Gaming Like It's 1925: Last Week To Join The Public Domain Game Jam!

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It’s now been almost a full month since works published in 1925 entered the public domain in the US, and that means we’re nearing the end of our public domain game jam, Gaming Like It’s 1925 — but it’s not too late to get involved! After all, plenty of game jams only run for a couple of days, and you’ve still got an entire week to cook up an analog or digital game based on newly-public-domain material and compete for one of our great prizes.

Check out the game jam page for the full rules and some links to public domain works you could draw on, as well as game design tools for designers of all experience levels. Even if you’ve never tried making a game before, a week is plenty of time to learn the basics of Twine or Story Synth, and anyone can try their hand at thinking up a roleplaying or party game — we’ve had winning games that are nothing more than some rules in a text document.

The jam runs through January 31st and then our judges will begin playing the entries to select winners in six categories (the winners of the 2020 jam are linked below, and you can read our judges’ thoughts on them here):

We’ve already gotten a handful of submissions and we’re anticipating many more as the due date approaches, so hurry up and join the jam to get your game in the mix!

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Samuel Abram (profile) says:

Claiming responsibility.

I’d like to claim responsibility for the adaptations of the Great Gatsby that you find in this year’s Jam. I’ve found them on another jam that was dedicated to Gatsby remixes (as well as one particularly excellent Gatsby game by searching "Gatsby" in and told them to submit to the Gaming Like It’s 1925 jam on account of their eligibility.

The more (eligible) games that are submitted to this jam, the merrier!

Samuel Abram (profile) says:

Re: Re: Claiming responsibility.

BTW, You Canadians are getting a better deal out of the public domain than us Americans: the works of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix are free for everyone since New Year’s Day!

That being said, Canada is required by the CUSMA treaty to extend their comparatively short life+50 term to a long-ass life+70 term and that makes me both sad and mad.

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