On December 13th, 2019, I will release the Toy Box Jam "start cart" for Pico-8. It will contain:
To be announced at start of the Jam. Most of them will be abstract and interpretable.
Or you can use Game Idea Guru! https://thattomhall.itch.io/game-idea-guru
Everyone can vote on the submitted entries! The categories:
What do you win? Nothing! But I will probably make digital Award Certificates suitable for Social Media Posting. Print and frame it if you want! I wonder if anyone could win the Pentafecta -- all five awards!
WHAT IS PICO-8?
Are you here and have no idea what Pico-8 is? It is a "fantasy console". Imagine that someone made an emulator for a console similar to the NES... but it never existed! You code in Lua (a scripting language that is easy to learn), and ALL THE TOOLS ARE BUILT IN -- code editor, sprite editor, map editor, sound effects editor, and music editor! It makes it really, really easy to make a game! I've made a tiny one in less than an hour! It costs $15 and is available from here: https://www.lexaloffle.com/pico-8.php Totally worth it for hundreds of hours of enjoyment! CHEAPEST CONSOLE EVER!
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Q: I've never made a game before, can I enter? A: Yes.
Q: I'm not very good at making games, should I enter? A: Yeah, why not?
Q: Can I reuse my own code from prior projects? A: Yes. Just no assets from them.
Q: What time zone determines the start and end dates? A: Pacific Standard Time (PST, GMT - 8).
Q: Can I join the jam after it has already started? A: Yes, you can join at any time. You just have to submit a game before the deadline.
Q: Can I work with a team? A: Yes.
Q: Can I be a member of more than one team? A: Yes.
Q: Is there a limit to the number of people that can be on the same team? A: No.
Q: Can I submit more than one game? A: Yes. Q: What happens if I don't submit my game in time? A: Your game won't be judged. But by all means, finish your game!
Q: Can I update my game after the end of the jam? A: Yes but judging will be based on the copy that was submitted by the deadline.
Thanks to LCD Jam for the FAQ Idea and most of the questions!
Pico-Lib Code by That Tom Hall and the Pico-8 Community
Sprite Ideas by That Tom Hall, Lafolie, Liquidream
Art by Lafolie, Toby Hefflin, That Tom Hall
Sound effects by Lafolie, Gruber, That Tom Hall
Music by Gruber
Jam Advice by Matthias Scherba