GMC Jam Discussion The Post-Apocalyptic GMC Jam #1 Discussion Thread

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  1. Alice

    Alice Toolmaker of Bucuresti Forum Staff Moderator

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    Lost in the abyss of time, nearly abandoned yet never forgotten; there was little hope it would be ever brought back again.

    Yet, finally, it is here. Familiar, yet completely new and changed.
    Marking the beginning of another era, when everything and everyone start over.


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    THEME:
    EVERYBODY IS DEAD
    TRANSITION
    REPLAY



    Complete ranking:

    1. Everything's Gone to Hell by @TehPilot, @TheFugue
    2. The Dark Within by @aamatniekss
    3. Mortal Metanoia by @Mattie, @Murzy
    4. Rest in Peace by @Blake
    5. antideath by @Yokcos
    6. ghost town by @porcupinester
    7. Lonely Drone by @GameDevDan
    8. Four Versus the World by @NAL
    9. Final Shelter by @The M
    10. The Equation of Life by @ghandpivot
    11. Jumpship Cyrus by @Brenbruyn, @harukiya
    12. GMCity Carnage by @Snail Man
    13. Scared to Death by @Ixlegraw
    14. Devil's Mansion by @Joh
    15. Last Stand by @Jett, @zminusone
    16. HackMan by @A T, SA
    17. Troubles of Post-Mortal Times by @Alice, @Mercerenies
    18. Afterstory by @David Chen, Moxxin, Adam Twite
    19. Dead Zone by @Carnivius
    20. Desert Lands by @Nallebeorn
    21. Fall Harvest Season by @BlessHayGaming
    22. Grim Reaper's Last Job by @Ehrgeiz, @Mortalo
    23. Lonely by @johnwo
    24. Dearelict by @Yal
    25. Grave Trigger by @Dark
    26. The Aftermath by @Tselmek, @zminusone
    27. The Last Ghost by @Coolbot4k
    28. The Swarm by @Fel666
    29. Pixel Paracide by @WRLCK
    30. EiD by @Nocturne
    31. The Winchester by @clemonades
    32. Noalle's Ark by @shadowspear1
    33. Death's Salesman by @zn_pete, @Daniel Navarro, @wilix95
    34. The Major Forces by @lizzard
    35. Phantomatics by @Otyugra
    36. Deadly Desire by @GhostlyFeline, @Misu
    37. Dance With Death by @nvrogers
    38. When They Come 2 by @trg601
    39. Spooky Jam by @Kepons
    40. Half Hearted by @DocNogloff
    41. The Last Space Luchador by @Siolfor the Jackal, Bandido Burrito
    42. Forgive Me For Living by @Lonewolff
    43. Bone Crusher by @chance
    44. Silent Road by @JackOatley
    45. One Last Bite by @NightOwl35
    46. Everyone is Dead by @Aviox
    47. My Dragon Pal by @Zodaris
    48. Revival Of The Undead Princess Satsuka by @Aura, @Rusty
    49. Undead Matador Deluxe by @MikeDark_x
    50. Soulgrab by @RekNepZ
    51. Clone Runners by @Cameron
    52. A Ghost Adventure by @Nexusrex
    53. Last Hope by @HayManMarc, @zminusone
    54. Alone by @CoderJoe, Awesomesauce, Dysprox
    55. Grey Fall by @Morne, Bernard, Marius
    56. The Robot And The Pharaoh by @Freddy Jones
    57. Time Travel is Hard by @guadalcanal
    58. Planet Dreth by @Mocgames998
    59. Welcome To Purgatory by @Sirham
    60. Ghost Butler by @Shadow_Lancer, @Shameless
    61. My My My Charona by @Electros
    62. Tree of Life by @Kiesenverseist
    63. Monty goes to town by @spliffium
    64. Territory Earth by @Wraithious
    65. Love is Life by @rui.rosario
    66. A long time after by @poncle
    67. Game Engine Test by @Misty
    68. Save the Last Human by @Moon Goat
    69. Ask Death by @Detective Pixel
    70. Nothing But Static by @zircher
    71. Come + See the World 50 Yrs Hence by @ConsolCWBY
    72. Nothing Ventured by @NeoTalon
    73. Regret by @Miner7365
    74. Buried At Sea by @ZombieLawyer
    75. Broken World by @Zerb Games
    76. EvoBio by @felixpf
    77. They are all DEAD, Unless... by @RustyShadow
    78. KATT by @KaShuen
    79. Everybody is Dead by @iTzCallumUK
    80. Everyone Is Dead by @dadio
    81. DEADZONE by @Cat, @var

    Best-ofs:

    Best use of EVERYBODY IS DEAD: Everything's Gone to Hell by @TehPilot, @TheFugue
    Best Concept: The Swarm by @Fel666
    Best Presentation: The Dark Within by @aamatniekss
    Best Story: The Dark Within by @aamatniekss
    Best Devlog: Final Shelter by @The M

    Best reviewer: @Misu, for particularly detailed reviews, clearly taking quite an effort to put together
    (if only you had actually sent that ranking in the end...)

    Special mention goes to @ghandpivot for making a video review of every single game, as well as @TheUltimate whose feedback is particularly detailed.
    Finally, I can't thank enough the people who took their time to play and comment on every single entry. The other votes are appreciated as well.

    Trophy banners for 82 entries and the best reviewer are available HERE.

    What, where, when?

    GMC Jam is a quarterly community event held on GameMaker Community. It is entirely a community event; neither YoYo Games nor Playtech are officially involved in this competition, aside from providing forum space to carry it out. It dates back to the times of old forum, where 21 editions were held (plus one bonus), and now it's back here on the new forums! You can check the GMC Jam records in the GMC Jam Hall of Fame & Archive.

    The Jam has three phases:
    • discussion, held in discussion topic; started about 2 weeks before the Jam (the discussion remains open during and after the Jam, too, until the next Jam discussion starts)
    • development, the core of the Jam, the 72 hours when entries are made and posted in games topic
    • decision, when community members vote for their favourite games and provide feedback to specific entries; it lasts roughly 2 weeks after the Jam, before the results are announced

    This GMC Jam will run for 72 hours in the following timeframe:
    July 29th (Friday), 12:00 GMT - August 1st (Monday), 12:00 GMT

    No Daylight Saving Time

    Countdown clock

    GMC Jam rules

    The following rules will be used during this GMC Jam. There have been some changes compared to the previous Jam from the old forums, so make sure to read these carefully. Also, general Community Guidelines apply.

    PARTICIPATION:
    • any GMC member is welcome to participate in GMC Jam and submit their entry
    • each entry must be made by a single GMC member or a team of up to 3 people; people outside GMC can be in the team, as long as at least one GMC member is in that team
    • each participant can make or contribute to as many entries as they want, but they can only claim rewards for one of them (unless the reward is given specifically for the entry)
    • each entry must have a single post in this Jam's games topic (opened once the Jam officially starts), and no two entries can share the same post
    • the Games topic post can be used to present the entry progress; it can also contain a devlog
    • by the time the Jam ends, each Games topic post must contain a valid link to the entry downloadable file

    ENTRY:
    • the entry must be an original creation made in GameMaker specifically for the Jam, within the Jam timeframe
    • the entry might use assets (graphics, audio, scripts, extensions, Marketplace resources etc.) created before the Jam, whether by team members or someone else; however, the credits should make clear where the assets come from and which were made before the Jam
    • the creators of the entry must have rights to all of the assets; unlicensed use of resources is not allowed
    • the entry must be available as a Windows executable file, exported as a stand-alone file or as a ZIP; installers are not allowed
    • the entry might be exported to other platforms as well (such as HTML5 or Android), but the Windows executable must be available

    THEME:
    • the Jam has a theme - a general idea around which the entry can be built
    • at the beginning of the Jam discussion there are 3 hidden themes, which will be gradually revealed during the discussion
    • the day before the Jam starts (at least 24 hours in advance) all 3 themes are revealed and theme voting begins
    • the theme with the most votes is officially announced as the Jam theme at the beginning of the Jam
    • there may be a draw or very little difference between two leading themes; in such case, both become the Jam theme and participants are free to use either and ignore the other
    • while incorporating the theme in the entry is not mandatory, participants are strongly encouraged to do so
    • the entry that uses the theme in the most interesting way can win best use of theme award; if the Jam has two themes, there is one award for each theme

    BEST-OF AWARDS:
    • aside from the Jam-specific theme, the games can be rated on the concept, the presentation and the story
    • the concept is related to the core gameplay mechanics idea - whether the game rules themselves are creative and entertaing or not
    • the presentation is related to the overall polish - whether the entry provides the right experience through audiovisuals, and whether it's not disrupted by bugs and errors
    • the story is related to the events or motivation present throughout the entry; it can be told through dialogue and narrative, as well as implied through game design
    • the entries excelling at these categories can win best concept, best presentation and best story awards
    • furthermore, aside from entries themselves, their devlogs can be rated; the entry with the most interesting devlog can win best devlog awards

    VOTING:
    • after the Jam ends, all entries are gathered in a single ZIP with all entries for everyone to download
    • once the ZIP is available, the voting begins, and it lasts approximately 2 weeks; a longer voting period may be chosen when more than 70-80 entries are submitted
    • the voting period may be extended upon request by at most one additional week; however, not every such request must be granted, and one should show a reasonable progress with reviewing/playing the Jam entries
    • the voting is carried out in the Jam's voting topic, where each voter makes a single post for their scores and reviews
    • any GMC member may vote, whether they participated or not, but participants cannot rank or award their own entries
    • each voter must rank and post a brief comment on at least top 3 games; also, they can rank more games
    • each voter can vote for best use of theme, concept, presentation, story and devlog
    • each voter can vote for best reviewer, but in this case their opinion is entirely non-binding - the best reviewer is eventually chosen by the Jam host after the voting ends
    • aside from best reviewer award, there might be additional symbolic acknowledgements for outstanding reviewing, made with effort and care; in particular, when all or nearly all entries have a decent feedback, when at least 10 helpful and thorough reviews are made or when at least 10 reviews are presented in a creative or entertaining way
    • if some voters or participants are found to be cheating, their entries may be disqualified and they might be excluded from future community events
    • shortly after the voting period closes (preferably within 24 hours), the votes are summed up, and the final results announced; after that, all prizes should be distributed where applicable

    PRIZES:
    • top 3 entries, as well as best-of award winners, get special banners and are featured in the Hall of Fame
    • all other entries get their banners, too, just not as special
    • creator of top 3 themed entries get the right to choose the next Jam's pool of themes; one theme per entry
    • aside from regular GMC Jam prizes, other GMC members can contribute the community prizes by PMing the Jam host
    • the community prizes can be given to any range of places, best-of winners, reviewers, personal favourites etc.
    • the community prizes can be nearly anything - custom graphics, soundtracks, gameplay videos, software keys etc.; as long as they are not monetary prizes and they don't break community rules
    • it is community prize contributor's responsibility to give the prize; they should make sure they can deliver their promise

    Community prizes

    Want to add your community prize? PM the Jam host the details!

    @aamatniekss offers Steam keys for Moustache Mountain and There Was a Caveman for each top 3 entry.
    @Alexx offers copy of PDF book and examples ZIP for all entrants.
    @Alice offers the legendary humble GameMaker bundle to the 5th, 7th and 11th place entry.
    @CodeManu offers a Steam key for Garry's mod for 6th place entry.
    @dadio offers:
    • a retro Golden-era YoYo Mug & a "Dadio's Choice Award" signature pic & $5 worth of Steam games for what he deems the Jokiest-Funniest Game
    • commercial use licenses for all 50+ fonts of his, for top 3 entries
    @Dark offers a Steam copy of Serious Sam 2 for the 5th place entry.
    @Diptoman offers the following games: Psychonauts, Hospital Tycoon, Never Alone, Outlast for the top three places and the best reviewer (chosen in the order: 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, best reviewer).
    @felixpf offers 10 promo codes for MOW: 2-player (featured by Apple in Great Chinese Indie Games), to the top 10 winners.
    @ghandpivot offers a Steam key from a pool of ~50 games to choose from (including e.g. Bastion, Trine 2, Bioshock) for the 4th place.
    @JackOatley offers actual, homemade Jam, for the highest ranked UK-based entrant.
    @Jett offers, for the highest ranking game with a playable character, a digital painting of that character.
    @Lonewolff offers a full collection of his Marketplace assets to the top 3 places.
    @Ninety offers a piece of music, any style, up to 3 minutes in length for the 10th place entry; PM to claim.
    @Nocturne offers:
    • any 3 Marketplace assets of his for the highest ranking game
    • a Marketplace asset of his for the lowest ranking game
    • a copy of Pixoban for top 3 entries
    • Aura lighting engine for the entry he finds the prettiest
    @Otyugra offers a haiku and personal thank you for the 4th place entry.
    @The M offers a 10€ worth of Steam games fot the 1st place entry.
    @Yal offers:
    • a copy of tileset collection for the highest-ranked non-platformer game
    • a custom tileset or sprite sheet, tailored for 16x16 size, with ~24 images for everyone who submits a valid entry

    Looking for team

    If you are looking for a team to join for this Jam, just send me a PM saying that you want to join a team, and briefly describe your skills. You will be added to the list here, for potential teammates to find you.

    People currently looking for team:

    @Aggropop - can sketch, throw pixels together, animate; preferably, would team up with a coder
    @Emik Vayts - decent at coding, making beats, drawing squares; ability to draw circles not accounted for
    @LegendarySavior -programmer, specializing in 2D platformers/2D physics/2D mazes/game networking/game database, looking for a talented 2D artist

    Spread the word!

    If you would like to promote the Jam, please paste one of the following codes in your signature. You can also click on the links to get full-sized pictures. Also, please remember that your signature is effective only when you are posting around forums. You might want to go ahead and give feedback in Made with GameMaker and Work in Progress forums, or maybe participate in Programming and Community Tech Support discussions.

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    Let's get the discussion started!
     
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  2. GameDevDan

    GameDevDan Your Next Jam Host Moderator GMC Elder

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    Y'all ready for this??
     
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    Nexusrex Nexusrex Games

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  5. Overloaded

    Overloaded The Oneirophobe

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    The GMCJam has returned, at last! Dunno if I will enter the Jam myself, because I'll have to leave for vacation at July 31th. But I may work on something. It's been a while since I last entered a Jam and I've missed it. :D
     
  6. Misu

    Misu The forum's immigrant

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    Woooooo! Hype Hype Hype!
     
  7. Nexusrex

    Nexusrex Nexusrex Games

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    Little question. Is 12 GMT = midnight or afternoon?
     
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  8. Kousenai

    Kousenai Furry Flaebae

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    Woo~
    I'll PM you my prize offer later, Alice ;3
     
  9. Alice

    Alice Toolmaker of Bucuresti Forum Staff Moderator

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    It's the noon. The Jam starts at the Friday noon GMT, and ends at the Monday noon GMT. That way every Jammer from a timezone between GMT -12 and GMT +12 will have a full weekend available, as far as no Daylight Saving Time is involved.
     
  10. FruitPunchGuy

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    As a guy who is ABSOLUTELY NEW to GM:S, the forums and the Jam, I must ask.
    a) Can Music be made before Jam time begins?
    b) Can we use public sound effects?

    Thanks in advance. I'm looking forward to it!
     
  11. Kousenai

    Kousenai Furry Flaebae

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    As far as I know, yes and yes. Pre-prepared resources are allowed, just no predone specific programming (last I checked, anyway). Will need authoritative confirmation.
     
  12. GameDevDan

    GameDevDan Your Next Jam Host Moderator GMC Elder

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    The convention in past jams is that you can use pre-made resources, especially where music is concerned. I think most of us here recognise that composing a good soundtrack for a game could take up the whole weekend, so unless you work on a team with a dedicated composer, using pre-made audio is the best option.

    In terms of other resources, most people make their graphics and do all of their coding during Jam time. There has never been any solid rule against using pre-made code snippets and graphics, but I think it's generally accepted that they should be made during jam time if possible.
     
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  13. Alice

    Alice Toolmaker of Bucuresti Forum Staff Moderator

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    So, overall, the answer is "yes" and "yes". Just make sure that you are actually permitted to use the resources, and that you credit the original authors properly. Ideally, someone looking at your credits should be able to obtain/purchase the resources on their own.

    In practice, most people code the core mechanics during the Jam time (possibly using some pre-made scripts or Marketplace resources, I dunno) and make the graphics, while using freely available soundtracks and sound effects obtained elsewhere (unless they have a dedicated composer in their team, I guess?).
     
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  14. chance

    chance predictably random Forum Staff Moderator

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    I've created an empty project file titled "winning entry".

    I'm ready.
     
  15. Zerb Games

    Zerb Games Member

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    I'm ready. Get ready to judge me too......
     
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  16. Jett

    Jett Digital Artist

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    I'll force myself to make a game this time even if I don't like the theme. I'm ready!
     
  17. Nallebeorn

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    It's time again! Hyyyyype! :D
    OK, so it no longer runs from midnight to midnight (well, not in the GMT timezone, anyway). That's different... not bad or anything, but it'll be interesting to see how that will be.
    It was some time since I last opened GameMaker, but I sure am ready for this! :lemcool:
     
  18. A T

    A T Member

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    Where is the countdown clock though?
     
  19. Aura

    Aura Puppeteer of Hail

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    First, hype~♫

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  20. The M

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    Oh, dear. It's that time again!~
     
  21. dadio

    dadio Potato Overlord Forum Staff Moderator

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    Dat anticipation! \(^O^)/...

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  22. Yal

    Yal Member GMC Elder

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    *blank depressed stare intensifies*

    I've complained to myself about doing either too big projects or too small projects, so that I never get anything finished that I actually care about. Maybe this is the time where I'll finally avert this destructive pattern.
     
  23. Nexusrex

    Nexusrex Nexusrex Games

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    I'm afraid of something..I will be on a travel at 1st of August..So, will the time end with the need of game posting or not? (Like, am i able to post it after a day of the jam's end?)
     
  24. Snail Man

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    Will be on vacation during the jam. Maybe one full day free. I'm excited to get back to jamming, but I can't say I'm thrilled on a couple of the rule changes. Of course everyone has wanted installers banned since forever, but I think the handicap will be missed, and as for the time difference, it moves the beginning of the jam unreasonably early for many Americans (especially once DST ends and the country drops another hour behind) making it start at 5:00 in the morning for the entire west coast. I'm not saying it was fair before when most of Europe had to start after midnight, but maybe a happy medium could be reached?

    Edit: there's no time that will please every GMC member across the US, Europe, and Australia, but right around now, 4:00 GMT, it's 9:00 am across the western US, and 6:00 pm in Europe, a very reasonable starting time for either location.
     
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  25. chance

    chance predictably random Forum Staff Moderator

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    Move to the east coast? But seriously, any advantage you lose at the beginning, you gain at the end. You'll have all night to work on the final day -- whereas the Jam closes at noon in England. Win!

    @Alice: btw, your Jam logo is wonderful. Love the broken radioactive jar... inside a jar. And the yellow uranium-salt sky glow over barren hills. Got that post-apocalyptic vibe going nicely.
     
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  26. Aura

    Aura Puppeteer of Hail

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    @chance: I guess @NAL did the logo this time. ^^

    @Snail Man: Yes, the timing isn't going to please everyone. It starts and ends at 5:45 AM for me. Fine with the starting time, but I'll have to be fast with the ending time. Can't work late night these days (nights).
     
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  27. Kousenai

    Kousenai Furry Flaebae

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    I think that's liquid drawn in some vector style that requires massive spaces between all lines?
     
  28. Lukan

    Lukan Gay Wizard Freak

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    *jumps on hype train*

    *plans post apocalyptic farming game*
     
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  29. Law

    Law Member

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    Can I offer a prize?

    If a player wins the best game in the jam while successfully incorporating all three themes I'll change my username to "[Username of winner]_is_great" until the commencement of the next Jam.
     
  30. HayManMarc

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    jam. ready. hype.
     
  31. Yal

    Yal Member GMC Elder

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    Yal ready for this!! And you misspelled my name :p

    I guess I'll chime in and offer some prizes, too!
    • Best (=highest ranked) non-platformer game wins a copy of my tileset compilation!
    • Everyone that has a valid entry at the end of the jam wins a custom tileset or sprite sheet! (Tailored for 16x16 grid size, approximately 24 images depending on how complicated stuff you want depicted)
     
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  32. Yal

    Yal Member GMC Elder

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    Also, unrelated note - could this old GMC topic get a shout-out or something? (Possibly a repost, I guess - I've talked to Floof about it earlier and I guess I should resume it). It probably could come in handy for a lot of people.
     
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  33. Snail Man

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    Unless of course you sleep like a normal human being during the jam, in which case, no matter where in the US you live, you basically have to have your game 100% done and submitted Sunday night. It's not a major complaint, it just seems like if you're going to change the starting time, you could do better.
     
  34. RekNepZ

    RekNepZ GMC Historian

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    Excited! I missed having a jam.

    So we're starting again at Jam #1? This seems like it'll get rather confusing for us old-timers ("which jam 1?"). What's wrong with "22"?
     
  35. Alice

    Alice Toolmaker of Bucuresti Forum Staff Moderator

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    About Jam timespan: Well, the general idea is that all Jammers from timezones between -12 and +12 GMT timezones have 48 hours of weekend during the Jam. Had the Jam been earlier or later, some people would be stripped from some of their quality weekend time. Typical Saturday - Monday setup has people from Asia / Australia end their Jam around Tuesday morning, with the beginning of the Saturday gone. The Friday - Sunday on the other hand has Americans end their Jam in the Sunday afternoon. Now, obviously, the exact ending times will vary between the timezones and there's no way around that, but we can at least guarantee that unless someone lives in really unlucky timezone, they will have entire 48 hours of weekend at their disposal. 4:00 GMT doesn't meet that condition, and it seems kinda arbitrary and inelegant to me.

    Not to mention that different Jammers have different sleeping patterns, and it'd be hard to please everyone even if they lived in the same time zone. For example, I wouldn't mind the Jam ending around 5:00 am for me, because that way I could stretch that final night when the work gets the most intense, and I'd just gracefully wrap up the game when I started getting sleepy, do some finishing touches to make the game reasonably work, maybe a little bit of playtesting and send it sometime between 1:00 - 4:00 am, maybe. The point is: with people and their different sleeping preferences there is no universal preferred time of Jam starting/ending, whereas most people probably prefer having weekend time to non-weekend - and that we can actually deliver. ^^'

    About logos: thanks, chance, but Aura is right - it is NAL who has drawn it (even though the general concept was min). ^^'

    About numbering: we decided to start the new numbering to mark the fact that this Jam is a new opening, on the new forum, that sort of thing. This is also why there are several changes this time round - an event like the new forum beginning creates a rare opportunity for significant redesigns etc. Generally, this Jam is supposed to bring the change rather than continuity, or something, and resetting the numbering is supposed to reflect that.

    On a side note, it's planned that the next few Jams won't be changed too much compared to this one, so that we can see how various changes are working (recently, it seems there were too many changes too often, and it was kinda hard to tell what worked and what didn't). Hopefully the recent changes introduced won't turn out to be so terrible that they need to be changed right after the first Jam. >.<
     
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  36. GhostlyFeline

    GhostlyFeline Member

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    I am ready to make the video game fast.
     
  37. Nexusrex

    Nexusrex Nexusrex Games

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    Still can't stop the overdid hype. xD
    Will we have to post the game's links at the last day or after it?
     
  38. Kepons

    Kepons Lost The Bet

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    Kinda surprised we're back at number 1, but at least I'll have a taste of participating in the very first jam somewhere.
     
  39. Shadow_Lancer

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    Looking forward to this, have even roped a friend of mine in to participating =)
     
  40. Yal

    Yal Member GMC Elder

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    BTW @Alice, how should we submit community prizes? In this topic, PM somebody, or just seek up our victims ourselves post-jam?
     
  41. A T

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    Okay but, are we not going to use it? It was a great way of telling when exactly the Jam is beginning or ending without getting mixed up with timezones.
     
  42. chance

    chance predictably random Forum Staff Moderator

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    The rules are clear about this. Each jammer (or jammette) must post their game link before the Jam ends.

    In the past, some entries were accepted after the Jam ends (shortly after). But these were special circumstances. You can always contact @Alice about this. But I think she was a prison warden before becoming a game developer. So she's pretty strict.
     
  43. Aura

    Aura Puppeteer of Hail

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    @Yal: Community prizes have always been offered by PMing the host, so I don't think that the tradition has changed. But the OP should surely contain information about that.

    @A T: That countdown clock is not maintained by @Alice or anyone but Shadow Link, so there's no point of asking her about that. Either way, it wasn't a good way of telling when the Jam would start or end. Timing was usually off that has created issues for the developers in the past. If you have subscribed to the GMC Jam News Feed then you would get all sorts of information on time.
     
  44. Zodaris

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    Never done a Game Jam before, I think I'll get in on this one. I'm excited for it!
     
  45. Nocturne

    Nocturne Friendly Tyrant Forum Staff Admin

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    When I ran the Jam I always strived to be flexible about this, especially since this is a JAM and not a competition... Basically if there was game breaking bug found or something like that and I hadn't prepared the ZIP file then I would happily update the forum links...And I'm sure Alice will be just as flexible- ;) (pulls rank...)
     
  46. Shadow Link

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    Right where it always has been!
    http://gmcjam.thegmc.com/

    Just curious, but how so? My clock uses UTC and Javascript, so there's no daylight saving's time worries and it's in real time. The only times it has ever been inaccurate is when people couldn't read their own clocks and thought it was wrong (especially when dadio was changing the times to BST and there were DST changes going on). Not trying to sound protective over it, but it's useful I'd say. As with anything though, people should plan accordingly and not submit when there's seconds remaining :)
     
  47. zircher

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    My lovely wife will be out of the country. And, I have plenty of vacation time. This might actually be a thing I can do this time around. Awesome. :)
     
  48. HighlandCoo

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    My sister has selfishly chosen to get married that weekend so I can't play!

    [​IMG]
     
  49. Alice

    Alice Toolmaker of Bucuresti Forum Staff Moderator

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    Alright, the community prizes should be added by sending a PM to the Jam host. I remembered I wrote information about that, but it seems I've mistaken it for the "looking for team" section, where I did mention PMing the host. Sorry. ^^'
    Could you people please PM me with your prizes again?

    The countdown clock has been added to the first post, too. From what I've seen, it has been setup correctly.

    The Tools and Resources topics should be recreated Soon™.

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    As for the ending time, I might wait some time before I start compiling the ZIP. The value of some time should large enough to allow wrapping up some last features and playtesting a game for crashes (if playtesting your game is longer than some time, it might be kinda long for the Jam; you better make that time exciting and/or increase the movement speed - I've seen quite a few games with too slow movement...).

    After some time passes, I'll close the Games topic and start compiling the ZIP - so, basically, closing the Games topic is the moment you should panically send your entries to me, if you haven't linked them in Games topic yet. Once I gather all games, upload the ZIP and open the voting topic, and you still haven't sent your entry, you are in big trouble.

    Technically, I can accept some additional entries or post-Jam fixes afterwards (not for too long, several hours tops), but I might put them in some "_Late Entries" folder or something of the updated ZIP, and it will be up to the voters/reviewers to decide what to do with them. Plus, some people might have downloaded the ZIP by that time.

    Generally: Playtest your entry! Always! And if possible, get someone else to test it, too! The point of some time is to allow people wrapping up their entries, and if you don't decide to start a Big Big Feature™ half an hour before the Jam scheduled time ends, you should be well able to make sure that your game is in workable state and it can be played/completed properly, and upload it, update the link etc.
     
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  50. GameDevDan

    GameDevDan Your Next Jam Host Moderator GMC Elder

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    For those interested, here is a league table of all Jam entrants from GMC Jam 1 - 21 on the old forums.

    The table counts simply this: the number of individual entries each user beat in each jam, and their total entries beaten across all jams.

    Full League Table

    Top 10:

    1. Yal (905)
    2. snail_man (758)
    3. GameDevDan (614)
    4. NAL (604)
    5. Joh (529)
    6. 11clock (499)
    -. Greenblizzard (499)
    8. TerraFriedSheep / Soulsnatcher (490)
    9. Blake (483)
    10. Lune (483)
     
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