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1st July, 2013 at 01/07/2013 06:31:00 -

It's time for The Buswick video game development competition! I'll let the video do the talking:



The basics:

Theme: Action Adventure. Like Zelda, but make something new!

1st place prize
Multimedia Fusion 2 Developer and an export module. Make iPad games, Android games, XNA games, or other things!

2nd place prize
Retron 3 console and Goof Troop. Play NES, SNES, and Genesis games!

3rd place
$25 gift card to a video game store and 5 copies of Splotches ( http://splotchesgame.com ). Play whatever you want that's $25!


Deadline: August 31st, 2013 11:59PM GMT-5.

Four iOS publishers are watching the entries, and everyone gets at least a fancy-pants certificate and a copy of Splotches for entering.

Visit the site for all the details! http://thebuswick.com

If you have any questions, fling them now!

(Edited to update deadline from July 31st to August 31st.)

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1st July, 2013 at 01/07/2013 20:06:09 -

Well I might have to try my hand at this.
I need that XNA exporter!

Do you think a lot of people will enter? If not this could be easy.

 
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1st July, 2013 at 01/07/2013 22:39:35 -

Another competition - yay!
Right now, I'm completely failing to think of an interesting "action adventure" game concept, but if I do come up with something in the next week or two, I'll probably have a go at entering

 
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1st July, 2013 at 01/07/2013 23:42:39 -

Hoping to pull something together for this...It's been a while since I've finished something, and I have a number of half-finished projects that could fall into this category. Hoping to find an artist.

Good on you, OMC!

 
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2nd July, 2013 at 02/07/2013 00:25:35 -

Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.

 

  		
  		

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2nd July, 2013 at 02/07/2013 03:59:30 -

Its great to see and hear you in a video again Omc, you got that special somethin somethin to entertain. Watched the video twice now already

Great compo btw!

 
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2nd July, 2013 at 02/07/2013 06:36:09 -

Well thanks, Rikus! I've had a blast planning everything and seeing it all come together.

Wanted to note that the forum is now up and running over at the site, if anyone wants to try to buddy up or post about their projects. I also encourage discussion and project pages here at TDC, if it strikes anyone's fancy to do so.

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I might enter this, just need to come up with an idea.

 
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3rd July, 2013 at 03/07/2013 13:00:08 -

I have absolutely no free time to enter this, but I watched the video a few times. Nice work I hope it's a success!

 
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4th July, 2013 at 04/07/2013 01:57:47 -

Are there any restrictions on pre-made code? Engines and the like?

 
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4th July, 2013 at 04/07/2013 03:05:17 -

Though I would like not to limit pre-made code in the interest of seeing polished (finished) entries, I think since there are prizes at stake, everyone should start from the same place.

How about this: If you use pre-made code, it must be made available to others from the start. I can provide hosting in such cases.

Feedback on this policy is welcomed.

 

  		
  		

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4th July, 2013 at 04/07/2013 17:05:42 -

I'm not sure If I'll be able to enter but I'll try.

 
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Originally Posted by OMC
Though I would like not to limit pre-made code in the interest of seeing polished (finished) entries, I think since there are prizes at stake, everyone should start from the same place.

How about this: If you use pre-made code, it must be made available to others from the start. I can provide hosting in such cases.

Feedback on this policy is welcomed.



Since you asked, I think it seems unenforceable. For example, I could write a new platform engine totally from scratch, but chances are, it would end up virtually identical to previous engines anyway, just because that's the only/best way I know how. At the same time, you don't want people submitting games that they've already been working on for months, so it's difficult...
Anyhow, I'm still trying to think of a game idea, and still failing (plus I just got another job, so I might be too busy).

 
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5th July, 2013 at 05/07/2013 14:26:02 -


Originally Posted by Sketchy
I think it seems unenforceable.



This is true.

The primary interest is in the creativity and quality of the content anyway. If you want to use a framework you've already created, I won't begrudge it.

 

  		
  		

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6th July, 2013 at 06/07/2013 14:07:10 -

30 days seems kind of short for something like this . . .

I'll be entering, though. I haven't completed an entry for a competition since 2002. Hopefully this one will help me make that change.

 
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6th July, 2013 at 06/07/2013 18:30:48 -

I'm hoping that it's a good amount of pressure.

Glad to hear you're entering!

 

  		
  		

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6th July, 2013 at 06/07/2013 21:42:27 -

Is there a place to register as a participant? or do we just submit the final game.

 
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7th July, 2013 at 07/07/2013 02:49:21 -

Just submit your final game! I highly recommend a devlog of sorts over in The Buswick's forums, though, which is kind of like registering.

 

  		
  		

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7th July, 2013 at 07/07/2013 14:14:14 -

Btw, the name Action adventure is a little vague. Are you saying it has to be a Zelda clone?

 
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7th July, 2013 at 07/07/2013 16:32:44 -

Not a clone, but in the same genre. No turn-based battles, and most likely a top-down perspective.

I'll cite Goof Troop, since it's one of the prizes:



Instead of using a sword or other direct weapons, you pick up, catch, and throw barrels, bombs, and rocks and kick blocks. Sounds simple, but it makes the game feel entirely distinct from Zelda.

Make a game where the character is a boat. Make one with weapons that follow the laws of physics. Make one that requires the use of Algebra. Make one with characters that can turn into animals. Make one about a cake delivery company. Make a game set on Mars. Make one about cubicle warfare!



 

  		
  		

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7th July, 2013 at 07/07/2013 22:14:35 -

Yeah what i'm saying is there are loads of different types of games that can fall into the Action adventure genre. You'll have to be more specific i think.
I'm thinking something like Metroid could be considered an Action adventure. What about Cave story? It's a pretty loose term in my mind and I wouldn't want to start something that a judge will judge to not fall into that genre.
Lets not forget Zelda 2 had mostly 2D areas.

 
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8th July, 2013 at 08/07/2013 00:18:20 -

More specific than top-down with puzzles and live battles (if there are any)? If thinking of it as a Zelda clone gives you a direction to go in, that's fine.

 

  		
  		

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I think that's the point Andy. To give more freedom to the entrants. I'm doing more of a metroidvania style game than a zelda game.

 
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10th July, 2013 at 10/07/2013 16:29:49 -

Due to some recent tiny publicity, I'm considering extending the deadline to the end of August to make sure everyone feels they have enough time to make some truly good entries.

Do you all think this is a good idea, or does the pressure of a closer deadline keep you going? I'm afraid I'll extend it and people will be complacent and then fizzle, as seems to happen sometimes.

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10th July, 2013 at 10/07/2013 20:34:23 -

Don't change the deadline! Just run another competition from the same site next month or perhaps later down the line.

Also I love this thread on the forums:
http://thebuswick.com/forums/thread/15

 
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11th July, 2013 at 11/07/2013 01:23:14 -

I'm kinda torn about the deadline.
On the one hand, keeping a tight deadline would work better to hold everyone's focus, and drive people to wrap things up more quickly...
But then, I always seem to end up at the deadline just short of what I was planning, and could see extra time being useful.

Maybe see where we are when the deadline gets closer? You could always extend it by a smaller amount, like a week.

What is this tiny publicity that is swaying your decision, here?

 
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I'm working on something for this competition, but I don't think i'll finish it in time for the current deadline

 
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Originally Posted by Fifth
What is this tiny publicity that is swaying your decision, here?



I got a retweet from a company with a sizable following, which brought a number of people to the site a little late.

I've decided to extend the deadline to August 31st!

Do take this opportunity to stuff your entries with as much content and polish as you can! Happy Buswicking!

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Good news! I think I can finish it by then!

 
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Good news! I think I can finish it by then!

 
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13th July, 2013 at 13/07/2013 00:48:22 -

Huzzah!

I guess I should probably start making a game then, huh? So far I've just been working on the engine.

 
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13th July, 2013 at 13/07/2013 16:49:56 -

Most excellent. If you find the time, you guys should start a devlog over in the forums!

 

  		
  		

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Just added a video to my devlog thread showing my progress. Hopefully I can get some more videos on what is actually going on behind the scenes of my game, once it is a bit more complete.

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Posted this here and also on the compo forum; if you want music for your game, just email me at boothman (at) gmail (dot) com. My SoundCloud page is http://soundcloud.com/normbo if you want to here what I've done before. There are a lot more unfinished tracks as well, some of which could possibly used in your game if it fits.
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21st July, 2013 at 21/07/2013 17:15:06 -

Thanks for extending your services, Matt!

If any artist wants to join but doesn't want to program, someone over on the site is looking for one: http://thebuswick.com/forums/thread/22

 

  		
  		

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30th July, 2013 at 30/07/2013 15:09:38 -

I really shouldn't be spending my time working on a side project for this, but... I've had an idea for a tiny game I'd love to make - Does it matter if the game submitted is really short?

 
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30th July, 2013 at 30/07/2013 15:09:40 -

... I can't remember the last time I got a double post!

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Sometimes the best video game experiences are quite short. Journey, for example!

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31st July, 2013 at 31/07/2013 00:46:29 -

I was having a similar thought myself...
I'm really busy now the school holidays have started (and when I'm not busy, I'm exhausted), so there's no way I'll be able to make a proper epic adventure like Zelda.
Instead, I was thinking I could try and do the opposite - intentionally make the environment really confined and claustrophobic, like a submarine or something (anyone seen "Grey Lady Down"?). Maybe have the oxygen supply running out, so time is a factor as well...

 
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There's a board game called "Red November" that features a constantly-breaking submarine and a scramble for survival with a bunch of drunk gnomes...



Best of luck with your idea, Sketchy!

 
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24th August, 2013 at 24/08/2013 14:47:35 -

You don't say!

There's about one week left in The Buswick development period.

Check out the project devlogs, if you haven't! http://thebuswick.com/forums/forum/3

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31st August, 2013 at 31/08/2013 14:38:26 -

Unfortunately, due to some issues with my artist we were unable to complete enough content for our game to be submitted. I suppose I'll make a project page for the game soon instead, considering that we already have quite a bit of content written/planned, a small handful of concept art and voice actors cast . Perhaps next time. Here is a small, early peek.

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Looking forward to seeing it progress!

Spawning cool projects is just as much a success for The Buswick as bringing in entries, as far as I'm concerned.

 

  		
  		

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I really tried hard to get something finished for this contest. I'm just not that good with coding. Good luck to all the contestants!

 


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1st September, 2013 at 01/09/2013 22:44:46 -

Same here, I actually started on something for this but as per usual, I got a bit too ambitious so I had to drop it. Good luck to everyone who entered!

 
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There will be another, if you'd like to try again in the future!

And do continue working on your projects, even if they aren't eligible.

 

  		
  		

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2nd September, 2013 at 02/09/2013 13:15:35 -

Sorry to say the same, couldn't bring myself to continue on my project, i just got locked... But I kinda like the little bugger, so we'll see if I continue in the future.
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2nd September, 2013 at 02/09/2013 18:21:25 -

Only four brave entrants got their games in before the deadline. They'll be uploaded along with the contest results before too long!

I'd like to note that playable builds will still be accepted for posting on The Buswick site, if anyone wants to show off what they've done. (But only those four will be eligible for prizes.)

 

  		
  		

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3rd September, 2013 at 03/09/2013 04:25:52 -

I have the first part or the game kinda finished. I guess I can upload that. Do I just send it to your e-mail OMC.

 


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3rd September, 2013 at 03/09/2013 16:12:31 -

Yep! Anybody interested in sending in their demos to be posted with the entrants can just email their games to emcee [at] thebuswick [dawght] com. A screenshot and short description would be appreciated!

 

  		
  		

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7th September, 2013 at 07/09/2013 01:20:29 -

Yeah, might as well. I ended up choking a couple weeks back, and couldn't come up with any meaningful content. But the engine turned out kinda neat, if flawed.

Looking forward to seeing the legitimately finished entries!

 
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14th September, 2013 at 14/09/2013 20:38:47 -

Results are in! http://thebuswick.com/entrants.php

 

  		
  		
   

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