2021 Minetest GAME JAM [December 1st-21st] [$600+ prize pool] [IT HAS BEGUN]

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2021 Minetest GAME JAM [December 1st-21st] [$600+ prize pool] [IT HAS BEGUN]

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Announcing ... *drumroll* ... the 2021 Minetest GAME JAM!

This is the first "legit" game jam for the Minetest community, and we hope it brings a few new games to the collection. We also hope it goes well enough to host more of these in the future!

Why should I be excited?

  • Sharpen your game making skills!
  • Play new games made by the community!
  • Money prizes!
  • It's fun, right???
  • It's easy!

What do I do?


Your goal is to make a small, complete, self-contained game experience.

Some examples of the size of game we are looking for: The goal is to make a small game, not an immersive sandbox or an emergent RPG. Choose a simple, manageable idea, and divide your time wisely.

Need game ideas? How about:
  • Racing game
  • Farming simulator
  • I Spy (or Where's Waldo?)
  • Business simulation (tycoon game)
  • Tower defense
  • Battleship (or another board game)

When is it happening?


(All dates are 00:00UTC)
  • The game jam starts December 1st.
  • Development time ends December 21st.
  • Rating begins immediately after, and ends December 30th.
  • Results will be totalled and announced December 31st (or Jan. 1st).

How do I participate?


Simple: Submit a game to the Content Database by the deadline with the Jam / Game 2021 tag.
If you are on a team, choose one person to submit your package. Make sure to list all your team members!
Only one submission will be counted per participant (the last one submitted) You could be on multiple teams and by yourself to have multiple submissions.

The tag will not be available until December 1st! Releases made before December 1st will be disqualified!
Packages will be held until work time ends and then approved to open for ratings.

Rules

  • Game must be created entirely within allotted time-frame
    • You should not be building off of an existing game (like MTG)
    • Pre-made libraries/assets must be documented somewhere
  • Third-party libraries and assets may be used, but core gameplay must be own work
    • You must document which content is made by you and which is not (can use licenses to document)
    • We highly recommend using git submodules for third-party libraries
  • Teams are allowed (any size allowed, participants may participate in multiple teams and individually)
  • Submissions must follow CDB Guidelines
  • Game must be compatible with latest stable version at start of the jam (Dec. 1st, 5.4.1)
  • CDB Packages must be tagged appropriately (event tag)
  • Participants found unfairly influencing reviews will be immediately disqualified, but their package (if submitted) may remain as a regular CDB package

Rating and Scoring


On December 21st all submissions will be approved (if they meet CDB guidelines) and opened for playing/rating.

Your Job


Play and review submission with the event tag. Your +1/-1 will contribute to the community score for each package.

Our Job


A panel of judges will also score each package. This will be combined with the community score and objective rubric to produce a final score.

Here are some subjective things you should keep in mind that the judges may be looking for.
  • Innovation: What's different about your game? Are the mechanics new and clever? Is there unexpected gameplay?
  • Gameplay: How intuitive is your gameplay? Is it a fun one-sitting game or hours of emergent gameplay? Is it captivating?
  • Content: Is your game super polished? Or is there a lot to explore?
  • Audio/Visuals: Did you make beautiful art or music? Is the game style cohesive? Can you charm anyone with your programmer art?
  • Stability: How well does your game run? Are there any unexpected crashes? Are there any warnings in the console?

Wait, objective rubric?


These are bonus criteria that will add to your score. Not completing these will probably harm your package in the final rankings.
  • The game is stable enough to play. Any bugs or crashes should not hinder main gameplay (+5%)
  • Package has a public git repository. Mercurial is cool, but we use git in this house (+3%)
  • The game works out-of-the-box. No extra configuration, external programs, or trusted mods. (+2%)
For more info on how scoring works, see the full details.

What will I win?


Bragging rights! A cool game! Oh, and some money!
The top 3 winners will win portions of the prize pool.

Current Prize Pool: $620

Portions are subject to change, but you can expect roughly 50%/30%/20% for 1st/2nd/3rd.
Winners will be contacted for payment address (PayPal account, charity, or other participant).

PayPal is required to receive prize funds. This is mostly for international and accessibility reasons. Alternatives may be suggested at payout, but will only be used at handler's convenience. Crypto will not be considered.

For more details on prize handling (ties, teams, etc.) see full details.

The prize pool is funded by community contributions. Those that wish to contribute should contact GreenXenith (via forum, Discord @ GreenXenith#3232, or Reddit).

Current contributors:
  • MisterE
  • MinetestVideos
  • cupOjoseph
  • GreenXenith
  • Norojop
  • Blockhead

Disclaimer


By participating and/or contributing, you understand and accept that prize money will be aggregated and distributed by a private third-party (GreenXenith) through a secondary proprietary third-party service (PayPal) to you (the contestant) or the destination of your choice, at the discretion of the private handler (GreenXenith).

Who are the judges?

  • Benrob0329
  • celeron55
  • GreenXenith
  • Hugues Ross
  • Krock (SmallJoker)
  • MinetestVideos (Nathan Salapat)
  • MisterE
  • rubenwardy
  • sfan5
  • Warr1024

Who's in charge of this thing?


Me (GreenXenith), though it is the brainchild of MisterE.
Myself, my Discord staff, and a few other community members (rubenwardy, MisterE, MinetestVideos, ElCeejo) helped plan and flesh out the event details.

If you have any questions, ask here or in response to any other announcement on other platforms!

A mirror of this page is held on the Minetest Subreddit.

A copy of this page is held in the data repository. All relevant documents, details, and other information are in this repository.
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Re: 2021 Minetest GAME JAM [December 1st-21st] [$200 prize pool]

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I do not understand a game or a mod subgame?

I think a complete game is unrealistic in just 21 dayz!
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I mean a game from scratch.
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Re: 2021 Minetest GAME JAM [December 1st-21st] [$200 prize pool]

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runs wrote:
Mon Nov 22, 2021 20:35
I do not understand a game or a mod subgame?

I think a complete game is unrealistic in just 21 dayz!
It says "Game Jam", not "Mod Jam". Three weeks is plenty of time to make a tiny game from scratch. If Ludum Dare can do it in 3 days, you can do it in 21.
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Hype!
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Re: 2021 Minetest GAME JAM [December 1st-21st] [$200 prize pool]

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What prevents people from starting early already?
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LMD wrote:
Mon Nov 22, 2021 21:26
What prevents people from starting early already?
The honor system. It's a loose restriction anyway, and you'd only get 25% more time.
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before the start, you can be thinking about what your game will be, and you can practice by making mods that use similar concepts (such as mapgen, mob spawning and scripting, or schematic placement)

idea generator: https://letsmakeagame.net/game-idea-generator/
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Re: 2021 Minetest GAME JAM [December 1st-21st] [$200 prize pool]

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Sorry If I missed it, but does it matter what version of Minetest we use?

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Devy wrote:
Tue Nov 23, 2021 00:20
Sorry If I missed it, but does it matter what version of Minetest we use?
Good question. The game should be compatible with the latest stable version at the time the event starts (5.4.1). I'll add that to the details.
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Re: 2021 Minetest GAME JAM [December 1st-21st] [$200 prize pool]

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This is the kind of thing that Minetest really needs and will benefit from. Thanks for putting the time in and organizing this GreenZenith et. all

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I have some questions regarding this event:

- Is it ok to create a game with an existing concept (ex: recreate a retro game in minetest)?
- Is it possible to receive payment as Amazon giftcards?

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runs wrote:
Mon Nov 22, 2021 20:35
I do not understand a game or a mod subgame?

I think a complete game is unrealistic in just 21 dayz!
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AFCM wrote:
Tue Nov 23, 2021 08:27
I have some questions regarding this event:

- Is it ok to create a game with an existing concept (ex: recreate a retro game in minetest)?
defineately, you can use existing game concepts, and even existing free assets. if you don't put *some* personal touch in then you might lose a few points for originality but its easy enough to put in a personal touch
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MisterE wrote:
Tue Nov 23, 2021 12:42
AFCM wrote:
Tue Nov 23, 2021 08:27
I have some questions regarding this event:

- Is it ok to create a game with an existing concept (ex: recreate a retro game in minetest)?
defineately, you can use existing game concepts, and even existing free assets. if you don't put *some* personal touch in then you might lose a few points for originality but its easy enough to put in a personal touch
Nice!
I think I am gonna compete

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Samantha told me she had good ideas for a game of herself as the star protagonist. Sort of a "play with me" kind of thing. I told her it's a bad idea that you're going to laugh at her for the umpteenth time.

So I'll pass, very much so. I'll do my own thing, I'm not here to waste time.

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AFCM wrote:
Tue Nov 23, 2021 08:27
- Is it possible to receive payment as Amazon giftcards?
It is possible, yes. I make no promises though :)
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AFCM wrote:
Tue Nov 23, 2021 13:33
MisterE wrote:
Tue Nov 23, 2021 12:42
AFCM wrote:
Tue Nov 23, 2021 08:27
I have some questions regarding this event:

- Is it ok to create a game with an existing concept (ex: recreate a retro game in minetest)?
defineately, you can use existing game concepts, and even existing free assets. if you don't put *some* personal touch in then you might lose a few points for originality but its easy enough to put in a personal touch
Nice!
I think I am gonna compete
most judges will give more points for media if you make it yourself in the dev time
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runs wrote:
Tue Nov 23, 2021 14:39
Samantha told me she had good ideas for a game of herself as the star protagonist. Sort of a "play with me" kind of thing. I told her it's a bad idea that you're going to laugh at her for the umpteenth time.

So I'll pass, very much so. I'll do my own thing, I'm not here to waste time.

Sorry.

suggestion: a restraunt sim... you have to make the right combo of food for each customer. Samantha could be the player/protagonist. tho, it has to be a standalone game, not based mtg. you can pull individual nodes etc.

can't say we won't laugh, but just because samantha is in it wouldn't make it not fun :) but if you don't feel like participating its fine.
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MisterE wrote:
Tue Nov 23, 2021 17:49
runs wrote:
Tue Nov 23, 2021 14:39
Samantha told me she had good ideas for a game of herself as the star protagonist. Sort of a "play with me" kind of thing. I told her it's a bad idea that you're going to laugh at her for the umpteenth time.

So I'll pass, very much so. I'll do my own thing, I'm not here to waste time.

Sorry.

suggestion: a restraunt sim... you have to make the right combo of food for each customer. Samantha could be the player/protagonist. tho, it has to be a standalone game, not based mtg. you can pull individual nodes etc.

can't say we won't laugh, but just because samantha is in it wouldn't make it not fun :) but if you don't feel like participating its fine.
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Can we make a simple sandbox game like Hades Revisited or Proxima Survival?
(I dont mean that this games are bad)

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the prompt is: small complete experience
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Oh sick, this is awesome!
I'll mark it on my calendar that I totally have, lmao

Question: why paypal? not everyone who might participate can even qualify for an account
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Also: are there system requirements? If I make a game that will run slower on comparatively low-end computers, does that negatively affect my score?
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Honestly, I think this is fucking stupid, if Minetest higher ups can give people money for making games, why can't we close source our stuff, why can't we make money, add game encryption and I will start making Minetest games again.

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