After tinkering around a bit, it seems like wordcounter.io DOES count special characters, unlike the counter on the 200 Word RPG website. So no ASCII art for me.
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Thank you! Pac-Man was certainly an inspiration. I'm a bit surprised myself at how good the AI turned out. I was originally going to use game maker's built-in path finding, but couldn't quite figure out a solution I was comfortable with, so I wrote my own "path finding" in around 20 lines. They get stuck, but they're still hard to evade.
I like writing music for gamejams. It allows me to exercise what I learned in a music theory class years ago.