[LEVEL PACK AVAILABLE] Spring Vanilla Level Contest 2022 - Rules & Discussion

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[LEVEL PACK AVAILABLE] Spring Vanilla Level Contest 2022 - Rules & Discussion

Postby Valentine » Fri Apr 22, 2022 1:49 pm

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This contest runs from April 22nd, 7PM UTC until Monday May 30th, 7PM UTC (2PM EDT)
This contest uses SMBX2 Beta 4 Patch 4.1 Hotfix

What is a vanilla contest?
The term "Vanilla" means using only out-of-the-box assets when making your level. For the purposes of this contest, this means that you may not use any custom graphics, txt files, lua scripts or sound effect overrides. The ONLY CUSTOM THING you are allowed to use is custom music, because as good as Fleet Gilde is as a song, it might not do well at getting the mood of your level across.
You know what they say, limits breed creativity! The tools you have at your disposal in this contest (Layers, events, the spawn algorithm, etc.)

The Rules
- The results and an episode including all submissions will be released simultaneously, a few weeks after submissions close
- Teams are allowed, cooperation is encouraged
- You may only submit one level, make it count!
- As previously outlined: SMBX38A is disallowed. The most recent version of SMBX2 is encouraged.
- You may use any characters you like, and any exit types you like. Bowser end game flags will be brutally removed.
- You may have 1 or 2 exits in your level.
- Please make sure your music paths work. This is best ensured by testing after every change, even after renaming folders or moving files around, and then correcting any issues that came up.
- The episode will provide a set of palace switch toggles. You may use the 4 colors of palace switches in your levels, but you may not make them toggleable from within your level.
- Disqualifications will be handed out if....
-- It's very obvious that no attempt was made
-- The level is not by the author
-- The level is unbeatable or unreasonably difficult
-- The level contains crude, inappropriate or offensive content
-- All the judges agree that the level was submitted in bad faith

The Judging!
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Your judges for this contest will be, Me (Valentine), Hatsune Blake, Waddle, MECHDRAGON777.

The rubric that will be used to judge the contest is as follows -
30 points for Pacing, in which the overall structure of the level is be evaluated.
30 points for Fun, in which a judge rates the judge's personal enjoyment of the level.
20 points for Concept, in which the level's general idea will be evaluated.
20 points for Presentation, in which flavour, flourishes, visuals and sound design will be evaluated.

The maximum attainable score is 100 points (30/30/20/20 per category).
Great, how do I submit?
In order to submit a level to the contest, you will post the level in the submission topic and follow the guidelines outlined in it. If you have any questions about them, post them HERE and NOT in the submissions thread!

Also, will I get any fancy rewards?
- There will be trophies (userbars) crafted for the top 3 placements.
- Additionally, every participant has a chance to obtain individualized trophies handed out by the judges, similar to the trophies of the mystery contest.
- Trophies will be awarded by the judges based on stand-out performances, be it "highest score", "best story", "best aesthetics", "most funny" or anything else suitable. Some judges might award trophies they find humourous, too. Even levels that get a low score can earn such trophies by having cool elements or being otherwise remarkable!
- Every trophy will be visually designed as a little nugget you can put into your signature. Gotta catch 'em all!
- A single level can obtain multiple trophies.

That is all, Good luck!

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Re: Spring Vanilla Level Contest 2022 - Rules & Discussion

Postby ElTipsta » Fri Apr 22, 2022 2:20 pm

OMG ITS FINALLY TIME LET'S GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Good luck to all the participants!

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Re: Spring Vanilla Level Contest 2022 - Rules & Discussion

Postby Zeldamaster12 » Fri Apr 22, 2022 3:10 pm

I think I'll give this one a go, haven't done anything Mario related in a while and I should have enough time on my hands.

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Re: Spring Vanilla Level Contest 2022 - Rules & Discussion

Postby deice » Fri Apr 22, 2022 3:35 pm

Valentine wrote:
Fri Apr 22, 2022 1:49 pm
- Disqualifications will be handed out if....
-- The level is [...] unreasonably difficult
this is what george orwell was talking about when he wrote 1984 i think

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Re: Spring Vanilla Level Contest 2022 - Rules & Discussion

Postby Faronien » Fri Apr 22, 2022 3:39 pm

Time to learn the new editor

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Re: Spring Vanilla Level Contest 2022 - Rules & Discussion

Postby bigthecat » Fri Apr 22, 2022 3:43 pm

Let's go!

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Re: Spring Vanilla Level Contest 2022 - Rules & Discussion

Postby Twisted4932 » Fri Apr 22, 2022 3:50 pm

Patch 4.1?
Where can I download that new "update"? A few minutes ago I've searched but I only found the download link for "SMBX2b4 Patch 4 Hotfix" (Basically the version I''ve downloaded months ago)

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Re: Spring Vanilla Level Contest 2022 - Rules & Discussion

Postby Ibaka » Fri Apr 22, 2022 3:58 pm

Hmmm...
I think I will submit a level.

I have a question:
Can you submit more than one level?

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Re: Spring Vanilla Level Contest 2022 - Rules & Discussion

Postby SuperAlex » Fri Apr 22, 2022 4:02 pm

Ibaka wrote:
Fri Apr 22, 2022 3:58 pm

I have a question:
Can you submit more than one level?
Yeah you can submit more levels in this contest to get the probability of winning.

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Re: Spring Vanilla Level Contest 2022 - Rules & Discussion

Postby ShadowStarX » Fri Apr 22, 2022 4:09 pm

SuperAlex wrote:
Fri Apr 22, 2022 4:02 pm
Ibaka wrote:
Fri Apr 22, 2022 3:58 pm

I have a question:
Can you submit more than one level?
Yeah you can submit more levels in this contest to get the probability of winning.
I'd like to note that it's usually wisest to go for quality and not quantity.
Submitting 3-5 levels doesn't tend to end well in contests, from my prior experience.

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Re: Spring Vanilla Level Contest 2022 - Rules & Discussion

Postby Enjl » Fri Apr 22, 2022 4:46 pm

SuperAlex wrote:
Fri Apr 22, 2022 4:02 pm
Ibaka wrote:
Fri Apr 22, 2022 3:58 pm

I have a question:
Can you submit more than one level?
Yeah you can submit more levels in this contest to get the probability of winning.
I will note that people who submit more than 1 level usually REDUCE their chances of winning, because the levels will be less polished than a singular submission would be.
It's not something I recommend doing.

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Re: Spring Vanilla Level Contest 2022 - Rules & Discussion

Postby Valentine » Fri Apr 22, 2022 4:59 pm

Twistd4932 wrote:
Fri Apr 22, 2022 3:50 pm
Patch 4.1?
Where can I download that new "update"? A few minutes ago I've searched but I only found the download link for "SMBX2b4 Patch 4 Hotfix" (Basically the version I''ve downloaded months ago)
This is the same version the .1 is there just to signify that it's the hotfix version.

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Re: Spring Vanilla Level Contest 2022 - Rules & Discussion

Postby ditditdit » Fri Apr 22, 2022 5:48 pm

YAAAAY!

I am making a level FOR SURE.

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Re: Spring Vanilla Level Contest 2022 - Rules & Discussion (Level Count Rule Updated)

Postby Valentine » Fri Apr 22, 2022 5:54 pm

Due to an oversight, I left in the rule from last year which let people submit multiple levels. This was an accident, you will only be able to submit ONE level to the contest.

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Re: Spring Vanilla Level Contest 2022 - Rules & Discussion

Postby Ibaka » Fri Apr 22, 2022 6:00 pm

Questions:
Am I allowed to use Luna.lua scripts?
What platform do you use to make levels
How long do are levels have to be?
Are you allowed to make a speedrun?
Can you make a troll level?

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Re: Spring Vanilla Level Contest 2022 - Rules & Discussion

Postby ditditdit » Fri Apr 22, 2022 6:00 pm

may I use dragon coins?

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Re: Spring Vanilla Level Contest 2022 - Rules & Discussion (Level Count Rule Updated)

Postby Ibaka » Fri Apr 22, 2022 6:03 pm

Valentine wrote:
Fri Apr 22, 2022 5:54 pm
Due to an oversight, I left in the rule from last year which let people submit multiple levels. This was an accident, you will only be able to submit ONE level to the contest.
I see why this is.
If it is, I want to delete my submission!

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Re: Spring Vanilla Level Contest 2022 - Rules & Discussion

Postby Valentine » Fri Apr 22, 2022 6:08 pm

Ibaka wrote:
Fri Apr 22, 2022 6:00 pm
Questions:
Am I allowed to use Luna.lua scripts?
What platform do you use to make levels
How long do are levels have to be?
Are you allowed to make a speedrun?
Can you make a troll level?
1. No.
2. Latest build of SMBX2
3. Up to you
4. Sure?
5. You could, but probably don't.

For more detailed responses, read the main post.
I see why this is.
If it is, I want to delete my submission!
You are allowed to change the download link of your submission in the submission thread once you make a new one.
may I use dragon coins?
Yes.

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Re: Spring Vanilla Level Contest 2022 - Rules & Discussion

Postby Ibaka » Fri Apr 22, 2022 6:09 pm

More Questions:
Can you delete your post?
Can you edit your post?
Can you have less than 5 dragon coins?
Can you have more than 5 dragon coins?
What is the limit for star coins?
What is the limit for power stars?

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Re: Spring Vanilla Level Contest 2022 - Rules & Discussion

Postby Valentine » Fri Apr 22, 2022 6:12 pm

Ibaka wrote:
Fri Apr 22, 2022 6:09 pm
More Questions:
Can you delete your post?
Can you edit your post?
Can you have less than 5 dragon coins?
Can you have more than 5 dragon coins?
What is the limit for star coins?
What is the limit for power stars?
1. If nobody has posted after you, you should be able to.
2. Yes.
3. & 4. Yes, but include a readme which says how many you have (Do this no matter how many dragon coins you have
5. Any amount
6. You may have up to 2 exits, the episode won't have any unlockable content, so it doesn't matter what the exit types are.


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