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BaraJam 2019 - It's Back!

#1 Post by bobconway » Fri Aug 30, 2019 5:26 pm

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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.

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So what exactly is "bara"? As wikipedia describes it:

"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.
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Re: BaraJam 2019 - It's Back!

#2 Post by illuminate001 » Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:42 am

KYAAAAAAA ~! <3 I just had to reply cause I'm crazy and I honestly can't help myself lol! It's been a whirlwind as BJ2019 came together rather quickly and (on my part) without as much premeditation as last year.

I'm glad that Bob is one of our new CoHosts this year and I encourage you to check out his games but also to visit the official BaraJam 2019 itch page, and show your support by joining. It's a single button click and you're on your way to ensuring more Bara and LGBTQ+ indie games get made. =)
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#3 Post by Red-Baby » Mon Sep 02, 2019 10:57 pm

Yay! Congrats on running another year of Bara Jam!!!

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Re: BaraJam 2019 - It's Back!

#4 Post by illuminate001 » Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:13 am

Red-Baby wrote:
Mon Sep 02, 2019 10:57 pm
Yay! Congrats on running another year of Bara Jam!!!
Haha yeah its back Red! I saw that you took up the mantle as YaoiJam host this year. That's pretty sweet and Im really glad to see we're both CoHosting and keeping things alive and well.

Are you planning to joinup/participate? :wink:
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Re: BaraJam 2019 - It's Back!

#5 Post by Red-Baby » Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:29 pm

illuminate001 wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:13 am
Red-Baby wrote:
Mon Sep 02, 2019 10:57 pm
Yay! Congrats on running another year of Bara Jam!!!
Haha yeah its back Red! I saw that you took up the mantle as YaoiJam host this year. That's pretty sweet and Im really glad to see we're both CoHosting and keeping things alive and well.

Are you planning to joinup/participate? :wink:
Haha, thanks! Yeah, I found out the previous host was too busy to run it this year, and I need yaoi in my life. lol.

I'm glad you're able to extend it to two months this year!!! Yay, I hope there will be more entries.

If I can join a team I'll participate =D but I won't be able to solo dev.
Do you already have something planned?

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Re: BaraJam 2019 - It's Back!

#6 Post by verysunshine » Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:44 am

This seems super fun! Which forum would be the best for looking for groups for the jam?

Build the basics first, then add all the fun bits.

Please check out my games on my itch.io page!

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#7 Post by illuminate001 » Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:36 pm

@Red-Baby the 2month jam time came from an overwhelmingly large margin and besides, since BARA JAM is so new, I like mixing things up and seeing what sticks and what doesnt.

Right now, I don't have plans to form a team or create a game myself (my contribution was being part of the BJ Asset Pack creation) but trust me if I was forming something, I'd love to have you onboard! ^_^



@verysunshine Hi there Very! :P right now the best place to recruit or be recruited for a team would be to join the "Bara Dev Discord". There's a #channel specifically there to post about your skills or what you're looking to join or recruit for. https://discord.gg/HQtb2qe
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#8 Post by verysunshine » Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:02 pm

illuminate001 wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:36 pm
@verysunshine Hi there Very! :P right now the best place to recruit or be recruited for a team would be to join the "Bara Dev Discord". There's a #channel specifically there to post about your skills or what you're looking to join or recruit for. https://discord.gg/HQtb2qe
Thank you!

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Re: BaraJam 2019 - It's Back!

#9 Post by Zelan » Fri Oct 04, 2019 12:03 am

BJ grew a beard since last year! Good for him lmao.

Super cool to see this continuing, it was cool to see all the entries last year and I hope we can keep it going for a while. (:

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Re: BaraJam 2019 - It's Back!

#10 Post by illuminate001 » Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:03 pm

Hey Zelan! Love that new avatar! Is it truly representative of you physically?! So cool!

Anyways, yes, we're back on for another year and the jam officially began a few days ago, so Oct.1st! I'd say you should come join as well!

PS. BJ originally wasn't spec'd to have a beard, but it was a fun suggestion from someone on our Bara Devs Discord, and it just fit! :lol:
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Re: BaraJam 2019 - It's Back!

#11 Post by bobconway » Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:32 am

Friendly reminder that the jam is now (approximately) half over!

We already have three great submitted games, and there's still plenty of time for you to join up.
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