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Post JCS Awards 2019

Another year marked off, means another round of JCS awards! We had quite an eclectic variety of uploads this year, so there's bound to be something to appeal to every taste.

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 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.

4) Voting closes on 15th 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

Astolfo - Seren
Cold Cavern Classic - DennisKainz
Facilis descensus Averno - Loon
Isla de Muerta - Loon
Mindfull Candy 2.0 - Xan
Pot Plant - Loon
...So I Came Back - Electric Ir
Solstice - PurpleJazz
The Fingers of Icarus - cooba
Toxicity - Electric Ir
Umbral Thicket - PurpleJazz

Best CTF Level


Bushido
- Laro B
Byzantine Blues - Jelly Jam
Castle of Devan Shell - Laro B
Faux Symmetry - Electric Ir
Forgotten empire - Lynx
Faster-Than-Light Starship - Warren
Galeloch Castle - PurpleJazz
Ivankiv Raion - Loon
Percolator - cooba
Ragnarok - Loon
Riparius Ridge - Laro B
Scarwood - Jelly Jam
Snowland - Toni
Sweet Release - Electric Ir
TCS Remastered - Ragnarok
Tech Tree - Violet CLM
Time's up - Lynx

Best SP Release


Breaking Out* - happygreenfrog
Candy Goth - Violet CLM
Christmas 2019 - JazzRaccoon
Cold Paw* - Archon/Slaz
Faded story -part 1 - Lynx
Frigid Fortress* - PurpleJazz
Penguinvasion* - Jelly Jam
Pikitia Ara* - Loon
Puszi-nyúl Pác - FarkasUrdung
Silent Evening - Slaz
Tipplenborough* - PT32
TOMB: Another Rabbit's Story - Violet CLM
Toyed Badlands* - Slaz

Under the Weather* - Primpy

* Holiday Hare '18 levels are nominated individually due to being part a community-made pack.

Best Level Script

Astolfo - Seren
Breaking Out - happygreenfrog
Candy Goth - Violet CLM
Frigid Fortress - PurpleJazz
The Fingers of Icarus - cooba
Tech Tree - Violet CLM
Under the Weather - Primpy

Best Eyecandy

Somewhat experimental new category. Since what constitutes "best eyecandy" is no doubt extremely subjective, I am therefore not including any default nominations. There's plenty to choose from, as any level uploaded to Jazz2Online in 2019 will be eligible for this award. There were a lot of very good looking levels this year, so it feels appropriate to offer this accolade.

Best JCSer

Electric Ir -
Faux Symmetry, ...So I Came Back, Sweet Release, Toxicity
Jelly Jam - Byzantine Blues, Penguinvasion, Scarwood
Laro B - Bushido, Castle of Devan Shell, Riparius Ridge
Loon - Facilis descensus Averno, Isla de Muerta, Ivankiv Raion, Pikitia Ara, Pot Plant, Ragnarok
Lynx - Faded story -part 1, Forgotten empire, Time's up
PurpleJazz - Frigid Fortress, Galeloch Castle, Solstice, Umbral Thicket
Slaz - Cold Paw, Silent Evening, Toyed Badlands
Violet CLM - Candy Goth, Tech Tree, TOMB: Another Rabbit's Story

Happy voting, and good luck to you all!
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Best Battle Level:
1.Umbral Thicket

Best CTF Levels:
1.Galeloch Castle
2.Forgotten empire
3.Time's up

Best SP Levels:
1.Faded story -part 1
2.Candy goth
3.TOMB: Another Rabbit's Story

Best Level Script:
Candy Goth

Best Eyecandy:
1.Galeloch Castle
2.Umbral Thicket
3.Forgotten empire

Best JCSer:
1.Violet
2.PurpleJazz
3.Lynx

In my honest opinion if blacky ever did a level during 2019,i'd vote for him without any thought
he has everything under control including level design,atmosphere,scripting,puzzle ideas and alot of effort and soul put into his levels is incomparable
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Best Battle Level of 2019

1) Isla De Muerta
2) Pot Plant
3) The Fingers of Icarus

Best CTF Level of 2019

1) Tech Tree
2) Byzantine Blues
3) Ragnarok

Best SP Release of 2019

1) Candy Goth
2) Tipplenborough
3) Pikitia Ara

Best Level Script of 2019

1) Candy Goth
2) Tech Tree
3) The Fingers of Icarus

Best Eyecandy of 2019

1) Isla De Muerta
2) Candy Goth
3) Astolfo

Best JCSer of 2019

1) Loon
2) Violet CLM
3) Jelly Jam
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Best Battle:
1) Pot Plant [Loon]
2) Isla de Muerta [Loon]
3) Umbral Thicket [PJ]

Best CTF:
1) Galeloch Castle [PJ]
2) FTL Starship [Warren]
3) Tech Tree [Violet]

Best Eyecandy:
1) Umbral Thicket [PJ]
2) Astolfo [SE]
3) Pot Plant [Loon]

Best JCSer:
1) Loon
2) Purplejazz
3) Laro B

I know it's not there, but shoutout to Lynx as most improved JCSer.
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Faster-Than-Light Starship
TCS Remastered
Galeloch Castle
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A lot of levels with equal quality among the nominations this year, imo. I was genuinely swapping around my votes a few times before submitting. Good luck!

Best Battle Level: 1: Umbral Thicket, 2: Solstice, 3: Cold Cavern Classic
Best CTF Level: 1: Castle of Devan Shell, 2: Galeloch Castle, 3: Bushido
Best SP Release: 1: Pikitia Ara, 2: Candy Goth, 3: Tipplenborough
Best Level Script: 1: Frigid Fortress, 2: Candy Goth, 3: The Fingers of Icarus
Best Eyecandy: 1: Galeloch Castle, 2: Castle of Devan Shell, 3: The Fingers of Icarus
Best JCSer: 1: Loon, 2: PurpleJazz, 3: Laro B
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Battle
1) Facilis descensus Averno
2) The Fingers of Icarus
3) Umbral Thicket

CTF
1) Galeloch Castle
2) Faster-Than-Light Starship
3) Ragnarok

Single Player
1) Candy Goth
2) Pikitia Ara
3) Under the Weather

Script
1) Frigid Fortress
2) Candy Goth
3) Tech Tree

Eyecandy
1) Facilis descensus Averno
2) Galeloch Castle
3) Umbral Thicket

Creator
1) Loon
2) Purplejazz
3) Violet CLM
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Best Battle level:
3rd: Fingers of Icarus
2nd: Astolfo
1st: Umbral Thicket

Best CTF level:
3rd: Scarwood
2nd: TCS Remastered
1st: Galeloch Castle

Best SP level:
3rd: TOMB: Another Rabbit's Story
2nd: Frigid Fortress
1st: Candy Goth

Best Level Script:
3rd: Astolfo
2nd: Candy Goth
1st: Frigid Fortress

Best Eyecandy:
3rd: Fingers of Icarus
2nd: Galeloch Castle
1st: Astolfo

Best JCS'er
3rd: cooba
2nd: Violet CLM
1st: PurpleJazz

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Most improved JCS'er:
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Best Battle Level

Astolfo - Seren

Best CTF Level

Tech Tree - Violet CLM

Best SP Release

Candy Goth - Violet CLM
Christmas 2019 - JazzRaccoon
TOMB: Another Rabbit's Story - Violet CLM

Best JCSer

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Best Battle Level
Facilis descensus Averno - Loon
The Fingers of Icarus - cooba
Astolfo - Seren

//havent really played any of this year's CTF levels, sorry guys

Best SP Release
Pikitia Ara* - Loon
Candy Goth - Violet CLM
Penguinvasion* - Jelly Jam

Best Level Script
Candy Goth - Violet CLM
Astolfo - Seren
Frigid Fortress* - PurpleJazz

Best eyecandy
Umbral Thicket
Facilis desensus avero

Best JCSer
Loon
PurpleJazz
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Best Battle Level:

1. Solstice - PurpleJazz
2. Isla de Muerta - Loon
3. The Fingers of Icarus - cooba

Best CTF Level:

1. Galeloch Castle - PurpleJazz
2. Faster-Than-Light Starship - Warren
3. Byzantine Blues - Jelly Jam

Best SP Release:

1. Pikitia Ara - Loon
2. Penguinvasion - Jelly Jam
3. Candy Goth - Violet CLM

Best Level Script:

1. Frigid Fortress - PurpleJazz
2. Candy Goth - Violet CLM
3. The Fingers of Icarus - cooba

Best Eyecandy:

1. Isla de Muerta - Loon
2. Riparius Ridge - Laro B
3. Faster-Than-Light Starship - Warren

Best JCSer:

1. PurpleJazz
2. Loon
3. Jelly Jam
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Battle:
1: The Fingers of Icarus
2: Cold Cavern Classic
3: Astolfo

Single Player:
1: Puszi-nyúl Pác
2: Penguinvasion
3: Silent Evening

Script:
1: Frigid Fortress
2: The Fingers of Icarus
3: Under the Weather

Eyecandy: Umbral Thicket

JCSer: Slaz
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Best Battle:

Gold: Isla de Muerta
Silver: Umbral Thicket
Bronze: Pot Plant

Best CTF:

Gold: Galeloch Castle
Silver: Ivankiv Raion
Bronze: Byzantine Blues

Best JCSer:

Gold: Loon
Silver: PurpleJazz
Bronze: Jelly Jam
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Might as well vote on what I can..not much time left.

Best battle level:
1. Isla de Muerta
2. Umbral Thicket
3. Pot Plant

Best JCSer:
1. PurpleJazz
2. Loon
3. Violet

Best Level script:
1. Frigid Fortress
2. Fingers of Icarus (surprise! Some questionable execution in how it works in practice like optimization and such, but I appreciate the ambition)
3. Tech Tree

Didn't play enough single player/CTF in time so I'm gonna pass on those.
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Best SP
1. Candy Goth
2. Pikitia Ara

Best Eyecandy
1. Astolfo's butt
2. Umbral Thicket
3. Solstice

Best JCSer
1. Loon
2. PurpleJazz
3. Jelly Jam
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Best battle: The fingers of icarus by cooba
Best CTF: Faster-than-Light Starship
Best SP: Tipplenborough by PT32
Best Script: Candy goth by Violet CLM
Best JCSer: Loon
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The results are in - thank you for your patience!

Best Battle Level of 2019

Umbral Thicket - PurpleJazz [4.5]
Isla De Muerta - Loon [4]
The Fingers of Icarus - cooba [3.75]


As per usual, the title bout for Best Battle Level tends to get rather heated, and typically ends up with a closely-spaced podium. This year was no exception, but ultimately there was a winner. Thank you very much for your votes! The three winning levels are all on the larger side and therefore well decked out for some party-sized fun. Props to Isla De Muerta for it's elegant layout and intricate visuals, and The Fingers of Icarus offers some enjoyable retro-inspired gameplay with a modern flair and some innovative design choices.

Best CTF Level of 2019

Galeloch Castle - PurpleJazz [6.75]
Faster-Than-Light Starship - Warren [3.5]
Tech Tree - Violet CLM [2.25]


JJnet level contest brought us another found of top-notch CTF levels, among a smattering of others released over the course of 2019. I feel truly moved to have another winning level, I cannot express my gratitude enough! Both Galeloch Castle and FTL Starship are available to play now on the JJnet Clan Ladder, and are well worth giving a go if you're interested in playing some CTF competitively. On a different flavor, Tech Tree is a spacious CTF with a unique layout and colorful gimmicks that's sure to be a favorite in JDC!

Best SP Release of 2019

Candy Goth - Violet CLM [6.75]
Pikitia Ara - Loon [4.25]
Tipplenborough - PT32 [1.75]


While as I no doubt suspect many of you, myself included are still eagerly awaiting the release of Ozymandius 2, Violet dropped Candy Goth in the meantime, keeping us held over for now. It has what might be the most esoteric theme in a JJ2 level yet, but manages to intrigue and delight with its creative pastel visuals and inventive gameplay set pieces. Pikitia Ara and Tipplenborough are more vanilla by comparison (custom enemies notwithstanding), but represent some of the finest traditional SP gameplay of the year, and offer some very memorable experiences in their own right. I feel like I should also give Faded story part 1 an honorable mention here; despite not making the top 3, it's an enjoyable experience and the ambition of making a full length episode is to be admired. All in all, a strong year for SP!

Best Level Script of 2019

Candy Goth - Violet CLM [6.5]
Frigid Fortress - PurpleJazz [6]
The Fingers of Icarus - cooba [3]


A close fought battle, but ultimately Violet's script wizardry shines brightest. Play Candy Goth if you're interested in seeing some of the wonderful things you can do with AngelScript! I'm happy to get the runner up spot; I sacrificed a ton of sleep (and drove myself slightly crazy!) in order to put together a solid boss fight to conclude Holiday Hare '18, and it's good to know that the hard work paid off! The Fingers of Icarus is a nice example of a scripted MP level, utilising it for a cool combination of visual and gameplay elements.

Best Eyecandy of 2019

Umbral Thicket - PurpleJazz [4.25]
- Seren [2.75]
Galeloch Castle - PurpleJazz [2.5]


The top 3 in this category all share something in common - they've broken the shackles of the 1.23 tileset limit! Perhaps bigger really is better? I cannot accept this award without first thanking Jess Trideka for drawing the background trees used in Umbral Thicket. Astolfo deserves a special mention for being the JJ2 community's best girl of 2019.

Best JCSer of 2019

Loon [9]
PurpleJazz [6.5]
Violet CLM [2.5]

I don't think anyone is really suprised to see Loon take the coveted Best JCSer award this year, considering how thoroughly deserving he is! Loon was an absolute workhorse in 2019, producing numerous top quality levels across the spectrum of gamemodes. Here's hoping he continues his hot streak into 2020; congratulations! I'm honored to claim the runner up prize this year. Well done to Violet for taking third place, showcasing his individual craft like no other.

Thank you to everyone who made levels in 2019, and may you continue to produce in 2020 and beyond! If you haven't opened up JCS or MLLE in a while or are new to the scene, perhaps make it your new decade resolution to get your feet wet! Whether you're a mad scientist looking to bestow your twisted creations upon the world, or just want to keep things tried-and-true, new levels of all kinds are welcomed with open arms!
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Congratulations to all the winners!
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Thank you--I'm thrilled by the positive reception, and I give congratulations to everyone else too!
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