# Week of Awesome IV - The after party/judging thread

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Alright everyone, another year, another week! it's finally done, and some impressive entry's look to have come out for this year!

I'm currently compiling everyone's work into a larger worksheet, getting games into a large archive, etc etc. so this post well be updated with everyone' stuff by some point tomorrow.

in the mean time, talk about the struggles/joy's you had over the week. how much coffee was consumed in the last 72 hours?! I know i've been up late into the night.

Scoring worksheet. This is a worksheet i put together through the week that captures all competitors blogs, and trys to also track the number of interactions across different blogs(this number is unlikely to be very accurate, so keep it as a rough gauge) . anyway, if you'd like to do reviews of other games, this worksheet is very helpful!

Please also double check your team is on here, i've counted 17 teams that submitted a game, so please make sure I did not miss you!
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WoA IV Scoresheet.

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Team: 7 day masochists
Game: nameless
Members: IYP, newt
Tech: -

Gameplay: -/25
Graphics: -/20
Theme: -/20
Audio: -/10
FTUE: -/10
Particiption: -/10
Judges: -/5

Thoughts:
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(Write feedback here!)

Chat Participation: Heavy
Comment Responses: 1
Blog entries:
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2080/entry-2262089-woa-day-1/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2080/entry-2262112-woa-day2/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2080/entry-2262122-woa-day-3/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2080/entry-2262142-woa-day-4/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2080/entry-2262156-woa-day-5/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2080/entry-2262173-woa-day-6/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2080/entry-2262181-woa-day-7/
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Team: Aletheia Game Studio
Game: Resurrex
Members: cefleet, Rick
Tech: Godot game engine

Gameplay: -/25
Graphics: -/20
Theme: -/20
Audio: -/10
FTUE: -/10
Particiption: -/10
Judges: -/5

Thoughts:
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(Write feedback here!)

Chat Participation: <None>
Comment Responses: 7
Blog entries:
http://aletheiagamestudio.com/devblog-day-0-5-first-prototype/
http://aletheiagamestudio.com/day-2-organization-and-bugs/
http://aletheiagamestudio.com/day-3-dino-walking/
http://aletheiagamestudio.com/day-4-5-6-where-did-the-time-go/
http://aletheiagamestudio.com/day-7-wrapping-it-up/
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Team: Bytetroll
Game: runic
Members: Bytetroll
Tech: self built, java, libgdx

Gameplay: -/25
Graphics: -/20
Theme: -/20
Audio: -/10
FTUE: -/10
Particiption: -/10
Judges: -/5

Thoughts:
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(Write feedback here!)

Chat Participation: Mild
Comment Responses: 0
Blog entries:
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2220/entry-2262097-woa-2016-team-bytetroll-day-1/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2220/entry-2262130-day-2/
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Team: dmatter
Game: Gamut of Blob
Members: dmatter
Tech: Java + LibGDX + thin custom framework

Gameplay: -/25
Graphics: -/20
Theme: -/20
Audio: -/10
FTUE: -/10
Particiption: -/10
Judges: -/5

Thoughts:
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(Write feedback here!)

Chat Participation: <None>
Comment Responses: 4
Blog entries:
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Team: Frango Digital
Game: Labrat
Members: devn00b
Tech: -

Gameplay: -/25
Graphics: -/20
Theme: -/20
Audio: -/10
FTUE: -/10
Particiption: -/10
Judges: -/5

Thoughts:
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(Write feedback here!)

Chat Participation: <None>
Comment Responses:
Blog entries:
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2214/entry-2262091-day-1-speed-of-light/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2214/entry-2262107-day-2-random-access-memories/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2214/entry-2262121-day-3-dont-stop-me-now/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2214/entry-2262140-day-4-comfortably-numb/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/1924/entry-2262152-week-of-awesome-iv-day-5/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2214/entry-2262168-day-6-the-final-countdown/
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Team: Grey Army
Game: Sepulchre
Members: Servant of the Lord, Celesol
Tech: C++, SFML, self built engine.

Gameplay: -/25
Graphics: -/20
Theme: -/20
Audio: -/10
FTUE: -/10
Particiption: -/10
Judges: -/5

Thoughts:
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(Write feedback here!)

Chat Participation: Heavy
Comment Responses: 5
Blog entries:
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/862/entry-2262094-woa-2016-end-of-day-1/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/862/entry-2262113-woa-2016-end-of-day-2/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/862/entry-2262128-woa-2016-end-of-day-3/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/862/entry-2262157-woa-2016-end-of-day-5/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/862/entry-2262174-woa-2016-end-of-day-6/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/862/entry-2262183-woa-2016-end-of-day-7/
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Team: KodingNights
Game: Ruins Of The Risen
Members: DKoding
Tech: Java, own engine

Gameplay: -/25
Graphics: -/20
Theme: -/20
Audio: -/10
FTUE: -/10
Particiption: -/10
Judges: -/5

Thoughts:
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(Write feedback here!)

Chat Participation: Moderate
Comment Responses: 1
Blog entries:
http://darkdroidcom.blogspot.fi/2016/08/week-of-awesome-iv-last-years-week-of.html
http://darkdroidcom.blogspot.fi/2016/08/game-is-coming-along-heres-few-seconds.html
http://darkdroidcom.blogspot.fi/2016/08/interresting-choices-game-is-coming.html
http://darkdroidcom.blogspot.fi/2016/08/tweaking-tweaking-polishing-polishing.html
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Team: Kseh
Members: Kseh
Tech: C/C++, SFML, self built engine.

Gameplay: -/25
Graphics: -/20
Theme: -/20
Audio: -/10
FTUE: -/10
Particiption: -/10
Judges: -/5

Thoughts:
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(Write feedback here!)

Chat Participation: <None>
Comment Responses: 2
Blog entries:
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/878/entry-2262081-kseh-woa-iv-post-1/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/878/entry-2262095-kseh-woa-iv-post-2/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/878/entry-2262111-kseh-woa-iv-post-3/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/878/entry-2262123-kseh-woa-iv-post-4/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/878/entry-2262143-kseh-woa-iv-post-5/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/878/entry-2262158-kseh-woa-iv-post-6/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/878/entry-2262170-kseh-woa-iv-post-7/

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Team: mousetail
Members: mousetail
Tech: (not stated, speculated self built.)

Gameplay: -/25
Graphics: -/20
Theme: -/20
Audio: -/10
FTUE: -/10
Particiption: -/10
Judges: -/5

Thoughts:
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(Write feedback here!)

Chat Participation: <None>
Comment Responses:
Blog entries:
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2216/entry-2262085-day-1-basics/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2216/entry-2262161-day-5-first-demo-and-new-team-member/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2216/entry-2262163-day-6-second-beta/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2216/entry-2262176-day-7-final/
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Team: Neon Light Games
Game: Relic Hunter
Members: slicer4ever
Tech: C++, self built engine

Gameplay: -/25
Graphics: -/20
Theme: -/20
Audio: -/10
FTUE: -/10
Particiption: -/10
Judges: -/5

Thoughts:
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(Write feedback here!)

Chat Participation: Heavy
Comment Responses: 7
Blog entries:
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/1587/entry-2262109-woa-iv-day-2/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/1587/entry-2262133-day-3-light-system-done/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/1587/entry-2262141-woa-iv-day-4/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/1587/entry-2262155-woa-day-5/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/1587/entry-2262172-woa-iv-day-6/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/1587/entry-2262185-woa-iv-post-mortom/
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Team: New New Things
Game: Forbidden City
Members: Endurion
Tech: Self built, based on DirectX8, DirectInput, DirectSound (the "Xtreme" engine)

Gameplay: -/25
Graphics: -/20
Theme: -/20
Audio: -/10
FTUE: -/10
Particiption: -/10
Judges: -/5

Thoughts:
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(Write feedback here!)

Chat Participation: <None>
Comment Responses:
Blog entries:
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/1966/entry-2262088-week-of-awesome-iv-day-1/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/1966/entry-2262104-week-of-awesome-iv-day-2/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/1966/entry-2262119-week-of-awesome-i-v-day-3/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/1966/entry-2262137-week-of-awesome-i-v-day-4/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/1966/entry-2262150-week-of-awesome-i-v-day-5/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/1966/entry-2262164-week-of-awesome-i-v-day-6/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/1966/entry-2262178-week-of-awesome-i-v-day-7/
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Tech: C++, self built engine

Gameplay: -/25
Graphics: -/20
Theme: -/20
Audio: -/10
FTUE: -/10
Particiption: -/10
Judges: -/5

Thoughts:
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(Write feedback here!)

Chat Participation: Moderate
Comment Responses: 1
Blog entries:
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2213/entry-2262077-woa-iv-day-0/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2213/entry-2262087-woa-iv-day-1/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2213/entry-2262103-woa-iv-day-2/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2213/entry-2262117-woa-iv-day-3/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2213/entry-2262134-woa-iv-day-4/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2213/entry-2262149-woa-iv-day-5/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2213/entry-2262165-woa-iv-day-6/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2213/entry-2262177-woa-iv-day-7/
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Team: Slaughterhouse Gaming Corp
Game: Light of Felin
Tech: UE4

Gameplay: -/25
Graphics: -/20
Theme: -/20
Audio: -/10
FTUE: -/10
Particiption: -/10
Judges: -/5

Thoughts:
(Write feedback here!)

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Chat Participation: Heavy
Comment Responses: 6
Blog entries:
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/1862/entry-2262084-woa-day-1-post-1-concepts/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/1862/entry-2262100-woa-day-1-end-of-day/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/1862/entry-2262127-woa-day-3-end-of-day/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/1862/entry-2262182-woa-day-7-done/
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Team: Something Fun
Members: ryan20fun
Tech: UE4

Gameplay: -/25
Graphics: -/20
Theme: -/20
Audio: -/10
FTUE: -/10
Particiption: -/10
Judges: -/5

Thoughts:
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(Write feedback here!)

Chat Participation: <None>
Comment Responses: 0
Blog entries:
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/1924/entry-2262120-week-of-awesome-iv-day-3/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/1924/entry-2262138-week-of-awesome-iv-day-4/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/1924/entry-2262152-week-of-awesome-iv-day-5/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/1924/entry-2262166-week-of-awesome-iv-day-6/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/1924/entry-2262179-week-of-awesome-iv-day-7/
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Team: Stout Walrus
Game: Stellar Salvager
Members: ArThor
Tech: C#, self built engine

Gameplay: -/25
Graphics: -/20
Theme: -/20
Audio: -/10
FTUE: -/10
Particiption: -/10
Judges: -/5

Thoughts:
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(Write feedback here!)

Chat Participation: <None>
Comment Responses: 2
Blog entries:
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2098/entry-2262082-woa-iv-day-1-idea/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2098/entry-2262105-woa-iv-day-2/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2098/entry-2262118-woa-iv-day-3/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2098/entry-2262139-woa-iv-day-4/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2098/entry-2262151-woa-iv-day-5-end/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2098/entry-2262167-woa-iv-day-6/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2098/entry-2262180-woa-day-7-stellar-salvager-final-release/
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Team: Thaumaturge
Members: Thaumaturge
Tech: Panda3D, python.

Gameplay: -/25
Graphics: -/20
Theme: -/20
Audio: -/10
FTUE: -/10
Particiption: -/10
Judges: -/5

Thoughts:
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(Write feedback here!)

Chat Participation: <None>
Comment Responses: 9.....you know what, a crap ton, he's good for his 10, i promise.
Blog entries:
http://thaumaturge-art.com/index.php?/archives/35-WoA-IV,-Day-1-Fighting-for-a-World-of-Undeath.html
http://thaumaturge-art.com/index.php?/archives/36-WoA-IV,-Day-2-Combat!.html
http://thaumaturge-art.com/index.php?/archives/39-WoA-IV,-Day-5-Crash,-Boom,-Bang!.html#prettyPhoto
http://thaumaturge-art.com/index.php?/archives/40-WoA-IV,-Day-6-The-Final-Boss!.html
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Team: Unicore
Game: Prometheus
Members:  Orymus3
Instructions: http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2219/entry-2262184-build-instructions/
Tech: Unity

Gameplay: -/25
Graphics: -/20
Theme: -/20
Audio: -/10
FTUE: -/10
Particiption: -/10
Judges: -/5

Thoughts:
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(Write feedback here!)

Chat Participation: <None>
Comment Responses: 7
Blog entries:
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2219/entry-2262092-day-1-immagonna-participate-this-year/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2219/entry-2262093-day-2-woa-iv-is-taking-its-toll/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2219/entry-2262136-day-3-and-thunder-stuck/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2219/entry-2262147-day-iv-show-me-what-youve-got/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2219/entry-2262160-day-5-sleep-where-art-thou/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2219/entry-2262171-day-6-where-grown-men-break/
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2219/entry-2262186-day-7-learning-to-man-up/
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Bacterius: http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2239/entry-2262229-woa-iv-judging-feedback/
NightCreature:
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Not every game received feedback, you can find his worksheet here: https://onedrive.live.com/view.aspx?resid=C2B581FC162D438!344070&ithint=file%2cxlsx&app=Excel&authkey=!AMsUuXC6oOU3vFw

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Team: 7 day masochists
Game: nameless
Thoughts:
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Good try but because I couldn’t make it past the first room I can't really give this more points than it got. It’s a shame you guys ran into merge problems at the end beause I think the game could have been fun to play, if only I could kill the zombies and not get stuck when I die.

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Team: Aletheia Game Studio
Game: Resurrex
Thoughts:
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I can see where this game is going, on note on distribution supply less executables next time, I was playing the non final version and that game wasn’t finished. I loved the intro sequence to the game it sets the story of the game.
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Team: dmatter
Game: Gamut of Blob
Members: dmatter
Tech:

Thoughts:
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Complete game, I like the puzzles they are quite hard and for a week of time you added a fair amount  of levels to the game. With a bit of work and a few more levels perhaps this I could see this game in an app store somewhere.

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Team: Frango Digital
Game: Labrat
Members: devn00b

Thoughts:
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I see no player to control even when I turn on the lights. Cant really play the game as I don’t know where I am in the level, managed to pick up a battery but that was more luck than anything else.
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Team: mousetail
Members: mousetail

Thoughts:
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This game Has me wondering what is the point what is my end goal I am supposed to reach. Found a crash in the game when upgrading the health of a towns person. Overall this game is fun but I think it should get a bit more love, if it gets that I can see this game being released too.
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Team: Neon Light Games
Game: Relic Hunter
Members: slicer4ever
Tech: C++, self built engine

Thoughts:
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Cant control menu with controller sadly - 1. Contoller doesn’t work at all atleast not xinput. Good game shows a lot of polish in the art work and is pretty difficult too.
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Team: New New Things
Game: Forbidden City
Members: Endurion
Tech: Self built, based on DirectX8, DirectInput, DirectSound (the "Xtreme" engine)

Thoughts:
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Like this game a lot, has me wondering what I come up against at each corner of the maze. Would have prpobably made the character rotate/move a bit faster but that’s it.
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Tech: C++, self built engine

Thoughts:
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Nice change on the snake clone, simple game play that works, I was glad I found out you could steer with the camera because I was getting nauseas from the parralax before that.
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Team: Stout Walrus
Game: Stellar Salvager
Members: ArThor
Tech: C#, self built engine

Thoughts:
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Nice spin on the themes, not what I expected to see with the themes that were there well done. I like being surprised by a game and this one definitly did that. The graphics in this game were really good to and I like that small and fast tutorial that gets you playing fast. The only minus I would add is that this game probably needs controller support.
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Team: Unicore
Game: Prometheus
Members: Orymus3
Instructions: http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2219/entry-2262184-build-instructions/
Tech: Unity

Thoughts:
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Crazy tower defense game
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Edited by slicer4ever

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No coffee was drunk on my end, but some severe sleep deprivation needs to be taken care of now.

My particular challenge, I believe, was losing a day when I had scope for the exact 7 days to get there. Realistically, I should've scoped for 6 and keep the extra day (which is normally what I've done).

That being said, I had a blast, as usual, and glad I could make some room for this (if only 15h or so?)

Now I'm off (vacation time!!) and I think it is well earned ;)

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Especially on the weekend I was mostly busy with real life, so just the regular coffee at 15:00.

Anyhow, I'm pretty happy with how my game turned out. I hope you'll add a neat list with all entries in a post? Maybe even a full archive of all entries? (wishfor)

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Anyhow, I'm pretty happy with how my game turned out. I hope you'll add a neat list with all entries in a post? Maybe even a full archive of all entries? (wishfor)

yup yup yup, working on all that now.  hopefully in a couple hours i'll have everything squared away.

Awesome! :)

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Ok, i'm uploading the archives right now, i've got the review worksheet up, please double check that i have your team/name in that list! Edited by slicer4ever

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Wow, 17 teams.

I knew it was big, But that is more then I thought.

Good job everybody.

I wish the judges a smooth and easy process doing the reviews.

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Great :)

Just to fill in the missing parts:

* Please rename my team to "New New Things"

* Tech: Self built, based on DirectX8, DirectInput, DirectSound (the "Xtreme" engine)

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Sadly, ours didn't pan out.  This week ended up unfortunately coinciding with my having to move into a new apartment, so my time was extremely limited, and I didn't even have serviceable internet access until thursday-ish.  It's a shame, because we actually had a pretty well-scoped project for the normal time constraints.  It gave me a good excuse to learn the rudiments of Unreal and get a proper Git workflow going, so not all is lost.

Best of luck to everyone with entries.  I'll definitely be checking them out alongside the judges.

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Hey, can you please modify at my team and add the dev blog?

And also from the game archive, please delete the file "score.txt", in order the intro to be shown first time the game begins.

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@slicer4ever, could give an update on my last journal if I post tonight, please? I would write him yesterday but decided to take a nap by the fatigue of the Jam. I woke up now: S

EDIT: Oh, and in the "Tech" field, i use the Unity Engine.

Edited by devn00b

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I'm also certain I've made more than 1 comment, but probably it's not THAT important?

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Sounds bout right. Wouldn't count my one chat post either ;)
I actually forgot about this on Day 2 and sadly glad I did. Could've been a huge time sink and would've probably derailed me from actually working ;)
Was a nice touch to this year's though, no doubt!

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I liked the chat very much, it was a great place to show off progress and to get feedback. So I hope to see the chat again next year.

EDIT:

I have an idea.

Why don't you give reputation points for participating in Week of Awesome?

Points could be given for signing up for the competition, submitting a game, and varying points for different roles/placements in the competition. Is that feasible?

I think this idea was touched upon during last years Week of Awesome?

Edited by DKoding

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Phew! That was a tiring week (Saturday--at the end of which I pulled an all-nighter--especially)! I'm still somewhat recovering. It was also, however, a lot of fun!

Congratulations again to all who entered, and especially to all who managed to produce a final submission! And thank you to the judges: their work has now begun. ^_^

I'm currently downloading the unified archive, in part to check on my entry, but largely because I'm eager to play the other submissions. I hope to play each of them--at the least briefly--and give some feedback in a later post.

(I don't drink coffee. :P)

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Congratulations to everyone who got their entries in.

It seems to me that there should be some sense of relief with the submission of an entry but I didn't really get that. More like, just glad that I was able to get something, anything submitted. I'm kinda surprised with the level of project fatigue that I've had near the end.

I think I spent about 39 hours focusing on my submission. I don't think I lost all that much sleep, maybe up 1 hour later each night on the weekdays, which I really started to feel catching up with my by Thursday. Monday, Saturday, and Sunday early mornings were the times that I was able to spend the most time, with Monday & Saturday going for about 7 hours until around 6am. Sunday morning I was able to put in around 9 hours and got some sleep about 8am. These three sessions each began with an energy drink that kept me going fairly well, although I noticed they seemed to each get less effective. The kids weren't so inclined to let me sleep all day, which is to be expected, and the caffeine in the energy drinks makes it tough to fall asleep even several hours later. Looking forward to being back on a regular schedule.

Over all, I like my game. Of the few times I've tried stuff like this, this time I am closest to the idea that I had envisioned at the beginning and I actually feel like I have a game, not just a submission. It is indeed still rather rough in places and if there's one thing particularly I wish I had in there, in some form, it's a way to reset the game upon player death rather than having to run the executable again. There are no doubt other flaws and bugs in there, some of which I know about, but that's the one thing I would add if given more time.

Also, I don't know if I had provided all the license stuff I'm supposed to. Most likely I haven't. I've got that information around but not sure what's the best way to include it. Is it an issue, should I find what I can and update my submission or is it way too late?

Edited by kseh

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Good luck to everyone that entered!  I hope to try out everyone's games and provide feedback!

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Far too much Dr Pepper was drunk - probably 4 litres of it (I had five 2-litre bottles on hand from a social gathering mid-week, and had drunk two 20-ouncers at the start of the competition).

I also, out of panic when my body started to shut down from sleep deprivation on the morning of day 7, actually drank a cup of coffee (milk, heavy sugar, cold) - more of an iced coffee, really. I don't drink coffee normally, but my caffeine tolerance is too high for Dr Pepper to actually give me a boost.  ^_^

On my journal entries, you forgot my Day 3 (which was posted in the appropriate thread), and in it's place, you slipped in your own Day 3.  :wink:

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Great to see all the submissions! I will be checking all of them out.

Unfortunately for us, we weren't able to finish in time. On Wednesday evening we were in a good place, but Thursday and Friday didn't go as planned at all - I spent almost the entirety of both days getting the game to work the same on Windows as it was working on Linux (since I dev on Linux). Plus I had to work late due to a project that I was installing (I work as electrical engineer for FAA in Alaska - was installing some radios in a flight service station).

Saturday and Sunday were productive, but not nearly enough to make up Thursday and Friday. In fact, I was rushing so much that I didn't even do my dev posts - also because by this time I realized that the project was way over-scoped and I probably wouldn't complete it in time and I was bummed out about that.

We tried to get something together for Sunday submission but I wasn't able to pull an exe together - all I had by the deadline time was an animated character who could run across a level with some baddies with basic AI and basic sound (baddies use the same as main char for attack, jump, and walk), and physics. No win condition - 1 theme implemented - no UI - no score keeping. Missing almost all art (except for our one character :))

This is my first shot at WoA and I learned a LOT from it! Which is great as that is the main reason I entered. For lessons learned, I would say the following 3 things - if your making a game in one week then you should probably:

1) Make sure the underlying system is in place for animating, asset loading, rendering, audio, ui, and physics (if using).

I had a system in place for rendering and ui, most asset loading, and 3d animation. Implementing audio, physics, sprite sheet loading, and sprite sheet animation took up the first 3/4 days of dev time. These are not game/theme specific and can definitely be done in advance. If not - the game art/scope/level design should be scoped back by 3 to 4 days.

2) Sort out building for the required targets before the competition.

Again - could have saved most of day 4 and 5 had I done this. Getting a project set up and building hello world with whatever engine/libs you are going to use (as many seemed to have smartly done) should be done before the competition.

3) Learn the tools and pipeline for asset development before starting

Before the competition you likely will know if your going to do 2d or 3d. It would be very helpful to get an asset pipeline figured out before hand so that a minimal amount of time is spent doing things like trying to figure out how to make sprite sheets correctly, or how to use gimp, how to use blender, how to use spriter, etc. If your unsure about 2d or 3d - well prepare for either then I guess. This is also true for audio.

I know these are fairly common sense - but I am going to keep these things in mind for next year's competition. I think I will be able to get something submitted.

Future of Zombic:

We talked it over last night, and I am going to go ahead and finish up the game we started. I won't add any scope, but we will take more time to get the artwork right. I will post to my GameDev development journal as we progress - for anyone who is interested http://www.gamedev.net/blog/2221-earthbananas-journal/ - and will make it available for download when we finish.

I look forward to getting home and playing everyone's games!

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I forgot to post the day 7 yesterday, too tired and slept like a Snorlax. Here's my last day.

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Btw what's the ETA? 1-2 weeks?

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I'm kinda surprised with the level of project fatigue that I've had near the end.

I suspect that--for some, at least--driving oneself harder than usual on a project results in something like mild, project-specific burnout. I recall that with my own entries in previous such game-jams, I've often left my entries behind soon afterwards, barely looking back at them.

I said previously that I intended to write up some feedback for the game submitted. I've now played most of the games, and here present my mini-reviews.

Note that my focus perhaps tends towards critique, so please don't take it to heart if they seem overall negative; indeed, I had fun playing through this set of games!

I haven't reviewed Relic Hunter, Snake Undead, Light of Felin, or the entries provided by teams "Something Fun" and "7 Day Masochists". Other than Snake Undead, I believe that all require the installation of one or another redistributable, and since these are informal reviews and I didn't want to read through a EULA today, I decided to skip them. I'm honestly not sure of why Snake Undead doesn't run for me, although it's possible that it's similarly a matter of a missing redistributable. My apologies that this means the lack of reviews for these games! :/

Finally, note that I'm not using the scoring-guide given in the first post here, but simply presenting my thoughts on each game.

(Oh, and naturally I'm not reviewing my own game! ^^; )

As an aside, I believe that most of these games ran well under WINE; of the few that didn't, I think that most were amongst the unreviewed group given above, and two ran happily under Windows 8.1 instead.

All that said, the reviews:

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Resurrex

This is a fun idea! The player takes the role of an immortal tyrannosaur, and rampages around eating zombies, regaining lost flesh in the process; this scenario which is introduced in a rather fun little intro. On top of this, when the dinosaur steps into shadow, we see its bones glowing green, in a manner that to me is rather reminiscent of the glow-in-the-dark skeletons that I recall from childhood. ^_^

The first guard that the player encounters quite neatly teaches the player that eating humans is bad: on kicking their way through the door, the player is greeted by a lone security guard (or police officer, perhaps) standing only a few (dinosaur) steps away, firing on them. The obvious thought in a game such as this is (for me, at least) to charge at and eat the aggressor--and upon doing so, the player finds their character coughing up the remains, and their recovered flesh lost.

However, this clashes a little with later developments: In at least one subsequent room, it seemed that I wasn't allowed to kick my way through a door until I had killed the guards that were firing on me. There seemed to be no reason for the door to be connected to their survival, and dealing with them forced me to give up the upgrades that I had earned by eating zombies. Thus eating humans seems to be bad for me... but also required to advance.

Which brings me to my next point: the game seems to be built around grinding. The zombies don't fight back, and so aren't a threat; the humans are a threat, but dealing with them undoes the player's upgrades, and so calls for the eating of more zombies. In addition, it seemed that I lost all of my upgrades when I moved from one level to the next. I believe that there are those who enjoy gameplay based on grinding, so I won't criticise the game for using it, but I am not one such, and so its use left the game feeling less enjoyable for me than it might have, I believe.

As to the controls, I found that the tyrannosaur would sometimes get stuck on objects (zombies included). Additionally, the T-Rex only moves to the point at which the player last clicked, making movement feel perhaps a little discrete. Perhaps it might have felt smoother if the player could hold down the mouse-button to keep the dinosaur moving--or perhaps better yet, if the dinosaur was moved via WASD or the arrow keys, and interacted with whatever it bumped into.

Runic

... I'm afraid that I honestly don't know how this game is played. There seem to be credits and bets, so I gather that it's some form of simulated gambling. One can place "lines", and there's a red button that seems to reset the grid, but I really don't know what is going on. As a result, I'm not in much of a position to review it.

The art is quite pretty, I will say.

Gamut of Blob

This is a really cute game, and a fairly fun little puzzler! The mechanics are interesting (I like the idea of the blobs being too scared to move in the dark, and so being unavailable when left there), and the controls are smooth and effective. The puzzles can perhaps be somewhat brute-forced, but I believe that I found them to be nevertheless interesting.

It might have been useful to have been able to move the screen independently of the current blob's position, allowing the player to identify newly-lit areas when activating switches; if not, it might help to have the camera briefly pan over to such areas when they are activated.

During the introductory text the player can't move, which I think that I found a little confusing at first. In general, I think that I would have preferred to have retained control while text was showing--as was the case with at least some of the texts.

While most of the sounds were cute, I found the sounds for character selection and light deactivation a little grating.

On a relatively minor note, I'm not sure of whether the final cinematic actually ends (and I simply hadn't waited for sufficient time), or the game simply stops there.

Lab Rat

I rather like the interface to this game: a representation of an old computer, complete with bright-green text. The game itself is an interesting idea: the player controls a living human tasked with navigating dark rooms to an exit, while avoiding zombies. To aid this endeavour the player has a limited use, short-lived light source, allowing them to observe the room and plan a route, and a simple pseudo-ASCII map showing their current location--but not that of any obstacles, items, or enemies.

Overall, it seems to be rather easy (at least up to about level fifteen or sixteen, which I think was as far as I played); for the most part the player seems to be able to avoid the zombies by skirting the outer wall in one direction or the other.

Alas, there doesn't seem to be a means of restarting the level, and in one case I believe that I ended up in a dead-end with a zombie (no pun intended :P) which didn't seem interested in killing me, leaving me stuck.

As to art, the contrast between walls and floor seemed a little low to me: I believe that at first I didn't realise that the former weren't the latter.

Finally, I believe that I saw the sprites being rendered slightly out of alignment at least once--although this is somewhat of a niggle.

Sepulchre

First of all, this is perhaps the prettiest entry in the entire set! The game itself seems to be one of turn-based tactical combat, around which is wrapped an interesting narrative.

However, while the art is indeed lovely, the animations are perhaps a little simple, in a manner that I think that I found a little jarring beside the quality of the still images.

As to the gameplay, it was reasonably fun, but seemed to me to lack much depth: there seemed to be little difference between the summons, and little to choose between their abilities; simply hitting enemies and healing or buffing repeatedly got me through everything. It is, however, very possible that I missed some degree of tactical depth.

I encountered one bug, I believe: during one of the fights, the visual positions of the enemies seemed to not line up with their logical positions, interfering with selection.

Ruins of the Risen

I'll confess that I didn't get very far in this game; indeed, I believe that I was killed in rather short order on every run that I attempted. The screen is very busy and very dark, and the enemies seem to move very fast, and as a result I seldom have much idea of what is going on--or what just then killed me. It's not even entirely clear to me where, precisely, my shots are going.

I have two minor critiques: First, the bottom of the resolution list overlaps text in the options menu, making those entries a little difficult to read without highlighting each one. Second, changing the resolution seemed to result in menu items not responding, or perhaps their logical positions not matching up with their visual representations; this was cleared up by restarting the game, I believe.

If I'm not much mistaken, this is a reasonably fun little wave-defence game: the player is a lone human stuck on an island with waves of ever more undead; the undead can be defeated by firing shadow-bolts, but those bolts leave a residue that is deadly to the player-character.

I didn't realise at first that there was more than one screen. Once I did discover this, I went exploring, but didn't find much. It's also possible during the first few waves to wander off across a few screens and have no enemies present for a time.

Finally, the collision was a little iffy at times; in particular, I recall finding myself getting caught on trees.

In short, this seems to be a multi-character survival game: gather resources and defend against an ever-increasing threat, but defend not just a single avatar but a small community.

There doesn't seem to be an end-game: as far as I can tell, the player is simply tasked with surviving as long as may be. This is fine... save that I found the game to be fairly easily, and after only a few tries managed to build a defence that resulted in no deaths at all.

The player can evolve their human villagers, increasing either health or damage dealt, but with a risk of either killing the villager or turning them into a zombie. However, the chance of a negative outcome is fifty-fifty, and the constructed defences seem quite effective, with no significant disadvantage. The probability of a negative outcome can be greatly reduced by the construction and upgrade of a genome lab--but this only changes the probabilities for one upgrade per turn, after which it resets to fifty-fifty. As a result, I'm honestly not sure of why I would upgrade my villagers.

On the UI side, I have a few critiques:

There's no apparent indication that the control-bar can be scrolled, beyond a mention in the help-text that this is so. I'm inclined to suggest adding either arrows or a scroll-bar to convey this.

It's not easy to see what is selected: the selection cursor appears to be fairly small and pale blue, set against a bright-green backdrop.

There is no visual indication (that I noticed) of the upgrade status of either buildings or villagers without selecting them and checking their information in the side-bar. This means that if the player forgets which buildings have been upgraded, they can only find out by clicking on each one of interest.

Finally, the game doesn't seem to like having the window moved, ceasing to respond when this is done--but this may be a result of some interaction with WINE.

Forbidden City

A fun, exploratory game with some light puzzle-solving (in at least two senses ;)). The graphics are simple, but sufficiently retro and sufficiently reminiscent of games that I remember from childhood that I found them somewhat nostalgic. The gameplay is similarly simple, but nevertheless interesting and enjoyable.

While at first oil seemed plentiful, it later became sufficiently scarce that venturing into the darkness could be a little tense, and some thought was given to how far was safe to go before turning back to for a refill. I quite liked this mechanic!

The "herding" puzzle--in which the player uses their light-source to drive little photophobic blobs towards a purple... thing--was interesting!

I did find the spike-traps to be a little unforgiving--just a bare touch can result in instant death, making them feel a little awkward to manoeuvre around, to me.

On a minor note, I believe that I found the level-transitions to be a little sudden, and thus jarring.

Stellar Salvager

Of the games that I played for these reviews, this had perhaps my favourite interpretation of the "ruins" theme: instead of the usual broken stones, the player is seeking out the ruins of derelict space -craft and -stations! The shadow-mechanic is interesting, with the intention seeming to be to encourage the player to be careful about how quickly they advance, and by what route.

The camera-views are perhaps a little problematic: While there are several, between which the player can change at will, I found few to be terribly useful. Only the "sun-chase" view seemed to provide me with the all of the information that I wanted--the position of the shadows and the ship's orientation relative to nearby objects and the distant sun--but that view was close to the direction of travel, making distances a little difficult to judge, and I believe that the camera pulled away (perhaps with increasing speed?), exacerbating the issue. On top of this, the camera sometimes ended up with an asteroid between it and the ship, hiding the latter.

I like the shadow-mechanic. However, the ship's temperature seems to drop fairly slowly, which left me at times inclined to simply park my ship behind an asteroid and let it cool off--which wasn't terribly fun. Perhaps this might have been ameliorated by either increasing the rate at which the ship cooled or removing cooling altogether; in the latter case, the ship would only increase in temperature, but perhaps more slowly.

Finally, I found that the distinction between valuable salvage and harmful debris was perhaps not immediately clear to me.

Prometheus

This was rather fun: a tower-defence game in which the player discovers and upgrades various ruins (the "towers"), while at times taking part in the combat themselves. Upgrading the ruins costs bones, which are collected from the undead that are felled.

I rather like the Greek flavour to the game; in particular, I like the use of the term "vrykolakas" instead of the usual "zombie", "skeleton", "revenant", etc.

As to the UI, I don't see an obvious indication of the cost of each action. Similarly, there's no UI conveying the various powers available: the player is expected to remember them. A set of icons, one for each power and showing the cost of each, might solve both issues.

Finally, I found the business of collecting bones to be a bit of a nuisance--but then I generally don't like resources that despawn.

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