A new year means new material entering the public domain! From January 1st 2022, works from 1926 are free to use and remix.
This is the fourth annual jam in the 'Gaming Like it's 192X' series. You can see submissions from the 1925, 1924, 1923 jams. This year, we're continuing the tradition and celebrating works from 1926. Let's make games that are about or inspired by these works.
There are plenty of interesting works to draw on, including:
Also – sound recordings from before 1923 are also entering the public domain so feel free to use those, too!
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. and storytelling game platforms like Story Synth. You can submit desktop or mobile games but we won’t consider them for prizes.
For purely 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. For analog games, a simple PDF or even Google Doc is totally acceptable – past winners have included clever games with simple designs.
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 will not tolerate sexism, racism, or discrimination of any kind. Some works from 1926 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 1926 (or a pre-1923 sound recording) 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!
Can I set a price on my game?
You can, though we will ask for a free version to share with our judges.
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