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Posted on 07-01-11, 06:21 pm (rev. 5)
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[July 1 - July 14] Garmichael's Level Design Contest



Challenge: Make a level that the player goes on an adventure through three distinct but related areas. Try to make it so each of the three areas make sense in a row, and feels like you're traveling across a landscape of some sort.
Requirements: All three areas must be used, and each of the areas must use a different tileset. The player must start in area 1 and the flag pole must be in area 3. The play must not be able to get to area 3 from area 1. This means that the player must travel through all three areas sequentially. Back tracking is allowed, but the only way to area 3 is from area 2.

Deadline: 11:59pm Pacific time zone Monday night on July 11, 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 using the critique form below. It is encouraged that each player actually play these levels, preferably before watching any youtube clip of that level.

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?
Posted on 07-01-11, 06:42 pm
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Great! The challenge sounds very interesting!

I wonder, does anybody knows of a level that has the midpoint on the second area?
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Posted on 07-01-11, 06:55 pm (rev. 1)


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no, but it works
i tested it some time ago (also in NSHB a level has the midway point on area 2)

EDIT: Does it matter, when my level gets (a BIT) long?
Posted on 07-01-11, 07:12 pm
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That would depend on the people that critique your level. Personally, I would take points off for a level that is too long, but it's really a subjective thing. I've made long levels before.
Posted on 07-02-11, 08:49 am
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Nice and interesting I think i make a BIG level
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Posted on 07-06-11, 03:08 pm (rev. 1 by ImageBot on 11-21-16, 02:08 am)
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I have finished my level! I'm submitting it so early because I will be out of town without my computer until the 12th, so I will be back just in time to critique the other levels. Anyway, enjoy my first contest level.

Download
The patch has the level inserted over 1-1.
Posted on 07-10-11, 11:09 am (rev. 1 by ImageBot on 11-21-16, 02:08 am)
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I have also finished my level!
Download
This level is also inserted over W1-1.
Posted on 07-11-11, 10:11 pm (rev. 1)
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Does anyone that hasn't submitted yet need an extension? I might need one.

Let me know if you're working on a level but can't get it done tonight. I want to see as many people enter as possible.
Posted on 07-11-11, 10:40 pm
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Posted by Garmichael
Does anyone that hasn't submitted yet need an extension? I might need one.

Let me know if you're working on a level but can't get it done tonight. I want to see as many people enter as possible.


This. I need an extension I am currently working on it and Its taking too long don't know why. So can you extend the deadline?
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Posted on 07-12-11, 03:01 am
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Sure. Let's make these 14 days each, and even two weeks.

The new deadline is midnight on July 14th.
Posted on 07-12-11, 03:04 am
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Posted by Garmichael
Sure. Let's make these 14 days each, and even two weeks.

The new deadline is midnight on July 14th.


Great. It seemed that 10 days wasn't enough for the most case.

Also, could they be any possibility that the hammer bros desert level contest could be repeated sometime? The contest only got 2 entries, and here we have more possibilities. Just a thought...
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Posted on 07-12-11, 03:46 am (rev. 1)
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That's a good idea. That'll be the next contest. It'll give me a couple weeks where I'm not scrambling to make a level
Posted on 07-12-11, 03:57 am
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Posted by Garmichael
That's a good idea. That'll be the next contest. It'll give me a couple weeks where I'm not scrambling to make a level


Great! I wonder...can I use my level submitted for that round? It is valid?

Anyway I do plan to add more area and polish up some aspects for it.
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Posted on 07-12-11, 04:44 am
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Yea, I'm fine with that.
Posted on 07-14-11, 06:44 am (rev. 1 by ImageBot on 11-21-16, 02:08 am)
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My level:

Name: Journey to adventure island

File: .nml

Notes: I don't know if this is valid to do, but I would like to clarify some things. On the second area, after the autoscroll has finished, the screen wont go up, so in order to do so, you must enter the red pipe in order to appear in the same screen and make the camera go up. This is the only way I could fix this problem. Also, yes, all starcoins are accessible (in case you are wondering for the first one) and lastly, I figured out that since is a big level, I have made the progress path correctly, to avoid any confusion.

download here

Level replaces 1-1
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Posted on 07-14-11, 05:21 pm
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I played through and critiqued both Cool As and gridattack's levels. They were both very good! How many people still have to submit?
Posted on 07-14-11, 06:12 pm
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Yes, I'd also like to know how many other people are going to submit. I've got one that I'm going to be putting the final touches on posting it tonight. It'll probably be closer to about midnight my time.
Posted on 07-15-11, 06:36 am (rev. 2)
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There is a bug in my level Area 1 where you can not get one of the star coins.
If you must get the star coin import this .nml file on Area 1.
Download the Fix

Btw I have not tested this yet. tested this and you can gain the star coin.



Merged posts:

Posted by gridattack
I don't know if this is valid to do, but I would like to clarify some things. On the second area, after the autoscroll has finished, the screen wont go up, so in order to do so, you must enter the red pipe in order to appear in the same screen and make the camera go up. This is the only way I could fix this problem.

I imported the level in W1-2 (I had Piranaplant's in W1-1) and it scrolled up fine.
I do not see what is wrong
Posted on 07-15-11, 10:31 am (rev. 1)
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Finished my level finally... It's a few hours late. I was having a hard time with the midpoint not working.



Here it is (Right click and choose Save As): Through the Jungle Temple.


As of right now, the contest players are: Piranhaplant, Cool As, gridatttack, Garmichael.

(Kind of disappointing that ray and NSMB_Pro didn't make it). Let's try to get critiques in by the end of the weekend.

Note: If anyone wants to submit their level, I'll still accept it as long as it's submitted before critiques are done.
Posted on 07-15-11, 10:35 am
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There are many cool-looking levels here
I'll maybe try them out and do critiques too (If it's allowed without having paricipated, of course)

Also, Garmichael, links in your layout appear white when you hover them, which makes them become invisible against the white BG. You should probably fix that.
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