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General Category => Game Coding Competitions => Topic started by: Xerra on May 05, 2019, 03:12:13 PM

Title: We really should have a competition archive area rather than old forum threads.
Post by: Xerra on May 05, 2019, 03:12:13 PM
Just throwing this out there now that the latest competition is done and dusted and we're in the lull before another one gets decided. I know it's a lot of work but I think it would be fantastic for either the Syntaxbomb site itself or another dedicated site linked that covers the history of the competitions thus far. This got discussed elsewhere, and I think Qube did say he was planning to do this, so consider this a nudge.

I'd love to do it myself and I'd turn over an area of either one of my wordpress sites to do it, but I'm crap at anything beyond basic images and text areas so wouldn't do a very good job of it.

I think with a bit of consultation - and a few conditions such as the old games being hosted on itch so they can be located, and in their original submitted format - then this could work. People that updated their old games after the competitions finished could just offer both versions on their Itch page, for example?

Thoughts?
Title: Re: We really should have a competition archive area rather than old forum threads.
Post by: Steve Elliott on May 05, 2019, 03:18:04 PM
+1
I was just thinking about this today, although a page with all the competition entries of every competition should be here at SyntaxBomb, and not spread across several websites.
Title: Re: We really should have a competition archive area rather than old forum threads.
Post by: Derron on May 05, 2019, 04:01:33 PM
Qube must drop a line what is possible to get included in this "forum software"-layout-thing - some kind of special page (similar to "help" or "gallery"). Give us a "div-container" and a CSS to use - and we could wrap up the page with placeholders to fill then by a php script or so.


bye
Ron
Title: Re: We really should have a competition archive area rather than old forum threads.
Post by: Qube on May 05, 2019, 04:42:26 PM
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This got discussed elsewhere, and I think Qube did say he was planning to do this, so consider this a nudge.
Yes it's on my to-do list but at the moment I've not the time to do it :( soon soon I hope.

The idea I had is to have a sticky post in the competitions section with all the games listed from newest to oldest and update it after every competition. All the games would have a local copy hosted here rather than linking to itch.io pages. That way if someone closes down their itch.io page then things don't get lost.

A layout I had in mind is something like :

8-bit Wars - Jan 25th to Mar 31st 2019

(https://www.syntaxbomb.com/GameComps/008/10.png)  Genus Prime
Author : Derron
Download : https://www.syntaxbomb.com/GameComps/Files/GenusPrime-NOT-HERE.zip
Desription : Conquer the galaxy ...  by sending ships from your planet to others. Easy peasy isn't it?
Use your mouse to select planets and target enemy planets to set your ships free. Once the population counter of a planet goes below 0 - it will change ownership.
Owned planets generate Research Points (RP) which you can use to upgrade your tech tree on the knowledge hub.
Ah and you might want to buy some missiles as planetary defense of each planet.

(https://www.syntaxbomb.com/GameComps/008/10.png)  Genus Prime
Author : Derron
Download : https://www.syntaxbomb.com/GameComps/Files/GenusPrime-NOT-HERE.zip
Desription : Conquer the galaxy ...  by sending ships from your planet to others. Easy peasy isn't it?
Use your mouse to select planets and target enemy planets to set your ships free. Once the population counter of a planet goes below 0 - it will change ownership.
Owned planets generate Research Points (RP) which you can use to upgrade your tech tree on the knowledge hub.
Ah and you might want to buy some missiles as planetary defense of each planet.

(https://www.syntaxbomb.com/GameComps/008/10.png)  Genus Prime
Author : Derron
Download : https://www.syntaxbomb.com/GameComps/Files/GenusPrime-NOT-HERE.zip
Desription : Conquer the galaxy ...  by sending ships from your planet to others. Easy peasy isn't it?
Use your mouse to select planets and target enemy planets to set your ships free. Once the population counter of a planet goes below 0 - it will change ownership.
Owned planets generate Research Points (RP) which you can use to upgrade your tech tree on the knowledge hub.
Ah and you might want to buy some missiles as planetary defense of each planet.


And so on, etc etc.

Something simple and easy to scroll through. Unless others have something more extravagant in mind?

Title: Re: We really should have a competition archive area rather than old forum threads.
Post by: Steve Elliott on May 05, 2019, 04:47:34 PM
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Something simple and easy to scroll through.

That's all it needs really.  A heading (graphic) for the Competition Name, with some information on each game, a screenshot and download link.  Repeat for each competition.
Title: Re: We really should have a competition archive area rather than old forum threads.
Post by: Derron on May 05, 2019, 06:00:10 PM
You should be able to create a thread with the newest post being on top. That way you could have a "qube only" thread containing rhem nicely sorted.

Bye
Ron
Title: Re: We really should have a competition archive area rather than old forum threads.
Post by: Steve Elliott on June 16, 2019, 09:31:10 AM
*bump*   ;D
Title: Re: We really should have a competition archive area rather than old forum threads.
Post by: Xerra on June 16, 2019, 10:52:12 AM
What Steve said.... "BUMP"

Reckon we could publicise the competitions a lot more if we had a focused forum thread with the games from each competition listed with the results. Could possibly also make them read only so they don't get cluttered. The individual games usually have their own threads from when they were being created.

Title: Re: We really should have a competition archive area rather than old forum threads.
Post by: Steve Elliott on June 16, 2019, 11:02:54 AM
Oh definitely read only, with a download link.  Simply a showcase of completed projects that were entered into Syntaxbomb's Competitions.
Title: Re: We really should have a competition archive area rather than old forum threads.
Post by: Qube on June 16, 2019, 11:09:56 AM
Yeah yeah yeah :P will get around to this soon as I think it’s a great idea ;D
Title: Re: We really should have a competition archive area rather than old forum threads.
Post by: Xerra on July 16, 2019, 08:41:24 PM
This is the official it's been a month bump.....

I'm just sayin'

....
Title: Re: We really should have a competition archive area rather than old forum threads.
Post by: Steve Elliott on July 16, 2019, 08:44:29 PM
Get the torches and pitchforks!   ;D
Title: Re: We really should have a competition archive area rather than old forum threads.
Post by: Qube on July 16, 2019, 09:47:49 PM
Sorry, I've had pretty much nil free time to do any hobby coding let alone the competition page / thread.

Xerra ( or anyone ) - If you're interested in doing it I'll happily create a special hidden section + FTP for images / files where you create it all up in your own time and when ready I can move and sticky it in the Game Comps thread? - The forum has enough features like tables / images etc to create a nice simple looking easy to follow format.

Let me know :)

Get the torches and pitchforks!   ;D
Burn the bad site admin! BURN HIM!!! :P
Title: Re: We really should have a competition archive area rather than old forum threads.
Post by: Steve Elliott on July 16, 2019, 09:55:20 PM
Nah lol.  I quite liked Shrek, and other likable guys - even administration.    ;)
Title: Re: We really should have a competition archive area rather than old forum threads.
Post by: 3DzForMe on September 27, 2019, 04:05:30 AM
@Xerra:


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People that updated their old games after the competitions finished could just offer both versions on their Itch page, for example?


@Qube:

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Xerra ( or anyone ) - If you're interested in doing it I'll happily create a special hidden section + FTP for images / files where you create it all up in your own time and when ready I can move and sticky it in the Game Comps thread? - The forum has enough features like tables / images etc to create a nice simple looking easy to follow format.


I hung some basic stuff together in HTML5 for the 8-bit wars, and by the looks of things - I might just need some minor modification to my last webpage for that compo for a new one for this one.

I appreciate the work Qube does laready maintaining this forum - I never would've dusted off my old coding mojo / had it re-invigorated if it weren't for these competitions.

Now where'd I put that old web page code stuff - I know its residing on my old dead computer. (The one that died during 8-bit wars....). I'm defo getting access to the drives from that - today is purchase a second hand desktop day to plug my mothballing hard drives in - and implement a half decent archiving system.

Dual motherboard/CPU raided up - that kinda set-up should go for a decade or two...... right?  Only a three disk raid - I'm not made of money! ;D

Just downloaded firefox again - whilst employed as a software release manager / tester / coder a few years back - I recalled it'd a decent web page analysis function.