Announcing OSGameCon 2011

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Announcing The First Annual Drupal Open Source Game Contest!

The BOF today was great! We made a couple of minor changes to the base rules. Also, nosro has volunteered to make a simplified version of the rules, so we can plug that in (and click through to the longer "fine print" explanations for more clarification).

My intent for launching this effort is to encourage us all to finish some games! There are only a very small few Drupal games out there, plus a smattering of flash games in nodes, and the potentials for using Drupal as a framework for gaming, as everyone in this group knows, is an untapped reservoir of awesomeness.

We're planning to build up & market the site & contest over the next few months, with a date of May 1 to open for submissions of "intent" by game author wannabes. Then we'll use DrupalCon London in August as a final deadline, and open it up for judging.

We'll also solicit prizes, ala the ifcomp, so that if, for example, we have 14 prizes and 23 submissions, then the top 14 authors will get to choose from the prizes in order.

Basically, once open for submissions, authors will be able to create a "secret" node on the site, where they announce their intent to create a game. During this phase, things are still hush-hush -- no one's generally allowed to talk about their projects before the August deadline. However, I think it might be useful on several levels to have at the very least a running list of authors. The arbiters will also be available to answer questions during this time, for instance, "I'm making a WarCraft clone in Drupal, will that count?" (Yes, but don't use any copyrighted info. And good luck on that one.) or "I'm going to create a flash game and stick it in a node. And I don't want to release the source. Does that count?" (No, wtf get out of here.)

At London, we'll open the contest for judging by the public. Although we're still working out the details, I think that IFComp has the best idea there: a simple 1-10 rating by people. People will be able to base their ratings on whatever they want, and are encouraged (required?) to write their reasons in the comments ("Excellent game play, great graphics," "Tight integration with core Drupal functionality," "Breakout wtf?"). Authors will need to release both a playable version of the game at this time, and a recipe of the modules & custom code. Judges are not required to examine the code if they don't want to (or don't know how to). But they are more than welcome to base some (or all) of their rating on the source.

None of this is written in stone, but I feel that this is a solid start, and imagine that anything further will just be tweaks.

So a reminder, if you're planning to write a game for this contest, make sure your public release coincides with the August deadline -- you'll be disqualified if you make the site generally available before then. (Although, please, please recruit a few beta-testers when you're getting closer. They won't be able to vote on your game, but they will do much towards making your game sweet.)

Also, discussed at the BOF, if your game is to be commercial, all parts of it MUST be freely available to judges during the judging period. (If you want to charge for level ups or whatever, that's your business, but that cannot be part of the game for the intents & purposes of this contest.) Also, you'll need to plan to write up a recipe of how you built it, which must include 100% GPL released code. (You don't need to release data, themes, or images, with a few caveats discussed in the rules.)

So w00t! Let's make some games! And make Morbus Iff proud...

(Cross-posted at


Twitter feed

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For folks using twitter, you can follow @osgamecon for any official announcements or related stuff. Also I put up a Facebook page if you like to like.

Aaron Winborn
Drupal Multimedia (my book, available now!)

Official Channel of Communication

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Also, since I posted this in several groups, the official channel of communication for osgamecon will (for now) be the Games Group on g.d.o. -- feel free to join if you haven't already!

Aaron Winborn
Drupal Multimedia (my book, available now!)

Simply awesome!

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This is a great initiative, Aaron, & I'm really glad you & Morbus Iff are spearheading it. Funny how timing works as I'd tasked myself with developing a web-based game built entirely in Drupal by the end of 2011. This is, in essence, a swift kick in the pants for me (which I'm glad for!).

Really glad I stumbled upon this (& the previous post) in the Games group today as I'm not in Chicago for the DrupalCon BoF. Can't wait for the contest to begin! Thank you, again.

Miguel Hernandez -
Founder & CEO - The OpenMindz Group
Writer- Linux Journal & TechZulu

it's a kick in the pants for

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it's a kick in the pants for us all! can't wait to see what you come up with, miguel!

Aaron Winborn
Drupal Multimedia (my book, available now!)

Short and Sweet Ruleset

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What's the best way to post and review changes to the rules? I don't want to post any major edits live without approval from the group. My intent isn't to change the rules, but it would be a matter of opinion of whether I've done a good job clarifying them.

I could post proposed revisions here or we could use some kind of workflow on the site.


I live my "Forgiveness, not

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I live by "Forgiveness, not Permission" - that is, do things brashly and aggressively (or, to put it in GDO/wiki terms: "Be bold!"). I've been thinking that we should create a "OSGameCon 2011 Preparation" wiki page in this group and put all our notes, todos, drafts, etc., there. It'll be a centralized place that is nearest the community it affects (i.e., this group) while not being near the official site (i.e., I'll go ahead and done that at - go crazy!

Awesome, great idea, Morbus!

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Awesome, great idea, Morbus! Yes, I agree, we should continue to use this site for general communication & organization. The osgamecon site will have a role later, when we're ready for submissions & then for voting. But the folks we want to reach out are here anyway, and this site is already set up.

Aaron Winborn
Drupal Multimedia (my book, available now!)

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