Welcome to Smalltalks 2009 Coding Contest!
This contest is organized in the context of the Smalltalks 2009 International Conference, to be held in Buenos Aires. It is also possible to participate in the contest remotely.
A discussion forum has been created for participants to share their experiences, make comments for developers, exchange information and of course download game versions and instructions: http://groups.google.com.ar/group/smalltalks-2009-coding-contest
Story, Motivation and Setting
Who has never heard the call of adventure? Who has never dreamed of riding dragons or unicorns, with the breeze stroking your face? Who has never longed to wield a broadsword, or to cast a powerful spell on an evil enemy? The clashing of forged metal against shield, magic sparkling in the air and at your fingertips, fantasy creatures, marvellous settings, quests and adventures...
Human fantasy is full of such things. Fairy stories, epic poetry, folklore, mythology and - latterly - novels, short stories, movies and TV series. Much more recently, video and computer games. The Internet, too, is now full of fantasy games where imaginary characters may "live" and have adventures in virtual worlds. This is what our coding contest is about this year: a (very schematic) epic fantasy game.
Be welcome to participate and have fun with this interesting challenge. Programming a game of this kind requires a great deal of effort; it is not finished yet and your comments and suggestions will surely come in handy.
Smalltalks 2009 Organization Committee