- You have to base your game around at least one of these, but not necessarily all of them
- Development doesn't start until Friday. These themes are put out 24 hours before then, just to give y'all some time to percolate ideas.
- At time of writing, It's not too late to sign up. In fact, as long as you're able to submit something by the deadline, you can participate! Signing up is really just a formality, so don't sweat it.
Anyway, here we gooooo...
From what I've gleaned from the Wikipedia article, there's some interesting stuff going on with Cyrus' march. The dude brought an army of ten thousand mercenaries from the ocean into Persia, and got very close to victory against the Persians. Cyrus himself got killed, though, and so his army had to march back out to the ocean across barren deserts and freezing mountains. There's kind of a neat story here, parts of which might translate pretty well into gamey things.
Definition: "Scarlet fever."
Just to add a bit of flavor to that very descriptive definition, here's the first paragraph of the Wikipedia article:
" Scarlet fever (also called scarlatina in older literature) is an infectious disease which most commonly affects 4-8 year old children. Symptoms include sore throat, fever and a characteristic red rash. Scarlet fever is usually spread by inhalation. There is no vaccine, but the disease is effectively treated with antibiotics... Before the availability of antibiotics, scarlet fever was a major cause of death."
Definition: "A march from a coast into the interior, as that of the younger Cyrus into Asia in 401 BC, as narrated by Xenophon in his work Anabasis,"
If you like, Google also offers a second definition, which is a little more succinct: "A military march."
Definition: "The variety of life in the world or in a particular habitat or ecosystem"
I don't really think this one needs much explanation: Biodiversity is when evolution gets bored of there only being one type of goat, and so it makes black goats and brown goats and tentacle goats and even a few dreaded laser goats. Trust me, Biodiversity kicks ass.
Anyway, there they are! We have plague, warfare, and a petting zoo! You now have 24 hours to think about how you could implement these (okay, 22. I'm a little late with this post). After that, development time begins, and we get this this awesome weekend off to a start!