Mystery Contest 2020 - Rules & Questions

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Mystery Contest 2020 - Rules & Questions

Postby Enjl » Sun Nov 22, 2020 2:40 am

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The mystery contest runs from November 23rd until December 21th, 2AM EST (8AM GMT+1)

The contest's theme is
Solving a problem!
To clarify, your level should feature some kind of problem being solved as its main idea. This can mean a puzzle or mystery in a story-rich environment, an action-packed rush to resolve some kind of disaster, finding an inventive and fun new way to use an underused game mechanic, or whatever else you can come up with! Stretch the meaning as far as you like.

SUBMISSION
Please refer to the submissions thread for submission guidelines. If you have any questions about them, post them HERE and NOT in the submissions thread!

Further info about the contest in the spoiler tags below:

RULES
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- This level contest has a theme, meaning the levels will be scored based on how well they adhere to that theme, as well as how fun they are.
- The results and an episode with all the levels will be released on December 25th
- You can submit as many levels as you want as long as they are your own and adhere with the theme
- Teams are allowed, cooperation is encouraged
- SMBX38A is disallowed. The most recent version of SMBX2 is encouraged.
- You may use lua, any characters you like, and any exit types you like. Bowser end game flags will be brutally removed.
- You may have up to 0 secret exits. Please use Dragon Coins, Star Coins or SMW Stars for hiding secrets instead. Excess exits will be brutally removed for the episode.
- Please make sure your music paths work.
- You may not use palace switches.
- Disqualifications will be handed out if....
-- It's very obvious that no attempt was made
-- The level is not by the author
-- The level is unbeatable or unreasonably difficult
-- The level contains crude or offensive content
LUA RULES
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- Please try to avoid warning popups. They're tedous to click through and make dying in the level frustrating!
- Test your level for lua errors. They're even more tedious, and maybe breaking!!!
- To avoid GameData and SaveData conflicts, initialize them as such:

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SaveData[Level.filename()] = SaveData[Level.filename()] or {}
GameData[Level.filename()] = GameData[Level.filename()] or {}

local saveData = SaveData[Level.filename()]
local gameData = GameData[Level.filename()]
JUDGING
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- There is only one judge, and it's the person typing this.
- Levels will be scored on a scale from 0 to 10 based on fun and adherence to the theme.
- The average of the cumulative score of all levels will be used to determine the quality of a community trophy.
TROPHY REWARDS
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- All participants cooperate to make outstanding levels that earn trophy rewards, and to increase the level of the community trophy by aiming for high scores.
- Trophies will be awarded based on stand-out performances, be it "highest score", "best story", "best aesthetics", "most funny" or anything else suitable. Even levels that get a low score can contribute to the pool by being remarkable and earning a trophy.
- Every trophy will be visually designed as a little nugget you can put into your signature. A little something to tell your future kids about.
- A single level can obtain multiple trophies.
- Every trophy will increase the community trophy's average score, contributing to a more flashy and grand result.
Now get designing!

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Re: Mystery Contest 2020 - Rules & Questions

Postby Enjl » Sun Nov 22, 2020 3:04 am

Reserved for results.

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Re: Mystery Contest 2020 - Rules & Questions

Postby PROX » Mon Nov 23, 2020 5:44 am

Definitely seems interesting. I'll definitely give this one a shot.

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Re: Mystery Contest 2020 - Rules & Questions

Postby FireyPaperMario » Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:00 am

Hmm... It might take me a while to figure out a good level entry that follows the "Solving a Problem" theme.... But I'm in.

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Re: Mystery Contest 2020 - Rules & Questions

Postby squp » Mon Nov 23, 2020 12:33 pm

call me the current fashion trends because im in

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Re: Mystery Contest 2020 - Rules & Questions

Postby TLtimelord » Mon Nov 23, 2020 12:44 pm

I will. attempt something

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Re: Mystery Contest 2020 - Rules & Questions

Postby SimmondsSuperSponge » Mon Nov 23, 2020 6:21 pm

i suck at "solving a problem" levels but that doesnt means i wont try to do it

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Re: Mystery Contest 2020 - Rules & Questions

Postby Hatsune Blake » Mon Nov 23, 2020 7:11 pm

A quick question about trophies. Will they function like they do on the SMW Central forums? Or is the "Every trophy will be visually designed as a little nugget you can put into your signature." literal, and you'll just receive an image in PMs of a little trophy that you can add to your forum signature? I apologize if this question is dumb, but I'm a bit confused. Thanks in advance!

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Re: Mystery Contest 2020 - Rules & Questions

Postby Enjl » Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:28 am

Hatsune Blake wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 7:11 pm
A quick question about trophies. Will they function like they do on the SMW Central forums? Or is the "Every trophy will be visually designed as a little nugget you can put into your signature." literal, and you'll just receive an image in PMs of a little trophy that you can add to your forum signature? I apologize if this question is dumb, but I'm a bit confused. Thanks in advance!
For now it's like userbars. If it's a smash hit I might spend a weekend making it like smwcentral.

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Re: Mystery Contest 2020 - Rules & Questions

Postby Fuyu » Tue Nov 24, 2020 7:37 pm

Enjl wrote:
Sun Nov 22, 2020 3:03 am
- You may not use palace switches.

Can I use the default switches with the palace switch reskin?

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Re: Mystery Contest 2020 - Rules & Questions

Postby Enjl » Wed Nov 25, 2020 12:27 am

Fuyu wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 7:37 pm
Enjl wrote:
Sun Nov 22, 2020 3:03 am
- You may not use palace switches.

Can I use the default switches with the palace switch reskin?
As long as your switch state doesn't carry across levels, everything's gouda.

Added in 9 hours 58 minutes 36 seconds:
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES UPDATE
I have added the following sentence to the submission guidelines, after seeing the first submission:
In order for your level to be scored, I need to be able to download it. In order for it to do well, it must not have been uploaded to mediafire.
Please make use of the subforum's purpose of testing & feedback to ensure your level can be played! I won't run after people after the deadline asking them to change their downloads. Failure to make your level downloadable is, as they say, "your loss".
I'll compile a Wall of Shame for attempted submissions that were undownloadable, and mediafire uploads.

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Re: Mystery Contest 2020 - Rules & Questions

Postby TheTrueMarioMaster » Thu Nov 26, 2020 2:32 pm

What's wrong with Mediafire? Any preferred file upload services then.

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Re: Mystery Contest 2020 - Rules & Questions

Postby Enjl » Thu Nov 26, 2020 3:22 pm

TheTrueMarioMaster wrote:
Thu Nov 26, 2020 2:32 pm
What's wrong with Mediafire? Any preferred file upload services then.
anything that has higher download speeds and doesn't shove ads in my face thanks

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Re: Mystery Contest 2020 - Rules & Questions

Postby TheTrueMarioMaster » Fri Nov 27, 2020 1:47 am

Enjl wrote:
Thu Nov 26, 2020 3:22 pm
TheTrueMarioMaster wrote:
Thu Nov 26, 2020 2:32 pm
What's wrong with Mediafire? Any preferred file upload services then.
anything that has higher download speeds and doesn't shove ads in my face thanks
Must have had a very bad time with Judging the Chocolate Contest then though it does force people to switch to a different download service.

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Re: Mystery Contest 2020 - Rules & Questions

Postby AsrielHeroDonaldD » Fri Nov 27, 2020 2:31 pm

That reminds me, just so I'm sure, this is a Chocolate or Vanilla contest, correct? As far as I know, it wasn't specified, so I thought it was either/or.

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Re: Mystery Contest 2020 - Rules & Questions

Postby Enjl » Fri Nov 27, 2020 3:57 pm

AsrielHeroDonaldD wrote:
Fri Nov 27, 2020 2:31 pm
That reminds me, just so I'm sure, this is a Chocolate or Vanilla contest, correct? As far as I know, it wasn't specified, so I thought it was either/or.
As long as your level conforms with the rules, anything goes.

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Re: Mystery Contest 2020 - Rules & Questions

Postby SimmondsSuperSponge » Fri Nov 27, 2020 4:34 pm

it must not have been uploaded to mediafire.
damn it

where do i upload the level now?

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Re: Mystery Contest 2020 - Rules & Questions

Postby ElectriKong » Fri Nov 27, 2020 6:55 pm

SimmondsSuperSponge wrote:
Fri Nov 27, 2020 4:34 pm
it must not have been uploaded to mediafire.
damn it

where do i upload the level now?
Google Drive, Dropbox, MEGA, there are plenty of places better than MediaFire.

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Re: Mystery Contest 2020 - Rules & Questions

Postby Fuyu » Mon Dec 07, 2020 6:19 pm

Does a compilation of puzzles count as "some kind of problem being solved as its main idea"?

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Re: Mystery Contest 2020 - Rules & Questions

Postby Fuyu » Wed Dec 09, 2020 6:36 am

I don't mean to annoy but I really need an answer for this one since the level I'm working on might not fit otherwise and time is of essence.


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