Volunteer for CityScrabble in this year's Patras Carnival
CityScrabble will be one of the games of the hidden treasure in the 2013 carnival of Patras. The hunt for the hidden treasure has a great tradition. It is played since 1966 in every carnival of Patras and has become one of its main elements. For this carnival a version of CityScrabble will be one of the challenges.
In the game will take part about 200 players. The game field will be almost the entire city. CityScrabble needs help, in three areas:
- Coding. Improvement and testing of the game in android but also in php/mysql for the server component. The game is in most parts ready. Some rule modifications need to be implemented especially for the carnival. Also, the communication infrastracture is changing and we are moving from xmpp to google cloud messaging. In these two areas we need most help. Apart from that, there are smaller or bigger tasks which might be interesting. Just ask us!
- Testing. Later we will need volunteers to test the game in various devices. The game will be played in a lot devices by a lot of players. It is necessary to ensure that it works correctly and that it can handle even severe failures. For this we need a lot of testing in a variety of devices and conditions.
- Evaluation. The hunt of the hidden treasure in the carnival of Patras is a big oppurtunity for studying this kind of games. There are not a lot of similar games in the world that are played this way and the carnival is special because the players are highly competitive. For many players it is more than a game to pass time but something for which they prepare many months in advance. In order to be able to study the game, we will need volunteers for observation and data collection in the field.
If you are interested and want to participate, or even if you are just curious, send us an email at cityscrabble[@]gmail.com.