Welcome to the Okashicon x NinjaHELL! Productions Anime RPG Design Contest! This is our second year partnering together, and if the last few contests tell us anything, you’re bound to make some awesome games!
What began as a response to an argument on the internet has grown into an international game design competition that has seen games go on to be published and sold. By being here, you've signed up to participate in this year's version. Over the next few weeks, you'll be creating something amazing that you will own outright and can claim the special status as being from this contest.
You (and up to two others) will be assigned random Genres (like Magical Girl or Giant Robot), and will have to create a TTRPG around it, along with a conditional modifier that everyone in the contest has to include.
New to this year is our surrounding Okashicon x NinjaHELL! Anime RPG Design Jam: whether you can’t keep up with the check-in schedule, or just don’t want to compete for prizes, you can participate in the overall game jam and still make something awesome. You’ll get to have a similar icon to put in your finished work to show that it was made as a part of the festivities, and will even get some commentary by our esteemed judges panel (in a way, shape, and form that we’ll talk about later).
Also new is a change in the Playtest requirement. This year, if you so choose, your team can volunteer to playtest and provide feedback about another team’s entry. While it isn’t required, it is the first of three elements that act as tiebreakers in the judging of the finalists. Also, it can really help shape up a game before the final deadline, so we do encourage you to help each other out.
Week 20: Okashicon 2020 Occurs. Winner is announced at Opening Ceremonies.
Late passes allow you to miss a deadline and still be in the running. As long as you submit both the missed deadline and the current one, you'll still have an opportunity to be a finalist! Now, as anyone who has watched anime has seen, being late to class requires a punishment. You'll need to create a fanwork related to someone else's entry and submit it by the next scheduled deadline along with the late content and the content due that week. Fanwork can be anything from a 150 word fanfic, drawing, song, or any other work that celebrates another team’s entry. We request that you let the other team use what you made, but it’s up to you on that front. If you miss a deadline and have already used your late pass, you’ve lost out on your chance to be a finalist. But don’t give up! Finish your game as a part of the game jam, and get critique and a participation icon anyway.
We'll be posting the contest-wide Modifier February 29th at 11:59p CST, and it's something you'll have to include in your entry. Anime can be released in different ways and are created to serve different purposes and entertain different audiences. The best way we can simulate that is to introduce a "Modifier", which every entry has to utilize. Will you have to make a mash-up of two genres? Will you need to use your RPG to promote an item for sale (which, for some reason, is sold separately)? Does it need to encourage a Melodramatic story, or an ULTRAVIOLENT ONE?
We'll be posting more information about prizes after the Kickoff event (and throughout the contest as we’ll be sweetening the pot as we go), but the main prize are free passes to Okashicon 2021 for everyone in the winning team, $100 cash (delivered by check or Paypal), a First Place icon, and promotion of your game by Okashicon as the official tabletop game at Okashicon 2021 (including demos of it in the schedule in the tabletop room).
Oh, and everyone who participates will be getting a sweet deal on passes to this year’s Okashicon just for signing up and participating in the Week 1 deadline. But what that looks like is going to be a surprise for the people who actually earn it!
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