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posted 01-01-12 17:38 EST (US)   
Lords and Ladies, this year brings contests! On behalf of the Stronghold Heaven Staff I would like to invite everyone to compete in

The 2nd Fantasy Scenario Competition - For all games



The competition has closed



We are looking for fantasy/ficticious scenarios that can be set in any of the 6 games: Stronghold 1, Stronghold Crusader, Stronghold 2, Stronghold Legends, Stronghold Crusader Extreme or Stronghold 3. The scenario content is entirely up to you. The competition is designed to allow you all to let your imaginations run riot! The rules and mechanics of the competition are listed below:

- An user can join the competition with one or two scenarios: One for Stronghold 1, Stronghold Crusader or Stronghold Crusader: Extreme (Games Group I) and one for Stronghold 2, Stronghold Legends or Stronghold 3 (Games Group II)

- You must complete a new scenario, not a map already public on the downloads section of SHH or any other website (although you may use a semi-completed scenario from your hard drive)

- Only maps with scripting and preset gameplay. No skirmish, freebuild, castle builder, multiplayer maps are allowed.

- To join the contest, users will have to send their entries to Lord_of_Hell@heavengames.com along with any additional files (e.g. story/instructions).

- The entries are closing on 1st April 2012 Hopefully that will give enough time to everybody to show their best.

- There will be two winners, one for Games Group I and one for Games Group II (see the meanings upper)

- Entries will be judged by members of Stronghold Heaven Staff on unique scenario design, a strong story and/or instructions, excellent use of the editor and a genuine 'feel' of fantasy or fiction throughout your scenario.

- Eye candy is up to the designer. Lack of them will not affect the score.


Additional Notes & Updates


- In case you send your entry earlier then update your scenario, you can always re-send your entry and the last one will count. However, do not spam with entries.
In addition, the entries you send will have to be complete. Do not send files with the purpose to complete an earlier entry. If you forget something, re-send everything again.

- The Story counts equally as any other category (design, balance etc). Since it's a fantasy scenario, the story is a must. To keep it easy for everyone we will follow the review guidelines:
> No text -1.
> A couple of lines that don’t really explain the map or objectives - 2.
> A basic story that explains what the map is about- 3.
> Good, compressive and detailed story - 4
> Exceptional story - 5.
Rating goes down if there are grammar/spelling mistakes. No, you don't have to write a novel. If you found your map idea, words should come by themselves.

- Who are the exact judges?
Games Group I (SH1; SHC; SHC:E): Lord_of_Hell & Peter2008 & DeSteff2222
Games Group II (SH2; SHL; SH3): Doomsword & Stratego
Judges will evaluate each map in particular then compare them and decide together which is the best. Their decision is final.

- After the judges will have decided the best map for each Games Group, participants will be invited to submit their scenarios to the Stronghold Heaven Downloads section. [Edit 2nd April: No reason to further delay the maps publication. They are free to be released]
Soon after they are approved, each of them will receive at least one review from the judges.

The closing date for entries is 1st April 2012. The judging time will depend on the number of entries. Afterwards, the winners and their maps will be spotlighted in a news post.
Prize: The winners will get a Custom Title in the forums.

In this thread you can: ask questions, announce your participation, post pictures and updates from your contest map or suggest additions. Updates of the post will be noted in a post if required.

You may not submit your contest map to the download section until 1st April 2012 when the entries are closed.
In addition, Staff members that are judges must not playtest maps that are going to join the competition. This has to be in the users' attention as well. You can eventually request playtesting from another user but maps that have been tested by a judge and Staff member will not join the competition.

Who has announced his participation? (Click on a nickname to view his map updates!)
PerfectImperfect, Aleks S I (SH-K), Fayez2010, SkullHeroLord, WL_D Arthus, Charles of Tours (SH-K), wolfman4god, Duc Volpe (SH-K), PaultheDubious (SH-K), Adam the First, GiGaBaNE, AZ ViTrAzhAs, La LUmiere (Lord Falkord from SFH), Gryfon (SFH), The Dragonheart, Sir Killer CDL (SFH), Korsfarer Mogens, LordBlackadder.
Who has sent his entry ?
PaultheDubious (SH-K), Korsfarer Mogens, LordBlackadder
, Duc Volpe (SH-K), Fayez2010, Sir_Vet, Charles of Tours, WL_D Arthus, La LUmiere, Heroesflorian.


With that said, let us see as much competitors and competitive spirit as possible!

Good luck competing and have fun designing,
The Stronghold Heaven Staff

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[This message has been edited by Lord_of_Hell (edited 04-03-2012 @ 05:48 PM).]

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posted 03-30-12 19:00 EST (US)     101 / 162  
Charles of Tours has submitted his entry!

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posted 03-31-12 22:11 EST (US)     102 / 162  
Well, thanks almost entirely to faults of my own, I am going to announce that my map may be a few weeks from completion at this point...

Basically, I really messed up doing scripting and need to re-script most of the major events. (due to timing, and reliance upon other events) I expect to re-script in a week or so, then spend the next week or two testing and fine-tuning events and story.

So, in other words, I unfortunately must withdraw from the contest.

"Judge not,
Lest ye be Judged"
-Jesus, Matthew 7:1, Luke 6:37
posted 04-01-12 04:10 EST (US)     103 / 162  
Sorry to hear that. Make sure you don't miss future competitions

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posted 04-01-12 05:47 EST (US)     104 / 162  
Entirely too much time put into my map but finally, she's done

Hope you like a challenge judges
posted 04-01-12 06:54 EST (US)     105 / 162  
WL_D Arthus has submitted his entry.

I do like challenges, don't know about Peter and DeSteff though :P

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[This message has been edited by Lord_of_Hell (edited 04-01-2012 @ 06:55 AM).]

posted 04-01-12 07:24 EST (US)     106 / 162  
haha, good to hear

There isn't much room for error, I took my best time and added 3 months so hats off to anyone that can beat it easily.

The hints I provided in a word document make the scenario much easier though, and don't feel too bad if you have to resort to them, I wager most will.
posted 04-01-12 07:48 EST (US)     107 / 162  
I see.
Well, the harder a map is, the more excited you get after winning it At least that's how I think.

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posted 04-02-12 03:24 EST (US)     108 / 162  
@Aleks S I, it's great that the challenge inspired you to create a map. Take your time for making the gameplay fun.

PS. In case you need a playtester ...

@Arthus, gorgeous to see a map by you again!

Of Honour without Fame,
Of Greatness without Splendour,
Of Dignity without Pay
- Walter Benjamin
posted 04-02-12 04:38 EST (US)     109 / 162  
Game over.
I posted a news about the Competition on the main page.

Sir_Vet was the only one to submit a scenario for GamesGroup II, therefore he's the winner in that category. Congratulations Sir_Vet!

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posted 04-02-12 11:38 EST (US)     110 / 162  
Sir_Vet was the only one to submit a scenario for GamesGroup II, therefore he's the winner in that category.
Haha, congratulations Sir_Vet, anyway!

If I would have sent my under construction map of SHL...

But there's no need to cry over spilt milk.

Titanic is as strong, even God can't sink it.
posted 04-02-12 14:00 EST (US)     111 / 162  
I kind of predicted we'll have only one entry for GG II and even posted a small warning sometime ago.
Note: No one said he is going to submit an entry for Games Group II (SH2, SHL, SH3) yet. Just saying - if there will be only one entry to that category, it will win.
But well, he is worth winning anyway. Doomsword said he's got a quality scenario.

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posted 04-02-12 15:16 EST (US)     112 / 162  

Oooo!!! I won, Oh yeah, a default win, I wasn't expecting that, I thought there would be a few entries, Oh Well.

The map is a good map but my poor story will ruin the ratings, now I have to worry about my SHC map and it's poor story making the grade, you guys have put more effort into maps than I would.

Thanks for the congrats!

I wish you all the best of luck on all of your hard work on your group 1 submissions.

Thank You for the contest.

Sir_Vet

I will post my maps soon.
posted 04-03-12 14:46 EST (US)     113 / 162  
Congratulations on your victory Sir_Vet.
posted 04-03-12 17:44 EST (US)     114 / 162  
We got 2 delayed entries.
One by La LUmiere (SFH) and one from Heroesflorian
(they both contacted me before 1st April and asked for a few more hours.)

From now on we don't accept any more entries.

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posted 04-04-12 07:01 EST (US)     115 / 162  
Congratulations to Sir_Vet, explorer of all the Stronghold games, constant contributor of pleasing maps to SHH over many years.



For now, a big thank you to all you guys who got inspired by our competition. I'm thankfully impressed that
- people from many groups of the overall Stronghold community took part,
- the maps are of manifold types and styles. A firework of your creativity.



Thank you, Arthus, for suggesting the Fantasy character of this competition which appealed so many people, and LoH, for running it carefully.

Of Honour without Fame,
Of Greatness without Splendour,
Of Dignity without Pay
- Walter Benjamin
posted 04-04-12 09:15 EST (US)     116 / 162  
What is meant by the Fantasy charcter of the competition?

Titanic is as strong, even God can't sink it.
posted 04-04-12 10:47 EST (US)     117 / 162  
By "character" he meant "type". It could have been a Historical type of competition instead of Fantasy.

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posted 04-05-12 11:27 EST (US)     118 / 162  
To all all the competitors: please write in the description page of your scenario a title that makes clear that the map was a competitor in the contest.

E.g.
City in the Hills
by User
Scenario created for the SHH 2nd Fantasy Scenario Competition


HTML codes are required. To make it easy for everyone you can follow the standard text below.
Replace the {} brackets with <> ones
& replace "user" and "city in the hills" with your nickname and name of the scenario:

{center}{b}City in the Hills
by User
Scenario created for the {a href="http://stronghold.heavengames.com/cgi-bin/forum/display.cgi?action=st&fn=20&tn=2284&f=20,0,0,5"}SHH 2nd Fantasy Scenario Competition{/a}{/b}{/center}

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[This message has been edited by Lord_of_Hell (edited 04-05-2012 @ 01:07 PM).]

posted 04-06-12 10:09 EST (US)     119 / 162  
Congratulations to Sir_Vet.
Without doubt the best entry of games group II !
posted 04-12-12 11:52 EST (US)     120 / 162  
How long until we find out who won the first games group I?
posted 04-12-12 14:42 EST (US)     121 / 162  
A week or so I think.
People are busier in holidays

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posted 04-20-12 11:34 EST (US)     122 / 162  
How is the evaluating of Game Groups I's maps going?
posted 04-20-12 15:57 EST (US)     123 / 162  
We have played the maps but the contact with each other doesn't progress too quick. I expect more activity in the next few days.

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posted 05-07-12 18:38 EST (US)     124 / 162  
I apologize for the judging delay.
For unknown reasons I haven't heard anything from Peter2008 for quite some time and that is the nature of our issue. With one of the judges inactive, DeSteff2222 and I will have to come to a conclusion regarding the best Games Group I scenario.
And we will, very soon.

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posted 05-08-12 08:28 EST (US)     125 / 162  
For unknown reasons I haven't heard anything from Peter2008 for quite some time and that is the nature of our issue.
Was just about to ask regarding Peter2008's abrupt disapperance from the forum (his last entry must have been close to 1 month ago). Considering his prior activity, one may fear that something bad has happened, but I sincerely hope it's not the case. I'm sure that everyone using this forum is missing his insightful comments and kind advise.

I'm certain you'll do anything in your power to find out what has happened, and if you do, please let us know. Thanks!
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