Submission open from 2018-05-01 04:00:00 to 2018-07-01 03:59:59
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The Backstory

Novices Now! Game Jam started at midnight on the first of September, three years ago the same time this year. What started as a conversation between strangers on a GameJolt chat room became an idea to help bring in more coders into the community. Three users (KronkusBronzewater [now Chandeskee], mercurytw, and ratchet3789) put together a village of gamers in just under a week to bring what would become an amazing two months for novices from every walk of life. Now, almost three months later, we are looking to bring back the mission of Novices Now!.

The Deal

Novice Now! Game Jam wishes to bring out the designer in all of us and open up the doors to new programmers. From casual coders 10 years in the making, to people just picking up the Notepad++ and Scratch-board now, even those not even initiated to programming just yet! We encourage young and old, new dabblers and long-time tryers, unnitiated and code masters, to come together for two months and make a game.

Don't be discouraged if all you can get is a basic racing game with two dots and a track on Game Maker. YOU MADE IT, and that's impressive enough to us. Show us you have the chops to do this, and the world is yours.

Remember, this is not about winning. It's about learning the ropes and meeting fellow newbies. Take time to get to know your fellow player and collaborate! Need any help just go to our Discord. Welcome to the world of Game Jams. It's more fun then you once believed!

You can now join a team! Teams are limited to 3 members. Follow this link to Crowd Forge if you want to team up!

The jam opens on May 1st 00:00 EST and closes June 30st 23:59 EST. Plan accordingly!

There is no theme for this Jam. We're just looking to get our name back out there.

The Rules

  1. In order to participate, you must contact one of the operators after signing up. In order to encourage collaborative learning, we will be contacting you and introducing all participants to each other in or to maximize everyone's ability to learn and share. You can reach out over emails, however do know that Discord is the best way to get in contact with moderation and other members.
  2. You must be a novice, that means if you've developed a big game before and it's been successful, you may have a chance of acceptance, but no guarantees.
  3. All games must be for an under 18 audience. Therefore no excessive swearing, violence, gore and definitely no adult content.
  4. While tough ideas can be tackled by your game and may include such topics no game shall be accepted if it attacks any race, religion, sex, gender, orientation, nationality, etc... You get the idea, don't be a jerk.
  5. Have fun! Don't worry that you aren't making a big AAA video game or it isn't up to par with other high ranking indie developers. Enjoy the content you create and show it to the world.
  6. Have self control. You may create concepts, story, artwork, etc. before May 1st 00:00 EST but no SPRITES, CODING, or ANYTHING CONTENT ORIENTATED can be created before May 1st 00:00 EST. We can't enforce this, but we hope you will comply for complete fairness.
  7. Have fun!
  8. All content posted must be free to play. If you choose to charge for the game after the fact then that is your choice but before that we want everyone to have an equal opportunity to view your code and we must be able to play the game for free when it is submitted.
  9. All games must be Windows capable. Cross platform games are fine, but for a game to even be considered it has to Windows compliant. A big sorry to Mac and Linux users.

Thank you.

The Operators

Ryan "Chandeskee" Chandler (Co-founder, Administration) -

Darren "Kinaetron" Daley (C# Operator)

Ed "Cheezopath" Hicks (Python, Art Operator)

The Mission

Novices Now! is our attempt at making the world a better place. Every Operator at NN! has some sort of coding experience, even the folks in administration. Programing is a skill just like any other. In the same way that we believe participating in a sport, or an art, or a trade enriches one’s life, so to does programing. It is an amazing process, the communication and cooperation of human and machine theorized since the dawn of civilization. Ancient people using tally sticks and clay tablets to keep track of grain and livestock. The Babylonians creating debatably the first computer, the abacus, some 4,000 years ago. All the way up to 200 years ago where we see Charles Babbage lay out the plans for what would become the modern computer. The story behind programing is as old as human life itself, for it is something unique and radically important to us as a species. For this reason, the team at NN! want to give everyone the gift of programing, and the gift of videogames, two of humans greatest inventions. From the young to the old, new user to practiced coder, those with or without disability, poor and rich… all human, and all who can gain from this. So even if you’re just picking up the Notepad+, or starting out at the Scratch-board, or have never even seen a Python, or had a cup of Java, let this be your chance. Let us come together and build code for ourselves, for our community, for everyone.

- Ryan Chandler (co-creator)