GMC Jam Discussion The Thoughtful GMC Jam 42

EvanSki

Raccoon Jam Host




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The GMC Jam is a WILD game development contest run every 3 months by the GameMaker Community. This is the 42nd such jam.

Members compete to make the best game possible over the course of just 96 hours.

GMC Jam 42 will take place on the following dates:

Aug 26th, 2021 12:00 UTC - Aug 30th, 2021 12:00 UTC
(Countdown Clock)

Enter in the Games Topic



  • Any GMC member can take part in the GMC Jam. You must use GameMaker to create your game.
  • Games must be made between 12:00 UTC on Aug 26th and 12:00 UTC on Aug 30th, and posted in the games topic.
  • You may use resources such as graphics, sounds and scripts that were made prior to the jam, as long as the bulk of your work takes place during Jam weekend.
  • 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. (This rule is enforced, failure to follow this rule will result in not being eligible for a medal and final score being affected)
  • You may create one post per entry in the games topic. You may create this post before your game is finished and continue editing that post to update your progress, in fact you are encouraged to write a devlog!
  • All entries must have a download link in the Games Topic before it closes at 12:00 UTC on Aug 30th.
  • All entries should work on Windows as a standalone executable / compressed zip folder. No installers please. Your entry can also work in HTML5 and on other platforms, but most voters will be using Windows and therefore your entry should work primarily on windows in order to secure a decent amount of feedback.
  • All entries are encouraged to follow the Jam theme. It isn't mandatory to do so, but you'll often get more favourable reviews from your peers!
  • You may participate alone or in a team of up to 3 members. See the "teams" section below if you're looking for teammates.
That's all you need to know, but more information will be available in the Games Topic when it opens and in the rules discussion topic.


  • As soon as the Jam ends on Aug 30th at 12:00 UTC, a zip folder of the games will be created and posted in the voting topic so that players can download all the entries at once if they wish.
  • Voters will then have just over 2 weeks to play and rank the games and voting will close on Sep 13th at 9:00 UTC.
  • Any member of the GMC can vote, even if they didn't enter the jam. You cannot vote for your own entry. Votes shall be posted in the voting topic.
  • Voters are encouraged to rank as many games as possible, and their final votes must include at least their top 3 games. More information on this will be provided in the voting topic when it opens.
Boring technical info about how the votes are counted: Entries receive points based on their votes, following the formula <BASE SCORE> * <TOTAL VOTES> / (<TOTAL VOTES> - <VOTING AUTHORS>) .
For example, with 20 votes:
- the entry whose author didn't vote would have average score of <BASE SCORE> / 20
- the entry with 1 voting author would have average score of <BASE SCORE> / (20-1) = <BASE SCORE> / 19
- the entry with 3 voting authors would have average score of <BASE SCORE> / (20-3) = <BASE SCORE> / 17

More info in the Jams Suggestion topic
As this is Alice's formula and she's more mathematically inclined then a raccoon with a PhD in pizza, she shall handle voting for the most part. Alice you are the best!

That's all you need to know, but more information will be available in the Voting Topic when it opens!




Main Prizes​
  • The winner(s) get to decide the Theme of the next GMC Jam.
  • The top 3 entrants, as well as winners of the "Best Of" categories will win personalized banners for their forum signature and a place in the Hall of Fame topic.
  • More to be confirmed...

Community Prizes​

Members can offer their own prizes for the GMC Jam. PM me, @EvanSki , and I'll add your prize to the list. NOTES: You should offer something based on your skills, rather than a commercial prize. You will also need to handle giving out the prizes yourselves after the end of the jam.
  • ...no more prizes, why not submit one?


You may enter the GMC Jam as part of a team (up to 3 members). Sometimes collaborating as part of a team can help you to e-meet new and interesting people. Here we will list people looking for teammates. If you want to be added to the list, send me @EvanSki , a private message with the skills you are offering.
  • EXAMPLE: ( Member ) is a ( Skill ) looking for a ( Other Skill )...



Live Streams! This is a list of people who have told me that they are planning on streaming their playthroughs of the jam games! I encourage those that want or are wanting to stream the games to do so and also let the community know! Streaming games allows the devs of the games to have play tests of their games and gain useful info about how they can further improve their game dev skills! PLEASE NOTE: Nothing is confirmed yet this is to just give a general idea, a more confirmed and up to date list will be in the voting topic.





The more people that enter the jam, the more fun we'll all have! Spread the word far and wide. Use the hashtag #GMCJam on Twitter (and other social media networks), join the Discord Chat, and talk about your games on the GameMaker Reddit. You are, of course, encouraged to talk about the Jam as much as possible here on the GameMaker Community. Create a devlog on the Work In Progress forum if you dare, and definitely post your thoughts, comments and memes in this very discussion topic!

You can also change your signature to tell other GMC members about the jam:

Signature Image:

oh the blurriness

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Pixel-Team

Master of Pixel-Fu
I love the graphic. Looks just like Deep Thought from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

(There's still some 41's to turn into 42's in the first post.)
 

kburkhart84

Firehammer Games
I'm technically on call that weekend, but most of the time there isn't too much happening as far as emergencies with work so I'm still participating anyway. I think I'm gonna force myself into pixel art this time around...I've gotta break that barrier at some point, even if it looks like trash. Maybe with a palette chosen well I can get something readeable atleast.
 

Micah_DS

Member
I was able to line up my paid vacation time so I can have the whole jam free and make $$ at the same time. Needless to say, I'm even more excited then usual. :p
 

kburkhart84

Firehammer Games
Time flies. I thought I just buried my last game. RIP...........
It's 3 months...but it ends up feeling like way less. First, there is that weeks of voting period and posting of congrats etc.... then, the announcement for the next jam happens like a month before it even starts....so the time with no exposure to jam content is maybe a month and a half?!?! I'm not complaining...just observing some of why it feels like such a short time.
 

Toque

Member
It's 3 months...but it ends up feeling like way less. First, there is that weeks of voting period and posting of congrats etc.... then, the announcement for the next jam happens like a month before it even starts....so the time with no exposure to jam content is maybe a month and a half?!?! I'm not complaining...just observing some of why it feels like such a short time.

Thats very true. The judging adds some extra time fore sure. And two weeks for my back to recover........ And Evanski gives us seniors the game theme a week in advance so thats shortens it even more........
 

EvanSki

Raccoon Jam Host
Thats very true. The judging adds some extra time fore sure. And two weeks for my back to recover........ And Evanski gives us seniors the game theme a week in advance so thats shortens it even more........
so by all means whats the theme this time? :cool:
 

Micah_DS

Member
I'm assuming there is at least one space and that spaces are not included in those 11 characters, since that's how it's been in recent jams. So my best guess would have to be...

Anime Tropes {^ - ^}
 
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