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

Hello from France!

We're finally gathering again our team of friends that first worked together for LD43 (see pic on the right for the resulting game).

The Dream Team

BalBoom and Thrainsa last worked together for the 5th Alakajam yielding the Trinity puzzle game. I'm also a regular partner of Thrainsa, just check our profiles to see how many jams we joined together :)

Our plans

The goal this time is to make a platformer (probably not tile-based), the kind of stuff that is easy to make when taking advantage of Unity's physics engine and its other native tools. That would mean less time writing code, more with the level editor making actual contents.

The idea is inspired by a short game (see gif below) made back in 2017 for the very last MiniLD held by Ludum Dare. I had lots of fun making it with very little code: most of the time was spent drawing random shapes on Photoshop, importing them into Unity and building levels out of them. Reusing that approach as a starting point would be great to quickly get BalBoom up to speed as our level designer.

Good luck to all!

7th Alakajam! to be held September 20-22th 1

Wan • 1 year ago on 7th Alakajam! 

The next full-scale Alakajam! will take place on the September 20-22 week-end! We will post the detailed schedule early on that month. Book the date :)

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

Alakajam! non-profit meeting tonight 0

Wan • 1 year ago 

Alakajam is a non-profit organization, which means we run elections every year to choose a new board! It's also an opportunity to recap the year, so everyone is welcome to assist it. The meeting will be held on our Discord server, this Thursday 22 August at around 7pm UTC. More info in the pic below!

The Last Website On Earth 1

Wan • 1 year ago on Climate Change Jam entry  The Last Website On Earth

The concept

My CCJ entry will be a website inspired by a writing project (I won't dare say novel) I've been working on for fun for a few months now. Because that project has some environmental overtones, it inspired this weird little idea set in the same universe.

There is no game, just a small static website with hyperlinks that you can freely explore. Checking the different pages will let you assemble the pieces of this small SF world.

Current state, 24 hours before deadline

The website was created in an evening and is already functional, with about 1500 words (5 to 10 minutes read).

Now, before the end of the jam I would still like to expand it a bit, give it character and maybe little easter eggs. Its presentation is quite rough, which is done on purpose as a reference to the early days of the internet, but I fear it could make people bored by the walls of text… I'll see whether and how I can improve this.

A couple spare ideas 0

Wan • 1 year ago on Climate Change Jam entry  The Last Website On Earth

Being away from home this week I'm aiming for something small, so here's a couple rough game ideas I had to put aside, feel free to find inspiration in them:

Graygreen City (Strategy/Puzzle)

The player has to transform a polluted city into a greener one. The view is top-down, tile-based. The gameplay consists in spending slowly refilling money by replacing tiles from certain types into other types, the goal being to reinvent the way cities are organized in order to pollute less.

  • Tile types: Road, Housing, Pavement, Offices, Shops, Parks.
  • Variables:
    • Pollution (increases with cars on roads, parks reduce it, you win if you get to zero)
    • Productivity (increases with the time people spend at work, the higher the more money you get)
    • Anger (increases when people take longer to reach work/market, lowers with time, you get fired/lose if maxed out)
  • Units:
    • Car (moves fast on roads, cannot go to a tile occupied by another car)
    • Pedestrian (moves slowly on the pavement, can overlap other pedestrians)
  • Citizen AI: 1 housing tile = 1 citizen, attached to a random Office on the map (rerolled if deleted), and the nearest market to its home. Each citizen loops between "Home until 6am > Work until 12am > Home until 6pm > Shop until 12pm". Can either move as a car or a pedestrian, but will always use the car if it is faster than walking.

Comments : It might take a while to get right in terms of balancing. The AI should be fun to code but a bit long to complete. And yes, you can probably win by replacing everything with parks, maybe the city population at victory time is your final score?

The Path to Laughing with Salad (Walking sim or Text game)

This could work either as a walking simulator (made with RPG Maker for instance), or simply a simple interactive story. Something visual like a top down RPG view with some interactions would probably work best though.

The player goes through a typical day. The first day plays itself without any choices, the protagonist having certain habits. A certain event makes them suddenly willing to change their routine for the better good. Throughout the next day and onwards the player is faced with multiple difficult choices. What's better for the environment might have a negative impact in the short term (especially in terms of comfort), but turn out helpful in the long run:

  • Going to work by car or bike: If you pick the bike, at first you arrive late and sweaty. You fix the first problem by setting the alarm clock earlier the next day, and the sweatiness by preparing a change of clothes. After a few days like this you get fit and don't even sweat anymore.
  • Buying transformed or fresh foods: The food you cook yourself is terrible at first, but you get better (reading recipes in the evening can help). You also have to choose the quantities you buy, and will most probably fail with rotten leftovers or not enough food at first.
  • Bring homemade food to work: Linked to the previous item. If you don't bring food, you'll have to choose between an expensive place or one whose packaging lead to a lot of waste.
  • Turn the heat up at home or not: If you keep the heat low, you get annoyed by the cold but eventually get into the habit of wearing warmer clothes at home.

Various possible endings to that once the player has reached a green enough lifestyle. Maybe something to hint at an apparent uselessness of all the effort when there are industries nearby blasting waste at a different scale…

Discover the results of the 6th Alakajam 0

Wan • 1 year ago on 6th Alakajam! 

It's official: the results for the 6th 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, we've got a short survey you should definitely check out.

Upcoming events

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:

  • On July 12nd, we'll start the 4rd 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.

  • The whole month of August will be dedicated to a new Kajam. Its host will choose a topic that we'll be invited to study and make a game around!

Have a nice summer everyone, we hope to see you in the upcoming events!

The ranked competition is over! 0

Wan • 1 year ago on 6th Alakajam! 

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

Ratings phase

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 :)

Unranked jam

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.

It's working! It's working! 0

Wan • 1 year ago on 6th Alakajam! entry  88wpm

Click the image to try the 88wpm typing game :)

At this point the game is not really online, instead all replays are stored for future players to compete with. This way the game won't feel empty during the rating phase.

There's still a lot to do if I want to actually fit the theme (not mentioning the car sprites are terrible), but the core gameplay works which is nice. More details on my roadmap on the entry page

The theme is DUEL 1

Wan • 1 year ago on 6th Alakajam! 

The 6th Alakajam has now started, good luck to all! Let's get cracking!

Game submission

The deadline depends on whether you want to enter the ranked or unranked category:

  • Ranked (Solo or Team): Sunday, June 2nd 7:00pm UTC, which means you have 48 hours
  • Unranked: Monday, June 3rd 9:00pm UTC, which means you have a bit more than 72 hours

For both categories, you have one additional hour after the deadline to create your game page, but we advise you do that in advance.

We all enjoyed the awesome opening ceremony created by @Aurel300 and @DanaePlays. If you missed it, you can still find it at Danae's Twitch channel.

Cool things to do during the jam

  • Write blog posts: share your thoughts on the theme, post your progress, images of #gamedevfood or gifs of gameplay (or cute animals!)
  • Follow the Alakajam Twitter account and tweet about #alakajam
  • Check out the streams and videos
  • If you get bored, the Agar.io clone is still up, although probably dead right now. Let's do a meetup over there halfway through the jam, on Saturday 7pm UTC :)

But most importantly: have fun!

Welcome to the 6th Alakajam! 5

Wan • 1 year ago on 6th Alakajam! 

The new Alakajam! is finally approaching and will start on May 31st.

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!

Full schedule

Dates Phase Description
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.
May 31
6pm UTC
Countdown stream DanaePlays and Aurel300 host an official stream on Twitch to launch the event!
May 31
7pm UTC
 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!

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 ;)