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Old 10-22-2019, 12:36 PM
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@Drager -- The deadline is Sunday, I believe. (Or, exactly 7 days after the threads were posted, I think.) If the judges say something different, ignore me, I'm a dummy.

But I would encourage you to *think* of the deadline as being 2 days sooner than the actual, given deadline. +2 bonus points may or may not seem like much. But it can make all the difference in the world. Had Inem submitted his entry on the last day last year, and I had submitted mine early enough for the +2 bonus points, I would have been IronDM. Unfortunately for me, Inem was on top of his game and we both submitted early enough for the +2 bonus points.
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Old 10-22-2019, 04:02 PM
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I wonder if abbreviations, like GM, are considered words...hmm.
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Old 10-22-2019, 04:09 PM
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A word is:

"a single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing"

Use big (but not distractingly large) words to say more with less.

Use clever formatting to eliminate redundancy.

Imply meaning through context.
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I believe the word counter looks for strings flanked by spaces, so I think " GM " would be one word. I could be wrong-- I think that's how things were counted last year. And my initial submission, which was very close to the word limit, was written with that assumption. But I haven't played around too much with the official, linked word counter, so I could be wrong.

That said, I'm coming up against that Final Boss named "Word count" myself...
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Old 10-22-2019, 04:11 PM
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I wonder if abbreviations, like GM, are considered words...hmm.
official counter says that statement is 9 words 64 characters with hmm being the free word
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Old 10-22-2019, 04:34 PM
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@Imveros and all.

Imveros' sentence is 9 words because of the punctuation. The word counter thinks 'words...hmm' is a single word due to the connecting periods bewteen words and hmm. If it is written 'words, hmm,' then Imveros' sentence is 10 words. Its not that 'hmmm' is free, its just that the Word counter is confused.

I found when I ported my submission from Evernote to the Word Counter to make sure I was on target that I had less words in Word Counter than Evernote by somewhere around 10. Although I still had to edit about 200 out initially.
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Old 10-22-2019, 04:37 PM
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Although I still had to edit about 200 out initially.
Well someone is better at their initial word count than me...
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Old 10-22-2019, 04:40 PM
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Hmm..hmm...HmmM? Thanks GeneT, but I'm not Imveros. If I was, I'd be cooler <slaps self in the face>

I actually decided to use the word counter myself and figure it out myself. Came back here to edit my question only to see lots of answers

Still going to use GM because it's one word less than Game Master! Got to cut where the cutting good.
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Sorry; I messaged the Chairman but didn’t want to delay notification further. Unfortunately I must withdraw from IDM this year. RL is messy at the moment and I want to maintain my obligations to the games I currently play/run on the site. It feels counter to the spirit of the competition if I were to compete while games I was involved with suffered (although I know that can be a reality regardless of best intentions).

Best of luck to my fellow competitors, and good luck to whoever has the opportunity to take my place in the competition. I am sorry to have given you a delayed start, but I am certain you will still compete fiercely!
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Old 10-22-2019, 05:45 PM
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I think that means that Auron3991 is back in the game? You'll be missed, MM.

So, I managed to get my first rough draft done. Now I've gotta drop ~600 words by Friday... Oh, and make it not terrible. Shoot.
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Old 10-22-2019, 06:27 PM
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I'm sure you got the 'not terrible' part Unko.

600 words..................having 187 made me wince and grimace. I think I snorted a few times in exasperation while editing too. I thought the things I deleted were perfectly necessary.

Good luck. I found I had the most luck simply finding one or two words that worked for five or six. And although I didn't like it, I did see the benefit of rethinking sections.
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Old 10-22-2019, 07:54 PM
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Guys just to make it simple.

We will take your post, cut and cut/paste it i to a word counter like THIS
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Old 10-22-2019, 08:14 PM
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I made an outline for each section of my game and focused on the main parts that were a MUST and now that I'm almost done with those parts I find I'm over by 66 words so the one part that I wanted to add for the Players to get a feel for the setting, but has nothing to do with the plot or ingredients, had to be cut.

There's another scene that I'm trying not to cut by turning part of the story into mechanics to cut down on word count. Damn, my insipid need to tell a story!
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I just excised words ruthlessly until I was down to about 1380 words according to Libre Office. Even if the magic word counter doesn't count the same way I've got a solid 100-word buffer.

Edit: Squeak's thing says 1386. Who needs adjectives, anyway?

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Old 10-22-2019, 08:22 PM
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That word counter must have some kind of word cap, because I've used it for longer documents and it's been off by ~50%
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