What the heck is this?
It's a contest! You can win real money, and a stupid trophy.What do I have to do?
You have to design a test chamber for an Interactive Fiction game in TADS 3. When the object you designate as the Lime is placed in the object you designate as the Coconut, a door opens and allows the player to leave. That's the short version, there are details in the source code.That's it? Put a lime in a coconut?
In theory, yes. In practice I expect to see everything from Rube Goldberg machines to conversation-driven puzzles. Some will be simple but hilarious, others will be complex and devious.How do I enter?
1. Read through the code and think about what you would like to do. Don't rush it.
2. Allow inspiration to strike.
3. Design a test chamber in TADS 3 that can be added to the bottom of the existing code (as Testing Room 3) without breaking anything.
4. Send the source code to me at sodhner at gmail by December 31st.
5. If I reply and say there's a problem with the code, try to fix it.Then what?
I will make each entry available to the public as compiled game files, listed in a random order. People can play, and give each room two ratings: Awesomeness and Difficulty. Awesomeness can be that it is humorous, or clever, or whatever. This is the score that determines the winner of the contest.Wait, what is 'Difficulty' for then?
That's because after the contest I plan on stringing the rooms together from least difficult to most difficult. Not all rooms are guaranteed to end up in this version - some might be too similar (in which case the one with the higher score will get in) or maybe everyone hates a room. Then, if this goes well, I'll do the same contest again next year to get a new set of rooms.Did you say real money earlier?
I did! It's not a lot, sadly, but enter the contest anyway. First place gets fifty dollars and a stupid trophy, and second place gets ten dollars and a stupid certificate. If you make multiple entries, you can't win both first and second place. The next best person who is not you will get second place. Speaking of multiple entries, if you send a billion entries I may ask you to pick your favorite three or something. As an important final prize-related note: if I get less than five humans with valid entries I will cancel and re-launch at another time of year. Any entries sent in can be re-submitted when I try again.I'm trying to do something that requires modifying the core code.
Don't do that.It's okay though, because it cannot possibly hurt anyone's room in any way. This can't break the game, it can only grant it more flexibility. I swear.
Oh. Well, I guess let me know what you want. I'm not making any promises though. If you can do it in a stupid clumsy work-around kind of way do that instead, and then I'll update the code with the better way after the contest is over.Can I share my code prior to the voting?
That's fine but I don't want to hear anyone saying "so-and-so stole my idea!" because quite frankly there are going to be lots of similar ideas out there for a contest like this and I can't tell when it was 'stolen' and when it was just thought of independently. So if you are worried someone might steal your idea, either don't share or share but be sure that you implement your concept better than anyone else.Link time!
Here's the main contest page: http://therestofyourmice.blogspot.com/p/limecoconut.html
Here's the basic source file: https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B0MqnQyVyeeeNzk4ZWI3MTYtZDdmNC00Yzk5LWJjNDQtY2M3OWMxZGQxNWUw&hl=en_US
Here's the TADS 3 website: http://tads.org/tads3.htm
Here's a picture of a cat: http://images.icanhascheezburger.com/completestore/2008/4/21/limecatisno128532763115781250.jpg