Although not the greatest turnout this year
we did end up with some pretty darn good games. Add to that that
all three were by first-time authors and I think it's safe to call this
one a success. Congratulations to Stormcage1 for winning with his
game Spymaster of Tyria. Thanks to all the authors for
participating and we all look forward to new games to come.
Because of the small number of games we
streamlined the voting process this year to just a single category for
best game. Here are the results.
Overall Finish Rating
1st Place: Spymaster of Tyria
2nd Place: Briar by Hanon
3rd Place: Nat Dewey and the Secret
of Oak Cliffs by Lost Toulst
2012 Mini-comp submission rules
are as follows:
game must have five or fewer rooms. Closets do not count as rooms so
long as they're just places to store things. If your player is required
to spend more than a couple of turns in a closet, it counts as a room.
game may have no more than four characters, including the
player-character(s). No more than two of those characters may
participate interactively in sex scenes. This is an expansion on
previous years' rules and allows the PC to be a non-participant or
voyeur while the two non-player characters have sex, and also allows
the game to switch the PC from one character to another.
an exception to the above rule, cutscenes will be allowed under certain
circumstances. In this case, I am defining a cutscene as a
block of text of any length triggered by a single command (or event,
randomly, whatever). For instance, you might "look through
telescope" to spy on your neighbors having sex, or "watch dvd" to see
some porn. The participants in these scenes can be either one
more of the four characters that you are allowed or merely background
characters. In either case, each character can only be
in a single sexually explicit cutscene (unless of course they are one
of your two sexually active characters).
use for cutscenes might be to sketch in background information or
develop the story or characterization. A character can appear
any number of these types of cutscenes, provided there is no sexual
content involved. Although I am putting no limit on either of
above types of cutscenes I urge you to use discretion in adding
them. A few can add some very nice flavor to a game, but too
will not only increase the scope of the game beyond the spirit (if not
the letter) of the rules, but can also become cumbersome for the player
to weed through.
(images and sounds) are permitted, but may not add more than 150KB to
the native (unzipped) size of the game file.
part of your game can have been released to the public before the
Mini-comp submission procedures
are as follows:
game must be winnable (or at least it must have an ending that the
player can reach).
submission deadline is 9:00 a.m. CST Monday, July 16, 2012.
will be available to help beta-test your game. Beta-testing is strongly
encouraged but not required. If you are looking for a beta
please consult the following link for a list of people who have agreed
to test games.
will collect the entries by e-mail and post them at the normal places
after the deadline. Send your entry to aifsubmissions AT gmail DOT com
(obscured to prevent spam).
Voting procedures are as follows:
should send a walkthrough with their entry. The walkthrough will be
used by comp organizers to verify the game can be won and to provide
hints for players.
including entrants, will be allowed to vote.
will have approximately two weeks to play all the games and vote. The
voting deadline will be announced when the games are released.
will be conducted in a manner similar to that of the Erins: An online
ballot will be set up to rank each game in order of preference in each
category. Rather than rank the entire list of games, only the
three or five will be ranked in each category. If the total number of
games submitted is 3-6, then the top three will be ranked. If
receive more than 6 games, then the top 5 will be ranked.
previous years, discussion of the games during the voting period will
Voters will be asked to judge all
the games in the following categories:
will not be permitted to post updates of their games during the voting
Is it a good idea for a mini-comp game? Does it work well with the set
limits? Does it feel complete or more like a game fragment?
How well-written is it? Do the settings have the atmosphere that the
author seems to be after?
Do the characters 'come to life'? How sexy are they?
How hot are the sex scenes?
How many bugs are there? What neat tricks did the author invent?
How much did you like the game?