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Post Treya's Duel-Sized Battle Map Making Contest!

So...what inspired me to make this? Well, there's a lack of decent duel-sized battle levels. Even less than duel-sized CTF levels actually (if you minus all those seriously tiny instagib levels which get boring after the second time you play them on the same day).

So, here are the rules;
1. No singlescreeners. No exceptions.
2. All important areas of the level should be accessable(sp?) by all characters. For those people who only have 1.23, if Jazz can't reach it, Lori most likely can't either.
3. Thou shall not be made for instagib (I don't hate it, but I want it not to revolve around it for once since most duel sized battle maps are based on this).
4. Not really a rule or anything, but powerups and carrots are optional. Also, if your level revolves around a custom battle gamemode like LRS or streetfight, heck even Health From Kills (aka HFK) is completely fine too.
5. The level you submit must be original and yours only.
6. No conversions or creating from a ready-made layout (unless it's your layout you never finished).
7. You may only submit one level.
8. 1.24 levels are allowed - only if there's a good excuse for it (like a big tileset). Other than that, it's better off being 1.23 as more will be able to play it. This rule may change if this contest becomes popular and *might* split into 1.23 and 1.24 catagories. But for now, it's this.
9. The deadline for subbmitting is now December the 30th! They will be judged on the next day.
10. Oh and make sure you upload the level!

Now, here are some tips to getting a better rating;

1. Try to avoid major deadends.
2. Try to balance out the advantages between all characters.
3. Unique (but not annoying) concepts are always a plus!
4. Pits are not really recommended, but put them in if you really must and be sure to indicate them.
5. Make sure the level is easy to move around in - in other words the flow.
6. Maybe a levelsize similar to BBSwing might be ideal.
7. There shouldn't be worthless areas...in other words, don't have places that dont really have anything useful.
8. It shouldn't be too campy
9. If you're going to have carrots, make sure it's more than one at least.
10. Don't put such secrets that will give others an unfair advantage if they don't know the level well.
11. Eyecandy that fits with the theme well but isn't too distracting is also a plus. You do not need to use all layers! Use what you need.
12. Some tricks are nice to have but are not essential to getting a higher rating.
13. Make sure there is plently of ammo, but not too much.

If this contest does at least get a little popular, I might have some extra judges other than just myself (don't worry it won't just be from our clan only). Don't be afraid to ask questions about the contest.

The prize? Well, I'm not too sure yet, maybe a fanart of the rabbit you use with your custom colours? Some trophy like thing to put in your sig? Also, 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes haven't been decided yet...it really depends on how many who enter.

I thought of a new idea. You can send the level to me or someone else (anyone else it doesn't really matter) and we/he/she can (beta) test it out (play it once or more together) It is up to you for what you can do to improve it once it is tested out. You can only do this once forever, so please don't send me seriously unfinished projects. Then it is put up for others to download.

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It takes 3 and a half year for a Foly to create a level

I probably won't enter but I might try it.
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I already have a duel level. I made it for my pack, and it fits with all 10 Rules, and 12/13 tips. The only thing what is going to be stupid, is that that that level has one deadend with C. It's risky to take it.

1. Level is huge enough for duels.
2. Playable with all chars
3. It's not made for instagib.
4. 2PUs, 3 +1 Carrots.
5. Original, and only mine.
6. It's not a conversion
7. I will submit only 1 level
8. 1.23
9. Finished
10. Can't upload it on J2O, yet. Maybe I can upload on fileshare or sth like that. Do you agree?

About tips: Level (as almost every other by me) is unique. My ideas, I didn't steal anything from the other levels. I will show it ONLY to treya (and to judges if there are some) for now. Also, who are judges?
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The dead end and all, you can simply change it
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@Toni; Well, you don't have to upload it to J2O. Although it has to be open for everyone to download on some other kind of uploading site.

There's still plenty of time by the way. Infact I have an idea that *might* be better - That everyone who enters could review each others levels. There are no "Judges" at the moment other than myself. You don't need to pinpoint everything when you submit. =P

Actually I suppose you could have a "beta" stage where you can show your level privately (but only once) and then upload it to public. Doesn't necessarily have to be J2O, but it is recommended.
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So, I might try this. What dimensions would you reccomend for a 'duel-sized' level?
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@Obi
"6. Maybe a levelsize similar to BBSwing might be ideal."

I haven't really attempted making a duel-sized battle level yet although I probably will sometime. So I just think along that size might be good.
Battle1 is bigger but has very certain hotspots (for one instance take the Seek PU area and near below). Therefore making a lot of the other areas rather worthless which I don't like. But I don't want that kind of level.

Oh and just another thing I felt I need to clear up, is that you don't have to let me betatest your map. You can get others to test it instead if you like.
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I'll try to make a level for this.
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"6. Maybe a levelsize similar to BBSwing might be ideal."
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Great, so... uh... What's BBSwing?
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Found by typing "bbswing" in the J2O downloads search.
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Oops, sorry. Thanks, downloading now.
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Alright..I've made an update.

Due the the lack of entries submitted just before the deadline, I have extended it to December the 15th. So, if you want to change anything in your level you've just submitted, a good time is to do it now. I want to get at least 6 entries by the end. Only two entries just isnt enough.
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I might be in
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Same here. I have a level started.
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treya, what about my level? We played it once, if you wanna find it in your cache, filename is xlmftbtl04. Open it in JCS, to see tubes etc.
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Ill just gonna post my battle level Goblins Revenge since it fits really all the requirments there are and that I want to enter a contest this first time
An other reason is that like to bring some fresh battle(s) on to Jazz2online!.

This level is a bit of my serious jcs battle making history and would be the 1st one of my 7 battle pack.

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It's uploaded! http://www.jazz2online.com/downloads...blins-revenge/

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I actually want to make a level for this contest, though I already forgot about the contest twice. Anyway, consider me in - unless I forget it for a third time (which is very likely).
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Just want to say that this is the last day for submitting levels. I will hopefully test them out tomorrow and then have them fully judged by the 16th!
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Bleh, haven't had enough time lately to finish my entry. =(
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Same here. Anyway, good luck with the contest.
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I still realised there are a lack of entries, so I'm extending the deadline once again. I've only got 4 entries and I would still like more...at least 6!

I'm extending the deadline to the 30th of December. I also permit those who have submitted already can edit and reupload their levels.

Now go finish your entries! =D
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Every decent map submitted to this contest will be hosted on Zeal Beta.
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Is my map decent? It's xlmftbtl04 in my pack.
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Well, it's really up to you if you think it's decent. It would be rather unfair to give suggestions right now just so you can try to get the highest rating possible before the deadline. =p Ask other people maybe.
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