Welcome to Microcontest 9: Buddy System Grab a buddy and get ready for one of the most experimental Microcontests yet! Today we're taking taking a peek at parallel universes; starting from the same point, how does an idea evolve when built by two different people? There's a lot going on here, so I'll break it down: Find a friend, and buddy up! During the planning phase, work with your buddy to plan a map During the mapping phase, split up and make a map from that shared plan without showing your buddy what you are doing At the end, both versions will get played back-to-back so you can see what's different! To help you find a buddy, I've created a handy spreadsheet: ----> CLICK HERE! <---- I highly recommend being in the Discord server to help with finding a buddy! If you don't have a buddy after the first half-hour, I'll be assigning buddies from those that have signed up on the spreadsheet. To enter, reply to this thread claiming a spot, and sign up in the spreadsheet above. After the deadline, edit your map, your buddy's name, and your planning documentation into your post to finalize your submission. You should only ever have one post in this thread until after submissions close! For full Microcontest rules and submission procedure, check out the Microcontest Megathread. FAQ: Spoiler: How should I plan with my buddy? Use forum DMs, discuss on Discord, make a Google Doc, or communicate via carrier pigeon; It's entirely up to you! As long as you can share some kind of documentation of your planning by the end, you're good to go. Spoiler: How much planning should we do? Enough that we can see that plan in the final map in some way. It could be as much as a sketch of the whole layout of the map, or as little as a one-line description, like "it's a koth map with the point on an elevator." Spoiler: Are there limits to what we can make? Any gamemode is allowed. MvM maps will be tested separately if we get any, and non-standard modes (Trade, Deathrun, VSH, etc.) will be looked at but not played. You don't have to do the same mode that your buddy does. Make sure you pick something both you and your teammate are capable of doing in the time limit. Spoiler: Can I talk with my buddy during the mapping phase? Yes! You can talk to your buddy as much as you want while mapping, but at no point can you visually show them any part of your map before time is up. If you're having layout trouble, your buddy working off the same plan will be a great resource! I recommend spoilering image in the Microcontest channel if you want to share progress pics so that your buddy doesn't see. Spoiler: What if I have to drop out/my buddy bails on me? If you drop out, your buddy will be sad and we won't get to compare their map with yours at the end. If you can't contact your assigned buddy (in the case you get assigned one), let me know and I can match you into an existing group to make a group of three. Spoiler: I'm worried about working with someone I don't know. Don't be afraid to sit this one out if working with someone you don't know makes you uncomfortable! If you still want to participate, but aren't comfortable with being automatically assigned a random buddy after the half-hour mark, remove yourself from the spreadsheet and contact me at that time; we'll work something out. Spoiler: Is there anything special I should do while submitting? When editing your map into your submission post, make sure you say who your buddy is and include whatever planning you did somewhere in the post. Quick Info: Time commitment: 3.5-4.5 Hours Difficulty: 2/5 Date: November 14th, 2020 Planning starts: 11:00 AM EST (15:00 UTC) Buddy Lock: 11:30 AM EST (15:30 UTC) Clock starts: 12:30 PM EST (16:30 UTC) Clock ends: 3:30 PM EST (19:30 UTC) Maps must be submitted by: 4:30 PM EST (20:30 UTC) Countdown to the deadline here! Notes: Name your .vmf: <gamemode>_<yourname>_mc9_a1 Any gamemode is allowed this time, including non-standard ones. MvM and MvM-based modes will be tested seprately if we get any, and any non-standard modes will be looked at but not played. Sorry, I don't know how to surf or set up a deathrun server! You do not have to compile within the time limit, but I will only wait one hour past the deadline to collect maps at a maximum. After that your map will no longer be considered a valid entry, unless you contact me ahead of time. Good luck!