Wecome to the yearly 4 o'clock VN jam! The 4-o-clock jam, which will officially be nicknamed the "Yonjijamu", is a game jam starting at four in the morning and ending a year later.
Well... Everything VN!
Visual novels are wonderful. Things of beauty. They can tell stories that are either hilarious, heartwarming, tearjerking, suspenseful or anything inbetween. They have a certain air to them that anime, manga and even light novels simply don't reach. Some of them encourage the reades to read them again and again, changing their decisions to get that extra CG or see that bonus scene... Some can immerse their readers with their masterful stories, beautiful artworks and breathtaking soundtracks... And others simply tell a relaxing tale for the readers to enjoy at their own pace. Whatever it is that's desired, visual novels can deliver. No exceptions.
But even if there are so many beautiful visual novels, why stop at what we have? There are countless people, lone hikineets armed with nothing but a pc, imagination and a month's supply of cup ramen and professional teams with several people dedicated to their respective roles alike, that dream - no, that work to - to make the next wonderful visual novel. And while it's true that not everyone can mix the arts of storytelling, visuals, music and voice acting into that perfect end product, there are countless great visual novels out there, overshadowed by the bigger titles. And that is why the Yonjijamu exists. Starting at four in the morning, aspiring visual novel creators - from that lone hikineet who realised a month's supply of cup ramen wasn't going to be enough to the team that just hired another sprite artist because they were behind on schedule - are welcome to submit their works for an entire year.
However, the 4 o'clock jam isn't supposed to be just some visual novel collection. Aside from the obvious condition of being a visual or kinetic novel, works are required to follow one rule to be submitted to the Yonjijamu. Every part of the VN must be made for that vn. Not entirely clear? You are allowed to use pre-built engines and other programming. But the story? The artwork? The music? The Yonjijamu challenges people to make their visual novel theirs. So no googling free-use art databases and royalty-free music! And no loose alliances with people on Soundcloud or similar sites either! Everything is to be tailor-made specifically for that visual novel, and nothing less will do. That guy who was so happy that was so happy you chose his art for your VN? If he wants his art in your VN, and you want your VN in this jam, he'll have to make some new sprites if you want your visual novel in the 4 o'clock jam.
That said, the 4 o'clock jam isn't going to be too restrictive. If you were already making a visual novel by the time the Yonjijamu started, you can submit it here as long as every sprite, background, sentence and background-music-track has been custom made for that visual novel. Hey, even if you already finished it, as long as every part is original, you're free to submit your VN here.
Are you working on a visual novel, and you want to submit it to the Yonjijamu, but you won't be able to finish it this year? Don't worry! No matter what people think of this jam, it's going to return every year from now on, hopefully evolving as the years pass. So if you missed your chance this time, or if you can finish it in time but you'd rather have a while longer to polish your visual novel to perfection? No problem! Just submit it to the next 4 o'clock jam.
Any suggestions about the 4 o'clock jam on its own? Think you know how to improve this wall of text or the general contents of the Yonjijamu? Send an email to the dedicated address: email@example.com