This jam is now over. It ran from 2021-10-30 22:00:00 to 2021-11-29 23:00:00. View 88 entries
Now, it's time for us to play all your games and take our time to pick the winners. With so many games in the contest, this will take us some time to ensure every game gets the playtime it deserves - and with upcoming holidays in mind, we've made a decision to push the winner announcement to the second half of January. In the meantime, please consider playing other people's games and leaving your comments on their Itch pages!
Update 22.11.2021: Last minute update! When uploading your games to Itch directory, please refrain from using Vampire: The Masquerade in the game's title. You can still use VTM, Vampire, Masquerade and any variations (but don't have to - and we recommend to keep the names catchy for general itch audience!), and you can use Vampire: The Masquerade logo and text in your game's menu, credits, promotional materials, assets and description. Why? We've noticed that most game jam entries do not use it, making those who do look officially sanctioned. We'd like to make sure no games are "elevated" in the contest because of this difference. Thank you!
Have you ever wanted to make your own Vampire: The Masquerade video game and share it with the world? Here’s your chance!
We were inspired to organize this event by Vampire Jam organized by our community members in 2019 - we played the submitted games and found many of them to be very much on brand with Vampire: The Masquerade. Today, some of that jam’s participants work on the official World of Darkness products - Santa Monica By Night’s developer joined us in our Brand Team, while the writer of Communion is now writing for Mind’s Eye Theatre - War of Ages. So it seems that bringing back the jam and making it official is a great way to bring our Month of Darkness celebration to a conclusion (and extend the fun for another month)!
This time, World of Darkness is organizing Vampire Jam officially, and offering exciting prizes for top contestants. Aside from the monetary prizes and a chance to complete your digital Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition library, we offer the winner a chance to collaborate with our Brand Team to release their game as a free title on Steam, as a part of World of Darkness franchise - next to all the officially licensed titles that already exist on the list.
No idea how to make a game? Join us for a workshop stream hosted by Outstar on World of Darkness Twitch on Saturday, October 30th, at 6 PM CEST / 12 PM EDT / 9 AM PST. This stream will be archived as a VOD and available on YouTube.
The top 3 contestants will be chosen by the World of Darkness Brand Team within Paradox Interactive.
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I’ve never made a game in my life, is this game jam for me?
Yes! Whether you have any experience or not, feel free to join in. Game jams are a great opportunity to learn new things and finish your project in a short time frame.
But I don’t know how to code!
No issue. There are many game engines that don’t require you to code, or projects you can do with a minimal amount of coding that you are able to learn in the duration of the game jam. Check out Resources for more information!
I would like to participate, but I don’t feel comfortable doing it on my own. Where can I find people to team up with?
We’re opening a #vampirejam-collab room in our Dark Pack Community Discord server. Check the pinned message and look for people to collaborate with there!
I haven’t read VTM 5th Edition yet, but I know the general lore. Can I still join?
You can definitely try making a game based only on information available for free online, for example by browsing fanmade Wiki or by asking lore questions to our community on World of Darkness or Dark Pack Community Discord servers. That being said, adherence to the setting will be one of our judging criteria, so try to keep close to it!
Can I include characters featured in VTM books or LA by Night?
Can I adapt another game I’ve made previously into a VTM setting for this game jam?
No, your game has to be made from scratch in the duration of this game jam.
Can I include a werewolf/changeling/mage in the game?
You can include other World of Darkness creatures as non-playable characters, just keep in mind to base it on Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition and avoid concepts known only from other splats.
Can I use Kuei-Jin/Kiasyd/Baali/any other legacy concept in my game?
No, your game should be based on Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition.
The terms of conduct state participation in this game jam automatically gives you a license to my game - what does it mean in practice?
Our terms of conduct are very similar to our Paradox Mod Policy. Legally, it means you - as a creator - still own the game, but you grant us a license for it, and if we ever were to use that license, we’d still need to credit you as an owner. In practice, it’s a legal prerequisite we’d use only to protect our brand IP ownership, and only in the most extreme cases. From our history of working with mod creators, if we ever liked a particular idea and wanted to adapt it into our official products, we always asked for the developers consent, or released their projects officially in collaboration with the modders (for example, with Surviving Mars or Cities: Skylines packs). This allows us to maintain a good relationship with community creators. If you have any questions about terms of conduct and the jam’s rules, please feel free to @ Outstar on Dark Pack Community Discord!
Is this game jam your way of getting ideas for future Vampire: The Masquerade games?
There is only one resource in game development that there’s always an abundance of: ideas! We have a plenty of things cooking behind the scenes, and our main goal in organizing this game jam is to allow our community to make cool things and enjoy them together. That being said, if we absolutely love your idea, we’ll get in touch with you!
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