This jam is now over. It ran from 2021-10-20 05:00:00 to 2021-11-15 05:59:59. View 31 entries
Let's use Markdown and other tools to make ttrpgs and larps in new ways. Whether it's to improve a document's accessibility, or simply to try out different aesthetics and forms, people are exploring Markdown and other digital tools in the creation of their "analog" games. With this jam, we're shining a light on those efforts and inviting others to participate.
Markdown lets you create and format text in a way that is easy to pick up and fast to use. Then, using various tools such as Pandoc, you can turn Markdown text into something cool! See below for three tutorials and a bunch of other tools that can help you learn, use, and implement Markdown.
There are a lot of links to a lot of resources on this page! If you are feeling overwhelmed or intimidated by all of this, like I (@cartweel) was feeling recently, take heart! The point of this jam is to help people learn to use these tools. Poke around a little bit and see what you can find; but remember that you don't have to understand or master everything presented here, especially not right away! Feel free to message questions to the jam hosts or to post questions on the jam's community hub. Don't worry if you don't know anything about computers or computer programing (I sure don't!). Let's just have fun together and see what we can create!
There's been buzz recently (and not so recently) about exploring a wider range of electronic formats for ttrpgs and larps. This jam highlights Markdown, a particular markup language, which is used for making text that is readable and useable by many electronic tools. Using Markdown is the beginning of a process that can lead to different outputs: a website, an ePub document, an easily editable and collaborative text file, and more.
Recently, several tutorials have been published that show Markdown in use in making ttrpgs and larps. Generally, these tutorials describe processes in which a creator writes using Markdown, then uses a conversion tool (like Pandoc) to convert Markdown into output in HTML or ePub formats.
Ghostwriter is a great and light-weight Markdown editor. Looking for somewhere to host a simple website made for this jam? txti can create a super simple free website using just Markdown, and Neocities hosts HTML for free. Zonelets is a simple to use Neocities template that can make your site look snazzy without getting in the way of text. Convert Word (or Google) documents to markdown with word2md.com. If Pandoc is being a hassle, you can use it online. Wanna mess with the HTML on your itch page? Check out this guide.
The final form of your project can be many things: a .md file, a working website, something imbedded into an itch page, an ePub--hell, maybe even something we haven't thunk up yet! ...but it needs to start as Markdown (or, if you must, another, similar Markup language).
The jam begins Wednesday, Oct. 20th 2021 and ends Sunday, Nov. 7th, 2021. Our preference is that you start and finish new projects during the period of the jam; however, if you'd like to take this as an opportunity to work on or finish an already-started Markdown project, we're not going to stop you! Just remember that the point is to try new things, so, no matter the state of your project, consider giving a new tool or format or strategy a go.
Feel free to price, publicize, and distribute the games or supplements you make as part of this jam in any way you see fit.
And, most importantly: No cops no bosses no nazis no terfs.
Send rules questions or comments to @cartweel via itch or on twitter.
(Banner Image by Nate Treme 2021)
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