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Newgrounds Game Jam 7: the Theme! Jun. 28th, 2012 @ 11:56 PM Reply

NEWGROUNDS GAME JAM 7
Once every few months, or so, the planets become aligned, and cosmic heroes of many talents travel across the world to do battle in the field of mighty game development.

Come on, can you feel it? The Spirit of the Newgrounds Game Jam 7 is here!

RELEASE THE THEME
The Theme: Designing Around a Core Mechanic.

+ Each team will be given two core mechanics (pick one). These are the platform for your game, and without them your game should be unplayable.
+ Teams must design their games around this core mechanic using the diagram attached below. (Make a diagram similar to that one and place it somewhere in your game, like in the preloader or on the menu.)
+ The secondary mechanic layer is what you use your core mechanic to accomplish.If your core mechanic is drive, you might make your secondary mechanic to race.
+ The progression layer is the source of change brought on by the mechanics. It is how the game creates a beginning, middle and end.
+ Finally the outer narrative layer puts all the inner layers into context. It develops the story and fleshes out characters and motives.

If you're confused here are examples of Mario and Portal illustrated with the core mechanic diagram.

TEAM TOUCANS
Unleash or Weld.

TEAM JONES EDWARD
Hide or orchestrate.

TEAM EXTRA-CREATIVITY
Spin or Report.

TEAM ELLIPSIS
Fortify or Monitor.

TEAM ZETA
Burn or Transform.

TEAM TOP-HAT CATS
Pilot or Eat/Drink.

TEAM AWESOMESEXY
Listen or Bleed.

TEAM HANDCLAPS
Map or Enlarge.

BLAKER2000'S TEAM
Sell or Dive.

TEAM OWLCAHOLICS
Brew or Build.

TEAM FULL FRONT EXPLOSION
Hover or Inflate.

TEAM I-SLEPT-IN!
Mobilize or Condense.

TEAM MANGLED BABY DUCKS
Decide or Condense.

TEAM FLASH CHASERS
Support or Photograph.

TEAM PLUS ULTRA
Retort or Infect.

TEAM NONAME
Stimulate or Raise.

TEAM CHOBO
Track or Adjust.

TEAM RAILWAY
Translate or Install.

TEAM AWESOME EXPRESSO
Dissect or Calibrate.

TEAM MR-SHARK(?)
Stab or Publicize.

TEAM DIARRHEA
Triple or Govern.

TEAM THEINTERNETISFORPORN
Lighten or or Launch.

TEAM WORK IN PROGRESS
Package or Initiate.

TEAM 50% BANANA
Elect or Warp.

TEAM MONKEY BARREL
Tax or Freeze.

OTHER STUFF
+ If for some reason you missed the Team Picking or you're just now hearing about the Jam and you want to participate, just get a team together and make a game anyways! You may not be qualified for prizes, but you'll still get to join the Game Jam 7 collection and get a chance at getting featured.
+ This thread will be open for updates and discussion.
+ If you didn't end up with a musician on your team, you can always look to the audio portal!
+ Game Jam Post-Mortem "What went wrong?/What went right?"
+ There is absolutely no reason why you should keep your progress a secret! Post screenshots, post your source code, post your team logo. The Game Jam is a community effort!
+ Like in all previous jams, report any no-showers or jokesters via PM for hellish blacklisting, wha ha ha.
+ Keep an eye out for a submission thread on Sunday. Try to include a link to the Game Jam 7 collection in your game somewhere.

Good luck everyone!

(This theme was directly inspired by Charmie's article "Designing around a core mechanic" from funstormgames.com.)

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Response to Newgrounds Game Jam 7: the Theme! Jun. 28th, 2012 @ 11:58 PM Reply

Second.


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Response to Newgrounds Game Jam 7: the Theme! Jun. 29th, 2012 @ 12:02 AM Reply

At 6/28/12 11:58 PM, Emrox wrote: Second.

Third?


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Response to Newgrounds Game Jam 7: the Theme! Jun. 29th, 2012 @ 12:03 AM Reply

At 6/29/12 12:02 AM, J-Rex wrote:
At 6/28/12 11:58 PM, Emrox wrote: Second.
Third?

FUCK!!!!

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Response to Newgrounds Game Jam 7: the Theme! Jun. 29th, 2012 @ 12:04 AM Reply

Interesting "theme".
Very cool though! I love how we get to choose between 2. Either one could open up so many possibilities!!

Also, it appears to have never been properly announced.
But out team, "Noname" as it were, is actually The Undercover Lovers.


GAH!

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Response to Newgrounds Game Jam 7: the Theme! Jun. 29th, 2012 @ 12:04 AM Reply

...I know nothing...

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Response to Newgrounds Game Jam 7: the Theme! Jun. 29th, 2012 @ 12:06 AM Reply

At 6/29/12 12:04 AM, Goat-Man wrote: But out team, "Noname" as it were, is actually The Undercover Lovers.

Dang.

Yeah, you guys can change your name once you get your teams together. We just used the current names to assign the mechanics.


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Response to Newgrounds Game Jam 7: the Theme! Jun. 29th, 2012 @ 12:07 AM Reply

Does this mean we can't add those layers on top of the core mechanic? Because any game would be unplayable without the core mechanic anyway.

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Response to Newgrounds Game Jam 7: the Theme! Jun. 29th, 2012 @ 12:12 AM Reply

At 6/29/12 12:07 AM, 4urentertainment wrote: Does this mean we can't add those layers on top of the core mechanic? Because any game would be unplayable without the core mechanic anyway.

Those other layers are influenced directly by the core mechanic. Basically, just make a game based on that core mechanic and see what fun stuff you can turn the other layers into. It's like a design exercise.


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Response to Newgrounds Game Jam 7: the Theme! Jun. 29th, 2012 @ 12:21 AM Reply

At least we have a choice this time lol. We don't have to make a game with just one button.

TIME TO START BOWING TO OUR MIGHT, EVERYONE.

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Response to Newgrounds Game Jam 7: the Theme! Jun. 29th, 2012 @ 12:35 AM Reply

Yeah, our team name is now Undercover Lovers. Mehe

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Response to Newgrounds Game Jam 7: the Theme! Jun. 29th, 2012 @ 12:52 AM Reply

At 6/29/12 12:35 AM, Spudzy wrote: Yeah, our team name is now Undercover Lovers. Mehe

Let the games being :)

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Response to Newgrounds Game Jam 7: the Theme! Jun. 29th, 2012 @ 01:03 AM Reply

Coolio


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Response to Newgrounds Game Jam 7: the Theme! Jun. 29th, 2012 @ 01:33 AM Reply

North Korea is the best Korea!

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Response to Newgrounds Game Jam 7: the Theme! Jun. 29th, 2012 @ 01:52 AM Reply

When can we expect the preloader?

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Response to Newgrounds Game Jam 7: the Theme! Jun. 29th, 2012 @ 02:07 AM Reply

So 2 hours in, and we had a huge pile of Raise and Stimulate game ideas to choose from, when we realized that in all of them we were using it more as a theme than core mechanic.
It's not that we didn't understand. It's almost that we managed to convince ourselves that we were still retaining it as the core.

Blast!!


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Response to Newgrounds Game Jam 7: the Theme! Jun. 29th, 2012 @ 02:10 AM Reply

it's espresso, not expresso ;)


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PM me (instead of MintPaw) if you're confuzzled.
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Response to Newgrounds Game Jam 7: the Theme! Jun. 29th, 2012 @ 02:20 AM Reply

At 6/29/12 02:07 AM, Goat-Man wrote: So 2 hours in, and we had a huge pile of Raise and Stimulate game ideas to choose from, when we realized that in all of them we were using it more as a theme than core mechanic.

We had that problem for a while too. I doubt it was terribly uncommon.

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Response to Newgrounds Game Jam 7: the Theme! Jun. 29th, 2012 @ 02:20 AM Reply

At 6/29/12 02:07 AM, Goat-Man wrote: So 2 hours in, and we had a huge pile of Raise and Stimulate game ideas to choose from, when we realized that in all of them we were using it more as a theme than core mechanic.
It's not that we didn't understand. It's almost that we managed to convince ourselves that we were still retaining it as the core.

Blast!!

We did something similar, and we kept sort of crossing the mechanic over into other areas. But it is important to remember that just because something is the core mechanic doesn't mean it can't be the only mechanic. For instance, Mario; You do jump, but you also have to run.

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Response to Newgrounds Game Jam 7: the Theme! Jun. 29th, 2012 @ 07:28 AM Reply

Pardon if this belongs somewhere else, I already posted this in this thread, but better safe than sorry. Does any team need a spare artist? I never actually got lumped into a team. Perhaps I could be used for particle effects or general polish if the artist you have is already well underway?


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Response to Newgrounds Game Jam 7: the Theme! Jun. 29th, 2012 @ 07:46 AM Reply

If anyone anyone is missing a team member and needs an artist/animator to join them, I would be up for that. Send me a PM if you're interested.


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Response to Newgrounds Game Jam 7: the Theme! Jun. 29th, 2012 @ 09:19 AM Reply

layin' down some character concepts, realfaction nailed the voices

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Response to Newgrounds Game Jam 7: the Theme! Jun. 29th, 2012 @ 09:33 AM Reply

At 6/29/12 09:19 AM, Erasmus wrote: layin' down some character concepts, realfaction nailed the voices

Gawd damn erasmus that's cool.


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Response to Newgrounds Game Jam 7: the Theme! Jun. 29th, 2012 @ 09:57 AM Reply

Blaker2000's team is now called "Luis Castanon Wears a Sombrero"

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Response to Newgrounds Game Jam 7: the Theme! Jun. 29th, 2012 @ 11:04 AM Reply

I wish I could've made it for this jam but it didn't work out for me this time around. I love the theme, I can't wait to see what everyone else comes up with.

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Response to Newgrounds Game Jam 7: the Theme! Jun. 29th, 2012 @ 11:48 AM Reply

At 6/29/12 09:33 AM, Blounty wrote:
At 6/29/12 09:19 AM, Erasmus wrote: layin' down some character concepts, realfaction nailed the voices
Gawd damn erasmus that's cool.

Thank you! everyone in my team's asleep so I'm getting on with the animations


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Response to Newgrounds Game Jam 7: the Theme! Jun. 29th, 2012 @ 03:45 PM Reply

we are going with a limbo-like style (more like limbo rip-off almost, gheheh)
really simple and quick to make but still looks good, fucking smart!

btw is there another thread where people are talking about the jam? it seems so dead here

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Response to Newgrounds Game Jam 7: the Theme! Jun. 29th, 2012 @ 03:49 PM Reply

Would it be legal for me to adopt Nicholas Deary? I'd love him on my team, but we currently have two artists.

Problem is, one is working all weekend, so he won't be able to play a very large role.


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Response to Newgrounds Game Jam 7: the Theme! Jun. 29th, 2012 @ 03:55 PM Reply

At 6/29/12 09:19 AM, Erasmus wrote: layin' down some character concepts, realfaction nailed the voices

fuck, i thought we had a chance at winning..


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Response to Newgrounds Game Jam 7: the Theme! Jun. 29th, 2012 @ 04:29 PM Reply

At 6/29/12 03:45 PM, Guy-Unger wrote: btw is there another thread where people are talking about the jam?

Yes.