UPDATE: Poll is now closed! We’re going ahead with the Lo-Cal Gain Jam! Thank you all for your participation and input.
So yes, after mentioning it in the recent Site News update, let’s talk about the “Lo-Cal” Gain Jam! A little bit about what to expect and ultimately whether you would be interested in participating or not.
We’re largely playing this by ear this time round. With Grotlover’s focus turned more towards site development over the coming months, we have fewer heads overseeing this and hence why wanted this event to be more community-driven. With that said, we want to listen to you and hear your thoughts.
Our initial thoughts are for this to be a more unofficial “casual” Jam experience. Less of a crunch required to produce a game submission of high enough quality to win a cash prize; more of an opportunity for people to create something and have fun with seeing how they and others interpret the theme constraints.
The time and date? We have a mid-August date of Saturday 12th tenuously earmarked for the commencement since it worked pretty well last year but if people feel strongly upon a different start date then we are open to discussing it.
The length of the contest? I’m of two minds about this. Since we may be looking at some site instability ahead, we can have this either be a shorter Jam than usual - one week instead of the standard two - or perhaps longer than usual to accomodate for any site outages. We want to highly emphasize that this is a no-crunch Jam so I’m leaning towards keeping it at the default two weeks, with the option of extending the contest to allow for any site disruptions. Again, please share your thoughts on this below.
The theme? Entirely chosen by the community! We’ll have a submission form set up for people to submit their ideas and one will be picked at random from the eligible entries. Simple. No added gimmicks.
The judging? Again, driven by the community. No judges in any official capacity. Feedback and community discussion as to who they think is best will be actively encouraged!
Once the contest is underway, participants will be able to submit their entries to the Gain Jam board just as before.
Some of you may well be asking yourself what is the point of an unofficial Jam, and it’s honestly okay to think that. With this being community-driven, it’ll be the community itself which decides whether we proceed with this Jam alternative or not. I get the arguments either way: on one hand it’s a big commitment of time and energy to partake in a game jam, especially with less at stake; on the other hand, we don’t want to outright remove the prospect of Jam for those who do wish to partake, prizes or no. We recognise that people value feedback on ideas and work recognition quite a bit.
We’re not going to force the Jam onto people who don’t wish for it, ultimately. Naturally we anticipate a smaller turnout from previous Jams (though I’m willing to eat my words on this), however if only a couple of people are interested in participating then it’ll be a clear message received by us.
Please review the poll below and honestly answer it, again letting us know any addtional thoughts below.
- As a potential participant, I would be interested in entering.
- As a potential participant, I would not be interested in entering.
- As a non-participant, I would be interested in the “Lo-Cal” Gain Jam.
- As a non-participant, I would be not interested in the “Lo-Cal” Gain Jam.
Once we have enough poll data, we will reach a decision about the Jam and proceed accordingly. Until then, discuss away!