This jam is now over. It ran from 2020-10-16 21:00:00 to 2020-10-25 01:00:00. View 18 entries

Sacramento Developer Collective would like to present our next Game Jam! As part of our monthly Game Jam series, we present #StoryNotTakenJam for Oct 2020 on #NationalDictionaryDay

National Dictionary Day on October 16th annually commemorates the birthday of Noah Webster. 

The only thing you have to do is make a story game! You can use any tools and make anything you want as long as people can play your game! We welcome anyone from any skill level for all SDC game jams. Come have some fun! <3

The spirit of a jam is to make a game by any means necessary, including assets from say the Unity Asset Store, so premade assets are okay, or say if you’re an artist then it would be encouraged to make from scratch or remix your past work or remix art found online and so on for other disciplines.

If you'd like to create teams or check out our community, come join us in our Discord!

This jam is not ranked, so it’ll be a free-for-all for any and all submissions!


Never made a game before? Beginners are welcome here :) Sometimes trying something very small (small scope) is exactly what you need! A good way to get started is to follow a tutorial to get a jumpstart, plan the jam ahead of you, then pace yourself to not get burnt out. We've arranged some resources below!


These tutorials are just a few examples and are not required to make your game:

Some Visual Novel Basics
Fungus Tutorials
Ren'Py Tutorial

A few Engines, Tools, and Add-ons you could try

  • Unity Tools
    • Bolt - Visual Scripting Unity Tool (Now Free!)
    • Playmaker - Visual Scripting Unity Tool
    • Fungus - Make story games with next to no code in Unity 3D
    • Ink - Story game tool, integrates with Unity and Web Games
    • Ink-Fungus Gateway - Tool that combines Fungus and Ink to make story games
    • Shader Forge - Make beautiful shaders with no code
  • Twine - an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories
  • Yarn Spinner - A Friendly Tool for Writing Game Dialogue
  • Ink - Story game tool, integrates with Unity and Web Games
  • Ren'Py - Visual Novel Engine
  • Puzzlescript - an open-source HTML5 puzzle game engine
  • Bitsy - a little editor for little games or worlds
  • GBStudio - Make gameboy ROMs with visual scripting and drag n' drop
  • Sok-Stories - a fun and accessible way to make, play and share games
  • BuildBox - No-Code mobile game development
  • GDevelop - An open-source, cross-platform game engine
  • TyranoBuilder - Visual Novel engine, drag and drop
  • Stencyl - Make iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows, Mac, Flash, HTML5 games with no code
  • GameFroot - HTML5 No Code game engine
  • GameMaker Studio- drag and drop game development
  • RPG Maker - RPG game creation software
  • Unreal Engine - AAA game development using visual scripting
  • GameSalad- drag and drop, with an amazing behavior library  
  • Godot - a 2D and 3D, cross-platform, free and open-source game engine
  • - a choose your own adventure platform with videos
  • Clickteam Fusion - drag n’ drop game engine functionality
  • Construct 2 or 3 - HTML5-based 2D game editor using visual scripting
  • CopperCube 6 - Create 3D games without programming
  • Scratch - MIT No Code Game Tool
  • TTRPGs and other Digital Table Top Games
  • PowerPoint Presentation Software
  • Open source, experimental, and tiny tools roundup

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Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.


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A mixture of strange tales spread out across a strange place.
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why can't you leave this place?
Interactive Fiction
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Expressing mental health through worthlessness
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Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty...
Non-linear story about a man who has the power to control the outcome of a city closed off from the world
Role Playing
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Blue's Last Day
Visual Novel
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Interactive Fiction
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A game about emotional honesty. Or, the lack thereof.
Interactive Fiction
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why wake up when you can sleep in?
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A game of choices
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A (very) small game for my first game!
Visual Novel
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A Twine Interactive Fiction
A Cockroach's first time venturing off outside the wall
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