As always, it took a couple people reminding me before I remembered to plan this year's Game in a Day event [Click here to skip to more info on the GiaD]. This post is to let you know that it will be on the 24th and 25th of September; for the most part, the poll is a ruse. Please vote and comment about which date works best for you. If enough reliable participants can't make the date in question then I'll consider moving it.
Also, post some theme suggestions. We all know what happens when I'm left to pick themes.
I'm going to give prizes another shot, but with an important difference. This time, I will not announce a prize contribution until the money is in my BYOND wallet. If you want to donate $50 to the winner (for example) then get that money to me first. Too many people promise too much, and then disappear once the judging is finished.
About the GiaD
The Game in a Day event is a programming marathon where developers attempt to create an entire game from scratch in one "work day". Because BYOND developers are from all over the world, the event actually runs for 48 hours; this allows everyone to fit their own normal 24 hour day into the allowed time. All libraries and resources (that you are legally allowed to use) are available for the competition, but you are not allowed to submit a previously worked on game. To prevent cheating, a theme is announced at the start of the event. In addition to other criteria, like level of completion and fun, games are judged primarily on creative use of theme.
This is the sixth straight year that the GiaD has been held on BYOND, and several of BYOND's currently active games had their start as GiaD entries.
Want to know more? Check out all the entries from previous years: