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Hi Ben!! My name's Palimrya, and I'd be happy to partner with you for the jam if you're interested.
I'm a novice designer (but an avid roleplayer and a seasoned writer of poetry and short fiction), and the only game I've designed is my entry for this year's 200-word RPG Challenge. (Here's my current draft if you'd like to take a look: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1N4u-k7X54R96Ovbc_NBrQKsEcrdsabLtyj8kyJ6vcac/...)
It sounds like we might be a great fit for collaboration. I've likewise been really excited about The Heart lately (I'm about to start running a Spire campaign!), and I've been wishing I'd taken part in the Emotional Mecha Jam too. So much built-in emotional scaffolding and symbolism to draw from there. I also happen to love cephalopods — I just gave myself a haircut with two rattails I'm calling "squid tentacles". lmao
I haven't designed enough games to have developed habits or a vocabulary, but some hallmarks of my writing more generally are: vivid and highly sensual or textural diction, weird gross sci-fi aesthetics, earnest emotionality and vulnerability, poem-like concision, and hope in the face of hardship.
I took a brief look at your itch page; I'm really impressed by the elegance of the True Story move in the screenshot, and I fucking love that Slime Time Television exists and want to play it immediately. No pressure, but I'd be excited to collaborate!
This excerpt from the acknowledgments passage is important enough that I’m reproducing it here for those who are unable to finish the story:
Get Your Gun, Dragonfly is barely fiction. Right now in America, undocumented immigrants and their children are being kept in concentration camps and subjected to sexual violence, dehumanization, and murder. If you have ever wondered what you would have done if you had been alive as the Holocaust began, you need not wonder any longer. It’s what you’re doing now, and it’s whatever you do tomorrow and each day after that. It can happen again, it can happen here, and we have to stop it before it’s too late.
Volunteer for a local immigrant justice group or donate to a remote one (I recommend RAICES), campaign to elect representatives with pro-immigrant track records, and do whatever else is necessary to prevent the next genocide and make a good world.
Find your friends. Hold them tight. And get to work.