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This Week In Game Jam History...

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Gaming Like It's 1923: The Newly Public Domain Game Jam

On New Year's Day, we launched a special celebration of this milestone year in which new works are finally exiting copyright and entering the US public domain: a public domain game jam.

From now until the end of the month, we're accepting submissions of all sorts of games (video games, board games, tabletop RPGs, LARPs, and just about anything else you can dream up...) based on works from 1923 that have finally become free for all to use without fear of copyright issues. There's a bunch of high-profile material to consider, and of course a whole world of lesser-known works that we hope people will dig into for inspiration.

At the end of the month, our growing panel of expert judges (including Cory Doctorow, Whitney "Strix" Beltran, Dan Bull, Rebecca Tushnet, Nicky Case, Mark Lemley, Daphne Keller, Jason Scott, Jason Morningstar, J Li, Eric Goldman, Carolyn Homer, Albert Kong) will select winners in six different categories, to receive prizes including Techdirt copyright swag and copies of our recently-Kickstarted card game, CIA: Collect It All:

  • Best Analog Games
  • Best Digital Game
  • Best adaptation of a 1923 work
  • Best remixing of multiple sources (at least one has to be from 1923)
  • Best “Deep Cut” (use of a work not listed on any of the round up articles)
  • Best Visuals

Even though we are less than a week into 2019, we've already had three submissions which you can go try out right now! But we're expecting a lot more competition — so whether you're an experienced game designer, an amateur looking to try their hand, or just someone who is really inspired by a work that has finally entered the public domain, head over and join the jam on Itch... then get to work!


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    Anonymous Coward, 5 Jan 2019 @ 2:34pm

    A game based on Robert Frost's poem "New Hampshire", eh? I'll have to check that out for the next family reunion. For the record, "New Hampshire" is already available at Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/58611

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    lol, 5 Jan 2019 @ 9:26pm

    lol

    lol
    ya i want 1923 tech ....fuck copyright

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    Anonymous Coward, 6 Jan 2019 @ 10:36am

    Im surpised the gvt didnt extend it even further. Must not have had enough incentive ($$)

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    Stephen T. Stone (profile), 6 Jan 2019 @ 11:26am

    Re:

    Oh, I bet they would have received that incentive if those who normally pay for such consideration believed another copyright extension would have gone over well with the general public.

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    Thad (profile), 6 Jan 2019 @ 12:02pm

    Re: Re:

    And if they thought it could pass. Congress hasn't exactly been productive at passing legislation these past two years, and copyright extension doesn't have the "think of the children!" push behind it that something like FOSTA does.

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    Anonymous Coward, 8 Jan 2019 @ 12:05am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Technically it does.

    Copyright nutjobs think about children all the time... As proxies and bargaining chips to bleed their parents dry.

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