Game Chill is a winter game making contest, the goal of which is to make a game in a little over three weeks. Entries will be commented on by a quartet of judges and ranked accordingly. A simple theme is given, but the point is to just have fun making games!

Design a single winter-themed dungeon for the player to navigate through.

You are required to include in this game at least 3 items from the following list, in some way, shape or form:
  • Gingerbread Men
  • Prayer
  • Frosty the Snowman's hat
  • Hockey
  • Fancy dinner party
  • Bing Crosby

  • The contest starts now (December 19th, 2013) and goes until January 9th at 11:59pm GMT. Entries must be made during this time-frame. Existing games and projects are not eligible entries for this event.
  • Only completed games are allowed
  • Teams of any size may work together to create a game.
  • All art, music, and sound should be original, public domain or purchased by yourself. When you made it is not important so long as you have proper rights to it. Entrants may stray from this rule if they wish, but should expect harsher judgments towards ripped content than original.
  • Your game must run on the Windows platform. Your game should not require any additional components that a judge would have to purchase or download.
  • Games should come with a readme.txt file of some sort, describing how to play the game, listing any resources used that are not yours, and describing what components the game needs to run.
  • At the end of the contest, 4 judges will rank each game using their own scoring system, and provide commentary for the entries. The final outcome will be determined by the judges. A winner and a runner-up will be selected.
  • Entries not submitted by the end time will not be accepted.
  • Extensions might be possible, but will be granted only by popular vote and judge approval (ie. don't rely on it). If extensions are given, they will apply to everyone, for fairness. If an extension does occur it will be only a few days at most.
  • Your game can be of any genre, not just RPG. (You don't need to have battles, for example!)

  • Step 1: Sign up for the contest in the "Registration" section below this event description. You can enter this event solo or as a team. Additionally, you may submit as many games or join as many teams as you'd like.
  • Step 2: Create your game page. Normal submission rules apply.
  • Step 3: Post your download to the game page once it's approved.
  • Step 4: Submit your game download to the contest by using the commands on the upper-right corner of this page.

All participants who successfully submit a valid entry to the event will receive a participation achievement worth 50ms. The winner will receive an additional 100ms achievement for being so awesome. (Hey, not every event needs hundreds of dollars in prizes! This event is "old school RMN".)

Good luck and merry Christmas!

The amazing banner art is the work of Alex Stone:




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Teams Members Entry
Return of the Bludgeon of Inspiration
Gunning It Solo!
halo's subterranean prayer column
Ok, who spiked the eggnog THIS time? (And with what!?)
The A is for ARCTIC
How Alex Saved Christmas
Powered by Frostbite
Mug O' Tea wit Too Much Milk
A Cold Day in Hell
Snow Angel
Too Cool
hiromu "might make a game this time" 656
Team Sadists
Snowed Out
The Original Broskis
Dudesoft Productions
Winter Wonder What-now?
Back to Basics
This will be better than All Hallows Eve.
The Tall Tale About A Bear And His Lumberjack
Snow for the Snow Owl
Paladin-Cleric of Awesome!
Team milkwad
Team Fruitcake
Team Flaker
Hammer Time!
Project BOUNDD
Blizzard Of Tyranny


- Let’s get this party started!
I signed up, but as usual don't expect anything from me.
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Scrooge protocols set to maximum.
Guardian of the Description Thread
To be honest, I actually prefer a markerscore bonus over cash prizes but I'm weird like that. Not that I can claim anything other than a participation badge this time around, but still.

*expecting weird/awesome games from this event*

*Edit: Geeze, I thought I did a better job editing this avatar!
Let the notice spam begin!
I can't wait to see what people come up with :3

Also, cool, the end date is my B-Day~
Have a few unintentional bad ideas whirling around, I'll see what I can gobble together.
I would have more makerscore If I did things.
I have a bunch of intentionally bad ideas swirling around, I'll see what I can vomit up.
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Maybe I should hedge my bet and join every team as a creative consultant!
You the practice of self-promotion
Now, there's a panel of judges of some of my favorite RMNers! :D
I didn't want to wake up 40 years old and working a job that I hate.
You would include hockey :P
You the practice of self-promotion
You would include hockey :P

Or at least Curling ... ;P
Silly goose – no one likes Curling!
Circumstance penalty for being the bard.
I saw this and was like "Hey, maybe I'll make something for this!" and then saw that it had an awful, extremely restrictive theme.

Edit: Kudos on the excellent banner, though.
Solitayre having no better answer ready on the spur of the moment, said, "Bah!" again; and followed it up with "Humbug."
Does the entire game have to be 1 single dungeon?
"dungeon" is being used in the loose D&D terms, as in "a particular area in which the heroes can quest" (vs the specific "medieval jail").

Like, the entirety of the original Diablo takes place in a single "dungeon".
Guardian of the Description Thread
Now, there's a panel of judges of some of my favorite RMNers! :D

Some judges are more your favorite than others, RIGHT?

*Edit: Signed up despite having no ideas. GOOD TIMES!
"dungeon" is being used in the loose D&D terms, as in "a particular area in which the heroes can quest" (vs the specific "medieval jail").

Like, the entirety of the original Diablo takes place in a single "dungeon".

Can I clarify that a dungeon consists of one single map, or several maps that comprise a single area?

If so, that means there can't be a town and a cave, because that will be two separate areas, right? Or does the cave count as a dungeon and the town as a general area?
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Just trap the player in a child's imagination...

Then you can have as much content as you need.
I didn't want to wake up 40 years old and working a job that I hate.
IMO, game-contest themes should be there mostly to provoke some inspiration for an idea so you don't have to stare at a blank canvas, not as a deterrent; it's a limitation that can help increase creativity by giving you a place to start :)

For example, "one winter-themed dungeon to navigate through" could be:
  • An actual ice dungeon with ice prisons
  • A town under seige by snowmen
  • A day spent in court the day before Christmas

Likewise a lot of the "items" can be included in a limitless number of ways, like prayer or fancy dinner party (although maybe not Bing Crosby).

Anyway, I can't speak for the other judges, but I tend to interpret stuff pretty liberally and I'm not about to crack down on anyone for stretching the theme to meet their desires. Follow the rules and have fun with it; as long as you can make a somewhat-legitimate argument that you attempted the theme, that'll be good enough for me! I'd rather just see you all have fun.

*ducks to avoid rain of snowballs*

EDIT: Oh wow, I just saw the banner and it's frickin' sweet.