Well, although the calendar has already been posted, i still wanted to post my opinion here, even though it won't really differ that much from the general consensus on the thread:
Well, i’ve already said a few times around the forums how much VLDC is a special contest for me, VLDC11 marked the definite beggining of my SMW hacker carreer and my introduction to this community, and my reception here was far greater than i could’ve ever imagined! So that contest will always have a special place in my heart!
As such, i definitely think we should keep hosting VLDC!
Not only it’s a tradition on the site, but it’s also a great format that is easy to participate (anyone with a basic understanding of Lunar Magic can give it a try, to the point where some people use a VLDC as their starting point with SMW hacking, just like i did!) and gives a lot of freedom to the creators (it allows people to utilize the full capabilities of Lunar Magic and SMW, and as such it evolves along with the hacking scene!)
VLDC is a long lasting contest that always manages to stay fresh. Just look at VLDC11, even after 11 years since the first one, the quality of the entries is still increasing, and people still manage to come up with creative and original level ideas!
Another reason why i think VLDC should still be hosted is the fact that it’s a fresh contest among the others hosted in the site. Most contests lean towards the chocolate aspect of hacking (and rightfully so), we have the CLDC, the KLDC, the themed LDCs (such as HLDC), and now, to a lesser extent, the BLDC, all of these are focused on chocolate, so when we get a LDC with vanilla restrictions, it always feels fresh, and when we talk about vanilla LDCs, there’s no better contest than... well, the Vanilla LDC!
CLDC is one that, just like VLDC, i think should be hosted annually. For me, CLDC is like the counterpart to VLDC, the big chocolate contest of the site, a contest where everything goes, any kind of custom resource is allowed, and as such it’s the contest that gives the most freedom.
And while we have other chocolate contests in the site, they always have a sort of theme/restriction, like KLDC being for kaizo levels or HLDC which had to be themed after halloween, so CLDC stands out from those because it is the general purpose chocolate contest where you can do anything!
Just like with VLDC for vanilla contests, i think there’s no better chocolate LDC than the Chocolate LDC!
BLDC is an interesting format. It’s a bit of a hybrid between VLDC and CLDC, and still manages to be quite fresh when compared to these two.
It’s a nice contest to be a part of, i like the fact that we’re provided easy access to custom resources in a baseROM. (Some of them being significant game-changers, like LX5’s power-ups!)
However, i don’t think it’s that big of a change to become the site’s main contest, and i certainly don’t think it should replace VLDC!
And my main reason for that isn’t even because it isn’t as big of a contest as VLDC, but rather because it doesn’t have the same essence as VLDC. VLDC is a special contest because it uses vanilla resources only, while BLDC doesn’t. Even if it has a similar format to that of a VLDC with only using the provided resources, its focus is and will always be on the chocolate aspect, the custom resources provided within the baseROM, because those are the only thing that make BLDC actually BLDC (because if it was about vanilla levels, then it would literally be another VLDC).
So because of that, i feel like the essence of BLDC feels closer to that of a CLDC (even if the format is closer to that of VLDC), and as such it’s not a contest that should replace the VLDC, but rather they should coexist if possible.
I also agree with what FrozenQuills said, BLDC does feel a bit more restrictive than VLDC due to the use of specific custom resources, and it certainly isn't as newbie friendly as VLDC, as a newcomer i did have a hard time with a few things while working on my level, especially with picking the resources i wanted to use and deciding on my level idea and theme, because the sheer amount of resources available is simply overwhelming (i'm not saying this should be changed though, having a big variety of resources is a good thing, what i mentioned is basically a side effect of this format, which might have an impact on people who want to enter it).
I know this year's BLDC was quite rough around the edges, it was a first time attempt of such a contest format, so some issues here and there are to be expected, but i really admire the efforts of the organizers in gathering feedback with the community to know what could be improved in it, and i'm certain the next time this contest is hosted it will be a lot better and many of these issues will be resolved!
So yea, it's a contest i'd be interested in seeing again in the future, but i don't think it should be a main contest like VLDC and CLDC.
Well, i wasn't around when OLDC was hosted, and still haven't played the collab hack with the entries, but i get what the idea for it is.
I think this format would be interesting for a change sometimes, but, due to how restrictive it is, it should be kept as an occasional contest, because it doesn't have as much potential to evolve with the hacking scene like VLDC does.
Well, this is one that i entered this year and i had quite a lot of fun making an overworld. I used it as an opportunity to learn about overworld editing since i hadn't tried making one before.
I don't know if i would be willing to enter another one, because making standalone overworld isn't much my thing, but who knows, i'm still new here, so that might change in the future.
As for this contest, i guess there would be a good amount of people interested in it, so it's a contest that should return at some point, but since we had one in 2019, i personally wouldn't say it needs to come back so soon (maybe have it once every 2 years or so)
HLDC / 12DBCLDC
Well, i don't have much of an opinion on these Themed LDCs right now, as i haven't given themed levels a try, and personally i don't feel too inclined to try them in the near future, so it's something that doesn't appeal to me too much.
But it seems that there's a significant interest in them around the community, and since these are contests that can only happen at a specific time of the year, i think we should alternate between the 2 every year (since we had an HLDC in 2019, in 2020 we should have 12BCLDC, then in 2021 HLDC again, and so on).
This way people who are waiting for these don't need to wait too long for a chance at them.
As for other contests, i don't really have an opinion on them since they aren't my thing, so i guess i'll leave it for people who have interest in them.
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