The First Quadrennial Ryan Veeder Exposition for Good Interactive Fiction is over. Its results were announced on 14 March 2016 in the following video:
Most of the Entries were released afterward by their authors, and these were catalogued at the Interactive Fiction Database here. Although the Entries were ostensibly designed to please only me, you may manage to find some stimulation in playing them yourself.
Below you may find my explanation of the Exposition and its rules as originally presented to Entrants in November of 2015. At some point in 2019, I will announce the Second Quadrennial Ryan Veeder Exposition for Good Interactive fiction; I cannot tell you what you should do until then.
My name is Ryan Veeder. Thank you for your interest in my Exposition for Good Interactive Fiction. Watch the informative video below to hear me introduce the Exposition to you, or scroll down to learn about the Exposition by reading.
The Ryan Veeder Exposition for Good Interactive Fiction is a quadrennial event showcasing interactive fiction written for the specific purpose of pleasing me. It is my heartfelt wish that this Exposition will improve my own quality of life by encouraging the interactive fiction community to entertain me.
The Ryan Veeder Exposition for Good Interactive Fiction, like the Spring Thing and IFComp, is a judged exhibition of original text-based games. However, mine is the only such event to be judged by a single person (me).
Anyone who wishes to gratify me may submit a game, and I have generously donated many exquisite prizes that will encourage you to do so. However, in order for me to judge each game fairly, the anonymity of every game's author must be preserved at all costs. This principle is central to many of the Exposition's rules, which you will read below.
1. Ryan Veeder is the Judge.
2. No person who is an Entrant to the Exposition shall attempt to engage the Judge in any form of communication having anything whatsoever to do with the Exposition, on pain of forfeit.
3. No person who is not an Entrant to the Exposition shall attempt to engage the Judge in any form of communication having anything whatsoever to do with the Exposition, on pain of forfeit.
4. Public discussion of the Exposition by Entrants and Non-Entrants during the Exposition shall be conducted in a mindful manner, on pain of forfeit.
5. All communication between Entrants or Non-Entrants and the governing body of the Exposition shall be facilitated by the Stewards of the Exposition, on pain of forfeit.
6. The content of an Entry shall not contain any indication of the identity of any Entrant, on pain of forfeit.
7. Each Entrant shall submit exactly one Entry, on pain of forfeit.
8. All Entries shall be previously unreleased at the opening of judging, on pain of forfeit.
9. The Judge reserves the right to disqualify from the Exposition any Entrant or Non-Entrant who knowingly or unknowingly violates any of these rules.
23 November, 2015: The Exposition is announced.
18 January, 2016: Intent to Enter must be submitted to the Stewards on or before this date.
28 February: Entries must be submitted to the Stewards on or before this date.
29 February: The Stewards submit the Entries to the Judge. The Judging Period begins.
14 March: The Judging Period ends. The identities of the Entrants are unveiled, and the distribution of Prizes may begin.
The Judge will score each Entry on a 100-point scale, assessing the Entry on three metrics:
How Good It Is: This metric represents the Judge's objective opinion of the Entry's inherent quality.
How Fun It Is: This metric represents the Judge's subjective experience of the Entry, specifically in terms of the Entry being fun or not.
How Much I Like It: This metric combines aspects of the other two scoring scales, but also unique qualities of its own.
An Entry can earn a maximum of 33 points on each metric. Each Entry's score will be calculated on a rubric like this one.
The Entrant that earns the highest score will receive 1st Prize. The Entrant that receives the second-highest score will receive 2nd Prize, and so on. There will be no ties.
1st Prize: $150 (USD) and first choice from the Plush Doll Pool
2nd Prize: $100 (USD) and second choice from the Plush Doll Pool
3rd Prize: $50 (USD) and third choice from the Plush Doll Pool
4th through nth Prize: fourth through nth choice from the Plush Doll Pool
The Plush Doll Pool is a collection of dolls created especially for the Ryan Veeder Exposition for Good Interactive Fiction, containing a number of adorable and squishable felt dolls equal to the number of Entrants.
Cash prizes will be distributed by check or PayPal at the Entrant's discretion.
I am being absolutely serious.