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GIANT ROBOTS AND THE SAD PILOTS THAT DRIVE THEM

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: https://itch.io/jam/emotional-digital-mecha-jam). 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!

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This jam is organized by Takuma Okada (@takuma_okada_ / https://noroadhome.itch.io/) and John R. Harness (@cartweel / https://john-r-harness.itch.io/). Feel free to contact them with questions!

On the occasion of the jam @P_H_Lee has made Bliss Stage available for free: http://www.tao-games.com/bliss-stage/ -- "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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A one-player ttrpg about the invincibility of your mecha anime PROTAGONIST, until fate claims them.
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 three-player live action mech drama
sift through the memories of these ruins you once knew
Three-player RPG about the death of a mech pilot.
An RPG of memories and mecha love
A mech RPG about shared memories and survival
A solitary game about building The Machine Of Your Dreams
A game of Great Vengeance and Furious Anger
A pilot has died, but the war continues. It is up to us what we should do with what remains.
A game about a squad of mech pilots that falls apart.
a tragic letter writing mech romance
A game about burried memories.
2 player RPG about impossible choices in war.
a gmless rpg about doomed soldiers.
A narrative retelling and reacting of a mech pilot's final hour alive.
a solo game about dying in space
A solo game about gender euphoria and mechs as ideal selves.
Encoded minds try to maintain their memories as they're forced to fight someone else's war.
The heavy words that weigh upon the souls of the witnesses of unfathomable war.
Bio-locked controls. An untested pilot. A looming battle.
Tell stories by the fire to distract you and your mech squad from certain death
A game about what you'll lose for the people you care about, & giant robots
A game about living after you leave your mech behind
A crew of mecha pilots and support, stranded on an island.
a game to play while coding
a game of Belonging Outside Belonging and love beyond wartime
A game of memory and staying alive
An exploration of the relationship between a pilot and a mech, and how they have changed each other.
A super robot RPG on shouting-your-attacks, angsty monologues and heroic sacrifices
Two hours for one last conversation.
a little game about memory jogging, the bond between mech and pilot, and falling asleep talking to someone you love.
Lightweight, PbtA ruleset for mecha anime
a 3-player game about loss, memory, and (if you are lucky) recovery
A role playing game for two poets, pilots, players
A 2 player letter writing ttrpg about sad mechs
A game of battle partners piloting a war machine.
You travel through the remains of a war.
A game about our relationships with our bodies, our ideal selves, power, and hurt
Explore memory, emotion, identity, the cost of war, and what it means to be human.
A game for two players about mech repair and personal healing
A game about two people who wish they didnt have to fight each other in big robots
fate tests the bond between two pilots
A recursive RPG about mechs
​A game about the sacrifices we make for victory, the interconnections of war, and Battle Mecha.
a single-player, fill in the blanks poetry game about memory and loss
An emotional mecha LARP/journal game for 1 player
An analogue story finding game for a group of people online or offline
a two-player rpg about piloting a mech and sharing a mind.
For when subtext needs to be text
Play as a group of children in a junkyard piecing together a mech and the story of how it got there.
A game of mecha, love, and rock & roll for a GM and 1-3 players.
A two player, gm-less, rpg about two people who were once close meeting on opposite sides of a conflict
A game about texting your friends goodbye from space.
A game about romance, sex, and giant robots.
A Competitive 2 Person Card Game About Betrayal
DEATH RIDES WITH THE ENEMY
A game of mechs and emotions for 3 players
A one-player game of restoring ruined icons.
A Pilot and their Mech sit across a fire. They will die tonight.
You're a fan of mechs and their pilots: spectate their glory.
A mecha Britcom for #sadmechjam.
A short solo play TTRPG about paranoia, loss of identity, and the crushing weight of debt.
A 2 player ttrpg about saying goodbye to your partner
A 2-player game about an Engineer, a Pilot, and the Machine that binds them together. #sadmechjam
a game of fast mecha and romantic rendezvous
A two-player mech piloting game about keeping your humanity as you struggle back home.
A 2 Player TTRPG about Relationships Reforged in Conflict
let's build a mech together!
#sadmechjam. Return Broken, Doomed to Falter Again.
A 3-player game about helplessness and responsibility.
A Queer Game of Opening Up & Trusting Your Emotions
A solo mecha journaling RPG about abandonment, fear, and acceptance.
A micro horror game about brutality and weakness
my copilot is my tether
Against your last enemy
A manual dice-based generator for coming up with good names for your mechs.
a two-player story game of mecha and monsters
A 2 player game about rivalry, success, and the power of friendship
a 1-3 player game about what gets left behind and lost
LAUNCH
$2.99
May your feelings reach them.
An RPG about ace pilots and their mechs for 2-6 players
A card game about taunting your rival in a giant robot.
An hour long one-player game about the interpersonal relationships of a mech squad.
A GM-less game about emotions, isolation, and a big robot .
Your pilot is dead but their memory remains. A mecha RPG for 2-4 players.
keep the fire burning. oil your rusting joints. tell stories.
a group LARP about preparing a mech-pilot pair you loved for their funeral
a game of discovery and vulnerability, based on DC's plot ARMOR
A conversational rpg about ghosts, family, and atonement
A game about what we don’t get to say
A one-player Steampunk RPG about building a dangerous machine
A journal game about an odyssey with your mech, to find your beloved
Soldiers in another's war, abandoned(?) in an alien sea.
A game for 3-6 players about war and moral failure.
a mecha pilot drawing rpg about vulnerabilities and sharing them
Your pilot is dead, but you're still here.
Read the story in a giant robot's scars.
no war but the sad war
a short RPG about a mech, memories, and metamorphosis. Made for #sadmechjam
a short ttrpg about fraying connections and the futility of war
A game about losing your family's ancestral mech
A journaling game for one player about remembering your fallen friends through their remaining mechs
four-page Galaxy Angel and White House crossover party game
An emotional Mech RPG focusing on the relationship between pilot and caregiver.
A short game about building walls and breaking them down.
a game about stress, war, and found family in space
In a world of unstable titans, you will have to control your emotions to control them.
They could not have known what they had given Us.
Role Playing
An Emotional Mecha Game For Three or Four Players
A Conversation in Prattle and Pot Shots
A combat mecha pilot's traumatic experience causes them to travel through time.
alt title: my dead twin's ex lover
A #SadMechJam Game For Two
A 2 player game about piloting your former partners mech.
A short role-playing and storytelling game of power, politics, duty, and persuasion.
Two or more player micro-RPG for the #SadMechJam
A 3-player TTRPG about the last mission of two pilots and their mech.
a mobile suit, its newest pilot, and the ghost that haunts them
Manifest Astral Mecha, Traverse Emotional Environments, and Repair The Fabric of The Universe
Child soldier mecha pilots with a devil and an angel on their shoulder.
It's the night before the final battle.
Only one more has to die...
Mechs generate heat. So do their pilots.
a two-player game of acceptable sacrifices.
A game about big machines and small losses
A final battle between two rivals
a two-player game about sensory feedback, emotional connection, and trust between pilot and mech
Dwell in the virtual Shared Consciousness Module while you shoot the shit with friends.
an emotional mecha jam between an engineer and mecha
A game about picking up the pieces.
A tabletop roleplaying game about big robots, terraforming, & found family
A scene game about psychic mech pilots who live on the moon and the conversations they have.
You and your nemesis are fighting. You’re also flirting.
TTRPG exploring the emotional links between young Mecha Pilots
A game about loss and pilots.
A 2-player game about mech pilots making a connection across a Lunar DMZ.
A two player game about two Mecha who are opposing weapons in a war that neither controls.
Just a fun little game about dating Mechs
Role Playing
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.
A two-person game on forming new bonds.
a LARP about emotional mechas and trains, by someone who’s never watched mecha anime
Being the last hope can tear you apart.
A game about super robots, fucking up, and not saving the world.
a game about piloting an experimental frame, played using a bathtub and water
A mecha game about overcoming impossible odds with the power of friendship
A 4 player RPG about giant robots and feelings unrelated to giant robots
​This is a game about being someone's bespoke chess-piece.
War, selfhood, and sentient mechs
A two-player microgame of long distance mech-partnership
A two/three-player game about the power of bonds in the face of unsurmountable odds.
A a story-based tabletop style RPG about giant robots and their pilots.
A 2-player freeform game for #sadmechjam
your relationship failure pilots a mech
A 1-2 player Spindlewheel hack about reading the future in the remains of fallen mechs
a brief troubleshooting primer
an rpg about giant robots & somebody you thought you knew - 2 players
A game about trust, and breaking a promise to keep another
2-player mecha RPG of your last moments together
A one-player emotional mecha game
A two player ttrpg of mecha and inevitability.
REPLACE. UPGRADE. FORGET.
steel wings and polished chrome; a halo of light.