As I hinted to in last week's post, this year's Get Something Done challenge is almost here.
This is an annual month long challenge for developers where the goal is to have a finished and published game by the end of the month. So many of us on BYOND call ourselves game designers or programmers yet we can't point to a single game we've actually finished. This is a call for you to change that.
Unlike other challenges, the game you'll be finishing in the the Get Something Done event is an old game you've already started... but abandoned for whatever reason. Perhaps you never got that endless procedurally generated dungeon finished, or the multi-tiled boss mobs kept giving your grief. Now's the time to ditch the endless dungeon and make a couple hard-coded dungeons instead, or to give up on those multi-tiled mobs and add single tiled bosses. This challenge isn't about making the game as you dreamed it would be - it's about finishing it so that people can actually play it.
[Edit: If you do not have an old game to fix up there will be other options which I'll explain as the event draws closer. Don't feel like you can't take the challenge for that reason.]
That's it for me for now. in another two weeks or so I'll be posting an official announcement and a list of rules, etc.. In the meantime, give some thought as to which of your old and abandoned projects could be revived, and tell other developers about the challenge.