Burned, bruised, and beaten from our visit to the Dark Haroldverses we take a step back and lean on the only light in a grim world: our friends, our allies, our brothers and sisters in arms. Therese, Marsha, Lucius, Priscilla, Reid and a host of past RTP heroes - they have long taken the back seat to Harold's orange tinged charisma. This year that changes. Harold's allies will take up the mantle of heroism and finally get their chance to show us what they're made of.
It's time to delve deep into the stories of characters long neglected. Human and the RPG Maker Beta Testers Server invite you to join Harold Jam 2023: Ascent of the Allies.
All games submitted must have all three of these within the game content (so not the menus or the credits).
1. Character: Harold! Look, it's Harold Jam. He has to be in there, even as an NPC.
2. Line of Dialogue: "Go on without me."
This must be spoken by a character, exactly as printed. It can be placed anywhere within a sentence.
3. Location: An ascent, defined as "A slope, path, or road that goes up something." The player must go there.
See the required elements forum post for clarification and details.
There will be multiple separate and independent award categories. Participants can gear their game toward any award or combination of awards as they see fit. There is one overall rating, which will determine the overall winner of the jam.
- Harold Award for Excellence: Overall Rating
- Therese Award for Technique: Gameplay
- Marsha Award for Melodies: Music
- Lucius Award for Laughs: Comedy
- Hrld Award for Visual Arts: Graphics
- Oldhar Award for Literature: Story
We will once again be using the "Rating Queue" system first seen in 2020's GMTK! All raters will be given a random selection of three games to rate before they can rate anything else. After rating the three randomly assigned games, raters can then rate whichever games they choose.
In case of many submissions (>25) the deadline for rating may be extended accordingly.
Winners of each category will be determined by community voting, based on the criteria above. $100 will go to the winner of the Harold award for excellence category, and a winner of one of the other five categories will be selected at random for a second $50 prize. The overall winner will receive a "Power of Friendship" role in the server.
The original Harold graphics belong to KADOKAWA. Once again thanks to Nowis for donating the fantastic banner and character art. Give Nowis a follow on Deviant Art and Twitter as well!
Finally, an announcement. . .
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