Since MaGL4 is a SMW contest it only makes sense to post it on SMWCentral too, right?
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And so, the contest begins.
Windslash (Saturn), Lord Ruby (Mars) and xfix (Jupiter).
To round out the roster, I will be judging as well.
The judging rubric, once again. Fun - 40 Points representing the how enjoyable you found the level Concept - 30 Points representing how interesting the ideas represented in the level are Presentation - 20 Points representing the flavor, visual and sound design of a level. Functionality - 10 Points representing whether the level has any major bugs, softlocks or crashes,
-You may participate alone or with a single partner.
-Each participant may submit only one level.
-Levels must be compatible with the latest version of Snes9x or BSNES.
-Levels may have dragon coins and moons, but secret exits are not allowed.
-The judges intend to play the levels blind, therefore sharing screenshots or videos of your levels in places where they are present is not advised.
MSU-1 may only be used for custom music and must not be mandatory to play the level.
-A level may be disqualified if two or more judges are unable to play it. If one judge is unable to play it, that judge will merely grant a score of 0.
-A level may be disqualified if the judges agree that it was designed in bad faith, or if it was released previously, or if it was stolen.
-A level may be disqualified if it is submitted as a rom or .ips instead of as a .bps.
-If a judge is unable to complete the level, or determines a level is unjustly wasting their time, they may use tools to complete it.
Your level must be submitted by 21st of October, 9:00 PM CEST
The submissions thread is here
if you have any questions PM me on here or on talkhaus or DM me over on discord (Valentine#0402) OR post in this thread
Hey Valentine, idk if you mind this but Venus's judging format isn't easy to navigate because of the way Excel handles its cell space and bar scrolling which makes it hard for people like me to read so I provided another format that is more easily readable and I think for future reference, Excel shouldn't be allowed as a valid format for judge applicants to use for their judging. Hope you don't mind.
And to those voting, please vote on what you think on how well the judge applicants critiqued the sample levels that were experienced.
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-I also do not accept speculative work as I do have various art I made on-hand with me.
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I never actually gave my thoughts on all of the applications, so I'll do so here (mind you, I haven't actually seen the levels myself):
Mercury: Nice and simple comments that are relatively short and to the point. Criticism seems fair, and also not too harsh. Overall, seems like a competent judge, but definitely around the middle of the pack.
Venus: Not gonna lie, I took one look at this guy's judging document and noped right out. These reviews are WAAAY too long (I used a word counter and they're all around 800 words), and the fact that they're in a spreadsheet really doesn't help. Very few people are going to be willing to read these.
Mars: I like the system of pros and cons here, and the haikus are an interesting way to add some personality to the reviews. I like this judge.
Saturn: Similar vibe to Mars, except with "fun facts" instead of haikus and slightly longer reviews. I think this guy tries a bit too hard to be funny sometimes, but the reviews seem okay (although they take a while to get to the point, I find).
Jupiter: Seems a bit harsh on the lower scoring levels, but overall solid reviews. Very thorough
I forget exactly how I voted on these since it's been a few days, but I think it was something like this: Mars > Jupiter > Saturn > Mercury > Venus
(Also 0/10 because Saturn is before Jupiter on the info sheet :C)
hey, I am tempted to participate in this and to make a great level,
but I don't understand the Sailor Moon references, does that mean I must theme my level around this manga? Or can I choose any level theme that makes it Great (tm)?
The judges intend to play the levels blind, therefore sharing screenshots or videos of your levels in places where they are present is not advised.
I can clearly see there is no anonymity rule for written out for this, so this means basically don't showoff your level in a very public place then. Meaning if I am reading into this right you can still go nuts with identifying it as something a given person would make, up to and including putting your own hallmarks in the level or blatantly putting your name on it. Am I on the money here?