Join us in our Opening Event on July 10th and Closing Showcase Stream at twitch.tv/PIGSquad!
We are currently planning our structure for in-person & streamed elements of the jam, but we'll be showcasing all submissions on a stream regardless :)
A word on Narrative games:
Make a game that focuses on story, character, world, and the interaction between those elements! Try your hand at a dialogue-focused experience, put some time into making deep characters, work themes into your game's plot that might speak to players, or focus on a short story that elicits emotion. Your game does not have to be writing-based or text-only: your challenge is to tell introduce narrative elements into a game idea that you normally wouldn't pursue.
If you'd like to contribute to the jam theme, suggesting & voting is exclusive to our Patreon members - learn more here!
All participants, in person or remote, must follow PIGSquad's Code of Conduct.
We encourage you to jam with new people or on a team, but it is not required. We will be providing resources for team forming at the jam kickoff and throughout the jam timeline for those who want to jam based on the theme.
Please don't crunch! We host game jams over extended periods of time and like having open conversations with jammers about scoping projects to encourage a healthy outlook on creative production schedules. If you need help scoping, please reach out!
Jammers retain full ownership of the games they make during PIGSquad jams.
Late submissions or submission updates can be accepted - just get in touch with an organizer. Please note that games must be updated on your itch page multiple days before the showcase if you'd like the updated version of your game to be played at the jam showcase.
Each summer, game makers get together to make a game project with friends and community members in a few weeks! Summer Slow Jams is a collection of game jam events happening once a month this summer, providing structure and networking opportunities for creatives in Portland and remote participants. Participate in a jam to finish a creative project, learn new things, meet new people, and share your work!
Creative themes are delivered during each kick off event then shared online, and developers are able to showcase their game jam projects at each closing event in Portland, OR (or online). In between the dates of the kick off and closing showcase, you are encouraged to meet up with others using online channels to complete a game over whatever in-jam time period you see fit: take it slow if you need!
Tweet with the hashtag #summerslowjams and PIGSquad will retweet screenshots, video uploads, and blog posts of jam games while you're working on your games!
The Portland Indie Game Squad is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to supporting the health and continued expansion of game developer and enthusiast communities in Portland, the Pacific Northwest, and online. We provide events, resources, and networking activities for art and technology creatives. Learn more at PIGSquad.com.