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MAGS September "Magic" (OPEN)
« on: 03 Sep 2019, 01:15 »
Excuse the delay. Here is this month's topic:

Magic
Chosen by NuggetSeb
Deadline September 30th


Create a game that has magic somehow take place in the form of however you see fit. Most anything goes so long as it can be considered magical!





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 rules 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, conceptualise 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.
« Last Edit: 03 Sep 2019, 13:26 by Stupot »

VampireWombat

  • Not a chupacabra
    • I can help with animation
    • I can help with backgrounds
    • I can help with characters
    • I can help with play testing
Re: MAGS September "Magic" (OPEN)
« Reply #1 on: 03 Sep 2019, 12:18 »
Good, I was hoping for a theme I could use for a horrorish game this month.
Looks like I'll finally get to make a proper urban fantasy/horror game. Now to figure everything else out...

VampireWombat

  • Not a chupacabra
    • I can help with animation
    • I can help with backgrounds
    • I can help with characters
    • I can help with play testing
Re: MAGS September "Magic" (OPEN)
« Reply #2 on: 07 Sep 2019, 16:31 »
I really hope someone else joins in this month. There's a chance this may be my last MAGS for awhile, so I really don't want to win by default...

I've been working on an art style for characters this week. And this weekend I'll be doing some test ideas for a spell system. I have a general idea for the story, have decided on one of two general locations, and a few other things.

Mandle

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Re: MAGS September "Magic" (OPEN)
« Reply #3 on: 07 Sep 2019, 17:56 »
I'm probably in for this one. The topic is just too awesome!

Re: MAGS September "Magic" (OPEN)
« Reply #4 on: 08 Sep 2019, 00:26 »
I advised NuggetSeb that broader themes tend to get more entries, and this is nice, juicy open theme so don’t let him down.   (wrong)


Mandle

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    • Mandle worked on one or more games that won an AGS Award!
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    • Mandle worked on one or more games that was nominated for an AGS Award!
Re: MAGS September "Magic" (OPEN)
« Reply #5 on: 09 Sep 2019, 01:19 »
I started work on my game yesterday but today got some emergency news and have to fly back to Australia for probably some time.

Sorry, I'm out.

Re: MAGS September "Magic" (OPEN)
« Reply #6 on: 09 Sep 2019, 14:11 »
I started work on my game yesterday but today got some emergency news and have to fly back to Australia for probably some time.

Sorry, I'm out.
Don't be sorry, dude. Take care.

VampireWombat

  • Not a chupacabra
    • I can help with animation
    • I can help with backgrounds
    • I can help with characters
    • I can help with play testing
Re: MAGS September "Magic" (OPEN)
« Reply #7 on: 09 Sep 2019, 15:46 »
Yeah, definitely don't worry about it. Focus on the important stuff.

Radiant

  • Return once more to the Two Kingdoms!
    • I can help with publishing
    • I can help with story design
    • Radiant worked on one or more games that won an AGS Award!
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    • Radiant worked on one or more games that was nominated for an AGS Award!
Re: MAGS September "Magic" (OPEN)
« Reply #8 on: 11 Sep 2019, 13:03 »
Nice theme.

What are the current rules on pre-existing resources? Any? Trove only? Templates and sound effects only? None?

Re: MAGS September "Magic" (OPEN)
« Reply #9 on: 12 Sep 2019, 04:06 »
Nice theme.

What are the current rules on pre-existing resources? Any? Trove only? Templates and sound effects only? None?

Whatever you can get your hands on, frankly.  (nod)

VampireWombat

  • Not a chupacabra
    • I can help with animation
    • I can help with backgrounds
    • I can help with characters
    • I can help with play testing
Re: MAGS September "Magic" (OPEN)
« Reply #10 on: 14 Sep 2019, 21:16 »
To make sure I can finish the game on time, I'm doing the game 320 x 180 with low resolution sprites. Unfortunately I don't have much really done yet. Only one background mostly done, figuring out the sprite style, and a lot of research and world building.
I still don't have a name for the game or a name for the main character...

VampireWombat

  • Not a chupacabra
    • I can help with animation
    • I can help with backgrounds
    • I can help with characters
    • I can help with play testing
Re: MAGS September "Magic" (OPEN)
« Reply #11 on: Today at 13:09 »
So, I talked to the guy running the $103 Adventure Game Challenge on Itch.io for the next 2 weeks. He said that it was fine for me to use what I started for this month's MAGS as long as it fits the theme for his jam, etc. He also said it was fine to enter the game into other jams/contests. So, I was wondering if it would be okay to submit the game I make for his jam to this month's MAGS. Especially since the characters and setting were developed specifically for this month's MAGS.

Mandle

  • NO PIXEL LEFT BEHIND!!!
    • Mandle worked on one or more games that won an AGS Award!
    •  
    • Mandle worked on one or more games that was nominated for an AGS Award!
Re: MAGS September "Magic" (OPEN)
« Reply #12 on: Today at 14:18 »
So, I talked to the guy running the $103 Adventure Game Challenge on Itch.io for the next 2 weeks. He said that it was fine for me to use what I started for this month's MAGS as long as it fits the theme for his jam, etc. He also said it was fine to enter the game into other jams/contests. So, I was wondering if it would be okay to submit the game I make for his jam to this month's MAGS. Especially since the characters and setting were developed specifically for this month's MAGS.

There are no rules that prevent you from entering your MAGS entry into other outside contests.

Re: MAGS September "Magic" (OPEN)
« Reply #13 on: Today at 14:26 »
Yeah, go for it. My game Power Nap was made for the Adventure Jam using the MAGS theme.

VampireWombat

  • Not a chupacabra
    • I can help with animation
    • I can help with backgrounds
    • I can help with characters
    • I can help with play testing
Re: MAGS September "Magic" (OPEN)
« Reply #14 on: Today at 15:07 »
Alright, thanks guys.

Then it looks like an Urban Fantasy magical item heist game is a go. Now to figure out the item and where it's being stolen from...