MAGS September “No Talking, Please” (RESULT)

Started by Stupot, Fri 01/09/2023 18:04:04

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What is your favourite game of MAGS September?

'The Delivery' by 4KbShort
4 (50%)
'Lost & Found' by Creamy
4 (50%)

Total Members Voted: 8

Voting closed: Tue 17/10/2023 15:27:30

Stupot

You say it best, when you say nothing at all. So I will shut my mouth and introduce MAGS September.

Theme: No Talking, please.
Guidelines by: Ponch

This month's MAGS was a tie. Well done to both entries for sharing the win.

]The Delivery
by @4KbShort
]Lost & Found
by @Creamy



This game can have everything except dialog. Nobody says a word! Is the world filled with monsters that hunt by sound? Have space aliens stole all our words? Have you been raised by a colony of devout mimes? Have you taken a vow of silence? Are you trapped underwater and can't afford to waste the air? I don't know! But no one talks in this game!








What is MAGS?
Started in 2001, MAGS is a competition for amateur adventure game makers. The idea is to create a game in under a month, following the guidelines set by the previous winner. It aims to help you work to a deadline, improve your skills, and provide a kick-start into making adventure games. Regardless of skill, MAGS is for everyone. Voting is based on "favourite" games, and not the most artistic, or the best coded. If you have bad art skills, use it as a chance to do some graphic work. If you're sub-standard at coding, use it as a chance to give scripting a go. Ultimately, people will vote for the most enjoyable entry.

Rules
Entering MAGS is simple. First, conceptualize your game following the month's criteria (see above). Second, create your game fuelled only by coffee. Finally, post your game in this thread, including:

* A working download link
* The title of your game
* A suitable in-game screenshot

At the end of the month, voting will begin, usually lasting for fourteen days, and the winner chooses the next month's theme.

Remember that this is a challenge to see what you can do in a month, so any tinkering you do after that, including fixing minor glitches, is against the spirit of the competition. The exception to this is that you may go in and fix major, game-breaking bugs only during voting. We want you to have a game that voters can actually play and that runs on their machines.

So to reiterate, during the voting period fixing major, game-breaking bugs is okay, fixing minor glitches or making cosmetic changes is cheating.

Tips
Here are some ways to make sure you have a game to submit at the end of the month:
* Make a tiny game. Plan small, then cut it in half. Find shortcuts (e.g. if making walkcycles is time-consuming, make the characters static or have it in the first person).
* Plan to have your game playable and submittable with a week to spare. This way you have a week to fix bugs, add some flourishes and maybe even get someone to test it.
* Plan to submit it a day or so early. This way, if there are any technical issues with uploading, they can be sorted out in time.



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Need a little help with graphics? Perhaps The AGS Trove has something you can use.
Don't want to go it alone? Try the Recruitment board.
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Durinde

Neat concept! Not sure if I can compete this month, but I hope it will produce some interesting entries.

DBoyWheeler

No way I could pull this off, let alone pull it off perfectly.  But good luck to those who do try it.

Cassiebsg

Uhm. I really like the topic. And I'm still itching to make a game. But to be fair, I really have no time this month... :/
But there's like a million ideas running through my mind, and no talk solves the biggest problem when I make a game... so... put me in for a maybe... but no likely.
There are those who believe that life here began out there...

Kitty Trouble

One of these months I'm going to have a completed game, I'm just not great at art and the amount I can focus is limited, but the topic is interesting. Deciding whether it would be better to have a game plot revolving around this idea, or just to have a game that doesn't feature talking.

Cassiebsg

#5
You can use pre-made art. Don't let art stop you, if that is the only hurdle. :)
There are those who believe that life here began out there...

tbook

Gotta say, I like this months theme  ;)

4KbShort

Quote from: Kitty Trouble on Sun 03/09/2023 01:59:11One of these months I'm going to have a completed game, I'm just not great at art and the amount I can focus is limited, but the topic is interesting. Deciding whether it would be better to have a game plot revolving around this idea, or just to have a game that doesn't feature talking.

Do a Google search for whatever art assets you're looking for in "pixel" form. You'll get a lot of results from itch.io where people tend to give away a lot of art for free. You might not have a cohesive look as every artist is different, but if you need art fast or assets to make art fast this is the way I do it. The trees in "The Roadtrip" are from an artist who gives them away free on itch and it saved me from getting stuck on an art roadblock.
I have a website: https://www.fordabble.com/
I've made some games: https://4kbshort.itch.io/
I've made some videos: https://www.youtube.com/@encouragingthings
And some game videos: https://www.youtube.com/@4Kbshort

Kitty Trouble

Are we allowed to use art purchased in humble bundles, etc., or only publicly available art?

Stupot

Quote from: Kitty Trouble on Fri 08/09/2023 14:40:42Are we allowed to use art purchased in humble bundles, etc., or only publicly available art?
Use whatever you can (legally) get your hands on, Kitty. It is good form to credit your sources, either in-game or in a readme file. Not only does that give the original creator their due credit, it also adds a level of transparency for the players and voters.

Stupot


heltenjon


Cassiebsg

LOL
I still have no time ATM.
So I'm out, even though I have like 3 different ideas...
And after not Blending for a year or so, I'm back feeling like a toddler who just learned to walk....
I might still do a 5-6 day game at the end of the month, as my time should be freed slightly.

No promises though.
There are those who believe that life here began out there...

Durinde

I love the theme, but I already committed to another jam this month, so I highly doubt that I will be doing anything for this one.

RootBound

Love the theme, but I already have way too many irons in the fire right now. Can't even keep up with all the projects I already started  (wrong)
J. They/them. Here are my most recent games:

Stupot


Creamy

Quote from: Stupot on Sat 23/09/2023 02:48:29Anyone got anything in the works?

I've started something yesterday. Tapping into my pile of doodles to catch up. Result not guaranteed.
 

Ponch

Quote from: Creamy on Sun 24/09/2023 20:17:41I've started something yesterday. Tapping into my pile of doodles to catch up. Result not guaranteed. An amazing game will be delivered shortly.  :wink:

:cheesy:  You are awesome! I was starting to think this was a terrible theme and I was going to have to leave the forums forever.  :=

cat

Quote from: Ponch on Mon 25/09/2023 02:22:16I was starting to think this was a terrible theme
No, the theme is fantastic. I just somehow only noticed it yesterday and don't have enough time to come up with something, sadly.

Kastchey

I second that. It's a lovely theme and I've been eyeing this thread since early September, but I couldn't squeeze out enough free time.

Anywhere I can lobby for bi-MAGS?  ;)

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