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Old 03-08-2007   #1
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Default Official Level Design Contest: March/April

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, it’s 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, it’s a good idea to give the map support for Cooperative and Race mode, but it’s 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 you’re 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 it’s 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 - March/April" 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 May 1st, 2007 at 12:00 AM GMT. (April 30th, 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 you’re late, you’re 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 else’s 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 don’t win, this is an excellent way to get feedback on your stage to help improve. Collaborations are allowed, and testing is encouraged strongly. There is no limit to the number of entries you can have, but I encourage you to limit yourself to 3-4 so each map can get the attention it deserves. Quality over quantity.

Now then, off to Karazhan. Maiden of Virtue needs to die.
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Old 03-08-2007   #2
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Sweet!Another contest!This I might join in.
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Old 03-08-2007   #3
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Alright, I'll enter this one. Sweetness.
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Old 03-08-2007   #4
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If I can finish Crisis City by then I'll be sure to send it.
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Old 03-09-2007   #5
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Yeah, make the topic before the current contest ends. X_X
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Old 03-10-2007   #6
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I think I might enter this contest.
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Old 03-10-2007   #7
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Why not Dark Warrior? Last topic was made a month afterwards.
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Old 03-10-2007   #8
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Because I want the votes tallied, dammit! D:
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Old 03-13-2007   #9
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Sweet!Another contest!This I might join in.
After seeing your sprite comics (MFZ) I can't wait to see if your levels are as good.
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Old 03-13-2007   #10
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im thinking of joining, im not going to win mind you but...
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Old 03-23-2007   #11
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The contest submissions period ends on May 1st, 2006 at 12:00 AM GMT. (April 30th, 2006 at 7:00 PM EST).
Shouldn't that be 2007?
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Old 03-23-2007   #12
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The traditional Mystic Mistake he leaves every contest thread. Never fails. It isn't complete without it. :P

Anyways, I was going to ask a question. If you release a level as part of a larger level pack, would the level still be eligible for contest entry?
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Old 03-24-2007   #13
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My map Medivo is now in.
Expect to see a one time only WOP.
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Old 03-24-2007   #14
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Sweet!Another contest!This I might join in.
After seeing your sprite comics (MFZ) I can't wait to see if your levels are as good.
Im not THAT Akuma.
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Old 03-25-2007   #15
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WHAT :shock: Faker! If you aren't that Akuma then who are you?
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Old 03-25-2007   #16
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I might join with my first map, when it's finished. To see a preview for it go to editing and search for the level Altered Canyon Zone.
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Old 03-28-2007   #17
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Well sent two of mine in. Don't how many more I'll get done but here is a few teasers for the two.

Egyptain Palace



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Old 03-28-2007   #18
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Remember to put that scale thingy and the Ritcher scale rating system.
You know, so there isn't that many "This maop wuz gud 7/10".
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ritcher...ter_magnitudes <--- Could fit the rating.
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Old 04-07-2007   #19
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Hey mariosonic, looks really nice. I wish you luck for this contest.

And, for the first time in ages (since July/August 2006) I'm actually submitting something. Isn't that chaotic? D:
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I was considering, but I have too much to do as-is. I don't need to be building a map on top of it. X_X
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