I’ve heard that one minor IF event or the other is just over, so it’s time to announce:
THE ULTIMATE NOT NUMBERED NEW YEAR’S SPEED IF
(Yes, I do realize it has become more of a Minicomp. Deal with it.)
For those unfamiliar with this, the motivation behind it is to offer people a chance at writing a small work of IF at the end of the year. Traditionally, the rules have been very loosely defined. This year, we shun our humble Speed-IF origins even more and offer these two variants:
Take an example, any example from the I7 Documentation and expand it into a fullblown game. This has Emily’s explicit permission. (The idea was proposed by Juhana Leinonen).
Write whatever game you like, in any system you like. (Take note of the CF announcement below).
Any approach that lies between the two is also okay.
If you’re thinking “So am I allowed to…” the answer is „yes“.
If you’re in need of some inspiration, Juhana has also updated his IF Name Generator which can be found here : nitku.net/if/namegenerator/.
Start planning and coding no sooner than December 1st.
I briefly entertained hopes of an NPC-heavy romance plot corresponding to an I7 example, a name-generator title and the mechanics of indie RPG Shooting the Moon, but have now resorted to something based on a very tiny example, ridiculously expanded.
Seems pretty natural – in the course of a mountain climb, you want to break down the reserve of your prospective sweetie* by acting out imaginative pantomimes which your respective robots will repeat for you. It’ll be just like Questionable Content.
*I’m not clear whether the rules mean that she has to be a nun, but if so, fine she’s a nun.
Neat idea! I’ve often found myself thinking about those scenarios, dreaming up ways that the stories might go.
Well, there’s always Spring Thing…
You must infiltrate the secret cloister of kung fu nuns atop Mt. Rainier. To win the game, some concerted misbehaviour will be necessary. Of course, misbehaviour is forbidden within the cloister, but luckily robots are exempt from the rules (since they lack free will, they are not held accountable), so the main puzzles revolve around programming a robot to cooperate on the mischief.
Just to let you know, I’m thinking of trying to actually sit down and make a little short piece I’ve been thinking about before but which I haven’t started coding. It’s not based off of an example or inspired by the IF name generator (except perhaps subconsciously).
This isn’t out of place, is it? I get the feeling everybody else is going with expanding examples.
Note that the 25th Ludum Dare gamemaking competition is this weekend. The rules are that you make a game in 48 hours, starting Friday evening (in the States, at least), all by yourself. (There is a relaxed “Jam” version that allows an extra day and any number of teammates.) So you could make a game that does dual-duty as an LD entry and a Speed IF entry, if you like. [emote]:)[/emote]