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Blue_Satyr
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2012 Mini-Comp - 2011/12/15 22:51 The holidays are almost here and its beginning to feel like mini-comp planning time again.

And early word on it?
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Re:2012 Mini-Comp - 2011/12/17 03:23 I'm sure we'll have one, but what with the newsletter mostly shutting down we haven't been as organised as we were in past. BBBen's Games
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Re:2012 Mini-Comp - 2012/01/27 14:32 I'd like to express my interest in the 2012 minicomp.
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Re:2012 Mini-Comp - 2012/02/27 18:45 I'd like to be involved as well, whenever this starts. I'm new to making IF games, but I think it could be a learning experience as well as an incentive to actually finish a game instead of abandoning it halfway through for something new.
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Re:2012 Mini-Comp - 2012/03/05 17:57 I have a sneaking feeling that the MiniComp may be DOA. Maybe I'm wrong but I don't know?

My advice to all the authors whom wanted to give a game a go, DO IT! No restrictions and no pressure from having voters. Small games are perfectly fine, very few authors have the energy or inclination to make big blockbusters and that is just fine.

What would be nice is some feedback for new games. Guys, and Gals, if you play a new game you should at least comment on it. Writing a review would even be better.
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Re:2012 Mini-Comp - 2012/03/06 01:43 There's a discussion over on the Yahoo AIF Archive about this. I think we'd all generally like to see the minicomp happen, but Purple Dragon, who has been running it for a while, is now not so involved with AIF any more. Therefore we need to find someone who'll run it. The people that used to run all this stuff are all pretty much gone or semi-retired from AIF with the exception, I suppose, of me, and I'm not going to do it because I'm working on PAF (and not really interested anyway). BBBen's Games
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Re:2012 Mini-Comp - 2012/03/10 07:32 Yes Virginia, there is a Mini-comp this year.

2012 Mini-comp submission rules are as follows:

• Your game must have five or fewer rooms. Closets do not count as rooms so long as they're just places to store things. If your player is required to spend more than a couple of turns in a closet, it counts as a room.
• Your game may have no more than four characters, including the player-character(s). No more than two of those characters may participate interactively in sex scenes. This is an expansion on previous years' rules and allows the PC to be a non-participant or voyeur while the two non-player characters have sex, and also allows the game to switch the PC from one character to another.
• As an exception to the above rule, cutscenes will be allowed under certain circumstances. In this case, I am defining a cutscene as a single block of text of any length triggered by a single command (or event, randomly, whatever). For instance, you might "look through telescope" to spy on your neighbors having sex, or "watch dvd" to see some porn. The participants in these scenes can be either one or more of the four characters that you are allowed or merely background characters. In either case, each character can only be involved in a single sexually explicit cutscene (unless of course they are one of your two sexually active characters).
• Another use for cutscenes might be to sketch in background information or develop the story or characterization. A character can appear in any number of these types of cutscenes, provided there is no sexual content involved. Although I am putting no limit on either of the above types of cutscenes I urge you to use discretion in adding them. A few can add some very nice flavor to a game, but too many will not only increase the scope of the game beyond the spirit (if not the letter) of the rules, but can also become cumbersome for the player to weed through.
• Multimedia (images and sounds) are permitted, but may not add more than 150KB to the native (unzipped) size of the game file.
• No part of your game can have been released to the public before the deadline.
• Your game must be winnable (or at least it must have an ending that the player can reach).

Mini-comp submission procedures are as follows:

• The submission deadline is 9:00 a.m. CST Monday, May 21, 2012.
• I will be available to help beta-test your game. Beta-testing is strongly encouraged but not required. If you are looking for a beta tester please consult the following link for a list of people who have agreed to test games. http://newsletter.aifcommunity.org/index.php?id=beta.html
• I will collect the entries by e-mail and post them at the normal places after the deadline. Send your entry to aifsubmissions AT gmail DOT com (obscured to prevent spam).
• Authors should send a walkthrough with their entry. The walkthrough will be used by comp organizers to verify the game can be won and to provide hints for players.

Voting procedures are as follows:

• Everyone, including entrants, will be allowed to vote.
• Voters will have approximately two weeks to play all the games and vote. The voting deadline will be announced when the games are released.
• Voting will be conducted by online ballot. It will be set up to rank each game in order of preference in each category. Rather than rank the entire list of games, only the top three or five will be ranked in each category. If the total number of games submitted is 3-6, then the top three will be ranked. If we receive more than 6 games, then the top 5 will be ranked.
• Discussion of the games during the voting period will be allowed.
• Authors will not be permitted to post updates of their games during the voting period.

Voters will be asked to judge all the games in the following categories:

• Concept. Is it a good idea for a mini-comp game? Does it work well with the set limits? Does it feel complete or more like a game fragment?
• Writing. How well-written is it? Do the settings have the atmosphere that the author seems to be after?
• Characters. Do the characters 'come to life'? How sexy are they?
• Sex. How hot are the sex scenes?
• Technical. How many bugs are there? What neat tricks did the author invent?
• Enjoyment. How much did you like the game?
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Re:2012 Mini-Comp - 2012/03/10 09:56 Sorry to doubt you, PD. I had figured since you hadn't announced anything yet you weren't too interested, but I did figure you'd turn up sooner or later. BBBen's Games
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Re:2012 Mini-Comp - 2012/03/12 08:04 I'm new to the AIF scene and I'm very excited about the contest, although I'm a little bit confused on part of the rules.

Your game may have no more than four characters, including the player-character(s). No more than two of those characters may participate interactively in sex scenes. This is an expansion on previous years' rules and allows the PC to be a non-participant or voyeur while the two non-player characters have sex, and also allows the game to switch the PC from one character to another.

This means that I can have 4 players, only two of which can have sex? For instance if I have Bob (PC), John, Erin, & Laura, and Bob & Erin are the two sex characters, the only person the PC (Bob) can have sex with is Erin?

Thanks!
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Re:2012 Mini-Comp - 2012/03/15 14:52 Yes, that's right. At least when it comes to interactive sex scenes (a traditional "full" sex scene). BBBen's Games
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