This jam is now over. It ran from 2019-01-28 23:31:34 to 2019-02-13 05:59:59. View 177 entries


Submissions due Feb 10 Feb 12! A two day extension of the original deadline.

Note that the submitted games will very likely involve discussion of war, loss, death, etc.

Robo-combat is cool. Space politics and future tech are great! But one of the things we like the most about the mecha/mobile suit genre is the strong emotions that drive the pilots and the drama that entangles them. So! An Emotional Mecha Jam.

We are looking for short analog rpgs (tabletop, larp) only. We have future plans to transform these games into a game bundle and, eventually, a zine.  "Short" means 1-4 pages of text and images. (UPDATE: Since some people wanted to, here is a jam for digital/video games: Include a text only version of your game in addition to or instead of PDF if possible.

Besides this, the only design constraint is that these games must center emotions in the Mecha genre while de-centering aspects of the genre like mobile suit combat. We're not saying *no* combat (if that's what you really want), but the emotional content/impact of that combat must be obvious and "front and center." 

Interpret "emotions" as you see fit, but this could include: relationships between pilots; relationships between pilots and their mobile suits; the emotional ravages of war; loss, sadness, happiness, fear, joy, triumph, etc. If you don't know what we mean, go watch some mecha anime and you'll see!


This jam is organized by Takuma Okada (@takuma_okada_ / and John R. Harness (@cartweel / Feel free to contact them with questions!

On the occasion of the jam @P_H_Lee has made Bliss Stage available for free: -- "Bliss Stage is a role-playing game about teenage pilots fighting back against alien invaders with giant robots made of weaponized love. It’s about love and war and the future of humanity. It has a lot of sex parts in it."

Find other people talking about the jam on Twitter at #sadmechjam

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Peace. Kids playing in mech wreckage. A ghost. One last journey to find a final resting place.
A mecha rpg of horror, survival and sacrifice.
A one-player ttrpg about the invincibility of your mecha anime PROTAGONIST, until fate claims them.
Three-player RPG about the death of a mech pilot.
A game about our relationships with our bodies, our ideal selves, power, and hurt
2 player RPG about impossible choices in war.
sift through the memories of these ruins you once knew
A Pilot and their Mech sit across a fire. They will die tonight.
a game to play while coding
A mech RPG about shared memories and survival
Play as a group of children in a junkyard piecing together a mech and the story of how it got there.
An odyssey with your mech, to find your beloved
A 2 player game about rivalry, success, and the power of friendship
A micro horror game about brutality and weakness
let's build a mech together!
a gmless rpg about doomed soldiers.
An RPG of memories and mecha love
A pilot has died, but the war continues. It is up to us what we should do with what remains.
Explore memory, emotion, identity, the cost of war, and what it means to be human.
A three-player live action mech drama
Role Playing
Two hours for one last conversation.
The heavy words that weigh upon the souls of the witnesses of unfathomable war.
a single-player, fill in the blanks poetry game about memory and loss
#sadmechjam. Return Broken, Doomed to Falter Again.
You're a fan of mechs and their pilots: spectate their glory.
A super robot RPG on shouting-your-attacks, angsty monologues and heroic sacrifices
You travel through the remains of a war.
Against your last enemy
A game about big machines and small losses
A 2 player ttrpg about saying goodbye to your partner
A solo game about gender euphoria and mechs as ideal selves.
​A game about the sacrifices we make for victory, the interconnections of war, and Battle Mecha.
keep the fire burning. oil your rusting joints. tell stories.
A game about a squad of mech pilots that falls apart.
A game of memory and staying alive
A recursive RPG about mechs
a tragic letter writing mech romance
Role Playing
Two or more player micro-RPG for the #SadMechJam
a game of fast mecha and romantic rendezvous
alt title: my dead twin's ex lover
An exploration of the relationship between a pilot and a mech, and how they have changed each other.
A game about living after you leave your mech behind
An emotional mecha LARP/journal game for 1 player
Encoded minds try to maintain their memories as they're forced to fight someone else's war.
A crew of mecha pilots and support, stranded on an island.
Bio-locked controls. An untested pilot. A looming battle.
A one-player game of restoring ruined icons.
a 3-player game about loss, memory, and (if you are lucky) recovery
A solitary game about building The Machine Of Your Dreams
A game about what you'll lose for the people you care about, & giant robots
A game for two players about mech repair and personal healing
A game about burried memories.
An emotional Mech RPG focusing on the relationship between pilot and caregiver.
a solo game about dying in space
Lightweight, PbtA ruleset for mecha anime
A journaling game for one player about remembering your fallen friends through their remaining mechs
A 2 player letter writing ttrpg about sad mechs
a game of Belonging Outside Belonging and love beyond wartime
a little game about memory jogging, the bond between mech and pilot, and falling asleep talking to someone you love.
four-page Galaxy Angel and White House crossover party game
a mecha pilot drawing rpg about vulnerabilities and sharing them
A one-player Steampunk RPG about building a dangerous machine
Dwell in the virtual Shared Consciousness Module while you shoot the shit with friends.
A mecha Britcom for #sadmechjam.
A scene game about psychic mech pilots who live on the moon and the conversations they have.
A game of Great Vengeance and Furious Anger
A short solo play TTRPG about paranoia, loss of identity, and the crushing weight of debt.
A solo mecha journaling RPG about abandonment, fear, and acceptance.
It's the night before the final battle.
a short RPG about a mech, memories, and metamorphosis. Made for #sadmechjam
A Queer Game of Opening Up & Trusting Your Emotions
A GM-less game about emotions, isolation, and a big robot .
For when subtext needs to be text
A game about texting your friends goodbye from space.
A two player, gm-less, rpg about two people who were once close meeting on opposite sides of a conflict
A game about romance, sex, and giant robots.
They could not have known what they had given Us.
Role Playing
A game of mechs and emotions for 3 players
a mobile suit, its newest pilot, and the ghost that haunts them
Child soldier mecha pilots with a devil and an angel on their shoulder.
my copilot is my tether
A two-player mech piloting game about keeping your humanity as you struggle back home.
A game about two people who wish they didnt have to fight each other in big robots
A 3-player game about helplessness and responsibility.
no war but the sad war
A manual dice-based generator for coming up with good names for your mechs.
A game about what we don’t get to say
A game of battle partners piloting a war machine.
a group LARP about preparing a mech-pilot pair you loved for their funeral
Your pilot is dead but their memory remains. A mecha RPG for 2-4 players.
A 2 Player TTRPG about Relationships Reforged in Conflict
A conversational rpg about ghosts, family, and atonement
a two-player story game of mecha and monsters
A role playing game for two poets, pilots, players
A game of mecha, love, and rock & roll for a GM and 1-3 players.
Read the story in a giant robot's scars.
May your feelings reach them.
A #SadMechJam Game For Two
A tabletop roleplaying game about big robots, terraforming, & found family
A Competitive 2 Person Card Game About Betrayal
A Conversation in Prattle and Pot Shots
A combat mecha pilot's traumatic experience causes them to travel through time.
Soldiers in another's war, abandoned(?) in an alien sea.
a game about stress, war, and found family in space
A game about losing your family's ancestral mech
An analogue story finding game for a group of people online or offline
Mechs generate heat. So do their pilots.
a short ttrpg about fraying connections and the futility of war
A game for 3-6 players about war and moral failure.
A one-player game about the interpersonal relationships of a mech squad.
A short role-playing and storytelling game of power, politics, duty, and persuasion.
Manifest Astral Mecha, Traverse Emotional Environments, and Repair The Fabric of The Universe
A card game about taunting your rival in a giant robot.
A narrative retelling and reacting of a mech pilot's final hour alive.
A 2-player game about an Engineer, a Pilot, and the Machine that binds them together. #sadmechjam
A short game about building walls and breaking them down.
a two-player rpg about piloting a mech and sharing a mind.
a 1-3 player game about what gets left behind and lost
In a world of unstable titans, you will have to control your emotions to control them.
A 2 player game about piloting your former partners mech.
An Emotional Mecha Game For Three or Four Players
fate tests the bond between two pilots
Being the last hope can tear you apart.
Only one more has to die...
A final battle between two rivals
Your pilot is dead, but you're still here.
a two-player game of acceptable sacrifices.
an emotional mecha jam between an engineer and mecha
a two-player game about sensory feedback, emotional connection, and trust between pilot and mech
You and your nemesis are fighting. You’re also flirting.
A game about loss and pilots.
TTRPG exploring the emotional links between young Mecha Pilots
A 2-player game about mech pilots making a connection across a Lunar DMZ.
a game of discovery and vulnerability, based on DC's plot ARMOR
A two player game about two Mecha who are opposing weapons in a war that neither controls.
Two pilots need to fight a giant monster. But they also need to work out their own shit.
A two player game of collateral damage.
Just a fun little game about dating Mechs
Role Playing
A two-person game on forming new bonds.
a LARP about emotional mechas and trains, by someone who’s never watched mecha anime
War, selfhood, and sentient mechs
A game about super robots, fucking up, and not saving the world.
A mecha game about overcoming impossible odds with the power of friendship
A two-player microgame of long distance mech-partnership
​This is a game about being someone's bespoke chess-piece.
a game about piloting an experimental frame, played using a bathtub and water
an rpg about giant robots & somebody you thought you knew - 2 players
A 4 player RPG about giant robots and feelings unrelated to giant robots
A game about picking up the pieces.
A two player ttrpg of mecha and inevitability.
A two/three-player game about the power of bonds in the face of unsurmountable odds.
your relationship failure pilots a mech
Tell stories by the fire to distract you and your mech squad from certain death
A 2-player freeform game for #sadmechjam
a brief troubleshooting primer
A 1-2 player Spindlewheel hack about reading the future in the remains of fallen mechs
A a story-based tabletop style RPG about giant robots and their pilots.
A game about trust, and breaking a promise to keep another
An RPG about ace pilots and their mechs for 2-6 players
A one-player emotional mecha game
2-player mecha RPG of your last moments together
A 3-player TTRPG about the last mission of two pilots and their mech.
steel wings and polished chrome; a halo of light.