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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:07 pm 
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So apparently it has taken 8 years to realize that numbering the competition by year is a bit confusing. Especially when the competition actually ends the year after....

I propose we make it sequential, so it coincides with the Action53 volumes. Please discuss below, or vote in the poll.

If anyone has a reason to keep doing it by year, please post below. The only reason I can think of is all the references scattered throughout the posts.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:10 pm 
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I think the lengthy judging period (which is necessary) and the time between that and multicart release further lends itself to the confusion.

Looking at it from a design perspective, and ease of speaking, I think we should place the number after "NESDev" and before "coding competition."

"So-and-so placed first in the NESDev 5 Coding Competition" would roll off the tongue more easily (than NESDev Coding Competiton 5) and follow well-known practice of Ludum Dare numbering.

It would also be hashtag friendly for social media:
#NESDev5

And it would free us of the burdensome "Coding Competion" being necessary in casual discussion, podcasts, etc.

"Do you plan on participating in NESDev 5?" "No, but I might in 6."

What we should not do, is go with ordinal numbering, i.e. The 5th NESDev Coding Competition. It's a mouthful, doesn't lend itself to obvious shortening for hashtags or casual speech, but more importantly it results in hierarchical conflict of information when discussing awards (and on the award badges, since I plan to have those on the wiki for this year's). So, we want to avoid "second place in the fifth competition" or "sixth place in the fifth competition"

I also considered suggesting Roman numerals, Super Bowl style, because I think it would lend itself to badge (and eventual logo) design well. But due to the v at the end of NESDev, the hashtag would be clunky: #NESDevV. Unclear whether to read the final V as number or not, etc.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:11 pm 
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Also, transitioning from years to numbers is not unheard of. King of Fighters did it at 11, for instance.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:14 am 
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I thinking more along the lines of NDC 5 as an abbreviation, or NDCC 5. Also if we use compo instead of coding competition, then I feel NESDev Compo 5 rolls off the tongue better than NESDev 5 Coding Competition.

I also just realized I didn't really post this in a suitable category if someone wants to move it.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:38 am 
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While I do find the timelines a bit confusing, I still think by year is sensible.

I don't think people looking to submit are too confused about the deadline for the 2018 compo, and that's really the important thing. What happens after that is less critical.

Sure, the grace period, judging, and any cartridge releases aren't going to occur in the named year, especially if the deadline is end of year + 1 month grace, but I think the important thing is just that people made games in 2018.

The merging with the name "Action 53" for cartridge release is maybe confusing too, but I don't think that would be solved with a name. It'd good that Action 53's scope exceeds just the compo and can include other stuff and revisions etc.


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I think shortening the cart delay is more important than naming.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:54 am 
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FWIW, I voted "Other", because my opinion is something along the lines of: do whatever you feel is best, but just remember "the Wrestlemania numbering scheme" (just an incrementing number per occasion, often in roman numerals) worked just fine since 1985, but I think people generally understand the current model if it was to remain how it is.


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rainwarrior wrote:
I don't think people looking to submit are too confused about the deadline for the 2018 compo, and that's really the important thing. What happens after that is less critical.


I don't have strong opinions, but it definitely gets confusing when talking about it and trying to remember what was what. When people ask if I submitted anything to the 2017 competition, I have to spend some brainpower trying to figure out which one that was. Whether that's worth changing the name over? That's the question.

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The merging with the name "Action 53" for cartridge release is maybe confusing too, but I don't think that would be solved with a name. It'd good that Action 53's scope exceeds just the compo and can include other stuff and revisions etc.


Yeah, I've found the coupling between the competition and the Action 53 cart to also be a little confusing. They're fairly tightly coupled for the most part, but stuff can be in on the cart but not the compo. Or I've heard people ask what Tepples will allow to be in the competition, without understanding that the cart release (managed by Tepples) and the competition (managed by NesHomebrew) might have slightly different criteria for inclusion. Again, this isn't a major problem, just something I've noticed.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:34 pm 
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Is changing the deadline out of the question?
If the deadline was some time in the Fall, then it would leave time for people to work on cartridge releases before the holidays. Plus the game's release year could coincide with the compo year.

You could still call it the "2020" competition, even though it technically started in the Fall of 2019, since only 1/4 of the compo would occur during 2019.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:36 pm 
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FWIW I do think numbering them would be fine too, I just think the "by year" system works well already.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:42 pm 
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Zutano wrote:
Is changing the deadline out of the question?
If the deadline was some time in the Fall, then it would leave time for people to work on cartridge releases before the holidays.

Simply put, it takes a while to get a cart release together. Keep in mind, it is 2019, and the "2017" cart hasn't been released yet.

I'm not against changing the deadline. If we did a fall deadline, at least it wouldn't add to the "what year is it?" problem. It could also give a bit of time post competition to get things in order and make an official start date in January.

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Yeah, I've found the coupling between the competition and the Action 53 cart to also be a little confusing. They're fairly tightly coupled for the most part, but stuff can be in on the cart but not the compo.

Also, moving forward who knows what will happen. Maybe there won't be a cartridge release for each year, or maybe there will be multiple releases. Only time will tell.


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"Action 53 IV - Collected games from the NESDEV 2017 Compo and more"?

Seconding the notion on roman numerals to differentiate it from "53". Plus it worked for megaman, castlevania, etc. I think its also somewhat celebratory.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:50 pm 
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We could add a dash. Call this year's competition the 2018-2019 competition. Last year's would be the 2017-2018 competition.

And I agree that the cartridge production really ought to have a tighter deadline.


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I don't think it's fair to ask for a deadline for the cartridge.


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rainwarrior wrote:
I don't think it's fair to ask for a deadline for the cartridge.


Agreed. It's a lot of unpaid volunteer work putting it together.

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