This can be a difficult time of year, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere. Days are short, the weather is getting worse, holidays can be complicated, and, well, the political climate has room for improvement. Perfect timing, then, for launch of the Self-Care Jam.
— ️ hayley (@imjayhay) November 16, 2016
No stress — this jam doesn’t have any rules. You can make anything you want. You can start whenever you want. The submission period is November 28th 2016 at 12:00 a.m. to December 5th 2016 at 12:00 p.m., but you don’t have to wait to get to work if you’d rather get started now.
Here’s the official word from jam host Jessica Hayley:
The past few weeks have been a lot, so let’s make stuff that makes us happy! They can be games, poems, comics, music, or whatever else! Anything and everything is welcome! There’s no competition, no risk, and no pressure, just go make some positive things <3 ... And remember: what you make can be about literally anything, it doesn't have to be even remotely related to current events. Have fun!
Whether you’re experienced at making games or not, some creative expression might be helpful. And as Hayley mentioned, it doesn’t even need to be a game.
If you do want to make a game but you don’t know where to start, there are a lot of tools that are free or inexpensive and pretty easy to pick up. Twine or Inklewriter for interactive fiction, older copies of RPG Maker for classic RPGs, the free edition of GameMaker for other 2D games — even Unity, if you’re up for a learning curve. There are plenty more, too.
Game jams should always be a good time, and this one even more so. Make good art, take it easy and maybe, if you’re up for it, create something to help others out too.