Casual Gameplay Design Competition 7

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Casual Gameplay Design Competition #7 is a one-room (or a couple rooms) interactive fiction competition with an "escape" theme, organized by Jay is Games.

Rules summary

  • Z-CODE ONLY: Games must compile to the Z-code machine so the games can be played on-line via Parchment. This implies that authors will need to use either Inform 6 or Inform 7 to write their games.
  • CONTENT: Games must be original works written for this contest. Entries cannot use copyrighted materials without permission from their owners. Entries must use the "escape" theme or be disqualified. Games should be playable within two hours; epic long games should not be entered. Games must come with a walkthrough. Games with violent or mature content must come with a ESRB Teen rating. No more than three entries per author. Authors must be at least 13 years of age or older.
  • PRIZES: Prizes will be awarded to the top three games: $1000 for 1st place, $500 for 2nd place, and $250 for 3rd place. (I assume they mean US dollars.)
  • DEADLINE: The deadline for entries is Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 11:59PM (GMT-5:00).
  • JUDGING: Judging will be a three week period. If you want to register to be a judge, please visit the CGDC #7 page below. Judges must play and judge at least 5 games for their votes to count. Entries will be judged from 1 to 5 on Theme, Appeal, Fun, Composition, Technical ability, and an Overall score. Judges may not judge games for which they were a beta tester.

Full rules and contact information is available at the competition's webpage.


30 games were released on February 2, 2010.

The winners won $1,000; runners-up (from second to fourth place) won $250 each*.

  1. Hoosegow (Ben Collins-Sussman and Jack Welch).
  2. Fragile Shells (Stephen Granade).
  3. Dual Transform (Andrew Plotkin as "Nigel Smith").
  4. Party Foul (Brooks Reeves).
  5. Roofed (Jim Munroe).
  6. Ka (Dan Efran).
  7. Monday, 16:30 (Alexander "Mordred" Andonov).
  8. The Usher (Branden Rishel and Daphne Gabrieli).
  9. Into the Open Sky (Matthew Lindquist).
  10. Lurid Dreams (Torgrim Mellum Stene).
  11. Containment (Kevin Mintmier).
  12. The Cube (Simon Smart and Eleanor Gang).
  13. The Blueprint (Thaidaree).
  14. Critical Breach (Grey).
  15. The Manor at Whitby (L. E. Hall).
  16. Heavenly (Jim Aikin).
  17. I Expect You To Die (Anthony Schuster).
  18. Virtuality (Mark).
  19. Drama Queen 7 - Mother knows best (HermDog).
  20. Terminal (C. Everett).
  21. Couch of Doom (Megan Moser and Margaret Moser).
  22. Basic Train-ing (bpsp).
  23. Paint (Paul VanKoughnett).
  24. Golden Shadow (The Technomancer).
  25. Escape In The Dark (Owen Parish).
  26. Escape Into Fiction (M27).
  27. A Zeroeth Dimension (Dewey Mowris).
  28. An Open Field (Chris Daniels).
  29. Survive (Baltasar).
  30. Zegrothenus ((one man plus lots of caffeine)).

* Regarding the redistribution of the prize moneys, this is what the comp's results page said:

After all the scores were tabulated there was one clear winner. However, the next 3 games were just too close to call. Therefore, we are calling 2nd place an even tie between 3 games, and we will distribute the 2nd and 3rd place prize money evenly between them.