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Aronax's Shortventure Contest 2017
« on: September 29, 2017, 07:16:36 PM »

Welcome to the first annual Shortventure Contest! Please read everything below to understand the rules and what needs to be done to enter. I hope you all have fun.

Discord Link: https://discord.gg/QejgbSV

Each year, there is going to be a theme, and for this year the theme will be:
The judges:
Aronax (me)

ALL games produced through this contest will have a written review and will be critiqued in detail by each judge in the contest. This can be good if you are new to making fangames or if you want some feedback from some respected creators of the community.
Guidelines for participating:
1. The theme "Growth" can be interpreted in any way you want, it's meant to inspire you. You don't have to take "obvious" routes or do the first thing that comes to mind. Be creative!
2. We recommend your game have 10min - 1 hour of gameplay. You wont be able to make an I Wanna Find My Destiny type game in a month. Remember: Quality over quantity!
3. Your game's difficulty should be between 10 - 40 on the Delfruit scale.
4. The term "Adventure game" means different things to different people, but this contest is generally adventure-themed. Just don't submit a pure needle game or a Miku avoidance.
6. Submit your game by November 1st!
7. Please enable debug mode on your entry in case there are bugs.
8. Include a README explaining how to play your game if you think players may get stuck.
Minimum and maximum difficulty reference:
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Judging categories:
Overall - The overall fun value of your game and how closely it represents an adventure game.
Theme - How well the theme was integrated, aswell as creativity.
Level Design - Creativity of your overall design, including any potential boss fights.
Atmosphere - Production value, environment and setting.
Audio - Fitting music for the environment, aswell as good use of sound effects.
Each category will have rankings, with "Overall" determining the overall rankings. 1st place overall will win the cash prize of $50 (or anything equivalent to that). There will be a Top 3 of each category released. And #1, #2, and #3 Overall, and #1 of the other categories will receive a shoutout on Delfruit with your own custom message.
Judging will finish one week after the deadline, so November 8th. After that date, you are free to release your game to the wiki / work on it some more / do whatever you like.
Here are some other tips from the judges regarding the actual creation of your games. Remember these are not mandatory, but they will help:
1. Saves on the ground.
2. Skippable cut-scenes.
3. Sound effect, this just helps to give the game more life.
4. Get someone to play test before submitting it.
5. Theme can be interpreted in any way you want. Doesn't have to mean one specific thing.
6. Consider having a volume check.
7. Think outside the needle genre.
8. Make sound stereo not mono.
9. Make the music fit the screens.
10. Avoid generic random flying spikes.
If you are struggling to find any resources to use, consider checking the websites below as they are full of useful sprites and sounds to help throughout development:
Useful wesbites:
If you are relatively new to fangames and would like to join in on this contest, Klazen has a fangame creation tutorial, that can be found here: http://klazen.com/IWBTG/tutorial/dev_tutorial.html
« Last Edit: October 04, 2017, 01:42:28 PM by Aronax »
Don't ask me to test bosses. It will always be a no.

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Re: Aronax's Shortventure Contest 2017
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2017, 07:29:10 PM »
Excited to be a judge for this! I may also participate myself, we'll see. Good luck to everyone participating!

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Re: Aronax's Shortventure Contest 2017
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2017, 07:44:01 PM »
Hype! Good luck everyone

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Re: Aronax's Shortventure Contest 2017
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2017, 09:36:04 PM »
just translated to Chinese community, expect for some new participants here ^w^/