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Weekend Community Challenge - Let Loose the Kraken! - Contest Underway!

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[b]Summary[/b]
The gist of this is that you have 72 hours from when the theme is announced to make a game. You can use whatever libraries you want, whatever tools you want, whatever languages you want for whatever platform you want ... the idea is to just build a game within 72 hours utilizing the theme.

[b]Time and Date[/b]
The theme will be announced shortly after midnight, Friday morning CST (May 25, 00:01 GMT-6). The contest will end at midnight, Sunday night, CST (May 27, 23:59 GMT-6). This provides a 72 hour window, so no matter what time zone you're in you'll have a full two days to make a game.

[b]This Contest's Theme[/b]
[i][color=#000000][font=sans-serif][size=3]Below the thunders of the upper deep;[/size][/font][/color]
[color=#000000][font=sans-serif][size=3]Far far beneath in the abysmal sea,[/size][/font][/color]
[color=#000000][font=sans-serif][size=3]The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee[/size][/font][/color]
[color=#000000][font=sans-serif][size=3]Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;[/size][/font][/color]
[color=#000000][font=sans-serif][size=3]And far away into the sickly light,[/size][/font][/color]
[color=#000000][font=sans-serif][size=3]From many a wondrous grot and secret cell[/size][/font][/color]
[color=#000000][font=sans-serif][size=3]Unnumber'd and enormous polypi[/size][/font][/color]
[color=#000000][font=sans-serif][size=3]Winnow with giant arms the slumbering green.[/size][/font][/color]
[color=#000000][font=sans-serif][size=3]There hath he lain for ages, and will lie[/size][/font][/color]
[color=#000000][font=sans-serif][size=3]Battening upon huge seaworms in his sleep,[/size][/font][/color]
[color=#000000][font=sans-serif][size=3]Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;[/size][/font][/color]
[color=#000000][font=sans-serif][size=3]Then once by man and angels to be seen,[/size][/font][/color]
[color=#000000][font=sans-serif][size=3]In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.[/size][/font][/color][/i]
- [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Tennyson,_1st_Baron_Tennyson"]Alfred Tennyson[/url], 1830

[b]Previous Themes[/b][list]
[*]"U Can't Touch This" - [url="http://www.gamedev.net/topic/601519-gamedevnet-community-challenge/page__view__findpost__p__4807410"]http://www.gamedev.n...ost__p__4807410[/url]
[*]"Sticky!" - [url="http://www.gamedev.net/topic/462106-labor-day-weekend-gamedev-contest---winners-announced/"]http://www.gamedev.n...nners-announced[/url]
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[b]Judging Criteria[/b]
[left][color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif][size=3][background=rgb(250, 251, 252)]Points are evenly distributed between the bullets, so with a '10' being kick ass, each category gets up to 2.5 points.[/background][/size][/font][/color][/left][list]
[*]First Time User Experience - How easy it is for the player to get rolling with your game. Covers installation and communication with the player on how to play the game.
[*]Graphics & Audio - Pretty straight forward, do the visuals and sound contribute to or detract from the game?
[*]Theme - How integral is the contest's theme with the game?
[*]Fun Factor - Is it an enjoyable gaming experience?
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[b]Prizes[/b][list]
[*]$75 Amazon gift card [*]The game of your choice on Steam! ($60US or less)
[*]A fun gadget from Think Geek
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[b]Competitors[/b][list]
[*]Servant of the Lord
[*]Cornstalks
[*]japro
[*]szecs
[*]irreversible
[*]Wan
[*]AndyEsser
[*]Major Tom
[*]jbabrams
[*]cowsarenotevil
[*]Oolala
[*]ryan20fun
[*]Moe
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[b]Judges[/b][list]
[*]zer0wolf
[*]alnite
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I had fun with '[i]U Can't Touch This[/i]'*. I'll join (depending on circumstances, ofcourse). Sign me up as a potential contestant.
It was very exhausting/tiring last time, but exhilarating. Looking forward to it.
I use C++ and SFML, plus some of my common code library (string manipulation and parsing, Lua binding, stuff like that - I can post the contents before the contest begins if needed).

*[size=3]For the interested, last time I live posted my progress [url="http://www.gamedev.net/blog/blog-862/cat-100-community-challenge"]here[/url], and reviewed (not as a judge) almost every game [url="http://www.gamedev.net/blog/blog-862/cat-106-community-challenge-reviews"]here[/url].[/size]
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Hmm, sounds like it could be fun. Unfortunately I won't be available during a weekend until May.
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I'd be interested, but free time is a bit of a premium resource for me.
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Don't have much free time at the moment with school and all. Would be interested if it were in May though.
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I wasn't even thinking about people and school Would be the middle of May work better?
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[quote name='zer0wolf' timestamp='1334004256' post='4929666']
I wasn't even thinking about people and school [img]http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/tongue.png[/img] Would be the middle of May work better?
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Maybe after Dream Build Play?
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[quote name='zer0wolf' timestamp='1334004256' post='4929666']
I wasn't even thinking about people and school [img]http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/tongue.png[/img] Would be the middle of May work better?
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Don't wait too long, because the weather might be too nice by then; and bringing my laptop to the beach never proved to be all that productive. ;)

Anyway, I might be interested and if I can't make it I can still offer my services as a judge like last time.
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Dream Build Play lasts until mid-June and generally has larger games that this competition. ;)

I'll keep this thread going to gain interest and then figure out which weekend it is going to be be. Should be somewhere around a few weeks from now.
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Since it has been a month, I'd like to bump this and see if interest levels are any different now?
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Bump.

Still interested, but I seem to be the only one?
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You mean May 26-27? If so and if the theme tickles my fancy, I might be up for it. Really depends on whether something comes up, though.
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I'm interested, but maybe I'll be either in job seeking depressed state or in training/learning state (industrial embedded programming for example) or in chilling state, or in Lego building state. But it would be nice to do some programming again (rzzzzzz I haven't done that for 9 months now....)

(I mean if we do it on May 26-27. If we do it later, I'll probably be building) Edited by szecs
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I'd also be interested
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I'm in.
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Still willing, but depending on exhaustion I might not actually finish an entry.
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Alright then, let's plan on the last weekend of this month - May 26-27! Let's keep this thread active to drum up interest, and I'll get working on editing the initial post. Let me know if you want to compete or be a judge, as well as if you have any goodies to offer up as prizes
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I took part last year and really enjoyed myself.

I'd be up for it again, but I move house on the 28th so will be spending most of the weekend packing.

However if I can find the time and the theme is a good one I'd give it a try
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I'd love to join in this year to compete after being a judge last year! Would I be ok using my own pre-existing code?
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You can re-use / copy / whatever you want as long as you get a game completed using the theme.
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Do I have to release my code? Because I'm not prepared to do that.
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Topic pinned for you. [img]http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png[/img]

I've got a few things on that weekend, but time and idea permitting I'll try to whip up some sort of mini-game for an entry.
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Barring extraordinary circumstances I will enter this contest. Whether what I come up with constitutes a "game" is yet to be seen, though.
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I've never done one of these contest sorts of things, and I'm pretty new here, but I might participate. I'm really busy in the next few weeks, but if I happen to have the weekend off, I'll do something.

Do you put any sort of restriction on content/platform/etc?
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[quote name='irreversible' timestamp='1337151335' post='4940607']
Do I have to release my code?
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