At Salgan Al Sol ( shameless plug here
) we were discussing this year´s Game Chef in relation to some other GC-inspired competitions going on in the spanish-speaking communities; and the rather slow rate of subscriptions came to our minds. So i went to both forums ( af2008 and GC2007, which is still up, and i thank that ) and dug up some numbers:
Last year´s Game Chef had:
218 members in the forum, including the Admin account and its obvious test-pawn.
...161 of them became "tapped in" designers.
Around 90 of those 161 tapped in before the ingredients were up.
Of those 161, 82 finished ( or, like me, """finished""" ) their games.
This year´s Game Chef has, as of now:
75 registered users as Designers alone.
23 registered users as Artists alone.
42 registered users as "Both".
"around 30 submissions" of art delivered, as told to us not-artists by the wise Master Chef.
So i received the surprise of discovering much more action that i initially could perceive... Even if many of those 117 registered-to-design users don´t truly enter the arena, being three days before the art is shown and having that many accounts is still a sign that the Game Chef 2008 is alive and kicking.
... And it makes my initial prejudice of it going slow something to warn about: if you don´t see action in it, it´s only because we can´t see artists threads and the designers don´t have much to post before we start.
Just wanted to share what i discovered.