Update (July 21st, 2023):
Club Floyd is again open for betatesting. Please email ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) or DM me if you’re interested in having your game betatested by Club Floyd. We already have someone lined up for this Sunday, July 23rd, but future Sundays are unspoken for at the time of this update. If last year is any indication, the availability of slots tends to dissappear the closer we get to deadlines, so keep that in mind.
Hello everyone. Competitions and Jams are starting to pile up and beta-testing requests are expected to increase soon as well. So, to help folks meet competition deadlines, ifMUD’s ClubFloyd is offering to play through your beta. You would receive a transcript of not only gameplay, but also contemporaneous discussion and reactions from the group during that gameplay. Obviously, those taking part would be excluded from judging your game.
For those who don’t already know, ClubFloyd is a group of people that meet online every week to cooperatively play a game of interactive fiction. ClubFloyd has been around for nearly 15 years and has logged hundreds of gameplay transcripts.
ClubFloyd only meets on Sunday at 2pm Eastern (11am Pacific) in the ClubHouse on ifMUD, so if you’re interested, it would be best to respond soon before our availability dwindles.
Also, the games ClubFloyd plays absolutely must be programmed in ADRIFT, AGT, Choice Script, Glulx, Hugo, Inform, or TADS (2 or 3) because those are the only games that run on our bot, Floyd. With some additional work, we can make ‘Choice of Games’ games work. If your game runs on a different Engine, ClubFloyd will not be able to play your game. Sorry.
For anyone interested, please email email@example.com or DM me here. Please DO NOT reply here with an active link to your beta, as you may inadvertently disqualify yourself from whatever competition or jam you are currently participating in. Good luck, everyone!