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General Category => Game Coding Competitions => Topic started by: Qube on January 08, 2019, 01:40:46 AM

Title: Winner of Code a game competition - Nov / Dec 2018
Post by: Qube on January 08, 2019, 01:40:46 AM
We have our winners. Every entry is a winner :))

The top three winners are :

(https://www.syntaxbomb.com/images/fl1.png)   1st place winner :
  Title : Bah Humbug!
  Author : Xerra
  Link : https://www.syntaxbomb.com/index.php/topic,5004.msg21711.html#msg21711
  Vote points : 1st = 6 | 2nd = 2 | 3rd = 0 ( Total = 700 )
(https://www.syntaxbomb.com/images/fl2.png)   2nd place winner :
  Title : Santa Fantasma
  Author : MrmediamanX
  Link : https://www.syntaxbomb.com/index.php/topic,5060.0.html
  Vote points : 1st = 2 | 2nd = 2 | 3rd = 4 ( Total = 500 )
(https://www.syntaxbomb.com/images/fl3.png)   3rd place winner :
  Title : Spirit of Christmas
  Author : DaiHard
  Link : https://www.syntaxbomb.com/index.php/topic,5004.msg21703.html#msg21703
  Vote points : 1st = 1 | 2nd = 5 | 3rd = 2 ( Total = 400 )


How was the scoring done :

1st place awarded 100 points
2nd place awarded 50 points
3rd place awarded 25 points

Prize :
1st place = £250
2nd place = £150
3rd place = £100

If the winning places could please PM me your PayPal email address I will send the winnings over asap :)
Title: Re: Winner of Code a game competition - Nov / Dec 2018
Post by: 3DzForMe on January 08, 2019, 06:53:25 AM
Congratulations folks, was going to trial them Sunday but getting back to the old grindstone got in the way.
Title: Re: Winner of Code a game competition - Nov / Dec 2018
Post by: Xerra on January 08, 2019, 07:08:00 AM
We have our winners. Every entry is a winner :))

The top three winners are :

(https://www.syntaxbomb.com/images/fl1.png)   1st place winner :
  Title : Bah Humbug!
  Author : Xerra
  Link : https://www.syntaxbomb.com/index.php/topic,5004.msg21711.html#msg21711
  Vote points : 1st = 6 | 2nd = 2 | 3rd = 0 ( Total = 700 )
(https://www.syntaxbomb.com/images/fl2.png)   2nd place winner :
  Title : Santa Fantasma
  Author : MrmediamanX
  Link : https://www.syntaxbomb.com/index.php/topic,5060.0.html
  Vote points : 1st = 2 | 2nd = 2 | 3rd = 4 ( Total = 500 )
(https://www.syntaxbomb.com/images/fl3.png)   3rd place winner :
  Title : Spirit of Christmas
  Author : DaiHard
  Link : https://www.syntaxbomb.com/index.php/topic,5004.msg21703.html#msg21703
  Vote points : 1st = 1 | 2nd = 5 | 3rd = 2 ( Total = 400 )


How was the scoring done :

1st place awarded 100 points
2nd place awarded 50 points
3rd place awarded 25 points

It doesn't make a difference to the actual final result but there's an error with the total for Santa Fantasma. He scored 400 - the same points as Spirit for Christmas - when tallied up, not 500. However, Santa Fantasma got two 1st place votes, compared to the one that Spirit of Christmas received, so would be ranked as 2nd place.

Sorry, the analyst in me coming out again :-)
Title: Re: Winner of Code a game competition - Nov / Dec 2018
Post by: DaiHard on January 08, 2019, 08:37:39 AM
Well done everyone - I'm looking forward to seeing what the next competition will be.

Qube: I don't have a paypal account, and I'm not sure coming last justifies a prize, so please plough mine back into the account for the next competition. I only did it for a bit of fun, anyway.

Best wishes,

D
Title: Re: Winner of Code a game competition - Nov / Dec 2018
Post by: MrmediamanX on January 08, 2019, 08:42:52 AM
the same as daihard, feel free to put the santafantazma's winnings back into the next prize pot ... it's fine.
 :)
Title: Re: Winner of Code a game competition - Nov / Dec 2018
Post by: Qube on January 08, 2019, 10:15:45 AM
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It doesn't make a difference to the actual final result but there's an error with the total for Santa Fantasma. He scored 400 - the same points as Spirit for Christmas - when tallied up, not 500. However, Santa Fantasma got two 1st place votes, compared to the one that Spirit of Christmas received, so would be ranked as 2nd place.
Spot on!, yeah I added up wrong :o - This is what happens when I'm in a hurry and mix up 3rd and 2nd place scores. Luckily the end result works out the same \o/ - I will take my time on the next comp to not screw up basic math ;D

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Qube: I don't have a paypal account, and I'm not sure coming last justifies a prize, so please plough mine back into the account for the next competition. I only did it for a bit of fun, anyway.
That's very generous of you. A win is a win and you made the effort to submit a game so hats off to you. Do you have any other payment method? it would be good to have some options for future comps. But will add your win to the next prize fund.

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the same as daihard, feel free to put the santafantazma's winnings back into the next prize pot ... it's fine.
That's very generous of you too :) - Works out nicely for the next comp which will be announced very soon and will be the biggest prize fund so far and hopefully get the juices flowing for us old folks.

@Xerra - Thanks for your details. I'll zip over the funds later today after I've had some such needed sleep. Well done to all that entered :)
Title: Re: Winner of Code a game competition - Nov / Dec 2018
Post by: GaborD on January 08, 2019, 06:02:25 PM
Grats to all competitors, this was a good one. Cool games.
Title: Re: Winner of Code a game competition - Nov / Dec 2018
Post by: Qube on January 08, 2019, 08:58:40 PM
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For next compo: back to the generator script? Maybe this time we should really plan time span 2 weeks ahead so that there could be a little "ad posts" on other forums to attract people.
I think I'll just make something up for the next comp. Not sure about posting on other forums about the comp as admins could consider it spamming or fishing for members. Usually members of X forum would post about the comp. Also, the nature of the comp won't be know before it's posted so naughty people can't start two weeks earlier than others.
Title: Re: Winner of Code a game competition - Nov / Dec 2018
Post by: Derron on January 08, 2019, 09:55:22 PM
I was more talking about "hey dudes - another compo is starting - similar to the last ones theme is yet to get revealed but I am sure it will be fun again". So no real promo but only a thread by regular users of that forum. Eg. the users could write about their particular project there too. So people get aware of the compo ("reason of creating this particular game") without getting forced to visit this page here. But if someone is interested (eg. a coder too) then he might follow the links and post here or even join.

It is not about a pure advertisement - just some kind of hmm "awareness increasing approach".


bye
Ron
Title: Re: Winner of Code a game competition - Nov / Dec 2018
Post by: Qube on January 08, 2019, 10:33:14 PM
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It is not about a pure advertisement - just some kind of hmm "awareness increasing approach".
Sure, if members here are members of other places that may be interested then post away :)

EDIT : If anyone is doing this then I recommend doing it now as the next comp will likely be posted next weekend.
Title: Re: Winner of Code a game competition - Nov / Dec 2018
Post by: round157 on January 19, 2019, 01:25:32 AM
A hearty congratulation to the winners of this Christmas competition!

They are great entries.

On the other hand, an effective way may be needed to attract more entrants to the future competitions.
Title: Re: Winner of Code a game competition - Nov / Dec 2018
Post by: Qube on January 19, 2019, 04:16:35 AM
On the other hand, an effective way may be needed to attract more entrants to the future competitions.
I agree. It would be nice to have more entries. The "adventure" theme seemed to peek interest but I think when it came to actually creating a game interest was lost pretty fast. Downside of asking you lot that is :P

Perhaps the comps need a rest for a while. Derron suggested advertising on other forums and although I posted that a new comp would be this weekend I don't think anyone has followed through with Derron's suggestion and posted on forums they freqeunt in order to gain more visibility?

It's also pretty quiet here on SB at the moment ( as is on other boards too ), so perhaps leave the comps for now until activity picks up and general interest is there.

Title: Re: Winner of Code a game competition - Nov / Dec 2018
Post by: Derron on January 19, 2019, 11:48:04 AM
Or take the time to ... what I suggested already: pimp the previous competition results. Promote them, give them a extra page for increased awareness.

Maybe we have designers among us - who want to create a little "banner/image" for the compo (useful for "advertising"). Of course theming is a bit "surprise surprise" there, so it must be a bit generic ("syntaxbomb compo" instead of "theme").

Another thing we (or just I ;-)) had as idea somewhen was writing a AI. So a finished little game with script-support could be used to have a little AI competition.


bye
Ron
Title: Re: Winner of Code a game competition - Nov / Dec 2018
Post by: Qube on January 19, 2019, 04:14:31 PM
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Or take the time to ... what I suggested already: pimp the previous competition results. Promote them, give them a extra page for increased awareness.
Someone here would have to take up that task :) - Any volunteers?

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Maybe we have designers among us - who want to create a little "banner/image" for the compo (useful for "advertising"). Of course theming is a bit "surprise surprise" there, so it must be a bit generic ("syntaxbomb compo" instead of "theme").
Usually the comps are posted on other forums by the members of that community. Personally I'm not into the whole weeks / months long preamble of promoting a comp as that wastes valuable coding time :P - Also the comp theme / rules would never be released before launch day so as you say, if anyone was to help promote them then it would have to be generic.

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Another thing we (or just I ;-)) had as idea somewhen was writing a AI. So a finished little game with script-support could be used to have a little AI competition.
I can't see how that would work based on all the varying engines that people use. Also you can't assume that everyone could do such things.

Is anyone genuinely up for another comp? or should they be left to rest for a while?
Title: Re: Winner of Code a game competition - Nov / Dec 2018
Post by: Derron on January 19, 2019, 06:22:45 PM
@ varying engines
then create some API thing ... a DLL with what people could interact or so. Nonetheless, was just an idea which someone can give another spin until it turns into something useful.


@ promotion
Maybe post about your previous finished games - and for what reason you wrote them ("indirect advertisement").


@ pimped pages
What do you need, generic structure, whole design, some gfx, ... ? Feel free to open up a new thread for this, maybe others have ideas for this too.


bye
Ron
Title: Re: Winner of Code a game competition - Nov / Dec 2018
Post by: Qube on January 19, 2019, 08:38:23 PM
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@ pimped pages
What do you need, generic structure, whole design, some gfx, ... ? Feel free to open up a new thread for this, maybe others have ideas for this too.
Someone(s) would ideally create static pages of the game comps, entries, winners, etc. This would be like a mini website which gets updated during and after each game comp.  Not sure if it'd benefit anyone but if you think it'd be of use.
Title: Re: Winner of Code a game competition - Nov / Dec 2018
Post by: Xerra on January 19, 2019, 11:20:25 PM
I don't think there's much of a problem with lack of competition entries when there's a subject that people can relate to. Look how many entries there were for A-maze-ing , after all. Adventure was possibly a bit too much work for a short time for people - not to mention the subject wasn't something that popular anyway.

Put out a competition for "Make the best shoot-em-up in Eight weeks" and I bet everyone would be back at it in a heartbeat :)
Title: Re: Winner of Code a game competition - Nov / Dec 2018
Post by: STEVIE G on January 20, 2019, 12:22:03 AM
Need a distraction - definitely up for a new comp  ;D
Title: Re: Winner of Code a game competition - Nov / Dec 2018
Post by: GaborD on January 20, 2019, 12:45:48 AM
Put out a competition for "Make the best shoot-em-up in Eight weeks" and I bet everyone would be back at it in a heartbeat :)

Yeah that would be a fun one.
Title: Re: Winner of Code a game competition - Nov / Dec 2018
Post by: TomToad on January 20, 2019, 09:05:53 AM
I think the last comp's lack of submissions had more to do with timing rather than interest.  I know I had a nice idea for a game, but between work, prepping for the holidays, and being sick, there wasn't much time left for coding.  What little time I had was spent on more important things.  When I finally did have time to work on something, there wasn't enough time left before the deadline, so I ended up doing a little Christmas snowflake demo in AGK instead.

Maybe from Oct-Dec we should have more light themes (come up with a cool holiday demo or something like that), and the rest of the year we can have more ambitious projects.
Title: Re: Winner of Code a game competition - Nov / Dec 2018
Post by: round157 on January 20, 2019, 01:17:56 PM

It's also pretty quiet here on SB at the moment ( as is on other boards too ), so perhaps leave the comps for now until activity picks up and general interest is there.

Actually, very easy.

I guess that our members will be very interesting in a programming competition about retro games!
Title: Re: Winner of Code a game competition - Nov / Dec 2018
Post by: DaiHard on January 20, 2019, 03:21:38 PM
Is anyone up for another comp? Yes, depending on what it is!

If you don't think we are ready to go for another one yet (but you know what you plan), consider giving us longer to work on it? Then those who want to can get stuck in, and those who will leave it to the last minute have a bit longer to put it off!

I wondered if there would be any interest in a version of "Core War" 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Core_War

There could be a two-part competition, one to write the program to run it (effectively a redcode interpreter) and display what was happening, and the other to write the "warriors" that compete within it. In a preliminary stage people could specify alterations to the existing redcode (i.e language extensions), and/or conditions for the program: for example, that it must be able to handle multiple warriors, or must provide a certain size of "environment".

Best wishes,

D
Title: Re: Winner of Code a game competition - Nov / Dec 2018
Post by: round157 on January 21, 2019, 12:51:53 AM
I want to point out an extremely important thing: Theme Voting

Theme voting is really essential. Theme voting is common in famous competitions. For example: 

https://itch.io/jam/preindie/topic/223970/theme-voting-round-1

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScWQPMy8D3q3JF1VwP8w3Yezm17ikR9Nwrus-svIKXdlNujSg/viewanalytics
Title: Re: Winner of Code a game competition - Nov / Dec 2018
Post by: Steve Elliott on January 21, 2019, 10:04:17 AM
Theme voting is fine, but no discussion!  Because discussions go on forever here!!
Title: Re: Winner of Code a game competition - Nov / Dec 2018
Post by: Qube on January 21, 2019, 01:28:10 PM
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but no discussion!  Because discussions go on forever here!!
Amen to that!. We could have 3 pages full on the best shade of black if given the chance :P ( don't start )

But I did come up with a theme and plan for the next comp which should be fun, allow anyone to enter and hopefully get more than 3 entries :(. Also the voting will be completely different too for the comp. Hopefully will post details tonight or tomorrow.
Title: Re: Winner of Code a game competition - Nov / Dec 2018
Post by: STEVIE G on January 21, 2019, 05:14:09 PM
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but no discussion!  Because discussions go on forever here!!
Amen to that!. We could have 3 pages full on the best shade of black if given the chance :P ( don't start )

But I did come up with a theme and plan for the next comp which should be fun, allow anyone to enter and hopefully get more than 3 entries :(. Also the voting will be completely different too for the comp. Hopefully will post details tonight or tomorrow.

Sounds interesting  8)  I'll be keeping an eye out
Title: Re: Winner of Code a game competition - Nov / Dec 2018
Post by: round157 on January 21, 2019, 11:14:28 PM
Theme voting is fine, but no discussion!  Because discussions go on forever here!!

Actually, quite simple. Only allow five days of discussing the themes by members.
Title: Re: Winner of Code a game competition - Nov / Dec 2018
Post by: round157 on January 21, 2019, 11:15:45 PM
hopefully get more than 3 entries :(.

Actually, a very good solution is more than 1 theme. You decide 3 very attractive themes for the next competition. Each entrant is allowed to choose one of these 3 themes to develop the entry in the next competition.
Title: Re: Winner of Code a game competition - Nov / Dec 2018
Post by: Steve Elliott on January 21, 2019, 11:17:18 PM
lol 5 days of discussion would result in pages and pages of discussion.  You obviously haven't been here long.
Title: Re: Winner of Code a game competition - Nov / Dec 2018
Post by: Xerra on January 22, 2019, 12:14:23 AM
hopefully get more than 3 entries :(.

Actually, a very good solution is more than 1 theme. You decide 3 very attractive themes for the next competition. Each entrant is allowed to choose one of these 3 themes to develop the entry in the next competition.

This has already been done a couple of competitions back.

Just let the boss make the call - save a load of debating different ideas. I'm the worst for contributing to those discussions :-)
Title: Re: Winner of Code a game competition - Nov / Dec 2018
Post by: Qube on January 22, 2019, 05:36:24 AM
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This has already been done a couple of competitions back. ( in regards to : Actually, a very good solution is more than 1 theme. You decide 3 very attractive themes for the next competition. Each entrant is allowed to choose one of these 3 themes to develop the entry in the next competition. )
Yup the comps have been though many discussions, debates and ideas. Us lot are worse than politicians when it comes to an overall consensus on how to go about them :P - So generally I just grab a cup of tea, have a think and whip something up. Sometimes it goes well and other not so much but it's always a bit of fun regardless.

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Just let the boss make the call
I've been working on an idea for the next comp. Should be fun as the voting side won't just be voting for your favourite game alone. It's also a theme which you can get as technical ( or not ) as you want. There are also two options to pick from but both have the exact same goal.

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Sounds interesting  8)  I'll be keeping an eye out
Will definitely launch it tonight ;D
Title: Re: Winner of Code a game competition - Nov / Dec 2018
Post by: 3DzForMe on January 22, 2019, 08:01:13 PM
Will it be an Easter deadline I wonder....... :o
Title: Re: Winner of Code a game competition - Nov / Dec 2018
Post by: Xerra on January 22, 2019, 08:43:42 PM
Come on then, Qube. Let's see what you've come up with. I've promised my buddy at work that we're going to be having a brain-storming session tomorrow at work :-)
Title: Re: Winner of Code a game competition - Nov / Dec 2018
Post by: Qube on January 22, 2019, 09:59:48 PM
Come on then, Qube. Let's see what you've come up with. I've promised my buddy at work that we're going to be having a brain-storming session tomorrow at work :-)
Posted ;D