0x04 is the cruelest month: NaPoGenMo and altgamejam

Sunday, April 12, 2015

April is National Poetry Writing Month! And as NaNoGenMo is to NaNoWriMo, so NaPoGenMo is to NaPoWriMo:

The Goal: Spend the month of April writing code that generates a poem. Repeat.

The Rules: The only rule is that you share at least one poem and also your source code at the end.

And who, I ask, can resist poetry written by computers?

For our part, we have written a few short poetry generators, mostly in the form of bash one-liners, whose output can be found in this Github issue.

More significantly, we've also written a Hello, world! program in the Beatnik programming language (and, for the record, determined that writing a quine in Beatnik is out of the question.)

Oh, but that's not all! Oh, but you'll wish it was all, you will!

For it is the case that the month of April is also when the ALTERNATIVE GAME JAM is taking place.

What exactly an "alt game" is we're still not sure, but that didn't stop us from making one. It's hosted on GameJolt as a condition of the jam, and there's this annoying ad that you have to wait through to see the actual game, but that shouldn't stop you from trying it. Here it is:

The New Gamerly Realism

WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO JOIN AND PARTICIPATE YOUR BEST IN THESE GLORIOUS NEW OLYMPIADS