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Trio tries third jam in three years 0

Wan • 7 months ago on 8th Alakajam! entry  Rockslide

Greetings from France, where we'll be reforming the team from last jam! Our last time together was when we worked on Arkenstone (pictured on the right), and we're hoping to have a great week-end together again.

The team

This is now the fourth jam for BalBoom, while Thrainsa and I have been guilty of numerous game jams entries on both Alakajam and Ludum Dare.

Our plans

The last jam left us with mixed feelings. On one side it was fun to make a good old "platformer-with-a-twist" for the first time in a while (we used to do those all the time for our first jams in the early 2010s). On the other hand, it proved trickier than expected this time to code the mechanics we had in mind and glue everything together into a finished game. That left little time to polish the look and feel of the game, and literally zero time for audio.

We're still discussing what kind of game we'd like to do, but the main goal is to get the scope as small as possible in terms of code - and assets ideally, to leave plenty of space for polish.

Techs we'll most certainly be using are Unity and the Reason music software, the rest will depend on the game.
Have a nice jam!

Submit your game to the tournament 0

Wan • 7 months ago on 6th AKJ Tournament 

EDIT: Event launch has been postponed by a week, sorry for the delay!

In March will be held the 6rd AKJ Tournament, where the community is invited once again to play & compete on existing jam games!

If you want to submit your own game to the event, follow this link :)

Sustain: a rhythm-based platformer 2

Wan • 8 months ago on Music Kajam entry  Sustain

My original plan was to add music to a past jam game, but I have this little idea for a platformer that feels easy enough to explore. It will be pretty straightforward mechanics-wise, possibly quite hard, and as the gif suggests it will be synchronized to the music.

Good news is it took under two hours to get the basics in place with Unity. It's surprising that not many games I've seen explore that kind of stuff… The closest that comes to mind is the "140" indie game, otherwise I haven't seen it in jams that much.

The gif is only an early test so possibly not representative. I'm not 100% sure where this will end, but I have in mind some danceclub-like atmosphere with a heavy electro track on top, and difficult platforming where you find gaps between constantly moving shapes to try and stay alive. Let's see what I can get!

Music Kajam to be held in January 1

Wan • 9 months ago on Music Kajam 

The 8th Kajam will start with the new year and will focus on Music!

It will be hosted by game developer and musician @Tijn (Twitter). His experience in music includes contributing songs (as Nerk) to the soundtrack of PC game My Summer Car, composing the occasional chiptune with the Adlib tracker and having a weird passion for exotic VST plugins.

Stay tuned for more details :)

Schedule of the 8th Alakajam! 1

Wan • 9 months ago on 8th Alakajam! 

The next edition of the Alakajam! event will start on February 21th.

As always, the event is about making a game, from nothing, in a weekend. Teams or solo devs, beginners and professionals are all welcome to participate. If you opt-in to the competition, you will be ranked against every other contestant! If you prefer a more relaxed setting, the unranked jam will still give you an opportunity to get plays and comments.

 

Schedule

Dates Phase Description
February 7, 7pm UTC Theme submission and voting You can submit theme ideas for the jam and vote for all other submissions.
February 14, 7pm UTC Theme shortlist Only the best 10 themes are kept. Rank them by order of preference in this final phase of theme voting.
February 21, 6pm UTC Countdown stream An official stream is held on Twitch bu @DanaePlays, @Aurel300 and guest @Thrainsa to launch the event!
February 21, 7pm UTC THE JAM!!! Start making a game solo or as a team, and simply submit it before the deadline!
February 23, 7pm UTC End of ranked jam The main competition ends here, exactly 48 hours after the start time. Submissions will remain open for an additional hour after the deadline.
February 24,10pm UTC 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.
March 8, 7pm UTC 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!

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! glhf ;)

November is over, on to a week of feedback 0

Wan • 9 months ago on November Challenge 2019 

Congratulations to the authors of finished (and unfinished) Challenge entries! It can take some courage to finally brand your game as commercial and put a price tag on it. We hope this event helped some of you jump this hurdle.

Feedback week

We now have one week reserved to gather some feedback on the submissions. Everyone is invited to comment on:

  • The product itself (game quality) ;
  • The store presentation / marketing / pricing aspects.

I'll be leaving submissions open during the next week for any late entry.

Challenge winners

Any entry that made money is considered a winner! Let me know when you win to be added to this list. You also earn the right to use this badge anywhere you see fit :)

Win date Entry Author

Dec. 1st Random Sports Party @jcochet @Ilkalys

Nov. 26th Dashy no Witch @voxel

Discover the results of the 7th Alakajam 0

Wan • 11 months ago on 7th Alakajam! 

It's official: the results for the 7th 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! If you have things to say about the event, feel free to share any feedback on the #headquarters channel of our Discord server.

Upcoming events

The next Alakajam! will take place in February 2020, with the exact date to be set in stone very soon. Since it is in a long time, we have a couple events in store before then.

The next event will be a gaming competition called AKJ Tournament, where the community is invited like last time to play & compete on jam games! If you want to submit your own game to the event, follow this link.

Thanks for being part of this fun event, we hope you had a nice time! See you next time :)

The game ratings phase is on 0

Wan • 11 months ago on 7th Alakajam! 

For the next two weeks, all entrants are be able to give ratings on other games. Take some time to play & rate games, and even better write some feedback about it! Getting constructive feedback is one of the best ways to learn and improve one's 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 6th, at 7pm UTC the final results will be released and the winners crowned :)

Go go go! Play and rate games!

November Challenge starts... this November 😲 4

Wan • 1 year ago on November Challenge 2019 

What is the November Challenge?


This event is meant to get you motivated for releasing and marketing a game (or any game related product) during the month of November. If you release your project and eventually earn $1, you win! The aim is to use - and hopefully improve - your release and marketing skills, and hopefully give you the pride of making some money off of something you made.


What can my product be?

Your product can be a game or anything game related. This includes tools, assets, etc… And it can be a project you have already worked on, like a prior game jam entry that just lacks some polish and contents for release.

Do I have to start the project in November?

No. You can complete an old project or start a completely new one! The only objective is to release during the month of November. You don't have to earn the money in November either, winning later is still winning.

What qualifies as a win?

The amount of money earned is somewhat arbitrary, but if you want to set an amount, you can use 1 unit of your local currency. The goal is really just to learn about the release and marketing process, and ideally make some money off of your product.

How does the community participate?

People are encouraged to give feedback on each other's products. If your releases have an upfront price, we suggest exchanging keys between entrants instead over at Discord. Even if you didn't get someone's product, you can still give them feedback on their marketing efforts!

When is the November Challenge?

As the name implies, it's during the whole month of November. You have until the end of the month to submit your project here. Then when the month ends:

  1. The first week of December will be dedicated to exchanging feedback on each other's releases
  2. The winners will be invited to report back to be added on the Winner List :D

✍️ Surprise writing challenge! Win Alakajam magnets 0

Wan • 1 year ago on 7th Alakajam! entry  Arkenstone

Share a tweet-long story using as many themes as you can. The winner will be chosen on stream by TigerJ!

Post your story as an answer to this tweet to join the challenge.