Washington, DC - MAGFest

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Attendance to MAGFest required
Open for entire 48 hours
Jam Site Description: 

The American University Game Lab and the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) DC Chapter brings you Global Game Jam 2015's MAGFest - Washington, DC site! 

Game Jam teams at the MAGFest - Washington, DC site will have access to unique ammenities provided by MAGFest, including access to musicians and voice talent for their games, in addition to organized playtesting times with attendees.

Jam Schedule

Day 1 - Intro

3:30 - 8:00 pm: Check In 

4:00 - 5:30 pm: Pre-Jam Power Panel (in MAGES room 1) - come see veteran game developers talk about game dev best practices, cautionary tales, and other things to get you motivated to jam! Guests are composer Alexander Brandon, game designer James Portnow, writer Anna Megill, and indie developer and GGJ board member Lindsay Grace. 

5:30 - 6:00 pm: Break 

6:00 - 6:30 pm: Announcements and Keynote 

6:30 - 7:00 pm: Reveal of Theme and Brainstorming 

7:00 - 7:30 pm: Team forming activity and move to jam-space

8:00 - ?: JAM! 

Day 2 - Jam 

11:00 am - Deadline to create user profile and game pages

                 Visit from MAGFest musicians 

3:00 pm - Mid-Jam check-in - show us and MAGFest attendees what you've made so far!  

6:00 pm - Open playtesting time

Day 3 - Outro

1:00 pm - Deadline to upload games to GGJ Server 

2:00 pm - Cleanup time - pack up shop and clean your area

3:00 - 5:00 pm: Presentations and Awards (Jam space) 

5:00 - 7:00 pm: Open game playing time (Jam space) 

Teams may also display their games after the Jam during MAGFest's Monday events.

MAGFest-specific diversifiers

Jam Master - Using a sound asset by one of the musicians or artists that have provided content

AAAAAUUUUUUUGGGGGHHHH! - Incorporating the Colossus yell into your game

Ready Player One - Making your game either 80's themed or have it take place inside a computer (to go with the Tron theme) 

By MAGland for MAGland - Making a game specifically designed to be played at MAGFest

Creative Cosplay - Incorporate an element of a creative cosplayer's costume into your game. We're not just talking about someone dressed as a game character - look for epic crossovers, meta-aware outfits, or even someone dressing as MAGFest itself!

Lumber Jack Award- Integrate lumberjacks into the game.  MAGFest calls the people who have been to every MAGFest "Lumberjacks".

Astronomer Award- integrate astronomers into the game.  Astronomers are people born near MAGFest and have gone to all of them.

This event is organized in cooperation with the Music and Gaming Festival (MAGFest) a Washington, DC-area game culture event held yearly at the Gaylord National Hotel in National Harbor, MD.

MAGFest is organized by MAGFest, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the appreciation of games and video game music.


Food Options: 
Access to food in close vicinity. Drinks and snacks provided on site.
Available Tools or Technology: 
None - please bring your own equipment
Who Can Participate: 
All MAGFest attendees
Age Restrictions: 
Jam open to everyone - MAGFest attendees under 18 require parental permission to register for the conference

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