Game Jam Challenge 1: Winner!

Game Jams are a way of coming up with new games with a set theme or mechanic. Each fortnight a new GameJam will be posted with my own ideas here. Sometimes I will also be reviewing others’ ideas.

This page will be updated as the idea progresses…

This week’s Game Jam: Music, 30 mins

Due: 26th July 2017

Initial idea:

Party game variant, with mechanics similar to games such as ‘snake oil’.

Players recieve a card each from the deck, initial deck will be a mini game of 18-24 cards.

Card backs have a place eg “disco”, “pirate ship”, “rollercoaster” etc.

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Music needed for a haunted house – apply within!

Card fronts have types of music eg “rock”, “jazz”, “Irish jig”.

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Ad jingles or wedding music? Difficult to argue this one!

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Kpop or Gospel? For a haunted house?

Players each receive one card each. The starting player states that they need music for a “place”. Players then chose one option from the back of their card and must argue that their type of music is the best fit.

The starting player then choses a winner, who keeps the place card as a “point”. First player to get three place cards is the winner.

Prototype:

Check it out here!

Have a play on Table Top Simulator here!

Final Jam Result:

Winner! In the best possible way – by default! Huzzah! But really that’s a naff way to win lol

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Game Jam Rules:

Jams will run for 2 weeks with a theme as the starting point.

Must be playable in either a Print and Play or an online medium (Tabletop Simulator, Roll 20, etc)

Must have some sort of rules sheet

Must follow the theme of the contest and time requirement

Must be submitted before the deadline

Winners will be determined by popular vote and will be given a special tag in the server until they are overthrown

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Ideas Bank – Monday 12th June

Here’s some new game ideas to start your week off creatively!

Just a couple this week I’m afraid!

How about…?

Heros of Might and magic – as a board game?

Heroes of might and magic castle view

Castles, heroes and fighting? Nuff said

Political parties mini game – where players have to try to run for election whilst also pushing through their sensible or insane policies. Players could receive a set of policies they have to promote and the best one is voted in each round. The player with the most policies voted in at the end is the winner 👍

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Challenge: Day 26/30

Day 26 of the 30 days, 30 ideas challenge where I create 30 ideas for games over the next 30 days. See other days here.

Detention disaster!

Game type: card game, 2-6 players

Length: 15 mins

Idea:

Quick detention escaping game – one player is the teacher who has to look after a number of students trying to escape detention.

The student must work together to play cards that put the teacher to sleep or make them run away by doing pranks on them, with cards making pranks that can be linked together, such as making the teacher fall over onto a chair with a pin on it etc

Fun! (Except for the poor teacher!)M

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Free Cards: Photography Cards – free Print and Play

Hi all!

Heres something I made some years ago and thought I would make into a print and play for anyone who wants to use them.

Once printed you should choose one randomly each day to encourage you to take a different kind of photograph each day (or several if you like!).

Wildlife photography of a deer

The cards also have a set of five different areas / types to photograph such as creative , landscape etc shots, that you can use to help find a good shot.

Photography helper card

The card back also remind you what the icons mean at any time – so go and take some good photos!

Let us know how you get on! You can download them for free here: Photography cards

You can also see the cards below:

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All photos and design used in the cards are my own, no stock here!

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Challenge: Day 21/30

Day 21 of the 30 days, 30 ideas challenge where I create 30 ideas for games over the next 30 days. See other days here.

A Dictator’s Power

Game type: card game

Length: 30-60 mins

Idea:

One dictator has to control political and military/security to stay in power

Other players represent other areas of the government under the power of the dictator. They play cards to gain influence, political power, control over the military etc.

Game ends when the dictator is ousted from power to install a new player as dictator, or manages to remain in power for a certain number of turns

Cards/players could include

Political cards

External influences eg UN

Security/terrorism 

Media influence

Corporations 

There could also be situations that come up overtime to add a little randomness to the game.

Dictator cards - student fun and games

Classic student gaming!

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Challenge: Day 8/30

Day 8 of the 30 days, 30 ideas challenge where I create 30 ideas for games over the next 30 days. See other days here.

Evolve!

Game type: board or (maybe) card game

Length: 30-60 mins

Idea:

Players either with cards or on a board (ideally) try to take over an area as a plant or animal species. Players evolve over time to get stronger or adapt to different regions with the strongest at the end of the game winning. 

Could have a legacy type board where players start as a plant species and then use the same placements to evolve as an animal species using the same board. (A third one could be carniverous animals?)

Alternatively players could be plants and animals together and have to work together to survive without killing each other off.

The tree of life, evolution picture

A game of life itself?

Examples could be first evolution as plants, trees and sea vegetation. Second as bird types and third as animals such as cats (who prey on the birds etc), so where people had placed their cards in the different rounds would affect the tactics needed in the next.

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