Our first ever game jam!

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Game Jam FAQ

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
CraftPix Freebies
Kenney Free Assets
LoSpec Palettes

Music & Sound FX

FreeSound.org
Get-Sounds.com
Free Music Archive
Free-Loops

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

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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?

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@SPQR Feel free to brainstorm before then.

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

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@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.

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

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

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

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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.

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@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.

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

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

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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?

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@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.

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@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

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@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.

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

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What are all the prizes?

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

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Pre Making Engines

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

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@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.

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@a5rocks Thanks for sharing our update!

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

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There was a game I made with a tutorial Called the dog game, replica of the old game called, “the camel game I had uploaded”. I changed the name just recently to “the dog game.” And some one had uploaded it for themselves and took credit for themselves, and did’t say anything about me yet.
Simple words he plagiarized from me.

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https://repl.it/@David2096/Camel-Game @KatyaDelaney can you do anything about it before he submits it?

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Awesome Game Jam. This will be my first game jam ever. Quick question:
Can we submit an incomplete/work in progress game?

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@AkhilGupta Yes, as long as everything is good to go by 4/18.

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@KatyaDelaney Great! Thanks.
I'll try and get it ready by then :)

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Can my idea be inspired or as a rework of a game that already exists? I'm making the entire game, but it's a rework that's a bit different from the original game

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@Mavrick As long as all the work is your own, I don't see why not

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how do i post the repl itself?
or you jast find the game by the name i give in my profile?

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Am I still aloud to submit my game if I use a CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0 license?

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so we are creating a game? is there a specific topic? I'm still confused by this.

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@IsaacPourdanesh Yes, you're creating a game. The theme is "cash."

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@KatyaDelaney Does the game have to fit the theme?

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https://inventwithpython.com/pygame/ might be of interest to some of you. Free ebook on using Pygame

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@themaka Thanks, Maka! This is great.

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So, when you win do you divide the bitcoin amongst the winners or does each winner get 1 BTC?

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@karthikkhatri divided :) unless the winner is an individual

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@KatyaDelaney but there are 6 winners right? how do you divide then?

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@karthikkhatri The only people eligible for 1BTC are winners of the grand prize.

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I didn't realise you couldn't start before the 18th and wrote hardly any code; I literally got as far as drawing a rectangle and declaring some classes/variables. I have now deleted the repl.
Can I still do the competition with my idea?

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@ArchieMaclean Wait, are you allowed to start before the start date?

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@ArchieMaclean oh, you are.
and i just deleted my repl :(

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@ArchieMaclean Feel free to start again! Are you on the Discord? We're happy to help you out with anything, too.

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@KatyaDelaney I have started again :)
I am on discord; I will ask if I have a problem.

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@ArchieMaclean Ok, I have a problem.
And I have asked on discord

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So, i'm kind of a novice using Repl.it IDE and there's something that's a bit unclear to me yet: does repl.it support video output using Java or C#? If so, how do I enable that? Thanks for the attention. Looking forward in participating!

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@AndreHugo using Java Swing you can. Click new repl and type in Java Swing
Please upvote if this helps :)

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Can I be a judge? I really like playing games and coding them.

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@Steven_The_GuyT The judges have already been chosen, but all games will be posted under the challenges forum, so anyone can play!

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What exactly is a game ?, have a categories ?, need be a multiplayer ?

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The game is lost or win is your ?

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Just double checking, since I want to make sure I'm following the rules :P, is it OK to start coding before the 18th of March, since there seems to be conflicting information? Thanks.

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What programming languages are allowed for this challange. I am new to Repl.it. Please Guide me.

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@SaptarshiHalder Maybe whatever language you like, i guess

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I want to make a game using pygame. However, repl.it does not support pygame. How can I make it so that I can make something using pygame and submit, too?

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@laksh5 repl.it does actually support pygame now, so your in luck!

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@laksh5 sorry it posted twice idk why

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What if I have an idea, game art, a working demo beforehand but I change the idea quite a bit, rewrite 90% of the code while keeping the same art? Also, if there is absolutely NO cash element in it, is it still valid?

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Does it have to be 3D? And what language can you use?

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It dosen't have to be 3D and you can use any language. @14walkeh

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Might be nice for each of the judges to write a quick summary of his/her judging criteria. :)

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As to reusing code, I already have a Pixi.js game system set up with Javascript classes. Can I use that and refine it as I go along? Basically, can I use a library I've made myself?

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@Reader8765 Sure! As long as you're adding onto it/refining, that's ok

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Is it a type of prize for the winner or something?

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@Emil_Skibrek 1BTC aka 1 bitcoin aka 3800 USD

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Where would we submit the link once we finish?

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