In light of our not having a spot to jam this April, I was thinking I'd still like to see a jam happen during Ludum Dare if it can. Here's the idea that came up. It might be too much for April, but now I want to see it happen anyway:
It's called the Nomad Jam. We travel as a pack from one end of Portland to another, moving every 4-6 hours, and jamming merrily all the way. Basically, we would work in coffeeshops/restaurants/houses during the day, and ideally we're hosted at a house along the way at night. Actually it could also be the Oregon Trail Jam (ala Chris Gortz).
It would be kind of intense (which jams already are), and I can see a few downsides to it, but there are some great upsides:
1. It would greatly encourage us to follow the timeline ("first level should be done by the time we leave chuck-e-cheese"), and hence finish games.
2. It mandates that we all get fresh air and move our bodies every so often, not to mention the change of scenery.
3. It forces us to be honest about our energy levels and when we need serious rest -- if we're too tired to shuffle off to the next spot, we're probably too tired to think clearly.
4. Instead of being holed up in a room for the weekend, we'd be more out in the world. People who know nothing about game jams will actually see one in progress. Sharing.
The key would be mapping a good route with some places along the way to lay our weary heads. If that can happen, I can see this being so much fun. it probably won't happen in April, but I'd love to see it happen any time. Thoughts?