The Rat King is currently not in Germany anymore, but resides at the Goethe Institut in Salvador de Bahia for two months. This was made possible by the Kunststiftung Sachsen-Anhalt! Our trip is an art stipend - they sent us to South America so we can work on a digital diary, which mostly means we will make small games that are inspired by Salvador (and other cities).
In Brazil we will try to get in touch with as many local people and also other artists as possible. And we will do short articles and a podcast on a dedicated blog: O rei dos ratos no Brasil. The content will be in German only though. Schaut vorbei!
The Climate Change Jam we hosted on Alakajam has ended, and we actually managed to submit an entry too. Our idea was to bring the need for our planet's reforestation to people's attention. Ultimately, Forest Poems became less of a game but a collaborative forest where participants can create and add their own small soil patches with trees which also form a poem.
The texts are semi-randomly generated from a list of words, chosen from five different nature-themed poems by five different authors (you can find the credits in the game). Prominently on Forest Poems' start screen are three links to various sites concerned about planting trees.
We like how players are have to place their trees in a pleasant composition while also thinking of a somewhat meaningful poem. And afterwards it has to fit to the already existing patches, slightly challenging creativity a third time. And of course, seeing the virtual forest grow over time is a joy to watch.
Ten projects were submitted to the Climate Change Jam - more than we expected! Mostly because the theme is hard and does not spark "fun"; which is the reason we wanted to do it. Game jams are awesome, and we think they could be inspiration for "more" than just throw-away projects. In any case we want to thank all the participants (and those who tried)!
By the way, this week the gamescom in Cologne starts. Jana will be there for a few days - if you see her, say hi!
Over at Alakajam!, the site for excellent game jamming, we will host an event with a bit more significance than usual. We were thinking about how people have so much creative energy when participating in game jams, and how this energy could be used for an important topic, maybe the most important one of our time. So, here it is now:
It would great if more people see the urgency of our planet's climate crisis too and submit a statement - it doesn't even have to be a game - to the Climate Change Jam next month. While the event probably won't make a big difference in itself, it would be a symbol.
Climate Change Jam is officially happening from August 10th to 18th, 2019. The official announcement post is here, where you will also be able to submit your entry.