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The archive for the 10th Anniversary Speedmapping Contest entries and discussion.

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Subject: Re: Tenth anniversary mapping contest?

Post Posted: 17 Dec 2010, 21:32

Hellscrag wrote:I won't be participating in the contest itself, but I thought I'd just interject on the subject of the RtNP music: It IS all Unreal music, really - just music that got cut!

Doesn't that also apply to RTNP textures, sounds, maps, perhaps creatures (probably not the creatures)? Just playing devil's advocate here, because an argument that was raised was incompatibility (textures apparently). Wouldn't it then be logical to accept all RTNP content which is 100% compatible with Unreal (which version?)?

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Subject: Re: Tenth anniversary mapping contest?

Post Posted: 17 Dec 2010, 22:01

RTNP content are a pain in the ass to use (most of the code is very, very poor), unlike RTNP music which works everywhere.
Plus, talking about RTNP content (not Maps obviously), only the music came out from the Epic/DE dev team. Rest is all made by Legend.
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Subject: Re: 10th Anniversary Speedmapping Contest - Discussion threa

Post Posted: 18 Dec 2010, 04:07

Man I'm so pumped for this contest! I'll be practicing and practicing before April. I'll try not to think of concepts yet, I feel like drawing up plans at this stage would be cheating.

Hey, how about that? This thread got stickied, and an admin even edited the thread title to official-ize it. How nice.
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Subject: Re: 10th Anniversary Speedmapping Contest - Discussion threa

Post Posted: 18 Dec 2010, 06:33

Ha, at least you realized it was a speedmapping contest and didn't already get started on some stuff. Oh well, I'll just use it as practice and probably release it as a standalone SP map prior to the contest...if at all.
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Subject: 10th Anniversary Speedmapping Contest - Hub Map

Post Posted: 23 Dec 2010, 09:01

For this next UnrealSP.org mapping contest, it looks as if there will be far fewer complications than in the eighth anniversary contest (namely the ban on custom content, stress put on cross-compatibility, et cetera). Thus, a hub map with a functioning script that resets player inventory/health is distinctly possible this time around.

I have a proposed system to make this all work.

To help whoever is chosen, I suggest that everyone who will have a map in the compilation version build a small part of the hub map, which will serve as an entrance to their map. I suggest that mappers who would like to make the base for the hub map are put into a poll and the community elects who they see to be most fit for the job. It is likely that the classic Hub valley style will be followed, though it is up to the hub moderator, of course.

Whoever is chosen for the job starts construction after the map submission deadline, or after it is clear how many submissions there will be. That way, they will know how big to make the map, and can designate the proper number of locations for level teleporters. These locations, as shown in the example below, can be anywhere that makes sense (mostly within a cliff wall, jutting off of a cliff wall, or in the middle of an open area). The head mapper for the hub map will choose a variety of locations for these, so as contestants have room to make interesting map entrances (a grand temple entrance, a network of platforms to get to a cave high up on the cliff face, a mining tunnel that goes under a cliff face, a shuttle to whisk the player away, a water well that the player must plunge into, et cetera).

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Figure 1. An overview of the base for the hub map, shown with its respective zones for contestant to place their teleporters and surrounding decorative geometry. The blue circle is the start point that the player returns to every time a map is completed, likely to be a Skaarj teleporter or something else appropriate.

The base for the hub map should be completed shortly after the judges have reached a verdict. Whether the best eight (or whatever number) maps are chosen for compilation or all contest entries are included, each contestant chooses a spot on the overview map. The winner of the contest chooses first, then second place, then third, et cetera, so as the best maps are given the most appropriate entrances. Contestants will likely be given the entire terrain, and their zone will be surrounded by a sheet cube like the ones shown in Figure 2. It may be best for the map to also show the areas where other contestants will be building their intros, so as the contestant is aware of their zone's relation to the other zones. (other zones will have a different texture to avoid confusion). Contestants only have permission to move their zone in the Z-axis, as long as the zone remains in contact with at least a little bit of additive space and a little bit of open space.

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Figure 2. A hub mock-up. Here, a small area with two zones for contestants to make their level intros. These zones are likely to all be of a uniform size, probably something around 1024x1024x1024 (as shown). We don't want them to be too massive, the player probably doesn't want to spend too much time in the hub map.

The contestants can only create content within these zones. The hub map moderator will make further decisions so as certain level entrances don't stand out too much (whether or not to put up uniform signs throughout the map, crediting the mappers, node limit, max sound radius, et cetera). The intro areas do not have to connect seamlessly with the begin point of a contestant's submission map (If the submission map starts with the player in a crashed ship, the teleporter can be a docked spacecraft. If the contestant wants to go Myst-style, the teleporter can be a book on a pedestal). When a zone is approved by the hub moderator, its brushes, lights, triggers, and everything else will be copied and aligned in the master map (hopefully a simple copy/paste will do the job).

When all is said and done, the entire compilation will be beta-tested and perhaps the community will vote on a good music track. Then we can release the damn thing!

This sounds like a lot of work for a simple hub map, but everything should fit together rather well and I'd expect fantastic results if we did something similar. Post your thoughts.
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Subject: Re: 10th Anniversary Speedmapping Contest - Hub Map

Post Posted: 23 Dec 2010, 09:11

Actually not a lot of work, as long as the HUB designer keeps it simple and people don't get too ambitious with their level start. Your idea is pretty much what I'd expect any good HUB for this kinda thing to be, and it's a fine idea. I think the designer of the general HUB be a non-contestant for obvious reasons.
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Subject: Re: 10th Anniversary Speedmapping Contest - Hub Map

Post Posted: 23 Dec 2010, 11:50

The hub will work if it is done in an organized way, and you have definitely put some thought into this. :)
I'm all for this idea- as long as I have a clear set of instructions on building my entrance so I don't break some unknown rule.

Can we start arguing over music already? :o

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Subject: Re: 10th Anniversary Speedmapping Contest - Hub Map

Post Posted: 23 Dec 2010, 13:16

This is getting way too deterministic in my opinion. For instance, what exactly dictates that it is "likely that the classic Hub valley style will be followed"? The hub mapper might want to follow another scheme entirely. We're still x months away from the competition, and the planning (let alone the number of contest threads) is starting to go slightly over the top. :)

I might merge this into the main discussion thread soon.
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Subject: Re: 10th Anniversary Speedmapping Contest - Hub Map

Post Posted: 23 Dec 2010, 16:05

...unless you want to avoid all this and go with Unreal's "Gateway.unr" map....
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Subject: Re: 10th Anniversary Speedmapping Contest - Hub Map

Post Posted: 23 Dec 2010, 18:20

The classic valley hub map was just a suggestion, as I stated it doesn't have to be what's used.

Prophet, why does the hub moderator have to be a non-contestant? The construction of the hub map does not need to start until all of the contestants submit their maps. As long as the hub moderator does not make the hub map too similar to their submission in style, I don't see why there would be any problems.
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Subject: Re: 10th Anniversary Speedmapping Contest - Hub Map

Post Posted: 23 Dec 2010, 18:21

Another thing to consider is that a hub map should be VERY small. When players want to play a new map, they shouldn't spend more than 20-30 seconds navigating the hub to get to the next choice, and all choices probably should be visible from a central location, hence, well, "hub." Wheel hubs aren't asymmetrical; if I were to do a hub map, I'd make it radial. But that's just me!
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Subject: Re: 10th Anniversary Speedmapping Contest - Hub Map

Post Posted: 23 Dec 2010, 18:50

LOL_PEANUTS wrote:
Prophet, why does the hub moderator have to be a non-contestant? The construction of the hub map does not need to start until all of the contestants submit their maps. As long as the hub moderator does not make the hub map too similar to their submission in style, I don't see why there would be any problems.


Easy answer is simply because any contestants will have already contributed something to the contest, so it might be more efficient to ask a non-contestant to do it. Slightly more complicated and aesthetic answer? Because a HUB designer without a map to hand in for the contest will simply be a neutral party and it's maybe better that a neutral party handles the whole HUB if contestants are going to make their own entry points.
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Subject: Re: 10th Anniversary Speedmapping Contest - Discussion threa

Post Posted: 23 Dec 2010, 19:31

Hub thread merged into main discussion
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Subject: Re: 10th Anniversary Speedmapping Contest - Discussion threa

Post Posted: 02 Feb 2011, 18:17

Welp, looks like I have no choice but to withdraw from the contest. Real life obligations cutting into available free time. See here for details:

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Subject: Re: 10th Anniversary Speedmapping Contest - Discussion threa

Post Posted: 07 Feb 2011, 15:49

Sorry to hear Waff, was looking forward to your entry. On another note, did I miss it somewhere or have the details of this been announced yet?
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