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Posted on 09-23-11, 02:54 am
Ninji
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[September 22 - October 7] Garmichael's Level Design Contest



Challenge: Journey to the Center of the Earth.
Requirements: Three areas. The first area should be one of the 'outdoors' areas, like Grassland, Snowfield, or Mountain. As long as it has a sky, it should be okay. The third area should have lava. It doesn't matter what you do for the second area, but you must pass through it to get to area 3.

Level Deadline: 11:59pm Pacific time zone Friday night on October 7th, 2011.
Critique Deadline: 11:59pm Pacific time zone Monday night on October 10th, 2011.

To submit your entry, just post your level file in this thread. Youtube clips are optional, but help with critiques.

Each player is required to critique each other player's levels, and must use the critique form below. It is encouraged that each player actually play these levels, preferably before watching any youtube clip of that level or look at the level in the editor.

Failure to deliver critiques by the end of the critique period will result in a 20 point penalty to your final score.

Critique Form

Challenge Requirement Met: 10 Points

Design: 20 Points
How does the level play?
This is the general quality in design. When critiquing, ask questions like:
Is it fun? Is it well laid out? Does it match the theme of the challenge? Are enemies and hazzards placed unfairly? Is there enough time? Does it flow well? All items are obtainable? All Star Coins added? Too long? Too short? Question mark blocks with powerups inside butted up against the roof? Are there any soft-locks (this is the term for when under certain circumstances, the player can't finish the level unless they die and start over)?

Polish: 20 points
How does the level look?
This is the general level of polish. When critiquing, ask questions like:
Are there glitches not caused by emulation? Is there missing trim for the terrain or other tiles? Is there enough variety in the use of tiles? Are there enough props and interesting details? Does the camera function properly without skips and problems? Are there tiles that look out of place?

Posted on 09-23-11, 08:14 pm
Shyguy


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Hey, this looks cool. Thanks for using my idea! I think I'll try these contests out.
The only annoyance for me is that about half the competitors are probably going put their level onto a rar file, and sadly, I don't really know how I can play rar files!
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Posted on 09-23-11, 08:15 pm
Super Mario
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You need to decompress them with a program like 7zip.
You'll then get the patch file you can use with NSMBe.
Posted on 09-23-11, 09:08 pm
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Thanks Dirbaio! Now this shouldn't be a problem.
Better start making my level.
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Posted on 09-26-11, 06:18 pm
Ninji
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I use WinRar for rars.


Keep this discussion in the discussion thread, please.
Posted on 09-30-11, 05:12 am
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Posted by Garmichael
I use WinRar for rars.
Keep this discussion in the discussion thread, please.

But winrar is not freeware. I find 7zip way better. It has more features too.

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Posted on 09-30-11, 06:06 am


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When the "test time" of Winrar expires, you can still use it. It just says: "Buy Winrar". Then you can click the buttons: "Close", "Buy", "View License Agreement".
I click "Close" every time and it works fine.
Posted on 10-02-11, 06:01 pm
Super Mario
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I said [/offtopic].

Hmmm, who's going to participate in this round? Just to know.
I am Just got home so I probably I'll have time this week.
Posted on 10-02-11, 06:03 pm
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ME! Of course xD
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Posted on 10-02-11, 07:49 pm
Shyguy


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I'm Definitely in. I'm almost done with my level, and I have just enough time to finish it and submit.

(Sorry for offtopic post )
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Posted on 10-06-11, 05:54 am (rev. 1)
Porcupo
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ME as well!
And if I do not finish it I will try to release a (BAD) version instead! That is not happening!



----------Post's Merged--------------

Here is my contest level, enjoy!
Posted on 10-09-11, 09:07 pm (rev. 3)
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EDIT: Fixed. Before, I had patched the wrong rom. Now to fix some bugs.
EDIT 2: K, it's done. Here it is: http://www.mediafire.com/?pb6l4zrhqc4p5d0
Also, let me just tell you that you once you enter area 2, you lose contact with the progress bar. This is because I can't figure out how to make the path nodes work. Sorry.
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