Announcing: Text Adventure Literacy Jam 2022

Hello everyone,

I’m back with this years Text Adventure Literacy Jam (TALP). This gamejam encourages authors to create beginner friendly text adventure games with inbuilt tutorials so that absolute beginners can enjoy immediately.

Game design should focus on three key areas (1) Beginner onboarding to the genre. (2) Grabbing and holding attention span for players used to faster paced games. (3) An amazing puzzle and/or story experience.

Juggling all three is key.

This years jam relaxes some of the more opinionated rules from last year. Last year although any implementation system could be used, only verb noun games were permitted.

This year, any type of parser is supported, but you should identify the parser type at the start of the game.

The competition is tucked out of the way, so as not to overlap with ParserComp, and mostly does not overlap Spring Thing, and is in the same slot as last year.

Sentient Beings (by Tristin Grizel Dean), TALP 2021 1st Place

Barry Basic And The Great Escape (by Dee Cooke), TALP 2021 2nd Place

Reflections by Grizel (by Tristin Grizel Dean), TALP 2021 3rd Place

Regards,

Chris

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Many new prizes have been added to the Text Adventure Literacy Jam (2022), with a significant cash donation from the ifMUD community. Thank you very much to that community.

Placement Prizes (PL)

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PL1 - 1st Place Prize - $200 USD

The first place prize is $200 USD.

(Many thanks to the ifMUD community for donating the majority of the cash prizes, with additional donation by Adventuron Software Limited).

PL2 - Second Place Prize - Raspberry Pi 400.

The Raspberry Pi 400 is a standalone Linux desktop computer, with integrated keyboard, wifi, bluetooth, 4GB memory.

Donated by Adventuron Software Limited

Participation Prize Draw ¶

The participation prizes are distributed via prize draw at the end of the competition. Players that chose a placement prize will be excluded from the prize draw competition unless there are more prizes than players. (See full rules in rules section)

PA1 / PA2 / PA3 - $50USD (Three prizes of $50 USD)

Three placement prizes of $50.

(Many thanks to the ifMUD community for donating the majority of the cash prizes, with additional donation by Adventuron Software Limited).

PA4 - Raspberry Pi 4 2GB

The fourth revision of the famous single board computer (2GB RAM version). Compatible with Adventuron Classroom.

Donated by Adventuron Software Limited

(Picture by Michael Henzler, Wikipedia Commons, License: CC BY-SA 4.0. NOTE: Pictured Raspberry Pi 4 is representative but may not be the 2GB model.)

PA5 - The Classic Adventurer - Special Edition (x 1)

Classic Adventurer - Special Edition - physical copy (donated by Mark Hardisty)

Classic Adventurer - Special Edition - physical copy (donated by Mark Hardisty)

Classic Adventurer is the premier text-adventure bookazine. Ideal for the coffee table of classic adventurers.

Features interviews with classic text adventure and new text adventure authors, beautiful layout and artwork, and interesting features on the subject of text adventure games.

Thanks again to author Mark Hardisty for this donation, and all prior donations.

PA6/PA7 - Raspberry Pi Pico (each prize is one Pi Pico)

The Raspberry Pi Pico is a powerful microcontroller, newly released in 2021.

Fun because there is ‘only’ 264 Kilobytes of RAM, and ‘only’ two 133Mhz ARM cores. Super useful for learning Python / C or for working with hardware projects.

Donated by Adventuron Software Limited

NOTE: This is two individual prizes of one RPi Pico each.

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Wow, nice! Last year’s jam was really strong with a lot of games to like. I’d be happy if this year’s was as good.

I won’t be submitting anything, but I want to make an effort to judge, again. Hope others do too, or at least vote.

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A VERY nice selection of prizes. The RPi hardware is actually better than the cash. They are sometimes in short supply.

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The prizes have actually been updated. There are now 13 prizes, including over $500 of cash prizes. Plus the Pis and Classic Adventurer.

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