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Welcome to the Spooktober Spooktacular Game Jam! The very first official RPG Maker MZ game jam! With 20 days to make your game, you’ll have until the Witching Hour of All Hallow’s Eve to create your creepy and spooky game.

From there, our Spectral Spooktators (judges), will play the games, and decide who’s game comes out on top!

All entrants will be awarded with a forum badge to celebrate their participation… but the very best, plus one lucky entry, will receive even more…

Rules:
  1. Make a game using RPG Maker MZ. The game must be horror themed. (Horror theme does not mean it needs to be a horror game, or even scary.)
  2. Gameplay up to one hour will be judged. Judges are not obligated to play your game after one hour of gameplay, but may choose to play it further at their own discretion.
  3. Multiple entries are allowed.
  4. Teams are allowed (Any prizes will be awarded to the person who submits the game, splitting the prize up is the team's responsibility.)
  5. RPG Maker assets from any maker engine may be used, provided you own a license to the engine from which the assets were taken. DLC may be used, provided you own a license to use it. Individual Terms of Use for any DLC must be followed.
  6. We reserve the right to disqualify any entry at our own discretion.
  7. The creator of any assets you use must be credited. A readme file in the deployed game folder is acceptable.
  8. Entries must be PG-13.
  9. Judges are not eligible to win prizes.
  10. Ties will be decided via group discussion among the judges, they'll make the final determination of placement in the event of a tie in a prize tier.
  11. Games must be started no sooner than Oct 12 2020 and must be submitted no later than midnight Oct 31st Pacific time.

Spectral Spooktators:
@Touchfuzzy
@Tea's Jams
@hiddenone

Judging Criteria:
  1. Theme
  2. Gameplay
  3. Presentation
Prizes!
1st: $50 Degica Shop Gift Card
2nd: $25 Degica Shop Gift Card
3rd: $10 Degica Shop Gift Card
Random Draw: $10 Degica Shop Gift Card

All participants: Participation Forum Badge!

Bonus: Each of our Admins and moderators will be able to hand out 1 superlative Special Badge to the entry of their choice!
Review Drive!
Additionally, for everyone who reviews 3 games submitted to the contest, there will also be a Spooktober Spooktacular Review badge! These reviews must be submitted by November 20th to be eligible.

Timeline:
Monday, October 12th: Game Drive Begins!
Monday, October 19th: Game Submission Thread Opens.
Monday, October 26th: Review Submission Thread Opens.
Saturday, October 31st, Midnight Pacific: Game Submissions close
Friday, November 20th, Midnight Pacific: Review Submissions close
Wednesday, November 25th: Winners announced!

Banner Credits:
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I'm gonna do both game and reviews, for funsies.
Been wanting to try my hand at a spooky game; I think I have a good idea. The challenge will be getting it out in time for the Ween of Hallows.
 

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@Touchfuzzy, wait. Where do we post the link of our jam game? Here?
@KakonComp, thank you. I see it now in the last section of the thread.
 
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Yeah, I figure that no one will have their game done before then anyway... and I'll be honest I like spreading out doing it because it means I can link it on Social Media each time :B :B :B since "something changed"
 

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@Touchfuzzy, since the game jam need to be PG-13. Are bloody tilsets ok? You see the link of how much bloody. I like to clarify the rules. I am sorry if you feel like I am cross-examination you.
Thank you all of you for making this event happens. :vxmegane:

If we make the game, should be review our game(s)?
 
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Bloody tilesets are fine.
 

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@Touchfuzzy Would games created using the MZ demo count or does it need to be a purchased copy?
 

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Totally didn't notice that. lol

Awesome! More reason to test it out. =D Thank you!
 

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O_O a new game jam and no ideas... this one will be tough
 

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DO ANYONE LACK IDEAS?
Let's see if these inputs incite creativity. You can also pick more than one.

Where your world is gone?
Collect pieces of yourself
Try to get back before too late
You're the hunter turned prey
The one you're helping is your sworn enemy
Put all pieces where they must go to unlock the door
Paintings are alive, somehow
You are looking in the wrong spot since the start
Wishes can turn bad
If she look too pale, maybe she's dead already
You don't want for that to happen again
The one staring the drama is actually acting
Grim can be fun
What happen when lights are turned off?
There's another world just under the roof
Kids are cruel
No, you're not what people think you are
What happen at midnight to your daughter?
Ghosts don't have time notion
Monsters look terrible until you open the door
Dolls and cars are the most scary things
Save those that no one want to save
No one can see what you'll see
Soft machines are ugly
Is not what you see, is what you perceive
Family is the worst place sometime
You'll lose whatever your choice
Love can win, but maybe too late
You didn't that, you did worst than that
Evil dress white
Do you dare enter when no one will?
The secret of your granny was even worst the one you'll know
Eating and digesting and chewing and mouths everywhere
Small black things have thoughts on you
Move silently, very silently, or daddy will wake up
Do you figured out it was ugly? It was worst!
Music can drive you crazy
No, jumpscares are just silly.
 

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Dolls and cars are the most scary things

Dolls driving cars; the perfect horror game. Make it like Frogger, where the player has to dodge all the cars driven by dolls.
 

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@Dororo and @KakonComp, thank you for you both. Now I think the game jam looks like the Chucky doll. Hunting the player.

@Dororo, I will expand on what you said if it is ok.
CLASSIC SLASHER [The killer hunts the character.]
Explore Alien's space and the player doesn't know what he or she will find.
Zombie Attack
PARANORMAL [Haunted House, Devil, and Demon and Hell]

Boooo scary!!!
 
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Is this idea okay?
You play as a little girl who accidently conducts a satanic ritual that summons the devil resulting in terrible consquences.
 
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Outside of possibly trying to get more people to purchase MZ (or in a less likely case to make things more consistent), is there a reason MV is also not included as an option for an engine? Just because MZ is rather new and not everyone has the money with covid/etc to purchase MZ yet aaaa- :kaocry:

I just think especially with the current world situation allowing people to use the last version of RPG maker would allow for more entries and not lock people out of joining into the game jam~ Though from a marketing/money perspective I can see why that might be not wanted, unless MV is allowed and I'm just reading too far into it! :kaoswt2:
 

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@Riazey It's MZ only, but you can use the trial version of MZ for this jam. It's why the contest only runs for 20 days (i.e. the MZ trial's time limit).
 

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