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United MTC - February 2019
  NitroGuy!»UD
United MTC - February 20198:24 PM 04-Feb-19 : Quote : Report : #
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Welcome to the TMX Monthly Track Contest (MTC), February 2019, hosted by NitroGuy!

In the MTC, you must build a track on a given theme. All of the entered tracks will be rated by judges and a winner will be found.

The Details:
Let's have a look at the details of the contest:

Theme of the Month: 90 blocs²
Build your map in a square or rectangle that is equal to 90 square bloc spaces or less. For example: 9x10, 2x45, 5x18, etc.

Deadline: February 27, 2019.

Prizes:
The winner will be able to pick a track to showcase on the front page* + 5000 coppers
3000 coppers
1500 coppers

*The track can be a self-made creation or the work of someone else (which has got a maximum of 10 awards already).

The rules:
Build your map in a square or rectangle that is equal to 90 square bloc spaces or less. For example: 9x10, 2x45, 5x18, etc.
Build as much scenery as you prefer outside of your square/rectangle.
Bloc clips may be outside the area, but not the bloc itself.
IMPORTANT!: For areas that are equal to less than 90, for example, 8x11, you will receive an extra point in the "theme" category. The maximum for this category will still be 10 points. You can also still choose to have an 8x10 base, which would be even more restricting, but would still only warrant one bonus point.
All checkpoints must be respawnable.
The author time cannot exceed 3 minutes.
Blockmixing is allowed.
TM Unlimiter requirement is not allowed.
PX tracks are not allowed.
You may submit one track only.
Include the letter combination MTC somewhere in the track name so it can be easily identified.
Example: "Here is my cool map(MTC)".
The track must have been uploaded to the exchange between (and including) February 4th and 27th, 2019.
The track must be a work of yours - remixes of other tracks are not allowed.
Updating your track within the deadline is allowed.

General tips:
The "General tips" are just recommendations. You won't get disqualified if you do not follow them, but they tend to help your track and its appreciation by general player population.

Remember that you have got about four weeks to build your track. Take some time for testing, or let others test your track in the Beta Area.
Don't forget to check your track for unintentional shortcuts.
A MediaTracker GPS showing the route does not relieve you of your moral obligation to provide guidance during the race (signs or other visual hints on where to go).
Always provide your track on TMX with a screenshot that shows something from the track, and add a description of what can people expect if they play your track.
You will get more points in the "theme" category if your map is a creative and fun as possible with the restrictions. Judges will likely give you more points here if your map feels like a "normal" racemap. For example, no unnecessarily tight curves on the edge of the building area.
Important: To enter a track, simply upload it and post your submission in this thread.

The Judging System:
A number of judges will rate the tracks on the following points:

Design – Flow, smoothness, speed, transitions, etc. The general "feel" of the track. Max. 20 points/judge.
Polishing – Scenery, MediaTracker, signage, etc. Final touches that can make the track appear better. Max. 10 points/judge.
Fun Factor – Depending on how fun the judges find your track. Max. 10 points/judge.
Theme / Creativity – Depending on how you create your track within the given guidelines. The less restricted your track feels, the more points you'll get on this area. Max. 10 points/judge.

Regarding the final results, the lowest and highest score of each track will be deleted and the average of the "medium scores" decides - if the number of judges is at least 5.

Good luck and have fun.

We hope many people participate!


If you want to make a donation towards future prize pools, please send coppers to the login: nitroguy.
If you want to judge, please send a PM to   NitroGuy!»UD.
Last edited 04-Feb-2019 by   NitroGuy!»UD
  Speedyfast
10:13 PM 04-Feb-19 : Quote : Report : #
Toy-Car Racer



Are scenery blocks allowed to be outside the building area?
  NitroGuy!»UD
10:51 PM 04-Feb-19 : Quote : Report : #
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Quote ...
Build as much scenery as you prefer outside of your square/rectangle.


  Mayflower
6:45 PM 05-Feb-19 : Quote : Report : #
Toy-Car Racer



are there no restrictions on the Y-Axis?
  Lolita
7:06 PM 05-Feb-19 : Quote : Report : #
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You prob mean Z-axis (height) and nope.
  NitroGuy!»UD
2:08 AM 06-Feb-19 : Quote : Report : #
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No height restrictions
  Revo»UD
3:16 PM 06-Feb-19 : Quote : Report : #
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Originally posted by Lolita ...
You prob mean Z-axis (height) and nope.

Height is actually the Y-axis in TM

I have another question (and nod32 wondered as well about this):
If I place for example a 1x2 sized bloc, and only half of it is actually used for driving, and the other (unused) half sticks out of the 90b² building zone... Is it considered breaking the rules? Actual route is in the restricted area, but the blocks used for it are not totally.
  nod32»UD
3:49 PM 06-Feb-19 : Quote : Report : #
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respawn routes allowed outside the zone?
  NitroGuy!»UD
12:55 AM 07-Feb-19 : Quote : Report : #
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No parts of a bloc except the clip may be outside the zone

Respawn routes are not allowed outside the zone either.
  Lolita
7:09 PM 08-Feb-19 : Quote : Report : #
Soft-Top Racer



Nah, Z-axis is used to determine the height of the block in both ChallengeEdit and TrackStudio. Y is units up/down and X is left/right
  NitroGuy!»UD
7:44 PM 08-Feb-19 : Quote : Report : #
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Just wanted to say--it's refreshing to see so many entries so far thanks to everyone who is and is planning on participating!
  Revo»UD
5:46 PM 09-Feb-19 : Quote : Report : #
Moped Racer



Originally posted by Lolita ...
Nah, Z-axis is used to determine the height of the block in both ChallengeEdit and TrackStudio. Y is units up/down and X is left/right


I'm talking about TrackMania, not any other external software that I don't know about. Open the mediatracker and place a camera. You will see the Y axis is used to determine the height.


I have another question... Is signage considered as scenery? I just noticed I have one sign that stands right out of the 90b² building area. I hope this is not a problem?
  NitroGuy!»UD
12:58 AM 10-Feb-19 : Quote : Report : #
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Signage will be considered scenery
  Revo»UD
2:18 AM 10-Feb-19 : Quote : Report : #
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Thanks, all lights green for upload now
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