In 2015, Portentine ran a mini Twine jam, called the Twiny Jam. During the three-week the jam ran, creators were asked to submit a Twine game with no more than 300 words. There was a thread on the forum about it. Over 200 pieces were submitted. (sadly, about a 5th of those is now lost…)
So, 8 years later, to commemorate this piece of IF History, @cchennnn and I are bringing back the Twiny Jam - but with a bit of a twist…
The Neo Twiny Jam is an Interactive Fiction Jam with one rule:
- Don’t write more than 500 words
Any piece of Interactive Fiction is welcome, from any kind of IF system/format, regardless of genre/theme.
- You are not limited to Twine only. You can choose any program you want as long as the output is an Interactive Fiction piece.
- It also accepts NSFW work (NSFW themes must be clearly indicated in the submission).
- Sounds, graphics and code don’t count in the word count.
The Neo Twiny Jam will run from June 1st 2023 (12:00 AM/00:00 EST) to June 30th 2023 (12:00 AM/00:00 EST).
Want to join? Sign up here!
Really excited for this one!
Awww, so thrilled to see an homage to Porpentine. Really lovely to see some of the Goncharov Girlies collaborating again! Sounds like it’ll be a lot of fun.
Came up with one or two plot ideas! I’ve been looking to try Twine for a while now, so this seems like a great way to get started.
We are getting close to the start of submissions…
and I forgot to put it here, I’ve just realised… but I found I had a lil bit of extra saving to share:
So I will be matching the number of submitted entries* into a donation to the Equality Florida organisation, currently working to fight wave of the anti-trans bills in Florida. A proof of donation will be published (on tumblr) after the jam is completed.
*the entries must follow the rules of the jam to be counted. Spam and hateful content will be removed.
Two other persons have reached out and will also be matching the submission into another donation for a LGBT cause. If you’d like to join us either anonymously or publically, let me know
Here is also a list of other LGBT organisation accepting donation.
So come write max 500 words to participate to a good cause!
Is that only readable text, or does all code count in the 500 words? Like if I use Inform 7 and have "The giant squid is here. The description is “A massive purple cephalopod, undulating with desire,” do the 8 words preceding the description count in the word count?
It’s all visible text that is part of the story.
Code doesn’t count (it’s in the rule bc code can get wild, even with basic Choice-Based games), and neither do error messages.
The Neo Twiny Jam opened less than 4h ago and already we got 10(!!!) submissions!
I’ve played through the games entered so far, and it’s been a pretty neat showing so early on!
Was pleased to see my friend Kat over at @catskets enter a work, and happy that my silly troubleshooting for Twine difficulties helped it come together!
Pretty satisfied with my own Fallen London inspired entry too, but I’ve been thinking of toying around with the premise in a larger work…
My game, Sprinklepills!, is up! I see now that it’s a lot less introspective than most of the competition, but I’m hoping it’s enjoyable.
Thank you for all the help, Sophia! I am merely a little lost kitten on the Twine river.
This is my first time entering one of these jams. I was going to try for Spring Thing 2023, but the game I had for that had to take a back-burner to work. I was looking through the earlier mini Twine jam entries and thought Elevator Later was cool in how much interactivity it was able to accomplish in 300 words, so I was inspired by that for my entry The Unseemly Virus.
Ah amazing, now I actually have references for how to structure mine ^^’ I have been STRUGGLING.
I’ve added a basic page on IFWiki at Neo-Twiny Jam - IFWiki. The dates show up on the IFWiki calendar now at IFWiki. I wasn’t sure whether to count it as a jam or competition. I think jams (generally) have a restricted timeframe to work on submissions and are not scored. I got the impression that at least the second of those things apply here, and also it’s called a jam, so on the wiki page it’s a jam!
Thanks for posting this!
I remembered having an idea, and after a bit, I remembered what that idea was. The 500 words should make it easier not to go over. Of course, I still have to learn a few things in Twine!
I also forgot I posted in that topic, and just reading the posters’ names brought back a lot of cool memories. Some people I really miss in there.
I hope other people seeing this give Neo Twiny Jam a swing, too, whether just to play, or maybe even to write reviews or an entry themselves.
It’s been a week, and we are now at 30 submissions! How cool is that
Do alt and/or info text for images count towards the word count? Screenreader descriptions and mouse over text.
What about things like UI elements? Eg Health: 100% - would that be 1 word? 2 words?
How about splash screen (game name), main menu, settings menu, credits?
And how would randomized word choice through code be counted? Eg something like a color picker or random words for description variety or a random list of items which could appear?