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Title: "A Love Letter To FreeBASIC" Competition (Oct 2018 – Feb 2019), 1000 $ 1st prize
Post by: Lachie Dazdarian on October 08, 2018, 12:16:34 PM
Dear FreeBASIC friends and fellow travellers.

After a 4 years long delay I’m sponsoring a new FreeBASIC Games Directory Game Dev Competition, and the last one I will ever sponsor.

Since this is a conscious decision to make it my LAST, it is my wish to make the theme of this competition FREEBASIC itself and its community, and the impact it had on each of us individually.

The entries should be developed as a homage, a love letter to the very compiler/community, or as a final farewell, depending on the sentiments of the entrant, both hopefully being accepted as legit, by all participants and followers of the competition.

A LOVE LETTER (https://i.imgur.com/7uhpuCc.png)TO FREEBASIC

Summary:
The objective in this competition is to create a game that is your expression of love and appreciation toward FreeBASIC and the FreeBASIC community, as appreciation for the positive impact it had on you as a person.

Competition rules:
* the entry must reference FreeBASIC in some way, the FreeBASIC community, or its members (it can be more or less related to gameplay, a backdrop, a vague theme, you can toy with the horse mascot for example, make a cyberpunk RPG where you hack using FB, you name it, …)
* the entry must be compiled in FreeBASIC
* source code must be provided with the entry
* all libraries wrapped for FreeBASIC are allowed (FBgfx, GL2D, OpenGL, SDL, ...)
* the competition entries must be submitted via email or in this thread before the 4th of February 2019, 18:00 GMT
* the winner will receive 1000 $ cash prize paid via PayPal or Bitcoin or Etherium; the 2nd place holder will receive a 700 $ cash prize, 3rd 400 $, 4th 200 $ and 5th 100 $
* in case of donations during the course of the competition, prizes will be increased
* all entries will be evaluated by competition sponsors (those who forked their own cash), while one category will be based on community votes
* teams are allowed
* non-original work MUST be credited (music, graphics, story, ...)

Scoring details (as with the last competition):
Game design (35 points max): The emphasis in this category will be on how much the theme is expressed in the game overall.
Gameplay (15 points max): In this category I will evaluate how much the game is fun and challenging to play.
Progression (6 Points max): In this category I will evaluate the progression in the game (is it present and how much it enhances the play experience). This will be used to award the entries that feature more depth in comparison to those that don't feature it.
Replay Value (6 Points max)
Graphics (7 points max)
Sound/music (7 points max)
Personal likeness (from 4 to 6 points max)
Community vote (up to 10 points): Depends on the number of entries. I'll try to separate the entries with at least 2 points, depending on their final placement in community vote.

I encourage everyone to share their WIP, but if worried about sharing concepts/ideas before the deadline, I think all would appreciate at least some vague info on what you are working on and the progress.

Why this competition?

After such a long absence from the community, interrupted with an occasional yearly glance, I realized recently that I will never, or at least not in the foreseeable future, return actively to FreeBASIC.

And I believe many people who were once important members of the community and very active in the past, feel similarly. And them, equally as I, most likely feel they’ve left too abruptly, without that being a result of some conscious decision. This is a chance for them to give one final farewell to FreeBASIC.

The other group are those who still plan to continue to use FreeBASIC, and this is their opportunity to develop a game expressing their love and appreciation for the compiler. And also a chance to win 1000 $.

I would not like to see feelings of resentment toward people who want to make a conscious decision to develop their final FreeBASIC work via this competition, from those who want to continue using FreeBASIC, and vice versa. Allow those who want to say goodbye to say their goodbye, and those who still see future in FreeBASIC, to demonstrate their dedication. Let’s part as friends and commemorate the days we spend together as something valuable.


Title: Re: "A Love Letter To FreeBASIC" Competition (Oct 2018 – Jan 2019), 250 $ 1st prize
Post by: landeel on October 08, 2018, 01:08:21 PM
Already working on mine. This will be fun. ;)


Title: Re: "A Love Letter To FreeBASIC" Competition (Oct 2018 – Jan 2019), 250 $ 1st prize
Post by: The Car on October 08, 2018, 05:51:21 PM
I'm in! It's been nearly ten years since I've done anything in FB. I hope I still remember enough of it :)


Title: Re: "A Love Letter To FreeBASIC" Competition (Oct 2018 – Jan 2019), 250 $ 1st prize
Post by: Pritchard on October 09, 2018, 08:54:49 AM
I'm in. I'll have something done in a week that will be remembered for centuries :)


Title: Re: "A Love Letter To FreeBASIC" Competition (Oct 2018 – Jan 2019), 250 $ 1st prize
Post by: Eponasoft on October 09, 2018, 04:47:29 PM
I'm in. It will be my last FB project as well.


Title: Re: "A Love Letter To FreeBASIC" Competition (Oct 2018 – Jan 2019), 300 $ 1st prize
Post by: Lachie Dazdarian on October 13, 2018, 07:53:20 PM
Thanks to Pete Berg's donation I'm upping the first prize to 300 USD, and the second prize to 150 USD.


Title: Re: "A Love Letter To FreeBASIC" Competition (Oct 2018 – Jan 2019), 300 $ 1st prize
Post by: ssjx on November 04, 2018, 05:24:10 AM
Hi,
Here is a link to a work in progress demo of my entry:

http://ssjx.co.uk/windows/fbgd.php

The idea is that you will go inside various smart devices and use FreeBasic to clean/cure the evil programs inside them. Or something along those lines...

The home screen is a little dull at the moment so I am thinking of adding some cyber ghosts which will you stun to allow you to access the device they are linked to.

This very early demo with lots that still needs doing but just wanted to show what I am working on.

I think this game will fall under 'vague theme' category! :)

Thanks for looking!


Title: Re: "A Love Letter To FreeBASIC" Competition (Oct 2018 – Jan 2019), 300 $ 1st prize
Post by: Lachie Dazdarian on November 05, 2018, 03:46:17 PM
This is great.

Thanks for sharing.

The space shooter is already fun.

Looking forward where this will go further.


Title: Re: "A Love Letter To FreeBASIC" Competition (Oct 2018 – Jan 2019), 300 $ 1st prize
Post by: Pritchard on November 10, 2018, 12:59:49 PM
Have not made any progress since my last update. I am focused on work and will not have any spare time until the holidays, when I have several weeks off altogether. I want each feature of my game to be something I can make in just a couple hours. I spent too long on the first feature and it's making me nervous to pick up the code again because I don't have enough time to spend 4 - 6 hours on each component, when I want 2 - 3 dozen features in my game altogether.

Like I said in my progress thread, the idea is that each feature can be completed and left as-is, so the game will always be ready for release. I've been spending a lot of time in the back of my head thinking about how I can code features quickly and also always have the game releasable in case I run out of dev hours.


Title: Re: "A Love Letter To FreeBASIC" Competition (Oct 2018 – Jan 2019), 300 $ 1st prize
Post by: landeel on November 11, 2018, 08:09:27 AM
I've made a lot of progress in the last few days.
I have a title screen already.
Game is almost playable.


Title: Re: "A Love Letter To FreeBASIC" Competition (Oct 2018 – Jan 2019), 300 $ 1st prize
Post by: Eponasoft on November 11, 2018, 10:17:53 AM
I've made some progress on my entry, but most of my time for dev is being taken up by Yuki PC right now. Once that's out of the way, I can focus more time on this.


Title: Re: "A Love Letter To FreeBASIC" Competition (Oct 2018 – Jan 2019), 300 $ 1st prize
Post by: gothon on November 13, 2018, 03:52:11 AM
My entry I am calling 'Programs of Legend', is a programming game where players will explore a procedurally generated world using bots that they program using a GUI that exposes a small subset of FB.  I have managed to set up the underlying libraries and graphics code to compile in 32 bit windows, 64 bit windows, and 64 bit linux, but I have a long way to go before it is playable.  Once I have it working well enough, I'm hoping I can crowd source the community for code that can be used by opponent bots.. :-)

Attached is a portion of a screenshot showing a rendering of a large number of high resolution orthographic voxel tiles.  These tiles are drawn by first rendering them to a texture and then from the texture to the game map display.  The tiles shown are simple demo tiles, as I still need to make tiles and sprites for this.


Title: Re: "A Love Letter To FreeBASIC" Competition (Oct 2018 – Jan 2019), 300 $ 1st prize
Post by: Lachie Dazdarian on November 18, 2018, 08:16:34 AM
Great to hear about all this progress. Gothon, your idea sounds particularly original. Can't wait to get a taste of it. A huge fan of your Color Eater 3D.


Title: Re: "A Love Letter To FreeBASIC" Competition (Oct 2018 – Jan 2019), 350 $ 1st prize
Post by: Lachie Dazdarian on November 18, 2018, 05:46:20 PM
Adjusted the prizes incorporating the latest donation. The current prize pool so far is 650 USD and will be distributed as folows:

1st place - 350 USD
2nd place - 200 USD
3rd place - 50 USD
4th place - 25 USD
5th place - 25 USD

The current sponsors:
Pritchard - 200 USD
Leopardpm - 100 USD
Pete Berg - 100 USD
Lachie Dazdarian - 250 USD

All sponsors will be contacted before evaluation process regarding scoring the entries (won't be eligible if they decide to submit an entry themselves), with their vote carrying the weight of their share in the prize pool.

Would be nice if we could find one more sponsor to beef up the 3rd and 4th place by 50 and 25 USD respectively, but as it is, this is quite a serious prize pool already.


Title: Re: "A Love Letter To FreeBASIC" Competition (Oct 2018 – Jan 2019), 800 $ 1st prize
Post by: Lachie Dazdarian on November 27, 2018, 05:05:03 AM
Thanks to a very generous anonymous donor who donated impressive 1250 USD, we are upping the prizes as follows:

1st place - 800 USD
2nd place - 600 USD
3rd place - 300 USD
4th place - 100 USD
5th place - 100 USD

The current sponsors:
Pritchard - 200 USD
Leopardpm - 100 USD
Pete Berg - 100 USD
Lachie Dazdarian - 250 USD
Anonymous - 1250 USD


Title: Re: "A Love Letter To FreeBASIC" Competition (Oct 2018 – Jan 2019), 800 $ 1st prize
Post by: landeel on November 27, 2018, 05:24:18 AM
 :o :o :o
Man, that's an impressive prize.
I'll be putting all my effort into it.


Title: Re: "A Love Letter To FreeBASIC" Competition (Oct 2018 – Jan 2019), 800 $ 1st prize
Post by: ssjx on November 27, 2018, 12:08:07 PM
Wow, those are some big prizes!


Title: Re: "A Love Letter To FreeBASIC" Competition (Oct 2018 – Jan 2019), 800 $ 1st prize
Post by: ssjx on November 27, 2018, 12:35:23 PM
Hi,
I've posted another demo here:

http://ssjx.co.uk/windows/fbgd.php

Still very much a work in progress and lots to do but it is becoming more like what I have in mind.

The python/centipede game is not really playable at the moment, you can skip it by pressing 'c' (for cheat!)

Thanks for looking!


Title: Re: "A Love Letter To FreeBASIC" Competition (Oct 2018 – Jan 2019), 800 $ 1st prize
Post by: Lachie Dazdarian on November 27, 2018, 06:30:07 PM
I really like how your stuff is developing, ssjx. I quite dig how each game features a similar look, and difficulty seems to be on point. Be sure not to make the game too easy. The player needs to be penalized somehow for dieing. One of the main flaws of your previous entries. Maybe add some achievements/secrets for finishing the game without dieing or something. Also, would be nice if you could develop more the appearance in the cyber world of the thing you control, to be similar in each game. Dunno. And I'm not sure I dig the pacman ghosts you shoot at. Maybe they should be some sphere you hunt around, something more "plausable". Who are these pacman ghosts, with what and why are you shooting at them?

I would also like to see a humorous story how evil C++ programming brough down the civilization, or something crazy like that.

Well, anyway, you see your entry got me thinking in 10 directions.,


Title: Re: "A Love Letter To FreeBASIC" Competition (Oct 2018 – Jan 2019), 800 $ 1st prize
Post by: ssjx on November 28, 2018, 02:09:03 AM
Thanks for the feedback, most of your points are on the lengthy todo list:

* The ghosts (graphics) are pretty much place holders until i draw something nicer. They are the programs having escaped from their devices, there is a good chance they will be spider like. Or at least more tied to the general look. Collision detection with the ghosts/spiders is also on the list...

* Each sub game will have varying difficulties, e.g. the first device (say tablet) will have an easy level, the next tablet would have a more difficult version and so on. Moving blocks will be added next to the maze game.

* The look of each sub game will also be improved to tie in with the device too.

* The ships graphics are place holders too. Thinking i will aim for more Tron like...

I will be making a little intro animation to explain this all! So far it is looking like 'Lightening bolt strikes router bringing all these evil programs to life and freebasic is needed to get them back into their device and cure them'.

Lots to do and I really want to include a Tempest / STUN Runner game as it seems like the perfect way to represent a network link! :)


Title: Re: "A Love Letter To FreeBASIC" Competition (Oct 2018 – Jan 2019), 800 $ 1st prize
Post by: Lachie Dazdarian on December 12, 2018, 01:27:04 PM
Hi. I've talked to few people in private who still didn't start but nevertheless want to do something, and also noticed in the forums few late arrivals. And there was the late substantial prize pool increase. So I'm thinking about extending the deadline for about two weeks, but I don't want anyone who started early to feel cheated by the extension, so I'm basically looking for an unanimous acceptance of this decision.

Eager to hear your opinion.


Title: Re: "A Love Letter To FreeBASIC" Competition (Oct 2018 – Jan 2019), 800 $ 1st prize
Post by: ssjx on December 13, 2018, 01:32:01 AM
Hi, I have no problem with the deadline being extended! :)


Title: Re: "A Love Letter To FreeBASIC" Competition (Oct 2018 – Jan 2019), 800 $ 1st prize
Post by: gothon on December 13, 2018, 04:55:34 AM
My project is taking me a lot of time to get it fully running, and I see the posts from others starting late, so I welcome an extension as will likely help many people get their entries fleshed out.


Title: Re: "A Love Letter To FreeBASIC" Competition (Oct 2018 – Jan 2019), 800 $ 1st prize
Post by: landeel on December 14, 2018, 04:57:04 AM
I'm in favor of the extension. :)


Title: Re: "A Love Letter To FreeBASIC" Competition (Oct 2018 – Jan 2019), 800 $ 1st prize
Post by: mambazo on December 17, 2018, 05:28:36 AM
Looking forward to playing all these :) I haven't touch FB in quite some time!! I'm also in favour of an extension due to some technical setbacks!


Title: Re: "A Love Letter To FreeBASIC" Competition (Oct 2018 – Feb 2019), 800 $ 1st prize
Post by: Lachie Dazdarian on December 19, 2018, 08:03:02 AM
Due to huge prize pool increase and popular demand, I'm extending the deadline to 4th of February 2019. This is the ONLY and FINAL extension. Bear that in mind and good luck.


Title: Re: "A Love Letter To FreeBASIC" Competition (Oct 2018 – Feb 2019), 800 $ 1st prize
Post by: Lachie Dazdarian on December 22, 2018, 12:40:45 PM
Lol, another donor, another prize increase. The prize pool is 2400 USD now, first prize being 1000 USD.

(https://media.giphy.com/media/kjYC9OlzTzzWM/giphy.gif)

1st place - 1000 USD
2nd place - 700 USD
3rd place - 400 USD
4th place - 200 USD
5th place - 100 USD

The current sponsors:
Pritchard - 200 USD
Leopardpm - 100 USD
Pete Berg - 100 USD
Lachie Dazdarian - 250 USD
Anonymous 1 - 1250 USD
Anonymous 2 - 500 USD


Title: Re: "A Love Letter To FreeBASIC" Competition (Oct 2018 – Feb 2019), 1000 $ 1st prize
Post by: ecxjoe on December 25, 2018, 07:54:28 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/BY7zJ.gif)


Title: Re: "A Love Letter To FreeBASIC" Competition (Oct 2018 – Feb 2019), 1000 $ 1st prize
Post by: landeel on January 03, 2019, 07:11:09 AM
Here's some gameplay of my WIP:
https://youtu.be/BcY3NG7bqkw


Title: Re: "A Love Letter To FreeBASIC" Competition (Oct 2018 – Feb 2019), 1000 $ 1st prize
Post by: mambazo on January 04, 2019, 06:04:51 PM
That's looking really good, landeel! Looking forward to the rest of the story :P


Title: Re: "A Love Letter To FreeBASIC" Competition (Oct 2018 – Feb 2019), 1000 $ 1st prize
Post by: ssjx on January 09, 2019, 01:42:48 PM
Hi,
My entry is mostly done:

http://ssjx.co.uk/windows/ioet.shtml

Besides a bit more testing and minor tweaks, I do not expect the final entry to be much different.

A bit early given there are a few weeks to go but I did not want to leave it to the last minute!

Also, I did not plan on the intro being like a Mr Men story but it seems to work and just about explains what is going on. The first intro attempt was long and tedious...

Anyway, thanks for looking! :)


Title: Re: "A Love Letter To FreeBASIC" Competition (Oct 2018 – Feb 2019), 1000 $ 1st prize
Post by: Lachie Dazdarian on January 10, 2019, 12:32:04 PM
This is one of your best efforts so far, ssxj. The best gameplay-wise, IMO. Thanks for delivering this.

At the start I thought the game difficulty was a bit unfair, but after few attempts I got the jist of it, and I appreciate how constructed it is, with health being received by fininshing levels. This allows you to rack up health with easiers levels, so you have more space for error with more difficult levels. Also, levels unlocking and bonus levels are a really nice touch.

What bothers me are few things, and I think you have time to adress few of them, if you consider it worthwile.

Music. I really think you should find some free music tracks online and incorporate them in the game. The game is really asking for them. And if you implement them, please allow the user to turn up/down volume of music and sfx separately. SFX in the game is somewhat agressive. I can turn it down now manually outside the game, but if the game will feature music, I might prefer to leave the music volume up.

The appearance of the controlled object in the devices. While I know that not all graphics inside the devices are faux textual, I kinda feel the appearance of the thing you contol being made of text characters would be more effective and consistent.

I think the game should come with preset high scores, so there is some real incentive in playing the levels again by trying to beat those scores.

Finally, I really to think the professor's house and backyear is quite dull graphically. Everything looks stiff and boring. I think you managed to deliver more interesting graphics in previous entries. Not sure if something more can be done there, but maybe at least few more objects, adding some minimal animation to tiles (like blinking on devices), and maybe some animation to ghosts. It would really help the game feel more alive. His house more looks like a stage than a real house. Add some book shelves, lamps, carpets, etc., ...

Anyway, those are my two cents.

Once more, thank you for your effort. Appreciated. And I really enjoyed playing it. Will get back to it once more for scoring.


Title: Re: "A Love Letter To FreeBASIC" Competition (Oct 2018 – Feb 2019), 1000 $ 1st prize
Post by: ssjx on January 10, 2019, 12:56:30 PM
Thanks for playing and for the feedback!

Making the garden and house more animated and interesting is the main thing on the list, as well as improving the sound. The sound is too noisy on the levels where you have to continually shoot! Also some events could do with a fanfare or similar.

Music may be an issue as I would rather not include something created by someone else, I may take another look if there are any good simple music tools.

Initially I struggled to think of anything for this competition but it has been fun and I like what my entry turned out like. With hindsight, I would probably have made the 4 directional shooter a bigger element but that came together later and by accident (smash tv + space invaders?), hopefully people play through to get to the isometric game which is my first one of those.

Btw, the little ship has FBC on it but it is really tiny... :)


Title: Re: "A Love Letter To FreeBASIC" Competition (Oct 2018 – Feb 2019), 1000 $ 1st prize
Post by: Lachie Dazdarian on January 12, 2019, 03:59:46 PM
Released stuff so far.

Landeel, FB Shooter Force 2019, a side scrolling shooter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcY3NG7bqkw
Pitto, Untitled platformer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwYc2ryKgig
Boromir, Basic Warfare, a RTS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMVUlnkMW7M
ssjx, Internet of Evil Things, mixed genres: http://ssjx.co.uk/windows/ioet.shtml (a version close to final entry released)

Confired WIPs I'm confident will result with a competition entry are being developed by gothon, Zamaster.

For any other WIP, people are either very secretive or the stuff is still very much in "maybe" phase, but would love to be mistaken. Pls folks, share!