Build Your Own Board Game!
The contest is to create a board game for at least two players.
It may be similar to existing board games, but its title, graphics, sound, and all other resources should be original content created for this game.
Tokens or cards (or stones, or similar components appropriate to board games) may be played upon the map or moved around it during the game. A player's inventory, tokens, cards, scores, and other information may be displayed in additional panes as appropriate.
The game should use some BYOND 4.0 layout controls rather than relying on the default BYOND layout behavior.
The gameplay should not depend on quick reflexes, though timed turns are permissible within reason.
You may choose any subject matter you like, but the content should be capable of earning a "Teen" or less severe rating from the ESRB (see http://www.esrb.org/ratings/ratings_guide.jsp).
A Help file is not necessary, but at any given point in play, the player should have no trouble understanding what is expected of him. For example, at the start of a player's turn, you might display a message like this: "You may now move any or all of your armies to an adjoining territory by clicking the army and then clicking the target territory. An army will turn gray when you have moved it. To undo any army's move, double-click it. When your are done, click the END TURN button."
For people who have played it before and are familiar with it, a typical session of the game should be playable in 20 minutes or less, though of course some sessions may go longer.
Prizes are $30, $20, and $10. To receive a prize you, or your designated representative, must be capable of receiving PayPal transactions. Fewer prizes, or none, may be awarded if the judges determine there are insufficient entries worthy of prizes.
Deadline is end-of-day Wednesday, May 14, 2008.
Source code need not be provided, but the winners must permit Dream Makers to make the game (at least in the version submitted) available for download to the public (or the private).
Further information, including where to submit entries, will be provided as the contest progresses. Submit any questions in the comments to this post.
[UPDATE 2008-0421: You can send entries to my email account, gtellgtell care of hotmail.com. Put "contest" somewhere in the subject line so I don't miss it! Also see the comments below for additional info.]
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