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Postby Campbell » Wed Apr 20, 2011 2:55 am

So, perhaps a little early, but who thinks they might give the IF Comp a crack this year? Last year was a disappointment, being the first ever year since the launch of ADRIFT where there were no entries. Best years were 2005-06 where there were 5.
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Postby phkb » Wed Apr 20, 2011 5:27 am

I'm contemplating submitting a game this year.
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Postby BlueMaxima » Wed Apr 20, 2011 6:40 am

Nope. I'm not good enough. :/
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Postby Po. Prune » Wed Apr 20, 2011 6:53 am

I am too... RtC should be ready to launch. :D
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Postby rotter » Wed Apr 20, 2011 7:10 am

Just as important as the amount of games entered is the placing. Since 2005 ADRIFT games had either been near the top ten or in it.

2009 - 11th Yon Astounding Castle! of Some Sort by Duncan Bowsman (as Tiberius Thingamus)
2009 - 15th The Ascot by Duncan Bowsman

2008 - 9th A Date With Death by David Whyld

2007 - 7th A Fine Day for Reaping by James Webb
2007 - 13th My Mind's Mishmash by Robert Street
2007 - 14th In The Mind Of The Master by David Whyld

2006 - 10th Unauthorized Termination by Richard Otter
2006 - 12th The Sisters by James Webb
2006 - 19th Requiem by David Whyld

2005 - 11th Escape to New York by Richard Otter
2005 - 12th Mortality by David Whyld
2005 - 14th Vendetta by James Hall (as Fuyu Yuki)
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Postby DCBSupafly » Wed Apr 20, 2011 12:50 pm

Is there an expected size/length to a game that would be suitable for this? Obviously it should be super polished and well-tested, but beyond that does the scope of the adventure matter?
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Postby MikeDesert » Wed Apr 20, 2011 2:15 pm

I've played a couple of those games and

<2009 - 15th The Ascot by Duncan Bowsman

Is definitely short. Also a really atypical IF. Great writing and very funny tho'.
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Postby rotter » Wed Apr 20, 2011 4:54 pm

The games are supposed to be judged on the first two hours of play. The games definately have to be super polished and well-tested but ADRIFT entries should be even better than this.
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Postby rotter » Wed Apr 20, 2011 4:57 pm

MikeDesert wrote:I've played a couple of those games and
<2009 - 15th The Ascot by Duncan Bowsman
Is definitely short. Also a really atypical IF. Great writing and very funny tho'.

Well, also anything by James Webb and Robert Street are worth playing.

I really liked Requiem by Mr Whyld but it did less well than I expected at the time.

and of course any of my stuff is always brilliant. ;)




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Postby David Whyld » Wed Apr 20, 2011 5:43 pm

DCBSupafly wrote:Is there an expected size/length to a game that would be suitable for this? Obviously it should be super polished and well-tested, but beyond that does the scope of the adventure matter?

Finishable in 2 hours or less is generally what the comp is aimed at. Personally, I prefer longer games but maybe that's just me.
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Postby DCBSupafly » Wed Apr 20, 2011 5:57 pm

Thanks everyone! I don't know that I'm even capable of conceiving a game that takes more than 2 hours to complete at this point.
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Postby Ren » Thu Apr 21, 2011 9:55 pm

I still have a WIP that i should really get around to finishing, so I'll go with my ever hopeful maybe.
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Postby rotter » Sat Apr 23, 2011 10:29 am

Anyone brave enough to enter a V5 game?
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Re: IFComp 2011

Postby Campbell » Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:47 am

Post from David Whyld missed from conversion:
I hope no one enters a V5 game. It's still in beta and I'd be very surprised if any of the people judging the comp (ADRIFT users notwithstanding) have used V5. There's nothing more likely to discourage you playing a game for the comp than downloading it and discovering it won't work.
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Re: IFComp 2011

Postby Po. Prune » Sun Apr 24, 2011 7:39 am

When is the IF Comp 2011 ?

"RtC" is a V.5 game, and although there are a few things that needs to be ironed out (Beta testers, please) I am confindent that it should be ok to play it when the time comes to submit it.
I do agree with David, though, and that is why I didn't enter the Spring Thing 2011. Submitting a game no matter how good or interesting will do more harm than good it the platform isn't working properly.
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