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Overworld Design Contest 2021 - RULES & SUBMISSIONS

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Last seen in 2019, SMW Central presents another Overworld Design Contest! I'm Tahixham, and I'll be looking after you all during this contest.

We're keeping this simple again this year, and we feel 2019's contest format worked well. So, here is everything you need to know to enter this year's contest:


• You can use any resources you want. There are no restrictions on graphics, ASM, etc.*
• You may work with a partner.
• In the spirit of this being a timed contest, entries must be made within the participation period. Therefore, simply submitting your full hack that has an overworld as an entry does not count and will be disqualified.
• Your submission must be anonymous. Don't add your name anywhere.

* [2021/05/11] Should you wish to use the MSU-1 chip in your entry, you do so at your own risk. Your entry should work "out of the box" if you use this enhancement. See this post for further info.

* [2021/05/16] Do not share screenshots of your entry in this thread.

Guidelines + Advice

• There are no restrictions on what you do, or don't do, with events. They're not required by any means, but if you feel you can do something cool with them, then go for it. If you do decide to use events, see about the Overworld Event Enable Menu Patch below.
• You don't have to use level names, but can if you want to.
• You don't have to edit the submaps, but if you feel you can do something cool with them, then go for it.

If you decide not to use events or level names, it won't negatively affect your score. However, if you do, their effectiveness will be judged alongside everything else.

Overworld Event Enable Menu Patch

That's a mouthful of a name. As with last time, you can use this patch which was kindly made by Erik in 2019 to quickly enable events. Usage is optional, but if your overworld does utilise events we strongly advise (or come up with another way to play through events in-game without going into levels) you use this patch, otherwise the judges will likely skim through your overworld in Lunar Magic instead.

Here is a guide on how to use the patch, since it requires a small bit of setting up.

* [2021/05/21] Koopster has made a better version of the patch here.

Judging + Scoring

We have four judges champing at the bit to judge your entries. As with all contests, they will be revealed once the submission period ends. If something goes wrong, we have someone ready to jump in as backup too!

Scoring is very much the same as last time, with two main categories. Below is a breakdown of their points value, and what will be considered in this category when judging.

General Design (40 Points)

Functionality - Does the overworld work? Do the paths connect together? Does any placement of Switch Palaces, secret exits, bonuses, etc, make sense?
Connectivity - Do the warps and worlds work well together? Is there a logical sense of progression?
Events (if used) - Do they benefit the overworld created? Do they cause any substantial change to the elements of the overworld?

Aesthetics (60 Points)

Visuals - Do the palettes work well together? Are decorations present and used well? Do the graphics used clash or fit well together?
Shaping - Does the overworld look interesting? Does the terrain have varied and interesting shapes? Is there any cutoff?
Atmosphere - Does the music used fit the world? Does the overworld accurately convey the emotion it sets out to (ie, does the Beach world make you feel like you're on a beach)? Do the decorations contribute to the atmosphere?
Perspective - Does the overworld overall work as an actual space? Is the perspective of the terrain all harmonious?
Level Names (if used) - Do they work towards the theme of the world?

Both categories will then be combined into a total of 100 points!


Trophies are of course available to our winners and participants!

And for those lucky top three, you will win some...

An amazing video game code from SMW Central's legendary video game code list (subjective opinion, you're free to make your own opinion when you make it to the top three of the contest).

Submission Guidelines + Deadline

Please submit a BPS file in this thread by Sunday 20th June 2021, 20:00 UTC Sunday 27th June 2021, 20:00 UTC. You can package your BPS file into a ZIP folder, if you wish. There is no need to include any additional files for your entry (such as a TXT file explaining your entry).

To make it easy, here's a handy little timer counting down towards the deadline:

* [2021/06/13] Deadline has been extended by one week (now to 27th June), due to a wealth of people asking.

If you want to make an update to your entry after submitting it, edit your existing post. Don't make a new post.

Remember, this thread is for submissions only! For discussion and questions on the contest, please use the discussion thread. We also have #overworld2021-discussion and #overworld2021-showoff on our Discord server for you, too!

That's all the information you need! Good luck and have fun!

You are challenged by Champion Daisy!

Here's mine.
Regardless of where I place, I'll probably use this for a future hack.
Quintesson Judge: Silence, or you will be held in contempt of this court!
Hot Rod: I have nothing but contempt for this court!
- Transformers the Movie (1986)
Updated v1.5 (Final)
C3 Stuff:
Music Request, Graphics, Ports, Mario Kart PC Custom Tracks, Overworld, Mario Kart Tour Fans Club, DT's Music, Clothes and Certificates, MIDI and Coverarts

Tonight.. tonight..

Join Discord server now: DT's SMW Hacking Server

My YouTube Channel: Dispace Troblex

Contact: DT Music and Gaming#8283
My entry

Update: Fixed unnoticed cutoff in worlds 3 and 4
Update 2: Fixed unnoticed unedited level name

My Weird Entry
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.

▬ good old days 4 (8/? level(s) completed)
▬ dumb 2 - strange levels in my notepad (22/62 level(s) completed)
By the way my Youtube channel
final (1.11)
Update 3/6/21:
-Added Spring Submap music instead of Night Forest Submap
-Improved Food Overworld music
-Orchid Parkway into Spring Parkway: Green grass become pink, Night time become sunrise

Neon Peridot's YouTube Channel
Here is my entry:
Update: Added 8 and 9 to make it fit with the Extended 'Extended' Overworld Level Names patch.
My heart is poured into this.
It's easily the best thing I've done
So why the empty numb?
Entry (made with edgar)

I already had this started months ago for an actual hack but the hack never got off the ground. Figured this would be a good way to reuse it!

Dropped, I probs shouldve read thru the rules lol
Im very excited for these overworlds as i know that there are some very talented hackers in this community.

The handheld NSMBs are the best. 😀 Layout BG by Retronator on Tumblr.

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