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The fifth edition of the js13kGames competition starts in more than two months, but I wanted to slowly start organizing everything already. I'll announce everything here, and if you have any questions feel free to ask.

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For those who don't know: it's a JavaScript coding competition for HTML5 game developers. You have a month (from August 13th till September 13th) to create a game on the given theme (announced at the start of the compo) that have to fit into the 13 kilobytes limit with all the resources when zipped. It is a challenge, but the one that spawns creativity.

Check out rules and previous entries, forum topics from 2014 and 2015, follow compo on Twitter and Facebook for updates. Check the Resources page for tools and other useful materials.

And yes, I'm trying to improve the rules, voting system, and backend from your feedback taken over the years. Remember: I failed with so many things every single year and I will probably fail also this time. The compo is suppose to be for fun, and I'm doing everything mostly on my own in my free time, so instead of complaining feel free to help - thanks.

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Interesting. How would you know if competitors started coding on August 13th? Relying on pure honesty? :D Pity I'm completely lost at game coding, I guess maybe next year :)

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46 minutes ago, ecv said:

How would you know if competitors started coding on August 13th? Relying on pure honesty?

Well, I can't, and yes - at some degree I rely on honesty ^^

Theme will be announced when the compo actually starts, and the judges will give points, among other factors, based on the implementation of the theme. It wasn't so strict through the years so if you're motivated enough and will work all year and create something without implementing the theme yet it'll be so awesome that it'll win the competition, then good for you :)

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A little update with the new additions.

Sponsor:
- Mozilla

Judges:
- Christer Kaitila
- Jupiter Hadley

Prizes:
- 5 × Making Money with HTML5 ebook
- 3 × Construct 2 game engine personal license
- 10 × PlayCanvas Pro-5 account

More coming soon.

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Next update.

Judges:
- Pablo Farías Navarro
- Robert Podgórski

Prizes:
- 5 × ImpactJS game engine
- 5 × Complete Mobile Game Development Course
- 7 × WebStorm personal license

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Definitely looking forward to this edition, it will give me an excuse to make a game, and it's always so much fun to work with these constraints. Definitely recommend participating for those who haven't yet ;)

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Next update.

Sponsor:
- Heroic Labs

Judge:
- Jason Weathersby

Prizes:
- 3 × Pusher $300 credit
- 1 × Proto.io Startup account

If you want to offer sponsorship or prizes feel free to ping me via PM, email or social media way - thanks!

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Next update.

Sponsor:
- Hired

Judge:
- Elle Chen

Prizes:
- 5 × Cloud9 IDE individual subscriptions
- 10 × Elliot Quest game
- 25 × A Wizard's Lizard and A Wizard's Lizard 2: Soul Thief games

The competition starts in 18 days!

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Hi Everyone,

Just in case this might be useful, 2 years ago I created a micro game engine specifically for making JS13K games:

https://github.com/kittykatattack/ga

... Yes, that's right - it has most of the features of Phaser (inlcuding a built-in sound effects generator!) but the code base is about 100 times smaller :)  

It compresses down to 6.5k gzipped, which leaves you with another 6.5k for your game code - that's plenty.

Ga is still under active maintenance and development (it's my baby!) so if anyone wants to try it - go ahead!

I'm too busy to make a game for JS13K this year, but I'll have my eye on Ga's GitHub Issues in case anyone has any questions, bug reports, or wants to contribute to the project (... bonus points for removing code!)

Cheers,

-d13

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14 minutes ago, Red Spark said:

Is there any place we can vote for themes? :D

I'm chosing the theme for every year by myself, but I was thinking about an option to give this away to community at some point ;]

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Next update.

Sponsors:
- Jscrambler
- Gameasy

Judges:
- Pedro Fortuna
- Frederic Rezeau

Prizes:
- 10 × The Curious Expedition game
- 5 × Kendo UI Professional
- 3 × CodePen Pro account
- 30 × GitHub personal account
- 10 × Phaser Editor
- 3 × Jscrambler license

The competition starts in just FOUR DAYS!

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