The 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 38th such jam.
Members compete to make the best game possible over the course of just 96 hours.
GMC Jam 38 will take place on the following dates:
August 27th, 2020 12:00 UTC - August 31st, 2020 12:00 UTC
- 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 August 27th and 12:00 UTC on August 31st, 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.
- 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 August 31st.
- 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.
- As soon as the Jam ends on August 31st 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 around 2 weeks to play and rank the games and voting will close on August 17th 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.
That's all you need to know, but more information will be available in the Voting Topic when it opens!
- 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 personalised banners for their forum signature and a place in the Hall of Fame topic.
- More to be confirmed...
Members can offer their own prizes for the GMC Jam. PM me, @GameDevDan , 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.
- @Bart - I'd like to offer to create a tune, to be used for whatever purpose, as a community prize to the lucky entrant who manages to end up in 7th place (either deliberately or accidentally).
- @Rui Rosário - I want to offer a prize for both the 8th and the 17th place in the GMC Jam (not arbitrary, although it might look like it). For the prize itself, I offer my programming skills for one of:
- A simple DLL (written in C, source code and build instructions supplied, will only be tested on Windows platforms);
- A simple GML extension/module (area of domain can vary, but there are some areas of GameMaker I don't really use so there are some potential restrictions);
- Refactoring an existing GML code module (small to medium scale);
- A Java based project (not Android module related, as I don't have it);
- Other (I have other programming skills, so if none of the above seem enticing then we can align on what exactly would be offered);
- Prize is redeemable until the discussion topic for the next jam gets created.
- ...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 @GameDevDan , a private message with the skills you are offering.
- @Bart - As last time, I'd once again like to make one tune for someone looking for music for their jam game. People who are interested can have a look on my SoundCloud page.
- EXAMPLE: ( Member ) is a ( Skill ) looking for a ( Other Skill )...
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: