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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:07 am 
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With 79 games this year, it's much harder for reviewers to finish reviewing all the games, so the authors have gotten together to offer some small prizes for reviewing!

This is not sponsored or run by IFComp itself or the Interactive Fiction Technology Foundation, but it has been permitted by the IFComp organizer.

The rules are as follows:

1. Everyone who reviews all 79 games is eligible to receive a prize.

2. At the end of the competition, the authors will vote for 'Best Reviewer' out of all eligible reviewers. The winners of the vote will select prizes in order until the prize pool is empty.

3. If there are more prizes than eligible reviewers (i.e. if not enough people have reviewed all 79 games), then the next reviewer that got the closest to 79 reviews will be added, and so on.

4. The reviewer doesn't have to complete every game, but has to write something meaningful about the main content of the game (so just giving out star ratings on ifdb or judging blurbs doesn't count).

The current prize pool is as follows:

-$50, donated by Mike Sousa
-$25, donated by Stephen Granade
-Adding the reviewer's favorite food as scenery in Eat Me, donated by Chandler Groover
-Adding the reviewer's name in a semi-prominent place to A Beauty Cold and Austere, donated by Mike Spivey
-Adding the reviewer as a character accessible by XYZZY in my next game, donated by Mathbrush
-A handwritten letter of gratitude, donated by Mathbrush.

Those donating prizes do not get any special voting rights; the final awards will be determined by any and all authors who choose to participate in the final vote.

Thanks for all the reviewers, and good luck!

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:10 pm 
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The requirement to review all 79 games is intense. I mean, it makes sense, but many of my favorite reviewers don't post reviews for games that they really didn't like.

e.g. would dhakajack be eligible for the prize with this anti-review of Haunted P? http://blog.templaro.com/review-haunted-p/

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Joke entry, skipped review.

If anyone is curious, see transcript: HP

Preliminary Score: 1

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:21 pm 
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I expect that hardly anyone will do all 79, which is why the few that do the most reviews will be eligible under rule 3, whether that's 76 or 70.

But the low-performing games are exactly the ones that need reviews the most; some games have 5 reviews now while most have 1 or 2.

Edit: In edge cases like the Haunted P review, the authors can decide together. I personally would allow it because the transcript adds a lot, and because the game was intended to have little content, and this shows that dhakajack played long enougj to see its main content.

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How are you counting reviews? Must they be posted on IFDB? or from the spreadsheet? (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... edit#gid=0)


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:44 pm 
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They are gathered from intfiction, ifdb, and the spreadsheet (that should cover everything, right?)

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One might suppose if a reviewer can point out where their reviews live, they would be counted.

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All 79? Are you guys sure about this?

How about 30?

And would capsule reviews count? The kind I saw Hanon and Chandler do last year?


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Looking over this spreadsheet, doing 30 reviews would probably qualify you for prize voting, although 40 or 50 or 60 would be better.

And paragraph-length reviews count for eligibility; however, voters may prefer longer reviews. Lynnea Glasser and Cheddarman's twitch feeds count as well.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:49 am 
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So.. you're serious. All of the 79ers will get prizes first, no matter how short or bad the reviews are?

Hey wait. That gives me an idea....


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So far, I haven't seen anyone whose been writing quick, cheap reviews of games as fast as possible. I doubt there will be 6 people in the 79 range. Anyone who cranks out poor reviews would be disqualified under the 'meaningful' rule, with that rule applied as a group by the authors.

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