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Hallo! I’m ratrogue, and I have the honor to be your host for the 12th Kajam. For the uninitiated, Kajams are basically relaxed Alakajams; jams within jams, one could say. This time you have a whole month to create your entry, and you are totally free in what tools and assets to use. Unfortunately something came up and I didn’t have time to think of a theme, but thankfully a close friend of mine took over. He is not part of the Alakajam community, at least not directly, so I will just quote him here:
« Hello dear people of Akajalam, I am carcass! You might know me as the creator of SMALLWORLD, but I’m not a ‘real’ game developer. Still, I just love game development. So much that I want this Kayjam to be super meta.
Remember ‘Systemic Shock’ by Through The Looking Glass Games? The game with the evil AI? Stroll around a bit in the creepy corridors, and you will find a game console. And games for it. Yes, you can play a simple version of ‘Winged Commands’ while actually being hunted by cyber mutants! Mind. Is. Blown! In the sequel there’s even an 'Ultimare’-like RPG on your virtual GameHog device.
So there you have it! The theme is…
Wow! A Game Within A Game! Does that mean you’re required to make a complete game, just to embed yet another one? Well, only if you want to! But maybe it can mean something else? For example:
Also, this could be an opportunity for a collaboration of a special kind - maybe you and your partner(s) get to work on different games, inside the same game! Or intertwine your games! Who knows what can happen! I for sure don't know. I'm excited to see what you make, be it inside a computer or outside!
Good luck! »
Well, that’s it from carcass. I will read his text as soon as I have some time. I’m sure his theme idea is great. Anyways, don’t forget to make a game from April 29th to May 29th, or any timeframe in between, or outside. Have fun, say no to war, be creative, but don't infringe copyrights!
(The background picture for this event is taken from "Skybox - Kabuki" (2020) by Ludwig Hanisch.)
After we submitted 666 Coins to the 7dfps we continued to work on it - on things like little rats roaming the dungeon, a lot of additional and beautified map sections, improved level generation, hiding under tables (yes, there's furniture now!) …
And for the Tournament we created a special mode where players have to hunt statues. We'd like to invite everyone to play the improved 666 Coins Tournament Version, and welcome any feedback!
Again, thank you all for participating, and also sharing and caring. Now it is time to play, comment and rate the games! We thought of three categories:
Of course you can add your own interpretation to each of the categories.
There aren’t many “serious” game jams out there, which is understandable. Probably because it’s uncomfortable. It doesn’t scream FUN. It might require a bit more thinking. You can't just make a Snake clone and be done with it.
So yeah - let’s have one next month!
About what? About one of the greatest problems of our generation of course! Our planet’s climate is changing, and it’s not for the better. In fact, if we don’t do something about it right now, Earth will be in large parts uninhabitable for humans. Not in the far-away future, but in our lifetime. (And yes, it is our fault.)
While 'game developer' isn't a very useful profession for the (post) apocalypse, maybe it still can be useful for spreading awareness before all this!
Want to be an activist? Try to make a game about fun activities like plogging! How about a fishing game in a pond full of trash? And how will gardening look like in 2050? Maybe you’re more of the scientist type - make little simulations! How will the rising water levels affect your life, our lives? Is there a slim chance we get saved? Or maybe you want you want to debate? Try your luck with climate deniers. Lost all hope? Why not make something apocalyptic which depicts the grim future you envision!
In any case, try to make something with an impact - which means it doesn't even have to be a game. Take the climate protest to the internet by creating something everyone can experience - take part in the Climate Change Jam! It will be a week-long event, commencing from August 10th to 18th (choose your own start time)!
Oh, and this jam is open for everyone, not just the youth.
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