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Can you create a small game on an activist theme?

During May and June I’m holding a game jam. It’s simply a chance for people to come together and create games together. In this case, there are two requirements for the games created — firstly they need to be on an activist theme, and secondly they need to be small enough to be sent through the post as a letter.

There are four ways to be involved:

  • As an activist, suggesting a theme
  • As a designer, making a game
  • As an organiser, helping to give feedback to designers
  • As a promoter, playing some of the games on your stream/podcast/discord

Between now and 21 May. The activists submit a short description of an issue. What is the topic they think a game could cover? Perhaps it’s plastic in the ocean? Perhaps it’s the number of countries with nuclear weapons? The description of the theme will be between 100 and 300 words, and may come with additional links to articles, or a 3 minute video. They’ll be posted on this website and in the discord here:

21 May to 21 June. The designers then make some games inspired by these themes! The game should be small enough that it could be printed at home or sent as a letter – so an 18 card game, or a roll and write, or a postcard. It’s fine to ask players to find some small components at home or to use a dice app on a phone.

21 May to 30 June. The promoters can talk about the jam and spread the word! Can you discuss it on your stream or in your podcast? Maybe you could play a few of the games being made? Maybe you could have some of the activists on your stream?

21 June to 31 July. The organisers look at the games and give some feedback to designers. This is more of a contest thing than a jam thing (jams being more informal) but we thought it would be nice if we could try to give feedback.

Are you interested? You can submit a theme using this form. If you’re able to help out in some way, please fill out this form.

There’s more information in a google doc here. Or join our discord here:

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