We are set for the eleventh annual 7DRL Challenge. GET READY!
The challenge will run March 7 to March 15, you are invited to take part and create a roguelike game in 7 days, starting from whatever you want but producing a new, complete, playable game at the end of the week!
The 7DRL challenge breathes new life every year into the roguelike development community, last year we had 248 challengers, don’t miss this opportunity!
In 2005, the roguelike community established a yearly event, the 7DRL Challenge, in which all the world is challenged to create a roguelike in a one-week span.
7DRL Challenges are NOT about being a fast coder, but rather proving you can release a finished, playable roguelike to the world. There is no winner of the challenge, but rather all those who finish are honoured for their work, the criterion is completeness.
You CAN use external libraries, game engines, pre-existing generic code/algorithms, pre-existing generic art, etc. You can even start your game from an existing game, if you are willing to turn it out into something unique, you must however say what resources were reused.
Challengers may use the International Roguelike Registration System to accept the challenge once it starts; you can also check the reviews for last year entries here!
A little reminder for anyone interested who has forgotten / not noticed… Tomorrow is the beginning of the Procedural Generation Jam, and we’re running a 7DRL week in parallel.
Start making your game at any point on Saturday/Sunday and finish 168 hours later. If you’re not interested in making a whole game you can spend your week on a procedural tool or one procedural game element (a map generator or a sprite-modifier or a music engine, for instance).
The ProcJam is kicking off with a series of talks in London, including presentations from Darren Grey, Mark Johnson (Ultima Ratio Regum) and Tanya Short (Shattered Planet). They can be viewed by live stream for anyone that can’t make it in person.
It’s been ages since the Orange October Minigun 7DRL Challenge, back when the roguelike renaissance was just beginning. That challenge was joined by not many participants, however it was the inception of Kornel Kisielewicz’s Berserk!, was joined by DarkGod (of ToME fame) and had several interesting entries.
It’s about time we do another 7DRL Challenge before our main March event! But why play a battle alone, when we can join the war?
PROCJAM 2014 is happening next November 7, and I suggest we swarm over it like a band of rabid jackals.
There are two ways to enter:
- Make a game with procedural generation in it. Maybe a Twine adventure with randomised character personalities? Maybe an action-RPG where each player gets their own procedural theme tune? Maybe an old-fashioned world-generator for a strategy game? Create a game for #procjam using the optional theme (announced at the start of the jam) and include a procedural twist in there somewhere.
- Make a tool that generates stuff to help game developers. We already have amazing tools like sound effect generator SFXR, music generation like Abundant Music, or random sprite-grabbers like Spritely. What other tools could we make to help people generate cool things for the games they make? Maybe a corporation generator for cyberpunk cities? A tool for generating alien alphabet fonts? A library that automatically generates enemy ships for space shooters?
I thus challenge you all to create a roguelike in 7 days, just along with the PROCJAM’14! Let’s have a lot of fun! Usual 7DRL Challenge rules apply, so read them.
With a record number of over 200 entries registered so far on the 7DRL hub, this year we’ll have lots of innovation and fun flowing out of developers all around the world.
I guess the evaluation committee will have a fun time after the challenge! ^_^
Registration is now open at http://7drl.roguetemple.com; you can now start submitting your games prior to starting working next saturday or sunday.
A compiled list of all entries is now available.
We had exactly one hundred challengers of which sixty two succeeded in time. This sounds good when compared with previous year when only about half entrants returned with something to show. You may have read elsewhere that number of successes was sixty three. This is incorrect. One challenger made an 8DRL which is not bad in itself but does not count as success within the rules.
Another observation is challengers omitted posting to rec.games.roguelike.development USENET newsgroup in several cases. The rules state clearly to be counted you have to post to aforementioned newsgroup when you start programming. Next, if you do not manage to complete the challenge successfully you are expected to post about the failure to the very same newsgroup. Thirty eight challengers failed to return with finished games in the time. Seventeen entrants did not post at all. Another four posted but in other places. That was not as bad though. Finished games are to be posted to rec.games.roguelike.announce newsgroup. Completion of only seventeen titles were proclaimed there which is under one third of all produced games.
The designated places to post are there to make creating various lists like one linked to above possible although it is not the only goal. If one was to adhere strictly to the rules there would be only seventeen legitimate 7DRLs! Postings from 7drl.org and announcements from rgrd were also counted but this makes things harder and unnecessarily delays efforts of the 7DRL committee and can easily cause misinformation to spread. For example exact number of successes this year.
To cope with this there are plans of sign up system. If everything goes well next Seven Day Roguelike Challenge will be better organized.
We are about 2 weeks from 2011 ARRP! You can still jump into it!
Further info at roguebasin
And so it was that 99 brave challengers entered the 2011 seven day roguelike challenge!
Of those, 46 returned alive, claiming to have a finished and playable game… Now it is your turn to judge!
The Newcomers (First 7DRL Challenge)
Experienced (2 7DRL Challenges)
Gentlemen (3-4 Challenges)
Singing, happy drunks (5+ Challenges)
The challenge has started! Many entrants declared start date and game title. Announcement thread is over seventy posts by now but there is still time to proclaim participation until end of March 6th. A success thread for victorious challengers is already created.
Visit http://7drl.org/ weblog to read how development struggle goes or to learn that other authors are also desperately tracking down a bad pointer reference on the 167th hour.
The 2011 7DRL Challenge, March 5 to 13
The time has almost come! Gather all your strengths and build a roguelike, be it your first one or your next one.
A good roguelike is an expression of pure gameplay: as a developer you can turn your ideas into games for the people to enjoy, without the constraints of 3d modeling or expensive graphics creation.
Developing a roguelike also allows you to portrait a theme within the limitations of abstract or simple gfx output, but having imagination as a tool to recreate infinite environments and stories
Summon your indie gamedev friends, be they roguedevs or not for this, the annual roguelike development party!
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