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First Time Participating in a Game Jam

A few weekends ago I participated in TINS 2016, a 72-hour game-making competition. In the past I had written a handful of small computer games, but this was my first time making a game for an actual game jam. I ended up coming in second place.

The competition sported a series of randomly-selected rules and requirements. A few of said requirements included featuring snow graphics, a crafting mechanic, path-finding, and displaying some Unicode characters. My game has them all.

I was pretty beat by the end of the competition, but the end result was a working game that met all of the requirements. I named my game "Mori".

Trading with one of the locals.
Trading with one of the locals.
The game takes place in a randomly-generated forest, complete with foliage and local villagers. Collect resources to trade with said locals to get snowballs. Blanket enough of the forest with snow and you will win.

You can check out the game on GitHub, and can read my progress logs here. You can download the Windows binary with source code included here.

Do you make computer games, and have you ever participated in a game jam? Let me know in the comments!

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