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« Thread started on: Jul 18th, 2008, 10:25am »

Okay, all you JB coders waiting for an inspiration. Here's a contest idea to spark your imagination and hone those programming skills. smiley

The contest is being sponsored by Joseph E.

Text-based Program Challenge

About the challenge:
As the title suggests, this challenge is to create "the very best" text-based program (or game). No pictures or graphic renditions of any kind are allowed. The program must be completely inside of the main window.

External text files can be used. If your entry uses external files (or is too long to post on this forum), you can post it at the Text-based Challenge Wikispace at the Just BASIC Wikispaces.

Text-based programs are very easy and fun to make, so anyone can join and give it a shot! There are a lot of options out there for anyone interested in participating.

For example, you could make a text game, a quiz program, a chat-with-the-computer program (those are fun!) or a cool ASCII display like a sine wave plotted in text, a special calculator for certain kinds of problems, or anything else you can come up with that stays within the rules! There are lots of programs around to get ideas from.

Challenge Schedule:
  • This challenge starts Friday, July 18th and runs for a week ending 11:00 P.M. (your time) on Friday, July 25th. Good news! The challenge has been extended by one week. This gives you until 11:00 P.M. (your time zone) on Friday, August 1st to submit an entry!
  • A voting poll will be started Saturday, July 26th August 2nd with the aid of a Moderator/Administrator, and end the evening of Sunday, July 27th August 3rd.
  • Voting should be based on creativity, fun factor (if it's a game), reliability, and code structure, respectively.
  • Absolutely everyone can vote including members, challenge participants, and Administrators and Moderators.
  • Voting should be weighed against the programmer's ability and experience.


Please reply if you plan to compete or need more clarification. Over to you, Joseph E .... grin
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« Reply #1 on: Jul 18th, 2008, 10:33am »

Great to see a new challenge up! I will be attempting to participate!
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« Reply #2 on: Jul 18th, 2008, 11:19am »

@ Janet: Thanks. cool

I hope this is a fun and enjoyable challenge for everyone. I want everyone who participates to have a great time!

on Jul 18th, 2008, 10:33am, mylifedrive wrote:
Great to see a new challenge up! I will be attempting to participate!


Superb! It's starting out well already! grin
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« Reply #3 on: Jul 18th, 2008, 12:34pm »

anyone remember the game STALKER that someone made her a while ago? that was a really fun text RPG...

there are lots of text rpg's actually so i think I'll start working on mine... just need a good story!

Thanks Joseph for posting this challenging challenge!
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« Reply #4 on: Jul 18th, 2008, 1:35pm »

on Jul 18th, 2008, 12:34pm, Crusader wrote:
anyone remember the game STALKER that someone made her a while ago? that was a really fun text RPG...

there are lots of text rpg's actually so i think I'll start working on mine... just need a good story!

Thanks Joseph for posting this challenging challenge!


That was actually the first thing I thought of when I saw this challenge. I don't have the skill, the patience, or the intelligence to create that fancy of a text adventure game. Of course, I won't tell you what my plans are... cool cool cool
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« Reply #5 on: Jul 18th, 2008, 5:10pm »

My entry will be a game.
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« Reply #6 on: Jul 18th, 2008, 6:26pm »

I'll at least try to make something, but if I experience too many false starts before the deadline (I'm trying something pretty complex, a chatbot that understands simple sentences and questions) I will have no time to make a good entry. I know my idea is very ambitious and optomistic, but I may as well see what I can manage.

EDIT Trying to come up with a different idea, after deciding on how the essential parts of the chatbot would function it became clear that too much raw data would be required to enter in a week.
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« Reply #7 on: Jul 19th, 2008, 12:51am »

I've got a question.
Can I use sound effects and musichuh
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« Reply #8 on: Jul 19th, 2008, 02:06am »

Hmmm, I might participate in this thing. Show yaz all how the Tasmanians do it!
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« Reply #9 on: Jul 19th, 2008, 06:47am »

Are we allowed to use text to take the place of graphics? For example this as a person?
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EDIT That doesn't look like much of a person, but you get the idea.
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« Reply #10 on: Jul 19th, 2008, 11:39am »

on Jul 18th, 2008, 12:34pm, Crusader wrote:
Thanks Joseph for posting this challenging challenge!


You're welcome. wink I'm sure you'll come up with something great!

on Jul 18th, 2008, 5:10pm, cundo wrote:
My entry will be a game.


Glad to have you aboard!

on Jul 18th, 2008, 6:26pm, SirDavid wrote:
EDIT Trying to come up with a different idea, after deciding on how the essential parts of the chatbot would function it became clear that too much raw data would be required to enter in a week.


I'm sure you'll get it together. Thanks for participating!

on Jul 19th, 2008, 12:51am, H. Adam wrote:
I've got a question.
Can I use sound effects and musichuh


That's the sad part. You can't. You can use external text files, though, to store other data.

on Jul 19th, 2008, 02:06am, k7 wrote:
Hmmm, I might participate in this thing. Show yaz all how the Tasmanians do it!


That would be great if you could participate! I'd love to see how the Tasmanians do it.

on Jul 19th, 2008, 06:47am, SirDavid wrote:
Are we allowed to use text to take the place of graphics? For example this as a person?
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EDIT That doesn't look like much of a person, but you get the idea.


YES! In fact, there are tons of ASCII Art on the internet. Just Google it. You could even store them in external files and load them when you want to display them.

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« Reply #11 on: Jul 19th, 2008, 7:25pm »

wait, why can't we use music? is that not allowed or isn't it possible in the main win?
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on Jul 19th, 2008, 7:25pm, Crusader wrote:
wait, why can't we use music? is that not allowed or isn't it possible in the main win?


It is possible, so it must be the rules.

Music might bias someone towards a particular game, even if it isn't that good, also.
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« Reply #13 on: Jul 20th, 2008, 11:55am »

on Jul 19th, 2008, 9:38pm, mylifedrive wrote:
It is possible, so it must be the rules.

Music might bias someone towards a particular game, even if it isn't that good, also.


It is the rules. The only external files that can be used are plain text files.

I apologize for not making that very clear in the challenge post.

Music and sound can be a great inspiration, and if it helps to program them in, just remember to take it out before entering into this contest. You can always release another version of your program afterwords.

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« Reply #14 on: Jul 20th, 2008, 3:11pm »

I've got a question- when should we post our program? I finished mine- grin but I'm a bit hesitant to post it until the challenge is over... undecided
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