Thank you so much for this incredibly kind comment. I've been thinking about it all week. Getting such thoughtful, utterly lovely feedback is amazing. I really appreciate seeing your thoughts, and knowing that you regard this game and my other work so highly is truly touching. I enjoyed making this game a lot, and I'm so happy that it appealed to you so much and that you engaged with it so deeply! This series in particular is dear to me, so that's such an uplifting feeling. Stay safe and be well!
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Whoa, that's DEFINITELY a bug; thanks so much for letting me know. The screenshots on this page should all be visible in-game.
What browser are you using, and is your browser up to date? If I can replicate the bug, I can hopefully fix this or find a workaround.
Thank you so much! Most of my games are technically downloadable somehow (I assume via the itch app), but I haven't given a lot of thought yet to providing official downloads for the majority of my browser-based games. Maybe I should! If you have suggestions I'd love to know what you'd be interested in.
Jam themes are completely optional, so if you have something different in mind for your project, that's perfectly fine, but if you'd like some extra direction, the theme for this jam is:
Have there been any cryptid sightings where you live? Is there a place in your town or city rumored to be home to its own little-known creature? Find out which cryptids might call your part of the world (city, state, hometown, part of the country, etc) home.
You can pop in here to chat with other jammers, discuss the theme, share screenshots, and look for team members or feedback. Be courteous as a rule, and try to stay on topic according to the channel you're using.
I will be around to check in on the chat a few times per week. Mention or DM me if you need me, and I'll respond as soon as I'm able. There are also two additional moderators available as well who will be happy to help you. Have fun!
This is a great point; I'll edit the F.A.Q to reflect that almost anything goes.
I do absolutely want to avoid enabling people to depict creatures or concepts in potentially hurtful or harmful ways (or in the case of fictional IPs, in ways that the creator hasn't authorized -- which I realize is a very different thing, but still falls under the "almost anything goes" issue). I believe you, but would definitely appreciate a source to direct people to in case any jammers are looking for more information.
Thanks so much for sharing! And for sticking to the guidelines - a lot of cool ideas end up being cut or changing a lot over the course of a project, and it's really fun to see those initial concepts.
This art is great; there's a really nice, subtle animation going on here. I'm always a sucker for a good balance of scanlines and noise.
Hey everyone! It's great to see some team building efforts happening here - please feel free to keep posting those kinds of topics here, as they're more than welcome and can be super helpful for people.
If you'd also like to check out another venue for finding people to collaborate with, we now have a Crowdforge.io page set up where you can either create or join teams at any time before or during the jam.
Check it out here:
Stay tuned for further updates! We'll also have a Discord server set up by the end of the month.
This is such a great idea for a thread. I agree with everybody's excellent taste in cryptids here, and I'll add that I think pretty much all sea monsters are the coolest. The Tatzelwurm and the Mongolian death worm/olgoi-khorkhoi also rule.
This was really phenomenal. I love the design of each area and how effectively the player is led through the game. Really fantastic sprites and animations too. You have a great sense for creating space.
At this point in time, I'll have to agree to disagree, as allowing "content that promotes or participates in racial intolerance, sexism, hate crimes, hate speech, or intolerance to any group of individuals;" is against itch.io's Terms of Service.
I'm sorry to hear that you didn't have a positive experience with the jam. If you had a negative experience with someone in private, I'd appreciate knowing about it, as I don't condone any harrassment between jammers.
At no point here or on Discord did I see other participants accuse you of being a Nazi, and I certainly don't believe that you are one simply from referencing Norse mythology, which many people have an interest in. Other participants explained that some concepts have been appropriated and associated with Nazi ideology and used in specific ways to further that association. There was no assumption that you intended to do this, or that all usage of runes, Norse mythology, or Germanic mythology is associated with this behavior.
You aren't prohibited from using runes or taking inspiration from certain ancient cultures. Norse mythology is not banned. The context in which runes are used now matters, but the inclusion of them is not an automatic ban or point against you. Paganism and Norse study is not wrong, and it's terrible that your field of study has been co-opted in a way that's damaging to you. To my knowledge, at no point did I or anyone associated with this jam ever express that Germanic or Norse myth is unwelcome or that devs working with it should be considered "Nazis."
The content this jam does not welcome is any content which would serve as a vehicle for the developer to include a message or theme like "This ancient civilization was backwards and savage," or content which is created to express sentiments that are against any race, orientation, religion, gender, etc, such as content which contains insults or slurs toward a particular group.
There are a number of difficult, painful subjects covered in mythology worldwide.You're right that sometimes difficult things can't be avoided when discussing mythology. These topics aren't banned. Devs are encouraged to treat such topics seriously and with appropriate care, and it's suggested to warn for things that would commonly upset people, like graphic violence, but there is no requirement of censorship.
I'll be more explicit about what counts as "hateful" content to avoid any confusion in the future. I genuinely appreciate you voicing your concerns, and I understand if you no longer feel comfortable returning, but I'm certain that as far as I was able to see from reviewing the Discord community, nobody suggested that anyone was a Nazi or denigrated Norse or Germanic myth. Again, I'm sorry that this jam was an unpleasant experience for you, but I'm concerned that there may be a misunderstanding here.