As sead on the news page, blizzard is hosting a map making contest in which the winners' maps will be played in an invitational tournament. That's Sweet :D
For the most part, I understand the rules of this contest, but it wasn't quite made clear what means we could edit our maps with. The rules say no custom tileset, terrain, or doodads can be used. I'm guessing this just refers to hacked editing. But what if it refers to something as simple as using a jungle doodad in a badlands tileset? Or shortening the length of a bridge by one notch with StarForge. In the full list of rules, it states "Each entrant shall submit up to two (2) maps which have been designed from the World Editor in either Blizzard's "Starcraft" or "Starcraft Expansion: Brood War" products." Does this mean that we cannot use StarForge or even X-tra Editor period? - that we can only use the original SC Editor that came with the game? If so, the balancing of maps pertaining to bridges and especially ramps will have to be second rate, but oh well. I guess that's everybody's problem. So my question is what was your guys' interpretation of the rules regarding what extent we are allowed to edit our maps? Please Input
I think they are more concerned about rose.of.dream sending an OGN map to get the fancy T-shirt than about our little mappage. Our maps have never been played in any meaningful tournaments, so it should be no problem imo. the blizzard guys have probably better stuff to do than search the whole internet for every map that is entered in the contest.
If i were to choose a "fresh" set of maps, i wouldn't go picking any traditional 3base massit outinthecenter, since its an exibition tourney and noone wants to see a game wich doesn't offer anything special...
"If so, the balancing of maps pertaining to bridges and especially ramps will have to be second rate"
you can make wide/skinny bridges by placing terran instead of a bridge, such as what was done in the jungle version of nostalgia.
for wide/skinny ramps, you have to compromise and forego the miss chance that is involved with high ground/low ground interaction and use walls to create wide/narrow choke points leading into another area like a ramp does.
To submit a map, submit your entry to BlizzCon Invitational: Starcraft Map Contest at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the event that you cannot enter the Contest electronically, send a postcard with your name, age and city of residence to the following address together with either a (i) 3.5" disk; or (ii) CD-ROM disk containing the maps to:
BlizzCon Invitational: Starcraft Map Contest
c/o Blizzard Entertainment
P.O. Box 18979
Irvine, CA 92623
This is additional information in the Contest rules. :)
"Can you rephrase the last paragraph, i dont fully understand what you mean :( Should we skip highground bases with ramps entirely to get max symmetry? :p seems kinda boring :("
what i meant is that while it is possible to make wide "bridges" without the use of 3rd party editors, creating wider "ramps" is impossible if you want to retain the high ground/low ground interaction- the 70 percent miss chance- but if you are willing to sacrifice that you can create synthetic ramps by modifying choke sizes.