Four years ago, a game development contest for BGE users (BGMC) got its first two contestants, first finished game and the first winner. Over time the number of contestants, games and winners increased, the biggest contest had over 35 games. Winners sometimes got nothing except congrats, sometimes they got games and once even a trophy (sponsored by Wallmaster). But over time, people lost interest, the contest got delayed, canceled and forgotten.
Time has passed, Blender gained lots of new features, developers gained new skills, organizers gained some weight and motivation to bring the contest back.
There are some plans about the next contest already, but we need your help, so please tell us what you think.
First of all, what do you think about the name we used so far BGMC, its short for Blender Game Making Challenge and before that it was BWGMC or Blender Weekend Game Making Challenge. We know its long and generic, but it was good enough for a long time.
What are your ideas or suggestions for the new name ?
For the first 4 years we used a blog to keep track of contests, themes, developers and games, and it worked good enough.
Should we make a website or continue using the blog format ?
We had contests that lasted 2 days, 5 days and 7 days. Sometimes they where months apart, sometimes weeks and sometimes just days.
What do you think the best length of a contest is ?
Most games made during the contest where judged by other developers so it was easy to pick the best one, sometimes we had judges and sometimes the voting was open to everyone.
What is the way you prefer your game to be judged, how do you want to pick the winner ?
Winners should get something for winning, most of the time it was the right to pick the theme for the next contest. Sometimes it was keys for games on Steam and Origin, and once it was an awesome trophy made by Wallmaster.
Rewards however cost money, and we always invested our own, but that is not a very good long-term plan.
Would you consider donating something to the winner, and in return you become a official judge of the contest ?
We can’t wait to hear what you have to say, don’t be afraid to speak your mind.