One of PROCJAM’s most important goals is to help people take their first steps with procedural generation (or take a step in a new area). This year, thanks to our generous backers on Kickstarter, we’re moving forward with that goal! We have funding to pay people to write tutorials about procedural generation to help newcomers get started, or to introduce new ideas to old hands looking to branch out. We want you to write these tutorials for us, and share your knowledge!
This is a new thing for us, so we’re going to be experimenting with how best to do this. This is our specification for 2017:
- We’re looking to commission four tutorials, at £125 each.
- Two tutorials will be aimed at beginners. These might be people who have barely programmed before, or just done a little scripting. They might even be non-digital (maybe a tutorial about dice tables or probability distributions).
- Two tutorials will be more advanced. These can assume coding experience, and experience with other procedural generation techniques. They should still be clear and readable though!
- We have a slight preference for written tutorials. Pitch a video tutorial if you think it’s right for the content though. We’d ask that video content also has subtitles provided.
- For written tutorials, a guideline length is around 1000-1500 words. If you feel like you got everything across neatly in 800 words, that’s fine! If you need a bit more room that’s also good. The guideline is partly to help us plan some other things related to tutorials.
- The first draft of the tutorial would be due on September 1st. The final draft is due by October 1st. The draft period is just so we can suggested editing and a consistent style and formatting for all the tutorials.
I want to stress that you do not need to be a professional developer or a professional writer to pitch a tutorial. If you’re good at something and you think other people would love to learn how you do it, please pitch something! This is as much about celebrating and recording community knowledge as it is about providing great learning resources.
If you’d like to pitch, please email cutgarnet at gmail.com with the subject line PROCJAM 2017 Tutorial Pitch, and the following information:
- Your name
- The title for your tutorial
- A brief (150 words max) summary of what you plan to cover
- The tools, languages or engines your tutorial would be focused on (if applicable)
The due date for pitches is June 20th. We’ll notify people by the end of the month. I can’t wait to get your pitches!