15 Years!

Season 13

Unfortunately, this season of OGPC did not end with the traditional Main Event. Instead, we have a virtual Showcase where teams can show off their work:

Congratulations to every team that submitted a project! It took a lot of determination to see your project through during the COIVD pandemic. The OGPC judges are working through the submissions and will be recognizing projects and providing feedback.

The showcase is open for more submissions at any time. We know many teams don’t have access to their projects and may not until next fall. So we will be assembling a judging team again in late September to give feedback to any new entrants to the showcase then.

Participating In The Showcase

To participate, teams should submit two videos of 5 minutes or less (each):

  • Trailer: This video should start with an elevator pitch for your game. Sell it to the audience in 90 seconds or less. Then show off how the game works – make sure to show off your coolest mechanics and scenes. Unless your entire game can be played in 5 minutes, you will need to use cheat codes to skip around or splice together clips of different parts of the game.
  • Making Of: This video should focus on how you made the game. Describe what you are most proud of and what challenges you encountered. Make sure to focus on any of the areas (Programming, Game Design, Art and Assets, Theme and Story, and Management) you think your team particularly excelled in. Don’t read off the achievement list, but do make sure to share the most impressive things you did while working on them.

To submit the videos, first upload them to YouTube. Then go to your Game Details page on TMS. There is now a special section for Showcase Videos – in that section, you can add the URLs for your videos to link them to your project. These videos will remain hidden in TMS with the rest of your project’s details until the Showcase starts at 8AM on 5/16.

To make the videos, you may need some special software:

  • You will need something to record your screen while you show off your game.
  • To edit your video after recording it, you will need another piece of software.
    • Adobe Spark is a great free tool for editing simple videos. Use the Slideshow project template to make something that exports as a video.
    • For a more complex too, Mac users will want to check out iMovie; for PC users Lightworks is a quality free option.
  • For the Making Of video, Adobe Spark would be a great option for putting together a presentation that you can narrate over. To make it possible for the whole group to take part in presenting, consider using Zoom to record a meeting where your whole team delivers the elevator pitch and describes parts of the game. (https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362473-Local-Recording)

Last Update – May 3rd

Season 13 of OGPC is here! And the theme is…

The Team Management System is ready for you to create a page for your project and register for the Main Event.

The Main Event will be May 16th at Western Oregon University.

Documents for season 13:

Important rule changes:

Due to space constraints we expect to face for the main event, we are changing some policies this year. These moves are designed to accommodate as many teams as possible on a level playing field. These policies will be new for Season 13:

  • Main Event registration will open with the season. You can and should pay and reserve your spot at the main event right away. Until a team registers for the main event, they are not guaranteed a spot in it.
  • All games must fit on the provided table and be playable by someone standing/sitting in front of it. No room-scale VR, no setting up large structures, no roping off an area or claiming some other part of the gym, etc… 
  • Schools/groups bringing three or more teams have a minimum team size of three students.