In The Trees : Solo Build Contest #5 : Now Complete!

Congratulations to the winners and participants of the In The Trees : Solo Build Contest #5!
We received 52 entries!
Each and every one of you will find a custom contest token on your member profiles.

Stay tuned for the next contest!

Official starter map by plutouthere
Contest theme by Cyprezz


For this solo build contest, we are designing structures in the trees! The starter map has ample room for creativity. These are not ordinary vanilla Minecraft trees and were looking for original ideas. What you build doesn't have to be a house or living space but it must be primarily built among the trees.

Please be sure to read the rules below to know what you can change.

Download Starter Map Here

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 the immediate disqualification of your submission and/or being banned from the contest entirely.

General Rules

    • You are allowed to remove leave blocks but not the branches or ground blocks.
    • You can build anywhere on top and around the branches or on the ground.
    • You CAN hollow out the larger trees including adding windows, doors, enclosed stairs or elevators but don't completely destroy the outside of the tree.

  • Your build must be 100% original and not an old build or plagiarized build from somebody else. Remember, originality is key!
  • You are not allowed to work as a team on the build. This is a solo project contest.

  • 75% or more of the screenshots must be unedited in-game shots
    • This means NO mod aid. Including shaders and optifine.
    • This means NO image editing help such as photoshop.
    • A screenshot is only unedited if a moderator could download an official vanilla client and by using the same minecraft settings can replicate the screenshot.

  • You must use the default texture pack. This is a build contest, not a texturing contest. Judges will also be reviewing your builds in the default texture pack.
  • Presentation is very important! Please be sure to add lots of screenshots (unedited shots are best), detail to your lore, give some description as to your building process and all in all just present your submission well.
  • You may not use any tools that produce an output for you. Building aides are allowed, but don't let a program do the main work for you (3D model converters, etc).
  • No mods! Must be vanilla Minecraft, latest release or below. Judges will also be judging the submissions in vanilla Minecraft. Any foreign blocks will be discarded from the final judging.


Is there a height limit?

Can I dig through the terrain?

Is the entire map the boundary?
No. There is a distinct quartz boundary, please do not build outside of that area.


Entries will be judged by a panel of your PlanetMinecraft 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 scouring builds, disqualifying entries that break the rules and diamonding posts that they like. Remember that judge diamonds are worth a lot! 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 straggling rule breakers. Users will have time to diamond and view more of the entrants.

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!

All ready to enter? Great!

Step 1: Download the contest map, which you can find by clicking this long string of blue text. Place the map in your "saves" folder where Minecraft is located. To quickly find this folder, go to the "Resource Packs" option in Minecraft and click the "Open Folder" button. Go up a folder, and you should see your saves there. Unzip the map zip there.

Step 2: Load the map in Minecraft, and have fun! You have three weeks to build. You are in no rush to post your map, and may post it any time before the posting period.

Step 3: 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 4: 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.


First Place
  • $50 Steam Credit; games will be gifted to your Steam account. Winner may choose more than one game but the total must be $50 or less. Must have a Steam account to claim prize, no substitutes.
  • A special gold, first place trophy in your profiles' trophy case
  • Profile featured on PMC for 1 week
Second Place
  • A special silver, second place trophy in your profiles' trophy case
  • Profile featured on PMC for 1 week
Third Place
  • A special bronze, third place trophy in your profiles' trophy case
  • Profile featured on PMC for 1 week
  • A special finalist medal in your profiles' trophy case
  • A special participant badge in your profiles' trophy case

  1. Necrosys
  2. Ghost_Bax
  3. SamangaBuildTeam
  4. _Iskillia_
  5. skrill94
  6. Antrelial
  7. CrazyPigglet
  8. cakeicing
  9. lentebriesje
  10. pigonge

Legal Terms

By participating in the event, participant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules and regulations and the decisions of are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this event.

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