This jam is now over. It ran from 2015-06-01 04:00:00 to 2015-07-01 04:00:00. View 88 entries

The Write A Game Challenge!

A game jam about game writing!

Supported by:

RPG Maker Game Dev Fort One More Story Games

Focal PressCRC PressExtra Credits


OUR PRIZES:

From One Story Games:

✍ Elite Writer subscription to StoryStylus for 1 year
✍ Exclusive membership to our Literary Council to help shape the future of the games portal and StoryStylus' development

From RPG Maker/Game Dev Fort:

Several $ prizes in Game Dev Fort Store Credit + more to be confirmed!

From Focal Press:

Books related to game writing for each winning team!

And feedbacks from our pro jury! :)


OUR WINNERS:

ON A GENERAL NOTE:

The jury wants to congratulate all the WAG Challenge participants. The judges are blown away by the high quality of the entries and by what people pulled together in only a month! There were extraordinary games made during this contest. All the participants should be proud of their work. It's not easy to create something powerful and meaningful in such a short time frame. Congrats again, everyone!

PRO CATEGORY:

- WINNER: THE HOLLOW
The judges loved the writing of The Hollow. Polished to a shine, this game delivers a rich, nuanced story, with good characterizations and dialog. It addresses the nature vs. nurture question, but set in the world of animals specifically. It's also a smart take on grief and parental death in fairy tales. Great job, guys!


AMATEUR CATEGORY:

- WINNER: THE BOTTOM OF THE WELL
The Bottom of The Well delivers an entertaining, branched story with interesting options. Alice's dream is genuinely terrifying. The conversations feel natural and appropriate. Players can randomize their character stats, but still negotiate the game with deliberate and meaningful choices. The final game stats give The Bottom of the Well immense replay value. One judge played the game several times to find the "best" ending!

- RUNNER UP: ERAVOLA
The judges love Eravola for its subtlety. The branching narrative suggests the larger story more than it outright states it, and the "down the rabbit hole" connection is there without being blatant. Framing devices like screen skipping and a character index complicate this story of a sage's visit to a small town and the tragedy that follows. As the central mystery develops, Eravola's story becomes more complex. It left the judges wanting more.

-RUNNER UP: TRISKELE
The members of the jury appreciate Triskele's fantastic and lively lore. They are impressed by how the world opens up based on seemingly mundane choices. The writing reminds them of Ray Bradbury, China Mieville; and the judges played several playthroughs in the hopes of finding out more about the story and the different endings, so kudos for that!



-HONORABLE MENTIONS: BEWARE THE FAERIE FOOD YOU EAT, MADRIGUERA


The preselection was:


Amateur category:

Down The Wombat Hole Felicity Banks
A historian's family history Dani-Andre
Abandoned Stations, Empty Trains Endelyon
Avner kyuen1
Beware The Faerie Food You Eat Astrid Dalmady (@dastridly)
Beyond the Brick Wall Drakkashi
Eravola Chronologist
Heresies of Discord Aegix Drakan
Lagomorph Soliloquy alfheimwanderer
Langley @PixelChronicles
Literate Tophat_Haze (@TheStorysinger), Norbez (@NaomiNorbez)
Lost Girls and Daymares anbrewk
Madriguera Shonté (@JohnnyxH)
Red Skies Shademare (@dboose4)
Segfault[0]: Mad Hatter Connor Thomas Cleary (@ConnorTCleary)
The Bottom of the Well Wolfrug
The Drowning House Richard Cochnar (@richcochnar)
The Idealist BenCrispin
The Third Kind Pizzamakesgames (@pizzamakesgames)
Triskele chrisssims


Pro category:

Clockwork Benny superpoint
How to Die Like a Graceful Beast Aleks Samoylov (@Aleks_S)
I'm Falling SadJesterGames (@SadJesterGames)
Norman Samantha Wallschlaeger (@StillNotSam)
The Hollow TomIrony


Special thanks to our


pro jury Tobias Heussner, Ann Lemay, Anna Megill and John Ryan!


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A friendly contest curated by:


Officially supported by the IGDA Writing SIG



GENERAL RULES

THE WAG CHALLENGE FORUM

Games submitted(88)

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Browser playable (43)
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Windows (40)
OSX (18)
Linux (15)
Android (2)

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A story about the origin of all the stars in the sky and the people who loved among them.
Other
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A boy and his Schrödinger Dog - play at http://writer.inklestudios.com/stories/d28m
Other
A Wonderland Adventure in a science fiction, visual novel
Adventure
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A Visual Short Story about Grover's Feelings
Adventure
A journey to Earth's most toxic place.
Adventure
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The death of a close relative, and the flight home.
Other
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Live life through other people's eyes
Other
A dark story about twisting perception and identity and truth.
Other
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A woman searching space for answers, her only company a rapidly deteriorating AI and memories of lost love
Other
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They live inside...
Rpg
As a hacker-for-hire, you've stumbled into a system unlike any you've ever encountered.
Other
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The sun has died. You have been seduced to Edinburgh below the Stair. But at what price?
Rpg
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Clockwork Benny is a critique of the human condition. It's also a fun game with bloodz, man.
Simulation
A little story about Lake Princess
Adventure
A Twine game about a young man questioning his place in a utopian society.
Adventure
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Damian Doyle. Ceri Armes. A simple love story. Everlasting.
Platformer
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A visual novel about funny animals, and the nature of Nature.
Adventure
An Interactive Super-Poem!
Other
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Dr. Sato is a psychologist who is about to reveal his secret research
Adventure
A ring. No memories.
Adventure
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Our first attempt at a little VN game!
Adventure
Can Brother Cruoix make it to Head Brother Seinte in time?
Puzzle
A text adventure following a soldiers last hours.
Adventure
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You've received a mysterious message on your computer. Who is it?
Rpg
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A story about love, betrayal and the paths invisible.
Other
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Other
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A world that is only legible to him.
Other
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A game about letting go
Rpg
Holes in the world
Other
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A narrative platformer where dying progresses the story.
Platformer
An old friend has a secret to hide...
Other
Wag Challenge Submission
Other
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Download link won't work > To play: https://writer.inklestudios.com/stories/znwp
Rpg
Adventure
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In search of a missing person on an abandoned asteroid mine.
Other
A three-move, choice-based interactive fiction.
Rpg
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The Creator and The Andriod; A Kinetic Visual Novel.
Rpg
Sometimes, there are no winners, only different ways to lose. But, hopefully, different ways not to lose oneself.
Adventure
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A simple text game that explores the rabbit hole of feature creep.
Adventure
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What's the big idea?
Other
What would you pay in order to save your world?
Other
How do you cope with nothing?
Other
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slightly sci-fi themed game
Rpg
Hang on to every heartbeat
Other
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Plunder a Forbidden Shrine, Unearth clues, Stay alive.
Rpg
eat. sleep. repeat.
Adventure
You awaken from the crash in a strange place. You seem to have lost track of yourself.
Adventure
This is the real Wonderland
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An unsettling Point'n'Click Adventure on a broken VCR.
Adventure
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You have received a telegram from your old friend Warren.
Adventure
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A 1930s detective agency is hired to recover a mysterious book that has been stolen.
Adventure
The story of a broken home.
Other
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When office parties go wrong.
Adventure
In an empty land, in a forgotten place, the skies shall turn red.
Other
Dedicated to everyone who commutes on underground trains.
Adventure
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A top down narrative that never is what it seems.
Adventure
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They say that some of the faerie folk can grant wishes...
Other
I stare unblinkingly at lagomorphs trying to claw their way to the center of the world.​
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To be played in the dark, with only headphones on. Turn up your volume.
Other
A dark fairy tale
Rpg
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WAG challenge
Rpg
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Can you transform your life in three days?
Other
A piece of interactive fiction about luck.
Adventure
Puzzle
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A werewolf who owns a bar.
Other
A narrative game about fire-fighting robots
Adventure
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cyberpunk hacking darknet lead female character
Adventure
A little bunny goes looking for her mother.
Other
Looping short story about not changing the past
Other
Explore the exciting parts of everyday life, before confronting something we all hope to avoid.
Simulation
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Why is it that we see things on a different perspective when it's too late?
Platformer
A lonely man in Afghanistan discovers the true meaning of imperialism.
Adventure
Explore the stories of three different paintings in a mysterious art gallery.
Other
A tale of a lost man in a strange maze
Puzzle
sport, boxing, action
Sports
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A simple tale involving a light in the distance.
Other
Van Gopher and the Artisanimals solve the mystery of the SS Easel.
Adventure
A short cyberpunk story
Adventure
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Down the rabbit hole in a hellhole town of Mitrovica
Other
An Investigation of a Curse
Other
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Japan history
Adventure
What happens to your Imaginary Friend when you grow up?
Platformer
Norman is a man like any other. Until one day he's not.
Adventure
High Frequency Statistical Arbitrage Trader gets lost in the Market
Action
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An AI exploring the wreck of an alien craft uncovers the terrible fate of its crew and – an entire civilization.​
Platformer
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