Actual jam thread: Anniversary Game Jam 2014
One year ago, on November 1st, we held our very first community game jam, and it was very successful. Every quarter since then, we've continued the tradition with a seasonal game jam, with the summer jam having as many entrants as the previous two combined! Let's keep these jams thriving!
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Game Jams, it's where you are given a theme at the start of the jam, then you are challenged to make an entire game from beginning to end over the course of anywhere from 4 hours to 10 days. The jams we run here are solo projects (although there has been some talk about teaming up), and we run them over a weekend, starting on Friday. They can be lots of fun, and you end up with something playable at the end of it.
Alex started a thread a while back asking what theme we should run this time, and the community has voted for a Potluck theme:
Before the start, everyone submits 5 "foods" (English words) into a common "buffet".
At the start, the words are shuffled and dealt to participants, so everyone has 5 random words from what others brought.
Pick 3 of those. That's your jam theme.
Click here to submit your 5 words and a little information about yourself. Please be imaginative and clean. If I don't like words you've submitted, I might have to assign them back to you!
I have left the email field as optional, but if you fill it out, you should get an automated email with a link back to the survey so that you can edit your entry at any time. Your email address will also be used to send you your jam words when the jam is about to begin.
If you do not provide me with an email address, please make sure you have logged in to the Game-Development Chat at least once so that I can ping you with your words before the jam begins. It also can't hurt to save the edit URL provided at the end of survey.
The jam will take place over the weekend of
October 31st through November 2nd.
I want the core jam hours to start Friday afternoon/evening, and end Sunday night for whichever timezone you reside. Since the world isn't flat, we have to have a wide time frame to allow everyone these core jam hours. Some people will get all day Friday, others will get some of Monday, etc, but everyone will get these core jam hours.
Edit: Alternatively, you can opt in for the Thursday through Saturday schedule. Your jam will start 24 hours early, and will end 24 hours early. Please let me know if you'd like to opt in for the Thursday -> Saturday schedule before the jam.