We've held coderetreat last March 5, June 4, and August 13. All 3 happened this year only. Now we're planning to host Global Day of Coderetreat on October 22.
Question: Are Organizers limited to doing same problem (being Conway's Game of Life)? with same constraints? Is it possible for Organizers to add flavor to the coderetreat like adding a theme like Pokemon? We plan to integrate the Pokemon game concept to Conway's Game of Life, and integrate Pokemon to the constraints.
If I understand correctly, you want to keep the Game of Life concepts, but instead of "cells" you want to use the concept of "Pokemons". Is that right? In that case, I don't see a problem, as long as you stick to the general GoL problem and constraints. You can add more constraints on top of that, sure. But it is recommended to keep the basic problem of GoL as a starting point.
Of course, we cannot force anyone to do anything. But the participants will feel like being a part of the wider global community when they are able to talk to the other cities about the same problem, the same constraints, the same obstacles they face, etc.
Please keep us in the loop. We would love to see a blogpost about a "Pokemon"-flavored Game of Life.
Have a great Global Day of Coderetreat!
The GDCR team
P.S. Please see this StackExchange answer to why the GoL was chosen: http://programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/121001/why-is-conway...
Our team decided to use same rules of Conway's Game of Life with 1 more rule coming from Pokemon game. New added rule is, each time an Alive Cell dies, you get 1 candy, and once you have 100 candies, about 3 to 5 Alive Cells will pop-up randomly to invoke an "Evolve" just like in Pokemon game.
What do you think? :)
It sounds great! Feel free to tweet about this new rule, maybe other will like it and use it, too.