Wow, it's been such a crazy last few days that I completely forgot to brag on my blog! That's unacceptable!
Me and my buddies from Growth Republic and around have taken part in Rails Rumble 2014! It's a hackathon where you have 48 hours to come up with and develop a web application. The only requirement is that you do not use any assets you have created beforehand (open source libraries do not count as long as either you are not the author or you are but they are not a core part of your project), the app is based on Rails or any other Rack-based stack and your team consists of at most 4 people.
Gilgamesz is an application that allows you to create text-based games of the Choose Your Own Adventure variety. Probably some of you remember those neat books that gave you a choice of what to do next by going to a proper page? This is something like this only on-line and a bit better.
Our system is pretty rudimentary (remember we only had 48 hours and a skeleton crew) - you can create your own story, add items and have inventory-based events because of that. No programming required!
I'm not saying our app is perfect tough - the JS library we used for the tree-like graph kinda sucked and we only learned about it halfway through the process and the interface could use a facelift to make it less of a hassle to use. Also, there were some unforeseen complications (one of the developer's girlfriend broke her leg and had to be taken to a hospital) but I like the end product of our struggle.
If you want to help us, you can vote for Gilgamesz.
All you need is a Twitter account, simply visit Rails Rumble website, log-in using the yellow button at the left-top corner of the screen and then click Favourite. Do it if you want to make a group of Rails nerds happy :D