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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

    Zombie (OK)

    Your game must include zombies in some way as a main part of the game.

  2. Technical requirements

    There are 2 technical requirements:

    Variable gravity (Excellent)

    The gravity in your game cannot be constant. (This implies that at least one object in your game must be under the influence of gravity).

    Non-linearity (Good)

    We have had enough of games where there is The One And Only Path to the success.

    Either the game should be possible to finish in many different ways, or the player should be given a good deal of freedom to move about and choose which quests or missions to pursue.

    In a nutshell: when you play the game another time but make different choices, the gameplay experience will also change in some essential way.

  3. Artistic requirements

    There are 2 artistic requirements:

    In Soviet Russia... (Great)

    Take a normal relationship between two things and turn it on its head.

    For example: In Soviet Russia, car drives you!

    Mutation (Good)

    Something needs to mutate.

  4. Bonus rules

    There are 2 bonus rules:

    Act of Generosity (Mediocre)

    You may omit one technical or artistic requirement from your game.

    Act of Pacifism (Great)

    You may opt out of one rule if your game involves no violence whatsoever (cartoon or otherwise)

  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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