Reposted from the Yahoo! aifarchive group:
Well, it seems like we might have some interest in the comp after all so let's go ahead and do it. We'll make the deadline July 14th, which gives all would-be authors exactly 2 months to get their games ready. The full rules for the comp are listed below. You can also read them on the 2014 mini-comp page I just added to the newsletter website here.
Please remember that the point of the comp is not to push the following rules as far as they will go without breaking, but rather to produce a group of small, relatively simple games for the community to enjoy. The rules are designed to limit the scope of the game so that new authors can compete on more even terms with established authors. Staying within the spirit of the rules should allow almost anyone to be able to complete a game in the time allotted.
If you've been thinking about writing a game or even started one and are getting frustrated as the game seems to grow out of proportion seemingly by a will of its own then you are not alone. Most new authors have had to deal with that and it can be one of the biggest hurdles to get over when trying to bang out that first game. I urge you, not to throw out the idea, but to set it aside long enough to try your hand at one of these. The smaller size imposed by the rules and the built in deadline will help you to do what you may find extremely difficult to do by yourself, finish a game. And once you have that first game under your belt you'll be able to return to your first idea with some experience and self-confidence that will go a long way toward insuring that it too will see the light of day.
So come one, come all to the 2014 AIF Mini-comp. Fire up your favorite authoring system, open your editor and get those creative juices flowing.
Ladies and gentlemen, start your imaginations.