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Hey! I was just going over Nothing Beside Remains, as I was referring back to it today for my 2019 procjam entry. This comment is super cool, and you picked up on so many interesting elements, I love the things you read into and expanded upon! I'm definitely going to refer back to this in future as evidence for how people can take a generative system and run with it. Thnak you so much for playing and responding!

Hey! I've been going back over this as I just made a follow-up experiment, and I wanted to tell you that I loved your comment. The track you linked is so atmospheric and rich, I really like it! Thanks so much for your kind words about Procjam - I really hope you continue to enjoy the community. I think they're really special people. Take care!

Hey Eelstork! This is your submission link: https://itch.io/jam/11493/add-game/515477?token=rfy7nUwJUOxtzeqemu48kwNUzM

You can also create your submission page now, with a blank entry and some text saying you'll add your submission later, and submit that. That'll mean you have a page submitted, and you can easily update it without waiting for me. That also works!

Hey everyone!

Did you miss the official jam deadline on itch? Don't worry! PROCJAM accepts "late" submissions any time until PROCJAM 2020 starts, because some people spread their jam days out more, start early, finish late, and we want to let everyone submit!

Submitting after the jam closes is easy.

  • First, create your itch.io page as normal and upload your jam entry.
  • Then, send a link to your entry's itch.io page to me. The best way to do this is to @ me or DM me on Twitter (@mtrc). You can also leave a reply here, or message me on our Discord.
  • Once I see your message, I'll create and send you a late submission link. You click the link and you're done!

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone made!

I'm not quite going to make it I think - I might give myself an extra day to wrap something up that's playable so people can see it :) This is an extension of last year's entry so I might come back and have another swing in 2020, or just let it sit and come back to it when I feel like it..

Hey! That's great to hear - you're very welcome to do so. You can message me on Discord (slower) or @mtrc on Twitter (faster) to get a late sub link when you're ready!

Hey! There's some great replies here already, I thought I'd add just what my thoughts were when originally setting up this jam.

One of the big influences for PROCJAM was Sophie Houlden's Fishing Jam, way back when. The jam let you pick 7 days out of a month to work on a game, so it was time limited but flexible. I did my best ever jam work in that jam, because I picked weekend days and took my time to think in between. 

When starting PROCJAM, one of the goals was to bring people from across generative software to make stuff in the same space, so people could see how other folks worked, what ideas and techniques they used, and get sharing and inspiring each other. The problem is, traditional game jams kind of exclude a lot of that. Fast crunching stops lots of people entering if they have jobs or kids or other stuff. And picking winners means people feel pressured to be the best, or discouraged from making messes and experimenting. PROCJAM is definitely a bit different from the big game jams. But actually, a lot of jams work like this now! It's increasingly popular.

Lots of people - myself included - will only work on something during the time limit this year. So you can definitely join in and do PROCJAM like that, it's kind of the standard way for many people. All we do is make sure you have the option to do something else if you need it.

I hope you take part in PROCJAM and enjoy it, either way :)

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Thank you all for signing up to take part in this jam, and joining our community again for another week of fun. If you've not joined already, you can pop along to our Discord to find hundreds of other jammers, share ideas, get help and support, or just hang out!

This year is a smaller, leaner PROCJAM than usual, but the important parts are the same: the wonderful people, a fun November week of creating things, and a shared love of making things that make things. Another tradition is our annual optional theme, which we encourage you to ignore, and this year's is:

Heritage

We see heritage in generative software all the time, especially in games that tell stories and create world histories. How do those games really tell the stories of cultures and people? What aspects of heritage haven't we explored before? And what about our own real-world culture - where does procedural generation fit into that, can generative software be a part of how we understand, share and record the world around us? Maybe some of these questions are getting you thinking, or maybe they aren't and that's okay too. Heritage is part of the theming for the 2020 Foundations of Digital Games conference, and I've been thinking about it a lot lately - it seemed a nice theme to explore together this week.

Thank you all so much for being here, and making PROCJAM great. Please remember, our golden rules: finish late, reuse old work, get help from others, cut corners, take naps, do whatever it takes to make this event fun for you. Whatever you make this week, big or small, polished or rough, experimental or not - have fun.

Should be fixed now! Thanks.

Hey Arowx!

We normally announce an optional bonus theme on launch day, November 2nd. :)

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PROCJAM is a community that mostly lives online, and often in spaces we don't control (like Twitter). However, for spaces like itch's community forums and our Discord, we do have rules that we expect you to abide by in order to keep the community safe and nice to be a part of. In addition to that, we've also added what we're calling a Good Citizen Guide which isn't a set of rules but gives you some advice on how to be a better member of the PROCJAM community.

Code Of Conduct

We want to create a harassment-free online space where everyone can be creative and feel safe, regardless of gender identity, age, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, religion or technology choices. In particular, please refrain from:

  • Making offensive comments or jokes related to any of the above topics. Be sensible - if we haven't included something above, please use your common sense. We may amend the list to clarify additional areas. 
  • Posting content (including screenshots of things you're making) that might disturb people, without an appropriate warning. e.g. If you're making a game with a lot of sexual imagery, that's fine! But please post warnings in subject titles, or link to content offsite instead of embedding it.
  • Harassing or disrupting conversations or threads other people are having.
  • Harassing users directly, including pressuring people for personal information.

Failure to comply with these rules will result in you being excluded from PROCJAM's discussion spaces.

If you are being harassed or suspect someone else is, you can contact any of the following team members:

  • Michael Cook (@mtrc on Twitter)
  • Jupiter Hadley (@jupiter_hadley on Twitter)
  • Hectate on our Discord
  • KaynSD on our Discord (also @KaynSD on Twitter)
  • Stella Mazeika on our Discord (also @StellaMazeika on Twitter)
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In addition to our Code of Conduct, we've also written what we're calling a Good Citizen Guide which isn't a set of rules but gives you some advice on how to be a better member of the PROCJAM community.

Good Citizen Guide

PROCJAM is designed for everyone to find a creative groove and have fun, whether you're making your very first bit of generative software, or you're experimenting with your hundredth! If you're talking to other people in our community and want to know how to make PROCJAM a nicer place, we have a few recommendations. These aren't rules - just advice we have about making the most of our community.

Be respectful of other people's expertise. Lots of us have been trained to look down on people from other disciplines (like scientists who scoff at "liberal arts majors" or artists who laugh at programmers trying to be creative). PROCJAM is full of people from every discipline you can think of, so keep an open mind and try to learn from everyone!

Not everyone is here for criticism. It's great to discuss your work with other people and improve your skills, but everyone has different goals, and everyone is working at a different level of experience. Think twice before pointing out mistakes or improvements - consider asking people if they want advice before giving it.

If you want people to download and look at what you make, do the same to them! When the jam is over, make sure you try out other people's entries and leave a comment. It'll make them happy to know someone looked at what they made, and they'll probably click on your name to see what you've done too!

Share your work and knowledge. It's easy to feel like our work doesn't matter when we see top artists and programmers doing amazing things. But everyone's experiences and work are important, and generative software needs more people to write about it! Consider starting a blog about your PROCJAM experience, open-sourcing your code online, or submitting an article to Seeds in 2019 about what you did!

Amplify people on the margins. There are lots of people who are marginalised because of their gender, nationality, race or otherwise, as well as lots of people nervously trying to join this community for the first time (these are often the same people!) Share their work with others, celebrate their achievements and be kind and welcoming. Remember that many people are struggling with problems you can't easily see or understand. 

Help out or mentor people if you can. Especially if you're established or experienced in one particular field or area, mentoring can have a huge effect on people's lives. Be careful - often the people most in need of help will have trouble asking for it. Consider posting on forums or Discord or Twitter with your details and what you can offer people. Even a little bit of guidance or feedback can go a long way. 

We'll be adding to this guide in the future - let us know if you have any thoughts on what to add! Thanks to Emily Short for suggestions of extra points to add.

Don't forget - PROCJAM has a lot of free resources for you!

Over 2000 Creative Commmons 3D and 2D art assets.

Hours of talks about generative software spanning four years of PROCJAMs.

Community-authored tutorials available in English, Spanish and Arabic.

Post your favourite resources in this thread to help everyone find stuff to help them jam!

Here you go: https://itch.io/jam/7499/add-game/323260?token=dC63jocL18itBkAYiOPPMH0WcrY

Thanks for entering the jam!

Click this and it should work for you! 


https://itch.io/jam/7499/add-game/25577?token=VfTFv1d50ihr0rJo4rKnQDHp7sg

Wow, this is stupendously beautiful.

Absolutely! Can you post a link to your submission here, and we'll generate a late submission link :)

Aww, thank you so much for this! You are so welcome, and I'm so glad you had a good time! Seeds is on its way, and we'll have more things appearing over the next few months. Keep in touch (maybe join our Discord!) and we'll see you at the next jam :)

This is a wonderful response, thank you so much! It gave me things to think about, but also nailed some of the things I wanted to achieve, which is incredible! Just to cover a few specifics:

Seeds: I actually did consider adding seeds to the game, and I think I might actually if I ever do an update. I was going to have the player type in how many days they walked, in which direction, etc. to act as the seed and enhance the feeling of discovering this place in the wilderness! 

Chairs: [Spoilers] Yes! This is one of the quirks of a world. Your society thought the number 3 had a special significance, and one of the ways they demonstrated this belief was by always putting three legs on every chair. We may never know why...

Thank you so much for playing and being so thoughtful!

Hey! Yes, as jb03hf mentioned, you can always submit late, no problem, so don't worry! Enjoy your trip and thanks for being in the jam :)

Hey! I'm so happy ^_^ What kind of thing are you planning to make?

Thanks for posting these, very helpful!

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In addition to our Code of Conduct, we've also written what we're calling a Good Citizen Guide which isn't a set of rules but gives you some advice on how to be a better member of the PROCJAM community.

Good Citizen Guide

PROCJAM is designed for everyone to find a creative groove and have fun, whether you're making your very first bit of generative software, or you're experimenting with your hundredth! If you're talking to other people in our community and want to know how to make PROCJAM a nicer place, we have a few recommendations. These aren't rules - just advice we have about making the most of our community.

Be respectful of other people's expertise. Lots of us have been trained to look down on people from other disciplines (like scientists who scoff at "liberal arts majors" or artists who laugh at programmers trying to be creative). PROCJAM is full of people from every discipline you can think of, so keep an open mind and try to learn from everyone!

Not everyone is here for criticism. It's great to discuss your work with other people and improve your skills, but everyone has different goals, and everyone is working at a different level of experience. Think twice before pointing out mistakes or improvements - consider asking people if they want advice before giving it.

If you want people to download and look at what you make, do the same to them! When the jam is over, make sure you try out other people's entries and leave a comment. It'll make them happy to know someone looked at what they made, and they'll probably click on your name to see what you've done too!

Share your work and knowledge. It's easy to feel like our work doesn't matter when we see top artists and programmers doing amazing things. But everyone's experiences and work are important, and generative software needs more people to write about it! Consider starting a blog about your PROCJAM experience, open-sourcing your code online, or submitting an article to Seeds in 2019 about what you did!

+ Amplify people on the margins. There are lots of people who are marginalised because of their gender, nationality, race or otherwise, as well as lots of people nervously trying to join this community for the first time (these are often the same people!) Share their work with others, celebrate their achievements and be kind and welcoming. Remember that many people are struggling with problems you can't easily see or understand. 

+ Help out or mentor people if you can. Especially if you're established or experienced in one particular field or area, mentoring can have a huge effect on people's lives. Be careful - often the people most in need of help will have trouble asking for it. Consider posting on forums or Discord or Twitter with your details and what you can offer people. Even a little bit of guidance or feedback can go a long way. 

We'll be adding to this guide in the future - let us know if you have any thoughts on what to add! Thanks to Emily Short for suggestions of extra points to add.

Don't forget - PROCJAM has a lot of free resources for you!

Over 2000 Creative Commmons 3D and 2D art assets.

Hours of talks about generative software spanning four years of PROCJAMs.

Community-authored tutorials available in English, Spanish and Arabic.

We'll also be launching a Game Maker Starter Project later this year!

We also have a big list of links to tutorials elsewhere on the web, but I broke it and I haven't fixed it yet. Post your favourite resources in this thread to help everyone find stuff to help them jam!

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PROCJAM is a community that mostly lives online, and often in spaces we don't control (like Twitter). However, for spaces like itch's community forums and our Discord, we do have rules that we expect you to abide by in order to keep the community safe and nice to be a part of. In addition to that, we've also added what we're calling a Good Citizen Guide which isn't a set of rules but gives you some advice on how to be a better member of the PROCJAM community.

Code Of Conduct

We want to create a harassment-free online space where everyone can be creative and feel safe, regardless of gender identity, age, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, religion or technology choices. In particular, please refrain from:

  • Making offensive comments or jokes related to any of the above topics. Be sensible - if we haven't included something above, please use your common sense. We may amend the list to clarify additional areas. 
  • Posting content (including screenshots of things you're making) that might disturb people, without an appropriate warning. e.g. If you're making a game with a lot of sexual imagery, that's fine! But please post warnings in subject titles, or link to content offsite instead of embedding it.
  • Harassing or disrupting conversations or threads other people are having.
  • Harassing users directly, including pressuring people for personal information.

Failure to comply with these rules will result in you being excluded from PROCJAM's discussion spaces.

If you are being harassed or suspect someone else is, you can contact any of the following team members:

  • Michael Cook (@mtrc on Twitter)
  • Jupiter Hadley (@jupiter_hadley on Twitter)
  • Hectate on our Discord
  • KaynSD on our Discord (also @KaynSD on Twitter)
  • Jo Mazeika on our Discord (also @JoMazeika on Twitter)


You're totally right! It's tricky to get right. I think if I had more time I'd look at doing some analysis on each model to predict the impact of a slider ahead of time.

Great work everyone! PROCJAM also has a (now fairly old) list of resources too: http://procjam.com/resources

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#procjam is for everyone to join, have fun, be creative and feel good about. Our community is spread across Discords, Reddit, Twitter, itch, and lots of other places. Wherever you are on the web - even if you're not doing anything related to #procjam! - please bear a few things in mind:

  • Don't be abusive to other people. Sometimes it's obvious that we're doing something wrong but sometimes we can do things without realising it's mean or hurtful. Be understanding, listen to people, and do your best to make the community a better place.
  • Respect people's work. #procjam is a diverse jam - this means there are people making their very first thing, as well as people who have done this their whole life. Everyone is growing and getting better - help them all out equally, and be thoughtful with criticism and feedback!

Actually these work as sort of general rules for life, not just #procjam! 

While we don't have power on most sites (like Twitter), we will enforce our code of conduct in places like this forum or our Discord. If you have any problems and want to talk to one of us, you can get in touch with one of us on Twitter (@procjam@mtrc or anyone else on the PROCJAM team).

The best way to find people entering PROCJAM is to use the hashtag, #procjam, on Twitter! You can also make threads and chat right here on the itch.io community site.

If you want to chat with people but don't fancy using Twitter (or maybe you just want something more immediate) we have a Discord set up this year for people to chat on. 

To join the Discord server away, click here.

There's also a fancy general-purpose procedural generation Slack - click here for that.

Can I enter the National Novel Generating Month/another jam with the same entry?

Of course! Feel free to enter other jam work to PROCJAM. You can also extend a jam entry from another event, like the awesome Asylum Jam.

Where does the jam take place?

This jam takes place online, so there's no physical location to attend. If you want to organise a PROCJAM get-together in your area, let us know and we'll advertise it for you!

Hey, can I...

Yes.

PROCJAM is a very relaxed jam - it's more like a big festival of making things (that make things). We let people use existing code and art (because doing technical stuff like procedural generation is hard to do from scratch). We let people work in teams, because that's fun. We let people start early or finish late because we'd rather see what you made than make you rearrange your life. You don't have to submit anything to itch.io if you don't want to, you can make physical entries, and so on. Here's the bottom line - we really want you to join in and have fun. Whatever you need to make that happen, do it.

Seriously, I need to ask you something

No problem! Best way is to ping a question to @mtrc on Twitter. Or you can reply here!

Really cool. The atmosphere is incredible, I loved walking around looking for portals as the sun set. Wonderful idea for a generative thing!

This is really cool! I don't know if you're still developing it during the jam (I'm commenting early which is probably wrong :P) but I love this already. Placing the cities was very clever and the variety between the planet types was really nice.

Hey itch! <3

A few friends and myself are planning a little project for next year - a site which catalogues and indexes games from a particular community. I was thinking the best way to do this might be to get everyone to submit their games to itch.io, and then have our site use itch.io as its catalogue - i.e. all games could use a particular tag, and then we could link people directly to a search for that tag on itch.io when they want to find a game.

a) Are you okay with something like this?

b) Would it even work?

c) Do you have other suggestions for using itch in this way? We want to use our main site to host articles about the community and reviews of the games, but we don't have the infrastructure to host/upload/search the catalogue ourselves, and we want to encourage people to use itch.io so their work is shared more broadly.

Thanks,

Mike

Hah, nice!

I just saw this in the submission queue, it's a great concept! I always wondered what this genre would be like to generate.

Thanks so much for taking part in the jam, I'm so happy you achieved this awesome milestone! We're a very friendly community so I'm sure you won't get any harsh replies. Also watch out for Jupiter Hadley's video compilation after the jam - your game will be in it. 😊

Looking forward to playing your entry!

Hey everyone,

We're in the final 'official' weekend of jamming, with PROCJAM ending on Sunday at midnight in your local timezone. However, the nine days of PROCJAM are really just a focal point for the community to come together and do something, so PROCJAM allows late submissions at any point until the next PROCJAM officially starts in 2017. We're serious! If you started something but can't work on it again until Christmas, finish it then and let us know. If you come back to something in March next year and want to submit it after all, that's okay! Here's how late submission works:

  1. Submit your game to itch.io as a normal submission.
  2. Tweet @mtrc or email cutgarnet -at- gmail -dot- com, asking for a late submission link, and include a link to your itch.io page.
  3. We'll reply with a late submission link you can click to join the jam.
That's it! The only downside to submitting late is that Jupiter Hadley will be making her 2016 PROCJAM roundup sometime in the next month or two, so if you submit after that you won't be included in it. But your entry will still go down in history as part of the jam, and you'll be in the records forever! :)

Good luck with this last weekend. Remember to get some fresh air, maybe buy a mince pie if it's Christmassy in your country right now, and thank you so much for entering. You're all wonderful.

This is a really cool idea! It sounds very ambitious but I think even a small version of it would be super interesting. I love the idea of being able to use my experiences to relate to people in the world :)

Hey! Welcome to PROCJAM :)

We're a bit different from most jams, in that we don't have a winner and we don't score entries. Instead, it's more like a big festival - everyone shows off what they made. Sometimes journalists write articles curating some of their favourites. Most importantly, Jupiter Hadley is the jam's Official YouTuber and makes video compilations of every single entry, so your entry will get featured in one of her videos at some point in the future!

Officially the jam ends next Sunday. But unofficially, we let people submit late. It's about having fun and making stuff together. Hope you enjoy it!