NORDIC GAME INDIE NIGHT 2015 PROGRAM

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Nordic Game is soon approaching and we are proud to announce the program for the Nordic Game Indie Night 2015.

The Indie night will be on Wednesday May 20th from 18.00 at Slagthuset, MalmöThe event is free and all are welcome.

PROGRAM

INDIE NIGHT SUMMIT

18:00 – Doors open
18.30 – Welcome, by the Copenhagen Game Collective
18.35 – Welcome from our sponsors (Creel, Thomas Labenbacher and Intel)
18.45 – Martin & Petri – “Local Multiplayer for Fun and Profit”
19.00 – Finalists presented by K and Astrid Mie Refstrup
19.25 – Game interlude: Pray Pray Absolution
19.35 – Shailesh Prabhu – “My Journey to the land of Dreams”
19.40 – Karin Ryding & Bobbi Augustine Sand -“How to make a Kickstarter with Magic Tea!”
20.05 – Game interlude: The WUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

INDIE NIGHT GAME EXPO

18:30 – 00:00 – game exhibition open

MUSIC

Ssl (DK)
Ibsens Ripsbusker (NO)
RIV (SE)

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NORDIC GAME INDIE NIGHT 2015: BOARD GAME CURATORS

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This year we introduced boardgames into the Nordic Game Indie Night and the duration process was a little different form the digital games. We had a team of dedicated board game experts playing all the physical prototypes.  These guys were looking for well designed, original games with interesting game play. They narrowed the submissions down to six excellent Nordic board games.

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Nordic Game Indie Night 2015: The Curators

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Every year when we open the call for Nordic Game Indie Night we get flooded with amazing entries by people from all over the Nordics. From lone individuals to small or medium sized teams, we get short, long, mobile, adventure, arcade, story, space, zombie, strategy, art,.. -games dropped on our desk that we are then asked to make a selection out of.

It’s kind of like being presented with a huge bowl of all different kinds of candy, and being asked to say something profound about each one of them. After a few, it becomes harder and harder to keep finding ways to describe things. “This one is sweet, but that last one was also sweet, but in a different way.” You’ll end up saying things like “well this one tastes kind of pink, while that one was more… happy”.

To avoid this scenario, we call in the help of our expert external judges, whom we now have the honor to present to you:
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NGIN 2015 Board Game Finalists

For the first time we will also be showcasing board games, along with the digital games, at the Nordic Game Indie Night. Submissions were open for unpublished board games from the Nordic region, and it has been very excited to see all the different designs that were submitted. In the end we received a diverse group of 20 very different titles. There were card games, euro-style games, games about love, games about war, fantasy games, quiz games and cross-platform analogue-digital games. Something for every taste.

Playing board games is a very physical, tactile experience and it was a pleasure to open all the packages and play around with so many different components. It was taxing as well to read so many pages of rules (always being the downside of game systems you have to assimilate in your head!).

Designing clear, short, easy to understand rules can be one of the most difficult challenges for board game designers, but it is often the least prioritised aspect of the design process. It has been both challenging and fun to test the games and find the six nominees. In our selection of the games, we have focused on:
Originality

Does the game use innovative mechanics, or well known mechanics in a new context?

Design

Is the game well designed? Do the visuals and tactile experience communicate the mechanics, message and story?

Gameplay

How cohesive is the game; do the individual mechanics fit into the larger whole. Is the game engaging and engrossing?

The 2015 Nordic Game Indie Board Game Finalists:

Automania, by Aporta Games (Norway)

Bloom, by Lauge Lachau (Denmark)

No more money, by Erik Svedäng & Petri Purho (Sweden & Finland)

Hivemind, by Kasper Lapp (Denmark)

Slice and Dice, by Erik Svedäng & Nicolai Troshinsky (Sweden)

My Words Exactly, by Fried Dice (Denmark)

The six selected games will be showcased Wednesday May 20th from 18.00 at Slagthuset, Malmö. One of the games will be selected by public voting during the night to receive the “Nordic Board Game Indie Sensation Award”. The evening is free and open to the public and will features inspirational and experimental speakers and party all night. We will release more information about the program for the evening in the following days, stay tuned.

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NGIN 2015 Digital Finalists

The wait is over, we are ready to announce the 8 digital games that we have nominated to feature at the showcase. The jury included CPHGC members, past winners as well as game thinkers and critics; their task has been to evaluate each entrant on its own merits. The process has been a tough one as over 100 diverse and interesting games were submitted.

The games have been chosen based on a number of different qualities ranging from stunning visuals, to unique experiment. Each of the games are projects that we felt deserved some more attention and they show the diversity of the Nordic indie scene. We don’t wish to make any value about whether or not these games are the “Eight Best Nordic Indie Games” but rather, we believe each of these games has something unique worth showing.

Unfortunately there were way more interesting games than we are able to showcase, and we wish all the applicants who didn’t get in the best of luck. You are of course welcome to apply again next year with the same, further developed or new games.

The 2015 Nordic Game Indie Sensation Award Nominees:

Awkward Ellieby Team Awkward (Denmark)

Foot-To-Ball N+1, by Neat Corporation (Sweden)

Interplanetary, by Team Jolly Roger (Finland)

Manual Samuel, by Perfectly Paranormal (Norway)

Myriad, by Bifrost Entertainment (Norway)

Pavilion, by Visiontrick Media (Sweden)

The Gentleman, by Cape Copenhagen (Denmark)

Zero-G, by Søren Trautner Madsen (Denmark)

The eight selected games will be showcased Wednesday May 20th from 18.00 at Slagthuset, Malmö. One of the games will be selected by public voting during the night to receive the “Indie Sensation Award” at the Nordic Game Awards. The evening is free and open to the public and will features inspirational and experimental speakers and party all night. We will release more information about the program for the evening in the following days, stay tuned.

 

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NORDIC GAME INDIE NIGHT 2015 DEADLINE EXTENSION

We are pleased to announce that the deadline for substitution to Nordic Game Indie Night 2015 has been extended to 1st April.

We have also made a couple of changes to the board game submission rules.

  • It´s OK to change rules and design of a board game after submission – as long as you inform the curators.
  • Designers can get their physical prototypes back if they personally collect them in Copenhagen. Just contact the curator-team.

More information about submission and the event can be found here.

Games can be submitted using this form.

NORDIC GAME INDIE NIGHT 2015 OPEN CALL FOR GAMES

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Photograph by Gemma Thomson

We are pleased to announce the Nordic Game Indie Sensation Award 2015, the 6th annual Nordic Indie Night Showcase. In collaboration with the Nordic Game Conference we will showcase a number of talented and interesting indie developers from the Nordic countries.

If you have a game that you feel deserves some more recognition, we invite you to submit your game to this years Nordic Game Indie Night. Last year’s showcase featured some awesome games, and we look forward to seeing your game this year. Read more »

NORDIC GAME INDIE SENSATION 2014: AMONG THE SLEEP

The audience favorite at the 5th Nordic Game Indie Night during the 10th Nordic Game Conference was Among the sleep, by Krillbite. Thanks to all participants, nominees, the winners and everybody who voted, as well as Nordic Game for having us. And thank you for attending the Nordic Game Indie Night live, and supporting us in experimenting with talks, giving the stage to projects and people that we think deserve the spotlight.
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Nordic Game Indie Night 2014 program

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We are proud to announce the program for the Nordic Game Indie Night 2014!

Wednesday May 21nd from 18:00 – 24:00 at Slagtehuset in Malmø is the evening when we will celebrate Nordic Indie Games .

During the night the 8 finalist games will be showcased and the audience will be able to vote for their favorite to win the Nordic Indie Sensation Award at the Nordic Game Awards May 22rd.

This year our event sponsor is Unity Technologies and we want to thank them for all the love and support.

Don’t forget that the event is free and open to the public, so no reason not to show up.

 

PROGRAM

Indie Night Summit

18:00 – doors open
18:30 – 18:45 – “welcome, by the Copenhagen Game Collective”
18:45 – 19:00 – “introducing the nominees”
19:00 – 19:15 – “random is the best choice, by Martin Jonasson”
19:15 – 19:30 – “lovebird performance, by the Indie Bird Game Collective”
19:30 – 19:50 – “this is how we do it: audio for indie games, by Martin Kvale, Joonas Turner, Eirik Surkhe (Jury Prum unfortunately could not make it)”
19:50 – 20:05 – “fear and loathing in Malmö, by Simon Gustafsson & Bram Michielsen”

Indie Night Game Expo

18:30 – 00:00 – game exhibition open

DJ Program

Ssl (DK) – new and old synth with rock’n’roll, sleaze, exotica and soundtracks
Lobst3r (FI) – hip hop
Brainchild (NO) – gameboy + synth
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Meet the NGIN 2014 external jury

It is time to reveal our secret external jury for NGIN 2014, which included past Indie Night finalist and winners as well as game thinkers and critics. Their task was to play and evaluate the submitted games by commenting and voting. The core members of the collective are also participating in the evaluation process of the games, you can see the CPHGC core members here.
The final step of selecting the eight finalist games is done by the core CGC members. The process includes meetings and discussion about each submitted game, while also considering the game evaluations and votes by the jury, and creating a short lists of potential finalists.

Choosing the final eight nominees is never easy since there are so many good games that are developed in the Nordic region every year. Our main intention is to curate an exhibition and competition that represents a healthy diversity in geography, scope, budgets, target demographics, development methods, company structures, design sensibility, genre (or not), aesthetic goals and artistic intent. We hope you enjoy our selection of games this year :)

And now finally here is an introduction to our incredible external jury that helped us in finding the “The Eight Best Nordic Indie Games” that will be shown at NGIN 2014, from 18.00 at Slagthuset, Malmö (Read more about the finalist games here).

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