I have founded two game jams, MytholoJam and Cryptid Jam, and organized five separate events for these jams on itch.io. For each event, I designed and managed a landing page, provided several resources for jammers (including lists of historical sources, educational references, and guidelines for appropriate conduct), and managed the community forums and Discord servers for the jams.
MytholoJam (#mytholojam) ran twice annually in the Fall and Spring from Fall 2017 to Spring 2019. The Greek MytholoJam ran in Fall 2017 and Fall 2018, the Roman MytholoJam ran in Spring 2018, and the World MytholoJam ran in Spring 2019. This series of beginner-friendly game jams was organized and hosted on itch.io, encouraging participants to create unique interactive media based on antiquity and mythology as conscientious inheritors of the past.
These jams emphasize and celebrate the fact that antiquity is vast and diverse, and our understanding of the past relies on complex interactions and interdependence between numerous cultures. The past must be understood as a product of complex interactions and global dynamics between a variety of civilizations and cultures. No aspect of history exists in a vacuum, and participants were invited to examine lesser known and marginalized aspects of history as well as familiar ones. When we discuss the past, what gets misrepresented? What gets emphasized?
Combined, all four MytholoJams drew over 60+ entries and more than 400 participants overall! To view all entries that have been submitted to various MytholoJams, visit the MytholoJam Entries collection on itch.io.
Cryptid Jam (#cryptidjam) was a month-long game jam held in October and hosted on itch.io.
Cryptids are creatures "presumed [...] to exist on the basis of anecdotal or other evidence considered insufficient by mainstream science,"¹ with many entities being identified only in folklore, rumors, and urban legends. Some of the most well-known cryptids are Bigfoot, the chupacabra, and the Loch Ness monster. Others you may have heard of are the Jersey Devil and Mothman, but there are many, many others.
First run in October 2019, the jam drew over 450 participants and more than 60 entries overall! It was a beginner-friendly jam, welcoming creators of all skill levels and skillsets, and its participants derived inspiration from numerous different cryptid concepts and legends in order to create dozens of unique and diverse games.
To view all entries that have been submitted to Cryptid Jam, visit the Cryptid Jam Entries collection on itch.io.
As a participant, I have submitted games to over 20 different game jams on itch.io. More information about my own jam entries can be found on the Games page.