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Post JCS Awards 2021

Results are here!

Another year gone, another round of JCS awards! Now's your chance to honor the best JJ2 creations of the past 365 days!

You must read the rules before voting. They are as follows:

1) In the past you were only allowed to vote for one nomination per category. However, in order to allow more levels to get the chance to be appreciated this time around, you are now also allowed, but not obligated to vote for your second and third choices, which respectively have x0.5 and x0.25 the weighting of your main vote. You do not have to vote in every category if you wish not to do so.

2) You are not limited to voting within the nominations, but you are advised to at least check these levels if you haven't already, in order to make your vote fair. Also, unreleased/unfinished levels cannot be voted for; they must be available for public download.

3) Votes are to be kept private until announcement of the overall results. This is to raise the tension, and also to prevent bandwagoning. In order to vote, post your votes here and then delete the post after you have submitted it, and a moderator will undelete it after the deadline. Alternatively, if you prefer, you can submit them using the following Google Form, or you are allowed to PM them to Stijn, but bare in mind that your choices will be announced in public once the voting stage is over. Any votes left public will be forcibly deleted by moderation, and your vote may not count. If you vote using the Google Form, you must confirm with me by sending me a PM or replying to this thread to confirm that you have submitted your votes, else they will be null and void during the final count. This is to prevent people from claiming to be someone else when voting.

4) Voting closes on 23rd January at 23:59 GMT+1. Votes made promptly after this deadline may still be counted but as soon as a moderator undeletes the posts, any subsequent votes will be ignored.

Best Battle Level

Acid Reign
- cooba
Aurora Mountains - Dragusela
BioMess - Lynx
Crown of Thorns - PurpleJazz
Ethereal River - Dragusela
Frogavia V2.5 - TreyLina
Jazz in Wonderland - Dragusela
Laboratory 38 - Dragusela
Landfall- Loon
Malice in Wonderland - Loon
Mint Commotion - Violet CLM
Monkey Lake - Dragusela
Pterenophobia - Olsen
RAID: Mirrow Legends - Violet CLM
Retroic - FireSworD
Snowy Woodland - Dragusela
Spirit of Christmas - Xan
Stille Heide* - Laro B
Taco Trucks on Every Corner - Violet CLM
You Arena - Superjazz

Best Bee Tournament Level

Acid Reign
- cooba
Aurora Mountains - Dragusela
BioMess - Lynx
Laboratory 38 - Dragusela
RAID: Mirrow Legends - Violet CLM
Stille Heide* - Laro B
You Arena - Superjazz

Best CTF Level

Cloudscape - Dragusela
Deck 17 - DanZeal
Deep in the Hedge - Dragusela
ElectricSnow - Archon
Erathia - Superjazz
Hydroponic - Warren
Night Peace - Dragusela
Sand Castle - Lynx
Syri i Kaltėr - Loon
Wuwang Bang Bang - Violet CLM

Best Single Player Release

Jazz of the Jungle - Violet CLM
Lori Fortress - Primpy
Mystery of the Four Artifacts (Plus edition) - chandie
Peoples Chimp pt 2 - abgrenv
Ruins at Carrotus - JesterOfDestiny
Sinister Winter - Dragusela
Swamps of The Sleeping Jaguar - JesterOfDestiny
Tomatoe Garden - Dragusela

Best Eyecandy

Acid Reign
- cooba
Archonpelago - Violet CLM
Aurora Mountains - Dragusela
BioMess - Lynx
City of FreeDOM - Violet CLM
Cloudscape - Dragusela
Crown of Thorns - PurpleJazz
Deep in the Hedge - Dragusela
Erathia - Superjazz
Ethereal River - Dragusela
Frogavia V2.5 - TreyLina
Genshin Over It - Violet CLM
Hydroponic - Warren
Jazz in Wonderland - Dragusela
Jazz of the Jungle - Violet CLM
King of Wuwang Hill / Wuwang Bang Bang - Violet CLM
Labmoratory / Mint Commotion - Violet CLM
Laboratory 38 - Dragusela
Landfall- Loon
Lonely House - Dragusela
Lori Fortress - Primpy
Malice in Wonderland - Loon
Monkey Lake - Dragusela
RAID: Mirrow Legends - Violet CLM
Retroic - FireSworD
Ruins at Carrotus - JesterOfDestiny
Snowy Woodland - Dragusela
Sand Castle - Lynx
Sinister Winter - Dragusela
Stille Heide* - Laro B
Syri i Kaltėr - Loon
Teapot DOM - Violet CLM
Tomatoe Garden - Dragusela
You Arena - Superjazz

Note that you may vote for up to 5 choices in this category, with the weighting for your votes equalling x1, x0.5, x0.4, x0.3 and x0.2 respectively.

Best Level Script

Acid Reign
- cooba
Archonpelago - Violet CLM
City of FreeDOM - Violet CLM
Crown of Thorns - PurpleJazz
Jazz of the Jungle - Violet CLM
King of Wuwang Hill - Violet CLM
Lori Fortress - Primpy
Malice in Wonderland - Loon
Mystery of the Four Artifacts (Plus edition) - chandie
Retroic - FireSworD
Sand Castle - Lynx
Teapot DOM - Violet CLM
You Arena - Superjazz

Best Tileset Conversion

Hakuna Matata - chandie
Inferno ß - chandie
Lapper Festive - Violet CLM

In this category you may only vote for your 1st and 2nd choices.

Best JCSer

abgrenv
chandie
Dragusela
JesterOfDestiny
Loon
Lynx
Superjazz
Violet CLM

Happy voting, and good luck to you all!

* This level has not yet been uploaded to J2O, but was shared publically in Bee's Tournament, therefore I felt it shouldn't be excluded. For now you can downloading it using a MediaFire link, however this will be replaced with the J2O link once the level is uploaded there (please note the final version may differ slightly).

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Best Battle Level

1) Retroic
2) Landfall
3) You Arena

Honorable mentions: Acid Reign, Malice in Wonderland, RAID: Mirrow Legends

Best Bee Tournament Level

1) You Arena
2) Acid Reign
3) RAID: Mirrow Legends

Honorable mentions: BioMess, Laboratory 38, Stille Heide

Best CTF Level

1) Syri i Kaltėr
2) Erathia
3) Sand Castle

Honorable mentions: Hydroponic, Wuwang Bang Bang

Best SP Release

1) Jazz of the Jungle
2) Lori Fortress
3) Peoples Chimp pt 2

Honorable mentions: Ruins at Carrotus, Swamps of the Sleeping Jaguar

Best Eyecandy

1) King of Wuwang Hill / Wuwang Bang Bang
2) Malice in Wonderland
3) Landfall
4) Retroic
5) Sand Castle

Honorable mentions: Acid Reign, BioMess, Erathia, Labmoratory / Mint Commotion, Monkey Lake, Stille Heide, Syri i Kaltėr, Teapot DOM, You Arena

Best Level Script

1) Jazz of the Jungle
2) Lori Fortress
3) Frogavia V2.5

Honorable mentions: Acid Reign, King of Wuwang Hill, Retroic

Best Tileset Conversion

1) Hakuna Matata
2) Lapper Festive

Best JCSer

1) Loon
2) Violet CLM
3) Superjazz

Honorable mentions: Lynx
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Batttle:
1) Crown of Thorns by PurpleJazz
2) Landfall by Loon
3) Retroic by FireSworD

Best Bee Tournament level:
1) You Arena by Superjazz
2) Acid Reign by cooba
3) BioMess by Lynx

CTF:
1) Syri i Kaltėr by Loon
2) Sand Castle by Lynx
3) Erathia by Superjazz

Best Eyecandy:
1) Crown of Thorns by Purplejazz
2) Syri i Kaltėr by Loon
3) Landfall by Loon
4) Retroic by FireSworD
5) Wuwang Bang Bang by Violet CLM

Best JCSer:
1) Loon
2) Superjazz
3) Violet CLM
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My votes. Due to the vast variety of JCSers releasing quality levels that I enjoyed last year, the Best JCSer award was harder than ever to decide. And since there's no Most Improved JCSer award this time around, I decided to vote Dragusela for his activity and determination to improve.

Best Battle Level: 1: Crown of Thorns, 2: Monkey Lake, 3: You Arena
Best Bee Tournament Level: You Arena, 2: Acid Reign, 3: Stille Heide
Best CTF Level: 1: Sand Castle, 2: Hydroponic, 3: Deck 17
Best Single Player Release: 1: Lori Fortress, 2: Jazz of the Jungle, 3: Ruins at Carrotus
Best Eyecandy: 1: Crown of Thorns, 2: Landfall, 3: Sand Castle, 4: King of Wuwang Hill, 5: BioMess
Best Level Script: 1: Jazz of the Jungle, 2: Lori Fortress, 3: Mystery of the Four Artifacts (Plus edition)
Best Tileset Conversion: 1: Hakuna Matata, 2: Lapper Festive
Best JCSer: Dragusela
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Best Battle 2021:

Gold: Crown of Thorns
Silver: Malice in Wonderland
Bronze: Landfall

Best Bee Tournament 2021:

Gold: You Arena
Silver: RAID: Mirrow Legends
Bronze: BioMess

Best CTF 2021:

Gold: Syri i Kaltėr
Silver: Erathia
Bronze: Sand Castle

Best Eyecandy 2021:

Rhodium: King of Wuwang Hill / Wuwang Bang Bang
Platinum: Crown of Thorns
Gold: Malice in Wonderland
Silver: Landfall
Bronze: You Arena

Best Tileset Conversion 2021:

Gold: Hakuna Matata
Silver: Lapper Festive

Best JCSer 2021:

Gold: Loon
Silver: Violet CLM
Bronze: SuperJazz

A big shout-out to Dragusela though. He could've easily been in my top3.
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Omitting some categories on account of not having a strong enough opinion, or not being sure on how to assess it...

Best Battle
1. Crown of Thorns - a concept so unique, it probably warrants its own "Gameplay Theory" level jam of sorts.
2. Retroic - a proper crowd pleaser with strong personality.
3. RAID: Mirrow Legends - yay more Violet weirdness.

Best Bee Tournament Level
1. RAID: Mirrow Legends

I didn't play the tournaments with the other ones, sorry.

Best CTF Level
1. Erathia
2. Sand Castle

Best Eyecandy
1. King of Wuwang Hill - this level is stunning.
2. Sand Castle
3. Syri i Kaltėr
4. Biomess
5. Malice in Wonderland

Best Level Script
1. King of Wuwang Hill
2. Labmoratory
3. Genshin Over It

Best JCSer
1. Violet CLM
2. Lynx
3. Loon
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Best Battle Level:

BioMess - Lynx
Crown of Thorns - PurpleJazz
Landfall- Loon

Best Bee Tournament Level:

BioMess - Lynx
RAID: Mirrow Legends - Violet CLM
You Arena - Superjazz

Best CTF Level

Sand Castle - Lynx
Erathia - Superjazz
Wuwang Bang Bang - Violet CLM

Best Single Player Release

Jazz of the Jungle - Violet CLM
Mystery of the Four Artifacts (Plus edition) - chandie

Best Eyecandy

Crown of Thorns - PurpleJazz
BioMess - Lynx
Teapot Dom- Violet CLM
Sand Castle - Lynx
Erathia - Superjazz
Landfall- Loon


Best Level Script

Teapot DOM - Violet CLM
Mystery of the Four Artifacts (Plus edition) - chandie


Best Tileset Conversion

Lapper Festive - Violet CLM

Best JCSer

Violet CLM
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The results are in!

Best Battle Level of 2021

Crown of Thorns - PurpleJazz [8]
Landfall - Loon [4]
BioMess - Lynx [3.25]

Runners up: Malice in Wonderland - Loon [3], Frogavia V2.5 - TreyLina [2.75], Retroic - FireSworD [2.75], Mint Commotion - Violet CLM [1.25], You Arena - Superjazz [1]

This was probably one of the most competitive Best Battle categories in quite in a long time. We were rather spoiled for choice this year in terms of arenas to battle it out in, so no doubt everyone had a hard time picking their top 3, and in a way it's a shame that only the top 3 get to make the cream of the crop. Nonetheless, a podium has been decided. Thank you so much for your votes! I was honestly not expecting to win this time, I was concerned that the concept may be a little too "extreme" for some players, but hey ho. The other two levels are absolutely worth your time - Landfall is a more conventional but beautifully built level that's bound to become a party smash, whereas BioMess is ideal for two people to duke it out in a duel. Maybe challenge Jety to a match there if you're feeling brave..

Best Bee Tournament Level of 2021

BioMess - Lynx [6.5]
You Arena - Superjazz [6.25]
Acid Reign - cooba [4]

Runners up: RAID: Mirrow Legends - Violet CLM [3], Laboratory 38 - Dragusela [1.5], Stille Heide - Laro B [1.5]

Looks like tournaments work just as well as more traditional contests for motivating people to fire up JCS/MLLE! BioMess is quite the extraordinary level in the visual department, but is absolutely no slouch in the gameplay department either. I found it hugely fun to play during Bee's Duel Tournament, and I hope to see more of it again! You Arena by SJ just barely missed out on the gold medal by a narrow margin, but is no less deserving of the top spot with its combination of funky visuals and slick gameplay with a few interesting twists here and there. Acid Reign is probably the most daring level to come out of this year, and while it may not be everyone's cup of tea, those who give it a chance will find it to have some real strategic depth that rewards intelligent play over mindless ammo spam (and just a bit of luck).

Best CTF Level of 2021

Sand Castle - Lynx [7.5]
Erathia - Superjazz [6.5]
Syri i Kaltėr - Loon [5.25]

Runners up: Wuwang Bang Bang - Violet CLM [2.25], Deck 17 - DanZeal [2], Hydroponic - Warren [1.5]

Although 2021 didn't bring as many new additions to the CTF level pool as it did to Battle, the concise set of levels did contain some real treasures. It was a fairly close call, but ultimately Lynx' Sand Castle took home the gold! It's a real visual treat with a brilliantly well-realised theme that oozes charm, and also has a fun layout to boot. Erathia continues SJ's trend of making levels thay pay homage to Heroes of Magic and Might 3, and those that enjoyed his previous efforts such as Stronghold and Hall of the Mountain King will find plenty to enjoy here. Syri i Kaltėr takes Jungrock to the next level with a modern JJ2 twist and offers a great package of superb visuals and gameplay. All three of these levels are best played in 3vs3 and above, so bring friends! (as a side note, Sand Castle and Syri i Kaltėr are both available to play on the JJnet clan ladder, so get training!)

Best Single Player Release of 2021

Jazz of the Jungle - Violet CLM [6.25]
Lori Fortress - Primpy [4.25]
Mystery of the Four Artifacts (Plus Edition) - chandie [2.5]

Runners up: Swamps of the Sleeping Jaguar - JesterOfDestiny [1.75], Sinister Winter - Dragusela [1]

Seems like quirky-but-fun gameplay is the ticket to success in 2021! Jazz of the Jungle is a romp unlike anything else you will have played recently, taking heavy inspiration from Jill of the Jungle but with its own unique JJ2 flavor and a bit of Metroidvania flair. Lori Fortress is a worthy runner up, which packs plenty of Lori-tastic action into its relatively brief runtime. I also highly recommend checking out the updated Mystery of the Four Artifacts episode, which has seen a significant overhaul that brings it into the modern era while addressing many of the issues raised by reviewers upon the original release.

Best Eyecandy of 2021

Crown of Thorns - PurpleJazz [5.7]
BioMess - Lynx [4.9]
King of Wuwang Hill / Wuwang Bang Bang - Violet CLM [4.4]

Runners up: Sand Castle - Lynx [3.9], Malice in Wonderland - Loon [3.6], Landfall - Loon [3.6], Syri i Kaltėr - Loon [1.8], Teapot DOM - Violet CLM [1.3], Hydroponic - Warren [1.2], City of FreeDOM - Violet CLM [1]

Thank you again so much for your votes! I don't feel like I can accept this award without giving credit where credit is due - special shout out to Fool for drawing the thorny tree that was used in the background! Someone really ought to commission you to draw a tileset for JJ2, huh? BioMess has perhaps the most innovative visual design to come out this year, and has clearly made a real splash. I'm really looking forward to what Lynx has in store for us this year! I also take my hat off to Violet's King of Wuwang Hill, which takes the (lets face it, overused by now) Carrotus tileset into an atmospheric new direction - the palette and background combination are jaw-droppingly beautiful, enough to make you completely forget that it's another Carrotus level.

Best Level Script of 2021

Jazz of the Jungle - Violet CLM [4.25]
Frogavia V2.5 - TreyLina [2.75]
Mystery of the Four Artifacts (Plus Edition) - chandie [2.75]
Lori Fortress - Primpy [2.5]

Runners up: City of FreeDOM - Violet CLM [1.75], Teapot DOM - Violet CLM [1.5], King of Wuwang Hill - Violet CLM [1.25]

Congratulations to Violet for taking the top spot in this category! For those looking to see the potential of AngelScript in a multiplayer context, check out the joint runner up Frogavia, which deploys Seren's script magic to bring you quite the froggy (and birdy) experience!

Best Tileset Conversion of 2021

Hakuna Matata - chandie [9.5]
Lapper Festive - Violet CLM [7]
Inferno ß - chandie [1]

Safe to say that I think Hakuna Matata has been on everyone's wish list for tileset conversions for the best part of a decade or two now, so mad props to chandie for taking that leap and finally bringing proto-Carrotus into JJ2! Lapper Festive is also well worth checking out for those looking to bring some seasonal festivity into their levels.

Best JCSer of 2021

Violet CLM [7.5]
Loon [7.25]
Dragusela [4.25]

Runners up: Lynx [3.5], Superjazz [1.5]

This was probably the closest finish we've ever had in the history of the Best JCSer award. Violet CLM just barely pipped Loon at the post with her eclectic mix of Single Player and Multiplayer treats, taking the grand prize. Congratulations! Props to Loon as well for bringing us three outstanding multiplayer levels that will no doubt get some considerable air-time in the coming years. Very well done to Dragusela as well, who was 2021's work horse, retaining incredibly consistent productivity throughout the entirety of the year. You can only go up from here, and I'm eagerly anticipating your 2022 output! I also want to give mentions to both Lynx and SJ, who despite not making the podium, both delivered some incredible levels each with their own highly unique designer flair.

Thank you to everyone who made 2021 such a wonderful year, and to everyone who voted! See you all next time!
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Here's a spreadsheet with the full breakdown of Google Form votes (in addition to the JCF votes, which have been manually added to the Google Form votes for convenience sake)

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Congrats to all the winners and everyone who made content in 2021 ! Let's hope for a great 2022.
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