Prizes have always been a fun part of IF events. Rather than give numerical rankings and tiered prizes, we like to do something different: gather interesting, useful, quirky, or funny prizes into a general pool. When the festival closes, authors will get to select a prize from the pool in random order until authors or prizes run out. Winning a ribbon does not change selection order or your chance of getting a prize.
The prizes donated for the 2016 festival were:
- A Steam key for The Blackwell Bundle, containing the first four adventure games in the series by Wadjet Eye, donated by Rouser Voko [selected by Astrid Dalmady]
- A handmade prop "Necronomicon", made out of a Lovecraft short story collection, with a faux-leather binding and belt (pictures:  ), made and donated by Robin Johnson [selected by Andrew G. Schneider]
- A signed copy of The Ice-Bound Compendium and its companion game, The Ice-Bound Concordance (2014 IndieCade Best Story winner), donated by the festival organizer [requires iPad or Windows PC with webcam] [selected by David T. Marchand]
- A Steam or Humble key for Broken Age, the adventure game from DoubleFine Studios, donated by Jason Dyer [selected by Chandler Groover]
- A Steam or Humble key for Sunless Sea, the unterzee exploration game from FailBetter Games, donated by Jason Dyer [selected by Florencia Rumpel Rodriguez]
- A Rock-It 3.0, a device that turns anything into a speaker, donated by Tia Orisney [selected by Erica Kleinman]
Need ideas for prizes? Check out the non-cash prize list for past Spring Things (such as '14, '11, or '08) or current or past IF Comp prize list. Prizes with a personal or homemade touch are especially welcome.
Keep in mind that part of your prize donation, if it's a physical item, is the cost of shipping it to the recipient, who may be from a different country than you. The festival organizer may be able to help subsidize shipping if you have a cool prize idea but can't afford to ship it. Delivery of prizes won't happen until after the festival closes in May.