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Nether Empire Project Contest : Now Complete!

Congratulations to the winners and participants of the Nether Empire Project Contest!
We received 252 entries! Each and every one of you will find a custom contest token on your member profiles.

Stay tuned for the next contest!

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The Contest Theme!



With the Earth behind him and vast space in front, Steve piloted his spaceship into the deep blackness that was his galaxy. For many months he searched the emptiness for the Winged Ones, who had originally inspired his adventure into space, but to no avail. He scanned the surfaces of planets he found, observed faraway stars in search of life, but he found nothing. Finally, one day, with his spaceship low on fuel and morale lower than ever, he descended to the surface of a dark, rocky planet. His sensors had detected the air was breathable, and he had little choice in the matter as it would not be long before his spaceship was out of fuel and left to drift.


Suddenly, as he descended through the planet's atmosphere, a gargantuan storm arose out of nowhere and smashed his ship with rain, hail, heavy winds, and debris. His ship was tossed about like a rag doll until finally, lightning struck the metal hull, and the ship's power was lost. He fell to the surface of the planet.


Steve awoke, lying on some sort of hard surface. He was afraid to open his eyes, not wanting to see the wreckage of his ship he had worked so hard to build. He slowly opened his eyes, only to huge surprise as he realized he was not in a shipwreck on the rocky planet; he was somewhere else entirely. The explosion from his spaceship crashing into the planet combined with the powerful storm raging around him had caused a rift in the time-space continuum, and Steve had been brought to an alternate dimension; Steve was in the Nether. As he gazed about, he realized that the Nether was not the horrible, uncivilized wasteland he had thought it to be; someone, something, lived here, and had built...


TLDR; Welcome to the seventh PlanetMinecraft.com Project Contest!


This time, the goal is to build the Nether civilization. What that comprises of is completely up to you, the builder. Something terrifying? Something beautiful? Something that will make him a god among the Nether people? You decide!


All entries must be built on the custom map provided. You are allowed, and even encouraged to expand it, on the condition that you keep most of the original terrain.

IMPORTANT RULE CHANGE!
Third party texture packs are NOT allowed this contest. You need to use the default texture pack; this makes it more fair for each user. If you are found presenting your build in texture packs outside of default, your project will be disqualified.
Read rules carefully.



Projects will be judged on the following criteria:
  • 1) Concept & Originality - the more original your idea, the better! It's always more fun to see a fresh, new idea, rather than an old concept that's been done a thousand times.
  • 2) Technique & Execution - make sure your build flows together well. Make sure that each element matches the next. Attention to color and shape is key, and don't forget about detail!
  • 3) Presentation - a good build is never just an empty shell! Interior design can help the presentation of your build immensely. Spend time presenting your project on PMC with quality screenshots, videos and descriptions. Remember, Photoshop does not make the build! Rely on your project to present itself!

1. Download and build on the custom map!



DOWNLOAD HERE!



You may get as creative as you like, including expanding the landscape. However, a huge amount of Nether landscape with next to nothing built in it won't get many points from the judges, so don't forget to spend time detailing your builds!

2. Constructions are original work created for this contest.



Projects entered into this contest must be conceptualized and created for this contest by you.

What's Allowed:
  • Creative Mode
  • Map Editing Tools: MCEdit, VoxelSniper, WorldEdit

  • Teamwork: you can recruit help from others but you are the mastermind/team leader. They must understand that only you can enter the final project and potentially win. If there is significant drama about who created the project, we will disqualify it.

  • Shader Mods; shaders are allowed in presenting your build via video and screenshots

  • Taking inspiration from existing work; you may base your project off of another game, movie, or work of art, but it must overall be original work (i.e. - you like Stormwind from WoW, and you want to recreate it - using the architectural style and theme is allowed, but no verbatim copies of layouts, designs, or specific elements of the project)



What's Not Allowed: The following will result in disqualification.

  • Third party texture packs are NOT allowed this contest. You need to use the default texture pack; this makes it more fair for each user. If you are found presenting your build in texture packs outside of default, your project will be disqualified.

  • Do not use constructions created before the contest's announcement date, even if you are the original author.
  • Do not use 3D or 2D auto conversion / import scripts.

  • Do not import schematics from the past.

  • Do not use third party mods that introduce new blocks that are unobtainable in vanilla Minecraft.
  • We can disqualify at any time, including after the submission period. Do not cheat.
  • Heavy photoshopping of screenshots and video. At least 75% of your screenshots should be completely unaltered and taken straight from the game. If you do not have a sufficient amount of unaltered screenshots, your project will be disqualified.



We can disqualify at any time, including after the submission period. Do not cheat.

All of the normal rules of the site apply in this contest. Essentially summed up as; make your own work.

*Rules are subject to change each contest, make sure to read the rules every time you enter a new contest.

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Submit project WITH download to PMC during entry period.



Submit Project to PMC:
Take quality screenshots and submit the project like usual but check the box indicating it's for the contest. It's important to capture the highlights of your project with quality screenshots. Think of it like an actual photo shoot. Take your time and consider lighting, composition and the overall story your gallery will present to your viewers. To make it to the finalists, you will need to make an impression.

You don't have to upload your map until you're finished. Feel free to post your project during development to show off what you're building and to receive feedback. Just don't forget to upload the final map before the entry period ends!



How to prepare your project for download




Step 1: Locate your Minecraft "Saves" folder.
a)
Start Minecraft.
b)
Click "Texture Packs".
c)
Click "Open Texture Pack Folder".
d)
Go to the parent folder. One back from where you are.
e)
Click "Saves". See your world folder? Good.

Step 2: Prepare your world for upload by compressing it into a single file.
a) Right click the folder containing the world you want to upload.
b) Windows : Click "Send To > Compressed (zip) folder. If you do not have this option. 7-zip is an free open source compression application.
c) Upload the zipped world to a free shared host. Example: mediafire.com

Step 3: Create your project on PlanetMinecraft and include the link to the zip file in the "World Save" input field. Good luck!



One entry only:
Each user will only be permitted to submit one project for this contest. You may edit your one entry as long as the contest is still running. If you decide to change your submission at any point, you are free to do so. However, you should not delete your original entry. Instead, use the "update submission" button to save the new file over your old one, and change the submission title if necessary.



Entry period:
August 12th, 2013 @ 12:00 PM EST to September 12th, 2013 @ 12:00 PM EST. Entries submitted after this date will not be accepted.

Have fun!



Above all else, contests are here for the community to have fun interpreting a common theme. Take the contest theme and run with it, maybe even come up with a story to guide your work and enhance your presentation page. Remember, you have three weeks to do this. You don't need to put something up right away - and even if you chose to, you're allowed to update your submission as many times as you want before the end of the submission period on September 12th, 2013 @ 12:00 PM EST

This contest is not a random drawing - the submissions are judged by a panel of longstanding members with a great deal of experience with Minecraft projects. It will not help you to submit anything less than fantastic, so take your time.
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1st Place

  • Prizes : $60 worth of Steam Game(s). Games will be gifted to your Steam account. Winner may choose more than one game but the total must be $60 or less. Must have a Steam account to claim prize, no substitutes.
  • A Contest Themed, Gold, Pixel Art Trophy for Member's Profile Trophy Case.
  • Profile Featured on PMC - 1 Week.

2nd Place

  • $30 worth of Steam Game(s). Games will be gifted to your Steam account. Winner may choose more than one game but the total must be $30 or less. Must have a Steam account to claim prize, no substitutes.
  • A Contest Themed, Silver, Pixel Art Trophy for Member's Profile Trophy Case.
  • Profile Featured on PMC - 1 Week.

3rd Place

  • $20 worth of Steam Game(s). Games will be gifted to your Steam account. Winner may choose more than one game but the total must be $20 or less. Must have a Steam account to claim prize, no substitutes.
  • Contest Themed, Bronze, Pixel Art Trophy for Member's Profile Trophy Case.
  • Profile Featured on PMC - 1 Week.

All Participants

  • A Contest Themed, Pixel Art Badge/Medal for Member's Profile Trophy Case.

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Here is a list of the current submissions.

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Phase #1: Entry Period : 3 weeks



Typically, 2-3 weeks, read rules carefully. This is the time that everyone has to create and submit a contest entry. During this time, judges are reviewing entries, anonymously voting and disqualifying those that don't meet the contest requirements. The PMC community is doing the same.

Phase #2: Review Period : 5 days



After submissions are closed, judges get 5 additional days to review late entries and cast their final votes. Their votes are heavily weighted in an algorithm that includes the community's votes and activity to determine the finalists.

Phase #3: Finalists Calculated : Judges cast criteria ratings



After the finalists are calculated, judges begin anonymously rating each entry based on the following criteria on a scale of 1-10:
  • 1) Concept & Originality - the more original your idea, the better! It's always more fun to see a fresh, new idea, rather than an old concept that's been done a thousand times.
  • 2) Technique & Execution - make sure your build flows together well. Make sure that each element matches the next. Attention to color and shape is key, and don't forget about detail!
  • 3) Presentation - a good build is never just an empty shell! Interior design can help the presentation of your build immensely. Spend time presenting your project on PMC with quality screenshots, videos and descriptions. Remember, Photoshop does not make the build! Rely on your project to present itself!


Once the site detects that all judges have cast their ratings on all finalists, the winners are announced.

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Judges will be encouraged to participate, but will be disqualified from winning prizes.
  1. Qubion
  2. Forge Gaming
  3. lentebriesje
  4. Roddan
  5. alecdent
  6. mcKupo
  7. Gazamo
  8. JamziboyMinecraft
  9. lynchyinc
  10. iRapp

Legal Terms

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