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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

    Post-apocalyptic (Good)

    The game must take place in a world that has recently suffered a terrible disaster, whether it'll be World War III or something completely different.

  2. Technical requirements

    There are 2 technical requirements:

    Backstab (Good)

    The direction from which you attack your enemies must have an important effect on the results. It can be a literal backstab in a stealth-based platformer, but a strategy game that takes unit facing into account would be okay with this rule too.

    Second Person Sh...what!? (Great)

    Your game must be in Second Person - this means you're seeing from the eyes of a character you don't have full control over, or you could be controlling a character who indirectly controls the main one. There must be, anyway, someone between the player and the main character.

    As examples, the character's head could be in a jar that must be transported separately from his body, or the character could be seeing from his enemy's point of view, but controlling his own character.

  3. Artistic requirements

    There are 2 artistic requirements:

    Ambient Noises (Great)

    The game should feature sound effects that aren't triggered by user action. For example: bullets coming from a gun don't count, but birds singing in the background do.

    Blood! (OK)

    Blood can also be art, use your imagination to do good use of blood spraying and splatting fun!

  4. Bonus rules

    There is 1 bonus rule:

    Act of Cod (Good)

    Overwrite one rule by replacing any of its words with "fish". The new rule must make sense, be creative, and can not conflict with any other rule.

  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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