CHOMP 2021 (short for CHoicescript cOMPetition) is inspired by @Lordirish’s CScomp which ran for 5 years.
Disclaimer: This contest is in no way endorsed by CoG. I am solely responsible and any problems or concerns, any issues should be addressed directly to me.
What is CHOMP?
It is an interactive game-writing contest where you get thirty-ish days to make a submission using ChoiceScript.
Who can compete?
Anybody is welcome to enter as long as you use the ChoiceScript format, are respectful, don’t spam, and follow the rules. The competition is entirely free to enter.
How do I enter
Upload your work to DashingDon as a private game. When you are ready to submit it to be judged, fill out this form with a link to the game and any important info like co-authors’ names.
When is the competition?
It’s right now. Get Writing. The contest will be open for a month, and then it will take up to another month to judge all the submissions.
Do I have to turn in a complete game?
To finish a game in just thirty days is a very difficult challenge. You’re game does not need to be complete. It can be a demo or a loose piece of a story.
*What about script or mods?
Go for it. This will probably not effect your score though.
Can it be a co-op work?
You may submit a co-op game but one person must be designated as the main contact. How you share the prize money is up to your group. You should take care to credit all people involved, ie: Story by Tom, Coded by Sally
When can we start work on the game?
You may work on an outline or framework, but do not work on writing the story until the theme has been announced.
Because your game should be kept private until the competition is done, we ask that you only do small and private betas.
→ Max one submission per person
→ Judges can enter but they can’t rate their own, which means judges get a -100 points penalty
→ Sponsors can enter but they will also have a -100 point penalty and can’t win their own sub-category
→ Games should not have been worked on prior to the contest or shared publicly on the forums until the end of the competition
→ It is understood that any game entered will be shared with the general public at the end of the competition. If you do not wish to share your game publicly do not enter CHOMP → we will be linking the submission links we got on the results announcement.
→ Mentally acknowledge the bolded disclaimer above
→ Don’t do something that will make me feel bad that I didn’t think of more rules to add
To receive prize money you must have a PayPal account.
All prize money is USD and I will pay the cost of sending by PayPal in USD.
prize pool so far: $100
sub-category prizes: $75
The distribution of the prize pool will depend on how many people enter [see table]
|Entrants||Positions Paid||Prize Split|
|1 - 6||First Place||100%|
|7 - 9||Top Two||70% 30%|
|10 - 15||Top Three||50% 30% 20%|
|16 - 23||Top Four||50% 25% 15% 10%|
|24+||Top Five||40% 25% 20% 10% 5%|
How The Winner Is Decided?
Sponsors’ sub-categories are scored by the sponsor unless they delegate it to the judges.
For the main prize pool:
Each judge can give up to 100 points per game and the host gets 100 total extra points to hand out between all participants.
Scoring and the theme will not be entirely decided, explained, or announced until sponsors have decided their sub-categories.
The scoring is almost certainly going to look like this though:
Writing Style (10)
Judges get plenty of leeway on this one but mainly we want to see your story be coherent and paint us pictures with words.
Your story doesn’t need to be very long to get 10, just show that you put some amount of time and effort into your story.
Replayability and Complexity (10)
Interactive fiction is all about making choices and going back to see what would have happened if you chose different things. To get all 10 points here, make sure you have branching paths and meaningful choices.
It’s not easy to get points for Technical. For this, present that you’ve done something inventive with ChoiceScript. Maybe include an inventory system or checkpoint saving. This could also help with your Uniqueness score.
Having errors, bugs or bad grammar will cause you to lose points here.
Be inclusive. Acknowledge different genders, sexualities, and backgrounds to score well here. If your story is gender-locked, it should be because it goes very well with the story.
Your game stands out from others. The story is refreshing. The gameplay is not just standard.
Matches the Theme (15)
You have to match the theme, of course. If the theme ends up being “Pirates,” and the only pirates in your story is a poster of Jack Sparrow, you’re not getting points for theme from me.
Judge’s Overall Opinion (15)
Forgetting the other scoring categories, did the judge like your story? We’ll see.
Info For Judges & Sponsors
Reply to this topic or message me to apply to be a judge or sponsor.
Let me know why you want to judge and I’ll pick people well known in the community who have been around and interacted on the forums.
Judges must read and give a score to all submissions in order for any of their ratings to be counted.
Let me know what you would like to give towards the prize pool and/or towards a sub-category.
Anyone can sponsor any amount to the main prize pool and it’s very helpful if you do.
Sponsors must meet a minimum prize of $25 to make their own sub-category. See here and here for examples of sub-categories people sponsored in CSComp 3 and 5.
$25 for the highest-scoring person who hasn’t been published before and who does not finish in one of the [prize-pool] positions.
$25 toward the main prize pool and $25 for Best Humorous/Lighthearted Entry.
$25 towards the main prize pool and $25 towards best non-RO character (non-romanceable NPC).