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Asylum Game Jam

It's October... and that means it's time to get fearful. Perhaps even a little horrific! Welcome boils and ghouls to the first ever Asylum Game Jam, a horror game jam! 

Oh, but this isn't just some usual 'let's cut open a few people and see their insides' simple jam. There are rules here, kiddies! Well, one rule. Two if you count 'no killing the other attendees', but who am I to say you can't have a hobby? Uwe-he-he-he! No, the one rule here - no mental illnesses. Why? Well let me pass the bone... er, mic.. to the founders of the Asylum Jam for them to give their own description....


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It is something a great deal of the world live and cope with, yet are increasingly hesitant to reveal due to negative stigmatization in media, compounded by lack of general awareness about the variance and truth of suffering from a mental illness.

Horror is usually derived from the unknown and what we do not understand— and mental illness is one of these subjects where the general public lacks knowledge and insight. Many horror games use the negative portrayal of those who suffer from mental illness as extremely violent or sadistic, usually as the villain or antagonist, as an easy crutch to rest their story, characters and motivations on.

Asylum Jam is here to prove that we do not have to utilize a negative portrayal of mental health, medical professionals or medical institutes to create a good horror experience for a gamer!

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Westwood has once again allowed us use of their facilities for this absolutely horrific event. Bring your most terrible ideas and a few fiends to partner up with - it's sure to be a grisly weekend! Ha-HAHAHAHAH!


Learn more here:

http://www.asylumjam.com


And if you see looking to join a group of people for the event, go here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/lv?key=0Agsm61tdaD5MdHlxaUV0a0ttZzAzMktvcmh3Wm9mY1E&usp=sharing


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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was fun! We had a good turnout on day 1 and 2. Day 3 was quieter, like it always is, but we had enough to feel like a proper jam.

    2 · October 13, 2013

    • Benjamin McKissick J.

      I surely hated that I couldn't make it. Had this nasty throat thing going on.

      October 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    On my way soon

    October 11, 2013

    • Dave C.

      Great - see ya soon!

      October 11, 2013

  • Eve

    How early can we start setting up?

    October 10, 2013

  • Dave C.

    ONE DAY.

    October 10, 2013

  • Ryan M.

    okay so I'm really new to this, first jam and all, so are people going to be sleeping AT the campus or elsewhere? also my partner and are on the lookout for a texture artist to join us.

    October 9, 2013

    • Dave C.

      The sleeping room is actually immediately next door to the jam room.

      October 9, 2013

    • Ryan M.

      oh okay, turns out we had booked the hotel anyway, but it's nice to know that the option still exists. Looking forward to the jam!

      October 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll bring a kettle

    2 · October 8, 2013

  • Eve

    I can bring coffee supplies again, if no one else is already. Does any one have a coffee maker they can bring?

    1 · October 8, 2013

    • Dave C.

      I've got a Keurig I can bring, along with one of those "fill it yourself" k-cups.

      October 8, 2013

  • Dave C.

    5 days until Asylum starts! If you need a group, be sure to check the forum post in this Meetup group and also at the official LFG link in the main post above.

    I'm personally looking for a 3D environment modeler who can make gothic / "otherworldly" architecture and already knows how to import and properly set it up in Unity.

    October 7, 2013

  • Dave C.

    Visited the location of Asylum Jam Colorado today. Lots of space, place to sleep (bring sleeping bags!), and had a room that is possibly haunted. It's perfect.

    October 4, 2013

  • Dave C.

    I've updated the link to their site now that they have it online, and I've also posted a link to the Google Doc. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

    September 30, 2013

  • Belin F.

    Here's one for a horror game idea based on mental illness: The protagonist lives in a perfect world where nothing is wrong at all. He's got a great family and kids and goes to a fulfilling job. The first day everything is great. But he keeps seeing something else, some other life led by someone else who isn't doing so well. A life of crime and desperation, drug addiction, repeated incarceration and labor camps. The game keeps turning into that life as the player follows through a series of scripted events which become more and more difficult. The horror part is discovering that the great life it starts with is a delusional state being maintained by the disturbed person you play as. The win mechanism is to manage to hold onto the fantasy life by doing each mini game perfectly. The mini games are all puzzle-match and delivery game and get so difficult it's nearly impossible to keep the wool pulled over your own eyes.

    Anyone else want to do this?

    September 27, 2013

  • Belin F.

    Would you please post a link to the google doc for people looking for co-creators?

    September 27, 2013

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