Hello and welcome to WIZARD JAM, the bi-annual Idle Thumbs community-run game jam!
Wizard Jam is not a contest; the main emphasis is to celebrate the Thumbs community through sharing and collaboration over the course of a fortnight. We write devlogs and post GIFs. We offer support and volunteer music, sounds and other assets. We play each other's games and stream them. It's a lot of fun.
The other thing we try to emphasise is encouraging people to try making something new and unfamiliar; or to try game development for the first time entirely (quite a few of the entries we've had in the past are from complete first-timers to gamedev!). We run the jam over the course of two weeks to give people the room to try something weird and see how it turns out.
Use this subforum to make development log threads, recruit folks, and chat about development related stuff! There's also the game development subforum and the #wizardjam slack channel. Not in the Slack? You can join us by CLICKING HERE! We're here hanging out in between Wizard Jams too, come say hi!
@Spenny also made two threads for finding team mates! Team Seeking and Team Recruiting
We also have a twitter account now! Follow it to see some classic old Wizard Jam games and stay updated on what's going on: @wizard_jam. That's mostly run by @Travis, thanks Travis!
Here's the itch.io page where you can join the jam and submit your games : https://itch.io/jam/wizard-jam-8
The wonderful @zerofiftyone has been kind enough to make some Wizard Jam splash screen images / logos that you can use in your game if you'd like!
Wizard Jam Splash Screen (Grey)
Wizard Jam Splash Screen (Transparent)
He also made the many lovely images you see in this post (and also wrote most of the text) (and also ran the last...5? I think? Wizard Jams more or less solo). Thanks Ben!!
Wizard Jam - Friday 11th January to Sunday 27th January
Showcase Weekend - Saturday 2nd February to Sunday 3rd February
Choose an episode title from any show on the Idle Thumbs podcast network and use it as a theme prompt for your game. Use this site to browse through show titles: http://randomthumbs.danjohnmoran.com/ (Thanks to Broxxar, Panzorfork & matt.ishii for providing the site). And if you're curious about what titles have been used in the past (there's no rule about duplicates, but maybe you're curious) @atte made this handy spreadsheet!
This jam is not a competition, and there is no minimum level of game development experience needed to join. People from all backgrounds are welcome to participate. If you're new to gamedev, let us know! Join us on the forums and on Slack; where you'll find help, advice and encouragement from the community. Wizard Jam began out of a desire to help people get starting making games, so don't be shy!
Aside from the next 2 administrative points, there are no rules. You don't HAVE to use a podcast title. You don't HAVE to make your entire game in the 2 weeks allotted. Most people will, but if you come in a little late, or get started a little early, or submit something unrelated to the podcast that's A-OK!
Entries containing any form of harassment or hate-speech are not permitted. Anything crossing into this territory will be removed.
If an entry is clearly from someone trying to use the jam page on Itch to promote an unrelated game, we'll contact the submitter and the entry may be removed.
After the jam finishes, we'll be hosting Showcase Weekend; an opportunity for everybody to step back from the game making process and look at what everyone else has made; with an emphasis on giving feedback and comments to fellow creators. It's covered in the schedule below, and there'll be more details to follow (which I'll edit into this post).
And one more time, that submission page is : https://itch.io/jam/wizard-jam-8
Browse Past Wizard Jams:
Wizard Jam (Apr 2015)
Winter Wizard Jam (Nov/Dec 2015)
Wizard Jam 2016 (May 2016)
Wizard Jam 4 (Nov/Dec 2016)
Wizard Jam 5 (Jun 2017)
Wizard Jam 6 (Dec 2017)
Wizard Jam 7 (June 2018)