Hi people, Vitor Vilela here. It's been quite some time since judging started and just like with every big event, it's quite rare for plans to work out perfectly as we expected.
A few weeks ago, Deputy BS had to leave judging for personal reasons. In addition to that, Frost (also known as GiantShyGuy), had to leave the judging team as well. While he didn't mention his actual reasons, I believe he is having either health or school issues. But since I don't know anything specific I won't speculate.
After that, we ended up with four judges. Considering the size of this contest and the low but possible probability of more judges leaving the team, the PR team and I decided to look for more judges and I'm happy to announce that we found two heroes that will be helping the judging process: Sinc-X and Rameau's Nephew.
While Sinc-X is not known for his level design and hacks as he's specialized in music, his large amount of free time and overall gaming experience as well as his courage (yes, courage!!!) were deemed useful enough for his addition to the VLDCX judging team.
Rameau's Nephew on the other hand is a long-time, experienced SMW hacker, who recently placed very well in MaGL3, a Talkhaus contest. For those who remember, he also made a huge effort to write reviews for levels in SMWCP2 back in 2012, earning a MoTM award for it.
Now that Torchkas had to leave
judging as well, we're gonna stay at five judges for now. I think it's a safe enough number to stay at until the actual judging is done.
What about the deadline?
The original judging deadline will runs out at the end of this month. However, seeing as this will likely not get met for obvious reasons, it might take more time until the judging is actually done for real. We might take up to 30 to 40 days longer than anticipated to give the new judges a fair amount of time to finish.
With that in mind, the overworld contest will likely start after C3 at the earliest, together with the compilation process. While this will definitely postpone the release of the game, I still have faith that it will be possible to finish it before Christmas. So let's wait and watch the process take its course.
Again, sorry for all the things I could've done better. I definitely failed in parts of the judging process by not taking some ideas for the judging format into consideration. Hopefully, next year we can present a judging process that is better suited to the large amount of entries.