Tux Project gets behind the Freedomware Gamefest 2007
Just as it seemed that we're a bit underrated in terms of promotion and that this first tournament will probably not be as big in size as we'd hope for, a nice turnaround happened.
The Tux Project and REVELinux are declaring their support for the gamefest, including a couple of graphic artists Landy DeField (land0, author of the New Blue Amarok iconset) and Janet Theobroma (author of the KDE 3.5 default wallpaper).
The idea is to open a web shop for the gamefest selling T-Shirts with its artwork and logos of the games that will be included. All of the proceeds from this webshop would go to the gamefest and a free T-Shirt may be an award for its winners. This webshop would go through an already established REVELinux Gear webshop, but would be on a separate domain.
In a discussion in which he revealed this to me Landy also suggested we create a "brochure" site for the gamefest under a separate domain name which would link back to Nuxified.org. We have also firmly established what is now an official name of the gamefest: Freedomware Gamefest 2007, simple, understandable and catchy.
Yes, the "2007" in the name of this years tourney definitely means that the intention is to make this an annual event, should we have any success with it this year. Needless to say, it would grow in size and significance each year!
Landy seems quite enthusiastic about this and says that they'll be working on it all their spare time. What this means is that soon enough they'll join us in promotional efforts. He also intends to create a "drop dead sexy" logo for the gamefest that we will be using on our new site. These guys deserve an applause!
So.. I have not wasted much time regarding the new site and have already snatched up the domain name: freedomware-gamefest.com (freedomwaregamefest.org redirects there) which currently contains the two promotional videos for the gamefest in a rather simplistic layout. Of course, we'll be working to improve it.
All this will really help boost our project into something really exciting. Now we will probably be able to offer awards to the winners of the fest and are better equipped to promote it and get more players involved. This means that there may be up to two weeks delay before we close new registrations and the gamefest begins, but it's all for a good reason. If anyone has any doubts now that this gamefest is not a serious undertaking, you can stop doubting now and join up! This is gonna be a fun ride!