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Star Trek Jam FAQs Sticky

A topic by Sophie Houlden created Mar 30, 2016 Views: 2,015 Replies: 2
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(These are mostly lifted from what I had for Myst Jam, but if your Q isn't answered feel free to ask! :) )

  • Can I start planning before the beginning of the jam?
    • Yes, if you want to.
  • Could I even start making the game early?
    • Sure.
  • Can I work in a team?
    • Yep
  • What does "Inspired by Star Trek" mean?
    • Whatever it means to you
  • What does "Game" mean?
    • Whatever it means to you
  • I've never seen Star Trek, can I take part?
    • Yep
  • Does it have to fit in to Star Trek canon?
    • Nope, you do you.
  • Can it be based on [TOS/Cartoon/TNG/DS9/VOY/Enterprise/Movies/newMovies/etcetcetc]
    • Whatever is fine. If it's Star Trek to you, it's Star Trek :)
  • Will there be voting/judging/ranking/prizes?
    • Nope, no competition. Just people making games and stuff :)
  • Is this legal?
    • Yep (see post below for details)

Basically you can do whatever you want as long as it doesn't break the rules. (Don't be mean, don't submit games that weren't made for this jam)

Whatever you think will make the jam fun for you, do that. :)

If you are still unsure about anything, feel free to ask here, or ask me on twitter.


< Obligatory "I am not a lawyer" disclaimer />

Right, so a few people have brought up IP and copyright questions and the breakdown is this:

  • Making a game inspired by Star Trek (not using Star Trek IP)
    • Super fine, unquestionably no legal problems at all.
  • Make a game using Star Trek IP
    • Pretty much the same legality as fan art, fan fiction, etc. (Which is to say, you're probably gonna be fine unless your work ~really~ pisses off IP rights holders). It's worth keeping in mind that AFAIK Star Trek fan work has a good history of being tolerated (and sometimes even supported) by those that own Star Trek.
  • Make a game using Star Trek IP and try to sell it
    • You're almost certainly gonna piss off the copyright holders, I'd advise against this.
  • Make a game using existing Star Trek assets (recordings from a show, stills from a movie, star trek logo, etc)
    • Copyright infringement, depending on your game you may be able to argue fair use... but my advice is try to avoid arguments if you can.
Ultimately, it's up to you what you do with "Make a game inspired by Star Trek", but I think so long as we all respect the work that is inspiring us and the people who made it we'll all be fine and free to have our fun. :)

Of course, if you're still worried about the legality of making something for the jam - just make a Babylon 5 game instead ;P

I understand the host not having the time or resources to review each game or pick favorites in categories. Is Jupiter Hadley or anyone else up to vlogging highlights