Minor Contest #1: Pick It Up!

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  1. Idolon

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    Banner art by 14Bit and background/typography by Freyja. Based on promotional artwork for Pick It Up! Ska In The 90s.


    One of the major complaints about our previous contest was that it was not long enough. To address this, we're taking inspiration from the frantic energy and raw punk spirit of Ska music, and making this contest even shorter.

    You have just one month to make a map (gameplay only!) - specifically, you must abide by the first Commandment of Ska and "Pick It Up!" by including pickups of some kind - flags, cores, Passtime jacks, whatever. Stock gamemodes and custom ones are both welcome.

    Rules
    • You must make a 'standard' map that runs without any server modifications or plugins.
      • Detailing is not required or advised.
      • Your map must be able to accommodate for a standard amount of players. This means a minimum of 16 spawn points per team for standard maps.
      • Your map must be fully functional; meaning it includes objectives, spawn points, is fully lit and both teams can reasonably win.
      • MvM entries will not be judged.
    • Your map must contain pickups in some capacity.
      • Pickups should be important to the gamemode. Anticipate low scores if your gamemode tries to skirt around this requirement.
      • If you aren't sure what constitutes a pickup or not, ask!
      • No, health and ammo pickups don't count. (Unless you can make a convincing case.)
    • Maps may be no older than four days before the date and time of this post.
      • We didn't do a very good job of announcing the contest in advance, so we've added a bit of leniency.
    • Judges, contest organizers, and those otherwise involved directly in judging cannot win any prizes or place in the top 3.
    • Limit one entry per person.
      • This only applies to people who work on the map in Hammer. If you are only an asset contributor, you may be a contributor on as many maps as you like.
    Custom Content

    We do not expect these rules to come into play due to the nature of this contest. However, here they are just in case:
    • Each map can have a team of four collaborators. A collaborator is someone who has contributed to the map either via work in Hammer, or through the contribution of custom assets.
    • Only two members of a team are allowed to work on the map in Hammer. All other collaborators must be asset contributors.
    • People are only considered asset contributors if their custom content has not been released to the public within two weeks of the contest start.
      • The deadline used to be the contest start, but gamemode prefabs are particularly useful for this contest.
    Deadline
    • The contest begins as of this post.
    • The contest ends May 18th, 2020, 11:59 PM (23:59) GMT.
      • That's about one month from now.
      • That's not very long!
      • The deadline used to be May 11th but has been pushed back due to technical issues with our servers that made map development more difficult.
    • An upload thread will be created about a week before the deadline. You must post your map in this thread to submit your map.
      • You may do whatever you want with your map before then. It is highly encouraged to upload your map and have players test it before the deadline so you can get feedback and improve your map.
    • You will be given 48 hours after the deadline to fix any bugs that crop up. After that, no more updates.
      • If you discover a bug with your final submitted version, you have the option of reverting to an older version of the map, provided that it is already uploaded to TF2Maps.net and/or our game servers.
    Scoring

    Maps will be scored on the basis of how much fun they are to play, and on their relevancy to the theme (pickups). Detailing is not a required component of this contest. However, aesthetics still do play a role in how well a map plays. Lighting cues can tell players what routes they should use, and a cleaner or more professional looking alpha will always feel better to play than a sloppily constructed one. Keep these things in mind when designing your maps!

    Voting will be one big public round with no official judges. Scoring will be a hybrid between numerical scores and ranked voting. Everyone will provide numerical scores, which will then be turned into ranked lists and then fed into a Single Transferable Vote system to determine the winner. This should provide the fairness of ranked voting while also providing us with the juicy statistics of numerical voting.

    This also means that you may not score two maps the same. You must pick your favorites! In the interest of making this easier, scores will be 0-100. Anyone who scores two maps the same will have their votes thrown out. Everyone must also vote for at least 75% of the maps to have their vote counted.

    Prizes

    1st place will get a Mapper's Medallion. The top three will get a pick from our prize pool of game keys.

    Links

    Gamemode prefabs:
    CTF Door Systems
    Invade CTF (symmetrical, one neutral flag)
    PD Prefab
    CTF Arena
    SD Arena
    Attack / Defend Passtime
     
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  2. Sandwhip

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    Oh boy time to make yet another invade ctf map
     
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  3. Another Bad Pun

    aa Another Bad Pun dare to meme

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    I have no complaints this time
     
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  4. HolySnickerPuffs

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    Wait, we have only a month?! That's faster than any map I've ever finished. If I can see this through I'll probably feel like Superman, but still. I'm a fan of hard contests, but having only a month to make a semi-finished map is one step beyond. I can already tell that I'll be saying "shit fuck dammit dammit" a lot, that much is true.
     
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  5. Heron

    aa Heron MASTER Almond Joy Taste-alike

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    I'm ready, let's make this one count!
     
  6. Aapelikaeki

    Aapelikaeki L3: Member

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    This contest has a lovely chaotic vibe to it.
    Good luck everyone!
     
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  7. Kube

    aa Kube Soon it will be different

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    wow, time to bring back Capture the KotH

    (great contest approach, best of luck everyone!!)
     
  8. McLovin

    McLovin L1: Registered

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    Welp. I already listen to Streetlight Manifesto and Operation Ivy to get stuff done fast. Guess I'll put it on 2x speed.
     
  9. Mess About

    Mess About L6: Sharp Member

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    i've been working on a ctf map for exactly 4 days before this announcement, lucky me

    also goodluck everybody else
     
  10. pont

    aa pont look at my fursona

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    pog lets go
     
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  11. Idolon

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    Update: Rules previously stated that content had to be released to the public prior to the contest start in order for the creator to not count as a contributor. This has been bumped back to two weeks after contest start to help facilitate the sharing of gamemode prefabs.
     
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  12. r0nii

    r0nii L3: Member

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    wait i am dumb? i started a map but you can't pickup the cart ;-;

    edit: i mean i started payload map.

    edit5: can i make object destruction map? (taking pick up and bringing it to enemy base before explode)
     
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  13. Idolon

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    If the map uses flags, cores, jacks, or any similar mechanic, you're in the clear.
     
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  14. Idolon

    aa Idolon the worst admin

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    Question for entrants: How many people have been held up on map development due to technical issues? Our servers (especially US) have been acting up recently, dropping feedback, dropping demo files, etc. and I am considering extending the deadline to compensate.
     
  15. Another Bad Pun

    aa Another Bad Pun dare to meme

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    yes
     
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  16. Paper_

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    Literally any deadline extension would be good. Dear god yes.
     
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  17. halfcircle

    halfcircle L1: Registered

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    my demos got eaten twice and my feedback once, so I'd appreciate any form of deadline extension
     
  18. Emil_Rusboi

    Emil_Rusboi L5: Dapper Member

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    Didn't really have time to make map due to different stuff I was doing at the same time, so some sort of deadline extensions would great!
     
  19. HolySnickerPuffs

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    If the decision is made to extend the deadline, we shouldn't get too much time. This is supposed to be a fast contest, even though the technical issues we've been having prevented us from getting the most out of it.

    I think anywhere between 5-10 days is the perfect amount imo.
     
  20. pont

    aa pont look at my fursona

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    a couple more days would be neat. feels like sql errors have eaten >50% of feedbacks on more than one of my map's tests.
     
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