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Yeebaagooon
EXCO Emeritus
posted 13 April 2020 10:24 AM EDT (US)         
Alright AoMH, we're all stuck in a bit of a rut at the moment, but fear not. Your glorious overlord hereby decrees a new contest shall grace these noble halls. While in lockdown you should polish off your copy of the game and rebuild your skills in the editor. Great things are expected.

Your brief:
Build a small singleplayer map where the player partakes in an adventure. You will have three months to complete this task, and the below rules must be adhered to.
Rules:
  • Your map must be played in an area of maximum dimensions 100x100.
  • You are allowed to submit a map up to 150x150. The above rule still applies, use the space around the outside for cinematic/non-gameplay purposes only. Templates are provided if required, but you are not compelled to use them.
  • The theme and content of your map is entirely up to you - but must be playable as an 'adventure'.
  • Your map must be singleplayer.
  • You may use any version of Age of Mythology you choose.
  • Mods are allowed, however please try not to be excessive and give credit if they are not your own.
  • Use of custom content such as sound, skies, icons, triggers etc. is strongly encouraged - but you can still get a perfect score without them.
  • One submission per member.
  • Judges may participate, but will not win a prize.
  • The scenario can only be worked on by you, during the competition period.
  • The judges will play for a maximum of one hour per entry.
  • You must be a member of AoMH to participate in this contest. New members welcome.
  • Prize will be paid via paypal.
  • No monetary prize will be awarded if the contest attracts less than three entries. For three entries there will be one prize of £20. For four entries, there will be two prizes of £30 and £20. Five or more entries will unlock all three prizes as specified.
  • Rules subject to change without notice.
  • Judging criteria and identity to follow.
  • Useful guides can be found here.
  • Judges:

    Yeebaagooon

    TAG
    A rampant, unrepentant succeedophile who also writes his own introductions. Practitioner of social distancing before it was cool.Currently sheltering from COVID and hoping to inject himself with maps, rather than disinfectant.

    Criteria for judging:


    Adventure: Your map is an adventure so it has got to feel like one! In this category we will be grading your map for overall immersive feel. I want to feel like I am truly on an adventure. Many things can score you well here - over-arching themes and an epic storyline please!
    Balance: How difficult is your map? This is a challenge to get right, as your map shouldn't be too easy that they can be completed first time by the majority of players. Your map is supposed to be good enough that we would want to play it again, and be able to master it after a few tries.
    Cinematography: Since the oscars aren't happening AoMH will take the lead here. Cinematics are the cornerstone of all the greatest maps and your camera angles should complement perfect activity as well as dramatic shots that feel lively.
    Design: How well have you used the space that was given? 100x100 is a small area and I would hope to see it utilised well. If you are using lots of different areas, I don't want to see other areas or the edge of the map too much.
    Eyecandy: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. AoMH contests have been blessed with entries from the very gods of eyecandy themselves. Let's hope you can build something to make us proud.
    Features: Never has there been so much possibility in the AoM editor. With the madman nottud still at large we are expecting some never-before seen features in this contest and your map would do well to show off the numerous discoveries we have made.
    Gameplay: All about how smoothly your map runs. Lack of bugs and careful craft of the area to keep us on track.
    Deadline: Passed!
    We are now in the process of judging the nine entries we have received.
     

    ______________________________________ Yeebaagooon ______________________________________
    ____________________ AoMH Seraph ____________________
    "You can't trust yeebaagooon to lead a rebelion, He would send everyone to steal mirrors so he could bask in his own brilliance." - Out Reach
    "Yeebaagooon had never seen a more handsome man in all his life. He couldn't control himself, He needed to act. Gripping the mirror in his strong arms he kissed the figure before him..." - Out Reach
    AoMH: Unfinished Scenarios|Singleplayer: Codename Ripto|Multiplayer: Minigames Z|CSC 7
    Ex Seraphs Dictator, Spore Heaven Seraph

    [This message has been edited by Yeebaagooon (edited 07-24-2020 @ 02:29 AM).]

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    Yeebaagooon
    EXCO Emeritus
    posted 20 May 2020 09:24 AM EDT (US)     26 / 55       
    So 2 months to go ... how is everyone doing?

    ______________________________________ Yeebaagooon ______________________________________
    ____________________ AoMH Seraph ____________________
    "You can't trust yeebaagooon to lead a rebelion, He would send everyone to steal mirrors so he could bask in his own brilliance." - Out Reach
    "Yeebaagooon had never seen a more handsome man in all his life. He couldn't control himself, He needed to act. Gripping the mirror in his strong arms he kissed the figure before him..." - Out Reach
    AoMH: Unfinished Scenarios|Singleplayer: Codename Ripto|Multiplayer: Minigames Z|CSC 7
    Ex Seraphs Dictator, Spore Heaven Seraph
    Zenophobia
    Irrational Fear
    posted 21 May 2020 09:03 AM EDT (US)     27 / 55       
    Almost done.

    [This message has been edited by Zenophobia (edited 02-29-2094 @ 10:60 AM).]
    nottud
    Hero
    posted 21 May 2020 05:23 PM EDT (US)     28 / 55       
    Sorry been side tracked by a few things - some evident right now (Kronny) and some things that will be hopefully very soon. I am planning to make a submission though it might be towards the end of the deadline.

    [This message has been edited by nottud (edited 05-21-2020 @ 06:08 PM).]

    PhatFish
    Mr. Beta
    posted 22 May 2020 01:21 PM EDT (US)     29 / 55       
    The fact that a contest like this is even being held is a miracle, bless you yeeb. This brings back some memories. I won the pretty town contest back in the heydays of AoMH, still have my HG and ES AoM t-shirt, as well as some cool HG business cards. Good times man. That was a ton of fun. AoM's editor is great, I should fire AoM/TT up sometime soon again.

    I won't be entering (don't have the time or design knowledge), but wish all contestants the best of luck. And most importantly: have fun designing!
    nottud
    Hero
    posted 27 May 2020 04:12 AM EDT (US)     30 / 55       
    Random question but just to check - Are scenarios using patch 2.8 acceptable providing we say it is using it?
    Yeebaagooon
    EXCO Emeritus
    posted 27 May 2020 04:53 AM EDT (US)     31 / 55       
    It's interesting to have such ground breaking new features turn up halfway through the contest. Would be a shame for all that work to go to waste!
    Yes, 2.8 sorcery is allowed.

    ______________________________________ Yeebaagooon ______________________________________
    ____________________ AoMH Seraph ____________________
    "You can't trust yeebaagooon to lead a rebelion, He would send everyone to steal mirrors so he could bask in his own brilliance." - Out Reach
    "Yeebaagooon had never seen a more handsome man in all his life. He couldn't control himself, He needed to act. Gripping the mirror in his strong arms he kissed the figure before him..." - Out Reach
    AoMH: Unfinished Scenarios|Singleplayer: Codename Ripto|Multiplayer: Minigames Z|CSC 7
    Ex Seraphs Dictator, Spore Heaven Seraph
    Zenophobia
    Irrational Fear
    posted 29 May 2020 11:42 PM EDT (US)     32 / 55       
    2.8 will probably go live by the time this competition ends anyway

    [This message has been edited by Zenophobia (edited 02-29-2094 @ 10:60 AM).]
    Yeebaagooon
    EXCO Emeritus
    posted 17 June 2020 09:27 AM EDT (US)     33 / 55       
    Just over a month to go.
    My entry is finished for TT now .

    ______________________________________ Yeebaagooon ______________________________________
    ____________________ AoMH Seraph ____________________
    "You can't trust yeebaagooon to lead a rebelion, He would send everyone to steal mirrors so he could bask in his own brilliance." - Out Reach
    "Yeebaagooon had never seen a more handsome man in all his life. He couldn't control himself, He needed to act. Gripping the mirror in his strong arms he kissed the figure before him..." - Out Reach
    AoMH: Unfinished Scenarios|Singleplayer: Codename Ripto|Multiplayer: Minigames Z|CSC 7
    Ex Seraphs Dictator, Spore Heaven Seraph
    Out Reach
    Mortal
    (id: newreach268)
    posted 19 June 2020 10:18 AM EDT (US)     34 / 55       
    I feel that submitting an entry before the announcement for the judging criteria might have put me at a bit of a disadvantage...

    Probably fine.

    Out Reach
    The guy who writes the erotic fan fiction in Yeebaagoon's signature
    Doomguy117
    Mortal
    posted 30 June 2020 05:03 PM EDT (US)     35 / 55       
    interesting idea. i just started the hobbit.

    lol. im still creating the scenario forr the first level an cinematic.

    im a slowpoke, lol.
    nottud
    Hero
    posted 05 July 2020 11:32 AM EDT (US)     36 / 55       
    Admittedly with all the patch 2.8 and other stuff going on I have finally started my entry with some nice 2.8 magic.

    Minor hint: My map size is currently only 60 by 60...

    [This message has been edited by nottud (edited 07-05-2020 @ 06:41 PM).]

    Zenophobia
    Irrational Fear
    posted 07 July 2020 00:56 AM EDT (US)     37 / 55       
    Ooh, is it a procedurally generated grid of 60x60 tiles, resulting in infinite content that our judges will have to sit through?

    [This message has been edited by Zenophobia (edited 02-29-2094 @ 10:60 AM).]
    Yeebaagooon
    EXCO Emeritus
    posted 07 July 2020 02:04 PM EDT (US)     38 / 55       
    Thank goodness for the time limit .

    So quick note on judgement - The deadline will not change. Judging will commence after the deadline and we will make an effort to contact entrants in the event of game breaking bugs (files missing or something similar). Results will be variable - I would hope within a week after the deadline but may be longer as I will not be able to start viewing entries until the 24th earliest. Have that whole weekend to enjoy your creations though.

    As soon as the deadline passes, spoilers and showcases are allowed.
    When results are published - each entry will be uploaded to the download section and the author will be able to edit the post.

    ______________________________________ Yeebaagooon ______________________________________
    ____________________ AoMH Seraph ____________________
    "You can't trust yeebaagooon to lead a rebelion, He would send everyone to steal mirrors so he could bask in his own brilliance." - Out Reach
    "Yeebaagooon had never seen a more handsome man in all his life. He couldn't control himself, He needed to act. Gripping the mirror in his strong arms he kissed the figure before him..." - Out Reach
    AoMH: Unfinished Scenarios|Singleplayer: Codename Ripto|Multiplayer: Minigames Z|CSC 7
    Ex Seraphs Dictator, Spore Heaven Seraph
    nottud
    Hero
    posted 07 July 2020 02:36 PM EDT (US)     39 / 55       
    Zenophobia: Just got to make it so exciting that the judges forget the time limit.
    Zenophobia
    Irrational Fear
    posted 08 July 2020 11:58 AM EDT (US)     40 / 55       
    shhh, don't let out my secret.

    [This message has been edited by Zenophobia (edited 02-29-2094 @ 10:60 AM).]
    EaZy
    Mortal
    (id: EazY_Ben)
    posted 10 July 2020 05:50 PM EDT (US)     41 / 55       
    Exciting this is still going on. Is there a remastered version of AoM about on steam, like aoe1 & 2?
    Zenophobia
    Irrational Fear
    posted 10 July 2020 08:06 PM EDT (US)     42 / 55       
    Yup.

    https://store.steampowered.com/app/266840/Age_of_Mythology_Extended_Edition/

    Even more exciting is the most recent patch 2.8, which came out like last week and even provides us designers with heaps of fun new features.

    [This message has been edited by Zenophobia (edited 02-29-2094 @ 10:60 AM).]
    Yeebaagooon
    EXCO Emeritus
    posted 15 July 2020 04:21 PM EDT (US)     43 / 55       
    Tick tock. 4 days to go.

    ______________________________________ Yeebaagooon ______________________________________
    ____________________ AoMH Seraph ____________________
    "You can't trust yeebaagooon to lead a rebelion, He would send everyone to steal mirrors so he could bask in his own brilliance." - Out Reach
    "Yeebaagooon had never seen a more handsome man in all his life. He couldn't control himself, He needed to act. Gripping the mirror in his strong arms he kissed the figure before him..." - Out Reach
    AoMH: Unfinished Scenarios|Singleplayer: Codename Ripto|Multiplayer: Minigames Z|CSC 7
    Ex Seraphs Dictator, Spore Heaven Seraph
    Lewonas
    Mortal
    posted 17 July 2020 05:25 AM EDT (US)     44 / 55       
    Just saw this. This will be a good reason to fire up AoM once again. I'm excited to see what you guys have come up with with all of the new amazing triggers and features I've been reading about. I plan to (unofficially) review every entry as well, should be fun!

    What are the key ingredients to make a popular RPG? To find out, read the results of the RPG survey.
    Want to create an advanced patrol/pathfinding system? Have a look at the powerful Pathfinding triggers.
    Games I'm playing: The Witness [80%] Chivalry: Medieval Warfare [20%]
    nottud
    Hero
    posted 18 July 2020 07:30 PM EDT (US)     45 / 55       
    My entry is submitted. Let me know if you run into any issues running it.
    Zenophobia
    Irrational Fear
    posted 19 July 2020 01:40 AM EDT (US)     46 / 55       
    Same. Hype, hype, hype!

    Also, sucks that you saw it so late, Lewonas. I figured this would be yet another chance for you to finally finish a scenario lol.

    [This message has been edited by Zenophobia (edited 02-29-2094 @ 10:60 AM).]
    scragins
    Heretic of December
    posted 19 July 2020 03:49 AM EDT (US)     47 / 55       
    I had bad time management and spent far too long ‘researching’ for my scenario. I will try and finish it in the next couple of weeks and upload it to the downloads section.
    Lewonas
    Mortal
    posted 19 July 2020 09:52 AM EDT (US)     48 / 55       
    It's fine Zen. I've already accepted a long time ago that scenario design is just not for me. I really applaud all of you who have such an incredible dedication to grind out scenario after scenario. It really is not easy.

    A shame to hear that scragins. But that will not stop me from reviewing your scenario either way. I can't recall ever seeing/playing a singleplayer scenario from you, so I'm definitely interested to see what you'll come up with. Take your time.

    What are the key ingredients to make a popular RPG? To find out, read the results of the RPG survey.
    Want to create an advanced patrol/pathfinding system? Have a look at the powerful Pathfinding triggers.
    Games I'm playing: The Witness [80%] Chivalry: Medieval Warfare [20%]
    WinterGod
    Mortal
    posted 19 July 2020 12:23 PM EDT (US)     49 / 55       
    I submitted mine, last night. It reminded of my college days, where I used to submit my assignments usually a day before the due date.
    Yeebaagooon
    EXCO Emeritus
    posted 19 July 2020 01:50 PM EDT (US)     50 / 55       
    So in no particular order I have received entries from: Out Reach, Swenne, nottud, Zenophobia, WinterGod, phdorogers4 and Yeebaagooon.

    So that's 7 entries so far with a few hours left to go, the exciting news means all prizes are unlocked and the tension is building.
    I have replied to all entrants who have emailed to confirm receipt of their entry, so please try again if you don't appear on that list or haven't received confirmation.

    Exact closing time at the deadline is tricky as I'm currently on holiday and have some work to do on my return. Judging should not take more than 2 weeks, myself and TAG are aiming to complete it as soon as possible but allowing enough time to review and feedback on entries properly. This means no set date for results and it's just going to appear one day .

    When the deadline passes - spoilers and showcases are permissible. Please do not upload your submission to the downloads section just yet - this will be done by myself on results day and then you'll be able to edit the file directly.

    And a short teaser trailer video for my entry featuring the tallest building in AoM history: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyBTA9u-KBM

    ______________________________________ Yeebaagooon ______________________________________
    ____________________ AoMH Seraph ____________________
    "You can't trust yeebaagooon to lead a rebelion, He would send everyone to steal mirrors so he could bask in his own brilliance." - Out Reach
    "Yeebaagooon had never seen a more handsome man in all his life. He couldn't control himself, He needed to act. Gripping the mirror in his strong arms he kissed the figure before him..." - Out Reach
    AoMH: Unfinished Scenarios|Singleplayer: Codename Ripto|Multiplayer: Minigames Z|CSC 7
    Ex Seraphs Dictator, Spore Heaven Seraph

    [This message has been edited by Yeebaagooon (edited 07-19-2020 @ 05:31 PM).]

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