Past Event19 Feb - 21 Feb 2021

Frnjam: 48 hour game-jam

No longer available

Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall

Special Events

Auckland Live is disappointed to inform you that due to Monday’s change in Covid-19 Alert Levels in Auckland Tāmaki Makaurau, the full Fringe Town programme has been cancelled.

Auckland Live Fringe Town was scheduled to run from 15 – 21 February at the Auckland Town Hall as part of the Auckland Fringe Festival 2021. That festival is still going ahead and is scheduled to run until Saturday 6 March.

Since we cannot anticipate changes to alert levels beyond Wednesday as a precaution the Fringe Town events scheduled from Thursday to Sunday,  all of which were expected to attract large crowds of artists and audiences, have been cancelled.

Refunds to individual ticket holders booked to attend any of these events will be processed automatically and you do not need to contact us. Please allow 10 – 14 working days. Ticketholders of tickets purchased from a Ticketmaster outlet should contact the Ticketmaster Customer Service Team here and follow the instructions.

We thank your understanding  at this time, and suggest that if alert levels permit, you book tickets and support the hundreds of artists who will hopefully be able to proceed with their shows in the weeks to come.

Ka kite,
Auckland Live


If you’ve always wanted to create your own game, now’s your chance to join Frnjam and find out how.

We're calling to anyone who has little to no developer experience to team up with veteran physical, digital and tabletop game developers for a 48 hour jam to design, make, and then show off a game.

Following the format of well-established game-jam events such as Kiwijam, participants will meet Friday evening and split into groups to start making their game based on a secret theme. On Sunday evening, participants will get a chance to showcase what they have made over the last 48 hours to the public.

Think you got what it takes? Purchase a ticket and you’ll automatically be signed up to play. No game development experience of any sort is required.



Frnjam FAQs

How will it start?

The event starts with a social gathering on the Friday night. Once all the housekeeping and rules are out of the way, we will announce the theme.

Why is there a theme?

The idea behind the theme is that it's a flavour - not a goal. Plus, it isn't mandatory to use the theme. Much like Kiwijam there aren't many rules, only provocations. If the theme doesn't suit you, you can ignore it.

Will I be put in a team?

We will facilitate group formation through a series of structured exercises and free form mingling and we'll make sure you are slotted somewhere as appropriate as possible. Your role in the team is really up to you and your team. You might, for example, spend the weekend making game pieces out of clay, or recording sound effects or voice acting. Or making a spreadsheet with rules. Or making a digital component to your game. Anything goes.

Are we allowed to leave the premises during the 48 hours?

Attendees can come and go as they please and we encourage all teams to discuss member expectations on the Friday night. You and or members of your team may even want to work off-site for some of the time, but we encourage all teams to stay on site when possible to make the event livelier.

What will happen at the end of the weekend?

Teams will choose a place for the final showcase on the Sunday. All teams will be asked to stop and set up their games in one of the available spaces.

At 6:30PM the doors will be open to the public and you are welcome to invite along friends and family to see your creations. If we have time, each team will briefly describe their game to the attendees. Then everyone is free to enjoy the games at their leisure. It will likely be necessary for at least one, sometimes more, members of your team to be with your game during the showcase.

How do I get there and where do I park?

The weekend will be very busy with big events happening on Aotea Square so we recommend using public transport. If you are driving in, the best place to park is the Civic carpark underneath the Aotea Centre. There are more details on transport and parking here

If I have any more questions, who should I get in touch with?

If you have any questions regarding the event you can visit the event page here on Facebook and comment, or contact organizer Ben Tuhoe Kenobi at nebibonek@gmail directly. 

Programme information



17:00pm doors open mingle - light refreshments available
17:30pm introductions, housekeeping and icebreaker
18:00pm theme announcement, team formation and brainstorming
about 20:00pm idea pitch session
22:00pm pack up and venue close  


9:00am doors open
22:00pm pack up and venue close


9:00am doors open
11:00am Break at Everybody Eats
18:00pm "pencils down", setup games bring
18:30pm doors open to the public,
18:40pm announcements (by Ben in the spare room, quickfire game descriptions by rep from each team and locations)
21:00pm pack up and venue close   

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