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Welcome to the 2022 /qst Skirmish Jam in which we all come together to make new skirmishes. I am Cognis, this year’s Herald of the Jam.

>What is a Skirmish?
A skirmish is a collaborative tactical game, think of it like a tabletop wargame in which each unit is controlled by a single player and the QM redraws the map each turn based on submitted actions. While this will suffice as a general description it is not a hard rule. Some skirmishes are more nebulous with the QM allowing leeway for unplanned actions, while other lean more towards a formal set of allowed actions.

Skimishes have a long history as part of /tg and later /qst. You can view many previous examples here:
https://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=skirmish

If you wish to participate int the jam simply read the rules and declare your interest. Your skirmish must be based on a creative prompt which will be revealed on April 1st.

Rules:
>Jam participants have one month from the prompt reveal to submit their rule set.

>All player facing rules must fit on a single image, you may have hidden rules and stats but if you have to post more than one image to tell your players how the game is played then this criterion will not be met.

>The Skirmish must be built from scratch, no using pre-existing assets or ideas you had lying around in a folder somewhere. (You may however, shamelessly copy pictures from the internet.)

>The skirmish must have some connection to the prompt no matter how thin.

>After the submission deadline contestants will be called up in groups of 2 and be given 2 weeks to run their creations. Depending on the number of contestants it might take another month or two for the jam to reach it’s conclusion.

While I have no real way of enforcing these rules do note that entries which do not fulfill all the criteria will not be eligible for any awards at the jam’s conclusion.
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As of late I've been tragically busy, but I'll endeavor to contribute something.
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Finner. Sounds fun. I might give it a go. Also. come back. Blades Skirmish QM, come back...
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Been a while. This time, I'll see it all the way through.
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>>5204312
Due to an oversight in skirmjam advertising I am now legally obligated to add the following rule:

>Secondary prompt: “With 100% Real Fruit”. Incorporating the secondary prompt into your submission is not required, but if you do AND meet the original criteria your entry will become eligible for the special: They-Actually-Did-It-The-Absolute-Mad-Man Award.


>>5204331
Sand Castles? Is that you? If it is, welcome back. You are not part of the old guard, but you are now initiated in the craft of skirmish. I wonder what you will make this time.

>>5204417
It is good to see new faces, unless you are an old hand not using a trip. Either way welcome to the Jam.

>>5204450
Hail Londry, lover of jank. Will your entry this year intrigue or frustrate? Why not both?

As Herald allow me to impart some wisdom to potential newcomers. Since skirmishes almost always involve a map of some kind it is advisable to use an art program with layers to run your game. You can find a list of free open source drawing programs here:

https://www.goodfirms.co/blog/the-top-9-free-and-open-source-drawing-software

Do not be discouraged if you are lacking in art skill, many a skirmish has been run with simplistic tokens and the power of imagination.
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Oh I forgot; link to the skirmish discord:

https://discord.gg/zfGdfFyn

Joining is not mandatory; all pertinent information will be posted in this thread.

>>5204417
>come back. Blades Skirmish QM, come back...
Alas Blades Skirmish QM is busy... very busy. He might pop in to say a few words but I fear he simply is in no position to run anything these days.
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>>5204312
Interesting, might join if not too busy
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>>5204312
I'll echo IG, I'm short on time (and a permaplayer), but I have played a few skirms before, so I'll check this out and maybe make something.
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>>5205992
>>5211251
Skirmishes are bigger commitments than quests. Hopefully this year, you will both find the time.

The time is upon us, the prompt for the jam is:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKLd2Ht36n0

Contestants have from now until 23:59PM 30th of April PST to submit a 1 page rulesheet.

>New contestants may still join but the deadline will not be extended. If you see this late and still wish to join you accept that you will have a tighter deadline.

Please make sure you have read and understood the rules.

Good luck to you all.
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>>5214769
>Dance Commander
>With 100% Real Fruit
Well this is now interesting...
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Since this is by far the best thread to ask:
What happened to the question/help thread?
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>>5218046
Questions regarding what? I don't think skrim has ever been big enough to have a dedicated questions thread. Quest Thread General is alive and well.
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>>5218237
>Quest Thread General is alive and well
... and I'm fucking blind
Thanks!
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>>5204312
Is that you Trigger?
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>>5214769
>Skirmishes are bigger commitments than quests.
And those are already difficult enough!
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>>5221871
No, Trigger is someone else, I am Cognis, surely you've heard of me? <.<
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>>5222740
Who art thou
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>>5222760
I ran Mecha Mercs, Mega Mercs, Moe Drones, E.V.A, Lute and Pillage, Hard Vacuum and of course: Cognis Quest.
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>>5221871
Surely, you've heard of Cognis! He's . . . Not Trigger.
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>>5204312
Bump, I've got something in the works, don't you autosage yet.
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So, uhhhh, any submissions yet? Any skirmishes going at all right now?
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The deadline is still a week away. We'll likely get submissions as it starts to get closer. We may need to make a new thread if this on is too far down.
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>>5234109
Getting my foot in the door with a screenshot of a WIP.
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>>5235415
>clear visual instructions
how can someone be this based
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>>5235415
Intriguiging... is that a combo sysyem I'm seeing based on dance steps?
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My submission is complete!

BATTLEFIELD DANCEFLOOR

Long ago, the four countries of Pirouette Kingdom, Bailando Republic, Holy Discotheque, and United Swing States had waged war upon each other - that is, until the invasion of the Krumpgoblins and the Nae-Naecromancer threatens all four corners of the dancefloor! Now they must unite and defeat their gyrating foes in... Battlefield Dancefloor!
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>>5237887
Cool!! Can't wait to take her for a spin
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>>5237887
A bit unclear on how dodge works.
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>>5238111
See the orange steps? If you succeed in the dodge roll, enemy hits don't count on the orange steps.
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>>5237887
Our first submission, and a rather creative one too.
Submission accepted!
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I'm having a hard time creating a skirmish based off the prompts, especially without feeling like I'm ripping off Indonesian Gentleman now. I like the song but all I can think of that isn't super similar to dance-fighting is something something Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and I don't have any compelling quests to write about that, certainly not a skirmish. I even mulled it over for a while but I think I need to move on.

Dan-dan-dan-dancing is forbidden.

I was gonna shrug this Jam off but I think I'm going to try to get a submission in even though there's only a week left. Wouldn't want someone to win just because no one else showed up, now would we?
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>>5238814
Come on man, I'd love to see what you have cooked up!
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>>5238814
>without feeling like I'm ripping off Indonesian Gentleman...

Do not be ashamed! For even if it is another dance skirmish, it will be your dance skirmish. It will be dance off!... for skirmishes!

Last jam there were like 3 viking themed skirmishes.
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>>5239012
Was the prompt vikings? :)
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Alright. Done.
Deeper mechanics will be kept ambiguous, this should be a sufficient foundation.
The premise will be conveyed via greentext when the game goes live.
[spoilers]To summarize: 4D skirmish wherein you play as delinquents and have a good time.[/spoilers]
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>>5239058
Interesting... not as obviously related to the prompt, but I do see a dance skill and even the thinest connection will suffice.
Time travel hmm? Well I hope you've taken steps to avoid having your brain melt.

>>5239013
It was the immigrant song by Led Zepplin. Vikings was one of the more obvious interpretations.

Submission Accepted.
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>>5237887
Found a song that would fit my entry, from the perspective of the big bad Nae-Naecromancer:
https://youtu.be/0RVeo79yfw0
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>>5240025
youtu.be/chN-INkAS7
But wait, that song wasn't "Your Mom Is An XX" by Otsu-Chan...

NAE NAE NAE NAE NECROMANCER
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Hey fellas. Can you guys recommend me a program to make maps with? I'm trying to make something that's visually similar to those conqst threads, with borders and areas of the world. But I'm not sure how to get started.
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>>5205415
>https://discord.gg/zfGdfFyn
Could I get an updated invite, please?
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>>5242478
Here ya go!
https://discord.gg/qUsFHfv9