It's been too long since our last competition, so here it is, the 5th and 6th FGL developer competitions! Only this time it's slightly different to what you've been used to in the past.
In past competitions, we would supply a theme, and give you a certain amount of time to complete a game based on that theme. Well this time, we're going to supply you with the graphics. We will be supplying a number of assets you can choose from, and an animation, and your task is to make a game using them! You can use your own graphics too, of course, but like the theme competitions, your rating will depend on how well you use the graphics we provide you with.
You'll notice that I've put 5 & 6. This is because we are actually going to be hosting two competitions for the same graphics. One short one, which will be the usual 24 hour time limit, and one long competition, in which you will have a month to complete the game. The short competition will have the usual prizes, FIs and Community Points, while the long competition will have tastier prizes, such as T-shirts and cash prizes!
Code Reuse and 3rd Party Libraries
While you can use any libraries you choose (including your own), you will only be judged on your own work so please state exactly which libraries you have used, what it does, etc. Reusing old templates, online tutorials, etc. are not allowed for this competition. The game should be as much your own original work as possible.
We are giving you a pretty constraint-free competition this time; you can use any actionscript version you like, and you don't have to implement any particular APIs. As long as it's in flash, follows the theme, and is your own original work made within the time limit, we'll judge it.
The game needs to show clearly how the graphics we have provided you with have been used in the core gameplay, and how effectively they have been used to create an end result. Each game will be scored 1-10 on each of the criteria mentioned below, and tallied to give a total score out of a maximum 43 points. The top three games will be scrutinised further to determine the rank amongst them. Your game will be judged on:
- How well did the game make use of the graphics?
- How good was the gameplay?
- How much fun was it?
- How original was it?
- Bonus points (1-3): The implementation and good use of Gamersafe
24 Hour Competition
- 1st place - 500 Community points, 20 First Impressions
- 2nd place - 250 Community points, 10 First Impressions
- 3rd place - 150 Community points, 5 First Impressions
- Each participant - 50 community points
1 Month Competition
- 1st Place – 1000 Community points, 30 first impressions, Bidding Spotlight, FGL t-shirt, $200 cash
- 2nd Place – 500 Community points, 20 first impressions, Bidding Spotlight, FGL t-shirt, $100 cash
- 3rd Place – 250 Community points, 10 first impressions, FGL t-shirt
- Each participant – 100 Community points
How to enter
The entries threads for both competitions will be created in the events forum on Saturday 13th March at the starting time (1800 GMT). This topic will also reveal the graphics. You will need to post in the topic with your name, and which competitions you are entering for (you can enter both!). Once you have made your game, you can edit your post and add the link of your game to it.
Participants should upload their entries to FGL (ensuring that 'Enable developer viewing' is selected) and post a link to the game in the entries thread before the end of the 24 hours, or the month, depending on which competition . Any submissions after the deadline will not be entered into the competition.
I'll check the entries as they come in to make sure they work, but the thread will be locked at the finish time, so make sure you leave enough time to upload and post! The full results will be posted 1-2 days after the competition. Also, please note that we may not be able to send the FGL tshirts to certain countries out of our reach.
Start and End times
24 Hour competition
This competition will start on Saturday 13th March at 1900 GMT, and end on Sunday 14th March at 1900 GMT.
1 Month Competition
This competition starts on Saturday 13th March at 1900 GMT, and ends on Saturday the 10th April at 1900 GMT.
Good luck to all participants!