Now that IF Comp 2023 is over, it’s time to announce Text Adventure Literacy Jam 2024. We’re getting in early this year, as there are a few important changes.
What is it?
This is the fourth Text Adventure Literacy Jam and is again being hosted by @Warrigal and @pinkunz. This is an annual event that supports the Text Adventure Literacy Project (TALP) by encouraging new text adventures (or parser-based interactive fiction) suitable for beginners to the genre. As such, the games encourage best practice in parser-based interactive fiction, like no guess-the-verb, no sudden death and polite to moderate on the cruelty scale. Games must also include an in-game tutorial to teach new players how to play this style of game. There have been some great games in the first three years of the competition and we’re hoping for more this year.
Changes this year
The rules are pretty much the same as last year, except that we have clarified a few things related to the use of AI content, ability to submit a finished IntroComp game and the need to include a downloadable version of the game for offline play and submission to the IF Archive. The rationale and further explanation of all the rules are cross-referenced in the guidelines.
This year, we have an optional theme. The theme is ‘Fairy tale’. Who doesn’t like a fairy tale, right? You are not obligated to use the theme, but, if you do, the competition’s home page provides a few ideas for you to mull over.
Most importantly, the competition has been pulled forward a month to minimise overlaps with other comps. This overlaps with the end of Spring Thing, but avoids the overlap with ParserComp. Authoring and judging periods may overlap with various comps, but that can’t be helped.
See the competition’s home page (link above) for full details and join the Discord server for general news and chit chat.
Submissions open: Friday, 1 March 2024
Submissions close: Tuesday, 30 April 2024
Voting opens: Wednesday, 1 May 2024
Voting closes: Friday, 31 May 2024
Results announced: Saturday, 1 June 2024
So, what are you waiting for? We’ve given you plenty of notice, so get those thinking caps on and start planning your TALJ game.
As an extra incentive, there will be some great prizes. There are already prizes worth around US$400 (which is more than last year) and we are actively soliciting for more. If you can donate something, please contact @Warrigal or @pinkunz. Prizes do not have to be cash. They may be T-shirts, books, computer games, vouchers or anything else that is likely to appeal to text adventure authors. See the IF Comp and Spring Thing prize contributions if you’re looking for ideas.