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It has begun!

http://www.game-chef.com/

Theme: AMALGAM

Ingredients:
• Failure
• Microscopic
• Levitate
• Secret

The contest starts on June 21st and run through June 30th (Hawaii Time) so for some, it seemed to start on the 20th and might run to the 1st... but best to have it done before then!

Only 2 ingredients need to be used.

I'm super excited with the ingredients this year!
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Oh? But we can discuss our ideas over here!
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Clark is being a humbug.

The first thing that comes to my mind, I admit, is "Agents of AMALGAM" using Failure and Secret. Kind of a surreal "Get Smart" thing.

One of the mechanics would be you can automatically succeed at some task if you can come up with a self-referential phrase for AMALGAM as acroynym and drop it into a sentence, as in

"You know, AMALGAM manages adversity locally/globally, always magnificently."

This would be a very silly game, probably designed for play by post. I won't actually design it because I'm me. But still, could be fun.
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Dentists use silver amalgam.

Just throwing that out there.
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Someone on the Game Chef discord brought up the original meaning of Amalgam, which comes from the Arabic "to soften" since it was used in alchemy (chemistry) as an alloy of mercury with another metal.

So you can use it as a mixture, or as dental fillings, or as a softener, or mercury + a metal... there has been some great brainstorming about the use of the word!
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Amalgam is travel author Bill Bryson's name for his quintessential American tiny town.

He constantly fails to find it in his books.
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Azukail wrote:
Dentists use silver amalgam.

Just throwing that out there.


And now we're in horror territory.

Orthodontia, a PbtA game of secret failures.
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tdphillips wrote:
Azukail wrote:
Dentists use silver amalgam.

Just throwing that out there.


And now we're in horror territory.

Orthodontia, a PbtA game of secret failures.


I was thinking Marathon Man: the RPG.
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Clark is being a humbug.

Hey!
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Here are some amalgams of the ingredients. Heh.

opium life vacate soiree
violate opium ceasefire
safe cooperative milieu
mauve faeries politico
over pious emaciate life
flee avaricious epitome
five soil America toupee
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ctimmins wrote:
skalchemist wrote:
Clark is being a humbug.

Hey!

Should I have added a smiley face emoji?

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I'm still thinking of amalgam as a mixture. So, taking a look at secret and failure, something along the lines of the secret efforts to stop/start a mixture of the population of a small town.

I could go the whole horror route with... why is this town so homogeneous in makeup? Hmmm...

Or the other way could be horror also... investigating disappearances in a small town where they find out that disagreeable people just ... disappear.

Hmmm again...
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Or the other way could be horror also... investigating disappearances in a small town where they find out that disagreeable people just ... disappear.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/264511.Darkfall

Those who understand this, will have had nightmares too.
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I am choosing to focus on the "Failure" ingredient, and to stay true to the theme, will not be submitting.



But seriously, no time to even feel inspired atm. Loving the random ideas in this thread, though. Good luck to those who enter!

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Clark is being a humbug.

Hey!

Should I have added a smiley face emoji?



No no, see, it motivated him...

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Here are some amalgams of the ingredients. Heh.

opium life vacate soiree
violate opium ceasefire
safe cooperative milieu
mauve faeries politico
over pious emaciate life
flee avaricious epitome
five soil America toupee
avarice milieu pees foot


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Or the other way could be horror also... investigating disappearances in a small town where they find out that disagreeable people just ... disappear.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/264511.Darkfall

Those who understand this, will have had nightmares too.


I've never heard of it, but added it to my goodreads list. It looks pretty cool!
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I'm thinking some king of mechanic like projection from that series Travelers. You get to roll your character but then you have to amalgam with a host (or something, maybe like a Trill) that has traits you can't decide on. Roll a character. Randomly generate a character. Fuse them.
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ctimmins wrote:
I'm thinking some king of mechanic like projection from that series Travelers. You get to roll your character but then you have to amalgam with a host (or something, maybe like a Trill) that has traits you can't decide on. Roll a character. Randomly generate a character. Fuse them.


I like that idea. Would you have a stack of the 'riders' premade for random selection, or are they randomly generated too? Sci-fi cyborgs is another posibility.
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I basically know what I'm going to make, now I just need to find the time to sit down and write it up!
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I basically know what I'm going to make, now I just need to find the time to sit down and write it up!


That's always the rub, isn't it? I have it all sketched out in my head in broad form, but having the time to put it down is the impediment at this point.
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My problem is that I've had a very busy weekend... and my first free night this upcoming week is Wednesday... so I have to let the ideas sit and stew a little longer.
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And I was able to start writing it up last night! So excited!
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I'm out. Three full days at Salt Lake Game Con's Adventurers League and work have pretty much made my feeble attempts nothing more than a sketch of an outline. Not gonna happen this year.
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I'm out. Three full days at Salt Lake Game Con's Adventurers League and work have pretty much made my feeble attempts nothing more than a sketch of an outline. Not gonna happen this year.


I'm close to being out. I don't think that I can get it finished in the next two hours. The dates just caught me by surprise, so it's been hard to get into the right mindset. Next year.
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I made it! Though I worked pretty much straight through the weekend on mine. My husband was awesomely understanding.

Though yeah, the dates came out of nowhere. At least this wasn't like last year, where I didn't find out about it until halfway through the 9 days...

I wonder if anyone reviewing my game will understand the theme I pulled from amalgam...

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Amalgam only has "a" as a vowel, so all 100 keywords in my game are words which only have "a" for vowels.

I wrote a python program to trawl through a dictionary for it too... which was so worth it.
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