Welcome! This is a jam for making micro TTRPGs or print-and-play games about keepsakes!
There are two parts to the theme for this jam:
- It should be a micro game. While there is no strict definition for what a micro game is, they are typically small in size and complexity. The rules for the game are often no longer than a page. Some example micro game formats are: business card, index card, 200 words, 1 word game, single page, etc. If you think your game is a micro game, it is.
- It should incorporate the theme of "keepsakes" somehow. Your game could be about keepsakes, formatted to look like a keepsake, or be turned into a keepsake! Feel free to interpret this theme however you wish and get creative!
All entries must follow these rules:
- All entries must be a physical game. Your game can be a TTRPG or a print-and-play game. If you think your game is a game, then it is a game. This jam is not for video games, though.
- Incorporate both parts of the theme described above.
- Anything you submit must be created by you. Keep in mind copyright rules and ensure you give proper attributions as necessary.
- Have ZERO bigotry and hatred. No homophobia, transphobia, racism, etc will be tolerated.
- Please use content warnings in your submission if your game contains any sensitive content.
Things you can do for this jam:
- Submit as many games as you wish.
- Feel free to collaborate with others or work alone. Make sure everyone is properly credited for their contribution, though!
- It is highly encouraged that your submission is a new creation that was made for this jam during the jamming period.
- Your submissions can be set as paid or PWYW. Personally, I like to set most of my games as paid with community copies available.
This is not a ranked jam. If you create something for this jam, congrats! You win!
Examples and Resources
Here's some examples of micro games and games that incorporate the keepsake theme:
- A Mending by Shing Yin Khor is a great example of keepsake game
- Everyday Enchanter by Beth and Angel is a very cool game that has a business card version
- Hamlet by W.H. Arthur is a 1-letter (!) rpg
- Urban Legend Club by onemore potato chip is an awesome one-page rpg
- Feel free to check out the games on my profile. I think nearly every game I've published so far on itch could be considered a micro game.
Here is a video that shares more about keepsake games: Memorable Artifacts: The Co-Production of Unique Materiality Via Game Rules
Here is an article that discusses more about keepsake games: Jeeyon Shim’s “Keepsake Games” Combine Crafting and Storytelling
Thank you to Lucky Newt Games for the tips on setting up a jam. The layout of this jam description is based on their jams as well.
Feel free to join the Junk Food Games Discord to discuss the jam with other folks participating!