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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

    Religion (Mediocre)

    Include some form of religion (any religion you choose) and encompass its ideas in your game in some way, shape, or form.

  2. Technical requirements

    There are 2 technical requirements:

    No Graphics (OK)

    Your game may not include any pre-made graphics. You must generate all graphics at run time (using Allegro's primitives, rect(), circle(), etc). You also may not just have an array of the bitmap and use putpixel from that.

    Character Development (Great)

    The game should feature some form of character development, like gaining experience points, leveling up, increasing stats... etc.

  3. Artistic requirements

    There are 2 artistic requirements:

    Chancey (Good)

    Random chance must play a big part of the game. This could range from different chances of firing or killing an enemy, to levels changing randomly around the player.

    Despite the randomness, the game must still be fun to play!

    Player Customization (Great)

    The game should allow the player to customize a certain aspect. This could be the appearence of the main character, the controls, the difficulty, etc.

  4. Bonus rules

    There is 1 bonus rule:

    Act of Illuminati (Good)

    You may opt out of one other rule if you include a picture of yourself accessible via some secret within the game itself. This may be a secret area, key combination, menu item, etc. Instructions on how to unlock the secret must be hidden within your documentation file in any way you deem fit, as long as it is realistically decipherable.

  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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