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Old-School Level Design Contest 2021 - Discussion

Level Design

Post any questions, comments, etc. Here. Remember, submissions go here instead!

EDIT: The judges have been announced! They are:  K.T.B. MrDeePay  NopeContest  patcdr and  sincx!

The obfuscated compilation of entries is also now available! You can download it here.
smh fix your counter

Joking aside, I wonder if I'll whip up something this time. This contest is fun.
I only have one question, is it possible to insert custom music?



List Soundtrack - List Hacks

Mega Man X3 OSTs
Dang, when you said old-school, you meant REALLY old-school.

I'm excited to see how creative people will be with this; it's gonna be tough to do any unusual theming when we can't change the palette or tilesets.
- Signed, LuigiTime
Is editing the OW allowed? And if so, to what degree is it allowed?
Alright, this looks interesting. I might give it a shot.

One question though; are we allowed to redirect the midway entrance to another level or no?
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Hey, I got a quick question about this contest. The level I am using to edit is "106" am I allowed to change Layer 1 (FG) Vertical Scrolling to "No Vertical Scroll at Bottom unless Flying/Etc" to "No Vertical Scroll?"
Originally posted by Segment1Zone2
Is editing the OW allowed? And if so, to what degree is it allowed?

Usually the overworld is never factored in scoring unless it's for a contest for such.
Originally posted by Segment1Zone2
Is editing the OW allowed? And if so, to what degree is it allowed?

You can edit the Overworld, but it will not be judged at all. Just make sure that:

1) Your name isn't visible anywhere in the OW (or anywhere else in your entry), and
2) The judges can reach your level without hassle.

Originally posted by slakkmichael
One question though; are we allowed to redirect the midway entrance to another level or no?

After discussing it with the judges, I have decided to not allow this. I will update the rules accordingly.

Originally posted by Enan63
Hey, I got a quick question about this contest. The level I am using to edit is "106" am I allowed to change Layer 1 (FG) Vertical Scrolling to "No Vertical Scroll at Bottom unless Flying/Etc" to "No Vertical Scroll?"

This is perfectly fine.
Originally posted by DeppySlide
Originally posted by slakkmichael
One question though; are we allowed to redirect the midway entrance to another level or no?

After discussing it with the judges, I have decided to not allow this. I will update the rules accordingly.


Alright, that's fine.

One thing I want to point out is that; after patching in the base rom, I get this message:



Is that something I should worry about or ignore?
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I Have a little question:
Is it allowed to change the color palettes?
Still thinking on a description...
I didn't see anything in the rules that would disallow this, but I wanted to ask just to be sure.

Are 1-Up checkpoints allowed?
Profile Pic by @TheChubshi on Twitter!
Originally posted by Soonstar
Is it allowed to change the color palettes?

According to the rules you can't change the colors. You can only select between the existing palettes.
Koopster is correct.

Originally posted by slakkmichael
One thing I want to point out is that; after patching in the base rom, I get this message:



Is that something I should worry about or ignore?

From what I can tell, everyone using the baserom has gotten this message. I'm not exactly sure why this happens, but according to people on Discord the baserom should still be fine to use. If you're not comfortable using it, though, I have provided the hex edit on its own if you want to patch it yourself.
Originally posted by DeppySlide
Originally posted by slakkmichael
One thing I want to point out is that; after patching in the base rom, I get this message:



Is that something I should worry about or ignore?

From what I can tell, everyone using the baserom has gotten this message. I'm not exactly sure why this happens, but according to people on Discord the baserom should still be fine to use. If you're not comfortable using it, though, I have provided the hex edit on its own if you want to patch it yourself.


I think I'll be fine. Considering it is just one level, I don't think it should be that big of a deal. I just wanted to know if it was something on my end or not.
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Can the Level Mode be changed, for example changing in #lm{MARIO69} to Level Mode 01 to 0A?
Yeah, you can use the other features in the #lm{MARIO69} icon, just not the Horizontal Level Mode.
So is it permitted to use palettes from one foreground to another foreground? Example: Cavern palette in grass fg.

Level Design