This jam is now over. It ran from 2019-10-01 04:00:00 to 2019-11-01 03:59:59. View 65 entries
This is a month-long game jam about cryptids, which are creatures "presumed [...] to exist on the basis of anecdotal or other evidence considered insufficient by mainstream science,"¹ with many entities being identified only in folklore, rumors, and urban legends. Some of the most well-known cryptids are Bigfoot, the chupacabra, and the Loch Ness monster. Others you may have heard of are the Jersey Devil and Mothman, but there are many, many others.
This jam welcomes creators of all skillsets and skill levels. Whether you're a beginner or a veteran, and no matter what role you take in development — if you're into weird creatures and strange sightings, join us any time during October and create something!
Jam themes are completely optional, so if you have something different in mind for your project, that's perfectly fine, but if you'd like some extra direction, the theme for this jam is: "LOCAL"
Have there been any cryptid sightings where you live? Is there a place in your town or city rumored to be home to its own little-known creature? Find out which cryptids might call your part of the world (city, state, hometown, part of the country, etc) home.
Note that entries which are irrelevant to the theme or which contain or promote hateful content or any other content which similarly violates itch.io's Terms of Service will be removed. Blank submissions also risk being removed; to be sure that your entry isn't mistaken for spam, briefly describe your project and how it relates to the jam in the "Description" section of its page. A one sentence description is enough.
Q: "Is [creature] a cryptid?"
A: ALMOST anything goes here. Although creatures like the skinwalker or wendigo have definitely intrigued cryptid-enthusiasts, their cultures of origin are not comfortable with these concepts being treated as "cryptids." In different cases, some creators are not comfortable with fanart/fiction/games/adaptations of their work. Please be mindful of issues like these. If the creature you had in mind falls into one of these categories, it is not appropriate for this jam -- but there are numerous other options to choose from that would be. Here are some sources (1) (2) (3) about sensitivity regarding Native American beliefs in particular.
Otherwise, we're working with with a broad definition that allows people to play with mythological and legendary beasts, cosmic horror creatures, urban legends, and cryptids of their own devising. Minotaur? Sure. Goatman? Yes. Your OC? Absolutely.
Q: "Is this jam ranked?"
A: This jam is not ranked, because all cryptids are winners.
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