TF2Maps.net 72hr WINTER CLASSIC 2013 Preliminary Survey! Ladies and Gentlemen of TF2Maps and the community at large, it's that time of the year again! Well, not actually again, per sae. It's actually just the first ever 72hr Mapping Winter Classic! I promised this summer (or winter for you aussie types) that I'd host another 72hr contest this December because having these twice a year is awesome. The point of this post is to just remind everyone that "hey, this is going to happen," to see how much interest is still there and to generally see how you guys feel about stuff that I want to change. First off, a date. I'm looking at the weekend after christmas and before new years. The 28th or something. Would that weekend work for most people? Would you like it sooner? Later? Would Sometime in November or January work better? Tell me. EDIT: Okay, a lot of people don't like After christmas, before new-years. when in JANUARY would be best? Weekend of the 4th or the 11th? what? Secondly, I'm going to add some sort of theme to this contest. Why? Because it'll be a bit more fun, and should draw in more people since there will be focus and a place for people to start. It won't be like 'Make a winter themed map' or 'use X, Y and Z prop' or even 'be under X amount of brushes' ... it'll be something like me giving you phrase, a word, a picture or a quote of some famous dead guy I like. You then think about it and think of a map inspired by that. It won't be really hard, or deep, or really thought provoking. Just something that you guys can create a foundation for an idea off of. Think about how Ludum Dare does their gamejams. Thirdly, I'm going to change how voting usually works. Previously, I've given 1 week of preliminary, 1 week of finalist voting. Prelim voting is just "list X maps you liked" and final voting was kind of weird. I'm about 95% sure on this new system. The voting will now work as follows: I feel that doing it this way makes it easier for people who are busy with family or jobs or who's free time is spread out over a couple weeks. You get 2.5 weeks instead of 2 though to take into account that you'll actually have to play all of the maps and, again, to provide time for those who might have it sparse during the holidays. Fourthly, this contest has always been a in-house type of thing. That is, I never publicized it on reddit, SPUF, Facepunch, Valve, etc. I think it'd be kind of neat to bring in other communities to do this. Not only is it a great way to quickly learn hammer, but it's also great fun. Thoughts? FIFTHLY and FINALLY; The most important question of all! How was everyone's summer (winter for aussie's) break? Take some time, think about these changes and leave some feedback on it.