ShuffleComp: IF Mixtape 2014
Building The Least Coherent Playlist Ever
ShuffleComp is an interactive fiction game jam / minicomp. After the manner of Apollo 18+20, participants will write games based on music tracks - the difference here is that, rather than working to cover an entire album, participants will each submit a list of songs, receive a different shuffled-up list in return - much like the SpeedIF Jacket events - and from those, pick a song to act as a prompt for writing a game.
That sounds more complicated than it is. Short version: you send me (magadog, gmail) a list of eight songs. I shuffle all the submitted lists up and send everyone a random selection. You pick one song from that selection and you make a game inspired by it; then you submit it to me, it’s published under a pseudonym, and we vote for the best games.
By April 9, choose no more than eight songs and email the list to me. (magadog, gmail.)
- The songs must be available online, in public, in full and for free. (Free here entails ‘no signup required’.) Tracks available on YouTube are strongly preferred. Include a URL.
- Your selection should not include more than two songs per artist.
- It’ll make my life a little simpler if you use the format ARTIST - SONG TITLE - URL.
With this, you should also submit eight (or so) pseudonyms for other participants to use. These pseudonyms should not be the names or handles of existing game authors, because that would be super rude. But otherwise do what you want. When you write your game, you’ll (at least initially) do so under a pseudonym.
Email your selection to me, together with appropriate links (magadog, gmail.) I’ll shuffle the results up and send a playlist to each participant.
Lists will be handed out by the end of April 10. The deadline for submitting your game will be May 1. After that, there’ll be a short testing period; final versions must be submitted by May 12, and the games will be published shortly thereafter. (There is no requirement to use all of this time; if you write your game in an afternoon, that’s fine.)
FAQ and detailed rules below!