Submission open from 2017-11-03 03:00:00 to 2017-11-06 07:59:59
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Jam: November 2, 2017 at 8:00pm Pacific to November 5, 2017 at 11:59:59pm Pacific


The jam will be hosted here on Though it is highly recommended you also share on Twitter using the hashtag #ShacknewsJam, join in on the community chat in the jam forums here (See "Community" link near top of page), and share in the Chatty.


The goal of the jam is to highlight the creativity of budding and experienced game developers who frequent the Shacknews Chatty, as well as grow the Shacknews community.  Games will be rated on Fun, Visuals, Audio, and Use of Theme.

So, what do I win?

Winning games for each category will be provided with a $50 gift card.  Ties will be broken based on overall score and number of votes.

The game that has the highest average rating across all themes will be provided with a $100 gift card.  Ties will be broken based on number of votes, then ratings for Use of Theme, Fun, Visuals, and Audio in that order.


  • Is there a theme? The theme will be announced on Shacknews, this page, and on Twitter on November 2 at 8:00pm Pacific.
  • Do I have to be a Shacknews community member to participate? No, anyone is welcome to participate, although we are hoping that you'll like the community and join it afterwards, or at least go check out the award-winning articles on the site.
  • Can I work with a team: Yes.  There's even a place set up to help you find a team.
  • Do I have to start from scratch? No.  You may use any code and assets that you create in advance, but the theme won't be announced until November 2.
  • Can I submit more than one game: Yes.
  • What language or tools can I use? Anything that you have legal licenses for.
  • Are there restrictions on sound or music? You must have licenses for it or have created it yourself.
  • What existing assets can I use? While it's encouraged to create original assets for your game, you're welcome to use any assets you have the legal right to use.  Please credit any sources that you use.