After a successful inaugural BaraJam last year, we're back this year to unite creators in their love of bara, now with an extended development time.
BaraJam 2019 is a two-month jam that starts on October 1, 2019 and ends on November 30, 2019, dedicated to the creation of male and/or male-relationship focused games that feature the "bara" influence.
For more details, read on or visit the official jam page.
"Bara - is a Japanese technical term for a genre of art and fictional media that focuses on male same-sex love usually created by gay men for a gay male audience.
Bara can vary in visual style and plot, but typically features masculine men with varying degrees of muscle, body fat, and body hair, akin to bear culture in gay culture.
While this jam is, of course, open to all participants/audiences of any gender, please be mindful that your submissions have the characterizations of bara which lean to containing character(s) who are muscular or have a bear-like build, and are possibly hairy or rugged. So although bara can mean different things to different people, a good summary of this jam is a focus on non-bishounen characters, a reflection of varied body shapes and comfortable masculinity.
Also, to be clear, bara need not have NSFW content and submissions can simply discuss themes related to the essence of bara to qualify. Check out last year's entries for some examples of bara-themed games.
This jam encourages creation of all genres of games and not just visual novels.
Want to join? Come join us in our Discord server to socialize, share ideas, or find a team; and sign up for the jam on itch.io here.