Magical Girls! Don't you love this genre about girls with magical powers fighting against evil?
Well, welcome to Magical Girl Game Jam #3!!
Seeing how much people enjoyed the previous two jams, I have decided I would like to see people make more games about Magical Girls again this time.
Discord server: https://discord.gg/nvHPB4X
For this jam, Magical Girl Game Jam will have a test collaboration with the Visual Novel community Devtalk. If you're interested, please do check them out:
As much as I want this jam to be as unrestricted as possible, there are some rules that I have decided to put in place:
Hashtags: #MGGJ #MGGJ3
The themes will be revealed a week before the start of the jam; around 7 February 2021 JST. Like before, there will be multiple themes to choose from -- the themes are not meant to be restrictive but to inspire. Until then, be hyped ^^
To make things a little bit more fun, I have decided to gradually drop hints regarding the themes until the theme reveal date:
Currently in the discord server there is Q&A event (for the purpose of people to guess the themes) where everyone can ask questions about the themes for a round that lasts two days (day change is based on JST or GMT+9) and also vote questions. Of every round, the question with most votes will be answered. The event goes on until Feb 7th.
As of now, I will let the themes that have been guessed be seen here:
Due to the rapid pace of the themes getting guessed... and also because during the Q&A guessing event a lot of guesses made me think "I wish I included that as a theme :("... I have decided to add a 7th theme.
There will be six theme candidates, and in the discord server there will be one-week long vote from February 1st to February 7th. Theme candidates will be revealed in February (although if you read some conversations in the discord server some of them are quite obvious):
Until then, be hyped.
Your submissions will be rated publicly like based on the following 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.
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