This jam is now over. It ran from 2016-01-21 05:00:00 to 2016-05-01 03:59:59. View 11 entries
Welcome to Sugar, Sweets, & Jam! Co-hosted by Ana Valens and FemHype, this game jam is all about sweet things—candy, pastries, ice cream, cookies, cupcakes, strawberries, and queer relationships… just to name a few!
Want to participate? The rules are simple, really. Between January 21st to April 30th, create a video game featured around the following premises:
Sugar, Sweets, & Jam is all about LGBTQIA+ characters spending time with one another and enjoying sugary foods. As long as it's sweet, and as long as it's queer, it belongs here!
Before you get started, there's a few other rules to keep in mind. Check out our guidelines below:
Want to read more about Sugar, Sweets, & Jam's origins? Check out our official announcement post on FemHype!
Q: I'm interested in creating a game that deals with darker themes - such as discrimination or psychological trauma. Is that allowed?
A: Of course! As long as your game features queer relationships and sweets as major focal points, feel free to create a game that deals with more explicit themes. Again, just make sure to tag 18+ or NSFW content on your submission, if applicable.
Q: My game features two queer characters, but they aren't dating. Is that okay?
A: Yes, platonic relationships are perfectly fine! Your characters don't even have to meet each other, either. As long as there's some sort of relationship among queer characters, whether directly or indirectly, you're good.
Q: I've never developed a game before, and I'm a little overwhelmed. Where should I start?
A: Hey there! That's okay, game jams are great for newcomers.
If you're interested in developing a visual novel, consider trying out Ren'Py. If you'd like to create a side-scroller or platformer, Game Maker and Construct 2 are both great starting tools. And if you're more interested in interactive fiction writing, Twine is an excellent free software suite.
Q: I have a really cool idea for a project, but I need a [writer/coder/artist/playtester]. Where should I go?
A: Check out the community tab above, or leave a comment on the open thread on FemHype! Both are perfect for meeting fellow developers.
Games writer and critic Ana Valens originally introduced Sugar, Sweets, & Jam to FemHype. She's currently planning a visual novel about a queer relationship, a cupcake girl, and emotional trauma for the jam. Feel free to follow her on Twitter or check out her work for FemHype.
And Sugar, Sweets, & Jam's official artwork was created by Leisha-Marie Riddel! She can be reached at @LeishaRiddel on Twitter! If you enjoy her artwork, make sure to also check out her graphic novel at @ProjectSolaceTO!
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