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HockeySam18
Dúnadan
posted 06-06-19 09:25 AM CT (US)         


It's baaaaack! AoKH's unquestionably most popular contest is once again upon us, making it once again time to design your pretty towns. The premise is simple: design the most outstanding town or city map you can! Combat and gameplay are absent, in favour of allowing the player (and the judges) to leisurely tour your map and explore all the attractions your busy (or deserted) towns have to offer. If you are interested and considering entering, please be sure to read all of the rules below before committing your name in a reply. Last time this contest was run in 2017 proved to be the most competitive and exciting contest in AoKH's history, with only 3 points separating first from third. Lord Basse and Julius, both former winners, were crowned joint kings, while Mr. Wednesday, another former winner, rounded out the top three. Five other excellent entries would all also score above average. This year can't possibly top that, or can it? Perhaps some of AoKH's former greats will return for one last hurrah to outdo even themselves, or some bright new face will harness the power of three new expansions to claim the most coveted trophy in AoK design!

Submit all entries to the Non-Playable Scenarios category in the Blacksmith, with the initials "PTC19" typed in the submission title. All entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST, November 30th. It must meet the requirements listed below to be eligible for judging. Otherwise, you will face disqualification. As an added note, we will not be approving the files in the Blacksmith until the judging phase has passed, so don't worry if your submission doesn't appear. Our goal is to run the contests this year simultaneously with long deadlines, hopefully encouraging people to enter whatever they feel like and plan their designing hours accordingly.

In addition, please keep in mind that this contest strictly follows the guidelines of how the PTC was previously run and judged to keep with the tradition and intended nature of the contest.


Rules

1. No cut-scenes are allowed, except for opening dialogue to set up the scenario. The player must gain access to their unit(s) within 1 minute of in game time.
2. No combat allowed. Player 1 must win the scenario without having to kill or attack anything.
3. One entry per person or per team only.
4. The use of Userpatch and AOK:HD are allowed.
5. The Use of The Forgotten Expansion, African Kingdoms, and Rise of the Rajas is permitted.
6. Graphical or data mods are not allowed.
7. Any mapsize up to 255x255 is allowed.
8. There is no trigger limit. However, the use of extra triggers will not necessarily warrant a higher score. Be warned however, that everything which is allowed can be used to increase your score.
9. The use of custom soundtracks and sound effects is permitted and encouraged. Everything which is allowed can be used to increase your score. If using custom sound files, please specify somewhere on which speed the scenario is to be played, as otherwise the soundtracks might overlap if the scenario is played on a speed other than what the designer intended, which will cause points to be deducted.
10. You must supply at least 1 unit that the judge can scout with. Any unit may be used, though the judges will deduct points for unnecessarily slow units which decrease the enjoyment of the scenario.
11. A story is encouraged to add further interest, however no 3,000 word epics please. Alternatively, you can have a short narrative, a journal from a traveller or a history of the land to get us, the tourist, into it all! Use whatever you like, but make sure to remember that this is a design-oriented contest. That said, everything which is allowed can be used to increase your score.
12. Please submit your scenario in campaign (.cpx) format.


One final note. Everything which is allowed can be used to increase your score. As story, soundtracks, and triggers are allowed, it stands to reason that they will matter. Judges experience everything as a whole.


Judging

All entries will be judged on how they look, however only what is seen will be judged. The categories are simple and are as follows:

Aesthetic (20) - Covers how the map looks and fits into the world in which it is set. Simply, how well does the design work? How real does the world feel? This criteria also takes into account the atmosphere of the scenario and the overall quality of the design.
Creativity (10) - Covers the creative elements you incorporate into your map and designs.
Layout (15) - Covers the layout of your map. How the different districts of your town connect with each other, layout of the countryside, landmarks, monuments, city design and structure, etc. This category is less concerned with the minute details of your map design and more with the overall arrangement of your town or city, and specifically your vision for the scenario map.
Attention to Detail (5) - Covers the clever little details that make your map stand out and the overall polish of your scenario. Judges will reward careful thought and object placement, renaming of objects, etc. Nothing is too insignificant to be overlooked. Marks may be deducted for mistakes such as 'floating objects', split cliffs, overlapping soundtracks, music or sound effects that are far too loud or too soft, etc.

(total of 50 possible points)



Prizes
To be confirmed...



Judges
1. HockeySam18
2. Devious Dev
3.



Past Pretty Town Contest Entries for Inspiration:




Contestants: (contestants with finished entries in bold)

  • Lord Basse
  • The Great Artiste
  • Julius999
  • Panel
  • Andan
  • Possidon
  • Mr Wednesday
  • Zetnus
  • Gastropod
  • Darth Sarek
  • Draconian Devil
  • HoraceStapleton
  • Eragon Daniel
  • Jester_Head
  • Igelior

  • Storm on the Steppe | Galderton Hill RP | Proud member of Stormwind Studios

    "Cattle die, kindred die, every man is mortal:
    But the good name never dies of one who has done well." - Hávamál

    "Hockey is the only sport left for true men." - ax_man1

    [This message has been edited by HockeySam18 (edited 10-09-2019 @ 10:26 AM).]

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    BF_Tanks
    Squire
    posted 08-25-19 01:57 PM CT (US)     71 / 79       
    I'm sorely tempted to try making something for this, but I haven't done serious design in a looong time

    Proud Member of Black Forest Studios
    Co-creator of Silent Evil - Voted Best Multiplayer Scenario of 2009
    and The Seas of Egressa - Voted Best Multiplayer Scenario of 2010
    Kataphraktoi
    Squire
    posted 08-25-19 03:37 PM CT (US)     72 / 79       
    I was holding off a little on saying this until I saw what my percentage odds were But yeah I am not making a map for the contest. I feel a bit bad about it because you guys probably wanted some competition, but what can ya do...I think my map was promising but I lost motivation and then I got interested in a bunch of other projects haha. Been a busy and productive summer here, although I dont quite have anything releasable to show for it

    "Excellent could be any map that has the quality of a ES random map or ES scenario. AoK is an excellent, award winning game. That's where I'd start." -AnastasiaKafka

    "Hard work is evil. Bitmaps are stupid. Working on a scenario for more than one afternoon is stupid. Triggers are stupid. Testing your own scenario is stupid. The world is stupid. You are the Greatest." -Ingo Van Thiel
    Mr Wednesday
    Cavalier
    (id: matty12345)
    posted 08-26-19 12:15 PM CT (US)     73 / 79       
    I figured I'd hold off on odds until I saw who was actually entering, which was why I didn't keep typing those up.

    "And Matt is a prolific lurker, watching over the forum from afar in silence, like Batman. He's the president TC needs, and possibly also the one it deserves." - trebuchet king
    BF_Tanks
    Squire
    posted 08-27-19 12:19 PM CT (US)     74 / 79       
    I'm working on an entry, but this is coming into a busy time - it may not get finished as a result.

    Either way I'll give it a shot. I can't say much for my designing these days but I hope to at least score some points on technicalities.

    Proud Member of Black Forest Studios
    Co-creator of Silent Evil - Voted Best Multiplayer Scenario of 2009
    and The Seas of Egressa - Voted Best Multiplayer Scenario of 2010

    [This message has been edited by BF_Tanks (edited 08-31-2019 @ 12:25 PM).]

    Sebastien
    Dark Samurai
    posted 09-04-19 07:01 AM CT (US)     75 / 79       
    4. The use of Userpatch and AOK:HD are allowed.
    5. The Use of The Forgotten Expansion, African Kingdoms, and Rise of the Rajas is permitted.
    How about WK?
    BF_Tanks
    Squire
    posted 09-04-19 10:45 AM CT (US)     76 / 79       
    If the judges will accept WK, then that'd be fantastic!

    Proud Member of Black Forest Studios
    Co-creator of Silent Evil - Voted Best Multiplayer Scenario of 2009
    and The Seas of Egressa - Voted Best Multiplayer Scenario of 2010
    HockeySam18
    Dúnadan
    posted 09-06-19 00:35 AM CT (US)     77 / 79       
    For this iteration of the contest, no. Being three months in already, permitting it would be unfair to the contestants who have already done substantial work on their entries.

    By no means will I rule it out for the next PTC, though.

    Storm on the Steppe | Galderton Hill RP | Proud member of Stormwind Studios

    "Cattle die, kindred die, every man is mortal:
    But the good name never dies of one who has done well." - Hávamál

    "Hockey is the only sport left for true men." - ax_man1
    BF_Tanks
    Squire
    posted 09-06-19 09:04 AM CT (US)     78 / 79       
    Alrighty! Thanks for clarifying for us

    Proud Member of Black Forest Studios
    Co-creator of Silent Evil - Voted Best Multiplayer Scenario of 2009
    and The Seas of Egressa - Voted Best Multiplayer Scenario of 2010
    Igelior
    Squire
    posted 10-09-19 04:26 AM CT (US)     79 / 79       
    Sign me up, yo!
    (I can still sign up, yeah?)
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