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It's that time of year again! Sponsored by BiteSizedHorror.com, the semi-annual BITE SIZED HORROR GAME JAM returns! If you're looking to stretch your gamedev muscles, get into gamedev for the first time, or just contribute to the legacy of Halloween, consider making a bite-sized horror game this October. It's easy! It's fun! It's spooky!

The jam takes place the last week of October, from Wednesday to Wednesday. 

Two years ago, the Bite Sized Horror Jam was for text-based games only, but now, all games are accepted! Whether it's a browser game, a text-based Twine game, a card game, an RPG, a chess variant, a word game, a car game, a social game, or just a version of catch where you paint the ball like a pumpkin -- there are no rules on the kind of game -- just that it be spooky and SMALL!

WHAT ARE THE RULES?

1. You must make the game in the week before Halloween. Starting at Zero O'Clock on Wednesday, October 24 (PST) and ending at Midnight on Halloween (also PST). That's a whole week to make a whole game from scratch. If you use assets you've already created, you're not disqualified from the jam. However, you might suffer the wrath of the mummy's curse. So, you'll have to take that into consideration.

2. Someone must be able to play a game in less than 10 minutes. You had a week to make it. They should be able to finish it in ten minutes. The shorter, the better! They don't have to be able to unlock everything in 10 minutes, but they should be able to reach some kind of end state. This is what makes it bite-sized!

3. It should be spooky! How spooky? That depends on your own tolerance for spookiness. It can involve Draculas or Frankensteins or ghosts and skeletons, or it can about the crushing realization that all that lives must die. Or it can be about politics. Politics are as spooky as it gets.

4. There will be a theme that you'll have to incorporate in some way into the game. This will be announced the night before the jam is to begin, so that we know none of you cheated and started working on the game right now. ANNOUNCEMENT: THE WORD IS "BEYOND."

BUT I'VE NEVER MADE A GAME BEFORE!

Well, this is a great time to start! You can make the smallest game you can think of and completely fulfill the requirements of this jam.

If you're not a programmer, that's fine! You can make a card game. You can make a board game. Just make sure you can upload some kind of PDF with the rules. (Also, you could meet a collaborator here!)

If you want to make a computer game, but you don't know how to code, try Twine. It's a great engine for making text-based games. Tweet me @gregkarber if you have any questions! I'd love to help you make your first game.

ARE THERE PRIZES?

Do Monsters Mash? To begin, the overall winner of the average of the three categories (Originality, Execution, & Charm) will receive an Amazon Gift Certificate worth $25. The best non-videogame (text game, RPG, board game, etc.) will receive a copy of Stephen King's Danse Macabre, a wonderful overview of horror fiction.

If you'd like to donate a prize, tweet me @gregkarber with what you'll donate!

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Retro Survival Horror
Survival
A captain and his ship lost in sea, how horrifying could his trip be?
Interactive Fiction
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A psychological horror game about adoration
Adventure
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Think of me in the depths of your despair
Adventure
A Micro Horror Story
Interactive Fiction
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You've never seen pumpkins like this. Prepare to go beyond your preconceptions of what pumpkins are capable of.
Fighting
A short visual novel where your childhood friend needs your help.
a short visual horror visual nover for the bite sized horror jam
Visual Novel
We choose the moon.
Interactive Fiction
GIF
spooky text adventure rpg
Interactive Fiction
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You've lost, get out of there before ...
Survival
Made in a week with my girlfriend for the bitesized horror game jam
Puzzle
He is a ghostective with a very short investigation to do.
Puzzle
A Text based horror adventure game written in 2 days for #BiteSizedHorrorJam 2018
Interactive Fiction
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Be careful who you make friends with
Interactive Fiction
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Short interactive horror story
Interactive Fiction
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A whimsical infinite runner filled with Halloween spirit. Literally.
Platformer
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My first game. Made for the Bite Sized Horror Game Jam 2018!
Platformer
A surprising encounter with the beyond.
Play in browser
Interactive Fiction
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You've died. Welcome to never ending nothingness.
Survival
Summon That which has no place in this world.
Hell is upon us
Survival
Escape from things that lurk in the dark. A very difficult platformer for Halloween
Platformer
Jam "game" for BiteSizedHorror
Survival
Bite Sized Horror Game Jam 2018
Survival
What lies beyond the glass walls?
Adventure
The mystery is deep and vast. What unknowns lie in the deep sea of the unconscious?
Visual Novel