The Game of Tomes is an event for writers in the Twitch community that runs side-by-side with the National Novel Writing Month events. It is a team-based game in which the players choose a house to represent and redeem their word counts towards their houses over the course of the month. These words must be written and redeemed in Game of Tomes streams on Twitch. This game runs three times a year: in November for Game of Tomes; and in April and July for Game of Tomes: Tourney of Tales.
The Game of Tomes is not officially associated with Twitch or National Novel Writing Month. It is a grassroots fan initiative.
Original draft writing, brainstorming, and outlining is counted word-for-word
Light Editing (minor typos, rephrasing, transcription, mind mapping, etc.)
15 words per 1 minute of editing time spent OR
1/3 the number of total words edited
Heavy Editing (rewriting, developmental editing, etc.)
30 words per 1 minute of editing time spent OR
1/2 the total number of words edited
As Heavy Editing above
As Light Editing above
Programming/Coding (including statblocks)
As Light Editing, but may only be counted by time equivalent, not word count, and MUST be connected to a "creative writing" project
As Programming/Coding above, and MUST be connected to a "creative writing" project
300 words per single-spaced page OR
150 words per double-spaced page OR
Count the number of words on each of 10 lines of writing. Average the words per line and then count the number of typewritten lines and multiple that number by the average number of words per line
10 words per line OR
300 words per handwritten page OR
Alternatively, average it out by words per line and lines per page, as above
Critiques and Edits for Others
Critiques and edits for others may be counted as light edits by time
Simple read-throughs are not able to be counted
Over time, the "report videos" that we created to inform people how the scoring was going became an integral part of the Game, and an ongoing story in its own, internally-consistent universe. Since the course of the story is decided by the results of the contest, it is a unique form of interactive fiction that all players, called "Tome Knights," participate in creating.
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