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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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Ernie15
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@Theoprastus - It's quite alright, no harm done. Even I'm still getting used to the way this contest works (as you can see, I posted the deadline for Round 1 on a Wednesday instead of a Tuesday).

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theme idea: back in black - construct a castle using only black materials

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back in black - construct a castle using only black materials
- well, mostly black
Ernie15
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The ratings have all been gathered and the winner will be announced tomorrow. This round was much closer than last round, so I really could not tell who was going to win until after I calculated every single rating, and even then it was a photo finish.

So stay tuned for the epic conclusion.

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I sure hope we have a black castle contest
- im just waiting for round 3 to start - but yeah, that would be cool - i hope ernie starts it soon
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This was definitely a great round, and it was much more on par with the closeness of competition that should be displayed. It should be noted that the first-place entry scored a rating of only 0.6 points higher than the fourth-place entry, so that should give you an idea of how close this round was.

3rd place, with an average rating of 6.07/10, goes to Low Budget Castle, submitted by @CherryCoke360.

2nd place, with an average rating of 6.13/10, goes to Chesterfield, submitted by @Arm_Candy.

1st place, and the grand merit prize winner of Round 2, with an average rating of 6.43/10, goes to King of the Jungle, submitted by @gh0sts. Congratulations! Go collect your prize!

And so, the new round shall begin.

ROUND 3
Theme: Chickens Only
Deadline: Tuesday, February 18, 11:59 PM, AG time.
Judges: @CourtJester, @FishPreferred, @Ernie15
Description: There is no limit this round as to what type of castle you build, but the only projectiles that are allowed to be used to crush your castle are chickens.

So get hyped, and get building!

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@gh0sts and his castle have been inducted into the CTC2PP Hall of Fame.

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One of the things that impressed me about the winning castle was that it was made primarily out of turrets which I have found to be the most irritating component when stacked. It invariably starts to wiggle and never stays in one place - gh0sts had them stacked to a pyramid and it was fairly rock solid! No clanking that much. Chesterfield was interesting as it had no stretchable components and was rock solid. Minimal weapon selection and placement was difficult albeit, some bigger weapons were given that were not necessary. On low budget castle by CherryCoke360 - what impressed me again was stability with unstable components. I threw a bomb at it, half the castle fell down and the rest remained as is!

The other entries were also interesting but I will reserve comment. As Ernie15 stated, these were difficult choices but the next theme should be interesting.

One of the key elements in this contest as can be seen, is stability and unique design. To knock down a castle with an H1N1 chicken is easy when explosives can be hit unless it is an impossible (?) shot. To know it down by hitting something else, makes it interesting and we hate being bored - ha ha ha - good luck!

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Too bad you can't edit your posts!!! To knock it down by... was what I meant!

Pieguyme
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Hmmmm. I could've sworn I had a chance that time. Only one possible path now.......

Build a new one!

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@gh0sts and his castle have been inducted into the CTC2PP Hall of Fame.


One day I shall join them. one day. third place is still pretty good, even if there are only 6 total entries.. xp
CherryCoke360
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Anyway heres mine.. 2 chicken shots in the same place should knock it over. I had to add the crates in the arches otherwise it would not fall

Sweet Spot

Theoprastus
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alrighty, heres mine - ROBOT CHICKEN

Theoprastus
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after playing my entry again, its not looking as good as it did "on paper" - im not entirely satisfied with it

Theoprastus
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in fact, y'know what... i hereby officially withdraw my entry of ROBOT CHICKEN from this round, so, deal me out - and thats my final answer

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