Game Contest

The 10 year anniversary of CGDC includes a game contest with a $500 first prize.


More details to follow but consider this - 2011 is the 400 year anniversary of the King James Bible being published in London, England.

The game contest this year will revolve around that historic event as a theme. So start the idea boxes humming and look for more details coming soon.

Comment by God at play on April 8, 2011 at 3:25am

Has anyone started prototyping anything yet?

I'm not the best with historical themes, it'd be great to hear others ideas - or even better - actual work so far!

Comment by Chris Skaggs on April 8, 2011 at 10:34am
To my knowledge this is just brand new, so we haven't seen any prototypes or even ideas. But then again...we only posted this page like 2 days ago. :)
Comment by God at play on April 8, 2011 at 11:43am

Hehe, yeah. Maybe I've been spoiled by the indie community, usually devs jump all over game compos.

If anyone has ideas, post them here, I'd love to brainstorm together with people.

Also, I've done a 1-hour game jam before, it's surprising what you can get done. :)

Comment by Lydia on April 9, 2011 at 3:04am
You want ideas? I'll give you ideas. <GRIN> How about an Escape-The-Room game with trivia about the translation of the KJV as the answers to the puzzles. I can elaborate if you like. It could be an online flash game and/or an iphone/android app. The room would be a recreation of a room in King James' castle or a room/rooms/hut of one of the townspeople. It could be an adventure game where you recreate the events surrounding the completion of this translation, again an edu-game w/ trivia. It could be a board/card game etc.  Well, my ideas are rapidly expanding beyond the three-month time limit, but there's a start. :)
Comment by God at play on April 9, 2011 at 11:17am

Thanks for the ideas, Lydia! Doing something in the castle intrigues me. I'm interested in videogames myself. So here's a challenge.

Videogames true potential lies in its ability to do something that can't be done in any other medium (just like any medium of art!). Those ideas could probably be accomplished on paper. So how could they be rethought in such a way that they'd only be possible in the videogame medium? Hint: By definition, it would involve reducing the elements that can be reproduced in another medium. In this case, reducing the game elements.

Comment by John Nelson on April 13, 2011 at 8:04pm

So can the game be on any platform?

I will have to think about what can be done with the King James Bible anniversary, that's challenging!


Comment by God at play on April 13, 2011 at 8:57pm
"more details" would be great, too. :)
Comment by Lydia on April 14, 2011 at 3:41am

To get the brainstorm going, here are all the platforms/styles of games I can think of (if you need inspiration or to get your mind out of its normal patterns of thinking, try playing a game or two in a genre that you don't normally play) :



Online browser based (flash etc.)


Iphone/android/other mobile

DS etc.


Xbox 360


Fling PC ( a technology similar to a wireless, multi-platform wii)

Deck of Cards  (go fish, hearts, canasta, pinochle etc.)

Trading card

TV DVD ( like "scene it", or trivia/bible questions)

Board games

RPG (old school like on paper or mmo)

mmo etc.



Third person (shooter or adventure like Syberia)

First person Adventure (like Myst)

Interactive fiction

casual online:

Online puzzle

Match 3

Mahjong solitaire

Hidden object

Time management

Escape the room

Other point-n-click

Comment by Lydia on April 14, 2011 at 3:53am
Also, the people planning the conference, and the guy in charge of this game contest, could all use lots of prayer for the Lord to be what they need within them to get everything accomplished  (wisdom, words, organization/prioritizing/time management/discernment about who to delegate what to); and that He would do His will/reveal His will in everything relating to the conference. Sorry for the run-on sentence. :)
Comment by Lydia on April 14, 2011 at 4:13am

The King James Bible Trust is the official website for Britain's celebrations of the KJV's 400th anniversary.This link will give the history of the translation.


This link is to a point-n-click tour of the area around the Thames river in 1611. Its only a couple steps away from being a slide-show style game itself.

Comment by God at play on April 15, 2011 at 1:55pm
Thanks for the link Lydia! I found this note particularly intriguing:
"James I and Richard Bancroft, Bishop of London, later to become Archbishop of Canterbury, drew up instructions for the translators which would ensure that the new version would conform to the theology of the Church of England."

Haha, yeah I think that pretty much sums up my concerns with the KJV. That would make a really interesting perspective of a game experience. Is anyone taking the "political interest" angle?
Comment by God at play on April 21, 2011 at 9:12am

That's a great idea, Greg. :) I would love to play something like that. You could explore the nuances between the different gospels and how each reflects something different about the character of Jesus.

I think I've decided what I would do if I get a chance to work on something. My wife just got a 1906 KJV Bible that has been passed down through her family for 5 generations now. That is super interesting to me, so I want to explore that.

Comment by Tidus Shepherd on April 21, 2011 at 8:05pm
Any word on when official details might be released so people can make an entry? It sounds like a really awesome competition. Would it be possible to enter though if you are not attending the conference, as I'm from Australia? I am still planning on trying to make it to the conference but it's a long shot, either way though I'd love to enter the comp and submit a game for the game cave if possible.
Comment by John Bergquist on May 2, 2011 at 12:42pm
We are still working on the details Tidus.  They should be up soon.
Comment by Seth Crofton on May 3, 2011 at 7:10pm

Hey guys in regards to the upcoming game contest around the KJV Bible I wanted to share some links to some unique games. Treat this as a kind of pre warm up inspiration to see unique ways of presenting material. First here is a link to a monologue presentation of the GOSPEL presented by humble beast records

Here is a link to an indie game called today I die   a game with multiple endings.

And here is a link to an article on Tetris clones as Genocide games

we know that games can carry a message and can be of shock value. They can also be expressions of beauty and intrigue as well. The examples above are meant to get you to think of unique ways to create games or re skin an old game that you may have done for this contest.

Comment by Laurene Wells on May 3, 2011 at 9:58pm
Does it have to be a computer game?
Comment by Seth Crofton on May 4, 2011 at 8:35am
For this contest yes. I know I design my games with multiple revenue channels ( card, boardgame ) but for it to be published it would need to be a computer game. Unfortunately with the collapse of a lot of the Christian book stores out there distribution does not really exist for traditional games. But that does not mean a PDF download of a card game version of your entry would not get bonus points for creativity.
Comment by Sam Garcia on May 6, 2011 at 6:52pm
I just learned about this right now. And it helps me being KJB-only ;)


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