In 2019, new content started automatically entering the public domain for the first time since 1998 and we celebrated with the Gaming Like It's 1923 jam. This year, we're continuing the tradition and celebrating works from 1924. Let's make games that are about or inspired by these works!
There are plenty of interesting works to draw on, including:
This jam is open to both digital and analog games – choose the medium that excites you!
For digital games, we’ll only be judging games that are playable in the browser. This includes interactive fiction using frameworks like Twine. You can submit desktop or mobile games but we won’t consider them for prizes.
For analog games, we’re looking for tabletop RPGs, larps, board games, and everything in between. We encourage you to design something short and quickly playable. Our judges are only committed to reading the first four pages of your submission. Golden Cobra and Game Chef contain great examples of brief, compelling games.
Don’t worry about making a highly polished game! We’re more interested in your ideas and how you use the public domain.
We’ll be awarding prizes in the following categories:
You have until the end of January to submit your games. We'll be judging the submission in the first two weeks of February and awarding prizes soon after.
We have a wonderful panel of judges that include digital and analog game designers as well as public domain experts:
We may add more judges depending on the volume of submissions.
We will not tolerate sexism, racism, or discrimination of any kind. Some works from 1924 may contain offensive stereotypes. Either avoid these works or address the problematic material in a responsible manner.
Can I use public domain material from another year?
Yes, but at least one work from 1924 must be included in your game in some form.
Can I submit multiple games?
Can I submit as a team?
Do I need to license the game in any way?
No, and by default you’ll retain all rights to your game. However, we’d love for you to publish under a Creative Commons license. CC0 would add your game into the public domain!