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Annual IF Comp 2019

PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:05 am
by Denk
First a reminder: You have until Sunday (1st of September) to declare your intent to enter this year's competition ( https://ifcomp.org/about/schedule ).

How many are we this year? I think we have at least three ADRIFT entries.

I am participating with the old-school adventure "Treasure Hunt in the Amazon".

Who else is participating?

Re: Annual IF Comp 2019

PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:44 am
by David Whyld
I was going to, but will have to pass for next year as none of my WiPs are anywhere near being finished.

Re: Annual IF Comp 2019

PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:44 pm
by P/o Prune
David Whyld wrote:I was going to, but will have to pass for next year as none of my WiPs are anywhere near being finished.

Same here, I'm afraid. On the bright side I plan/hope to enter two games next year. :D

Re: Annual IF Comp 2019

PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:07 pm
by The0didactus
I'll be entering Skybreak!, which begins its final round of testing tomorrow.

Skybreak! will be an odd duck as an entry. It is an ADRIFT game but much more like a conventional CYOA (in tone and style it mimics a lot of the old sci-fi CYOAs). I'd like to think it will show off the versatility of the ADRIFT system: ADRIFT's location and variable systems allow for encounters much more complex than typically encountered in a CYOA, for example space battles that proceeds in the same order but have variable difficulty depending on the kind of ship engaged, and recurring events on planets with different outcomes depending on which planet one is on.

Re: Annual IF Comp 2019

PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:55 am
by Campbell
Thanks to Denk and TheOdidactus for their entries. I hope everyone gets chance to play, and vote, on them.

Re: Annual IF Comp 2019

PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:07 am
by Lazzah
I also have a game in the comp, THE CALL OF THE SHAMAN. Please play and vote at http://www.ifcomp.org .

Re: Annual IF Comp 2019

PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:31 am
by Campbell
Ah, sorry Lazzah, I hadn't realised. It's listed as a Windows Executable rather than ADRIFT. Thanks to you too then! I wonder if we can get them to link to a blorb so that can be played online also, unless you'd prefer it wasn't?

Re: Annual IF Comp 2019

PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 11:33 am
by Lazzah
Campbell wrote:Ah, sorry Lazzah, I hadn't realised. It's listed as a Windows Executable rather than ADRIFT. Thanks to you too then! I wonder if we can get them to link to a blorb so that can be played online also, unless you'd prefer it wasn't?

I uploaded the game as a zipped Windows executable file as I wanted as many people to play it as possible and obviously not everyone will have ADRIFT installed on their computers.

Re: Annual IF Comp 2019

PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 11:46 am
by P/o Prune
Lazzah wrote:
Campbell wrote:Ah, sorry Lazzah, I hadn't realised. It's listed as a Windows Executable rather than ADRIFT. Thanks to you too then! I wonder if we can get them to link to a blorb so that can be played online also, unless you'd prefer it wasn't?

I uploaded the game as a zipped Windows executable file as I wanted as many people to play it as possible and obviously not everyone will have ADRIFT installed on their computers.

Isn't there an issue about a virus warning if you try running an Adrift .exe file?

Re: Annual IF Comp 2019

PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:22 pm
by Lazzah
P/o Prune wrote:
Lazzah wrote:
Campbell wrote:Ah, sorry Lazzah, I hadn't realised. It's listed as a Windows Executable rather than ADRIFT. Thanks to you too then! I wonder if we can get them to link to a blorb so that can be played online also, unless you'd prefer it wasn't?

I uploaded the game as a zipped Windows executable file as I wanted as many people to play it as possible and obviously not everyone will have ADRIFT installed on their computers.

Isn't there an issue about a virus warning if you try running an Adrift .exe file?

I think that is if you try to download an executable file, that's why I zipped it up. After I uploaded the game I tested if I could d/l the zipped executable and it was fine.

Re: Annual IF Comp 2019

PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 12:47 am
by saabie
Some antivirus programs will still delete it when they run a virus scan.
The particularly aggressive ones will delete any .exe that they don't recognize, and the rest don't like the way that ADRIFT packs the game and runner together.

Re: Annual IF Comp 2019

PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:04 pm
by Denk
Lazzah wrote:I uploaded the game as a zipped Windows executable file as I wanted as many people to play it as possible and obviously not everyone will have ADRIFT installed on their computers.

In addition, wouldn't you like to make the game available for online play? Online play is working now, so you just have to upload your blorb or taf to the ADRIFT site and share the link in you blurb on the ifcomp site. Sharing it on intfiction.org might also be a good idea.

Re: Annual IF Comp 2019

PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:46 pm
by Lumin
Denk wrote:In addition, wouldn't you like to make the game available for online play? Online play is working now, so you just have to upload your blorb or taf to the ADRIFT site and share the link in you blurb on the ifcomp site. Sharing it on intfiction.org might also be a good idea.


Yes, this is important. Not all players are going to have Windows PCs or even computers at all.

There's also the usual issue with .exes, in that it requires people install an .exe while their antivirus screams at them that it looks dangerous. Yes, most IF players will be used to this, but this also the time of year we get genuinely new people. And players are hard enough to come by that even losing one over something like that is a shame when online play makes it preventable now.

Re: Annual IF Comp 2019

PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:37 am
by rotter
Lumin wrote:
Denk wrote:Yes, this is important. Not all players are going to have Windows PCs or even computers at all.


This is spot on, I met a number of the IF big hitters at one of the London get together. Actually one of the meetings was at Emily Shorts house. They do seem to be non-Windows users generally.

Re: Annual IF Comp 2019

PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:06 am
by Lazzah
I didn't think I could upload the game to the ADRIFT website while the competition is running?