This jam is now over. It ran from 2020-08-09 23:00:00 to 2020-09-30 11:00:00. View results
Do you love the Magical Girl genre? Or do you simply want to make a game about cute girls using magical powers to fight evil? Or maybe you are just looking for a cute game jam?
Well in any case, welcome to the Magical Girl Game Jam #2!!
After seeing the monumental success I had for the previous Magical Girl Game Jam, and the fact that this depressing pandemic lasted waaay longer than what I previously thought back then, I have decided to host another Magical Girl Game Jam, in the hope of collecting submissions that can cheer people up in this depressing coronavirus pandemic.
Note: this jam is much, much longer than the previous Magical Girl Game Jam. Part of the reason is so that it has more flexibility. Feel free to join and participate even if you can only participate for a week to submit a simple game.
The jam has started since Aug 10. So, IT'S LUNATIC TIME!!!
Discord server: https://discord.gg/nvHPB4X
*the Discord link here was broken before with the text displaying the proper link but the URL itself does not; it's now fixed for real
I want this jam to be as free and unrestricted as possible... but from the experience of the previous jam I have decided to stricten the rules slightly
The 11 themes have finally been revealed on Aug 3. You can take one or more themes and interpret them however you want as inspiration for your game ^^
|6.||[Embodiment] of [Scarlet] [Devil]|
|7.||[Perfect] [Cherry] [Blossom]|
|10.||[Mountain] of [Faith]|
|12.||[Undefined] [Fantastic] Object/[UFO]|
|14.||[Double] [Dealing] Character|
|15.||[Legacy] of [Lunatic] [Kingdom] (Lunatic can be interpreted as "Lunar")|
|16.||[Hidden] [Star] in [Four Seasons]|
|17.||[Wily] [Beast] and [Weakest] [Creatures]|
How to follow the themes:
To fulfill any of the theme, it is sufficient to fulfill just one of the phrases/words that are inside the square brackets. So the theme "10. [Mountain] of [Faith]" can be fulfilled simply by fulfilling the word "Mountain" (e.g. takes place in a mountain) or the word "Faith" (e.g. the story goes that Magical Girls need to take a leap of faith)
(Please notice that the words "Object" and "Character" are not inside square brackets for obvious reasons... they are too easy to abuse. The phrase [Four Seasons] are also in a bracket as a phrase -- so "four" is not a theme by itself)
Some of you probably know where the themes are taken from. To you who are in that category; first of all high five! ^^. However, there is also a warning: making a reference to [that video game series] these themes are taken from is not sufficient to fulfill the themes. So these are bad examples of fulfilling the themes:
You get the point. They'll definitely make me smile, but please think about the players that do not know the series. Your games will be rated publicly, and everyone needs to see how your game fits the theme even if they don't play the series.
One last note: the characters of the game the themes are taken from are not Magical Girls. If you do want to put them do try to modify them to fit the Magical Girl genre (something along the line of our fav Shrine Maidens or that Blonde Magician that shoot giant lasers are still going to be tolerated, but they are in the gray area -- I suggest you avoid them).
Your submissions will be rated publicly like last time. The criteria however, will be radically different based on my experience from the previous jam, and I also took some inspirations from GMTK2020's rating criteria:
Some people unexpectedly joined the jam without knowing what the Magical Girl genre is last time, so this time I decided to explain a bit about what the Magical Girl genre is.
To put it simply, the Magical Girl genre, or Mahō Shōjo (魔法少女) in Japanese, is a genre about cute girls having cute magical powers -- often associated with anime, manga, and other Japanese works. In my own personal opinions, some primary characteristics of the Magical Girl genre are:
If I need to emphasize this more, this is just my own opinion, not strict guidelines. Feel free to subvert or deviate from my expectations, but make a Magical Girl.
That definition is where I have finally decided to draw the line.
Some examples of Magical Girl works:
If you are previously not familiar with the Magical Girl genre, I hope this explanation at least gives you a vague idea of what you should be aiming for.
For more information, you can check the TV Tropes page for it. While to avoid removal it is enough to fulfill the definition "girls with magical powers", I want you to aim for TV Tropes's Magical Girls
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