KZ Mapping Competition

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  1. GameChaos

    GameChaos perfect jump ratio: 86.60% Official Map Tester Mapper

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    Hello! Some of us (Danvari, CyclO, me and other great people) thought about making a KZ mapping competition, so here it is!

    There is going to be a prize pool, mainly from donations from the community. We already have donors to start the pool off with a considerable amount.

    Donating:
    If you want to support the mappers and the competition itself, you can donate to the prize pool here: https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/87ePTRhNlf
    First place will get 60% of the prize, second will get 25% and third 15%.

    Themes:
    At the moment there are 6 starting themes picked by the judges:
    • Ruins
    • Neon
    • Underwater
    • Rats (rat sized players)
    • Alien architecture
    • Nature

    The community (you!) can suggest more themes to be voted on in the replies to this thread. Every suggestion will be put in a google form and be voted on by everyone from 26 August 8pm GMT to 29 August 8pm GMT. The theme with the most votes wins.
    Remember, the theme isn't forced and doesn't have to affect kz, but it will be voted positively by the judges if its well applied at the end of the competition.

    Duration:
    The competition lasts 2 months from the moment the theme is announced (29 August 8pm GMT) to 29 October 8pm GMT.
    Map submissions must be submitted by then, otherwise they won't be counted.
    Each judge gets one vote each, the community gets two votes.

    Voting:
    The judges that take part in this event are:
    • GameChaos
    • CyclO
    • Danvari
    • Ballistic Bacon
    • nykaN
    • geryuganshoop
    • persona

    There are 5 categories ordered from most to least important:
    • Gameplay: How well the map plays, no perf skips, weird difficulty spikes etc.
    • Design: How intuitive the map is, does the player get lost often, is the map overwhelming, etc.
    • Visuals: How nice the map looks and how alive the environment feels.
    • Polish: Optimization, attention to detail, fixing visual inconsistencies.
    • Theme: Does the map stick to the theme or thinks outside the box about it.

    You can vote on them on a scale of 1-100 after the deadline.
    The judges and the community will be able to vote on the submissions from 8pm October 29 to 8pm November 5 on a google forms page.
    The winner will be announced the next day (06.11) at 8pm and the prizes will be given away as quickly as possible.

    Submission Rules:
    • Only 1 map per person (collaborations are allowed).
    • A flawless run on the map must be over 1 and a half minutes.
    • Must abide to the global map approval ruleset: [​IMG]
    You can submit the map as a reply to this thread or on the KZ Mapping Discord.
    Additional Information:
    More information will be provided on the KZ Mapping discord and on this thread, if needed.
     
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  2. TheEmulator

    TheEmulator CASUAL

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    OMG forum is alive.

    Nice to see this tbh. Hopefully we get KingsBay 2.0
     
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  3. caja

    caja SKILLED

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    m judge cant make bad map ):
     
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  4. Cookim ^w^

    Cookim ^w^ SCRUB

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    Make Mapping Great Again!!!
    Good luck to all the competitors
    :OSsloth:
     
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  5. brayn

    brayn NEW

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    Very exited for the finished products that this results in!
     
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  6. Ballistic Bacon

    Ballistic Bacon EXPERT

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    btw don't make your maps now, just think of themes
    after we vote for the themes then we make the maps peepoEvil
     
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  7. KING STEELO | 47

    KING STEELO | 47 NEW

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    ooh boiiiii this is gonna be liit (put cat images on the map thats a guaranteed vote from GC)
     
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  8. Ballistic Bacon

    Ballistic Bacon EXPERT

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    Oswin: Snow
    i still don't know a theme that i'd like to suggest FeelsBadMan
     
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  9. finckelton

    finckelton who am i

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    :thinking:
     
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  10. Lillen

    Lillen SKILLED Official Map Tester Mapper

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    Great initiative! Sadly I probably won't be able to enter as I begin my military service next month so unless I map like a madman the coming days you won't be seeing an entry from me. As for the theme I have always wanted to see a nice like city/urban themed map where you traverse buildings and jump of rooftops that sort of thing so that is my suggestion.

    Another thing I was wondering was regarding judging and that the theme is not forced. As the judging process/criteria is now phrased it looks like the theme is not really important at all. This means that someone could enter a map that they have been working on for several months prior to the competition regardless of the theme chosen by the community and still get a top placing since they'd have a huge advantage on the 4 most important categories. Now two months should be sufficient time for making a great KZ map however a contestant could potentially spend more time on things like custom models and assets in general with more time. I'd consider forcing the theme to circumvent this issue (If it is an issue that is, I'm tired and might just be rambling (I also haven't mapped for a long time)).

    Anyways thanks for hosting the competition and good luck to all the contestants!
     
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  11. TheEmulator

    TheEmulator CASUAL

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    I can definitely agree with what Lillen is saying regarding themes, although there are pros and cons. Forcing a single theme could possibly deter mappers from entering. Not everyone is inspired by the same styles, and certain mappers might already have maps they are working on. A single theme could be easier to judge tho, and if the theme is legitimately good then it kind of solves a lot of potential problems (but can we actually settle on a theme).

    From my perspective I'd rather see more variation and see what each mapper can come up with on their own.

    edit: should note I'm fine with anything and this is just my opinion. Just happy to see this competition tbh.
     
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  12. Haru

    Haru PRO

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    Would love to see more inca/aztec/temple themed maps :)

    Hope we get to see some cool maps from this!
     
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  13. p1t

    p1t TRAINEE Mapper

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    wow. looks interesting:PogChamp:
     
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  14. davaiiii

    davaiiii SCRUB

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    What about a theme like "world tour"? just like monster jam (bhop map)
    That would solve the problem of mappers being bound to do one style, when you can choose whatever country you want.
     
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  15. GameChaos

    GameChaos perfect jump ratio: 86.60% Official Map Tester Mapper

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    stop stealing my map ideas smh
     
  16. GameChaos

    GameChaos perfect jump ratio: 86.60% Official Map Tester Mapper

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  17. pebi

    pebi professional cool guy Mapper

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    henlo frens, mayb i come back for make map this . . .
     
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  18. GameChaos

    GameChaos perfect jump ratio: 86.60% Official Map Tester Mapper

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    The competition has started!
    There are 4 themes that you can pick from, or mix, or do whatever you want with them:
    • Ruins
    • World Tour
    • Underwater
    • City
    Pie graph of the final votes:
    [​IMG]
     
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  19. zorb

    zorb toxic retard Mapper

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    hi
     
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  20. GameChaos

    GameChaos perfect jump ratio: 86.60% Official Map Tester Mapper

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    kz_bionic_v2 inc???
     

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