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February 1, 2021

We step back to reflect on what we learned from our first game jam, while Joe’s bathroom is too close and Allen taught Michael something (again).

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  • Game Jam Tips
  • Aim for the browser and to be embedded.
  • Be careful sharing your custom URL when hosting somewhere other than the game jam as it splits your traffic and likely, your feedback.
  • Time management is super important.
  • Be realistic about how much time you have.
  • You’ll be tired by the end!
  • Start with the Game Loop.
  • Try to always be playable.
  • Aim small and prioritize the “must haves”.
  • Know what you want to learn.
  • Judge your game against what you can do.
  • Beware of graphics and animations! Inspiration is fine, but it can become a sinkhole.
  • Recall from the above tips about time management and focusing on a playable game.
  • Play into the theme. Or don’t.
  • Use tools, asset stores, and libraries, such as Tiled, PyGame, Photoshop, and/or Butler, to simplify your effort and make maximum use of your time.
  • Consider teamwork.
  • Borrowing ideas is fine.
  • Keep your “elevator pitch” in mind, and evolve it.
  • Publish early and save energy for playing.
  • Save time to write up your game’s description, take video/screenshots, etc. for the submission.
  • Keep your game testable by having a dev mode and/or the ability to initialize a certain game state.
  • Think about the player over and over and over. How do you teach them the game’s mechanics, physics, when the game is over, etc.
  • And again, save time and energy for publishing your game, as well as, playing and rating other’s games.
  • Resources We Like
  • The Coding Blocks Game Jam 2021 submissions (
  • Tip of the Week
  • Sign up for a game jam! (
  • Use -A number, -B number, or -C number to include context with your next grep output. (
  • -A number will print number lines after the match.
  • -B number will print number lines before the match.
  • -C number will print number lines before and after the match.
  • Add your Git commit to your Docker images as a label like: docker build --tag --label git-commit=$GIT_COMMIT .
  • Where $GIT_COMMIT might be something like:
  • GIT_COMMIT=$(git rev-parse HEAD) or GIT_COMMIT=$(git rev-parse --short HEAD) if you only want to use the abbreviated commit ID.
  • In Jenkins, you can use ${env.GIT_COMMIT} to get the current commit ID that the current build is building,
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