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Don't read too much into the results of these sample spins! The method of picking rules is yet to be tweaked to its full potential, and until a good selection of rules have been added, it's rather meaningless.

Once the Rule-O-Matic has been spun for a final time, the authors of the selected rules will be contacted in order to add clarifications and last minute twists. They won't be allowed to do anything drastic, and to limit their advantage of a heads up, they won't know for sure which of the rules atually were selected. (For example, they may be notified that one of three specific rules have been selected.)

Here is a sample spin, with the following rules being chosen:

  1. Genre requirements

    Weather! (Great)

    Won't it stop raining?!

    Your game must be about, or very dependent on weather.

  2. Technical requirements

    There are 2 technical requirements:

    Translucency (Great)

    Your game must implement translucency somehow. Windows, ghosts, clouds, etc., are all fair game.

    Charged (Great)

    The player must be able to execute some type of action, move or attack that takes some time to charge up to maximum potential.

  3. Artistic requirements

    There is 1 artistic requirement:

    Dirty Industrial (OK)

    Your game must take place in an industrial setting with lots of grime and steam around, or contain industrial music.

  4. Bonus rules

    There are 2 bonus rules:

    Exactly What It Says on t (Good)

    A title should tell you what a game, level, or item is about or does. A racing game might be called "Driving Faster Than the Other Drivers", a level to a platform game might be "Jumping on Things and Collecting Coins While Avoiding Death", the Excalibur sword be called "Long Flat Sharp Weapon". No euphemisms, deception, or literary embellishment is allowed. Throughout your game, make sure that whatever happens, it's Exactly What It Says On The Tin.

    Act of Illuminati (Good)

    You may opt out of one other rule if you include a picture of yourself accessible via some secret within the game itself. This may be a secret area, key combination, menu item, etc. Instructions on how to unlock the secret must be hidden within your documentation file in any way you deem fit, as long as it is realistically decipherable.

  5. Other Important Info

    All entries must comply with all requirements except where nullified by Act of Dog.

    All entries must be submitted on or before 12:00 UTC on Monday 25th July without fail. All entries must be supplied in a ZIP file equal to or less than 250 KB in size. All source code, makefiles, documentation, and references to additional libraries used must be supplied in the ZIP file.

    You can assume that everyone will have a copy of Allegro (standard installation) installed. You do not need to supply one. It is okay to use a more recent version of Allegro, but if someone is unable to compile your game because of that, it's your fault. You should consider uploading binaries for people who have problems compiling the source onto your own website. I will be checking that the binary and source match up, so adding enhancements to the 'competition binary' is not permitted..

    If source code is reused from legal sources (your own, GPLed, public domain) you should declare this and what changes have been made, so that your work can be assessed for the voting.

    People should keep a informative and interesting account of their development through the competition. This can be sent after the competition for those people with no Internet access over the weekend. This does not affect your space requirement.

    A web-based "blog" update page will be available. This will allow spectators to see what is going on :-)

    You can make use of all information sources, mailing lists as you see fit. This is not an exam! :-)

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