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Game Jam Resources

Whether you’re a first time game jammer or an experienced designer, check out these resources we’ve curated to help make sure you have all the tools you need for a successful jam!

 


On this page you will find suggestions for gamemaking beginners and a library of gamemaking tools.

We also strongly encourage participants to join IndieCade’s Discord server, where you can connect with other jammers for team building, brainstorming, coding help, and more.

  1. Go to indiecade.com/discord
  2. Hit the green button with the checkmark to acknowledge our Code of Conduct.
  3. There are channels marked specifically for the game jam.

Featured Resources

I’ve never made a game! How do I start?

No prior experience is necessary! There are plenty of easy-to-use game-creation tools to choose from and you can create any type of game you like, digital or otherwise—a board game, a card game, even a tabletop roleplaying game.

You also don’t have to jam alone. If you have a relative or friend who’s into games, ask them to join your team! We also encourage you to join our Discord server to meet other jammers and collaborate.

There are lots of different easy-to-use tools that you can use to make a game. Here are a few to consider, special thanks to the Global Game Jam community:

Scratch

(no coding required, great for beginners and kids)

PICO-8

(simple, great for small jams, code examples)

Stencyl

(no coding required)

Twine

(text-based games)

Inkle Writer

(text-based games)

RPG Maker VX Ace Lite

(no coding required, 2D, does more than just RPGs)

Game-Maker

(great for beginners + marketplace)

A larger list of tiny game tools can be found HERE.

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