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Make a simulation that follows the theme announced at the start of the jam.
A simulation is a process that imitates the natural operation of something over time. This jam is for simulations presented via software or text*. Most games contain lots of simulations of different things, but the idea is that submissions to this jam will have simulation as a primary focus. Some examples of software with simulation as a primary focus include games like Sim Earth and Stardew Valley as well as applications for professional use like Chemical Workbench. Pretty much any genre of game can be simulation-focused, so let your imagination run wild!
Jam dates: Jam theme will be announced in the evening on April 26. The jam begins May 1st at midnight and ends at 11:59 PM on May 17th. All times CST (GMT - 6)
Jam format: This jam is in the style of the old Something Awful Game Developers Challenges of yore and has a planning period and development period. The theme will be announced at the start of the planning period. You may form teams, create plans, set up repos, etc, at this time but may not begin development (ie, creating code, assets, etc) until the beginning of the development period. You may submit your game at any point during the development period, but no submissions will be accepted after the deadline.
Medium: valid submissions to this jam will either be software applications (something that can be run on a computer) or *tabletop format. Tabletop game submissions are subject to additional restrictions, detailed in rules section.
Joining a team Participants are strongly encouraged to team up with other entrants! Find people who complement your strengths! Looking for teammates? Come say hi in the Dogpit Discord! We also encourage you to say hi in the discord regardless and meet other chill gamedevs, artists, game audio people, voice actors, and other neat folks!
Categories and Judging
Until the start of the jam, these categories may be subject to change.
Judges are Xibanya, SnowSchu, and Mihai Zetta, Sandra Molina Juan, pixelsandpins, TerminationShock, and Matt Curtis.
Jam Stream: All entries will be played live on stream with commentary by judges. Livestream dates will be announced after the close of submissions.
Failure to follow these rules will result in your removal from the jam.
If you are submitting a tabletop game, you are subject to the following additional rules:
You don't have to do these but jam organizers would be ever so grateful if you did:
Q: How simulation-y is sufficient to not be disqualified? A: No submission made in good faith that follows the rules will be disqualified. If you're really worried about it, reach out to the organizers to ask, but if you're thoughtful enough to be concerned, it's probably fine.
Q: I've never made a game before, can I enter? A: Yes
Q: I'm not very good at making games, should I enter? A: Yes
Q: Can I use Gamemaker, Unity, Unreal, my own boilerplate, and/or my own engine? A: Yes
Q: Can I reuse my own code from prior projects? A: Yes, though if you do so it would be sporting to open source that code and link it in the community Discord server so that anyone could use it if they wanted to.
Q: Can I take a game I have already made and modify it to fit the theme? A: No
Q: What time zone determines the start and end dates? A: Central Standard Time (CST, GMT - 6)
Q: Can I join the jam after it has already started? A: Yes, you can join at any time. You just have to submit a game before the deadline.
Q: Can I work with a team? A: Yes
Q: Can I be a member of more than one team? A: Yes
Q: Is there a limit to the number of people that can be on the same team? A: No
Q: Can I submit more than one game? A: Yes
Q: Can I use open source assets, unity store assets, or other assets that are available to the general public? A: Yes
Q: What happens if I don't submit my game in time? A: Your game won't be judged and won't be played on the livestream. I still encourage you to keep working on the game on your own time though.
Q: Can I update my game after the end of the jam? A: Yes but judging will be based on the copy that was submitted by the deadline.
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