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Ernie15
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This is the official Crush the Castle 2 Players Pack contest. You've come to the right place.

You're probably wondering how this contest works. Basically, we (the three judges) give you a theme at the beginning of each round, and you, the contestant, build a castle that follows the theme in some way. Then, so we can count your castle as an entry, take the link to that castle and post it in this thread. If it isn't posted in this thread by the deadline (and the deadline will always be a specific date and time), we will not be able to count it as an entry for that round.

If you've never built a castle before, or you want to brush up on your building skills, check out this guide made by @Arm_Candy.

This is a weekly contest, so each round will last 5 days, with 2 days being designated for judging. Every week, the theme will change and a new round will begin. Pretty easy to grasp.

Oh, and the winner of each round receives a merit, a spot in the CTC2PP Hall of Fame, and a rare quest that can only be earned through winning (or judging) a level building contest:

http://quests.armorgames.com/website/5/media/icon/d06fa73d7b7eaa626941288fc59ce86a.png?v=1398292205
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RULES
Yes, there are rules. What did you expect?

Basic rules for this contest, written originally by @PrivatePapi for his old CTC contest:
1. Do not spam under any circumstance.
2. Only enter 1 castle for each category.
3. Do not ask either of us which category will be next.
4. Do not copy somebody else's castle if you do not have permission from him/her.
5. When entering for the contest, always submit your castle according to the current category.
6. Have fun!

And this section, written by @FishPreferred:
a) All entries must be playable and have at least 1 person in them. It seems obvious, but who knows?
b) Entries that are so overladen with stuff that they cause considerable lag will not be eligible. Considerable lag is herein defined as "a big freakin' pile of lag that renders an entry virtually unplayable without severely overheating my 3 year old computer".
c) Entries should be stable enough to last a full minute without collapsing, and should require at least one shot in order to be won. This applies to every part of the contest that doesn't explicitly state otherwise in its instructions.
d) Any entry which the judges deem to be inappropriate (in a lewd, indecent, or libellious sense) will be disqualified, and most likely deleted by the admin.

And lastly, a few additional notes added by yours truly:
- The only castles you are allowed to post in this thread are contest entries. If you link to more than one castle, only the most recent one will be treated as an official entry, unless otherwise specified.
- All entries must be built specifically for the contest and for the current theme. You can't submit castles that you entered in previous rounds, or anything that was built before the beginning of the current round.

Looks like a lot of rules, but it's all intuitive. You'll have no trouble following these guidelines.
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Optional: CODE
Some architects like to take things a step further and modify castle codes to do things that otherwise wouldn't be possible in the regular editor mode. This method will not give you a significant advantage over other contestants, but it may be of interest if you want to play around with the editor a bit. Code modification is not a requirement for this competition.

How to modify castle codes by @SSTG.

If you don't modify castle codes or have any plans to in the future, you can skip over this next part.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR CODERS: If you decide to use code-modified elements in an entry, take caution, for, although code-editing can be useful for certain details, excessive use of code-modified elements in an entry could lead to a deduction of points from the entry.
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That's the contest in a nutshell. Just remember to check back every week for the results of each round, as well as the theme for the next round. I will post the theme for the first round after this post ends, so as not to confuse first-time submitters in the future.

And if you have any ideas for future themes, contact @CourtJester or myself or post your theme idea in the thread.

That certainly was a lot of words. Over 700 of them. It may seem like a lot to take in, but this contest is all about having fun, despite all these large blocks of text.

So get hyped, get building, and have fun with it!

Did I mention there's a merit prize to the winner of each round?

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Theoprastus
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theme idea: and the sign says... - any type of sign that tells us something; this also includes words on a building and billboards; symbols, images, logos or letters, or a combination of any of them

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theme idea: and the sign says
- basically any and all types of signs you would see anywhere or on anything
Pieguyme
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I think this is about as good as I'll get. Let's hope this one does better.



Just because it doesn't show all of it when played, here's a screen shot of the finished product.

http://i.imgur.com/3tWEedr.png

Please ignore my mouse. Should've moved that first.

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King of the Jungle

There is one beam, but everything else is makeshift. It can also be done in one shot with three iron balls, but if you have trouble with that, I also supplied a giant rock. Even then it isn't that easy.

Ernie15
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The castle @Pieguyme submitted reminds me of one of my old castles, which I will use as an example shortly.

There is one beam, but everything else is makeshift.


Beams aren't the end of the world. It's great if you can build an entire castle without them, but you won't be penalized if you use a few beams here and there. Sometimes they are necessary.

Here are a few (old) examples of makeshift castles I built in the past:

Barrel Bound
A Very Blue Castle
Junkyard Castle

As you can see, two of them have more than a few horizontal beams, but they're overshadowed by the amount of makeshift items.
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Alright, after hours of work and stuff falling down I finally built something. i think it's a a little better than a swaying tower.. xp

Low Budget Castle

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CourtJester
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Junkyard Castle
I heard it clanking so left it alone, poured a smoothie and watched the oly's. It totally failed after 20 minutes or less. ha ha ha ha!
Ernie15
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It totally failed after 20 minutes or less.


It stood up for 20 whole minutes? I built that thing stronger than I thought.
Theoprastus
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@ ernie15 - since everyone seems to pretty much get their entries in 2 days early, is there u can close the gap a little on the deadline... like, to 3 days maybe? - i think 3 days is realistically long enough to come up with something

Theoprastus
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is there u can close the gap a little on the deadline
- is there some way u can close the gap a little on the deadline
Theoprastus
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@ ernie - hey whats the deal? why didnt you announce the winner and start round 3 yet?

Ernie15
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is there some way u can close the gap a little on the deadline


Right now, the contest is pretty small, with 7 entries in the first round and 6 this round. However, if the contest gets bigger and becomes more widespread (remember this is only round 2), more time could potentially allow for more entries in a single round. Also, even the regulars may sometimes need more than 3 days, and it isn't much of a contest with fewer than 5 entries.

Mainly, it's the way it is for consistency purposes. The winner is announced every Friday, and entries are open Friday through Tuesday, and Wednesday and Thursday are for judging. If it were shortened to 3 days for submission instead of 5, yes, there would be more rounds, but winning the contest wouldn't mean as much, merits would fly all over the place, and people would have less respect for winning castles because there would be so many of them.

@ ernie - hey whats the deal? why didnt you announce the winner and start round 3 yet?


It's not Friday yet. The ratings still need to be processed by the council.
Theoprastus
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@ ernie: retraction and apology - alright, i didnt fully understand that it went for a full week, or just forgot.. either way, my impatience and impulsiveness, etc. is probably due to .. well, thats not important - i didnt mean anything personal by it. i now see that this goes Fri to Fri - with that being said, id like to retract, withdraw and apologize for my posts to your attn.

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Man, I can tell this round is gonna be close!

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