Character art by Kevin Arthur
Touhou Project is a series of bullet hell games from Japan that's notorious for both series creator ZUN's loose policy on creating derivative works and its all-star case of all-female characters who are just loosely defined enough to let our headcanons go wild. As with our past events, we're embracing the pride-rep in the Touhou fandom, giving people a less constrained creative space to highlight their works than our typical jams.
This jam has no additional theme and will run for the entirety of June. No game is too small, so take your time and do your best if you wish to participate. Jam veterans should still read the rules below because there are some additional guidelines to take note of. We've hosted several community-jams before, in addition to our other community events, you can check out our past events: ( 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, (9)-Jam, PrideJam2, PrideJam3, Touhou Station, Touhou Station 2 )
If you want to participate, we recommend you join our Discord Server: a Touhou-centric gamedev hub where you can discuss and show off Touhou fangames. The Discord has chat channels for the jam as well, including team-forming. And you can follow our Twitter for more updates and to help spread the jam!
Q: What kind of game can I make?
Any kind you want! As long as it's a fan game of Touhou, the sky is the limit. You can make a game that's gameplay-oriented or story-oriented. You can go for simple art or complex visuals. Whatever floats your creative boat.
Q: How does my game have to relate to Touhou / LGBT content?
As a fan game, your game is expected to borrow from the intellectual property in the Touhou series, meaning you should be including characters, locations, lore, or anything else from the from the official Touhou universe in your game. But do not steal assets from the official Touhou games themselves. You're not restricted to only characters/locations/etc. from Touhou, but it must be included and generally be the focus of your game's setting and events. Your game does NOT need to be based off any gameplay from the Touhou games themselves. Making a bullet hell game is perfectly acceptable, but by no means mandatory. You can create whatever type of game you think would be fun to play or fun to make. As for LGBT content, no rep is too small! You can deeply explore experiences from yourself or others, or you can just have your girls flirt a bit and have a good time.
Q: Do I have to make the whole thing myself?
Nope! If you don't want to work alone you can form teams with anyone you please and take any job that suits your style. However, the game you submit must be made entirely by your team and within the jam period. I recommend picking a team with a similar timezone/sleep schedule so all of you are at least around at the same time.
Q: Can I join multiple teams/games?
I don't see why not. Voting will be on the game submissions and not the participants, so you'll technically increase your chance of being on a winning team if you offer your talents to multiple games. Just keep in mind that of course means extra work, and this is all just for fun anyway, so no need to overexert yourself.
Q: I'm new to this. What can I use to make my game?
You have lots of options for how to make a game. Even if you're a total beginner, game engines can make it super easy to make something playable and fun. Some of them don't even need you to write a line of code! Some popular engines include:
If you want to use an engine such as these, I recommend you look up some tutorials and get some practice in with them before the jam starts. Just enough so that you know the basics, and once the jam starts you can jump right into it.
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