Public Domain Game Jam

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Contest namePublic Domain Game Jam
Contest organizerRandy Lubin of Diegetic Games and Mike Masnick of Techdirt
Contest start01/01/2020
Submission deadline31/01/2020
Entry feenone
Monetary prizes?none
Other prizes?

Every winner will get to pick one of:

The Working Futures anthology of speculative fiction
A deck of Working Futures Cards which you can use in scenario planning
A full print run of Parker Higgin's 1923: A Monthly Zine of Public Domain Treasures
Our board game CIA: Collect It All (a remake of the public domain CIA training game)
A Techdirt Copymouse t-shirt

We’ll be awarding prizes in the following categories:

Best Analog Games
Best Digital Game
Best adaptation of a 1924 work
Best remixing of multiple sources (at least one has to be from 1924)
Best “Deep Cut” (use of a work not listed on any of the round up articles)
Best Visuals

More information

This jam is open to both digital and analog games – choose the medium that excites you!

For digital games, we’ll only be judging games that are playable in the browser. This includes interactive fiction using frameworks like Twine. You can submit desktop or mobile games but we won’t consider them for prizes.

For analog games, we’re looking for tabletop RPGs, larps, board games, and everything in between. We encourage you to design something short and quickly playable. Our judges are only committed to reading the first four pages of your submission. Golden Cobra and Game Chef contain great examples of brief, compelling games.

Don’t worry about making a highly polished game! We’re more interested in your ideas and how you use the public domain.

Contest requirements

At least one work from 1924 must be included in your game in some form. There are plenty of interesting works to draw on, including:

Novels by Agatha Christie, Herman Melville, and H.G. Wells
Art by Wassily Kandinsky, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Edward Hopper
Films starring Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, and Clark Gable
Music by George Gershwin, Ma Rainey, and Irving Berlin

Is this a recurring contest?Yes
How often does it reoccur?Once a year.