Rules for the Competition
The rules are not quite as simple as the famous "One Rule" from the
first competition, but I have tried to keep
them relatively straightforward. Those who violate a rule once will
either be issued a warning or disqualified at the discretion of the
organizer. Those who violate a rule twice are disqualified. If you
have any questions regarding the rules, please contact the organizer.
Rules for Judges
- Judges must base their judgement of each game on at most the first
two hours of play. If a judge is still playing a game at the end of a
cumulative two hours of playing time and wishes to continue playing
it, the judge must rate the game and not change that rating
later before continuing play. Authors may write a game of any
length they desire, but should keep this rule in mind when determining
the length of their entry.
- Judges are asked not to discuss the entries in a public forum
during the judging period, in order to let other judges form their own
opinions of the games.
- You may not give a rating to any game you have beta-tested.
Rules for Authors
- Games must not be based upon works currently under copyright
unless permission is obtained from the copyright holder. You may
parody established works, but you may not, for example, write a game
based on Terry Pratchett's Discworld without
permission. This avoids the entire issue of copyright and the ethics
- Do not use copyrighted multimedia assets (graphics or sound)
without permission from the copyright owner. This is especially
important for MIDI files, as many web sites have MIDI versions of
copyrighted songs available for download. If you don't know if a song,
sound file, or picture is under copyright, don't use it.
- All entries must be freeware or public domain. Do not enter
a game unless you are willing to give it away. No shareware,
donorware, commercial products, etc. may be entered.
- All entries must be previously unreleased at the opening of
voting. If an entry has previously been circulated, it will be
disqualified. Translations of previously-released works are not
considered to be unreleased. If you are unsure whether your game fails
to meet this rule, please ask
me. Note that this rule does not prevent you from having your game
tested by a few beta-testers.
- Authors of a competition entry may not discuss any of the entries
in a public Internet forum during the voting period. Once the
competition has begun, do not post your thoughts on your entry or
anyone else's on a newsgroup or bulletin board until the deadline for
voting has passed.
Rule for Everyone
- Anyone who impersonates a contest official in any capacity related
to the contest will be immediately disqualified and will be banned
permanently from future involvement in the competition.
These rules may be changed as required by the organizer. In
addition, the organizer has final say in all
disputes regarding potential loopholes in the above rules.