IntroComp 2010:Rules, Intros, and VotingLast updated: July 7, 2010
***** IN CASE YOU MISSED IT PREVIOUSLY *****
The requirements of IntroComp are deceptively simple: All entrants
must submit the beginning of a new, never before seen work of IF. This
can be as short or as long as the author likes, so long as it is
1) a working, playable game and 2) interactive fiction.
***** VOTING AND JUDGING RULES *****
Authors may not vote.
Beta testers are allowed to vote, but only on games they did not test.
Everyone else in the entire world may vote on as many or as few
entries as they like, on the usual 1-10 scale (10 being the best).
However, they are asked to judge games with one thought in mind,
and one alone: "How much do I want to play more of this entry?"
As of this year I will follow the example in rule changes as semi-recently
embraced by the IF Comp: if you want to post your reviews during the voting
period, feel free to do so. Hopefully this will energize the competition
and result in more people playing, reviewing, and voting. Authors, however,
may not discuss any of the entries in a public Internet forum during the
voting period, nor may they canvass for votes. Once the competition
has begun, authors should refrain from posting their thoughts on any entry
until the deadline for voting has passed.
You're probably pretty interested in downloading the games. Here you go:
To figure out what interpreter you need for what game, check out this matrix.
Results announced in the auditorium on ifMUD on August 14, 2010.
***** THE CLUBFLOYD TWIST *****
Immediately after the awards ceremony, we shall adjourn to the
Toyshop & Floyditorium, where we will, as a group, play all the
intros that will run on our bot, Floyd. If you're curious, Floyd
can play games written in Hugo, ADRIFT, AGT, Inform (6 or 7), and
TADS (either 2 or 3).
There is no requirement that your IntroComp entry be created in one
of these languages, it just means that we won't be able to play it
***** PRIZES *****
There's money again this year... not that I've ever had to send
anyone any money thus far, but in theory, there *is* money...
1ST Place: $100
2ND Place: $60
3RD Place: $40
All values in US funds, minus any currency conversion fee that might
be required. Void where prohibited by law. Some assembly required. No
other warranty expressed or implied. Although the bag does not appear
to inflate, rest assured oxygen will be flowing to the mask.
Oh, and in order to win you not only have to enter, but also finish
your game. You will have one year (until June, 2011) to do so.
No completed game? No money - and somewhere in the world, a fairy
An explanation of the 'Honorable' category. Anyone who enters but
doesn't place in the top three will fit into this category.
We want everyone to have an incentive to finish their game,
so the first Honorable to complete their game will receive the $20
Honorable prize, provided that the entry isn't incredibly buggy and
just sort of slapped together. (Since the money will be coming out of
my pocket, I have the final word on that bit. No questions asked, and
no complaining. Submit your solid, finished game in the spirit of
the comp and you'll get the cash; submit something you obviously wrote
for a SpeedIF and I shall mock you and keep the $20 for the next
person who finishes their game.)
***** OTHER MISCELLANY *****
My heartfelt thanks this year to Dan Shiovitz, who did a lot of work behind
the scenes feathering IntroComp into the larger interactive fiction voting
scheme of things. Thanks, inky!
So, for updates, watch r.a.i-f, as well as at the IntroComp page
on my site at http://www.allthingsjacq.com/introcomp.html
***** REALLY IMPORTANT: CONTACTING JACQ *****
ALL questions should be sent to my e-mail account. I am not a frequent
visitor to rec.arts.int-fiction,
so don't post questions there and then complain when I don't reply. :)
So, to reiterate:
should be done by e-mail to my gmail.com account:
Please also note that I'm also sometimes in the wilderness (that's right,
the wilderness, where Internet is but a twinkle in some grizzly bear's eye)
for several days at a time, so if you don't get a reply right away, it probably
means that I'm in the woods and will reply as soon as my hiking boots or
a small fixed-wing aircraft bring me back to 'civilization.'
ALL THE GAMES IN ONE GIANT ZIP FILE:
- All the introductions (35.7mb)
- All the introductions for non-Windows users (28.5mb)
- Adrien Saurat's Plan 6 from Inner Earth (42kb, Zcode)
- Doug Jones' For the Love of Ornery Blue Yaks (49kb, TADS2)
- Iain Merrick's Tourist Trap (121kb, Zcode)
- Kevin Jackson-Mead's Waker (355kb, Zcode)
- Lea Albaugh's A Fleeting Case of Self-Possession, or, Memento Moratori (273kb, Zcode)
- M. M. Kathrel's Closed Circles (230 kb, TADS3)
- Fiadotau and Bychkov's Peanut Orchestra (7.1mb, WIN exe)
- Oliver Ullmann's Fang vs Claw (514kb, Glulx)
- Robb Sherwin's Cryptozookeeper (25.6mb, Hugo)
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