Skyscraper Solo Minecraft Project Contest : Now Complete!

Congratulations to the winners and participants of the Skyscraper Solo Minecraft Project Contest!
We received 109 entries!
Each and every one of you will find a custom contest token on your member profiles.

Stay tuned for the next contest!

Contest Theme

Skyscraper : Solo Minecraft Project Contest

Skyscrapers are towering constructions which could be considered the pinnacle of architectural challenges. They stand tall, making an impact on the skyline while serving a larger purpose. One thing is for certain, skyscrapers are named appropriately.

YOU are the master architect and Minecraft is your playground. For this build contest, we'd like you to focus on designing and building a single main skyscraper. You can have more than one, if you think they'll compliment each other but you don't need to create a city block or entire skyline. Instead of dividing your time, focus that energy on creating a unique well thought out skyscraper that is detailed and complete. You don't HAVE to make an interior but if you do, it may improve your chances of impacting the community & judges and ideally come from being inspired by your own build.

Open Concept: How the structure reaches into the sky is up to you as well as how it's grounded, if at all. It does need to be considered a "building / structure", do not play so much on the words that you create a creature that scrapes the sky (it's not that open to interpretation!).

What purpose does the skyscraper serve? Who built it? When was it constructed? Where was it constructed and out of what materials? These questions are some that might help you come up with the inspiration for your own skyscraper. It can be from any culture, time, place and inspired by reality or push the boundaries of fiction.

Official Skyscraper Minecraft Project Discussion Thread

Contest Idea & Architect of Skyscrapes in Contest Banner - Ryer
Contest Banner Design & Write up - Cyprezz

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 the disqualification of your submission and/or being banned from the contest entirely.
    • Your build must be 100% original content that is not an old creation, whether of yours, your teams or someone else's.
    • You must build alone! You are not allowed help from other players on the build itself. Equally, alone means as a singular person and does not include single entities (build groups).
    • Post to own account. If you're a part of a team, that's fine but the team shouldn't post and credit you. It causes unnecessary confusion, casts doubt on the validity of the entry and credibility of the contest. Let's avoid the drama.
    • 50% or more of the images are unedited in-game screenshots.
      • 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.
      • This is to maintain a reference point and ability to compare renders & edited shots to what it actually looks like in-game.

    • You must use the default texture pack in the unedited images. 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! Add lots of screenshots, write something about your work, maybe give some 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 to the finalists.
    • 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, Pixel Art Generation, etc).
    • Must build in vanilla Minecraft 1.13 or below. No mods that add third party content! Judges will also be judging the submissions in vanilla Minecraft. Any foreign blocks will be discarded from the final judging.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Where's the starter map?
    There is no starter map. Just make sure the map you conceptualize fits the theme of, "Skyscraper".

    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

    1st Place
    • $50 Steam Credit. ;game(s) 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 Contest Themed, Gold, Pixel Art Trophy for Member's Profile Trophy Case.
    • Profile Featured on PMC - 1 Week+.

    2nd Place
    • A Contest Themed, Silver, Pixel Art Trophy for Member's Profile Trophy Case.
    • Profile Featured on PMC - 1 Week+.

    3rd Place
    • 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

    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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