Plans for the blog – trackmaking competitions

Today, I would like to get some feedback on some of my plans for the blog. This time, I will focus on my plans about trackmaking (trackbuilding) competitions. Read the descriptions carefully and let me know which of them do appeal to you the most, which of them don’t appeal to you at all and which of them leave somewhat mediocre feelings. Your feedback is needed!

1. Five-into-one Round 2: About a year ago, TMU blog held “Five-into-one” competition, in which several builders were consecutively building a stage of a track in a given area; after they were done, the best five of the submitted stages were combined into one larger track in an interesting fashion, resulting in a pretty challenging track. I would like to repeat this competition but perhaps with more participants, what do you think?

2. Blog-A-Stage-Contest (BLASTCON): Similar to Build A Stage Competition known from TMX, but voting on the winning submission would be realised by commenting a post with the list of submissions (with the possibility to try them all).

3. Interconnect Challenge: A track is provided with one or more “dull” (marked) sections; participants remove the dull section(s) and try to connect the remaining areas of the track with the most innovative or just plain COOL sections; however, after they do so, they must make an author time that fits a given criteria, which limits how much stuff they can add (such as, originally the track was 40 seconds long, with 1 dull straight road that is 15 tiles long and takes 4 seconds to pass; the time limit is 55 seconds, which means they can replace the 4-seconds-long road with up to 19-seconds section). I believe this challenge would be even more interesting if there were 2 “dull sections” that would intersect, so that the two replacement sections built by participants would intersect as well.

Please provide feedback about these competitions, or suggest some new original ideas for trackbuilding competitions, in the comments!

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4 Responses to Plans for the blog – trackmaking competitions

  1. Aaerox says:

    I like the “five-into-one” competition. Sounds pretty cool.

    “Interconnect Challenge” sounds cool, too, though I don’t know which track you mean.

  2. alcator says:

    aaerox: it would be a new track, not an existing one.

  3. Jozii says:

    “BLASTCON” must be the best contest title ever! πŸ˜›

    The idea might not be the best, though. Let’s not copy from TMX πŸ˜‰

    The interconnect challenge sounds interesting, but perhaps not the best in practice.

    In my opinion, the best would be a second round of the Five-into-one contest πŸ˜€ It’s been done before and succeeded, so at least some people know what the deal is.

    But: don’t count on more contestants! There are fewer readers than a year ago, and since activity has been so low until now, you’re not likely to get many attendants at all 😦 I speak from experience πŸ˜› In fact, I don’t think any of the winners from last year currently read the blog…

    But perhaps interest will be shown in the comments for this post, and I will be proven wrong? I hope that’s the case… πŸ˜‰

  4. Aaerox says:

    As I already said: I would sure take part in that 5 into 1 contest.
    Though I didn’t take part last time. πŸ˜›

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