The voting begins! Since there are whooping 81 entries total, the voting will last lasted for over 17 days until Thursday, 18th August, 23:59 UTC DOWNLOAD ZIP (805 MB) The ZIP with all entries is available at the locations listed below, either as a whole ZIP, or split into 100 MB parts. Right now some locations have outdated ZIP (pay attention to the date next to the ZIP link description), but that should be fixed soon, hopefully. The ZIP includes, aside from the games themselves, a Jam Player and Jam Randomiser tools. It is recommended to use Jam Player to play the games, and if you can't, use the Jam Randomiser before playing any entry. Additionally, if you downloaded the ZIP before the most recent patch, you will need to apply all patches released afterwards (unless you applied some already). Patching instructions are after the links list. @Rockyfelle's page: Whole ZIP (Aug 2nd) | Patch 1 (Aug 2nd) Mega: Whole ZIP (up-to-date) | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | Patch 1 (Aug 2nd) | Patch 2 (Aug 10th) Google Drive: Whole ZIP (Aug 2nd) | Patch 1 (Aug 2nd) Torrent: Whole ZIP (Aug 2nd) & Patch 1 (Aug 2nd) If you downloaded a previous ZIP, you will need to apply one or more patches. To apply a patch, extract the ZIP to the same directory as Jam player and randomiser (merge/replace everything it asks you about), and follow the instructions in the PATCH_HOWTO file included in the ZIP. Do apply the patches in the chronological order. Note that you can still play and review entries before patching, and you won't lose your data. Additionally, if you had already played one of the updated entries via Jam player, the player will ask whether you want to have the entries re-added to the queue. How to vote?You must make a single post with your votes, which might include the games ranking and optional awards for best games in specific categories. When you name a ranked / awarded entry, please use both the game name and the authors, as just a title or author isn't sometimes enough to tell which entry you mean. Preferably, just use the directory name from the game ZIP, as it identifies the game correctly. For a vote to qualify, you must rank at least top 3 entries (without ties), and they must be accompanied by at least a short comment explaining what you liked about them. Also, you cannot rank your own entry. Aside from top 3, you can vote for: Best use of EVERYBODY IS DEAD Best Concept Best Presentation Best Story Best Devlog You can vote for best reviewer, too, but that won't be counted. Also, you can rank as many other entries as you like, all the way to the very last entry. In fact, the more entries you rank, the stronger support you will give to the top 3 (thanks to the voting system used). However, ties are not allowed, and entries from the first tie onwards aren't included when counting the votes. Voting post template Using this template is not mandatory, but it can be pretty useful. If you have your own idea about voting, feel free to get creative, but please make the voting data (ranking and best-ofs) clear, easy to process and in plaintext. (this template is also used by Jam Player when exporting votes and comments) Spoiler Code: [center][b][size=7]My amazing reviews![/size][/b][/center] [size=6]Top 3:[/size] [size=5]First place[/size] Short comment about the first place... [size=5] Second place[/size] Short comment about the second place... [size=5] Third place[/size] Short comment about the third place... [size=6]Best ofs:[/size] [b]Best Use of EVERYBODY IS DEAD:[/b] ... [b]Best Concept:[/b] ... [b]Best Presentation:[/b] ... [b]Best Story:[/b] ... [b]Best Devlog:[/b] ... [size=6]Full ranking:[/size] [spoiler][list=1] [*]first place... [*]second place... [*]etc... [/list][/spoiler] [size=6]Comments:[/size] You might post your comments here, or, if you tend to write long and detailed feedback, make a document elsewhere and link to it here. Providing feedback to each ranked entry is not mandatory, but generally people appreciate that. How results are decided?(the information here is not necessary for voting; it's mostly for people who want to understand how votes are calculated to produce the final results) When it comes to the games ranking, the voting system used is normalised 1/(rank + 1), explained in more depth here: Spoiler Generally, in this system for each ranking the entry appears in, it gets a score of 1/(rank + 1), and for each ranking it doesn't appear in, it gets a score of 1/(last_rank + 2), as if it was ranked just after the last entry (normalisation). Thanks to the normalisation step, if someone plays only a handful of games and ranks each of them, the other entries aren't harmed that much by not being played. In particular, this prevents a situation when a poor entry gets a significant boost because it has been ranked last among 10 played entries or so (it gets a measly score of 1/11 - 1/12 compared to others, instead of 1/11). So, if someone ranks 3 entries, the effective score the top entries get compared to the unranked entries is: 1st place - 1/2 - 1/5 2nd place - 1/3 - 1/5 3rd place - 1/4 - 1/5 And if someone ranks 10 entries instead, the effective score becomes: 1st place - 1/2 - 1/12 2nd place - 1/3 - 1/12 3rd place - 1/4 - 1/12 ... 10th place - 1/11 - 1/12 Therefore, the more entries you rank, the stronger support you give to your favourite entries! After processing all rankings, the entries are sorted by their scores from specific votes, summed up. When it comes to best-of awards, the winners must have gathered the most votes in their respective category. If multiple entries have the most votes, the Jam host may choose one or more entries among them to win the award. This is to avoid situations when e.g. 5 entries tie for 2 votes for the best devlog, and they all win; at the same time, it's still the community that decides which entries get the most votes. The best reviewer is chosen arbitrarily by the Jam host, but the community opinion may be taken into account (just not in a "systematic" way). Let's get voting!