This, I suspect, may be the one item that needs discussion and a firm decision (which will almost certainly not please everyone, but I will try).
Typical rule of most IF competitions is that the game you are entering must not have been released and/or made publicly available prior to the competition.
Seemingly a straight forward enough criteria, how strictly is this typically applied? For example, if an author is using GitHub or one of the many alternatives and a limited number of people have been assisting them in some form (be it coding, testing etc) then is this still allowed or typically not allowed?
I’ll start. My intention, unless the discussion that follows here sways me (and it may, that’s the beauty of discussion ), is to allow games to be entered into ParserComp which have been (are being) developed in a Hub somewhere providing it hasn’t been announced and/or promoted in forums etc.
So if you have a small group of trusted people who are working with you, even if the Hub is open, then my current view is that this is fine.
My rationale is that in reality the odds of a game being developed in this way artificially inflating a games chances of winning are minimal. In reality, it likely won’t “boost” or “promote” a game unfairly providing it hasn’t been promoted or regularly discussed in a forum.
That said, let me have your thoughts on this now so we hear from all sides.