IFComp 2022 Deadlines! Prize donation ideas!

  • September 28: The last date that authors can upload their games to the competition site. Everyone starts counting down the hours, eager to explore all the new IFfy goodness.
  • October 1: The games are released to the public, and the judging period begins.
  • November 15: All votes must be submitted by the end of the day. The competition results are announced shortly afterwards. Prize choosing and distribution begins.

There are two tags that can be applied to messages on this forum: #ifcomp-2022 for general overall Comp discussion and #ifcomp-2022-game for reviews and discussion specific games for people who like to filter out reviews and avoid spoilers or search specifically for discussion in a specific year.

The Colossal Fund and physical prize pools are open for donations. Even if you don’t wish to donate monetarily, thoughtful physical prizes are also appreciated. Many people have offered used books they have - such as Aaron Reed’s Inform 7 tome which is out of print and difficult to find. I’ve got a copy sitting on my shelf I might need to offer… Or if you’ve got a Wishbringer stone cluttering up your kitchen drawer…someone might love to have it!

If you don’t like packing and shipping, many will offer new books or other artifacts by using a website to ship directly. In past years, people have even created custom fragrances through artisan perfume websites as a prize. Your creativity is the only limit! You can use print-on-demand to make and ship something remotely like a coffee mug or a t-shirt or shower curtains with a game’s logo. I made coffee-cup feelies for my own game using RedBubble and sent them as gifts, and there are many options.

You can offer “services” such as a custom artwork or music by you for the person who chooses your prize. These can be game-related or not, such as character artwork or music for the author’s entry or even their next game…

If you use Amazon you can set up the Interactive Fiction Technology Foundation as your charity so every purchase donates a bit to IFTF if you purchase through the Amazon Smile site (same login as your Amazon account) AmazonSmile: You shop. Amazon gives. Here’s what I’ve done just buying toilet paper and USB cables over the years! If you order via Amazon Smile this happens automatically.

AmazonSmile provides general donations to IFTF that keeps many services you enjoy funded and running - this forum, IFComp in general, IFDB, IFWiki, IFArchive, and many more.

The Colossal Fund is a separate donation specifically for IFComp that the IFTF curates. Use the link on the IFComp website above to donate directly to the Colossal Fund.


To be clear, all donations to IFTF land in the same bank account[*]. We just use Colossal Fund as an accounting bucket to decide “how much money are we dedicating to IFComp prizes this year.”

[* One bank account, one Paypal account, really.]


But yes! Amazon Smile works. Paypal “give out checkout” works. Employer donation matching will work.

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I don’t seem to be able to choose IFTF (trying various searches for the name words) in my Smile on UK Amazon. Maybe the charities available are restricted/localised to individual Amazons. I am seemingly only seeing UK charities come up in my searches.

This does remind me though that I still have to donate some funds to the Colossal Fund. So off to do that now!

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Just bumping this thread since it seems an opportune moment, as we all wait for the games to be released tomorrow. The Colossal Fund is going strong but would be awesome to see it hit the goal early in the comp period.

And for folks not able to donate money, as Hanon says there are lots of low- or no-cost alternatives – honestly, the prize pool is looking farther behind than the Fund so could probably use more deonations. Beyond sharing old books or games, I think/hope the “expert services” category is pretty broad and potentially fun . Like, after seeing how a lot of authors got a kick out of seeing their work crop up in my Cragne Manor Let’s Play thread, I decided to inflict offer an annotated playthrough, and I’m sure there are lots of other cool ideas authors would appreciate that don’t necessarily involve having like, real, marketable skills.


Hmmm… now I’m tempted to donate…maybe… coding a customized UI for a browser-based game? I’m not sure how I would describe the scope though. Capped at “things I think I could build in 8 or 10 hours?” But those are always fun, like the wiki layout/index for Excalibur, or the Ink dialogue-boxes over a faux VGA CRT with ASCII splash screens that I coded for another project, or the several other smaller interface bits that I’ve done…


Just bumping since it looks like the Colossal Fund is only $20 short of the $10k goal – someone can be a hero and put us over the top!


Just so you know, I only update the web page every day or so. It would be a shame if a dozen people each donate that last $20 overnight. :)

(The goal is just a number anyhow. We’ll take any amount.)