Spring Thing 2021 question: Does a Github repo constitute a release?

Welcome to 2021 everybody!
My New Years resolution today was to write my first piece of parser IF.

I’m aiming to get it ready to be a submission to Spring Thing 2021.

The situation is this: Spring Thing rules say the game should be finished and tested. I hope to point testers to a public Github repository so they can get the latest code. My worry would be that I would disqualify myself by violating this clause:

Your work is considered unreleased if it has never been available for download at a public URL.

If the README of my public Github repo gives installation and play instructions for my testers, does that also not constitute a release under this definition?

Apologies to @aaronius if this gets to him late :slight_smile:


Hi Tundish, thanks for the interest. Yes, if the work is publicly available anywhere before the festival opens, including a Github repo, it doesn’t qualify for entry. You may be able to get around this issue by making your repo private/invite-only, and using a landing page other than the README of the repo to attract tester interest. This forum has also historically been a good place to look for testers!


Hi Aaron,

OK then, that does present something of a challenge but I’ll proceed accordingly.

Thanks for your prompt reply, and Happy New Year :smiley:

I’m hoping to take part in Spring Thing this year. I was about to submit an intent, and noticed that the link from the main page might not be correct. Intents to enter open should probably point to the Intent page.

Thanks tundish, but this is actually intentional! The link deliberately goes to the “Submit” page first, because I want people to have to have read through the full festival guidelines and rules before they find the link to actually submit their intent to enter. This is why I don’t directly link the Intent page anywhere except at the bottom of the rules.


I’m hoping to get to a point this week when I can decide if I’m ready to go or not.