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If you start feeling that your own proposal is being neglected:

1. is the last post in the thread about your project from you? if not, post there, replying in some way to the points raised by others

2. does your wiki proposal have at least some details about scoring?

3. does your wiki proposal have at least one storyboard, telling a story about somebody playing the game, and the decisions that person has to juggle (rough pictures made in Paint are wonderful here!)

4. have you tweaked the wiki version of your proposal since the last time you posted in your thread? if so, then bump the thread *saying* that the wiki has been updated and perhaps summarizing the changes you made

And finally, have you been giving feedback to (or at least reading) some of the other proposals? Reading other proposals, and the discussion threads about them, will give you ideas for how you can polish your own proposal to the point where it could be coded.
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I like #4 especially. I know there are a couple of proposals that have a basic wiki proposal but then a lot more information is contained in the thread about the game. The wiki proposal should be updated to reflect the new revisions to the game.
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*bump*

A lot of us have been busy lately, either with RL or our own projects. If you want to increase your chances of getting feedback and/or nominations, please reread the thread on your proposal, updating your wiki proposal if you have new ideas. Add a storyboard if you don't have one yet, and some kind of tentative scoring. Then bump your thread saying you have updated your wiki proposal.

I don't always find anything worthwhile to say about a proposal myself, but I do promise to at least read the revised wiki proposals and try to think of something useful to say.
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*bump*

I will add my thoughts as a designer.

  • Study your proposal from many angles. Try to foresee as many problems as you can.
  • Develop a strong working knowledge of various aspects. Have a reason for all that is included so you can justify it or adapt it when someone makes a suggestion. Proposals with too many grey areas don't become prototypes.
  • Do what you can to test mechanics before it becomes a prototype (so if random pieces are called for, toss some in a hat and draw them to get a better idea of problems that might arise.)
  • Don't be afraid to ask how difficult an aspect might be from a coding standpoint, be prepared to change.
  • Be actively involved in the discussion thread, even if it means double / triple posting. People are reading the threads and are more likely to get involved when they see that you are "thinking out loud" and working things out.
  • Remember coders are limited and they can get stretched quite thin, so try to do as much of the grunt work (the discussion thread, maintaining the wiki, as well as ironing out details) as you can.
  • Read Bia's game design blog entries about analogies and mechanics .
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    Well, I just thought I'd endorse this...
     
  • Read Bia's game design blog entries about analogies and mechanics .

  • Very much helpful... Thanks... I think I'll add it to the wiki and disc thread...
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