Announcing NMS2015

Mission Statement

NMS started with twelve guys in a basement in 2008, we’ve come a long way since then, as have games as a whole. The past years we’ve peaked at almost a hundred participants, each making all kinds of strange and wonderful things.
The event has always tried to be as inclusive as possible, mainly by staying completely free.

However, looking back at the list of participants of previous years it’s looking all too homogeneous, in many ways reflecting our industry at large. We want to be a part of a change for the better, so starting with the 2015 event we’re changing things up.

The first step is the sign up process, instead of assigning seats on a first-come first-serve basis, we will now open up for “requests” for a one week period. After that the organizers will try to distribute spots in the best possible manner.
Signing up early is still important, but it no longer guarantees you a spot.
Once the spots have been assigned you will be notified (even if you didn’t get a spot) and can start booking your trip/accommodation.

A waiting list will be kept in case the venue fills up before everyone gets a spot.

A new thing for 2015 is the possibility to sign up as a group. Pick a unique group name together with a maximum of three friends and we’ll treat you as a single entity. This means you no longer have to worry about your friends getting a spot and you being without.
Please don’t make groups bigger than four people.

The second step is our adaptation of a Safer Space Policy. It’s far too easy not to consider your fellow participants experience when you are in a place you’re comfortable in. By explicitly stating that any harassment is unacceptable, we hope to remind participants to be on their best behavior and consider everyone’s experience while at No More Sweden.

You can read the full policy here.

This year, we’re back at STPLN in Malmö. The dates are 17th to 19th of July.

SIGN UP FORM IS HERE

Practical information can be found at the event page.

Winners and full game list

The top voted game this year with 17% of the votes was BJERN by Kian Bashiri and Maria Norkvist.

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In second place came I LOVE HORSE by Mårten Brüggemann and Martin Jonasson.

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The third top voted game was A Fistfull of Blueberries by Emil Nilsson, Martin Rasmusson, Rasmus Jarl and Linus.

Speakers and program for Friday

10:00 The venue opens

13:00 No More Sweden 2014 begins, general information and talks

  • Jasmine Lyman – Venue info: What is Collaboratory?
  • Arvi Teikari – Making a Metroidvania: What I Learned
  • Erik Svedäng & Niklas Åkerblad – Else Heart Break: 3 Years Later
  • Joel Nyström – Ittle Dew 2
  • Hugo Bille & Ulf Hartelius – Residue: Too Ambitious?
  • Kjell Håftén – Dataspelsakademin (Videogame Academy), the Automat festival and Others
  • Mårten Brüggemann – Something About Children
  • Niklas Ström – Vomit Crabs
  • Dajana Dimovska – Affordable Space Adventures
  • Jonatan Söderström – Hotline Miami 2
  • Erik Einebrant – Tools at Your Disposal

15:00-ish Forming of groups, pulling words out of a jar, the jam starts!

Hype!

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It’s only a few days until No More Sweden!!! Don’t forget the pre-party on Thursday evening, we will be at Jerntorgets Brygghus from 18:00. The actual jam starts with talks at 13:00 on Friday but the venue will be open from 10:00.

The boat that goes from the venue (station Lindholmspiren) to Järntorget crashed into the pier and is currently suspended. This means that it might be slightly harder to get to and from the jam than was planned. All the buses and some other boats still go though. For travel directions and ticket information, check out www.vasttrafik.se.

Also, if anyone still hasn’t arranged with a place to sleep, contact Erik at erik.svedang@gmail.com. The @NoMoreSweden twitter account is also good for any questions you might have.

See you all soon!

Still room for speakers

As previously announced we will have talks on the first day of the event (Friday). We already have a nice lineup but there is definitely room for more, so don’t hesitate to add yourself to the mix. 5 – 10 minutes is a good length, just show something you’re working on or talk about something dear to your heart. Contact hugo@theworkingparts.com if you’re interested!

Sign up and practical information (2014)

Sign up

There will be room for 60 people this year – sign up here. Please make sure that you know for sure that you can come! The event is free and taking up a spot means someone else can’t go.

Date & Time

We will have a pre-party on Thursday night, 18:00 at Jerntorgets Brygghus (the usual location for the Gothenburg indie beer nights).

The actual event will start at Friday, July 18, 13.00 and end at around 17.00 on Sunday, July 20. Here’s a preliminary schedule:

Friday
10.00 Event opens, people can drop in
13.00 Intro and talks
16.00 Jam starts
Saturday
18.00 BBQ
Sunday
12.00 Jam ends, games are shown and played, voting
15.00 Winners are revealed, clean up

Jamming

As usual there will be a big game jam. No More Sweden is very free form, you can make any kind of game you want and it’s usually easy to team up with people on the spot, right before the jam starts. This year we will have a few different prize categories – more information about this will be presented at the start of the jam.

We are also maybe going to have a smaller music jam, just like at the first NMS back in 2008.

Talks

It’s time to bring back the talks to NMS! To do this we need speakers, please send an email to Hugo at hugo@theworkingparts.com with the idea, length and title of your talk.

The talk should be a maximum of 10 minutes long, recommended time is ~5 minutes. Topics from earlier years fall roughly into one of these categories:

  • Display a cool project you are currently working on (perhaps reveal it for the first time)
  • Teach us about something that you’re passionate about (previous topics has included things like “Hats in videogames” and “Web design for indies”)
  • Rants!

Location

We will be at Collaboratory, a maker space at Lindholmen, Gothenburg. It was opened in 2013 and the people there are doing a lot of good things for the maker culture in the city. They have let us borrow the place for free which is awesome – thanks a lot for that! Other parts of the building are hosting Gothenburg Film Studios and the game company Zoink.

The address:

Collaboratory
Polstjärnegatan 14, floor 2
417 56 Gothenburg

Find it on Google Maps.

Travel

Gothenburg has two airports, Landvetter (big) and Göteborg City Airport (cheap). There are also train connections from Copenhagen/Malmö and Stockholm. To get to Collaboratory from the Central Station, take a bus (for example no. 16) and get off at the Lindholmen stop. You can also take the boat from Järntorget/Rosenlund for a 5 minute boat ride across the river to Lindholmspiren.

The best place to search for public transportation is at www.vasttrafik.se (you can select English up in the right corner of the site)

Accomodation

There are some hostels pretty close to the location but you need to take the boat or bus to get there (since they are on the main city side). For the more luxurious jammer there are some hotels really close to the venue, like this one.

A bunch of indie game developers in Gothenburg are up for hosting people at their homes, contact erik.svedang@gmail.com and he can set you up with a contact.

The jam site will be open all night but for fire safety reasons we are not allowed to sleep at the venue.

Food

The Lindholmen area has a bunch of restaurants, the closest on is a pizza restaurant on the floor underneath Collaboratory (we are working on direct delivery, apparently there is a secret door…)

There is also a big food store around 500 meters from the building. The kitchen at Collaboratory is not as big as the one at Stapeln in Malmö (last year’s location) but good enough for some simple cooking.

As usual there will be an outdoor BBQ party at Saturday evening.