The contest is over - check the entries out here and vote!
Welcome to the third ever Lunar Magic Creativity Contest! I'm going to be your host this time around. If you have no idea what the concept of a LM Creativity Contest is about or you don't remember, have a look at the two previous incarnations:
For a brief explanation, your task here is to build a non-playable scene/picture/piece of art
in Lunar Magic's level editor utilizing blocks and sprites. It may sound a bit lame and limited, but with some effort and a lot of creativity, you can make something really cool! Just have a peek at some of the entries in the previous contests and you'll see what I'm talking about. As a quick example, this is one of the top ranking entries from last year
However, since we are in the spirit of snow and cold days*, we want to see entries that reflect on that. So your challenge is to craft up something that is somehow related to winter
* Not applicable to all hemispheres
Rules and Guidelines
1. All the usage of layer 1
, background/in-level layer 2
, layer 3
will be what's going to be judged in your entry. Basically everything that shows up in Lunar Magic when the level is opened, sans Mario's starting positions. You're not absolutely forced to use all of these, though; make use only of layer 1 if you'd like, for instance!
2. Make your entry in level 105
3. You're free to use any level mode. That does include translucency and such, as well as vertical levels
4. You have screens 00 to 04
(5 screens) to make your entry. Don't feel forced to use all the space, though, and don't worry about the edges of your submission not ending on the edge of a particular screen; it will not count as "cutoff".
5. You are limited to SMW's original graphics
. You can use as many ExGFX files as you want for tileset mixing purposes, as long as nothing is drawn.
4BPP-to-2BPP conversion is allowed for layer 3.
6. ExAnimation for all layers and sprites is allowed.
7. Submit your entry as an IPS/BPS file as well as a screenshot
. If your entry uses animations, LICEcap
is recommended, but if you're having trouble with it, don't be afraid to hit me up!
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have a limitation of how much map16 I can use?
Nope! Go nuts.
Is it okay if Lunar Magic gives me a warning because I'm using too many sprites?
It's alright, since your entry is not meant to be played. Use as many sprites as you need.
Can I merge or recolor tiles like in the VLDC?
Nope. All you can do 8x8-wise is to put various tiles together using ExGFX, but don't edit them in any way. You have a lot of layers and palette rows, they should suffice.
Submit your entries to me via PM. Do not reveal it to anyone, as there is going to be community voting and we want it to stay anonymous!
The deadline is December 31st, 23:59:59 UTC
(20 points): how unique is your entry? Did you really grasp the "creativity" part in the contest's title?
(20 points): is your entry polished, or does it just look cluttered and messy?
(10 points): how nicely and creatively does your entry convey winter? Is it just a lot of ice blocks, or is there something else to it?
That sums up to a total of 50 points you can get.
The community will be able to vote for their favorite entry after the contest is over. A screenshot of every entry will be posted, so everyone will be able to see all of them equally and more easily. This voting will be held via PM and each user will have the right to root for one entry.
The top 3 winners based on judge scores and the winner of the community vote will be awarded with badges, and all other entrants will get a participation badge as well as a little holiday gift! Please note that the judges hold the right to disqualify spammy, effortless entries made with the sole purpose of winning a badge.
With all that said, I hope you guys have fun! Feel free to discuss and post your questions here.