Submissions open from 2021-02-01 00:00:00 to 2021-03-30 23:00:00
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The Manchester Game Studies Network is delighted announce the EGU Game Jam, in collaboration with the European Geosciences Union, as part of vEGU21 . The theme for this game jam is ‘Geoscience’ and we’re inviting designers old and new to come up with games that fit on just 4 sheets of A4 paper (you can print on both sides). We’re looking for exciting new board games, card games, RPGs, dexterity games - anything that can be printed at home, and which has a theme that is related to the geosciences, or an aspect of geoscientific research. 

The competition opens on Monday 1st February 2021 and closes on Wednesday 31st March 2021. Entries will be judged in terms of science communication (how well it communicates a geoscientific topic), gameplay (how fun it is to play), accessibility (how accessible it is to all audiences), and design (how it looks). There will be a public vote, taking place from Monday 19th to Sunday 25th April, following which the top three entries will be judged by our panel of judges, with the winner announced on Thursday 30th April.

The EGU Videogame Jam 2021 is running concurrently with The EGU Videogames Jam 2021, hosted by the Manchester Game Study Network, which will be searching for exciting videogames, old or new, of any style, with a theme relating to the geosciences, or an aspect of geoscientific research. 


Make any game you like within the following restrictions:

  • Games must have a theme that is related to the geosciences, or an aspect of geoscientific research. 
  • Games must adhere to and be within the spirit of the EGU Code of Conduct.
  • Games should be designed for Print and Play and components and rules may use no more than 4 A4 sheets of paper.  You can print on both sides.
  • The only additional components allowed are 6-sided dice and common household items one can reasonably expect people to have access to (paperclips, toilet paper, etc.)"
  • Rules and components must be in English.
  • Designers must have full legal rights over the games entered. This includes the use of text and images. Games may include content protected by Creative Commons licenses providing they adhere to the rules regarding redistribution and derivative work.
  • Games must be submitted in one of the following formats: .doc / .docx / pdf. The file size should be 10 MB or less.
  • Only one submission per participant (including group submissions).


We’ve teamed up with experienced games designers from across the world to create a suite of short videos, all of which should help you in the development of both your games and your skills as games designers. To check out the resources, visit the MSGN Game Jam page at: