Emily Short’s “Bring Out Your Dead” SemiJam

Hi, everyone!

To quote Granny Weatherwax, I ATEN’T DED. (Just busy.)

Emily Short is organizing the online semijam “Bring Out Your Dead”, which runs from June 17 to June 24 this year. The details:

Bring Out Your Dead is an event for sharing dead WIPs and experiments that you don’t expect to finish, but that you’d like to show to someone anyway. It’s a chance to cleanse your hard drive, move on from old ideas, and salvage some learning from things that didn’t work out. It’s also an opportunity for your community to learn from your mistakes — which can be just as useful as learning from a success. Ambitious follies, bizarre experiments, toys, and notions that in retrospect never had a chance — all are welcome.

As you may have divined from my blog, I’m a big believer in learning from mistakes (mine and everyone else’s). My current plan is to bring Five Gods Exiled, my procedural generation experiment that never had a working elevator pitch. If someone bribes me with a felt dinosaur, I will also show off my failed Veedercomp entry, which is 5,590 words of extremely incomplete adorable.

If you’re on the fence about participating, I hope you’ll opt in. This is a fantastic opportunity for gamemakers to share knowledge, and I’m really looking forward to it!

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  1. I’m not ready to give some of these screwballs up for dead yet! (And the ones I am, I’m also too embarrassed to show to another living soul — hah.)

  2. I’m looking forward to seeing Five Gods Exiled! I always thought that maybe “Procedural room descriptions!” was the elevator pitch, and all you needed to do was strip out all the other stuff that was keeping us from soaking in those sweet, sweet descriptions. Perhaps I am a specialized audience for that pitch.

    I’ve got something I want to put in… just have to polish it up a bit and add three more procedural description generators. (What’s that you say about missing the point?)

  3. If you are serious about the bribe, and you did not have a specific “someone” in mind, I will totally take you up on that.

    • I was hoping to spur Veeder into giving me a prize anyway, but he quite reasonably pointed out that I missed my chance. Sigh. I’ll get Five Gods Exiled up first and then see what time I have remaining.

      (But if you happen to have a felt dinosaur in search of a home, I’ll gladly take it off your hands. Email me at carolyn at sibylmoon.)

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