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#1 Ihavenoname248

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Posted 02 May 2017 - 01:16 AM

So, hopefully the end of CCLP4 voting hasn't burned you all out! While going through the levels, I noticed that there were multiple different kinds of fun- levels that were fun to play, fun to solve, or both. Many of the best levels scratch both itches at the same time, and this is reflected in Create results. I didn't really realize this formally, however, until Walls of CCLP1, where my simpler level just couldn't go farther due to being simple to solve. I love this sort of level and I think it's underappreciated, so now it's time to focus on it!

 

Your task is to make a maze level. There can be other features to the level- itemswapping, puzzles, dodging and so on, but the focus of the level should be on the maze aspect. You may make your level in either CC1 or CC2, with neither being the dominant or preferred method of entry. Be creative, and make sure it's a fun experience to play!

 

Notes (as usual, shamelessly cribbed from Miika):

-Submissions are open through June 3rd where you live!

-The level must have the main theme of a maze. Additional sections are fine and may even add to the level if used carefully, but I want a maze!

-The level must be solvable, but does not need to work in both MS and Lynx.

-You may submit more than one entry, but please keep the levels distinct from each other. Your best two entries is recommended.
-Points may be deducted for late entries, but will be accepted until I judge the levels.

-Entrants receive the normal prizes: the "You're Winner!"-award, Chip Cup points, and "Tool Box"-award for first time entrants.
-Please ask about other unclear situations.
 

Email and attach your submissions to jbardonjr at charter dot net. I will strive to reply with a confirmation that I have received your entry. I prefer if you use your username and this competition in the subject. Keep it short and simple, something like: "May Create - Tyler"


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Posted 10 May 2017 - 09:04 AM

I have one maze level made already (Y) trying to get another made as I type this.

 

It's nice to have a simple create competition again, thanks in advance for hosting this!


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Posted 12 May 2017 - 01:12 AM

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Posted 02 June 2017 - 12:21 AM

Just a reminder that this competition is open for another 2-3 days and I will be streaming my first impressions (and the judging process) for all submitted levels once the competition closes!

 

Get your labyrinths in while you still can!


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Posted 04 June 2017 - 08:02 PM

Submissions are (un)officially closed! After I get something to eat (and do a couple other things, so about 2 hours from this post), I'll be streaming here so you can watch me get lost in a bunch of mazes- I'll still accept any levels received before I start the stream, but once it's up that's it.


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Posted 05 June 2017 - 12:20 AM

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149583259

While I arrange the results in a finalized format and prepare the files for upload, here's the judging stream!


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Posted 05 June 2017 - 01:08 AM

Download the levels in question so you can play them yourself!
http://cczone.invisi...mply-amaze-ing/
 
With that out of the way, onto the results!

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So, here's the points breakdown.

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Thanks to all the entrants! I think that mixing CC1 and CC2 worked well here and hope future competitions continue attempting this. We need more CC2 levels!


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Posted 05 June 2017 - 05:45 AM

I can safely say I was not expecting my entry to get 2nd place, but I'm more than happy with it. That 1st place level deserved the win (Y)

 

Regarding my level - the only reason I didn't include more loops in it was simply just to keep it as a true maze aka have dead ends and include the "lost" factor. Being a create competition looking for mazes, I wanted to at least have a level that stayed as true as possible to how good mazes should be :)


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Posted 05 June 2017 - 01:40 PM

Yeah, I sent eight entries to make sure to have really easy levels which you cant cook, pure mazes as well as levels with some itemswapping or puzzle elements :)

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Posted 05 June 2017 - 02:12 PM

There can be other features to the level- itemswapping, puzzles, dodging and so on, but the focus of the level should be on the maze aspect

 

...make sure it's a fun experience to play!
 
 Additional sections are fine and may even add to the level if used carefully, but I want a maze!

Come Together and Stop the Clock definitely crossed the line from maze to puzzle in a mazelike space, and certain other elements of these levels weren't fun for me.

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I hope that explains what my issues were with those levels better.


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Posted 05 June 2017 - 04:42 PM

Thanks for your reply and feedback  :) 
 

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 09:32 PM

aww. I check in here at least once a week or more and somehow I totally missed this! I would've entered! :(

 

At least I can play these levels and make some comments here if that's okay?

 

How often do you guys run create contests? Is it alright if I run one sometime? Though if I did, I would use a different method of judging; I would not judge them all by myself. I like the format I've seen other places of putting up a poll so everyone can vote.


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Posted 19 June 2017 - 10:00 PM

Of course- there's no better place to leave comments on the levels than the thread for the competition!

 

Generally, these competitions are ran once a month at most (depending on ideas and what else is going on), so usually 6-8 per year. If you have an idea for a create, then running it is fine- though with CCLP4 (voting) in past months and the release hype + eventual release, I expect you'd want to wait until September or October to start it, to get as many potential entrants as possible.

 

There was a create a few years back that did try community polling for the rankings, but I don't think it went anywhere and the final results were unilaterally decided anyway. Don't let that stop you from trying- but you may need to rank by yourself in the end, anyway.


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