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Re: Annual IF Comp 2018

Postby Lumin » Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:07 pm

P/o Prune wrote::claps: Just letting you all know that I have just submitted my entry to the Annual IFComp 2018 … :D



Awesome, congrats! Maybe I'll actually vote this year, it's been awhile.
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Re: Annual IF Comp 2018

Postby ralphmerridew » Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:23 pm

Denk wrote:To my knowledge, the only alternative to the official ADRIFT 5 runner is currently Fabularium for Android. It still has a few bugs in it, but I think they will soon be fixed. Other programs produce blorb-files, e.g. Inform, though they are usually called zblorb or gblorb, but blorb is also allowed. Such blorb-files can be played by e.g. Gargoyle, but Gargoyle cannot play blorb-files generated by ADRIFT. :cry: Gargoyle does play ADRIFT 4 games though.


Lumin wrote:This all seems so ridiculously convoluted for 2018, it makes me sad.


Blorb is just a container format (similar to a .zip file, in that it stores a number of files in one place, although blorb doesn't do any compression).
So think of a .zblorb as essentially being a zip file that happens to contain a .z8 file and some image and/or audio files.

And any problems are solely Campbell's fault. There was a lot of effort put into specifying the Zmachine and Glulx; Campbell has long blown off similar efforts at specifying ADRIFT. When he was doing the full redesign of ADRIFT 5 would have been a good time to do that, but he squandered the opportunity.
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Re: Annual IF Comp 2018

Postby P/o Prune » Fri Sep 21, 2018 7:43 pm

Denk and myself, have uploaded our games to the IFComp.
Anyone else?

The0didactus, Rotter, Saabie? Comments? :wink:
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Re: Annual IF Comp 2018

Postby Lumin » Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:03 pm

Theo's is essentially done but not sure if he's submitted it yet. I'm interested in seeing what the finally tally will be.
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Re: Annual IF Comp 2018

Postby P/o Prune » Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:07 pm

Lumin wrote:Theo's is essentially done but not sure if he's submitted it yet. I'm interested in seeing what the finally tally will be.

Wouldn't it be great if there were 5 FIVE!!! games this year? :shock:
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Re: Annual IF Comp 2018

Postby The0didactus » Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:29 pm

I am submitting my game tomorrow after another full day of playtesting. I'm not anticipating it will be very well received, but it's definitely the game I wanted to make. You can probably find references to making this game on the forums going as far back as 2009-2010 or so, and I FINALLY took the time to make the game.

yep I'm stoked.
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Re: Annual IF Comp 2018

Postby saabie » Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:11 am

I'm really rushing to try to get mine done now :nerves:
I only have this last week for testing and I'm going to be working day and night trying to finish before I run out of time.
Incidentally, the IfComp site says games are due by 11:59 PM (Eastern time) on September 28, but the eastern time of which country exactly?
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Re: Annual IF Comp 2018

Postby Lumin » Sat Sep 22, 2018 1:38 pm

Saabie, what's your game about?

You pretty obviously know v5 inside and out so I've been curious to see what a game from you would be like for awhile.
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Re: Annual IF Comp 2018

Postby ralphmerridew » Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:18 pm

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Re: Annual IF Comp 2018

Postby saabie » Sun Sep 23, 2018 12:21 am

Lumin wrote:Saabie, what's your game about?
This one is a short action-adventure game where you are thrust into a save-the-world scenario without warning.
It is not the huge adventure/zork like game that I have been working on for the last few years, as that uses features that don't work in the current runner and will need my new runner to be completed before I can release it.
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Re: Annual IF Comp 2018

Postby The0didactus » Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:57 pm

Following a computer crash that almost sank the whole thing, I have now submitted my game to IFCOMP in both .exe and .blorb formats.

I am debating adding a hint file, but it all depends on how much time I get tomorrow.
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Re: Annual IF Comp 2018

Postby saabie » Sun Sep 30, 2018 5:04 am

I ran out of time. Too many weird bugs that each took longer to fix than they should have. Probably a good thing as what I had was rushed and I wasn't very happy with it. I probably spent too long tweaking the standard library when I should have just been writing the game.
At least now I can give it a bit of polish and get some actual beta testing done before I release it.
It also looks better and works more reliably in my own runner, so I would rather get that finished first and release the game with it.
The good news is that I will have at least TWO games done and fully polished in time for the next comp. (possibly 3 as I have part of another one done as well).
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Re: Annual IF Comp 2018

Postby P/o Prune » Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:32 am

Maybe this is a little :offtopic:
But I just received this in my email this morning and since it's about the IFComp 2018 (or at least slightly related :wink: ) I thought I'd post it here.

One of the players sent me this:
I can't get your game to run for some reason. It says "this blorb file seems to be invalid". Should I be able to use Glulxe or do I need a different interpreter?

Anyone have a solution? I have replied and asked him if he has the Adrift runner installed, but I don't know if that could be the reason.
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Re: Annual IF Comp 2018

Postby David Whyld » Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:35 am

Doesn't v5 have an option to download everything in an exe file to save the hassle of installing an interpreter?
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Re: Annual IF Comp 2018

Postby saabie » Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:34 am

Most antivirus programs hate ADRIFT exe files because they contain a zip decompressor that looks like a virus, and that causes even more problems for players than a BLORB file.
Glulxe is not able to run an ADRIFT game. Players must download and use the ADRIFT runner to play the game.
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