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 Weekend - Saturday 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: http://randomthumbs.danjohnmoran.com/ (Thanks to Broxxar, Panzorfork & matt.ishii for providing the site).