Z-Comp#1 is now open to enter! Go on ifMUD, enter apartment 11011, and then go northwest. (Important Note: Failure to follow the theme isn’t grounds for disqualification, although your score may go down if you don’t follow it. If you get good scores in the other categories, then it shouldn’t matter so much, though. Feel free to completely ignore the theme if you want to!)
If you have any interest in the Z-machine (or just text adventure games in general), please enter! (Knowledge of siderotil isn’t required; it is simply a “suggested theme” which will earn you a small number of extra points if you do happen to understand it.)
It was a bad joke, I admit. I was basically saying if you don’t understand aqueous sulphate thingies (which I don’t) it seems unlikely you’d be intelligent enough to be able to use a computer. So yeah, I was being silly.
Being serious though, yay comp! More detail would be appreciated, though. Would it suffice to just write a game in Inform 7 and enter it, or do we need to fiddle around with the Z-machine settings etc?
No offense Mr. or Mrs. zzo38. This is an unnecessary complicated way to go about this. I am not willing to look into the software I need to connect to a MUD. I am not willing to get an account there. All this just to participate in your comp. I am deeply sorry. This is too much trouble. I hope you understand.
Well, no-one held a gun to your head. [emote]:P[/emote]
Sorry if I was too blunt, I kept thinking of a nicer way to put it but this is the best I could come up with. Participation in any comp is always voluntary, and if there’s something about the rules you don’t like you are free not to participate without apologising or even mentioning it to the comp organiser. It’d be like saying you don’t want to enter this competition because you only know how to use TADS and don’t want to learn a new language. Or SpeedIFs, which I understand take place in the MUD.
While I’m here, a quick thought that’s been in my head since I saw the rules for this comp - man, this is one technical comp.
Quite right. I felt the need to comment about the convoluted way this comp is organized. I feel it is detrimentral to peoples desire to enter it. I was hoping that zzo38 might change his or her mind about this.
If your computer is not Windows, you probably have netcat already installed; that is one way to connect to ifMUD. If you do have Windows, then you probably have a web-browser installed and can use that to connect to ifMUD (although using a separate program is preferred). Often for some IF competition you might need some account anyways; with Z-Comp you can just use the same ifMUD account that you might already have. But it really doesn’t seem convoluted to me this way. You are allowed to have your own opinion though if you want to. If you do need help to enter then I am capable to help you with it too. (Also, in case you didn’t know: If you are disqualified, you are always forgiven next time; disqualification isn’t forever.)
I did not say it was impossible or hard. Convoluted. Normally you just mail your entry to the organizer. Or you upload it somewhere. There is no benefit of doing it through IfMud. You do not need an entry form. Even IF Comp does not need IF MUD. Or an entry form.
If I may ask, what was the original intent of this form and stuff? Was it to keep with the theme of the comp? Was there a specific reason why it would not have been good just to accounce the comp on, say, this forum and RAIF and a few other choice places, and manage it through PMs?
In short, does it HAVE to be this way? Other, simpler ways are tried and true. Spring Thing, IntroComp and Andromeda Legacy Comp never had any problems with them…