7DRLC 2013 is over. The number of roguelike developers and players continues to grow: according to the official game registration page, there were 357 entries this year (compared to 100 entries last year). This is very exciting news!
If you registered a roguelike for the challenge, please update your entry to indicate, in particular, whether your 7DRL was successful and where it is available for download. (If you don’t have a website yourself, you can upload your 7DRL at 7drl.org.)
The list of roguelikes on this site will be updated soon.
Finally, I apologise for the slow load times you may have encountered while visiting this site. I plan to upgrade the hosting plan before next year’s challenge.
Check back for more information—reviews, thoughts on this year’s challenge, etc.—over the next few days!
Number of entries for 7DRLC 2012 (last year’s challenge): 100.
Number of entries for 7DRLC 2013 (this year’s challenge): 253 (so far).
To a quarter of a thousand people: good luck!
7DRLC 2013 will run from Saturday, March 9th to Sunday, March 17th. You can choose any 168-hour period inside this window to create your roguelike.
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7DRLC 2013 is starting very soon! What are you planning for your 7DRL? (Feel free to create a new post introducing your roguelike.)
I’d like to get some feedback on this website before 7DRLC 2013. In particular: what do you think could be improved?
Is the blog intuitive enough to use?
Would you find an instructions page helpful?
Do you think facilities for uploading roguelikes are adequate?
—And anything else you can think of.
From Jeff Lait’s email—
What is a Seven Day Roguelike?
A Seven Day Roguelike is a roguelike created in seven days. This means
the author stopped writing code one hundred and sixty eight hours
after they started writing code.
A Seven Day Roguelike (7DRL) can be written at any time. However, a
general agreement was reached that it would be fun to schedule a
specific week for a challenge. This allows the various authors to know
that others are also desperately tracking down a bad pointer reference
on the 167th hour.
The week has been chosen for the Ninth Annual 7DRL Challenge!
After an unscientific straw poll, the following scientific-looking
graph was generated:
Feb 23 – Mar 3: #######
Mar 2 – Mar 10: ##############
Mar 9 – Mar 17: ################
A discursive analysis of this shows that the use of the # sign makes
for an aesthetically pleasing method for representing bar graphs.
The week for the Seven Day Roguelike Challenge has been chosen!
Within the week of March 9th to March 17th, you are hereby challenged
to write a roguelike in 168 hours!
To participate, follow these simple steps:
1) Any time on March 9th to March 17th (as measured in your time
zone), register on http://7drl.roguetemple.com.
2) Write a roguelike.
3) After 168 hours, if you have completed a playable roguelike, add your
download link to 7drl.roguetemple.com! If not, set your status
to failed and we will all commiserate and agree that given a few scant
more hours, it could have been great.
In case something goes wrong with 7drl.roguetemple.com registration
(It won’t!), use rec.games.roguelike.development as a backup.
You are encouraged to use http://7drl.org for blogging your game development.
I will try to post a reminder message the Wednesday before the
I’ll update this site later today to (a) reflect these dates and (b) streamline the registration process.
Help pick the dates for 7DRL Challenge 2013! Respond to Jeff Lait’s Call for Dates.