Author Topic: 7DRL Challenge: How finished is finshed?  (Read 16490 times)

magellan

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7DRL Challenge: How finished is finshed?
« on: March 10, 2010, 09:50:13 PM »
Things are going suprisingly well with "Generic Fantasy Thingy"!

But with halftime almost past, I start to think that I might not be able to put in everything I wanted to. So I ask myself: Are there any clear cut rules what constitutes a success?
Bugfree is propably impossible if you don't limit yourself very, very much (and/or use a lot of libraries)
Winnable? Propably should be there
Is dieable enough?
Any pointers on where I am supposed to post on saturday? :)

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Re: 7DRL Challenge: How finished is finshed?
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2010, 02:11:41 AM »
You post to RGRD, and RGR-announce if you win. I think with over 70 entries what is a 'win' will be an open question :).

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Re: 7DRL Challenge: How finished is finshed?
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2010, 04:49:34 AM »
Yes, got that part.
rgrd if I fail, rgra if I succeed. (poor rgra mod...)
Just wondering if there are any rules of thumb for the borderline "I got 1 monster, and had to cut the magic system from my game about wizards" cases.

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Re: 7DRL Challenge: How finished is finshed?
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2010, 05:04:47 AM »
Probably the best rule of thumb is to quickly browse some of the 2009 entries (find them on Roguebasin). You'll see a wide range, but most are a game with a start/middle/end.

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Re: 7DRL Challenge: How finished is finshed?
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2010, 11:44:23 AM »
i haven't started yet but i guess i will have a moving bitmap, some monsters and a goal (kill all monsters) - finish.  ;D

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Re: 7DRL Challenge: How finished is finshed?
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2010, 12:40:58 PM »
Completeness is the criteria, but it's up to the developer to decide if his game is or not complete.

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Re: 7DRL Challenge: How finished is finshed?
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2010, 01:13:25 AM »
I think ultimately it should be both winnable and losable and entertaining in some way.  As a roguelike it should be more losable than winnable, which also helps boost the third criteria  :)

I remember when first developing Gruesome I went from having a simple character exploring random caves, to a character exploring random caves and avoiding spinning lighthouses.  This small change made a big difference - it was suddenly fun to play and very challenging, and had both win and lose conditions.  It was all I needed to justify releasing it, and in spite of its simplicity no one has ever questioned its status as a game.

Ultimately of course it comes down to the developer what he classes as complete.  Out of the 25 "successes" last year I remember 2 in particular that didn't really qualify as proper completions, and the developers themselves admitted so after I reviewed them.