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It's official: the results for the 4th Alakajam! are out!

You can find the results here:

Solo winners | Team winners

Kudos, high fives and back slaps to everyone who participated, in whatever way(s) you chose to. We hope you had a blast!

Now, we've got a teeny tiny little survey which you can fill in—just some feedback on how things are running, whether you'd like to get involved, and asking your opinion on some important future decisions.

OK, what's next?

November Challenge: November 2018
What's a November Challenge? Good question! Ever wondered what happens after you've made a game? @DaFluffyPotato will host this event taking us through marketing & releasing a game to the outside world, and maybe even making a profit :o

Behind the Scenes

Many thanks to the awesome @Tipyx for hosting this jam, and his little minions for helping out with maintenance and streaming. Also many thanks to those of you who jammed, played, streamed and/or speedran(runned?), as well as you, the community, for making this what it is.

We hope to see you soon! :)

Tipyx

Before knowing who will be the top 3 of this 4th Alakajam!

But to allow some games to be ranked, they'll need your help… and your rating! This is why we entered in "rescue mode".
You can too give them useful feedback and criticism on how improve their games.

Wan

With the unranked jam now over, now is the time to play and rate each other's games!

How it works…

For the next two weeks, all entrants will be able to give ratings on other games. Take some time to play & rate games, and even better write some feedback about it! Constructive feedback is one of the best ways to learn and improve your game design skills, so please dish it out in buckets. While people who didn't enter the event cannot rate games, they can still post reviews.

By rating & commenting (even on Unranked entries), you will gain Karma that will make your game more visible to others. A high Karma gives you more chances to get ratings yourself and reach the minimum of 10 to be classified. Otherwise, you will not get a final ranking!

On October 28th, at 7pm the final results will be released and the winners crowned :)

Go go go! Play and rate games!

Wan

Congratulations everyone for joining the jam :) You just made a game in 48 hours, which is an impressive achievement in itself!

And if any one is left unsatisfied, or even could not finish their game, I'm sure it helped you improve your game making skills, meet some people, or just have a fun week-end so there's always something positive to take away from it B-)

Submissions are still open for unranked submissions: while those won't be officially ranked, they can expect as many people to play & comment on them. So, if you haven't finished your game in time, it's actually not too late to complete something! Game submissions will completely close Monday at 9pm UTC.

We will post more details about the voting phase tomorrow evening, but you can already go play & review games right now!

Tipyx

The 4th Alakajam just started !

The top voted theme is "Falling".

About the submission…

You can submit in two different category :

  • Ranked : October 14th 7:00pm UTC, which means you have 48 hours!
  • Unranked : October 15th 9:00pm UTC, which means you have a bit more than 72 hours!

And of course, you have an additionnal hour for submitting your game, so use your fulltime for making a (great) game!

Around the jam…

  • Tell us your progress during the jam here with prototype, gif or game design document.
  • You can tweet about it with the #alakajam (and follow the Alakajam twitter account too!).

Don't forget to sleep, you'll be more efficient if you do :). And eat too!
And most importantly : have fun! !
There is only two ends, you'll succeed, or you'll learn!

Tipyx

We reach more than 170 themes this time, but you know the rules… Only the top of the top of them can reach the shortlist.
And there is it…

It's now time to sort them from your favorite on top to your less one on bottom!

If you're one of us next week end, please tell us you're in with a post Don't hesitate to talk a little about yourself, it's always cool to learn and discover each other!

That's all folks!

Tipyx

The 4th Alakajam! will start the October 12th at 7pm UTC and last to the October 14th at 7pm UTC. But for now, we have to find a theme!
So you can create an account, go here to submit themes (up to 3 by account) and vote for those you like!

The voting process

  • For one week (starting today, September 28th) you can submit up to three theme suggestions. Everyone else will be able to rate your suggestions positively or negatively.
  • After one week (at October 5th) suggestions will be closed. The top ten themes will be made public and everybody can vote for them in order of preference.
  • The final theme will be announced with the launch of the jam (at Friday October 12th, 7pm UTC) within a stream!

Things you can do

Wan

It's been over three months since the last Alakajam. The next competition will take place on the 12-14 October weekend!

The goal of the event is simple: make a game, from scratch, in just a weekend. You can do this on your own, or in a team, you can be a seasoned pro or a total beginner. If you opt-in to the competition, you will get to be ranked against all the other contestants!

First we need to decide on a theme, which we do by letting people submit their ideas and vote for all other submissions. Once we are closer to the jam, we will crop the list to the top 10 suggested themes, and there will be a second voting phase. The final theme will be revealed on stream just as the 4th Alakajam starts!

The full schedule is listed below:

Schedule

Dates Phase Description
September 28 - October 5th Theme submission & voting You can submit theme ideas for the jam and vote for all other submissions.
October 5-12nd Theme shortlist Only the best 10 themes are kept. Rank them by order of preference in this final phase of theme voting.
October 12, 6:30 UTC Countdown stream DanaePlays and Aurel300 host an official stream on Twitch to launch the event!
October 12-14th THE JAM!!! From Friday 7pm UTC to Sunday 7pm UTC, make a game solo or as a team, and simply submit it before the deadline!
October 12-15th Unranked jam If you want to go for a relaxed weekend - or need more time - you can create a game in the 72 hours of the unranked jam.
October 14-28th Game voting For two weeks all entrants are invited to play, rate and comment on other peoples games.
October 28th Results The results from game voting are released and the winners are crowned!

Rules

There are three divisions:

  • Solo, in which you make a whole game alone in 48 hours
  • Team, in which any number of persons can gather to make a game in 48 hours
  • Unranked, a more open division which grants about 72 hours to finish the game. Useful for those not interested in the competitive aspect of the event, want to work on an existing project of theirs, or simply did not finish their game in time.

See the full rules for the Alakajam.

How to enter

All you need to do is:

  1. Create an account on this website
  2. Publish your game before the deadline

A lot of participants also post an "I am in" blog post presenting themselves or their team before the event. Describe what tools and frameworks and engines you will use to create your awesome game! Which themes do you like? Let us and the community know!

If you can, feel free to spread the word about the jam - the more we are, the merrier! And of course: good luck and have fun ;)

Wan

The next full-scale Alakajam! competition will take place on the October 12-14 week-end. We will post the detailed schedule early on that month. Book the date, and see you then!

Note that before then we will still host smaller events. Here's our current plans:

  • A Kajam (in August) where you have a whole month to practice a specific aspect of game development.
  • A Tournament (in September) where we'll just compete for high scores on Alakajam! games (like this!).

To make sure not to miss the next events, you can also follow us either on Twitter or Reddit.