More than three days left, and already what looks like three serious entries. Hope to see more as we approach the finishing line. It's been a very quiet community, but I'll definitely try to cover all entries in a video thing.
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What's up with you people??? Some of you don't want to sit through your entire four weeks? First entry just up???
You wouldn't last a weekend in my fallout shelter ...
Anyway, as it was brought to my attention over on our Discord type of alternative form of communication and survival, some people might actually want to share what they're doing along the way, so check out devlogs for early entries!
And peace - stay fun, but give peace!
1st rule includes anything created specifically for the jam - so if you have e.g. a general character controller or a collection of UI components you've created for a different project, that's absolutely fine - just don't start working on anything game-specific before the jam.
Minimum game length is 1 second - anything shorter will be disqualified! :-)
It really depends on what you're creating, but quality generally tends to beat quantity.
Well, that didn't exactly go according to plan ...
Had promised myself I would focus completely on gameplay this time but ended up doing everything but that. At 48 hours in I decided to scrap everything I'd made up to that point and create something much smaller, which again turned out really weak in terms of gameplay.
What went wrong:
- Didn't keep the focus on gameplay as planned.
- Created a really boring game.
- Building a generalised layout system for PICO-8 would have saved me a lot of time during those last frantic hours.
What went right:
- Actually finished a game, even if was rushed through design and development in the last 24 hours.
- Built a reasonably well-designed state machine in Lua for PICO-8. I'm beginning to come to terms with it as a programming language.
- Built a complete UI library for Unity, which I'll probably be using for future jams.
- Built (most of) a cool (if I do say so myself) 3D combat robot in Blender that I'll probably be using in a proper project at some point.
I basically started out with the idea of focusing much more on gameplay this time, then found myself drifting off into creating a general UI library for Unity and building a really complex 3D robot which deserves more polish than there's time for. Then I decided to put it aside and create a really small and completely different game in PICO-8, just for the sake of finishing something.
Well, at least that UI library is going to be useful for other projects ... :-D
According to the rules, free assets are allowed. What about licensed assets? Specifically, I might be interested in using SFX from a sound library I own, and in fact I used some of those in the last jam without noticing this rule.
Also, I might be interested in using some substance materials from Allegorithmic's Substance Source library, which I have access to as part of my subscription there. I'm thinking about doing something in a more realistic style this time, so this would be a huge time saver.
I'll of course follow the rules either way, but just wanted to get this straight before the jam starts.
Thanks for taking the time to give feedback - much appreciated!
I agree completely with all the points you bring up, and in fact, everything mentioned is stuff that ended up on my "nice to have" list and thus didn't make it into the game.
The scope of the project was definitely too ambitious for the time available, but to put a positive spin on this: it was a really good learning experience in terms of prioritising features! :-D
12 hours left and I'm beginning to painfully realise I probably tried to create too big a game. It's just not possible to actually playtest to any meaningful degree within the timeframe, and I'm at this point not even sure if the game as such is actually any fun. Also, there are some really annoying glitches and bugs that I'll probably just have to leave in there.
Will now try to catch a couple of hours sleep and see if it looks better when I return for the final hectic effort.
Two thirds in, and it's definitely starting to look like a game - but getting even more paranoid about backups and test builds now!
And of course the weather here is fantastic. I really should be out enjoying a few beers with friends instead of grinding away on this stupid game ...
32 hours and counting ... still quite smooth running. Doing very frequent backups in case I mess something up. There's no way I'll be able to include everything I'd like, so tomorrow it's going to be lots of hard decisions - but still adding new stuff to my TO DO list!
EDIT: Now doing an end-of-the-day build to check for performance and memory issues - I think I might have gone a bit overboard with the scene size ....
8 hours in and I'm calling it a day. I have my concept together, a fully working project setup and very very basic gameplay running with placeholders. I should be able to deliver a working game with 30 mins notice from now on, it's just a matter of how much polish I have time to apply before the deadline! :-D
Thanks for organising this! The 48 hour duration with a theme announced at the start of the jam is my favourite format. You don't really have enough time to change your mind about anything, and it only messes up a single weekend. :-D
Now playing and rating the other entries. I have a definite favourite so far, and it's not my own humble effort.
Let's do this again soon!
Oh dear ... it seems that everything looked, sounded and worked better 9 hours ago ... tomorrow is really going to be the day of hard decisions. Hope the rest of you are having fun too! :-D
OK, 12 hours in and I have basic gameplay working. Now I just need to strike a balance between adding content and polish while keeping the project in a state where it can be built at any time over the next 36 hours - this is fun!
Currently adding tasks to my Trello board about twice as fast as I remove them when they're done ...