. Remember that you needn’t actually attend rAge to be selected as one of the winners, or to get your hands on some of them sweet, sweet prize moneys.

Please take some time to read through the rules of the jam again, because they’re Kind Of Important. And when you mail us the link to your game, please include your name (and those of your team if you worked in a group) and a brief description of your creation.

Anyway, I think that’s everything. If you’ve got any questions, fire ’em up in the comments section below. Good luck to everyone who’s participating in the very first NAG Jam! We’re maximum excited to play the weird and wonderful things that come pouring out of your brains.

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