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Holiday Create 2017/2018 - Stop, Collaborate, and Listen

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The holiday season is all about spending quality time with family and friends, but who says that need only apply to real life gatherings? 

In this competition, you will be *pairing up with another community member* to design your level as a team! Many amazing collaboratory levels have been produced over the years from community members honing each others' ideas as a team, and the experience of working with and learning from each other while making a great level adds a lot to an already fun experience. If you haven't designed a level with someone else before, this is the perfect opportunity to try it out!

If you are having trouble finding a partner - or don't even know where to begin doing that - try posting a message here or posting a message to the CC Discord server. If that doesn't work, email me and I can try to set you up with others who are looking for a partner. (In the absolute worst case scenario I will team up with an odd-entrant-out to guarantee that nobody gets left out.) 

There will be no level restrictions for this competition: all types of levels are allowed and welcomed. The only "rule", if you will, is to have a strong sense of teamwork with your collab partner when designing your level. (i.e. if you and your partner both create some stuff independently and you lazily copy-paste it all into the same level to create a "collaboration", that effort will be judged much more harshly than a partnership who talked together about their ideas and refined each others' concepts while working together towards a common goal.)

Bonus points will be awarded for:

* Doing a little write-up alongside your entry describing who did what, how the level came to be, and what the process of collaborating was like for both of you

* Giving your level some kind of connection to the holiday season (it doesn't have to be much)

* Having some kind of creative/novel usage of random elements (anyone can stick a few blobs in a room for the sake of giving the player some generic monster to dodge, but can you add random elements to your level in a meaningful way such that they couldn't simply all be changed to other monsters or tiles without detracting from the level?)

Please send your entries to jraanderson at msn dot com (or pm them to me here). I will send a reply confirming that I have received your entry.


* I want to keep this open a bit longer than usual due to the logistics of collaborating with another person and how designing these levels will probably take more time than usual, so the preliminary deadline for this competition will be midnight (UTC-8) on the evening of January 31st. I will continue to accept late entries until I post the results, though late entries may be penalized.

* You may submit as many levels as you like, but please only submit one level per partnership. (I'm looking at you, Tyler and Josh!) Please feel free to form new partnerships in order to submit more levels.

* All rulesets are permissible: the level can be created for Lynx, MS (including MSCC-only and pgchip stuff if you want), or CC2 as long as it is solvable.

* Entrants receive the normal prizes: the "You're Winner!" award, Chip Cup points, and the "Tool Box" award for first time entrants.

* Please ask about unclear situations.

Edited by James
edit to clarify that having multiple partnerships is ok/encouraged
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Now that James is surely working intensely on the results for this competition I can reveal how (or at least my suggestion on how) the Chip Cup points for this competition will work.

First place collaborators - 13 Chip Cup points each.
Second place collaborators - 9 Chip Cup points each.
Third place collaborators - 7 Chip Cup points each.
Fourth place collaborators - 5 Chip Cup points each.
Fifth place collaborators - 3 Chip Cup points each.
Sixth and lower place collaborators - 1 Chip Cup point each.

For some not-entirely-necessary reasoning behind this list, read 


Usually a competition rewards the winner with 15 Chip Cup points and the lower for other positions, with a combined addition of about 70 Chip Cup points added to the boards per competition if there are enough entrants. We have deviated from this scheme with "Super Competitions" that have lasted two or more months by roughly doubling those numbers, and also adjusting amounts when ties have occurred. I don't want to add a possible 280 Chip Cup points to the boards by counting this as a Super Competition and rewarding each partner the maximum points. We also have the question of whether this will be included in the 2017 or 2018 Chip Cup. I'll explain the suggestion through an example.

Winning entry by participants A and B.
Second place entry by participants C and D.
Third place entry by participants E and B.

A is rewarded 13 Chip Cup points for having been part of creating the winning entry, tying for first place.
Similarly B deserves 13 Chip Cup points, but as (s)he as another entry lower down the list, what happens there?
Both C and D are rewarded 9 Chip Cup points, which is the same amount that a tied third place would get as there are two people who placed higher than them.
For the third place entry, E and B would similarly earn 7 Chip Cup points; however, B already has 13 points so (s)he doesn't get any more from this entry. (A participant's best entry usually only counts.) But now E has not tied with anyone, couldn't they get more points? Maybe, but that gets unnecessarily complicated and I prefer to keep the positions worth a pre-set amount. (I think of the comparison to normal ties as a guideline for the totals, not the definitive rule.)

We could also have gone with a bit higher amounts like 15, 12, 10, 8, 7... but the total could get quite high overall (as you'll see below).

As for the season this counts for, we have usually had a season finishing competition in December, and the first competition to end in the new year has been the first competition of that season. We have considered running a season for for more than a year, but there is another solution to this situation too...

These points will count for the Chip Cup 2017. And the Chip Cup 2018. Yes, this competition both ends the Chip Cup for last year and starts the one for this year. As this was a longer competition than we usually do, participants also in a sense get double the points than normal!


With that secret out of the way, it's time to start a couple new competitions...

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