This jam is now over. It ran from 2021-07-17 01:00:00 to 2021-08-02 02:00:00. View 86 entries
The rules are simple: run the RNDGAME app on July 16th -- it makes up some serious and some silly game titles. Generate 10 game titles -- pick one of them! Now make that game during the jam! (And if those 10 are meh... well, MAKE TEN MORE!)
RUN the RNDGAME (Random Game-name) app here: https://thattomhall.itch.io/rndgame
(NOTE! Please excuse any offensive combos -- hard to detect them. Thanks!)
(Also, if you generate 20 or 30, well, no one's looking... And, please, since this game name generator can make them, don't choose a game/movie/novel name that already exists, like STARSHIP TROOPERS or NEVERENDING STORY. Make something NEW!)
WHAT SHOULD I USE TO MAKE IT?
Easy -- YOU CAN USE ANY GAME ENGINE YOU WANT! (My preferred environment for this game jam is Pico-8, an easy-to-use "fantasy console" that uses the Lua scripting language. I LOVE IT. And you will too! All the tools are built in, so you can just CREATE. Great for jams and prototypes. And easy to run games right on the itch.io webpage!) Get it here!
Last year's UFO Swamp Odyssey by Paranoid Cactus, done in Pico-8
Scared of Pico-8? Well, if you want to join the Pico-8 community, pop over to the Pico-8 Discord server! https://discord.gg/55MsmFK Everyone is happy to help newbies!
However, this is a loosey-goosey game jam, and as I said above, if you are really into another game engine or system, go for it. It's all for fun!
Occasionally, RNDGAME will add a random prepositions and articles, or conjunctions and articles. These will be grey and optional (mostly because they don't always work well, heh).
Here, you can use the name "OBSIDIAN GLEN" (a narrow valley made of obsidian) or "OBSIDIAN UNDERNEATH GLEN" (you have to convince Glen to move so you can get that obsidian). Up to you!
Also feel free to change whether a world is plural or not (if it works better for you or makes more sense). Like here -- you go on with your bad self and add that S to HUB:
And lastly, if you get "VS. <restOfName>" and trying to make a 2+ player game just stresses up your gamedev mind, you can forget that bit.
POSTING YOUR GAME
On itch.io, tag it RNDGAME2021 and on Twitter, #RNDGAME2021.
Please keep it PG and news-and-politics-free -- let's have an escape from all the heavy stuff of the day and just HAVE FUN with this!
Also, please excuse anything offensive that RNDGAME generates -- I can't check every combo!
Got pre-existing code? USE IT! Got pre-existing assets? USE 'EM! Just make a game named by the RNDGAME generator.
If you need some starter assets, feel free to use the assets in the TOYBOXJAM demo cart, which also shows how to use them.
ALTERNATE WAYS TO RNDGAME JAM
One-Name Charlie: Pick the first name the generator generates, as long as that title doesn't exist like "STAR WARS" or "DARK SOULS".
Ten Ain't Enough: Just have the generator keeping picking names until one really inspires you. Nobody will judge.
Pre-Game: Generate titles before the Jam starts. Get one you love. Start thinking about it. Cuz if you got a really good one early, why not use it?
Guru Jam: Use my Game Idea Guru for more detail/ideas for your game: https://thattomhall.itch.io/game-idea-guru
Healed Regret Jam: make the game that you intended to make for last RNDGAME JAM (or another jam with a new RNDGAME name).
FOR NON CODERS!
Name Jam: Just generate funny game names and post 'em on Twitter with #RNDGAME2021 hashtag. Don't even have to make a game!
Art Jam: Just generate funny game names, draw COVER ART (or any name-inspired art or animated experience!) and post 'em on Twitter with #RNDGAME2021 hashtag. Don't even have to make a game! (And maybe some person will make that game!)
Are there any generic game words you think would be great to add? Tell me at @ThatTomHall on Twitter. Or message on the jam here!
This jam is all about fun, plus silly and/or cool game names. Hope you have fun with the RNDGAME game generator! Looking forward to your game about whatever you generate with RNDGAME!
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