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A Game By Its Cover 2018 Rules / FAQ Sticky

A topic by Ludonaut created Jul 28, 2018 Views: 2,859 Replies: 7
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But: Be nice and respectful. Don't be hurtful or harmful. Breaking this rule will get you banned.

Will there be voting/judging/ranking/prizes?

None of the sort. Just people making games and stuff :)

This jam is 100% non-competitive. There is enough crunch in the world already, and we believe prizes and competition are terrible motivators. Taking part and making something is a reward in itself.

Wait, what's Famicase anyway?

It's the annual My Famicase Exhibition, organized and hosted by Super Meteor in Japan. They accept submissions for fictional famicom-style game cartridge designs and descriptions every year and then display them in their shop and on their website. This jam is meant to a) bring attention to this amazing little thing and b) to turn these fictional cartridge designs into real little videogames! 

Can I start early?

Yes! Feel free to start early if you like. This is supposed to be a very relaxed jam with very few restrictions.

Is there a deadline?

Submissions are open all through August. Maybe longer, we'll see.

Can I work on an old project?


You can work on anything even if you didn't start it during the jam.

Does my game have to follow the Famicase entry's description?

No! You're free to adhere to the provided description, but you don't have to.

Do I have to name my game after its inspirational Famicase entry?


Do I have to pick a cart from 2018?

No, you're free to pick any Famicase design regardless of year. This is the 2018 exhibition. They also have this cool page listing every Famicase design ever made, they call it Chronicle. (If you're having trouble picking one, try this handy randomizer)

Can I call dibs on a design?

No reservations. And yes, there can be multiple games based on the same cart. There have been some in the past, and it was always super interesting to see different interpretations of the same theme.

Do I have to work solo or can I work as a team?

You can work however you want to!

If you're looking for collaborators, check out the Teams part of the jam community or the #teamfinding channel of our discord server.

Where can I share my progress?

This jam community has a category where you can share your progress. If forums are not your thing, you can also join our discord and post in the #progress channel.

You're welcome to share your progress anywhere else as well. If you're on Twitter, use the #AGBIC hashtag so people can find it.

What about copyright? / Is it legal to use these covers as inspiration? / Can I use parts of the graphic in my game? / Can I turn this into a commercial project?

These questions come up every year, so:

(IANAL) First of all, you always should try to look up and contact the original designer of the Famicase cart you've picked. We know that isn't always easy or might even be impossible, but you should make an effort anyway, because it's the Right Thing To Do.

Copyright unfortunately is A Thing and there is something called Fair Use (at least in the US) but, if a famicase designer should ask you not to turn their design into a game, please respect their wishes and choose another cart. This jam is all about a relaxed atmosphere and there's nothing chill about legal issues.

This is obviously a grey area, like fanart. At the end of the day, you are definitely working off of someone else's work, but if it doesn't develop into a commercial project that just straight-up uses their assets, you should be ok.


If you have any other questions, please ask below.

I hope you have a great time jamming! Stay hydrated and take regular breaks!

When you say a commercial project, does it mean not to sell it? Since I have no intent to sell it but just to put it online for 0.00$ could potentially be commercial.

Your safe bet is to disable payments. In some countries even no-minimum-PWYW counts as commercial as far as I know.

What happens if people like your game and you want to expand it? I'm guessing you'd have to change the art entirely

Nah. Talk to the original designer, see if they're OK with it.

Also there's but again, copyright law is weird and no fun.

I just found out about this jam and I am quite late to it so i was wondering, Can i still start working on a project now and submit it before the deadline. Also This is really cool jam!

Thanks! You are not late at all, there are still 16 days until the deadline (which we might extend anyway), so sure go for it!

Thank you! For some reason I am really Excited!