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VLDC12 - Results

Merry Christmas everyone! Happy Holidays! As my gift to everyone, I bring the results for VLDC12! It's been a long few months, (and an even longer year...) but it was nice to have that familiar feel of VLDC to anchor us through these tough times. So, how did you score? Read on and find out!

As I like to do with every contest I host, let's take a moment before we get to the full results to thank our judges for their time spent and contributions to the contest. FPzero, Atari2.0, Sixcorby, and Sinc-X will each receive VLDC Judge trophies to commemorate their involvement. Additionally, I would like to thank Medic and Teyla for originally helping judge, even though they both had to drop out partway through.

And now, what you've all been waiting for.

Rounding out the Top 10, we have:
10th: "Diet Pit of Vulldec", by Daizo Dee Von, with 81.00/100.00 points
9th: "SPACE CAVE RESCUE", by MM102, with 81.25/100.00 points
8th: "Santuario Sumergido", by Centipede, with 81.50/100.00 points
7th: "Thrill Seeker", by Lazy, with 82.75/100.00 points
6th: "Tarnished Tartarus", by Sariel & Wakana, with 85.00/100.00 points
5th: "Quake Engine", by snoruntpyro, with 87.75/100.00 points
4th: "Factory Town", by Carld923, with 88.00/100.00 points

In third place, we have:
"JURASSIC SLAM JAM", by Agent Q, with 90.25/100.00 points!

In second place, we have:
"Petronas Towers", by S.N.N. & idol, with 91.75/100.00 points!

And finally, first place. The winner of Vanilla Level Design Contest 12 is...!
"CUNNING PLUMBING", by FrozenQuills, with 93.00/100.00 points!

Congratulations to the winners and our Top 10! They will all receive the trophies shown next to their positions. The Top 3 winners will also receive a game code from our big list of game codes. Please message Noivern on the site or through Discord to claim your prizes.

The full contest results are available by clicking the huge link below. This will take you to our judging spreadsheet, where you can view complete placement details, as well as what score each individual judge gave each level. The number in the rightmost column is the internal number for your level that we used to identify entries during anonymous judging. You can use it to find your level in our scoring documents. A green cell in each judge's scoring colum signals their favorite level. There is no prize for being a judge's favorite, other than bragging rights!

Unfortunately, there were seven disqualifications. They're all located at the bottom of the spreadsheet against a black background. Click the following Collapse tag to see the disqualified levels and the reasons they were not scored.

Click Here for the whole VLDC12 Level Scoring Spreadsheet!

Additionally, here are links to each judge's individual level scorings. These will have detailed score breakdowns by category as well as comments, feedback and reasonings for why each level was scored the way it was. I highly recommend reading them!

FPzero's Scores
Atari2.0's Scores
Sixcorby's Scores
Sinc-X's Scores


Thanks once again to all the judges, and to everyone who participated this year. I hope you all had a fun time making levels! And as we approach the end of this...turbulent year, I truly wish everyone the best. This site turns 15 years old soon, and we're still hanging in there. It's always a joy to host these contests, so look forward to more of them in 2021. I know I will.

Until next contest, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!
I expected that I could be in the top 50, but I never expected that I would be in the 17th. There were very successful entries and everyone had very original content. I congratulate everyone! Many people on this site inspired me a lot and became like my teacher. I am grateful to everyone. Again, I congratulate everyone!
Now that I've started working, I won't be able to be as active as before. This is really very sad and depressing for me.

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I'm a bit disappointed that i got 60th place compare to VLDC11's where i got 46th place but still alright.
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Congrats to anyone who participated, there were a ton of creative and fun levels. I'm kinda surpised of some of the top 10 choices, but I'm happy Wakana and me made it in there.
As said there were so many amazing levels and as I played through all of them, I'd say this way probably my 2nd favorite VLDC (after vldc9). Good job everyone! #smrpg{y}
Also thanks to the judges for gifting us the results as an xmas present and for their detailed feedback #smrpg{<3}

my level got too high it should've been like 40th terrible judging
It's easily the best thing I've done
So why the empty numb?
I have 86th place, but everyone who won congratulates everyone!

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Lovely surprise to see the results out!

I was really aiming for a top ten spot this time which I missed by a bit, but I had fun making what I made and I knew there was a lot of great competition this year, so congrats all around. #tb{:)}

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47th. I'd say that's pretty good considering it's top 50/over halfway through the results, and the fact this is my first VLDC level and first real SMW level in a long time. The less said about my Morton's Empire level the better

This makes a nice Chistmas present and I hope everyone is either stasified with how they placed or got useful feedback from the judges. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and all that jazz.

also  JupiHornet my level is offically better than yours get naenaed on, and snoruntpyro I'll find a way to steal your level design prowess for my own purposes mark my words.

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77th? Tbh I was expecting to do quite a bit better than that but better luck next time : P
At least this gives me a ton of motivation to do really well in 24hoSMW
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thank you SMWC for this Christmas present omg

congrats to the top 10 and especially 3rd and 2nd as well! There are a lot of awesome levels this year.
11th is way higher than I was expecting for myself, that's crazy.

Congrats to all the winners for sure, and hope everyone has a great Christmas!
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I'm probably retired tbh
58th place. In all, I'm happy with my placement considering it was my first public SMW level. Congrats to everyone else for taking part as well.
22nd place!
Little lower than my personal ambition, yet fully satisfying!

Congrats to winner and thanks for every judge and participant! I played every entry, and it was a very fantastic experience and most levels were enjoyable! My personal favorites was CUNNING PLUMBING, Thrill Seeker, Tarnished Tartarus, Monty Migration, and CUNNING PLUMBING was exceptionally fantastic! Great job!

Can't wait for next year's VLDC, I got a new idea to make gimmick, and I'll try to make a better level next year!
65th is unfortunately a bit too middling to sit well honestly, but it is a great motivation to do better next time.

top fifty lets goooooooooooo

honestly though i knew there was no way i could come close to my rank in vldc11. i'd really have been fine no matter what place i got
tfw I didn't expect a disqualification from
of all people

The tables have turned for sure huh

Congrats, babes!
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Kind of disappointed to have ranked as low as 39th, but to be fair I did make this whole thing in a week. I guess there's always next year.

This also makes two VLDCs out of two where none of the judges has found the bonus room! I had to make it more obvious but looks like it still didn't work lmao
wasnt music/intro text not supposed to be factored into scoring? why did it get put into the review for my level... :O