Grid Grind 2020

Mon, Jul 06 2020 11:50 PM
07/07/2020 - 02:50
09/08/2020 - 00:00

Welcome to Grid Grind 2020: the event where everything is combined with everything else in a grid matrix, and we see what kinds of games come out in the end...!

6 Personalities... 6 Places... 6 Things... Endless Games?

Personalities mean any type of character you would like to see in a game: animals... firefighters... babies... etc.
Places mean any scenery, theme, or location you would like to see in a game, real or imagined: The Land of Oz... Spokane, Washington... Neptune... etc.
Things mean any specific kind of physical object you would like to see prominently featured in the game: pastries... shoes... ladders... etc.

There will be a grid created for each of the Places determined in Phase 1, where one Persona and one Thing are combined in that Place, and it serves as the inspiration for game-making. Throughout the month of August, make as many games as you are able. Can we, as a community, complete all 216 possible combinations? It's a tall order... But I think we're up to the task! If we don't get to them all, well heck - at least we tried, eh?

There are two phases to this event:
1. Populate the Grid! (complete!)
2. Make Games! (this is done too!)

PHASE 1: Populate the Grid! (Complete!)
Check out the grids by clicking on the links below:

Grid 1: Online Chat Room
Grid 2: Reverse-Gravity World
Grid 3: Utopia
Grid 4: Mysterious Industrial Building
Grid 5: Knytt Stories Tutorial World
Grid 6: Garden
The Spice Cabinet

PHASE 2: Make Games! (Complete!)
Use the combinations in the grid as inspiration to make a small, medium, or large game, and post it here at GT. When you post your game, be sure to include your grid combination (and anything added from the Spice Cabinet) in the description.

Phase 2 ends on 1st September-ish. Maybe the end of the first weekend of September.

Thank you to everyone who participated! Plenty of awesome, goofy games came out of this event. I hope you had fun. I sure enjoyed playing everything you all released.

Games made for Grid Grind 2020


Alchiggins's picture

I love this idea, and I have

I love this idea, and I have a hankering to make a bunch of small stuff while I have the time...

THING: Van (or similar vehicle, bus/RV)
PLACE: Online Chat Room (or forum, thread, etc)

EDIT: I don't want to crowd out other people's suggestions; if a lot of people contribute ideas, then my order of preferences for my elements are 1) van 2) lovers 3) chat room.

spiral's picture

thing 1: baking dessert.

thing 1: baking dessert. thing 2: edible rocks
person: animals with hands
place: a world where gravity is reversed

- nikki

gisbrecht's picture

I dont understand what you

I dont understand what you mean by a world where gravity is reversed? Things fall up to the sky? The smallest objects have the most mass and gravitational pull?

clyde's picture

Person: Someone who needs

Person: Someone who needs help
Place: Utopia
Thing: Medicine

50% Complete

Wow, we're already halfway there in less than a day...

Should we keep things as they are, and start making games as soon as this set is done?
Or should we maybe increase the options - maybe to 8 instead of 6?

Any thoughts on this?

clyde's picture

Maybe keep it at 6. Do a

Maybe keep it at 6.
Do a random draw for each category off suggestions, removing all suggestions by a person who already had a suggestion drawn until everyone who participated gets a suggestion drawn.
Undrawn suggestions can be in a pool that can be drawn from for bonus flavor points during event.

1 set of three from all participants might make more sense and be simpler to implement.

Alchiggins's picture

I'm fine with either drawing

I'm fine with either drawing from the suggestions if we go over 18 in the comments, or starting as soon as we hit/exceed the 18 suggestions. 216 possible prompts is plenty!

gisbrecht's picture

Persona: Fantasy Creatures

Persona: Fantasy Creatures (Elves, Gnomes, Unicorns etc)
Place: Mysterious Industrial Building
Thing: Shrink Ray... or Ray Gun!?

Hopefully I can make an inter-esting game...

wibi's picture

Person: this guyPlace: the

Person: this guy

or if that's too specific, then just some promoter of fake medicine
Place: the Knytt Stories tutorial world
Thing: giant laser beam
(edit: didn't realize nikki posted two Things, giant laser beam can be disregarded)

Alchiggins's picture

Even though the jam prompt

Even though the jam prompt said not to be specific, I really, really like the idea of the same exact character showing up in a bunch of otherwise unrelated games. I will gladly contribute to the Clark Stanley game subgenre.

gisbrecht's picture

Here is a transparent cutout

Here is a transparent cutout of clark stanley if anyone wants to use it

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sergiocornaga's picture

Persona: Mabel. Place:

Persona: Mabel.
Place: Garden.

Grids are Complete

Gonna post the grids shortly. I combined all the Ray Guns and added in an element from an offline participant.

Anything else will be added to the Spice Cabinet: a collection of ideas organized by type so that anyone who wants to add them in to their games can do so. I'll keep a list of this and update it as needed.

This is pretty exciting, folks...! :)

About Mabel

For those of you who need context:

@sergiocornaga, if you have other resources you want to share, feel free to pop them in here.

gisbrecht's picture

it could also be mabel able

it could also be mabel able from animal crossing ;)

sergiocornaga's picture

I intended for it to be

I intended for it to be vague. It could be anything named Mabel, including original creations!

About Knytt Stories

Here's a "Let's Play" video for the tutorial stage of Knytt Stories:

More About Mabel

Updated the Grids to reflect a broader interpretation of "Mabel."

And we already have an entry...! Pretty great! :) Thanks for being the first brave soul to make it happen, gisbrecht!

gisbrecht's picture

i am glad to contribute ^_^

i am glad to contribute ^_^

gisbrecht's picture

Here are some suggestions

Here are some suggestions for spice cabinet... seeing as it's empty!

magic users (wizards, pyromancers etc)

Spokane, Washington
a pretty lakefront, with conifer trees perhaps

criterion collection dvd or blueray


...Along with another "secret" suggestion.

Sneak Peek

Working on a li'l game for the jam...

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Alchiggins's picture

Oooh, looks great!I've been

Oooh, looks great! I haven't seen anyone go for "edible rocks" yet.
I've been occasionally posting to the Discord, but I'll share it here too: here's an in-development screenshot of Clark Stanley's Van Racer

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It would definitely be cool

It would definitely be cool to see another GMS racing game in your stable. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with for this!

Final Weekend!

This is the final weekend of Grid Grind 2020, folks!

If you have any more ideas rattling around, now's the time to put them into action, grind it through the Grid, and see what comes out the other end.

We already have an impressive host of games so far, but what's a few more? Join in... IF YOU DARE.

sergiocornaga's picture

Are there any facets that

Are there any facets that haven't been used in a single game yet? If so, maybe I can change that!