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Game Jam FAQ

katyadee
katyadee

This is a living document!

RULES

  1. All entries must be completed by April 18. You're welcome to work prior, but submissions begin March 18.
  2. You must submit a game. If it's not obviously a game, let us know why you're submitting it and how to play!
  3. Work must be developed on repl.it and run on repl.it.
  4. All work must be your own or properly credited. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions.
  5. No purchase of any kind necessary.

FAQ

How long is the challenge going to run for?
It opens on March 18th and ends on April 18th. You’ve got a full month to create a cool game!

How will the prizes be distributed if a group wins?
If a group wins the top prize, we'll distribute it evenly.

How will entries be judged?
That's up to our judges! Read more about them here. No more upvote rigging, folks.

Does my game have to fit the theme?
The theme is CASH and it's there to inspire you! Feel free to interpret it however you’d like. But no, no points off if your submission doesn’t have a “cash” element in it.

Can I submit with a friend?
Yes! Groups up to 10 and individuals can submit. We’ll be giving out awards for best individual project and best group projects, but any submission is eligible for the top prize.

I want to submit with a friend, but I don’t have any. Help?
Check out #Challenge > #matchmaker on our Discord server—you’ll be able to find a group there.

Can I submit something I created before the challenge started? I mean, how will you even know I did otherwise?
We’d love to see it, but all games have to be designed on repl.it. We’re able to check the history… so don’t cheat!

Can I share my challenge entry before it’s finished?
Absolutely! You can edit your submission at any time, but you’re not permitted to make changes after April 18, 2019.

Can I change my entry after I’ve submitted it?
You can edit your entry up until April 18 at 11:59PM PST. After that, our submission period is closed!

I’m a member of the press and think this is cool. Who do I reach out to?
Shoot an email to [email protected].

I still have questions. Halp.
That’s okay. We’re here to help. Just send me an email at [email protected].

Asset Resources

Need a little bit of help to get you started? Here’s a (n ever evolving!) list of free game assets. Just be sure to read the site carefully and give credit where credit is due ;-).

Art & Palettes

Itch.io’s Free Game Assets
[OpenGameArt] (https://opengameart.org/)
CraftPix Freebies
Kenney Free Assets
LoSpec Palettes

Music & Sound FX

FreeSound.org
[Get-Sounds.com] (http://www.get-sounds.com/)
Free Music Archive
Free-Loops

Have assets you want to share? Let us know and we’ll add your download link!

4 years ago

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SPQR
SPQR

We can come up with an idea and concepts and such before the challenge starts, right? Or does EVERYTHING have to be done within one month, not just the code itself?

4 years ago
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katyadee
katyadee

@SPQR
Feel free to brainstorm before then.

ETA: You can create, but not submit! Slight rule tweak.

4 years ago
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bobmcbob
bobmcbob

@SPQR
There's no point trying to stop you from brainstorming before it begins... even if they (somehow) discover you ARE, they can't stop you.

4 years ago
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katyadee
katyadee

@bobmcbob
You can brainstorm, refine your skills, even try to learn a new language! You just can't start creating...yet.

4 years ago
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CarstenEggers
CarstenEggers

@KatyaDelaney
I think i will start improving the Framework. Oh wait before improvement i have to build it.

4 years ago
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katyadee
katyadee

@SPQR
Slight rule tweak: You can create but not submit.

4 years ago
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21natzil
21natzil

I want to use a project but it would require installing a lot of extra libs. Is this possible to use in repl.it https://github.com/renpy/renpy#compiling-the-modules and how would I use it.

4 years ago
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Scoder12
Scoder12

@21natzil
You could make it work in polygott with a few tweaks. If you have a conditional check to only install it if the files don't exist you can cut the loading times down a bit.

4 years ago
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MarkKreitler
MarkKreitler

If we make our own art resources and make them publicly available, can we create these before the March 18th start date?

4 years ago
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katyadee
katyadee

@MarkKreitler
Absolutely! Just get in touch with me so I can add them to our asset list.

4 years ago
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Labscience
Labscience

Are the judges going to check all submissions ?

4 years ago
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finnbuhse
finnbuhse

Is the packages option in the pygame repls meant to have suddenly disappeared?! Because the game we have been making for the past 15 days is nonfunctional without external packages.

4 years ago
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themaka
themaka

I don't think it was part of the plan,

@finnbuhse
-- I'm looking into it!

4 years ago
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finnbuhse
finnbuhse

@themaka
Thanks allot sorry if i seemed rude just wanted to get attention :)

4 years ago
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themaka
themaka

No worries

@finnbuhse
- I've notified the team about this and hopefully we'll have it fixed shortly.

4 years ago
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Ill_be_back_inb
Ill_be_back_inb

i dont understand, how would one go around making a game when there is no video output in repl.it?
for small indie events like this i love using the pygame module but as i said, no video output!
Ive heard that repl it are working on something but to get started now i don't really know what to do?

4 years ago
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Dededecent
Dededecent

@Ill_be_back_inb hey you can use pygame it's just in beta repl.it/languages/pygame or you can even use python with turtle for games.

4 years ago
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Ill_be_back_inb
Ill_be_back_inb

@Boopydoop
the pygame doesnt seem to work, i was trying to make a simple white screen, but it just outputs errors upon errors and i dont understand

4 years ago
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Dededecent
Dededecent

@Ill_be_back_inb hmm i don't really know i'm not very skilled in pygame i would try the discord server im sure there will be some people who know how to do it well wish you luck.

4 years ago
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ArchieMaclean
ArchieMaclean

@Ill_be_back_inb You have to make a Pygame repl.
Click new repl and type in pygame.
Please upvote if this helps :)

4 years ago
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What are all the prizes?

4 years ago
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Nanowrimoijk
Nanowrimoijk

@KatyaDelaney
is there a limit to how many projects can be submitted per person?

4 years ago
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TimothyAnderso1
TimothyAnderso1

Pre Making Engines

Can we make a game engine before March 18 but not the actual game?
Like My In the works Game engine

4 years ago
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a5rocks
a5rocks

@TimothyAnderso1
In fact, the moderators gave the go-ahead to start working on the game. So you can start working on the game now! Just don't submit until March 18th.

4 years ago
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katyadee
katyadee

@a5rocks
Thanks for sharing our update!

4 years ago
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TheDrone7
TheDrone7

@a5rocks
even after this little update I decided to start working today, I have no idea why... 😂, What do you think?

4 years ago
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AllAwesome497
AllAwesome497

ah howcome the due date is now april 19th? on the main challenge page

4 years ago
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