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Old 01-23-2007   #1
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Default Official Level Design Contest: January/February

Welcome to the official level design contest topic. Please read the following if you're interested in entering the contest or are just curious as to what the rules and regulations are.

There are four divisions, match, capture the flag, circuit and single player. Here are the important parts of each type, for those who would like the specifics:

Match stages are arenas for players to fight. 32 deathmatch starts are necessary to randomize the spawning, but if the stage loads and runs okay, itís an acceptable entry for the match contest. You should also have a Player 1 Start to keep the level from crashing if loaded improperly.

Capture the Flag stages are arenas for two teams to battle it out. They must include a red team and blue team base with a flag, and should include 32 deathmatch and 16 red and blue team starts. There should also be a Player 1 Start to keep the level from crashing if loaded improperly. It is generally better to make the map symmetrical to be absolutely sure that it is fair for both teams.

Circuit stages are race tracks designed for Race mode. They should include a Circuit mode finish line and several Star Posts to ensure the stage runs properly. There should be a Player 1 Start at the starting point.

Single Player stages are designed to play in 1 player, and have to include a start and end, and obstacles in the way. Generally, itís a good idea to give the map support for Cooperative and Race mode, but itís not necessary.

The full rules of the contest are as follows:

1. All levels must work correctly in their selected mode. Support for other modes is suggested, but not required. Levels will be judged in Match, Capture the Flag, Circuit or Single Player, depending on the contest youíre entering.
2. The map may not have been publicly released before. In other words, if you have released the level on the Addons section or on the forums or IRC channel, you may not enter it. However, if itís unreleased, that is just as good as being completely new, and is a legal entry.
3. The map has to be your own work. If you base it on another map, that's fine, but a straight port or slight modifications are against the rules.

For the match, circuit and capture the flag contest, there is another rule in place:

4. Custom textures, music, SOCs, and other lumps other than a header and the map itself are not allowed in the Match, Circuit and Capture the Flag contests. These levels are going to be combined into a single WAD file, so in the interest in getting the entries out on time, you have to be creative with what you have.

Submissions are to be sent to my e-mail at mystic@srb2.org.

Submissions need to have "Contest Submission - January/February" as the subject line, and contain the name of the stage, your nickname, and the contest you are submitting the map to in the e-mail body. If you do not give me a nickname, your e-mail's given name and e-mail address will be used to attribute the file. For multiple maps in one e-mail, make sure to put the information for each map included. I prefer attachments, but links in the body of the e-mail are also alright provided they are to your own webspace. No SendSpace, Rapidshare, or other similar file hosts. Files hosted on such servers will not be included. Note that maps that are considered unplayable will be rejected.

The contest submissions period ends on March 1st, 2006 at 12:00 AM GMT. (February 28th, 2006 at 7:00 PM EST). Any submissions that are late will be possible to get in if you get them to him before the judging starts, but if youíre late, youíre taking a risk that you might have to wait for the next contest, so please get your file in on time.

Judging will consist of voting on the message board. Any member can vote, giving a number for each map from 0 to 10, zero being the most abysmal piece of crap ever, and ten being total perfection. You cannot vote on your own map. To encourage voting, if an entrant votes on everyone elseís map in the contest they are entered in, the lowest score on all of their entries will be dropped. (Example: If someone enters a single player map and votes on all the other single player maps, their lowest score is dropped.)

Judging will start the instant the files are uploaded, and continue until a week after they were uploaded. The exact time when voting will end will be shown when the files are uploaded. At that point, all votes will be averaged and the map with the highest average in each category will be declared the winner.

The section on the Addons section for showing contest winners is still under revision, but the winners will get special treatment on the website.

All entries are welcome, from beginners to advanced level designers. Even if you donít win, this is an excellent way to get feedback on your stage to help improve. Collaborations are allowed, and testing is encouraged strongly.

There. You have your topic. Now leave me alone until February. I have quests to turn in in Terrokar. =P
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Just wondering does the submitted level have to be in a zip folder or will you take it in just a wadfile?
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Old 01-23-2007   #3
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wad. I sent him one for the last one and it was not in a zip.
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There. You have your topic. Now leave me alone until February. I have quests to turn in in Terrokar. =P
Must be a WoW thing as I have no idea what that means.
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wad. I sent him one for the last one and it was not in a zip.
That's good. If I really improve I might enter this contest, but first I have to learn how to do proper 3d linedef options.
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WAD and ZIP are both fine. Please don't send it in another format, though.
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Old 01-23-2007   #6
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For the match, circuit and capture the flag contest, there is another rule in place:

4. Custom textures, music, SOCs, and other lumps other than a header and the map itself are not allowed in the Match, Circuit and Capture the Flag contests. These levels are going to be combined into a single WAD file, so in the interest in getting the entries out on time, you have to be creative with what you have.
I don't see why we can't have level select image lumps. Better then a stupid ? mark...
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Because:

A) Most people won't bother
B) I'd then get a bazillion questions of how to make them
C) Then after I get the questions and answer them, they still won't make them.

Make next contest we can start encouraging their use when all the newbies figure out how to make them.
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Yay, I've learned how to make 3D (sectors higher than another without huge walls in the way). I think that I'm going to enter this contest.
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Old 01-23-2007   #9
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I entered this contest a while back.
I feel it will do good this contest.
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Yay, I've learned how to make 3D (sectors higher than another without huge walls in the way). I think that I'm going to enter this contest.
This should be interesting.

Mystic, just to confirm, did you get Castleon this time?
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Yay, I've learned how to make 3D (sectors higher than another without huge walls in the way). I think that I'm going to enter this contest.
This should be interesting.

Mystic, just to confirm, did you get Castleon this time?
If interesting means crappy then you just hit the nail on the head. The level that I'm entering is just a coop level city near an ocean, nothing major.
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Speaking of camo, I seriously need to fix your ark level.
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Speaking of camo, I seriously need to fix your ark level.
Yup, but after I make a totally new design. And before I get to work on that I'm gonna try my hand at 3D in Sunset Island Zone.
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Damn, I'm late again.
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Old 01-24-2007   #15
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no you aren't. You would be if it was march.
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I think I'll enter this contest with a CTF and 2 Match levels.

Just 1 month to go, I need to hurry.
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I've made several maps in less than a month so I'll proably have a few entries. My signature has the names of what I sent in already.
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Because:

A) Most people won't bother
B) I'd then get a bazillion questions of how to make them
C) Then after I get the questions and answer them, they still won't make them.

Make next contest we can start encouraging their use when all the newbies figure out how to make them.
I wasn't saying it should be a requirement. It could be totally optional. My problem is that I can't use one, where I should (and want to) be able to, as it's a normal feature in SRB2.
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no you aren't. You would be if it was march.
I have no idea how to make levels anyway, just sectors and Map Headors.
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Well then why not just mess around with the sectors for fun?
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