Hello everyone! This thread contains information on this year's plans for Fangame Marathon 2018. Let's get ready to have a great time!I. General Info
After some debate in the community, the date we are now planning for is June 8th - 10th
, starting at 12 PM EDT on Friday and ending around that same time Sunday. However, if we get extra submissions, we are considering extending the marathon longer - so it could possibly go to Monday the 11th.
Much of the discussion regarding the organization of the marathon will take place on the marathon's Discord server, so please join it here: https://discord.gg/wW4axZp
As Wolsk and I are both serving as administrators for this year's event, please contact either of us if you need help with anything:
Discord: Wolsk#6969 and CakeSauc3#4517
IWC Forums: Wolsk and CakeSauc3II. Participants and VolunteersParticipant Submissions:
If you want to sign up as a runner/showcaser, check out our submission form here: https://tinyurl.com/ydb4fzy5
Submissions will be open from now until May 4th. While it's best to not wait until the last minute, feel free to use this next month to prepare. You can see a list of submitted runs here: https://tinyurl.com/y9puqufs
We are aiming for 48-72 hours of marathon time, so we need every submission we can get! While not every speedrun or showcase will get in, over the last couple of marathons we have managed to include just about everybody who submitted, regardless of skill or popularity.
Note that you don't strictly have to submit a game to speedrun. If you'd like to showcase something such as an Avoidance, TAS, or other creative outlet (like a Fangame Development Tutorial) then you are more than welcome to submit those here, too!
Something new we're doing this year is including non-IWBTG Fangames into FM. That means if you have a fangame from another game you'd love to show off, whether it be from the Undertale, Mario, Metroid, or Zelda universe (or anything really), then you're welcome to submit it as well! We look forward to seeing the variety we'll get this time around! And please help us to spread this info by telling friends from other fangame communities who may be interested in joining!
In case you'd like to see what last year's event looked like, here's a link to the FM 2017 schedule: https://horaro.org/fm/2017Special Events:
As a part of every Fangame Marathon, we have IWBTG-themed special events catered towards everyone, pros and beginner players alike! These special events range from needle challenges like Jump Master, to casual game-play elements like David And Goliath, and more creative challenges such as Needle Maker! If you are interested in participating in FM this year but don't feel like having the pressure of running anything, then our special events are right up your alley!
If you would like to suggest and manage your own special event involving any type of Fangame, join our Discord server (https://discord.gg/wW4axZp
) and use the #special-events channel to talk!
You can get started by submitting what you would like to participate in using the following link: https://tinyurl.com/y7cky98aRelay Race:
If you want to get behind and participate in what is widely considered to be hands-down the most fun and exciting event Fangame Marathon has to offer, consider signing up for the Relay Race we hold at the end of the marathon! The relay race is an all-out race between 3 teams to beat a certain number of Fangames the fastest. Blocks:
This year we are taking a page from other successful marathons and grouping related runs into blocks! More information will be given based on the games that are submitted, but one that we definitely want to have is a "Sudoku Block" for extra bad Fangames. Let's show off the worst of the worst!Volunteers:
Regarding volunteers, we are looking for help with highlighting video segments and moderating chat on Twitch, managing our social media throughout the event, restreaming and commentating runs, and more. If you would like the experience of helping out with an event like this, contact Wolsk or myself and we'll see if you're a good fit!III. Real Life Fangamer Meetups
Something special we'd like to encourage this year is for people to hold local meetups in real life to celebrate the weekend of Fangame Marathon.
In order to help everybody organize this, we have a new form this year where you can sign up to be a host for a local Fangame Marathon viewing party. Check it out here: https://tinyurl.com/y7ta87t9
If you would like to attend a party hosted by someone else, check the list out here: https://tinyurl.com/y86t9alg
The list will show every available location from hosts around the world, as well as the contact info of each host so you can get in touch and plan your Fangame Marathon viewing party! When you do attend the party, be sure to post pictures on Twitter/Discord to share the fun!IV. Guidelines for Participants and ViewersFor runners and showcasers:
Please be ready to stream at your scheduled time. We ask that you be available up to 30 minutes beforehand for setup to allow for schedule inconsistency.
It's helpful if you can bring commentary for your own segment, whether from yourself or someone else knowledgeable of the game you are showing off. If you are unable to provide for it, let an admin or tech crew member know so a commentator may be found. There is a section in the run submission form for commentary planning for this purpose.
We ask that your stream be set up correctly beforehand, including audio balancing and a stable bitrate for your internet connection. We will provide instructions for streaming to the RTMP server closer to the marathon date.
Please keep the FM Twitch chat open during your run to be able to see tech crew messages and also interact with viewers.
We ask that you keep your language to a PG-13 level, with no excessive cursing. It's common for many people (myself included) to get salty while playing Fangames, but this event is when we tone it down.
Runners must comply with Twitch's Community Guidelines at all times. This includes no racism of any kind, even in jest. Please avoid use of words like "retarded" or "faggot" that may be grounds for offensive content per Twitch's rules.
Most importantly, enjoy the event! We put on Fangame Marathon to celebrate the games that we love and share them with people within and outside our community, so we hope you guys have a great time putting them on display! For viewers:
Most of our viewers have behaved well at past marathons, so let's keep that up! Please remember that just like broadcasters, viewers should refrain from excessive language in the chat, as well as any form of racism, even in jest.
We understand that things can get competitive in races, and it can be a lot of fun to spam cheers to hype up and encourage your team/participant of choice. However, let's remember to keep these moments clear of comments that may discourage other racers. After all, the purpose of this event is to have fun!
Fangame Marathon tends to attract a lot of newcomers to see these games for the first time, so when questions like "What are these games?" and "Where can I download them?" come up, remember that this is our chance to be helpful and give a good first impression. We have done a good job of this in the past - let's do it again this year!
As you watch the marathon, be sure to clip any funny or awesome moments that you see! It will help a lot for sharing these tidbits with friends, as well as assisting in the creation of the highlight reel at the end of the event!
Just like last year, we will not be raising money for charity this time around. However, we will be opening up subscriptions to the Twitch channel for the marathon, with money going towards the support of future Fangame events. So if this is a way that you would like to support Fangame related events in the future, feel free to subscribe!V. Closing - Get HYPE!
As the event draws closer, it would be great if everybody can get the word out about the marathon. We’ll be using the hashtag #FangameMarathon on Twitter to hype up the event, so feel free to join in! Also, remember to follow the Fangame Marathon Twitch channel and host it as much as you like during the event. Every little bit of exposure helps!
As you encounter people who you would like to let know about FM, share the links below with them so they can easily find us when the time comes:
Fangame Marathon Twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/fangamemarathon
Fangame Marathon YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfKa7cwruF4fSvlQ1Coxtnw
Follow the Wannabes on Twitter for Fangame Marathon updates: https://twitter.com/WannabesTTV
Feel free to ask questions in the Discord server or in this thread. Thanks for reading!