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We are gearing up for Simtropolis Challenges "Season Two"

And we are here to let you know our new additions and to also ask for your help, thoughts and feedback!

 

Season two brings about some rule changes, new challenges, and a whole new way to play!

 

Hall Of Fame  -  We've moved the Hall Of Fame into a gallery. This is a new feature of Simtropolis which we are excited to start using, and it showcases the work that has made it into the HOF excellently. Please feel free to go through, rate and comment on these images. As for the authors of these images, feel free to go through and edit details and tags etc. Feel free to add your images if they have been missed, some of the old images had hosting issues, I had saved most of them locally, but might have missed a couple. Also, in the future feel free to add your images in once they reach the HOF. 

 

Best Picture Competition  -  We have some rule changes coming up, which will help liven this competition. Currently it's a bit slow, so we are thinking of reducing the number of votes required to 7. At the moment, 5 would be acceptable, but we are hoping that with an increase in interest in this forum that we hope to see 7 might be a fair. So we are aiming for 7 votes for each winning image but this might change in the future once things either pick up, or do not. Also, the 24 hour period will now start from the first vote. It seems unfair to both participants if the voting period starts when no one is viewing the forum, this way an external party can initiate the voting and this should hopefully mean more people will have the chance to vote on an image. 

 

Weekly Challenges  -  These will be coming back in a big way. Firstly, these will be advertised site wide. Hopefully we will have this ready by next week, but this will mean that there is more exposure to these challenges, which will make for some great images. Secondly, the theme for each week will be released a week in advance. Submitting images to the challenge is the most important part of the challenge, so we are giving those who pay the most attention to the challenges the ability to collect their things before the next week. Thirdly, challenges will also take use of the gallery. This will be for voting and commenting on images. We will be taking the highest rated image in the weekly album as the winner. This means you can vote for as many images as you want, and also weight your votes depending on what images you like the most. We think this will be great, as the albums really help you look over each image as they should be displayed, and it will also mean that most images would then recieve votes, which boosts the confidence of those first time challengers, you can also apgive rep and comment on individual images. Fourthly, we've got some really great ideas for tepees challenges, and Cities: Skylines will feature as a big part of these challenges going forward. Obviously, there will be SC4 challenges, but we are excited for how the modding aspect of C:S will allow us to do fun things. But we need your help to get C:S players into these forums, so spread the word when we have a C:S week! We are really excited for these Weekly Challenges, and we hope these additions and changes will create an exciting place to show off your content!

 

Other Challenges  -  From time to time we will have other, special challenges. These might include monthly challenges, other special challenges, guest hosted rounds, custom content challenges, gallery album challenges, city showcases etc. We want to keep these special, random and different, but we'd also like to hear what kind of challenges you'd like to see that deviate from the 'traditional' challenges. 

 

Rewards  -  Now, you may have noticed that the awards haven't travelled over form ST7 to 8. That's a big problem, and we are working on getting an alternative worked out, one of the reasons why the trixies are taking their time. However, we are also going to jump on the chance to make reputation more relevant. This will be part of a bigger change, but what's relevant here is that we are going to start handing out reputation for each challenge and Best Picture Competition win. We are yet to make up our mind on how much we will be giving out, but it will be significant. We will also be handing out a smaller amount for runners up. So, in light of a lack of an awards system, we are hoping that handing out a good chunk of reputation will be worth the effort. This will be alongside featuring the image in the HOF and on the front page as usual. 

 

Forum Changes  -  There will also be a clean up of this forum, with all completed challenges moving into a sub forum, and only current challenges and voting threads appearing in this. This should make it easier to get to the challenges, while also maintaining the viewability of old challenges  

 

 

We can't wait to start Season Two, but would also like to hear what changes you think we should be making, or if you don't think we are making the right changes, or even enough changes. Feel free to speak your mind, let's make this the best competition forum on the Internet!

 

Rule changes will take effect next week, alongside the first challenge, which will be:

City life - show us how your city expresses what makes it unique (a very open and easy challenge for you to get back into the swing of things, open to any city building game)


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Sounds cool. Great to see the competitions back. I'm curious to know how you guys will handle the rewards/medals. I'm really missing them from ST7.

But I'm a bit sceptical about this part:

We will be taking the highest rated image in the weekly album as the winner.

Won't that just make friends immediately the winners? I mean it's quite obvious people who chat with each other all the time are going to vote for their friends etc... I can't see this being a fair method of selecting a winner. 


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  • Sounds cool.

    But I'm a bit sceptical about this part:

    We will be taking the highest rated image in the weekly album as the winner.

    Won't that just make friends immediately the winners? I mean it's quite obvious people who chat with each other all the time are going to vote for their friends etc... I can't see this being a fair method of selecting a winner. 

    Yeah, I see what your saying, but that could be applied to the previous way of voting too. I think we've seen that people are objective when voting, so I'm not too worried yet, but we can always restructure this later on if it is a problem. 

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    I'm very happy to hear the Competitions will be picking back up again! They were just starting to get good before the update and I have been anxious to see more of them happen in the future!

    Although, I do have a question. I noticed at least two competitions from Season One were never closed and voted on. Will there be a rematch of some kind on those or will they go straight into a closure?

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  • Although, I do have a question. I noticed at least two competitions from Season One were never closed and voted on. Will there be a rematch of some kind on those or will they go straight into a closure?

    Oh, really? I'll bring them out so we can vote on them before next week, maybe these will be in albums so we can test that. Which ones were they? I'm sure I'll find them when I clean the forum out, but just in case I miss them while cleaning :D

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    Although, I do have a question. I noticed at least two competitions from Season One were never closed and voted on. Will there be a rematch of some kind on those or will they go straight into a closure?

     

    Oh, really? I'll bring them out so we can vote on them before next week, maybe these will be in albums so we can test that. Which ones were they? I'm sure I'll find them when I clean the forum out, but just in case I miss them while cleaning :D

    The ones that look like they haven't finished are these ones:

    -Weekly Challenges #16 (Best Military/Naval Base)

    -Weekly Challenges #17 (Best Interchange)

    -Monthly Challenge March 2015 (Choose Your Own Hamptonshire)

    These seem to be the only ones that weren't decided upon. Everything else looks solid. And I look forward to seeing the new albums! The Gallery is a fantastic addition to the new ST!

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    Thanks airman, you can quite sure those will be remade since it might take some time to set everything up for more complex challenges. I hope you're all looking forward to the new season.

    Btw, what do you guys think of one weekly challenge each month which is decided upon ar at least a favourite-choice-challenge (or possibly even the first person to privately write his/her idea to one of the forum Mods will "win" his own weekly challenge)

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    Something I noticed that would be really nice: Put all the past challenges, the one that are finished, into a sub-board so that it doesn't clutter the Simtrop challenges... Because right now it's a literal hell to try and find the active thread by just looking at the threads....

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  • Okay, as you will now have noticed there has been a clean up of the forum. You can find the old topics in the Completed Challenges Sub-forum. 

    Today we start Season Two! Our first challenge is City Life, view the topic for challenge info and the album to submit your images. 

    Also, the Best Picture Competition will now have some rule changes. These are in effect as of now. I will post the changes in that thread, and update the first post.

    Check in next week for a new image challenge and a brand new challenge type!

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    Hi,

    Is this really necessary to limit the picture's size to 2MB ?

    I think this really penalizing for mosaics, what I especially like to do.


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  • Sorry, that's a system wide setting for galleries, rather than challenge specific. We might be able to raise this, but we have to balance that between bandwidth usage too. In the meantime, try jpgs if you haven't already, maybe that can bring the sizes down. 

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