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Tips for BGJG2 from last year's winner
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SixBeeps

Tips for BJGJ2

From last year's winner

It is the wonderful month of October,
And spooky day's getting closer,
Let's look at some tips
And neat little tricks
To be a good game composer (for the upcoming Bram Jam Game Jam!)


Number 1: Ideate before starting anything

Think about what you want to make first.
Don't necessarily go with the first thing that comes to mind.
Go through your options and think about each one's difficulty in terms of making them.
Think about what framework you want to use. Use one that you're comfortable with.
(Use something flashy or something capable of being flashy)

Number 2: Don't just focus on code

Good games aren't just focused on mechanics.
Spend some time on art, music, presentation, etc.
Code certainly matters, though, so make sure that's good as well.

Number 3: Spend time polishing

You're given plenty of time to create your game.
Use any extra time you have to improve it.
Work out any confusing mechanics, weird bugs, ugly assets, and other things that might break your score.

Number 4: Come up with a creative name

I hated my game's name, "Let's Stick Together!"
Too long, too generic.
You should be able to do better, especially with a theme like Multiplayer Halloween
Make it attractive, make it something I'd want to play

Number 5: Make your game known for something

Things such as important characters, memorable images/music, and unconventional storytelling are always good to have.
Don't let your project get forgotten in the swarm of other submissions.
Be unique.

Number 6: Make your game accessible

This year, you'll be disqualified if your game needs to be downloaded.
Put your game in a Repl if you're working locally.
Also upload your code to GitHub if the resulting game gets obfuscated (like Unity games)

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NavyaChhikara
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hotnewtop
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realTronsi

What there is a jam?

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SixBeeps

@realTronsi Yup, it was just announced today

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SixBeeps
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realTronsi

@SixBeeps Could you link the post, I don't see it

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realTronsi
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realTronsi

@SixBeeps Ooh it's a community hosted one

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rediar

@realTronsi sponsered by repl.it, and has great prizes. check website of the jam for more info.

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JimmieLarson

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RayhanADev

Hey @SixBeeps sorry to bug you, but do we have to start tomorrow with a new program or can we make one now and start submitting tomorrow.

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SixBeeps

@RayhanADev From bramley: "Plagiarism is banned, reusing old code is just discouraged. As long as you rewrite something and add then idc."

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Pankak

@SixBeeps technically the jam and its theme was announced 2 days before the official starting date, so any project created 2 days before the official start should be fair game.

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RayhanADev

Danke @SixBeeps, this will be very useful. What exactly are you guys scoring based on (like a scoresheet)?

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SixBeeps

@RayhanADev iirc there is a scoresheet. don't know what this year's looks like, so that'll be announced probably soon.

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EpicGamer007

I would love to participate but I do not know backend nor have I ever created a game.. :(

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EpicGamer007

I mean, I have created games before but mine probably are not too good..

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SixBeeps

@EpicGamer007 You don't need to know backend, local multiplayer is accepted as well.

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EpicGamer007

@SixBeeps well idk local multiplayer... wait... is local multiplayer when 2 people play on the same computer?

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EpicGamer007

@SixBeeps , also, I do not think we all are expert music creators. can we use songs we find on something like YouTube?

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EpicGamer007

@SixBeeps , also can this be with 2 people? or do you have to work independently?

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SixBeeps

@EpicGamer007 uhhh @bramley can you answer these?

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SixBeeps

@EpicGamer007 Also yes local multiplayer is multiplayer on 1 computer

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bramley

@EpicGamer007 Hey, it's open to teams. Just a warning, the physical prizes are limited to one representative per team

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EpicGamer007

@bramley thanks for the info. But can we use songs we find on something like YouTube?

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Codemonkey51
@SixBeeps @rediar hello I hear you are judges how much does it cost for you to say I did really good

oooh cool I'll look into these tips. I have an idea that might just knock some ppls socks off (or whatever the phrase is) good luck to everyone :)

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rediar

good luck! @Codemonkey51
also send me a lamborghini and I'm up for negotiations about bribery

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Codemonkey51
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Codemonkey51

you should get it at the heat death of the universe! @rediar

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From last year's winner

weird flex but ok

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DynamicSquid

@sugarfi eh, as long as he's holding the party he said he will hold, I'm fine with that. it's in 3 months btw, you coming?

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SixBeeps

@sugarfi Yeah I'm hosting a celebration party in 3 months

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Codemonkey51

Hey, I didn't get an invite :thonk: can I come? @SixBeeps

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firefish

@SixBeeps oh ok (will it be virtual?)

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SixBeeps

@firefish No, it's in-person at my college

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firefish

@SixBeeps wonderful.

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rediar

I think you forgot bribery (of the judges)

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SixBeeps

@rediar Careful who you say that to 🤫

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Codemonkey51
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DynamicSquid

@rediar aw I was gonna say that

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rediar

@DynamicSquid haha too bad

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Bookie0

It is the wonderful month of October,

Oh yeas very wonderful (especially bc it's my b-day month lol)

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DynamicSquid

@Bookie0 happy birthday!

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Bookie0

lol not yet tho in 6 days but thanks anyways! :) @DynamicSquid

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elipie

@Bookie0 o wait cool :D Mine was on the sixth, (btw im the guy on discord named Detective banana) cool to know that we have the same bday

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Bookie0

Mine’s not on the 6th... @elipie

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elipie
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elipie

@Bookie0 i meant bday month or something

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Bookie0

so we don't have same bday lol @elipie

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elipie

yh i meant month lol @Bookie0

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Bookie0

ok (sorry for all these @SixBeeps I;ll try to stop now lol)
@elipie