Though game jams usually focus on games of the digital persuasion Nordic Game Jam seeks to offer something more. For the last three years a board game track has run alongside the digital one, offering participants the chance to do something different, and this year it‘s still going strong.
To facilitate the brainstorming and building of new board games some sacrifices must be made. In this case that means the cannibalization of other board games, collected together into the Hoard, and available to all board game trackers. And believe us when we say that using the Hoard (and some scissors and glue) makes life much easier when making a board game on a deadline. The games and game components contained in the Hoard have been generously donated to us from Bergsala Enigma, a Danish board game company.
This year we‘re offering an Audio + Board Games Track during the Friday talks. There will be two board game specific talks, one from Emil Larsen who successfully funded his board game through Kickstarter last year. He‘ll be talking about the do‘s and don‘ts of a Kickstarter campaign, something applicable to both board games and their digital brethren. There will also be a talk by the three award-winning games from last year‘s board game track; The team behind Made in China, Huggenheimer, and Kvasir Games. Stop by if you want to hear tips and tricks on how to survive a cardboard jam.
The jammers who choose to work on board games tend to get more sleep during the jam, since technological difficulties are out of the equation. So far all the board game participants have worked together in a single room, surrounded by plastic, paper, and cardboard. Although the entire jam is of course buzzing with ideas and ambition, the proximity and working on such a common theme makes for a very good environment. And for loads of playtesters of course!
The board game track also has the distinction of having its own awards, while still being eligible for the main awards of the jam. Once the deadline is past the teams create play-stations for their games and the board game track judges (and anybody who is interested) play the games. The categories for the board game awards will be announced at a later time, but we can tell you that there will be three winning games at the end of the jam.