Submissions open from 2019-01-11 05:00:00 to 2019-01-28 10:00:00
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Hello and welcome to WIZARD JAM, the bi-annual Idle Thumbs community-run game jam!

Wizard Jam is not a contest; the main emphasis is to celebrate the Thumbs community through sharing and collaboration over the course of a fortnight. We write devlogs and post GIFs. We offer support and volunteer music, sounds and other assets. We play each other's games and stream them. It's a lot of fun.

The other thing we try to emphasise is encouraging people to try making something new and unfamiliar; or to try game development for the first time entirely (quite a few of the entries we've had in the past are from complete first-timers to gamedev!). We run the jam over the course of two weeks to give people the room to try something weird and see how it turns out.

We're gonna be posting dev logs, forming teams, and chit chatting over here in the thread on the Idle Forums; come hang out! The welcome thread also has a link to join the Slack channel that's the hot spot for wizard chats.

This year we also have a twitter account for the first time, @wizard_jam! Tag @wizard_jam or use the #wizardjam hashtag when you post progress updates so we can retweet your stuff!

Wizard Jam - Friday 11th January to Sunday 27th January

Showcase WeekendSaturday 2nd February to Sunday 3rd February

Choose an episode title from any show on the Idle Thumbs podcast network and use it as a theme prompt for your game. Use this site to browse through show titles: (Thanks to Broxxar, Panzorfork & matt.ishii for providing the site). 

  1. This jam is not a competition, and there is no minimum level of game development experience needed to join. People from all backgrounds are  welcome to participate. If you're new to gamedev, let us know! Join us on the forums and on Slack; where you'll find help, advice and encouragement from the community. Wizard Jam began out of a desire to help people get starting making games, so don't be shy! 
  2. Aside from the next 2 administrative points, there are no rules. You don't HAVE to use a podcast title. You don't HAVE to make your entire game in the 2 weeks allotted. Most people will, but if you come in a little late, or get started a little early, or submit something unrelated to the podcast that's A-OK!
  3. Entries containing any form of harassment or hate-speech are not permitted. Anything crossing into this territory will be removed.
  4. If an entry is clearly from someone trying to use the jam page on Itch to promote an unrelated game, we'll contact the submitter and the entry may be removed.