This is going to a be something a little bit different for both me and this site.
Running from January 2nd to January 16th is My First Game Jam, a 2 week Jam focused on new developers. Whats a Jam you ask? Well it is basically a speed run but for making the game rather than playing it. Typically they last a couple of days and are extremely intensive, which tends to put of new developers, but this one is different, it is specifically for people who have never been in a Jam before and/or have never even created a game.
I personally have never taken part in a Jam, and although I have attempted to create games in the past, have never gotten very far. Two of my games, both incomplete but with demos, can be found here and here.
I have already began development on a third game which is already going much better and I fully plan on actually finishing this one, but I will be taking time off for this Jam. Im planning on sticking with RPG maker, but will be upgrading to the latest version, RPG Maker MV, which also means I will be required to go back in time 10 years to try and remember Java, as all previous versions of RM used ruby.
The Jam begins in 3 days time, and at the time I am writing this has over 300 participants. My plan is to post updates here every couple of days, with a video at the 7 and 14 day marks over on our YouTube channel. I will also be constantly posting updates on Twitter (@DrTarsus) using #myfirstgamejam. And hopefully in 2 weeks time I will have my first ever completed game.
I already have a basic plan drawn up for the game which I will talk more about once to Jam has started, and have also managed to rope in a couple of friends and fellow blast processors to help out with some assets and coding.
Watch this space.