Every year we need to randomly select the order teams will present in at the Imagine Cup finals. Rather than do the traditional "name out of a hat" style drawing, last year I started a tradition for the Game Design category; to actually write a simple game in the same technology we ask the students to use - XNA.

 

This year I followed up with a game that looks like a hand of cards being drawn, one at a time. Each card has the team name, the game track they're competing in, a screenshot of their game, the game name and description and the country they are representing, both in flag and name form.

 

I build up a quick array with each team's details then loop through them, selecting one at random and pushing it to be the next card drawn, then display it in a fanned out fashion on screen.

 

Each of the three tracks is done in a different color scheme and I can switch back and forth between the tracks easily for review, or with the press of another button, reset it all and start again. It's a very simple game but does precisely what it needs to - randomly determines the order of presentations.

 

Check it out here: http://bit.ly/ICGD11s

 

PS. If you like the look of the trading card game format I've used for the game, there may be something a little more concrete at the world finals next week that looks very similar!