Buccaneer Bay Build Contest : Now Complete!

Congratulations to the winners and participants of the Buccaneer Bay Build Contest!
We received 60 entries!
Each and every one of you will find a custom contest token on your member profiles.

Stay tuned for the next contest!

flag Buccaneer Bay : Minecraft Pirate Themed Build Contest!

Ahoy, me hearties. Avast and listen here!

Y'see, it was long ago an island appeared on the horizon of the ship's deck; land at the water's edge where the sea met the sky. We had sailed upon the stormy oceans seeking our goal for many years, plundering what cities we came upon, crushing villages underfoot and at times hunting for buried treasures. Yet, buccaneer, we needed a base of operations. A home. A land to finally call our own- and we had found it. This land was perfect. Not too big to lose sight of any part of the island; fitting for a watchtower to gaze avast. Not too small for our preparations either, with plentiful space by the coast to construct our armada and prepare for the next big plunder. Perfect. It felt as if it were made for us. As if the luck of the sea was on our side. As if Davy Jones locker barred our entry forevermore. No nation of landlubbers could defend against the wrath of the sea-dwellers ever again.

Download the optional starter island and create a pirate themed entry. The island is optional. You could create an elaborate treasure hunt, a pirate ship battle scene, skull cove with sunken ships, active or abandoned pirate village, organic pirate art... You are free to let the theme inspire you.

grade Building Tips
  1. Write down everything you associate with Pirates life or think of a background story to inspire your build.
  2. Visit the optional starter island and consider what area(s) to incorporate into your entry.
  3. If you use the map, you are free to customize the island terrain to your liking, add more islands, activate the dormant volcano, start from scratch.
  4. Consider coming up with a block palette appropriate for the Pirate way of life and unifying your aesthetics.
  5. You are allowed to use Custom Player Heads!
Have questions, comments or suggestions visit the:
forum Official Forum Topic for the Buccaneer Bay Build Contest

Collaboration : This month's contest was organized and prepared by Aderlyon including the optional starter map!
Aderlyon Build Team consists of many talented builders who are united to build out of passion. We are most proud of the family-like environment within our team. Our builders also take pride in helping the Building and Minecraft Community through teaching with the Aderlyon's Build Academy and our Creative Server!

Learn more about Aderlyon Build Team!

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Upgraded Prizes! i

We've upgraded prizes for this contest with first place receiving $150 shopping spree at shop.minecraft.net! * Subject to shipping eligibility in your country.
Scroll down for additional prize details for 1st, 2nd, 3rd!

Rules of the Contest

These rules may change between contests, so please be sure to read them carefully in case they are different from the previous ones! Failure to comply with these rules will result in disqualification of your submission.

Unique Rules to this Contest

Plus the traditional project contest rules:
  • You can build with others! We are not limiting this contest to 1 creator only. Gather your friends, build together if you like!
  • One entry. If you're working with a team, we advise that you work out who is going to ultimately post the project into the contest before getting started. We can only award the account that enters the contest.
  • You must use the default texture pack in your images. This is a build contest, not a texturing contest. Judges will also be reviewing your builds with the default texture pack.
  • Presentation is important! Add lots of screenshots showing off your build, write something about your work, maybe write a description of your building process and in general take the time to present it to the community and judges to increase your chances of making it into the finalists.
  • No mods that add third party content! Custom player heads are fine. Judges will review the submissions in vanilla Minecraft.
  • Stick to Minecraft release versions, ideally 1.16.x since that is what most players are using and expecting to download.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the optional starter map?
Download the optional starter map here.

Can I modify the island map?
Of course! You don't even have to use it. Be creative and have fun.

If I use the island map, do I need to use the entire island for my build?
No, use some, all or none of the areas on the map. You're free to do what you like as long as it's pirate themed.

Is this a SOLO or TEAM contest?
No. It's an open project contest. If you'd like to work with friends, you can. However, you will need to work out with your friends who gets to post it and ultimately who will get the prize should the group effort win. We don't want to discourage people from working together. We tried splitting project contests into team/solo and feel it's sending the wrong message.

Which Minecraft version do I have to build in?
You should build in version 1.16.x since that is what most players are using today.

Contest Process & Judging

During the entry period, entries will be judged by a panel of your Planet Minecraft peers. We'll be assembling a team of individuals to judge; don't worry if there aren't any yet, they will be added soon!

During the first phase, judges will be reviewing builds, disqualifying entries that break the rules and diamonding posts that they like. Remember that judge diamonds are worth a lot! The community is also viewing, diamonding, reporting and influencing which entries will make it into the finalists. Once the build period is up, the contest will enter phase two.

The second phase consists of 5 days of review; the judges will go over the entries and find any missed rule breakers. Everyone will have this time to diamond and view more of the entrants before the site will calculate the finalists.

The final phase involves the judges judging all of the finalists, which are calculated based on an aggregate score of activity and votes.

You will be judged on the following aspects, on a 1-10 inclusive scale:
  • Concept & Originality : Fresh, new ideas and crazy concepts! Try to do something new, differentiate yourself from the status quo and show us what you're made of.
  • Technique & Execution : Color, shape, texture - be sure your build flows together and represents what you are trying to accomplish.
  • Presentation & Experience : Presentation of a build can really help to make an impression. Be sure you've got good screenshots, spend some time on the post!

Step 1: Create a map and have fun! You have a little over 3 weeks to build! You do not need to immediately post a downloadable map with your submission. You may post it any time before the entry deadline.

Step 2: When you're ready to post, head back to your Minecraft saves folder and zip the map folder. Windows users can right-click and Add To > New Compressed Archive; you may also use a third party program such as WinRAR or 7zip.

Step 3: Go to the Create New Project page on PlanetMinecraft and upload your map as normal! Be sure to take many screenshots to show off the interiors.

Contest Prizes

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1st Place

  • $150 shopping spree at shop.minecraft.net OR Steam Credit gifted to your Steam account. * Minecraft shop is subject to shipping eligibility.
  • A Contest Themed, Gold, Pixel Art Trophy for Member's Profile Trophy Case.
  • Profile Featured on PMC - 1 Week+.

2nd Place
  • $50 Steam Credit gifted to your Steam account.
  • A Contest Themed, Silver, Pixel Art Trophy for Member's Profile Trophy Case.
  • Profile Featured on PMC - 1 Week+.

3rd Place
  • $50 Steam Credit gifted to your Steam account.
  • Contest Themed, Bronze, Pixel Art Trophy for Member's Profile Trophy Case.
  • Profile Featured on PMC - 1 Week+.

  • A special pixel art finalist medal in your profile trophy case.

  • A special collectible pixel art participant badge in your profile trophy case


Legal Terms

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