One Room Game Competition 2005


Sorry, no adventure games have been submitted in languages other than Italian (and sadly only one Italian game). You may want to download and play it.


Deadline for submitting games to the organizer has been postponed to April 3rd, 2005. Deadline for submitting votes has been postponed to May 21st, 2005.


Here are the rules for the competition, which is open to games written in any language (and programmed in any programming language).

1) The Organizer. The organizer and games’ collector is me: i will receive games and will count the votes. My email: The games will be released on this website and (if it is possible) on the IF-Archive ( Organizer can’t enter the Comp. .

2) The Main Rule. The Comp is open to text IF or graphic IF games, written in any programming language. There is just one restriction: the game must have only one location.

What does it means? Moves like >GO IN THE WARDROBE or >GO UNDER THE TABLE are allowed. But the Player can’t find himself in another location, with another description: if he enters, or tries to enter, the wardrobe, the game should give sentences like “Ok; you enter the wardrobe, you look inside. Nothing there. You exit”. Or: “Ok, you enter the wardrobe, there you wait… and after five minutes a thief opens the front door”. So, you can enter wardrobes, you can go under the tables, you can have a “Kitchen (on the chair)” Inform Statusline, but you can’t have a new room description. The model is Andrew Plotkin’s Shade, a (wonderful) One Room Game: one location, but different places to explore and to live (kitchen, closet). Every game must be submitted with a walkthrough. The organizer can disqualify the games that break the Main Rule.

Another example of game not allowed: the player in the room has a flashback and finds himself in another “interactive” room. That’s not allowed.

The organizer can disqualify the games that break the Main Rule.

3) Languages. The Comp is open to text IF or graphic IF games, written in any language and programming language.

4) Authors. Each author can submit only one game written entirely by him, but he can participate to all co-productions he wants. Authors are encouraged to submit also a brief profile of themselves and a brief description of the work.

5) Beta-testing. Speaking about beta-testing: the italian community is very small. Can an author be a beta-tester? What if a beta-tester is influenced by the game he has tested? Should an author choose an “outsider”? The rule is that everyone is free to choose his beta-tester. He can beta-test any game, and everyone can vote everything.

6) Deadlines. All games must be sent to the organizer ( by the midnight of March 6th April 3rd. All games will be uploaded in the next days on this website and, maybe, also on

7) Walkthroughs. Every game must be submitted with a walkthrough.

8) How to vote. Votes will be declared open by the organizer on this website in the days following March 6th April, 3rd. From that moment, all votes must be submitted to the organizer by the midnight of April 23th May, 21st. Authors and betatesters can judge also the games they wrote/tested. Judges must rate at least two games giving each one a vote on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best. The final score for each game will be the average of all scores submitted for that game. Judges are encouraged to write brief reviews of the games.

9) Silence. Players are asked not to discuss the entries in a newsgroup during the (very brief, indeed) judging period. We think it’s fair for this reason above all: a public discussion can influence one judge’s opinion (why there are ten threads about game X and nothing for game Y? Maybe X is better than Y?… Look what they have discovered in game X; yeah, but there’s something interesting in game Y, too. It’s too late, I’ve just voted). Opinions and suggestions can be send privately to the authors (I encourage you to do so), and authors must reply privately also.

10) Deus ex machina. The organizer has the final word in any dispute. Updates and everything regardng ORGC will be published on this website.


I encourage you to offer prizes. At the end, every author will choose his prize, the winner will choose first, the second will choose for second etc.

At the moment, we have a 25 euros or gift donated by the organizer.