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- Sep 14, 2008
Image featuring work by Mikroscopic, Majora, and Hutty.
Two weeks ago we set out on another Jam, and two weeks ago we proved what this community was capable of once more. We also learned that 72 hours can very easily become 73 if technical difficulties have any say in the matter! But hey, it wouldn't be a Jam without a couple acts of God thrown in, right?
When all is said and done, the final entry count stands tall at 742, our highest submission count yet! That's over 50 more than the Jam last Winter! And in addition to all those submissions, as of this posting, we raised $5,800 AUD for Redkite in our first Charity Drive alongside a Jam! Together we can always come together to kick ass and break records every six months, and I couldn't be prouder of our community.
I'd also like to extend thanks to Redkite for partnering with us this summer, and allowing us to run the charity drive alongside everything - it's been a great drive, and I look forward to running more in the future! Last but certainly not least, I'd like to thank you - yes, you - for making this all possible. Without this amazing community, there is no Jam, and I'm so honored to be a part of this amazing assortment of talented individuals. Keep it up, guys!
Artwork & AnimationFirst off, lets take a look at some of bits of fine art submitted this time around. Starting with Py-Bun's mesmerising No Mercy [above], we then can check out MADGOTHICGIRL's Birbs - because hey, we can all appreciate a good set of birbs, right? While Wooflesnow captured the adorable, lovable Huggable Pyro, leFicae set out to show a summery look at a familiar family in Summer Days.
Coming up with a voxel-perfect entry is Lo-fi Longcat's 3 Voxelised Weapons, featuring the Headtaker, Prinny Machete, and Shooting Star in a more classic style. Following that is Mr. Snowman's aptly named A drawing of a Heavy on Badwater. Straight to the point! Then of course, if you're like the rest of us, I'm sure you can relate to Corvalho's Waiting for the update like... it has been two Jams without one, after all!
Looking for more traditional art? Take a gander at the dry pastel work of Hayde's Soldier, the watercolor pencil craftsmanship of Saga's Miss Pauling, and the tattoo-flash watercolor painting of weapon XD's Tattoo Saxton!
Source FilmmakerStarting the next collection of showcased works is Ixy and Duckdog's Mercs Crossing the Delaware, pictured above, serving as a faithful recreation to the painting of the [almost] same name. Following that is Papyesh's moody and menacing Target to kill, and The Siphon's vengeful tale of revenge in The Final Sandvich. G.W., DemoN K!ng, and Dr4cki showed us a sinfully stylish Spy in Made Mann, while Columbidae gave us a hint of the abstract with Long Shadow.
Continuing on through the seemingly endless supplies of incredible content, we're met with The Plastic Guy's well-lit homage in Fortress Rhapsody, followed by CareBear's warm and atmospheric Master at Work. Arcrenul showed us a true Demoman in This, this is a Demoman!, Hovii captured the Scout in their element in Escape, then SirGaspALot set him on fire and left him under careful supervision in Firefighter Pyro.
Playing off of trends both new and old is hamburger crisis' The Lime Dimension, bringing powerful color contrasts to the table is Majora with BLU Bots, and descending from the skies is NewClarion with Frontiers of War. Eager for a little SFM animation? Look no further than Ronald_D_D's For Heavy the bell tolls, embedded below.
As seen to the right is AnneSQF's delightfully old school Horror Flick, followed by Fames' rendition of the same duo in No Thanks. BloodwingTitan sends bullets and Scouts flying in Battle on Badlands, while Timo sends Scout on a pleasant trip in Casual Vacation.
To wrap things up, Chevy W. gladly points a menacingly lit gun in our faces with A Spy in the Dark, Rev leaves us pleasantly satisfied with One For The Road, and NyanZak makes sure to end this section on a high note with a heart-warming tribute in the two-part RedKite & Park.
Maps & Map AccessoriesIt wouldn't be a TF2Maps Jam without a few TF2 maps, now would it? Starting off this section right is Exquisite Corpse [above], a map made by vanSulli, Idolon, and abp. Seba died for this blind collaboration nightmare, and surely they did not die in vain. MegapiemanPHD spiced up KOTH with randomized points in Graffiti, you'll find that you just can't get enough in ObserverT's Central Computing, and Benoist3012 introduced us all to the Team Domination gamemode in Quartier.
Moving forward, take a moment to harmonize yourself in ProfHappycat's Fengshui, soak up the sun in Pigzit's lush Araguaia, and reach for the stars in Faux Rhinoceros' Ares. Got all that? Good, because there's more where that came from.
To wrap up this section, Exactol has come out swinging with the Wormholes Revamped and Money Explosion particles, Gadget's provided the ever-useful Railroad Tracks, Populus and Square did some heavy lifting with the Cable Car props, and Diva Dan transcended time and space to bring us OOFs on Sword fight on the heights.
Everything ElseNow to get into all the unique submissions that don't necessarily fit into any of the other categories - there's a lot of neat things to get through here! Up above, we have Kikouille Master's pinchingly difficult Spycrebs, and that's not the only game submitted this jam - you can also check out Hutty's twinstick roguelite Cart Crawlers, and Cole Slaw's delightful TF2Maps.net Unofficial Visual Novel.
Mr Sir csgokingdom plans to collect some souls with their clay-sculpted Soul Gargoyle, Gigazelle takes the Engineer out west with The Western Front, and Birblee dazzles with their Sniper Crossplay Make Up.
As we start to come down from all of this, take some time to settle and listen to some of the music made for this summer's Jam. Aquadango hits hard with their Rocket Jump Waltz Metal Cover, SafeHax transcribed audio in the MEDIC! song, and Not-so-Hipster jammed out with TF2 Theme Bass Guitar Cover. Zoarkenz got unusual with Charity Heart, Admiral Bread Crumbs got poetic with Heavy Appreciation Poem, and SourceNick got jumpy with a tf2 jump movie.
... and that's it!
Well, that wraps up the showcase of this summer's Jam! There's so many great entries this year, and I'd highly suggest strolling through the Download category to take a look at even more incredible submissions.
Those that have participated should have their Participant Medals in TF2, but if you don't, feel free to hit me up in PM. Any and all donors to the Redkite charity drive should have their medals too as we're now putting the medal cut-off in place.
We're all looking forward to what we can do next as a community, and I'm sure there's plenty in store for all of us! As far as Jams go, we hope to see you all and then some next Winter!
To play us off right, here's one last entry for the road. From The Scurvy Orange, here's Good Grief.