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(Relatively) IMPORTANT POST about the future of the Game Design Showdown!

The Game Design Showdown is one of my favorite aspects of BGDF. I remember when it started, as a 5-minute thing in the chat room, and then it grew to a week long design exercise. I'd hate to see it go.

Over the last couple of months I've noticed that I have had trouble posting in a timely fashion, and coming up with interesting challenges, and often times this has led to low participation. For that I apologize. However, I'd rather see the GDS re-invigorated than to quit doing it... but it appears I'm not the one to make that happen...

So, I am putting out the call...

Who will volunteer to take over the Game Design Showdown?

As the GDS Moderator you will have...

  • BGDF Admin privileges
  • Creative control over the showdown challenges
  • The authority to change the rules of the showdowns or the specifics of voting
  • My undying admiration for picking up the GDS torch!

The responsibilities of this position aren't trivial, but they're not that bad either. I've always hoped that we could find a way to make them easier as well, though so far I haven't been able to do that. responsibilities include:

  • Posting a challenge on a set schedule
  • Promoting the contest via posts (ideally more than just on BGDF)
  • Creating Comments/Questions and Critique threads
  • Receiving and posting showdown entries (sometimes fixing formatting)
  • Receiving and tallying votes
  • Posting the vote tallies and winner

Please PM me (sedjtroll) if you are interested in taking on this position.

Thanks!

Comments

The future of GDS

My bookmark is pointing at the GDS page. GDS was the primary elevating thing that got my attention, when I first time visited the site. Challenges are fun, instructive and sometimes frustrating. After these words, why I did not take part in "kickstarter" challenge?

The challenge was okay, as usual. I just don't understand why folks keep pouring money in even then when a funding goal has been reached many days ago. Crowdfunding is a mystery, not the up to date theme.

I hope that the Game Design Showdown survives in form or other. And evolves. Thank you!

regzr wrote:The challenge was

regzr wrote:
The challenge was okay, as usual. I just don't understand why folks keep pouring money in even then when a funding goal has been reached many days ago. Crowdfunding is a mystery, not the up to date theme.

I had thought this would give people a chance to explore why this happens - or more accurately, how to try and make it happen. Crowd funding seemed topical, as more games than ever are using crowd funding websites to find funding to get published.

I guess not everyone is interested enough in the phenomenon to look at it more closely.

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