EDIT: 2-3-13 [9:39AM CST] Clarified Rule 5e by giving an example.
Welcome to SMW Central's 6th annual level design contest! I'm your host Lightvayne
and joining me here is my co-host AxemJinx
This my first year running it so hopefully I don't muck up too many things
Axem has been a tremendous help getting everything all set up for this, so I want to give a big thanks for all he's done. Now lets get down to what we are all here for...
: To me, the spirit of this contest has always been a low barrier to entry and a level playing field, where both newcomers and veterans alike can compete on neutral ground by using pretty much only what the original Super Mario World provides, without all the complexities introduced by allowing custom content. Over the years, we have experimented to varying degrees with making certain graphical allowances, and while this has resulted in many aesthetically unique entries, I feel that each time we bend the rules we grow further and further away from what this contest is really supposed to be about.
The relatively restrictive rulesets of the 2011 and 2012 contests have done much to bring the feel of the series back to its inception in 2008, but I have still seen many levels focus more on bending the original graphics into something new than on the fundamentals of platform and sprite placement. Therefore, this year's contest will introduce additional limitations to disallow most any kind of graphical manipulation that goes beyond Map16 and a bit of tileset mixing. My feeling is that you shouldn't need any more than this to make your entries aesthetically pleasing for the purposes of this contest. Under these rules, hopefully it will be very clear what kinds of levels we're looking for and what kinds we're not.
In addition, we are replacing the traditional point-based rankings with qualitative categories and written feedback to encourage self-improvement over peer comparison.
Above all, have fun. We're looking forward to seeing what you can cook up.
1a. Unless stated otherwise, you may ONLY use Lunar Magic to build your entry.
1b. Unless stated otherwise, you may ONLY use resources (graphics, blocks, sprites, etc.) that exist in the original Super Mario World.
2a. You may submit ONE entry.
2b. Your entry may contain up to TWO exits (e.g. goal post, keyhole, switch palace, yoshi wings). It should NOT exceed 64 (decimal) screens unless some aspect of the design makes it absolutely necessary.
2c. You may work together with ONE partner.
3a. You may NOT submit "Kaizo" levels, automatic levels, glitch levels (including intentionally glitched graphics), blatant level edits, joke levels, and so on.
3b. You may NOT require OR encourage players to use things like savestates, glitches, or obscure maneuvers.
3c. You may NOT use cutscenes or credits sequences. List credits in a .txt file and include it with your IPS patch if you wish.
Submitting Your Entry
4a. **********To submit your entry, link to an IPS or BPS patch IN YOUR FILE BIN. The filename MUST include your username.**********
Please do not post in this thread unless you're submitting an entry; if you want to discuss the contest, do so in the discussion thread, not here. Also, DO NOT LOCK YOUR ENTRIES.
4b. To submit an update, MAKE A NEW POST linking to the updated IPS or BPS patch in your file bin, and MAKE IT CLEAR that you're updating your entry. DO NOT EDIT OR DELETE YOUR ORIGINAL POST.
4c. The submission period ends on 11:59:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5) on February 28th. Entries and updates may NOT be submitted after this time except in extraordinary circumstances.
5a. You may use ExGFX ONLY to mix SPRITE tilesets (no remaps). To mix FG/BG tilesets, use Super GFX Bypass with the original GFX files.
5b. You may ONLY use foreground graphics for foregrounds, background graphics for backgrounds, and sprite graphics for the sprite(s) they were originally used for. You may NOT use overworld, cutscene, or any other miscellaneous graphics in the level.
5c. You may use Map16 manipulation. You may NOT use Lunar Magic's built-in 8*8 tile editor OR edit the original GFX files, EXCEPT for the “Nintendo Presents” logo and title screen text, as in (6a).
5d. You may use ExAnimation ONLY to mix animated tiles from the original game (e.g. twinkling stars, lava, line guide end tiles).
5e. You may use custom palettes, but NOT in order to make any tiles appear aesthetically different from their original intended purpose. Example: You CAN change a ground palette to make it look like a snow,desert, etc. level. You CANNOT change ground palette to make a tile look like something it is not like water, fake pit, etc.
6a. You may edit the "Nintendo Presents" logo, title screen, intro screen/message, and overworld. They will not be judged, but they must still follow the rules.
6b. You may NOT use custom music or sound.
6c. You may NOT apply patches or hex edits.
7a. You may have others test and provide feedback for your entry. This is highly encouraged.
7b. You may, as an entrant, test and provide feedback for others' entries. However, if you abuse this privilege to knowingly mislead other entrants, your entry will be disqualified.
If you break any of the above rules, or if the judges agree you are using loopholes to pervert the spirit of the contest, your entry will be disqualified. If you're not sure whether your entry breaks any rules, ask the judges for clarification, providing screenshots where necessary.
The judges reserve the right to modify these rules and this post at any time. Pertinent changes will be noted at the top of the post in chronological order.
Each judge will place your entry into one of the following five categories and provide written commentary to support their opinion, giving suggestions for improvement where applicable:
Not for Me
There will be no point-based ranks. Judges will decide which entries will win prizes or trophies through discussion. If no consensus can be reached, the above categories will be assigned arbitrary values (Favorites = 5, Enjoyable = 4, etc.), and the averages used to determine winning entries.
Things you should consider as you design your entry include but are not limited to: platform layout and architecture, environmental design, sprite and obstacle placement, thematic consistency and flow, pacing and length, difficulty, creativity, technical competency, and visual appeal. Functional elements are generally weighted more heavily than aesthetic ones, though both are important. Feel free to read tutorials, play levels from the last two contests, and ask users for feedback and advice to help keep you pointed in the right direction.
The three winning entries will each receive a Steam gift (i.e. game) up to $10. Within one month after the results are posted, send AxemJinx
both a friend request on Steam (temporary, to make the transaction easier), and a PM here on SMW Central identifying your Steam username and the game(s) you would like to have.
This year, we will have a total of 4 Judges who will be ranking your submission. To speed up the process a bit, some of us will be going through your submissions the moment you enter them in. So we ask that you please make sure your submission is final. If for what ever reason you do need to submit and update, please make sure to read Rule 4b.
Other that than, good luck.
ENTRIES Updated as of 3-1-13 [08:30 CST]
2.Hadron - Sky Adventure
4.GammaV - Bullet Bluffs
9.Sokobansolver - Wet Dry Ruins
10.luigiman09 - Random Double Path (Updated 2-5)
11.Ladida - watashi no entry
12.KY2010 - The Terrible Whiteness Of A Sadistic Castle
13.Notgoodwithusernames - Concussion Mountain
19.ShadowPhoenix - Choco Mountains
23.MarioFan22 - Cave Escape 2
25.Levelengine - How did I get here?
26.Hawthorne - Cinnamon Woods
27.Dark Mario Bros
30.ShadowFire - Forest Stroll
31.BlueLeaf - Sky Island
33.Zmann - Negative World
35.Everest700 - Land of Mystery
36.Carld923 - Forest, Cave,'n Mole
37.HyperMario - Frozen Wonderland
38.Archie - Rocky Land
(updated 2-28 x 6)
39.1UPdudes - Dino River
40.ferrety - Fine Line-Guide Ride
41.Guinimo - The Distant Island
43.kenny - Sunrise Mountain
46.TomPhanto - Kumquat Cavern
47.Snifit - Forgotten Fortress
48.PowerNewTop - Ghost Tower
(updated 2-28 x 2)
50.EvilGuy - Mushroom Fields
51.chineesmw - Autumn Forest
52.GloomyStar - Mountaintop Bridges
54.Lemonade - Molten Magma Meadow
(updated 2-28 x 2)
55.FPzero & Teyla - Simmering Stalagmites
58.Egadd - Mountainous Mountains
65.The Secret Exit
67.Mariocool1999 - Reznor's Fields and Fortress
69.SomeGuy712x - Magikoopa's Fun House (V3)
(updated 2-28 x 2)
71.Daizo Dee Von - Platform Pothole
72.neosaver - Volcano Valley
(updated 2-28 x 3)
73.DPhoenix - Burning Boiler
74.Poloros - The Great Koopa Gate
75.Oh Hell No - Complexity, In a Nutshell
76.Masterlink & MaxodeX - Super amazing castle with nets
77.678ruby678 - The Time Dimension
80.tatanga - Bowser's Blocks
82.NoelYoshi & Incognito
83.LuigiTime - Mario and the Quest for the Perfect Picnic Spot
Layout by LDA during C3.