This jam is now over. It ran from 2019-01-29 21:53:09 to 2019-02-13 05:59:59. View 12 entries

ALRIGHT YOU WANT TO MAKE VIDEO GAMES? MAKE VIDEO GAMES!

This iteration of the Emotional Mecha Jam is for VIDEO GAMES and other DIGITAL MEDIA. If you're going to submit an analog game, use: https://itch.io/jam/sad-mecha-game-jam

GIANT ROBOTS AND THE SAD PILOTS THAT DRIVE THEM

Submissions due Feb 10 Feb 12! A two day extension of the original deadline.

Note that the submitted games will very likely involve discussion of war, loss, death, etc.

Robo-combat is cool. Space politics and future tech are great! But one of the things we like the most about the mecha/mobile suit genre is the strong emotions that drive the pilots and the drama that entangles them. So! An Emotional Mecha Jam.

We are looking for short analog rpgs (tabletop, larp) only.  USE THIS JAM FOR DIGITAL SUBMISSIONS. We have future plans to transform these games into a game bundle and, eventually, a zine.  "Short" means 1-4 pages of text and images. MAKE THE GAME HOWEVER YOU LIKE BUT THINK SMALL. We'll still bundle these digital games together at the end but, uh... no promises on a zine.

Besides this, the only design constraint is that these games must center emotions in the Mecha genre while de-centering aspects of the genre like mobile suit combat. We're not saying *no* combat (if that's what you really want), but the emotional content/impact of that combat must be obvious and "front and center." 

Interpret "emotions" as you see fit, but this could include: relationships between pilots; relationships between pilots and their mobile suits; the emotional ravages of war; loss, sadness, happiness, fear, joy, triumph, etc. If you don't know what we mean, go watch some mecha anime and you'll see!

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This jam is organized by Takuma Okada (@takuma_okada_ / https://noroadhome.itch.io/) and John R. Harness (@cartweel / https://john-r-harness.itch.io/). Feel free to contact them with questions!

On the occasion of the jam @P_H_Lee has made Bliss Stage available for free: http://www.tao-games.com/bliss-stage/ -- "Bliss Stage is a role-playing game about teenage pilots fighting back against alien invaders with giant robots made of weaponized love. It’s about love and war and the future of humanity. It has a lot of sex parts in it."

Find other people talking about the jam on Twitter at #sadmechjam

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GIF
My Bearer isn't well, I need to heal it!
Follow your heart!
Visual Novel
Visual novel and mecha shooting action
Visual Novel
find your ex at the end of the world
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A Twine game about identity, performance, and humongous mecha.
Interactive Fiction
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GIF
mechs in space, with feelings
Interactive Fiction
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The price of sympathy.
Interactive Fiction
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A war-torn veteran must make ends meets, even it means selling his old mech...
Interactive Fiction
Can I stay here? Can you teach me to be like you?
Interactive Fiction
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GIF
Concieted Existential Internal Monologue Simulator
Simulation
What Gundam Academy could lead to
Interactive Fiction
Play in browser
GIF
A heavy equipment mechanic must choose the schedule of mech repairs to keep their pilots alive and save the world.