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Author Topic: [Game Chef 2009] Mark Your Calendars for Aug 31  (Read 4259 times)
Jonathan Walton
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« on: August 21, 2009, 11:47:05 AM »

Game Chef 2009 will start on Monday, Aug 31.  This should allow folks to finish and submit whatever they're doing for Jake's contest.

The weekend before, Aug 29-30, I will release info about the structure of the contest, but not the ingredients or theme.

Game Chef 2009 will accept competed games on four different deadlines:

- Monday Sept 7 (one week later),
- Monday Sept 14 (two weeks later),
- Wednesday Sept 30 (the last day of the month), and
- right before the start of Game Chef 2010 (approx. one year later).

Participating chefs are encouraged to use these submission dates as milestones, interpreting them as they like (for example, I might do something like "basic playtest draft, revised draft, alpha, beta") and, furthermore, to resubmit games that have been significantly revised or improved between submission dates. Submitting games requires emailing me a link to a location where the game can be downloaded or purchased (yes, you can sell your GC games if you want, that's none of my business, though I don't necessarily suggest it, especially before the One Year deadline).

Note that, of course, you can just submit your game once and walk away.  There's no need to continue to develop a game that you may or may not be fully invested in, but some very vague structure will exist for those who do want to continue after the first week or two.

Cheers!  I will post more details on the structure of the contest and link to the new website as we get closer to the start date.
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Jonathan Walton
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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2009, 10:17:06 PM »

Hey Folks,

The new website for Game Chef 2009 is now live, including details on how to participate in the social, community aspects of the challenge. The actual theme, ingredients, and submission guidelines will be posted late tomorrow night, when the contest gets fully under weigh, though there are some hints in the new site design.

http://gamechef.wordpress.com/

Enjoy and feel free to ask any questions here or, better yet, in the comments on the website where everyone can see them.

Best,
Jonathan
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Eero Tuovinen
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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2009, 04:34:50 AM »

You're putting a lot of work to this Jonathan, I for one appreciate it greatly. I especially like your history section. (Missing Little Game Chef from last spring, but perhaps it's not a real one?)

I'm also very excited of a new format, whether it sits well with me personally or not. On the one hand I'm happy with losing the extra forums (which basically seem to be too much of a hurdle for me when it comes to actually participating), on the other I'm not so sure about emphasizing long-term development in a competition that has always had its greatest strength in quick, innovative design. I hope you'll be making some noise when the secondary deadlines roll around, so as to encourage people to care about them. Could be that they'll work as a replacement for the judging, which I always found my favourite part of this contest.

A question: is it possible to give you a category on an existing blog instead of a whole new blog dedicated to this thing? I personally find it cluttersome to start a new blog for something as epheremal as this, however stupid that is with free bits and bytes. A personal aesthetic issue, that.
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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2009, 07:42:33 AM »

Hey Eero,

Rethinking things again, a category on an existing blog does seem perfectly reasonable, since you can do category feeds now.  I'm a bit loathe to reintroduce that option, since a bunch of folks have already created new blogs and I do like the idea of Game Chef being something you start fresh on, not something that's simply an outgrowth of your existing stuff.  So here's the deal: since you asked specifically, sure, we can work something out.  However, I'd like to avoid that as a general rule, at least for this year.  We'll give this a try and, for next year, I'll consider doing the category thing as part of the general instructions.

Jonathan
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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2009, 07:46:57 AM »

Is there any way to distinguish between a blog and a blog category anyway? I mean, if I just submit the feed for benlehman.livejournal.com/gamechef, doesn't that just look to the RSS reader like its own blog?

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Jonathan Walton
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« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2009, 07:55:28 AM »

Yup. There's no way for the aggregator to tell, I don't think, aside from maybe labeling it with the blog that it originally came from. Which means that folks wandering around your blog after discovering it through Game Chef might be like "WTF, pictures of kittens?" but I don't imagine that'll be a huge problem.  Still, I was also hoping to not privilege folks with long-running blogs too much, since they already have readership and may not need additional eyes on their design process.
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« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2009, 04:08:13 PM »

The theme and ingredients are up.  So it's on like Donkey Kong.
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« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2009, 03:02:24 AM »

Fantastic! I am intrigued. Very well done indeed.

- Frank
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« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2009, 10:47:13 PM »

I've noticed the RSS feed on the game chef site has a bias against my blog.  As in it won't show up the posts on the feeds.  They seem to instead go straight to archives not even showing my post over the feed.  That's rather upsetting.

http://jtarkpalmerwritings.weebly.com/the-gamechef-blog.html
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Jonathan Walton
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« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2009, 07:42:01 AM »

Hey Jonathan,

I honestly have no idea what's making your feed do that.  Here, for example, is its listing in the Combobulator:
http://plays-well.com/turk.png

...And that looks totally right to me, so I'm not sure why it's not aggregating your feed. Hmm.

Jonathan
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Tark
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« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2009, 12:59:56 PM »

Im going to make one more post on my blog and if it fails to show up as compared to posts that ahve been there a full day without going away I'll switch to a wordpress blog and get this straightened out.  I find that I'm valuing the actual social aspect of the contest more then any kind of reward I can derive from it and I'd like not to miss out.
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« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2009, 07:43:46 PM »

Okie dokie I've just put up a nice big post before bed.  If it doesn't look like it's feeding through the aggregator I'm going to chalk this up to the consequences of using Weebly's blog stuff and switch over to Wordpress to see if that helps.  I'll check back in the morning to see.
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Paul Czege
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« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2009, 07:46:41 PM »

Hey Jonathan,

I just put your feed through the feed validator at w3.org:

http://validator.w3.org/feed/check.cgi?url=http%3A%2F%2Fjtarkpalmerwritings.weebly.com%2F1%2Ffeed

I'm far from an RSS expert, but I wouldn't be surprised if the Missing atom:link with rel="self" thing isn't problematic for the aggregator.

Paul
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« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2009, 07:57:12 PM »

Hey Jonathan,

I just put your feed through the feed validator at w3.org:

http://validator.w3.org/feed/check.cgi?url=http%3A%2F%2Fjtarkpalmerwritings.weebly.com%2F1%2Ffeed

I'm far from an RSS expert, but I wouldn't be surprised if the Missing atom:link with rel="self" thing isn't problematic for the aggregator.

Paul

Possibly, but I wouldn't have the first clue as how to fix it with Weeblys blog stuff as I'm using the free stuff and have next to no knowledge of HTML to begin with.
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Paul Czege
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« Reply #14 on: September 08, 2009, 08:04:18 PM »

I'm not familiar with Weebly. Is there a configuration option to specify your feed url?

Paul
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