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No unified theme, as people will be finishing off all kinds of games and don't want to constrain them

I'd guess it probably is technically illegal to use them, but in reality if it's a small free game then it's unlikely anyone will care

There isn't a theme, as people will be finishing off a variety of projects. Some people.have asked this in the Discord and have suggested a few things 

Hey, im fine with multiple submissions.if you're finishing them both in January 

Welcome back for 2023!  This is  the traditional sticky thread to share your progress throughout the jam.  You can also use the hashtag #FFSjam on Twitter, or share in the Progress channel of the jam Discord (invite link is HERE). Feel free to post screenshots and videos of your progress once you get going, or even post what you have now as a starting point. If you're not sure how to host music, videos or images then you some starting ideas are:  YouTube for videos, Imgur for pictures and SoundCloud for audio.

Hello all, and welcome back to the Finally Finish Something jam for 2023.  This is the 7th annual #FFSjam and everyone is welcome! The rules are explained on the main jam page, but here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions. If your question isn't covered then please ask below.

Why did you decide to host this jam? We ran the first FFSjam in January 2017, and the follow ups in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022, and everything went pretty well those events.  The original reason we started it, is because we find game jams are one of the only things that gets us motivated to actually finish something.  We had a few prototypes and half-started games that had been hanging around for years, and we knew we wanted to submit them to a game jam, but we don't like breaking the rules.  Most jams require you to come up with something new based on a theme, so submitting our existing ideas never seemed right. After a few years of looking round for a jam like this, in the end we gave up and decided to just start it ourselves

When is the deadline for the jam? In the first year we stopped exactly at the end of January, but for the last few jams we have added a few extra days to ensure the jam finished over a weekend.  We'll be doing that again, so the deadline this time around is 00:00 GMT on the 4th February.

Is it OK if my game is mostly finished? Yes that's absolutely fine, one of the purposes of this jam is to help get you over the line on a long running project

Does that mean I can't start a new game for the jam? Not at all, the other purpose of this jam is to help you finish a game if you've never managed it. It's no problem if you want to start a new project or redo an old one from scratch

Can I just finish an Alpha or prototype? Yes, the final product can be whatever you want it to be. If you find it helpful to use the jam to create a prototype then that still counts as finishing something!  Alphas, prototypes and demos are all welcome.  You can also take a previous Alpha and work on it again to move it to Beta stage.

Can I charge for my game?  Yes you can, you can utilise any of itch.io's existing functionality so paid game can be submitted.  It would be great if you would consider submitted a demo or small slice of the project for free so everyone can try it, or perhaps a discount for other FFS jammers, but that is not a requirement.

Does my project have to be a game? No, you can submit anything you want, such as a tool, screensaver or interactive art piece.

Is there a Discord channel? Yes there is!  Permanent invite link is here: HERE

What's the best way to find a team? In previous years we recommended Crowdforge for finding collaborators, but unfortunately they seem to have disappeared over the lockdown period.  So for 2023 you can ask here on the community, or you can chat to some people in the Discord channel (invite HERE). 

Can I continue working on my game after the deadline? Yes absolutely, feel free to use this jam as a starting point for something even better.  Just post a demo or a alpha to the jam and then carry on improving it.

Can I used royalty free or creative commons assets? Yes you can, as long as you have the right to use something then that's fine. Just be sure to credit the original creator if they have requested it. There are a lot of Google results for free assets, but some good places to start might be FreeSound.org and OpenGameArt.org

Do I own all rights to my game or project? Yes completely. Neither itch.io nor any game jam host has any rights to your project, you are 100% the owner and always will be. This is confirmed in itch.io's Creator FAQ Here.

Will there be a ratings phase? Yes!  Although the idea of one particular game 'winning' the jam doesn't really make sense, we thought it would be good if you could get feedback on your projects. This is good for both very long running projects and new game devs who complete their first game. There will be ratings for Fun, Visuals, Audio, Mood and Innovation (plus a few Jam Host awards chosen by us)

The jam seems very relaxed, are there any rules? This is a mostly an 'anything goes' jam. One thing that is not really in the spirit of the jam is to submit a 100% completed game that didn't need any extra work, but even then you may have finished the game very recently, so we're taking a very relaxed attitude to things.

Are there any plans to repeat this jam in the future? Yes!  As I say every year, as long as a reasonable number of people are interested and submit games then we'll keep repeating it!  We will do it next again January if people continue to find it useful.

How do I share my progress? You can post here on the community to share your screenshots and progress.  You can join the chat on Discord and put updates in the progress channel (invite HERE).  Or you can also use the hashtag #FFSjam to share updates on Twitter.  Feel free to follow the @FFSjam Twitter account, which will be retweeting updates throughout the jam.

Oh yes there will be, just a bit behind with my admin!  Will be sorting it out this week

I would like to but not much time these days :(
One day...

You just build on top of them again and it builds the next upgrade. It was all made in a weekend so is pretty simplistic really

Haha thanks, I made this 8 years ago! It's still on my list for a sequel, maybe one day...

I'm afraid I lost all the original files for this game about 2 PCs ago !

https://itch.io/jam/315580/add-game/1380817?token=i9uHx4hufACl4A2vF3qYib9PTFk

Not planning a proper deadline extension, however if anyone misses by a few hours then I can add as a late submission

That is not a problem, the main driver of this jam is to finish something, anything!  That's split between people who want to finish long running projects and those who want to finish their first project.  'Finished' can mean whatever you want it to, the jam is here for motivation and a bit of community, so demos, proof of concepts etc are all fine.

They are totally allowed

I agree, 10 games I think. Seems unlikely all of those were made recently or finished off.  It's pretty hard to police such a jam with such relaxed rules.  Not sure there's a way to reach out to that user either.  I will have a think about what to do

Did you set it to public?

Definitely, almost the exact reason it was created!

Hey, yes is fine, I even put it in the rules in the hope that someone would do some board game stuff!

Hi, building on an existing game to improve it or get it closer to being finished is fine!

Hi, yes this is fine and in fact encouraged!

Hey, yes NSFW is OK as long as it's very clear and none of the main pictures etc are adult content

A demo is fine, and you can continue to update it once the jam is complete. There are no restrictions on languages, although usually a high percentage of participants/voters will be English speaking.

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It's fine and within the rules to submit 2 projects, and I think itch allows it

Welcome back for 2022!  This is  the traditional sticky thread to share your progress throughout the jam.  You can also use the hashtag #FFSjam on Twitter, or share in the Progress channel of the jam Discord (invite link is HERE). Feel free to post screenshots and videos of your progress once you get going, or even post what you have now as a starting point. If you're not sure how to host music, videos or images then you some starting ideas are:  YouTube for videos, Imgur for pictures and SoundCloud for audio.

Hello all, and welcome back to the Finally Finish Something jam for 2022.  This is the 6th annual #FFSjam and everyone is welcome! The rules are explained on the main jam page, but here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions. If your question isn't covered then please ask below.

Why did you decide to host this jam? We ran the first FFSjam in January 2017, and the follow ups in 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021, and everything went pretty well those events.  The original reason we started it, is because we find game jams are one of the only things that gets us motivated to actually finish something.  We had a few prototypes and half-started games that had been hanging around for years, and we knew we wanted to submit them to a game jam, but we don't like breaking the rules.  Most jams require you to come up with something new based on a theme, so submitting our existing ideas never seemed right. After a few years of looking round for a jam like this, in the end we gave up and decided to just start it ourselves

When is the deadline for the jam? In the first year we stopped exactly at the end of January, but last time around we have added a few extra hours to ensure the jam finished over a weekend.  We'll be doing that again, so the deadline this time around is 14:00 GMT on the 1st February.

Is it OK if my game is mostly finished? Yes that's absolutely fine, one of the purposes of this jam is to help get you over the line on a long running project

Does that mean I can't start a new game for the jam? Not at all, the other purpose of this jam is to help you finish a game if you've never managed it. It's no problem if you want to start a new project or redo an old one from scratch

Can I just finish an Alpha or prototype? Yes, the final product can be whatever you want it to be. If you find it helpful to use the jam to create a prototype then that still counts as finishing something!  Alphas, prototypes and demos are all welcome.  You can also take a previous Alpha and work on it again to move it to Beta stage.

Can I charge for my game?  Yes you can, you can utilise any of itch.io's existing functionality so paid game can be submitted.  It would be great if you would consider submitted a demo or small slice of the project for free so everyone can try it, or perhaps a discount for other FFS jammers, but that is not a requirement.

Does my project have to be a game? No, you can submit anything you want, such as a tool, screensaver or interactive art piece.

Is there a Discord channel? Yes there is!  Permanent invite link is here: HERE

What's the best way to find a team? In previous years we recommended Crowdforge for finding collaborators, but unfortunately they seem to have disappeared over the lockdown period.  So for 2022 you can ask here on the community, or you can chat to some people in the Discord channel (invite HERE). 

Can I continue working on my game after the deadline? Yes absolutely, feel free to use this jam as a starting point for something even better.  Just post a demo or a alpha to the jam and then carry on improving it.

Can I used royalty free or creative commons assets? Yes you can, as long as you have the right to use something then that's fine. Just be sure to credit the original creator if they have requested it. There are a lot of Google results for free assets, but some good places to start might be FreeSound.org and OpenGameArt.org

Do I own all rights to my game or project? Yes completely. Neither itch.io nor any game jam host has any rights to your project, you are 100% the owner and always will be. This is confirmed in itch.io's Creator FAQ Here.

Will there be a ratings phase? Yes!  Although the idea of one particular game 'winning' the jam doesn't really make sense, we thought it would be good if you could get feedback on your projects. This is good for both very long running projects and new game devs who complete their first game. There will be ratings for Fun, Visuals, Audio, Mood and Innovation (plus a few Jam Host awards chosen by us)

The jam seems very relaxed, are there any rules? This is a mostly an 'anything goes' jam. One thing that is not really in the spirit of the jam is to submit a 100% completed game that didn't need any extra work, but even then you may have finished the game very recently, so we're taking a very relaxed attitude to things.

Are there any plans to repeat this jam in the future? Yes!  As I say every year, as long as a reasonable number of people are interested and submit games then we'll keep repeating it!  We will do it next again January if people continue to find it useful.

How do I share my progress? You can post here on the community to share your screenshots and progress.  You can join the chat on Discord and put updates in the progress channel (invite HERE).  Or you can also use the hashtag #FFSjam to share updates on Twitter.  Feel free to follow the @FFSjam Twitter account, which will be retweeting updates throughout the jam.

Hidden lore? Hmm, well the monster noise was made use the milk frothing on a coffee machine!  It's also entirely possible that this is the 2nd game in a trilogy. The first being Evercloud , explaining how you got onto the ship, and 3rd being Proxima Nova, after your escape pod crashes.

Thank you, I will do that

Oh man no I didn't know about, that is outrageous :(

Will try and add touchscreen support for future games, not likely to go back to these older game jam entries though.  On a bit of a break due to covid :(

I'm afraid there isn't, not something we got round to in the competition time limit

Hey, no sorry you can't . We made this for a competition over a weekend so there's a few features like that missing.

No just local high scores sorry, I made this in 3 days for a game jam

Glad you enjoyed it!

Thank you, I have been trying to make a bigger version of this game for the past 7 years, and I'm still working on it!  Maybe one day I will finish it...

Glad you liked it!

Yeah local leaderboard only, but -14 is a pretty good score!

Thanks!

Yes it is Falco from Starfox!  Thanks for the video, found it quite relaxing to watch you play through it.