Happy New Year! Much like previous years, we're bringing back the Map Submissions Competition for 2021! For those who may have missed previous ones, here is the breakdown: The competition will last from January 1st until January 31st - giving you a month. During this time, Map Submission processing will remain the same, however, maps which are ACCEPTED by the team are entered into the competition to win prizes! Every accepted map is an entry - so make as many maps as you'd like. How will my maps be judged? There are 3 main criteria by which maps will be judged: Aesthetics, Gameplay and Effort. Effort refers to maps which are more time consuming / require more attention - for example, Micro Battles would score lower compared to larger maps such as the Bridges. You can, however, add surrounding details to maps which typically require less effort - be imaginative. In addition to this, Build Leads will be voting unanimously for categories unrelated to scoring. The categories each map will be entered into are as follows: - Highest Scoring Overall - Highest Scoring Aesthetics - Highest Scoring Effort - Highest Scoring Gameplay - Most Creative Theme - Most Unique Gameplay Maps will only be entered / judged on these categories if it is accepted. Prizes 1st Place for Highest Overall Score only will receive an exclusive forum tag: 1st Place for Highest Overall Score only will receive an exclusive Diamond Sword Name: In development 1st Place only for each category will receive an exclusive in game title: There will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner for each category. 1st Place: Forum Tag (Highest Overall only) Diamond Sword Name (Highest Overall only) In-Game Title 5x Omega Chests 3x XP Boost 2x Gem Amplifier 2nd Place: 3x Omega Chests 2x XP Boost 1x Gem Amplifier 3rd Place: 2x Omega Chests 1x XP Boost Participation Prizes: Authors of each accepted map will receive: 1x Illuminated Chests Rules For those who are interested in participating in the competition, there are rules which we expect all participants to follow. - Don't steal others' builds - We're not stupid. If you steal other people's builds, we will know. Any stolen builds will be treated the same way as Builder Applications, and will land you 2 Warning Points. - Build with as many people as you like! Be aware that teams larger than 4 authors will require a team name e.g. 'Mineplex Build Team', so in order to receive prizes, include individual authors in the additional information section on your map submission. - Don't rush your maps - Maps which are rushed are likely to be lower quality; take your time as it will ensure you're scoring higher in all of the categories! - Any map currently in testing, from the date this thread is posted, will be automatically eligible. - Make sure you follow the guidelines for every map you create: https://www.mineplex.com/forums/map-guidelines.44/ Winners of each prize will be announced after every map has been tested and accepted - No later than February 28th. Any map still in testing after February 28th will no longer be eligible for prizes. Maps will go live the following update. If you have any questions or concerns about this competition, feel free to leave them in the comments or PM @Intoxicating on the forums. Good luck everybody!