Thursday, 1 August 2013

[TAG] The Arbitrary Gamejam #01 - [2nd to 4th August 2013]

The Arbitrary Gamejam
2nd - 4th August 2013


Generated Themes:
Invalescence - To Become Strong
Depilation - To Remove Hair

Chosen Theme:
Wrecking - Reducing to a State of Ruin


TAG IS OVER!

Submit games and check out other submissions here: [Link]
Follow @TickTakashi or check out this blog in 24 Hours to find out who the next host will be!


THE NEXT HOST HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED!
[ANNOUNCEMENT HERE]

What is TAG?
The Arbitrary Gamejam is a weekend game jam with 3 themes designed to promote small and unknown indie developers.
At the end of each TAG, the submissions are rated by the host.
The person who submitted the best game will be "tagged" and is responsible for hosting the next TAG.
The idea is, as the Gamejam grows more popular, passing the Gamejam around will help small unknown indie developers pull traffic to their websites.
By using a random word generator to generate 2/3 themes, TAG is intentionally arbitrary to encourage outside-the-box thinking and wild combinations.


When is TAG?
TAG occurs on the first weekend of every month, Friday to Sunday.
The themes for each TAG will be posted on the Thursday before it starts, to give people some time to think about how the themes can fit together.
The Jam Begins at Midnight on Thursday and Ends at Midnight on Sunday.


How Do I Join?
Everyone and Anyone can join regardless of their ability, just comment below if you're interested in joining. 
If you're hesitant about joining because you don't like competition: relax. This is just like any other Gamejam, there is no real 'winner', the host simply picks their favorite game so they can pass on the Jam.
If you are hesitant about joining because you don't have a website/blog that you can host TAG on in the event that your game is top voted: don't worry! You can pass it on to someone else.


How Do I Host?
First and foremost, you cannot host TAG twice in a row or more than two times in a single year (Unless yours is the only submission). If you end up hosting TAG, you can handle it in any way you want under two conditions.
  1. There must be 2 randomly generated themes, the last theme is chosen by you.
  2. You must keep the 4 core rules outlined below. 
Other than that you are free to decide how people join and how submissions are rated/handled, and any further rules/restrictions you want to place on participants.


Rules
  1. Submissions must come in within 12 hours of the Gamejam ending.
  2. Submissions must be original works, no plagiarism.
  3. Submissions can be based on any number of themes, but must incorporate at least 1 of the randomly generated themes.
  4. No Pressure. Just have fun with it. Submissions will still be accepted even if they're not complete.

Submissions
If you want to submit something, simply comment on the submissions post with a link to your submission, either a download link or some kind of web player. If you wish to update your submission simply edit your comment. Keep in mind that any updates during the 12 hour submission period will be ignored, as you are only supposed to work on the game during the jam.


Since this is the first TAG, it's unlikely to be very big, but that's OK. The dream is that one day TAG might help some super talented small indies to attract some attention.
~Tick

EDIT: Added a link to a Countdown timer and starting times around the world.