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  1. Results Announcement City Showcase Show the best scenes from your city Season 3 - Challenge #23 - Monthly (47 days) 1st Place 176 Rep 38 Bonus Points 126 TOTAL Points A city of golden splendour from up high... 2nd Place 106 Rep 23 Bonus Points 106 TOTAL Points Mass manufacturing on a mammoth scale... 3rd Place 79 Rep 16 Bonus Points 94 TOTAL Points The past preserved for the present... 4th Place 53 Rep 13 Bonus Points 86 TOTAL Points From above you can count them all... 5th Place 26 Rep 10 Bonus Points 77 TOTAL Points A city blend of classic and modern architecture... A big hearty congratulations to the top 5! The remaining entries (6th to 18th) are ranked as follows... The rep prizes have been awarded, with the top 3 images to be placed in the Hall of Fame. For authors who submitted multiple images, only their highest rated entry has been included in the above ranking. As this was a Monthly challenge, points will count towards the Monthly and Custom Content Leaderboard, along with the Global Leaderboard. 40 images in total -- Thanks to all who participated in what was truly a splendid showcase of your creations! Shortly there will be a final update to the Leaderboard rankings, followed by prize announcements and a recap, for what has been another memorable season of city-building.
  2. Results Announcement Animation Challenge Create an animated image from your city Season 3 - Challenge #25 - Extended (25 days) 1st Place 28 Rep 23 Bonus Points 34 TOTAL Points Dramatic frames of vast contrast... 2nd Place 17 Rep 14 Bonus Points 21 TOTAL Points Escaping the traffic... 3rd Place 11 Rep 9 Bonus Points 13 TOTAL Points Gliding along in the... 4th Place 7 TOTAL Points And then there were 7... Well done to all entries! The rep prizes have been awarded, with the top 3 images to be placed in the Hall of Fame. As this was an Extended challenge, points will count towards the Weekly and Extended Leaderboard, along with the Global Leaderboard.
  3. VOTING CLOSED! Stand by for the final results of Season 3!
  4. VOTING CLOSED! Results to be revealed very soon...
  5. VOTING NOW OPEN! Please visit the challenge album to cast your votes! Voting will be open for 6 days. Voting Rules Votes may be cast by rating images inside the album. You may rate all entries once at any rating value (1-5). All votes are anonymous. We encourage you not to rate your own entry. Try to vote on all other entries, as this will help ensure the results are evenly distributed. Suggested Voting Criteria Here are some ideas to help you evaluate each entry when voting: How well does the animation portray the chosen sequence of action? How accurate are the transitions between frames? Does it appear interesting? The effort you think has gone into producing the animation. To what extent does it create visual appeal?
  6. VOTING NOW OPEN! Please visit the challenge album to cast your votes! Voting will be open for 10 days. Voting Rules Votes may be cast by rating images inside the album. You may rate all entries once at any rating value (1-5). All votes are anonymous. We encourage you not to rate your own entry. Try to vote on all other entries, as this will help ensure the results are evenly distributed. Suggested Voting Criteria Here are some ideas to help you evaluate each entry when voting: How well the image portrays the mood & atmosphere of the city. The extent of creativity used within the scene, or throughout the image's composition. The amount of attention to detail, adding to the overall appeal. How much effort you think has gone into creating the image. Does the image stand out as being visually interesting?
  7. Results Announcement Celebrations! How did your city celebrate the New Year? Season 3 - Challenge #24 - Weekly (7 days) 1st Place 35 Rep 24 Bonus Points 38 TOTAL Points A luminous display of colour and lights... 2nd Place 21 Rep 14 Bonus Points 25 TOTAL Points A spectacular show starts in the square... 3rd Place 14 Rep 9 Bonus Points 16 TOTAL Points It's fireworks time, it's party time, it's... Congratulations to the top 3! The remaining entries (4th to 5th) are ranked as follows... The rep prizes have been awarded, with the top 3 images to be placed in the Hall of Fame. As this was a Weekly challenge, points will count towards the Weekly and Extended Leaderboard, along with the Global Leaderboard.
  8. Results Announcement How to Do It Explain the steps to do something relating to a city-building game Season 3 - Challenge #22 - Extended (27 days) Ouch, that's hot! No modding allowed... Congratulations to both! With 2 excellent tutorials shared here, it is rather fitting they couldn't be split in the voting. The rep prizes have been awarded, with both entries to be placed in the Hall of Fame (using a suitable image from each tutorial). As this was an Extended challenge, points will count towards the Weekly and Extended Leaderboard, along with the Global Leaderboard.
  9. Animation Challenge - Create an animated image from your city - Season 3 - Challenge #25 - Extended (25 days) - Results Announced Here! Thanks to @philforhockey51 for the challenge idea. So far, challenges have involved submitting static images from your cities. While there's been many creative and lifelike scenes, a picture is just a snapshot of a single moment in time. But when you take multiple snapshots and put them together, it adds a whole new dimension. Animation helps to reveal change, show action, and as we've seen from the many films, can build emotional appeal. Alongside City Showcase, the final challenge of Season 3 involves creating an animated image, presenting an urban or rural scene. Aim to make it concise but also interesting and memorable. It could even be something humorous. It's your choice what direction you'd like to take, and how the animation is composed. The sequence could represent action in real time, or as a sped up timelapse. It should run for around 5-20 seconds -- we're not asking for a short film here! There are a number of ways to create the animation. Some video capture tools allow a recording to be exported as an animated image. If using SimCity 4, you could use the 'recorder' function to capture and extract the frames. Then a software package could be used for the final composition. See the Possible Ideas section below for a few examples. This is an Extended challenge running for 25 days. Submission Requirements Your image is animated (e.g. GIF), and portrays a rural or urban scene. You may use any city-building game -- including SimCity 4, Cities: Skylines, SimCity (2013), and CitiesXL / XXL. Please submit only one image for this challenge. However, you may link a larger version of the same image in the description, or post in the comments section. Please see this post for clarification. For the purpose of voting, please check your image has a full title & description. Your image must be created solely by yourself, without any assistance from anyone else. To qualify for entry, please ensure your image is uploaded to the submissions category, and complies with these requirements. Possible Ideas Here are a few ideas to get you started, just giving examples of ways to go about this challenge: Note: The following is not a complete list, or a requirement: A timelapse, showing a dramatic change in the landscape / terrain (e.g coastal erosion) Construction of buildings Urban development over time Trees growing or receding (deforestation) People or vehicles moving around A common scene (e.g city street, local community) An rare or unusual scene (e.g. riot, car chase) A recreational or sporting activity Day to night transition Fireworks display An activity in the countryside A fire spreading Fire plane extinguishing a forest fire A rescue attempt An extreme natural event Leaderboard Rankings A new leaderboard system is currently running for this season. This has been designed to incorporate all challenges, linking with each set of results. Each place in a challenge has points on offer -- the higher you finish, the more points you gain. Then at the end of the season, prizes will be given out to the top 10 in the final standings, with the winner being crowned the Grand Champion! This Extended challenge is eligible for the "Overall" and "Weekly & Extended" leaderboards. Full details and the current standings can be viewed in the following topic: The winners will be the top 3 ranked images after a 6 day voting period. Reputation prizes will be awarded based on the number of entries, and the overall average rating. See this topic for more info. For this Extended challenge, rep prizes will be given for the top 3 placed entries, along with points for the "Overall" and "Weekly & Extended" leaderboards. Good luck everyone!
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    Voting Rules Votes may be cast by rating images inside the album. You may rate all entries once at any rating value (1-5). All votes are anonymous. We encourage you not to rate your own entry. Try to vote on all other entries, as this will help ensure the results are evenly distributed. Suggested Voting Criteria Here are some ideas to help you evaluate each entry when voting: How well does the animation portray the chosen sequence of action? How accurate are the transitions between frames? Does it appear interesting? The effort you think has gone into producing the animation. To what extent does it create visual appeal? The winners will be the top 3 ranked images after a 6 day voting period. Reputation prizes will be awarded based on the number of entries, and the overall average rating. See this topic for more info. For this Extended challenge, rep prizes will be given for the top 3 placed entries, along with points for the "Overall" and "Weekly & Extended" leaderboards.
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    Animation Challenge - Create an animated image from your city - Season 3 - Challenge #25 - Extended (25 days) - Results Announced Here! Thanks to @philforhockey51 for the challenge idea. So far, challenges have involved submitting static images from your cities. While there's been many creative and lifelike scenes, a picture is just a snapshot of a single moment in time. But when you take multiple snapshots and put them together, it adds a whole new dimension. Animation helps to reveal change, show action, and as we've seen from the many films, can build emotional appeal. Alongside City Showcase, the final challenge of Season 3 involves creating an animated image, presenting an urban or rural scene. Aim to make it concise but also interesting and memorable. It could even be something humorous. It's your choice what direction you'd like to take, and how the animation is composed. The sequence could represent action in real time, or as a sped up timelapse. It should run for around 5-20 seconds -- we're not asking for a short film here! There are a number of ways to create the animation. Some video capture tools allow a recording to be exported as an animated image. If using SimCity 4, you could use the 'recorder' function to capture and extract the frames. Then a software package could be used for the final composition. See the Possible Ideas section below for a few examples. This is an Extended challenge running for 25 days. Submission Requirements Your image is animated (e.g. GIF), and portrays a rural or urban scene. You may use any city-building game -- including SimCity 4, Cities: Skylines, SimCity (2013), and CitiesXL / XXL. Please submit only one image for this challenge. However, you may link a larger version of the same image in the description, or post in the comments section. Please see this post for clarification. For the purpose of voting, please check your image has a full title & description. Your image must be created solely by yourself, without any assistance from anyone else. To qualify for entry, please ensure your image is uploaded to the submissions category, and complies with these requirements. Possible Ideas Here are a few ideas to get you started, just giving examples of ways to go about this challenge: Note: The following is not a complete list, or a requirement: A timelapse, showing a dramatic change in the landscape / terrain (e.g coastal erosion) Construction of buildings Urban development over time Trees growing or receding (deforestation) People or vehicles moving around A common scene (e.g city street, local community) An rare or unusual scene (e.g. riot, car chase) A recreational or sporting activity Day to night transition Fireworks display An activity in the countryside A fire spreading Fire plane extinguishing a forest fire A rescue attempt An extreme natural event Leaderboard Rankings A new leaderboard system is currently running for this season. This has been designed to incorporate all challenges, linking with each set of results. Each place in a challenge has points on offer -- the higher you finish, the more points you gain. Then at the end of the season, prizes will be given out to the top 10 in the final standings, with the winner being crowned the Grand Champion! This Extended challenge is eligible for the "Overall" and "Weekly & Extended" leaderboards. Full details and the current standings can be viewed in the following topic: The winners will be the top 3 ranked images after a 6 day voting period. Reputation prizes will be awarded based on the number of entries, and the overall average rating. See this topic for more info. For this Extended challenge, rep prizes will be given for the top 3 placed entries, along with points for the "Overall" and "Weekly & Extended" leaderboards. Good luck everyone!
  12. VOTING CLOSED! Results to be announced in the next few days...
  13. VOTING CLOSED! Stand by for the results.
  14. Results Announcement Content Creation BATs, Lots, Mods or Maps. No rules except build anything! Season 3 - Challenge #20 - Custom Content (47 days) 1st Place 98 Rep 30 Bonus Points 79 TOTAL Points The big day: match day has arrived... 2nd Place 59 Rep 18 Bonus Points 60 TOTAL Points It's a rather nice view from the penthouse... 3rd Place 44 Rep 12 Bonus Points 47 TOTAL Points Time to take a tour of the seasons... Congratulations to the top 3! The remaining entries (4th to 10th) are ranked as follows... The rep prizes have been awarded, with the top 3 images to be placed in the Hall of Fame. All uploads will be moved into the main STEX categories for the enjoyment of the community, and are viewable using the Challenge Upload tag. As this was a Custom Content challenge, points will count towards the Monthly and Custom Content Leaderboard, along with the Global Leaderboard.
  15. Results Announcement Winter Wonderland Show scenes with a winter theme Season 3 - Challenge #21 - Monthly (31 days) 1st Place 106 Rep 31 Bonus Points 84 TOTAL Points People gliding, winding, and smiling down the wintry slopes... 2nd Place 64 Rep 18 Bonus Points 66 TOTAL Points 'Twas Christmas time, in the city... 3rd Place 48 Rep 13 Bonus Points 57 TOTAL Points A barren but serene frozen portrait of nature... Congratulations to the top 3! The remaining entries (4th to 12th) are ranked as follows... The rep prizes have been awarded, with the top 3 images to be placed in the Hall of Fame. For authors who submitted multiple images, only their highest rated entry has been included in the above ranking. As this was a Monthly challenge, points will count towards the Monthly and Custom Content Leaderboard, along with the Global Leaderboard.