Two newsies, 1900
We're bringing technology and history together to make videogames. From eccentric scientists and walking stick guns to artificial leeches and Bartitsu, the Victorian and Edwardian periods can be stranger than fiction.
Using collections and experts from The National Archives in London we will work together to build games set in or inspired by this extraordinary period.
There's a lot of evidence that you can. Fundamentally, our panel of judges will be looking for exciting concepts that really engage with the period and the material.
Form teams or work alone, start in advance or on the day. Whether you are a designer, developer, artist, writer or whatever your skills you will battle against the clock to develop your game. Our experts will support you and no coding experience is necessary.
Earl's Court Great Wheel, 1895
Really just a laptop and maybe some snacks.
If you already know what skills you bring to the team, it helps to have software, such as Photoshop, Visual Studio, or Stencyl, installed in advance - you don't want to waste time downloading software at the last minute.
If you feel like you don't really know what you're doing, don't worry. We'll make sure that you can find a niche in a team and software that you can use.
The game belongs to your team. We claim no rights or ownership of your game. If you want to continue to work on a full version of your game The National Archives would be keen to explore further collaboration to try to make this a reality.
We do request the right to use your game for purpose of publicising the event and promoting future Game Jams. If you don't want your game to be used for publicity, we ask that you make an effort to inform the organisers.
That is Nellie Jennings, a performer at the Earls Court Exhibition in 1911. The exhibition had been newly revamped to include not only a cowgirl shooting gallery but also a Dragon Gorge, scenic railway, cinematograph and "race ho", a mechanical horseracing machine.
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