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Welcome to the second annual BUTTERSCOTCH SHENANIJAM, the official game jam of Butterscotch Shenanigans! We are inviting our podcast listeners, fans, players, game dev pals, and even wild internet randos to join us in a 48-hour game jam. Will you be there, or WILL YOU BE A RHOMBUS!?

Schedule

  • June 8, 8:00am CDT: Theme announcement & Kickoff Podcast Minisode
  • June 10, 6:00pm CDT: Closing voice hangout in Discord with your favorite devs
  • June 11, 8:00am CDT: Games are due for submission!

*This is a 48 hour jam that takes place over 72hours to allow participants from a wider range of timezones the ability to participate without sleep deprivation.

KICK-OFF!

Watch the kickoff podcast mini-episode (or listen, who are we to judge?)! We talk about how and why to jam, show you how to perform the ULTIMATE game jam brainstorm session, and discuss the themes and achievements. May your jam be swift, and your games playable! If you want to get right into the action, keep scrolling to see the themes and other info.

THE THEMES

This year we have 3 themes to choose from, all pulled from our most recent podcast titles. If you want to have the gods of luck choose your fate for the weekend, use a random number generator to choose which one you get. Feel free to mix and match multiple themes - just make sure to note which one guided your creativity on your game’s page.

  1. Void sandwich
  2. Sticky Justice
  3. Burn It Down

The Achievements

These are extra constraints you can throw onto your game to earn bonus game-making cred. They’re totally optional and tons of fun. Pick as many or as few as you like, or use them in your brainstorming session to push you toward a game concept. Be sure to note which ones you included on your game page once you upload!

  1. Blockchain - Your game parodies blockchain technology.
  2. 3-bit color palette - Restrict your colors down to this classic 3-bit RGB color palette.
  3. Gameboy - Your game only uses 8-bit soundfx and is in the classic gameboy 4-color green palette.
  4. Just shapes - Use only Circles, Squares, Diamonds, Triangles, and Lines for your game art.
  5. Micro Speed - Complete your jam in 24 hours.
  6. Ergonomically Horrifying - The controls for your game put the human body in some strange positions. (Make sure it’s still fun though.)
  7. Buttersmooth tools - Make games the bscotch way: inkscape for art, gamemaker for game.
  8. Mozart - compose your own music.
  9. Persistent Universe - Something about your game lives online, and every player can affect it.
  10. One Punch Man - Your game is controllable with a single input.
  11. Seal Approved - Some aspect of your game is controlled by the sound of claps.
  12. Tango - Your team size is 2.
  13. Maverick - Your team size is 1.

Free, Temporary Game Maker 2 Licenses

Our friends over at YoYo Games have lovingly crafted temporary keys to their engine, Game Maker 2, for all Shenanijam participants. This is the same 2D engine we use to make all of our commercial games, and we freakin’ love it.

Keys will expire on June 13th, and during the license’s duration you’ll have full access to Game Maker 2. To get your key, first create a YoYo Account and then click the link below to apply the license:

https://accounts.yoyogames.com/promo/shenanijam2018

Then WABOOM! You’re on your way to makin’ games the Bscotch way!

How to Jam

Is this your first jam? Is it your hundredth? Either way, we've got loads of tips and tricks for you.

Discord Channel

Do you want a SOCIAL jam experience? Hop on into the Butterscotch Community Discord to showcase your progress and chat with other BscotchJammers while you crank out your UNRULY MASTERPIECE! It's open 24/7, and you don't even need shoes to get in. You can join the Discord any time, even long before the Jam starts, and you can stay as long as you like afterwards, too!

Team Formation

We've got a jam teamfinder tool thanks to Crowdforge. You can declare your skills and hop into or start a new team - it makes finding other people really easy. Just remember to keep your teams as small as possible (we recommend 1-4, max)!

Twitter

Is your hobby shouting into the void of the internet, hoping to acquire the transient attention of complete strangers? Then we've got a hashtag READY FOR THE TAKING! Use our custom, hand-crafted hashtag, #shenanijam, and acquire those sweet, sweet, life-affirming little pink hearts!

Scoring

This isn't a competition in any important sense. BUT! Getting feedback on your work is a great way to know where you can improve. Games submitted to the Shenanijam will be scored by other participants of the jam. Scoring categories for the Shenanijam are:

  • Overall
  • Fun factor
  • Balance
  • Visuals
  • Music & Sound
  • Polish

FOR GLORY!

After scoring ends, the Bscotch crew will pull down a handful of the top rated games and put together a gameplay video (with commentary) for the WHOLE WORLD TO ENJOY!

Check out last year's video for a tiny taste of Shenanijam glory. 

Submission Guidelines

To submit your game, you will first upload it to itch.io using the normal submission method. Then, you will be able to submit your uploaded game as an entry to the Shenanijam through the Shenanijam's itch page (right here)! We will also ask for a link to a gameplay video or trailer.

Since the game upload is uncoupled from the jam itself, you can upload whenever you want! But the jam's submission button will stop working when the jam is over. So upload as early and often as you want, but not as late as you want, unless the latest you want to upload is early.

On your game page, please include which theme you used for your game.

Code of Conduct

All submissions must adhere to our Code of Conduct.

Game Requirements

Submit your game in whatever format you think provides the best end-user experience. There's a huge variety of hardware out there, so it's always a good idea to target whatever is the most common configuration. In our experience, your game will get the most plays if it includes a Windows version and uses a simple mouse + keyboard combo, without requiring the use of peripherals (like gamepads). And even though VR is all the rage right now, almost no one (statistically speaking) has the equipment needed to play VR games. But if you have a crazy game idea that only works with 15.3 players using DDR pads and pool noodles with Oculus Rift on your own custom Linux kernel, hey, that's your prerogative! We definitely won't play it, though (and neither will anyone else). But ehhh... you do your thing!

Video Requirements

All game submissions will need to include a link to a  sub-2-minute Youtube video. This way, even if someone doesn't have the time or the hardware to download and play your game, they can still experience the magic you created! We have also added this requirement for your benefit; people will very rarely (or never) download a game that only has screenshots and no video. By having some video footage of your game, you make it more likely that people perusing itch.io will take the time to check your game out.

We recommend using Fraps or Xsplit to record video. It should be neither fancy nor theatrical; just a short video showing gameplay will suffice! When you submit your game to the jam, you will be prompted to provide a link to the video. 

Sponsors


YoYoGames, the developers of GameMaker Studio 2 (our engine of choice) have volunteered to provide temporary GMS2 license keys for the Shenanijam for anyone wanting to UNLEASH THE FULL POWER of GameMaker Studio 2!

FAQ

Is this a competition? What can I win? Nope, this is not a competition. Even so, you will walk away having won the experience of a lifetime. The judging aspect of the jam serves two purposes: to help you understand how to improve for your next jam, and to help us find the standouts. It is intended to be friendly and useful!

Should everyone on my team sign up? You'll only be able to rate your fellow jammers' submissions if you have an account and are signed up for the jam. Plus, by signing up you'll get our emails with important jam details right in your inbox. Otherwise you'll be at the information-mercy of whomever is signed up!

How big should my team be? Can I go solo? You can make a game on a team of any size, though we have found that teams any larger than 3 people tend to get bogged down and have a hard time getting things done. You can also go solo if you like! We call that "Hardcore Mode." Also, if you die while making a game in hardcore mode, you do not respawn and we are not liable. We said it here, so it's legally binding.

What if I've never made a game before? No problem! There's no time like the present! For Shenanijam 2017 more than 50% of participants had never jammed before, and they all had a blast.

How do you even MAKE A GAME? We recommend Game Maker Studio 2 for all things 2d, though if you are already a decent programmer and are looking to make something in 3D, Unity will be more up your alley. Game Maker in particular is very friendly to newbies -- even people who don't know how to program at all! It also comes bundled with a bunch of tutorials, so you can run through some how-to's before the jam starts.

We use Inkscape for all of our in-game art needs, and we highly recommend it. It's free! Sam, our artist, has a bunch of Inkscape tutorials on our Youtube channel, so that should help you get an idea of how to use the tool.

For sound, you can use bfxr to generate 8-bit style sound effects, and you can find free music all over on the web. Our go-to site for jam music is freemusicarchive.org. But that brings us to the next point...

Do I have to make everything from scratch? You do not. However, as always, ethics are IMPORTANT! It is your responsibility to ensure that everything in your game is legal for you to use. That means you need to check the licenses on fonts, music, audio, code, or any other assets that end up in your game that you didn't create yourself. Be careful!

Can I use the Shenanijam logo in my game or in an article, or something like that? Yep! You can also use it to promote the Shenanijam and spread the love. We've put together a handy license for the Shenanijam logo. If you want to use the logo somewhere, check the license!

Where can I get even more sage jamming advice? Check out our living how-to-jam doc!

WAIT. I also have to make a video during the jam? But how can I make a game AND a video? If having to also make a video during the jam sounds stressful, don't worry. It doesn't have to be stressful! For our jam games we simply turn on Xsplit, boot the game to the title screen, start recording, play the game in a way that quickly shows off everything we did (with a 2 minute countdown timer running on one of our phones), then hit STOP RECORDING. We just upload that puppy right to Youtube and call it done! The whole process takes 5-10 minutes, though if you've never used your recording software or Youtube before it'll take longer.

Here's an example outline of what a good (and easy!) video might include:

  1. Optionally, your studio splashscreen (keep it short, because people just want to get to the gameplay)
  2. A few seconds of your game's title screen (optional, but title screens add a ton of polish and professionalism to your game, especially if they aren't purely static images).
  3. Gameplay! As quickly as possible, show off all the things that make up your game and try to give the viewer a sense of what it feels like to play. Remember, once your viewer has seen you do something once they will get bored if they see it again. It's better to have a short video than a boring one!
  4. Pop up your credits screen, if you have one, and let the video sit on that for a few seconds.

Some things to consider:

  • Voiceovers/narration are usually not needed, and often a bad idea. They require extra technical and hardware sorcery to exist at all (not to mention being of high quality), and your voiceover will need to be engaging to keep people interested. Definitely don't "explain" your game -- embrace the story-writer's philosophy of "show don't tell".
  • Don't show game settings, control schemes, or anything else that isn't interesting to a person watching a game. This video is to show what playing the game is like, not how to play it! The game itself should teach players how to play.

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Battle and breed your way to the ultimate goop.
Simulation
GIF
A discovery game! You explore the world for coins and condiments as well as try to achieve combos!
Platformer
A Sticky Vigilante!
Action
A platforming pizza delivery arcade memory game 🍕
Platformer
Play in browser
The Junior Development Experience's Bundle Pack!
A rhythm game where you are a judge that slams your gavel to the rhythm
Rhythm
Burn it, burn it all down
Puzzle
2P game where one has to burn everything and the other has to stop them!
Action
You gotta climb the tower of Justice, but there's only one thing you can control, you press space to stick.
Action
Play in browser
GIF
A Bitsy faux-platformer for #shenanijam
Play in browser
Use your state of the art space toothpick to spear those cosmic ingredients!
Action
Burn it Down!
Action
Click to glob around the map and unlock the door
Puzzle
Play in browser
A short-session business sim game
Strategy
A game where you play as a SUPER MEGA METROPOLITAN KARATE KICKING SLIME KILLING X-TERMINATOR!
Platformer
Play in browser
Make delicious void sandwiches With your friends (like with them)
Action
Blockchain parody made for Butterscotch ShenaniJam 2018
GIF
Prepare for your eventual evisceration
Platformer
Play in browser
Avoid enemies and burn down the floor in Flamey Boi! Made for the Butterscotch Shenanijam 2018.
Action
Play in browser
for Shananijam 2018
Platformer
Can you remember the ultimate sammich?
Platformer
Play in browser
Game made within 48 hours for the Butterscotch ShenaniJam 2018.
Platformer
Play in browser
A SLAP-EM-UP TYPING GAME about staying motivated and learning to love yourself.
Simulation
Making sandwiches in 0's and 1's.
Action
Play in browser
GIF
Exterminate the invaders!
Shooter
Its sticky justice when 2 cops must kiss to fight crime.
Simulation
Burn calories by running, jumping and avoiding fat foods!
Action
Made for ShenaniJam 2018
Adventure
Help people out by delivering things
Racing
Capture and Arrest slimes for Money and dumb Upgrades.
Catch all the veggies!! #Shenanijam2018
Action
Play in browser
Kill Zombies, Increase your high score! Submission to the 2018 Shenanijam.
Action
GIF
You Are a Cop. You Can Talk to Food. And you are called in for your hardest case yet... For the Shenanijam 2018.
Adventure
Play in browser
GIF
BURN demons is a game about being the last good soul in the hell , demons try to burn your soul .
Action
*Shenanijam 2018 Submission*
Our first Jam/game ever... Collect syrup and dodge Mounties, a normal day in Canada.
Action
Slay the Jam Demons and complete the divine sandwich.
Action
Play in browser
Between the voids it calls your name... Will you answer?
Action
A short game made for the ShenaniJam 2018
Action
Catch prisioners with the Sticky Gum Gun
Action
Play in browser
2 player western shootout
Platformer
A Fight to the Bitter End
Action
Short action/adventure sidescroller created for Shenanijam2018!
Action
A sandwich-making space battle royale made for the Butterscotch ShenaniJam 2018.
Action
Sticking It to the Crime...inals... Criminals
Platformer
Play in browser
Time to grill up some trees with magical fire
Adventure
An Accidental Arson Action Adventure Game
Twin-stick shooter where your goal is to crash the game!
Action
A game where you use a sticky cannon to stick aliens
Action
4 color game in which you pick up sandwich and throw them at your enemy
Play in browser
Made for the Butterscotch Shenanijam.
Adventure
Stop the cowboy from cutting down the rain forest. There also might be demons somewhere. ONLY PLAY IN 1920X1080
Platformer
DEFEND!!! Defend your home from the hoards of flaming food that are bent on detroying all you hold dear!!!!!!
Shooter
Being stuck in the muck won't stop these two from dueling to the death!
Action
Procedural Arcade Action
Action
You are a Fire Elemental going about his day. Careful, you're very hot.
Survival
Play in browser
Compete in dance battles, recruit ingredients and save the world from the Void Sandwich
Adventure
Play in browser
Bring sticky justice with a block attached to a chain!
Action
Play in browser
A creation for the Shenanijam 2018
Platformer
The Hungry Puppy
Racing
When Cheese attacks; you're the only hero GRATE enough to stop them.
Action
Match-3 turned sandwich making
Puzzle
Play in browser
Shenanijam 20 GREAT Teen
Action
A space age thriller where the people of earth frantically abandon their planet's impending doom
Action
Play in browser
GIF
Use Ayera's Void Magic against sandwich monsters!
Action
Play in browser
Fulfill your sandwich orders before being engulfed in flames
Try to survive in two parallel spaces at the same time. Adaptivity is the key!
Action
Play in browser
Spin the world. Fall. Don't burn.
Puzzle
Play in browser
For ShenaniJam 2018
Rhythm
Infinite Shooter
Shooter
Play in browser
Burn Old Ladies (Made for gamejam Butterscotch ShenaniJam 2018)
Shooter
Hannah's school is overrun with shadow demons! Armed with only a lighter and hairspray, she must burn them back to hell!
Survival
GIF
Shooter inside a sandwich.
A introspective journey that all started with a nibble of a sammich
Action
Puzzle of emotions
Puzzle
Endless Runner, random terrain, FIRE
Action
GIF
A sticky game of Ice Hockey
Sports
Defeat your enemy with moves that stick!
Action
2D Arena Fighter for Sandwich Chefs
Action
A little game where you shoot demons.
Action
for Shananijam 2018
Action
Can you save all the hostages with only a grappling hook and sticky peanut butter sandwich bombs?
Action
Short game where you retrieve a stolen blockchain with spears
Platformer
The Furniture has come alive, Burn them before they burn you!
Action
Be a wizard as you shoot fireballs at sandwich monsters!
Action
Play in browser
Game I made for Butterscotch Shenanijam 2018
Action
Stick Of Justice
Action
A quick game made for Butterscotch Shenanijam
Platformer
Being a bubble is hard, especially when you're alone. Help Bubble Girl make friends!
My Game Sandwi(t)ches of the Void, created for the Shenanijam 2018
Action
First game I EVER did
Platformer
Made for ShenaniJam 2018
Shooter
A Virtual Pet
Play in browser
"Dodging Game"
Action
CHOP your way through toppings and achieve sandwich MASTERY. Do YOU have what it takes to make it through all 9 levels?
Action
Play in browser
More of a toy than a game
Play in browser
2-player squirel survival!
Platformer
Play in browser
Platformer
Play in browser
Gru, the Janitor has become an agent for the Resistance. His mission, to burn down the Labyrinth Warehouse.
Action
Play in browser
Platformer
Play in browser
You move, You shoot, You win
Platformer
Play in browser
Plaformer Shooter/SciFi
Platformer
Help the North Koreans reach orbit!
Action
A short experimental game made in a day.
Puzzle
A tiny game about risk, reward, and drilling teeth with style