Gaming Like It's 1925 (Public Domain Jam)

For the third year in a row, we’re running a jam to celebrate new works entering the US public domain. I’d love to see some IF submissions! It’s hosted on itch at Gaming Like It’s 1925: https://itch.io/jam/gaming-like-its-1925

There are a ton of great works from 1925 that are eligible, check out this roundup: https://web.law.duke.edu/cspd/publicdomainday/2021/

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As I understand it, in the UK and many other countries, the works that came out of copyright today are those of authors who died in 1950 - can I submit something based on one of those works?

edit: from your FAQ, I’m gonna guess no, sad face

Shame. I was really looking forward to your adaptation of The Penal Law Of India…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_in_public_domain#Entering_the_public_domain_in_countries_with_life_+_70_years

:wink:

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Yeah - international copyright law is tricky and the US is much worse than Europe :frowning:

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For what it’s worth, I think setting the term based on publication date makes a lot more sense than basing it on the date of the author’s death. There’s no reason I shouldn’t be allowed to mangle Irving Berlin’s songs in my lifetime just because the old codger managed to dodge the coffin till 101.

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A great concept. The tight deadline tends to benefit newly-PD media that’s easier to obtain, unfortunately*.

Theatrical scripts in particular can be difficult to track down quickly if they haven’t previously been added to a PD archive in another country. (I had to beg a friend to visit the NYC library containing the only known copy of Don Mullally’s “Conscience” last year. It was not a straightforward process…)

* - (is there an over/under wager on how many Gatsby games you’ll be receiving?)

Ah that’s good feedback, we’ll take that into consideration for next time…

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I propose starting the Gatsby Line at 3.5 and I will bet $2 on the over.

edit: I see now there is an entirely separate Gatsby-only game jam, which certainly messes with those odds. And, sigh, where was The Beautiful and Damned Jam?

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As I understand the FAQ, you can as long as you mash it up with something from 1925.

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Oh good point! I feel “1984 but Mrs Dalloway shows up in one scene” would be without the spirit, though.

On the other hand, “Mrs. Dalloway, but it turns out that she’s O’Brien in disguise” might be kind of fun.

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Honestly, Mrs. Dalloway seems like excellent IF material. I’ll brainstorm a little, although I don’t know if I’d have time to write it by deadline…