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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

    Batten down the hatches! (Good)

    Preparation for a catastrophic event should be an important part of the game. This could be preparing to fight in between waves of enemies, or preparing throughout most of the game for a single catastrophic event at the end.

  2. Technical requirements

    There is 1 technical requirement:

    Realistic physics (Good)

    The game must make use of realistic physics in some way or another. Bonus points of creative use of physics, such as things outside the normal scope of game design (kinematics and mechanics).

  3. Artistic requirements

    There is 1 artistic requirement:

    Give Peace a Chance (OK)

    In this uncertain world, with violence and ill feeling between nations, wouldn't it be good to spread a little love and harmony to everyone and mellow out those negative vibe merchants?

    Your entry should exude a message of peace, love and mutual respect. Heaven knows we could do with it right now.. If John Lennon had been alive today..what would he have put in a computer game to get the message across?

  4. Bonus rules

    There is 1 bonus rule:

    Act of Asimov (Great)

    You may omit one other rule if your multiplayer game features an AI that can play as a player.

  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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