Originally posted by ZMann
We pointed out the wall because it was really the most glaring issue, and I'm sure that pointing out a giant very angular wall that sticks out like a sore thumb in a map is far from being "nitpicky".
In general, your entry was just uninteresting. It wasn't as terrible as #1, #11 or #12 but it also wasn't good as, say, all the others. I remember that on IRC you were talking in a purist-like manner about how your entry didn't win because "damn them kids today and their fancy eggsgraphics and ay-ass-ems, I tell ya!"
While it's true that the best entries did use exgfx and/or asm to spice things up, that doesn't mean you couldn't have done the same with smw's resources. Again, your entry was uninteresting: there was the controversial wall of doom, boring color choices and an all-around boring geography (blanket term for decorations, landmass shapes, placement, etc.). I also could hardly tell what map's supposed to represent the worst world and it took me a bit to get which one's supposed to be the best one. Even falconpunch did a better job with his map (#6); notice how the main map, despite using vanilla resources, manages to actually look good: the terrain is varied, there are waterfalls, rivers, hills and trees of varying sizes, interesting colors,
... it's just nice. Entry #5 also looks really nice while also using only vanilla tiles (allthough the all the TECHNICOLOR xD bothers me a bit).
What really happened is that you made a boring map, other entrants made far more interesting ones. You can't really blame DrTapeworm or Lui for whatever they used; I mean, if they can use whatever they want, why should they restrain/handicap themselves? It's a competition, the point is to go all-out and do the best you can. You can't seriously enter a contest like this that's been happening for years
with (judging by your post) begginer skills and expect to win or to be one of the best. And please stop talking about the "recognition it deserves" like your map was something tremendously great... I'm sorry, but it really wasn't; in fact, I refused to tell you what I didn't like about it in detail because I didn't want to make you feel bad (so I just pointed out the most glaring issue), but you asked for it so here it is.
And I guess that's it.
tl;dr git gud