How? Where? When? I've been working on a game with a customized board that I'd like to enter. When should I start watching for rules, etc.? It looks like something happened last December, where people were playing games and evaluating, but I've not been able to find any specfics on how to enter games, or deadlines, etc. Help!? Thanks.
The information on the IceAwards is here.
Feel free to submit your game on the wiki. It will then be considered during next year’s award cycle. I'm not sure when this year's evaluation will begin--probably in the next few months.
Yeah, we *really* need to do this.
Bear in mind, the ice awards are usually fFor the previous calendar year. When we start the awards, now, we will be looking at every game "published*" fFrom January 1st, 2012, through December 31st 2012.
* Published in this case means, most generally, put up on the wiki.
The reason fFor choosing to go a year back has to do with the idea that hopefully a game will be playtested, edited, and improved by the time we get to examining it. If a game has proper ownership, then it should have improved noticeably beyond a simple rough draft.
Thanks very much for your response, but I can't figure out how to submit a game to the site. I just keep getting relinked back to the info page. I have a game ready to go ("Snail Invasion!) The rules and a customized game board are all ready to go as a PDF file, but how do I get it to show up on the wiki site? Thx. P.P.S. I just tried uploading the file, and I got an "Upload Warning." I followed the link above to get to this page, but I keep jumping back and forth between old salmon-colored pages and what looks like slightly-newer blue and gray pages. Is there any relationship between the salmon pages and the blue ones? Why are the formats different? Why is everything, as far as I can tell, accessibly only to Admins? Am I even on the right site? Am I supposed to be emailing files somewhere instead of trying to edit the wiki? (I've worked with SharePoint wikis, but I've never seen anything like the pseudo-code on this site. I'm guessing it's about three generations back?) Thanks for any help anyone can offer. I've been working on the game for about ten months, and really want to enter it for 2013.
Last note -- I tried looking for "Help" and find references to "Talk" pages, but I have no idea what a "talk" page is. Even the "instructions" say they're not really instructions for the Pyramids site... Ai yi yi. I gotta tell you, folks. This whole thing is starting to feel like one of those Masonic "worthiness" tests. Are only people who are willing to spend a couple weeks studying old programming language "worthy" of playing with pyramids? I have an AS in computer science, and have been maintaining and designing HTML and ColdFusion sites since they were invented, yet I can't make sense out of anything on the site. I suspect people who aren't in IT in any way but who still like playing with pyramids would give up in total frustration...
If you have never edited a wiki page, then I can certainly imagine your confusion. The Icehouse wiki uses the same software as Wikipedia, so if you have ever edited a Wikipedia page, that prior experience should help.
A "Talk" page is a page for discussion about an Article page in the site. (Typically about a specific game's page, e.g. playtesters giving feedback or someone asking about a rules ambiguity.)
If you have not already created a user account, you'll need to do that. The reason why everything is accessible only to Admins is because in the past there was a HUGE problem with asshole spammers constantly creating accounts and leaving spam all over the site. (See http://looneylabs.ning.com/forum/topics/icehousegames-org-being-ham... for when that happened.) So now new users need to explicitly request that the wiki admins give them editing rights. (You can probably do that here in this thread if you tell your user name.) (I am not an admin, but they read these forums.)
Once you have editing rights, you can edit existing articles and create new articles (such as an article with the title of your game's name!) You can look at an existing game's article (use Edit to see the wiki source code) to see the format of wiki markup syntax.
Hope that helps. Good luck!
If you want your game designs posted on the IceWikiiki, please do one of the following:
1) Post the rules to your game in a thread here at the fan club (under the Pyramid Games subforum (just like you did to start this thread). One of our IceWiki experts will format the rules for you and handle of the confusing MediaWiki code.
2) Email the rules to me at deeplogic at excite dot com, and I'll take it from there.
Thanks for designing pyramid games!
Thanks bunches for your help. (It's been a migrainy work week already. I don't think I could handle another learning curve.) I've created a new thread -- "Entry for 2013 Ice Awards" and uploaded the rules & board. Watch where you step...