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One Tool, Many Uses

Some games can create a lot of interesting gameplay options out of simple rules. Try to make a game that focuses on a single mechanic or idea but uses it in many different ways.
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One Tool, Many Uses is the theme for the 25th gm(48)

The community finds the theme for the 25th gm(48) through two rounds:

  1. The first round, which runs from 30th December to 6th January, you can suggest up to 3 themes as well as vote for any theme.
  2. The second round, which runs from 6th January to 13th January, you can't suggest any themes, and you can only vote for the 10 themes selected from the 6 best themes, 2 funniest and 2 most controversial of the first round.

To help organize the rounds and encourage discussion, there will be a stickied post on /r/GameMaker for each of the rounds. The theme for the 25th gm(48) will be announced on this page, the home page, /r/GameMaker and Twitter (via @tehwave ) when the game jam starts.

The previous gm(48) themes were Castles, Parallel Worlds, Create, Lost, Colorless, Permadeath, Evolution, Minimal, One Minute, Guns that don't shoot Bullets, Stealth, You are the Enemy, Death is Useful, Top Down _____., Endless, Environment as a Weapon, Escape, Space, Only One Level, Risk & Reward, One Health, Descend, Sacrifice, One Shot, One Tool, Many Uses, Helpful But Harmful, Countdown, Companion, Colors are Important and No Death State.

gm(48) 1st Theme – 1st Round 2nd Theme – 2nd Round Starts Ends Results
25th Dec 30 Dec 30, 2017 Jan 6 Jan 6, 2018 Jan 13 Jan 13, 2018 Jan 15 Jan 15, 2018 Jan 29 Jan 29, 2018
The scheduled time for start and end is 00:00 GMT±0. The dates are subject to change. The countdown timers are not synchronized, and may be inaccurate.

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