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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

    ...Tycoon (Good)

    Game should revolve around building something up and striving for supremacy. Doesn't have to work in the traditional sense of other tycoon games. A street fighter could build up a reputation, a disease could build up colonies of bacteria, etc.

  2. Technical requirements

    There are 2 technical requirements:

    Single-Screen (Good)

    Your game must take place all on one screen.

    Weakening (Good)

    The player must become less powerful over time.
    Let the player start with good resources that degrades or gets lost as he makes progress through the game.

    Example: If you make an RPG, you can let the protagonist lose strength instead of making the enemies stronger.

  3. Artistic requirements

    There is 1 artistic requirement:

    Post-mortem (Great)

    After each game over, make the game include a short post-mortem report about the actions of the player in this play-through.

    This can be a simple report stating the number of times a player did something, or a more complete analysis like the ones found in most reoguelikes.

  4. Bonus rules

    There is 1 bonus rule:

    Act of Chewbacca (Great)

    You can opt out of one rule if your game contains no verbal communication at all. Your game can't use words, but it can still use symbols, icons and descriptive sound effects.

  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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