It's official: the results for the 6th Alakajam! are out! You can find the results here:
Kudos, high fives and back slaps to everyone who participated, in whatever way(s) you chose to. We hope you had a blast! If you have things to say about the event, we've got a short survey you should definitely check out.
The next Alakajam! will take place on the 20-22 September 2019 week-end, book the date! Since September is in a long time, we have a couple events in store before then:
Have a nice summer everyone, we hope to see you in the upcoming events!
Congratulations everyone for joining the jam :) You just made a game in 48 hours, which is an impressive achievement in itself!
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.
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.
On June 16th, at 7pm the final results will be released and the winners crowned :)
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.
The 6th Alakajam has now started, good luck to all! Let's get cracking!
The deadline depends on whether you want to enter the ranked or unranked category:
For both categories, you have one additional hour after the deadline to create your game page, but we advise you do that in advance.
But most importantly: have fun!
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 be ranked against every other contestant!
|May 17||Theme submission & voting||You can submit theme ideas for the jam and vote for all other submissions.|
|May 24||Theme shortlist||Only the best 10 themes are kept. Rank them by order of preference in this final phase of theme voting.|
|Countdown stream||DanaePlays and Aurel300 host an official stream on Twitch to launch the event!|
|THE JAM!!!||Start making a game solo or as a team, and simply submit it before the deadline!|
|June 2||End of ranked jam||The main competition ends here, exactly 48 hours after the start time.|
|June 3||End of 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.|
|June 16||Results||After two weeks during which all entrants are invited to play, rate and comment on other peoples games… The results are released and the winners crowned!|
There are three divisions:
See the full rules for the Alakajam.
All you need to do is:
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! glhf ;)
The Alakajam! competitions let people make a video game from scratch in a week-end, then play and rate each other! All games are made around a theme chosen by the community.
Anyone can enter in any of the following divisions:
The jam always starts on a Friday, 7pm UTC.
After the jam, Solo and Team divisions will be ranked separately through community voting: any person who entered the event will be able to play, rate and comment other people's games for two weeks, until the final results are released. On each game you play, you will get to rate six aspects of game making:
|Overall||How much you liked the game in general.|
|Graphics||Your appreciation of all the visual aspects of the game. This can be opted-out if you want to (e.g. text-based game).|
|Audio||Your appreciation of all the sound-related aspects of the game. This can be opted-out if you want to (e.g. silent game).|
|Gameplay||Your appreciation of the gameplay, contents & balancing.|
|Originality||How original you found the game, its art and sound.|
|Theme||How well and how interestingly the game fit to the theme.|
Unranked games won't get ratings but can expect as much plays & feedback as the others.
Those third-party assets exceptions are only allowed as long as you have the license to use them. Please check the licensing terms and in doubt, consult the author.
Since there is no ratings involved, the rules are much more relaxed. While the ranked divisions are only made for video games, card & board games are allowed here. The only rules are:
There are additional rules if you submit an existing project of yours. These are fuzzy rules only aimed at preventing abusive self-promotion:
Obviously, the rules on post-jam changes don't cover every scenario (for instance you may realize the music volume is super low, or in-game instructions are wrong, etc.).
…So in those cases where you want to do something but it's unclear if you can, or not doing it seems unfair, do it, and mention what you did in your game description. After all, this is a completely informal competition, there's no prizes involved, we're just here to make games and have fun!