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Re: Suggestions for competitions and activities
« Reply #460 on: 10 Sep 2018, 19:07 »
Oh well, then maybe the links can be of some inspiration.

Re: Suggestions for competitions and activities
« Reply #461 on: 27 Sep 2018, 09:40 »
I like some of the ideas here:

Are we gonna have a new Background Blitz anytime soon?(nod)

I do enjoy those, so I'd love to see it again.

Lastly, I'd love to see OROW come back.  Maybe some time this summer would be good?

I second that, July would be perfect for me :)

Very late, but I really want the OROW competition to stay alive as well. I could host one next summer maybe? Or someone else if they feel inclined. I really enjoyed hosting OROW 9 and wouldn't at all mind doing it again. I think it has to be summer though which makes my timing for coming back to these parts of the internet pretty bad. :=

BTW: Is OROW 9 the latest one? That was 3 years ago now :shocked: Time flies.

Yes, I believe OROW 9 was the most recent.  There always seems to be a sizable gap between these competitions.

I'd love to see OROW again.  It's tough, because I have limited time and would only be able to give about 3 days to the project, but I've always enjoyed the competition either way.

Summer seems far away, maybe having a competition in winter would be good?  And maybe we could have a TWOR (Two Weeks One Room) or something like that?  Just a suggestion for those lacking time.

I'd like to start a competition for "box art cover"...

I like the idea of the Box Art Competition...

Maybe going with a theme like most of the other competitions would be better than a specific game. Or maybe something like the game pitches.

This is a good suggestion.  I think that the competition will draw more participants this way, and people can be more free to create anything.  Like a Game Pitch Competition, but instead of using words to pitch the game, you simply use a single image of the front of the box.  No words aside from the title.  So, like a Box Pitch Competition.

Or everyone should be free to choose any game from the archive that they did not create.  This makes it less redundant, adds freedom, and encourages people to go looking through the archive for the game they choose.

Both ideas could work.  2 Box Art Contests...

There has already been a box art illustration workshop:
http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=48770.0 and
http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=48852.0

Would be nice to have another one.

Don't forget the Monster Workshop:

http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=48324.0

I'd be open to more Workshops.  They are fun, and they motivate me to actually work.  I need all the motivation these days.

:-D

And finally, here's another suggestion I'd like to throw out there.  I know it's a long shot, but it could be great:

How about a collective project?  Like Draculator II: Byte of the Draculator...

http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=44731.0
http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/1491/

Of course, there would have to be a project lead, someone who has the time and patience to put all of the pieces together.  If I had the time, I'd volunteer, but I do not.  I'd gladly participate, though.  I think many would.

So how about it?

Re: Suggestions for competitions and activities
« Reply #462 on: 27 Sep 2018, 11:50 »

I like the idea of the Box Art Competition...


Ehm, actually i've already started, Dactylopus!

http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=56429.0

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Re: Suggestions for competitions and activities
« Reply #463 on: 27 Sep 2018, 16:23 »
How about a collective project?  Like Draculator II: Byte of the Draculator...

http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=44731.0
http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/1491/

Of course, there would have to be a project lead, someone who has the time and patience to put all of the pieces together.  If I had the time, I'd volunteer, but I do not.  I'd gladly participate, though.  I think many would.

So how about it?
I like this idea. Shame it's a bit late for a Halloween game.
And there doesn't necessarily need to be a single project leader if the files were shared properly. It would still require cooperation and coordination, of course.

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Re: Suggestions for competitions and activities
« Reply #464 on: 27 Sep 2018, 19:39 »
How about a collective project?  Like Draculator II: Byte of the Draculator...

http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=44731.0
http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/1491/

Of course, there would have to be a project lead, someone who has the time and patience to put all of the pieces together.  If I had the time, I'd volunteer, but I do not.  I'd gladly participate, though.  I think many would.

So how about it?

I really like this idea, maybe it can be done a little bit short, assign small random groups of the people that participate (2 or 3 people per group) and make some collaborative games like a mags
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Re: Suggestions for competitions and activities
« Reply #465 on: 27 Sep 2018, 19:52 »

I like the idea of the Box Art Competition...


Ehm, actually i've already started, Dactylopus!

http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=56429.0

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I see, but I've gone on to suggest alternatives that I think will make the competition better (in my opinion).  Primarily, removing the game selection and allowing people to either choose for themselves or make up a game on their own.

I really like this idea, maybe it can be done a little bit short, assign small random groups of the people that participate (2 or 3 people per group) and make some collaborative games like a mags

That could be one way to accomplish it.  Teams could take on rooms or areas of the game together creating the characters, sprites, and backgrounds.

Re: Suggestions for competitions and activities
« Reply #466 on: 26 Jun 2019, 22:37 »
Two competition suggestions that I want to suggest:

1. Font design competition. The competition will have a theme of the game. For example "horror game set during the Napoleonic era" and the designers will have to try to make  the font fit the theme. The results of such competition could live on and be used by the community.

2. A puzzle/mini game only competition. We have game pitch, art and writing competitions.  Why not have a competition that would encourage exploration of different puzzle mechanics in an isolated environment.

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Re: Suggestions for competitions and activities
« Reply #467 on: 09 Jun 2020, 00:06 »
Not a suggestion for a new competition, more a question about old ones. Sprite Jam and Colouring Ball (Last Ones) had been a staple for a fairly long time in the forums and they died at around the same time (christmas 2019). Should they maybe be reactivated? Do people miss them?

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Re: Suggestions for competitions and activities
« Reply #468 on: 09 Jun 2020, 18:02 »
I do, but there's really no point in reactivating them if only 1 or 2 people participate...
I fell like the BG Blitz is going the same way.  :-\ Are these signs of forum "dying"?
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Re: Suggestions for competitions and activities
« Reply #469 on: 09 Jun 2020, 18:28 »
MAG's was almost going the same way but it picked up I'm glad to say....

I think it's a combination of things that stop some people..

Maybe its waves of constant up and downs...

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Re: Suggestions for competitions and activities
« Reply #470 on: 09 Jun 2020, 18:43 »
Slasher ninja'd me. This is an answer to Cassiebsg



But neither Colouring Ball nor Sprite Jam were even close to dead before they just stopped.

Going back through the last 10 contests for both gives these numbers of entries (not entrants, sometimes someone posted more than one entry):

Colouring Ball: 4, 2, 9, 18, 5, 4, 8, 13, 7, 28
Sprite Jam: 0, 4, 4, 7, 0, 4, 4, 4, 15, 5

That looks pretty good.

As for Background Blitz, the numbers are:

0 (yet), 5, 6, 6, 5, 4, 3, 7, 8, 8

That seems fairly constant as well. (Granted, I looked at the number of entries and you're talking about people participating, but I don't think that makes much of a difference.)

I don't think any of these numbers show that the forums themselves have less people around (or are "dying"). It's just the normal fluctuation we always have.

The FWC always has even fewer entries, but some regulars who enter nearly every time or come back at least semi-regular and so we managed to keep it alive with often just two entries.


While I'm on the topic, I really think we should have a Music Competition again as well. The Competition Forum, in a way, shows diefferent aspects of game design and music is a large part of this. But at the same time I would argue that the Music Competition really did not have enough entries / regulars the last time it was active, so maybe there's really not enough interest in that one.