This jam is now over. It ran from 2023-02-02 23:00:00 to 2023-02-26 22:59:59. View 9 entries
This is a jam where you write a text adventure using PunyInform.
The theme was announced when the jam started, see below.
Eight games entered into the competition. One game, The Fantasy Dimension by Johan Berntsson, entered the jam outside the competition. There were a total of 64 eligible votes from ten judges, with the games getting 7-10 votes each. Each game was judged with a single question: "Rate your overall enjoyment of the game" and the scale was 1 to 10 with 10 being the best. The final score for each game is the average rating given to it by the judges. These are the results:
|1||Submarine Sabotage||Garry Francis||8,14|
|2||Strike Force||Christopher Drum||7,50|
|4||Lucid Night||Dee Cooke||7,29|
|5||Falling to Pieces||Gianluca Girelli||5,71|
|7||Sea Coral||Jeff Greer||5,67|
|8||A Clean Getaway||Michael Bub||4,25|
3 February: The theme is announced
26 February: Last day to submit games
27 February - 12 March: Voting
13 March: Winners are announced.
All times are for timezone CET (GMT + 1).
You write your game in an object oriented programming language on a modern PC (typically running Windows, MacOS or Linux). The programming language is called Inform 6, and the library used is called PunyInform. The library contains an advanced parser, a world model and definitions for common verbs etc. You load up a template for an empty game, and start adding your own locations, objects, new verbs, replies and behaviours.
You compile your game to a Z-code file, which can then be made playable both online and on pretty much any computer from the eighties and on, right up to modern PCs. There is no support for graphics, only text.
Anyone can be a judge. Authors are not allowed to vote on their own games, or try to influence the voting of others. Voting is done using Google Forms . A judge has to vote on at least three different games.
At the end of 12 March, voting ends.
Voting link: https://forms.gle/s3UxGrQi5GEbHAS66
We also welcome participants who want to join the jam, develop a game, but not have it judged. Judges are asked to rank these games as N/A, but to use the opportunity to write a few lines on what they thought about the game, to help the author improve the game, or learn something before writing their next game. Feedback given through the voting form is sent privately to the author.
The game must start in or at an airlock.
We strongly encourage entrants to:
Again, we can't stress this enough: You need to have your game thoroughly tested by others who have previous experience of text adventures. Listen to their feedback and use it to make the game better. If the testers can't figure out how to solve a puzzle, maybe you need to make it easier. If the testers think it makes sense to use a certain verb in a situation, consider adding it, either as a new way to solve a puzzle, or to get a clue how to solve the puzzle, or just get a tailor-made response to show that you've thought of it and recognize it's a sensible thing to try.
We strongly encourage judges to:
As a bare minimum, the games have to be supplied in Z-code format, e.g. mygame.z3 or mygame.z5.
We recommend entrants make the game playable online, e.g. at https://borogove.io/ .
Entrants may also supply the game in a format playable on retro platforms, perhaps by using https://microheaven.com/ozmooonline/ to build disk images for Commodore computers.
There's a series of tutorials for PunyInform under "Articles" on the PunyInform home page.
Intfiction.org has a lively forum with lots of skilled and helpful people. This is a good place to get advice on text adventure authoring, on development systems, and a place to get beta-testers. Questions that relate to PunyInform development are typically posted in Authoring | Inform 6, with a PunyInform tag.
There is a PunyInform Discord server, where you can get technical support, talk about plot and story, or just hang out and chat.
More prize donations are welcome. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to donate.
The organizers of this jam are Fredrik Ramsberg and Johan Berntsson. You can reach us at email@example.com
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