The Bare-Bones Jam

The Bare-Bones Jam
Games Stripped to the Bone

Have you ever wanted to create a game, but felt overwhelmed by the visual aspects? Or wished you didn't need to edit the UI?

This jam is for you!

The Bare-Bones Jam is a month-long game jam for text-based games where you cannot change the formatting of the chosen program. Not only are graphics prohibited, but so is changing the interface or presentation in any way from the engine defaults.

During the jam, the focus is on the text only. After the jam, do whatever you like with your game.

This jam was inspired by the Naked Twine Jam from 2014, but it is not restricted to twine.

Constraints and Rules:

You cannot make changes to the visual of the game, and must keep the basic UI and formatting of the chosen program.
Excluded are the uses of basic text formatting (italics, bold, underline, etc...), lists and tables (that means it's allowed!).
Games should not include assets, like images or sound - the focus should be on the text.
Games should not include any generated AI content.
The Jam is open to any program/medium, as long as the piece can be considered Interactive Fiction (i.e. the game is interactive, and its focus is on the text).
The Jam is open to any language.
The Jam is open to NSFW content, as long as you indicate it in your submission (in the Content Warning of the form).
Spam or hateful content will be removed!
During the duration of the jam and the two weeks following the deadline, the submissions should be free to play.
You can submit up to 3 entries!

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Series: barebonesjam

Official Web site:

Organizer(s): manonamora profile, Autumn Chen profile, Sophia de Augustine profile, Lapin Lunaire profile

Qualification opening date: October 1, 2023

Qualification closing date: October 31, 2023

Games and Awards

Entrant: Forcas, by Unexpected_Dreams
Entrant: Starless, by CherylDella
Entrant: Preordained (A Dimensions Tale), by Jackson The Bear
Entrant: Christian Delaney and the Dirigible of Death, by noseflautist
Entrant: The Secret of Flint Smith, by trexanddrago
Entrant: OBJECT PERMANENCE, by graymeditations
Entrant: Photographs from the Summer of 1987, by casket
Entrant: Roma Tenebris, by voidrim
Entrant: Your World According to a Single Word, by Kastel
Entrant: To Burn A God Down, by BNT
Entrant: POV: You're a Teenage Girl in a Conservative Christian Family, by alyshkalia
Entrant: Maverick Hunter: Scandalous Mission, by Noah Si
Entrant: Found Objects, by mxelm
Entrant: Our Cabin was Cold, by Leah Peach
Entrant: Moonstrike: Superdim, by redflagromancegames
Entrant: Coffee (And a Shake) For Five, by Iri
Entrant: ADVENTURE PYTHON, by moob453
Entrant: WHOM I SHOULD LOVE ABOVE ALL THINGS, by Sophia de Augustine
Entrant: Red Haze / Bruma Roja, by Ruber Eaglenest
Entrant: Sunny-Side Up, by PetricakeGames-IF
Entrant: hfwrhld, by Bruhstin
Entrant: Please Leave a Message, by Sarah Willson
Entrant: ConfigurationUploader, by Autumn Chen
Entrant: GUT THE MOVIE, by Coral Nulla
Entrant: The Loneliest House, by alyshkalia
Entrant: Forever and Ever, by PetricakeGames-IF
Entrant: In the Blink of an Eye, by manonamora

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