Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Reveling in this year’s 9 Card contest

I am a print-and-play file horder. I used to be a game hoarder and this obsession takes up a _lot_ less space :P And let’s face it, some files are available for a limited time so its good to make sure I have them for the uncertain future :D

Anyway, that’s a roundabout way of saying that, now that the 2019 9 Card Print and Play Design Contest is done, I’ve downloaded all the files (even the withdrawn ones that are component complete since I’m just that kind of guy :P)

(Yes, I have already made some of the games and even given feedback but I wanted to wait until the contest was over so I’d have the most finalized version of each game)

Anyway, the contest has 97 entries, all which are free to download and make. 97. In comparison, the first 9 Card contest in 2017 had 41 entries. If there is a contest next year (and there probably will be), what is that going to be like?

That’s kind of an insane number. Even if Sturgeon’s law is in play and 90% of the games are crap, that’s nine or ten good nano-games. And that’s nothing to sneeze at. And many of the others are going to be either interesting experiments or wonderful disasters, worth it for me at least to craft nine cards and look at.

I seriously doubt I will make all of them but I like having the option. And sometimes, I like to craft for the sake of crafting and a nine-card game that I will never play is better than a bigger game that I’ll never play for that :P

I am amazed at the work of the contest moderators. This was months of work and the reason I’m afraid that there won’t be a 2020 Contest is because it’s become too overwhelming. I have no idea how they did it.

And Under Falling Skies is now top of my list for games to make and quickly try out.

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