TIGSource Presents: Assemblee Competition!

By: Derek Yu

On: October 24th, 2009

TIGSource Assemblee Competition

Calling all artists, musicians, and programmers! A two-part TIGSource Competition is beginning! In Assemblee, artists, musicians, and coders will work separately to create games together.

The first part is a month-long art and music competition, where entrants submit as many cool art and music assets as possible. Anything your febrile creative mind can come up with – characters, backgrounds, user interfaces, random icons, crazy tunes, sound effects, and who knows what else. We’ll cheer you on as you dump your brain onto the internet for us to look at.

In the second part is for you design monkeys and code wizards. You guys will have one month to make games using only the assets created for part 1. Could that sprite be used as a character for my game, or maybe as something else entirely? What kind of game does this song make me think of? You guys and gals better cheer the loudest for the artists and musicians, because whatever they make, you’ll have to use!

This is a competition about interpreting game artwork (both 2d and 3d) and music and finding interesting uses for them. It’s also about sharing – all the art and music will be made freely available to the public for non-commercial usage. Part 1 is beginning RIGHT NOW! Join the fun!

  • Steve


  • Derek

    (What.) In the butt?

  • CT

    Cool idea, this’ll be interesting!!

  • http://chaoseed.com/garden John Evans

    I love working on game designs and programming, but I can’t draw to save my life. So this contest == WIN!

  • Skofo

    Brilliant idea.

  • http://brandonnn.com brandonnn

    That is the first time in all my years I have seen the word ‘febrile’.

    Also, header image is awesome.

    Also, can’t wait to see what comes out of this.

  • http://shinji16.110mb.com Shinji16

    1) This compo idea is fucking fantastic. I’m predicting some awesome results, but I also think doing this compo on a regular basis (like once every 4-6 months). It’d generate a lot of material for others to use, plus it’d help musicians/artists get over slumps and just create material.

    2) In that same line of “getting over slumps” and “just producing”, NaNoWriMo is in November. Effectively knocking me out of the musician aspect this time around. Well, at least starting November 1st anyways…

  • WineBlood

    I love the idea very much! I am a programmer/musician and I’ll try to come up with some songs for this compo (that would be my first compo! :) ). Not so sure I’ll participate to the programming part though since I have other projects at the moment…

  • ngajoe

    What a great idea! I can’t wait to see what wacky stuff comes out of this!

  • josh g.

    YES. This is the rock.

    Also this way even if I never finish a game I start for the compo, I can write a quick chiptastic song and still feel like I’ve accomplished something!

  • reuben

    what a great compo idea :)

  • Vishesh Handa

    This idea is just freaking amazing! I always have problems getting decent Art and Music!

  • jay

    Oh hell yeah, so taking a shot at this!

  • TheSpaceMan

    This is great, I was considering a simular theme for a contest in a different forum, but we didn’t have the userbase to actually get the artistic side done.

    This could totaly work for TIGS, the only sad part is waiting a month untill you can start the coding part. ^^

  • http://www.necessarygames.com Jordan Magnuson

    Looking forward to this. Great idea… love the sharing and collaboration aspect.

  • http://www.farbs.org Farbs

    So excited.

  • Anthony Flack

    Great idea! Even guys like me, who are supposedly hard at work on commercial projects, with unfortunate deadlines ‘n’ shit, should be able to contribute a sprite or a sound effect or something.

  • negative zero

    awesome idea!

  • DYH

    Wouldn’t it be cool if the artists whose pieces (from first round) turn out most frequently used (by everyone in second round) get some title or something?

    I think they can get a lot more than cheers ;)
    So people actually wanna share stuff.

    Sounds like a fun competition anyway!

  • Outlander

    I’d love to help with this

  • Anddy

    Took me a bit, but I finally stopped seeing two sad oppressed people throwing away trash on the top and stacking it on the bottom. Heh.

  • pandafresh

    i dunno shit about shit when it comes to programming, but i can draw some pretty pictures. i’m guessin if draw some character, we should animate it,right?

  • ColdBiscuit

    You forgot Phase 3: Profit!


    It sounds like a cool idea.

  • falsion

    I love the idea. I feel like making a game with mismatched graphics and music. It’ll be like the Klik and Play days all over again with the standard clipart and asset library they came with. Good times.

  • falsion

    Just kidding of coarse.

  • Adam

    This is perfect for me, I always hit a writers block and I need some assets to get me motivated!

  • http://lumberingdream.com/ !CE-9

    very cool idea.
    wonder how it’s going to work out.
    can’t wait to see the assets. (good-bye FillRect!)

    @Anddy: welcome to the club!=)

  • Box’a’Music

    Perfect considering well working on projects i like to dump alot of randomn things i seem to make.

    I think the second part will be time consuming for those looking through all the materials to find something they like.

  • http://rayteoactive.wordpress.com rayteoactive

    Cool. So artist can just leave random artworks in and not care about the follow up? If so, I’m in!

  • Pyabo

    Awesome idea. No fair using your own resources from round 1 in round 2. :)

  • skaldicpoet9

    Awesome. I can’t wait to see what will come out of this. I wish I wasn’t in procrastination mode right now or I would join in.

  • Foppy

    >> Took me a bit, but I finally stopped seeing two sad oppressed people throwing away trash on the top and stacking it on the bottom. Heh.

    Haha only after your comment do I see that these are two happy birds and not two sad humans.

    Great compo idea!

  • anothergol

    What I believed to be a guy with sad face waving chopsticks turned out to be a happy chicken playing with boxes.

  • Synnah

    Excellent! I’ll definitely contribute some music for this. Awesome theme!

  • Krux

    whohoo, this is definitely a great idea, i will be there as a coder.

  • Jake

    Ok so I have a question…It just says “artists” and then says we need to make “art” including characters, backgrounds, whatever we want etc…But then it says the winning pieces of art will be used in the game competition following, does that mean all art needs to be sprites? Or am I aloud to use pencil or photoshop or even paint/crayons/markers to make some bigger art, then the game makers just sprite whatever I draw in a smaller, less detail way?
    Tl;dr, Is this a spriting competition or am I aloud to use other medias for the gamemakers to just referance for their sprites?

  • Magnulus

    Character voices allowed? Provided we give a wide enough library of vocals for the character that don’t directly influence what kind of a game it would be?

  • Magnulus

    Character voices allowed? Provided we give a wide enough library of vocals for the character that don’t directly influence what kind of a game it would be?

  • space

    I love this idea.

  • Questioneer

    Question about part 2.

    Can any piece of art that was submitted be used, or only parts that won?

  • Matt

    Awesome idea. I’d participate if I wasn’t already obliged to another project currently.

  • http://www.vagratbard.com Arthur Protasio

    For a moment there I thought the games had to be developed in the Assembly language.

    Good thing I’m wrong. :)

    If anyone needs a writer/designer, let me know.

  • Craig Stern

    This is a wonderful competition idea. One song contributed, more to come. :)

  • Maximus

    You wanna do it in my butt?

  • Gravy

    I like how both faces in the image are unhappy.

  • Krux

    there will be frustrated artists, because nobody uses their content.

  • Sparky

    Gravy, but they’re happy ducks!

    This is a really fun idea, I think I’ll participate.

  • FISH

    game developers: frowny men or happy ducks?

    this is fantastic.
    i will contribute some art.

  • Elkovsky

    Hmm… sounds like a decent place to throw out a few tunes… I may have to give this a shot.

  • TristezaOrange

    I’m joining – I’ll be writing some tunes for this!