In case you haven’t heard, the 2015 Scripting Games have taken a different approach than what has been done in the previous years. Instead of a throwing down all of the events within a 2-4 weeks span as has been done in the past, this year is more focused on an event per month style to allow folks more of an opportunity to complete the events. Also changed is the use of judges and coaches (used with the team approach last year) to review the code submitted.
Having competed, judged, coached, etc… on the Scripting Games since 2010, I am interested to see how this plays out. I will be the first to admit that judging the submissions during the games is practically a full time job to ensure that you review as many as possible by testing to see if they ran right, then running through the code to see how it was written to assign a proper score. This made for some long nights as well as auto-pilot syndrome sometimes when we were coming down to the deadline of trying to get everything judged by at least 2 judges to ensure a fair look at entries.
I could more into this but you can find all of this information out on PowerShell.org: http://powershell.org/wp/2015/06/29/the-scripting-games-heres-whats-happening/
Needless to say, this should be a fun approach and also provides a great way to get the User Groups involved as well for an added piece of fun. As the blog post says, the idea of a more familiar event could still happen in the future but the current timeline is still unsure at this point.
All that being said, the first puzzle has been published out on PowerShell.org: http://powershell.org/wp/2015/07/04/2015-july-scripting-games-puzzle/
My part in this event is that I am going to offer a celebrity submission, meaning that I will offer my solution as well as how I came to the finished piece. That won’t be published until sometime next month, but I will be sure to let everyone know when it goes live.