Welcome one and all to the selectbutton.net Jam of ZZT!
For 8 days, from April 4 to April 11, we will be expressing ourselves on the Canvas of ZZT (courtesy of Potomac Computer Systems).
For this jam, there will be no theme besides ZZT. You could make an epic megagame, or a chill nongame. You could make an art gallery, or just a single ASCII painting. You could make a charming goal-less world to explore, or you could make a sophisticated game engine. You could make a storybook or a song. You could modify ZZT’s font, or even modify ZZT itself. Heck, you could also do any of those things with Super ZZT. Go wild. The sky’s the limit.*
Between now and the start of the jam I (and other knowledgeable people (probably)) will be posting various resources to help you come to grips with ZZT. You can think of this as us constructing a step-ladder so you can gradually acclimate yourself to the water by the time the jam starts, or you can think of this as us building a diving board so you can go straight into the deep end on day one. Either way, you’re free to ignore it all and just cannonball yourself into the of the pool if that’s your style.
(…hopefully that analogy makes sense.)
Please be respectful, keep your arms and legs inside of the vehicle at all times, and let’s get ready to ZZT!
Φ <- Instructions
The Jam of ZZT starts on April 4 at the beginning of the day. Submissions are due on April 11 at the end of the day.
Please send your submissions to email@example.com
You can submit .ZZT and .SZT worlds, .BRD board files, .ZZM music files, custom fonts, modified ZZT executables, etc. (If you have any questions here, please ask.)
There is no limit in the number of entries per user, although if you’re submitting a revision to something you sent me earlier, make it clear in your email.
In your email, please include a short description, as well as the following info:
- Your preferred name
- Your approximate level of ZZT experience
- The full title of any worlds you submit
- If it was based off an old, dusted off project of yours
- If you chose to complete it in a more stringent time limit than the full week of the jam (eg 24, 48, or 72 hours)
- Appropriate content warnings for any objectionable content (please include these in your world, as well).
When the jam is over I intend to package all the entries together and submit them to the Museum of ZZT. If you do not want that to happen to your stuff for whatever reason, let me know.
If you’re afraid I missed your submission or your email blew up or anything like that, send me a PM on the forums.
Frequently Asked Questions
Φ <- FAQ
Q: Can I invite my friends?
A: Certainly. Just be sure they read the signs and obey the posted placards.
Q: Will there be judges and scoring and winners and prizes and stuff?
A: No. Everybody who tries to make something is a winner in my book.
Q: When exactly does this start and end?
A: Midnight in your time zone, whenever that is. I want to be respectful of people’s schedules and time zones and such, so I will err on the side of leniency.
Q: Can I at least dust off some old project I was working on?
A: Sure. Just be sure to make it clear when you submit it.
Q: Is MegaZeux allowed?
A: I feel like it would be against the spirit of this jam. Sorry.
Q: But is ZIG allowed?
A: If you can get it working, I guess.
Q: What if the plague kills us all?
A: Then at least we will have died doing something we love.
Q: What is the full extent of the jam?
A: We’ll find out when it’s over.
* In practice, this means 20 KB per board.