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Game Design Contests?

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dusticus2000
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Do people actually hold game design contests where designers submit games and wait to see who's is the best? If so when where and how would a person get in to one of those?

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Game Design Contests?

There was a contest held here earlier. It's still in the process of being judged I think.

There is a results section for it further down toward the bottom of the forum.

I think I read some rumblings of another contest here... I can't speak for those who run this site, but I'm pretty sure it'd be after the final judging of the previous contest wraps up.

I could be mistaken as well. I'm prone to that.

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Re: Game Design Contests?

dusticus2000 wrote:
Do people actually hold game design contests where designers submit games and wait to see who's is the best? If so when where and how would a person get in to one of those?

Yes, this forum held the "Doomed Civilization" contest. Its deadline has passed, but you can read about the judging elsewhere.

Other competitions...

- The Hippodice competition is probably the biggest in our hobby for unpublished designers. It is based in Germany, so they seem to have a preference for more "German" family- and mechanic-based designs. Their submission deadline was November 1st.

Note that there have been a few high-placing entries at Hippodice that, through the strength of their performance at the contest, were picked up by publishers. The goal of the Hippodice contest is to give talented but unheralded game designers a chance to be seen by legitamate and successful publishing companies. I believe Mississippi Queen and Vino were both successful Hippodice entries.

- Piecepack is a game system, like a deck of cards or Icehouse pyramids. To boost the number of games available for the system, its makers frequently host a game design contest. The most recent one, Solitaire Play, just ended. They seem to happen once or twice a year, so if you get a look at the system now (there's a free printable version available from the web site), you can get familiar with it before the next competition is announced.

- Finally, About.com Games and Abstract Games Magazine are holding a competition with the theme of "Shared Pieces." If you hurry, you can still make this one; the deadline is December 31.

There's a news section on this site which contains more info and links to all of these competitions. Click on "Topics" at the top of the screen, scroll down to "Game Design Competitions," and click on the picture.

Hopefully this helps!

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