The Map of the Fortnight was a contest of fame Of honour and glory and might The winner, you see, was rarely the same And their maps a glorious sight But the contest was somewhat unstable at first And they had to turn off the taps But nothing could quench AH.com's thirst For exceptionally well-made maps Rejoice! Rejoice! The contest's reborn! We'll see wonders more often than not We've a new thread, and now it is sworn The contest shall ne'er be forgot! Fourteen days to make a masterful piece One that follows the challenge's path Let the artisans work at their cartography And give not the contest your chaff! --- Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to present to you The (Un)Official AH.com MAP OF THE FORTNIGHT Map Contest --- I'd like to welcome you to the Map of the Fortnight contest's new main discussion thread. It's a lot fancier than the old one, but I'm frankly not too happy with the choice of curtains (Fuchsia? Really?), oh well. Time to crack on with this map contest business, I think. First I believe 'twould be prudent to lay down some rules and regulations, just in case any issues come up concerning them in future. Nothing has really changed, but some points need clarification (and by "clarification" I mean "me rambling on incoherently for three paragraphs, ultimately making the issue about clear as mud"). --- Rules, Regulations and Relevant Ishkabibble Concerning contest entry viability Your entry for the map contest must meet the guidelines and restrictions as laid out in the opening post for the entry thread for that challenge. Whether your map meets these guidelines is judged by whoever is running the contest that round, and will generally either be me or Scarecrow. If your initial map entry does not meet the challenge criteria or your own personal standards then you may make any changes you want to your entry prior to the deadline. As long as your entry meets the challenge criteria on the deadline it will be included in the voting. If your entry does not meet the challenge criteria or is otherwise unsuitable then the person running the contest for that round will message you to tell you how and why it is unsuitable as soon as possible. If you do make any changes to your entry after initially posting it, then it would be polite and helpful to message the person who's running that round (either me or Scarecrow, as mentioned previously) in order to let them know. Entries must be created specifically for the contest; they may not be maps you have previously made that happen to fit the contest's guidelines. Entries submitted after the deadline will not be included in the voting. --- Concerning the selection of map challenge criteria All map challenge suggestions must go in this thread. Challenge suggestions should be emboldened in order to make them stand out from general chatter. Anyone is free to suggest a new map challenge idea at any time. The map challenges for each fortnight will be chosen for each round by the person running that round. Ultimately the choice is up to the person running the round, but popular opinion will be a major factor in the selection process. This is, on a very basic level, because you'd totally hate it if we ignored your opinions, and then this whole endeavour would be over very quickly. --- Concerning how it is decided who has won After the entry period for a round is over a poll with all the successful entries as options will be posted. The entry with the single highest number of votes after one week is declared the winning entry; the decision is entirely democratic. --- Concerning the length and timing of the contest and voting Any MoF challenge will permit entries from the entry thread's creation until midnight on the Sunday after next (unless otherwise specified). Ideally each MoF round should start on a Monday and end on a Sunday, but I'm occasionally forgetful and lazy so I may post the entry threads later sometimes (I'm not sure how good Scarecrow is on the forgetful and lazy front, but I'd give him the same leeway). In any case the challenge for each round should be decided on and announced before the actual start of the round, so you will have the full two weeks to make your map. The voting thread for each MoF lasts exactly 7 days regardless of when it was posted. This is because of the forum's rather convenient ability to automatically close a poll after a specific number of days. The voting thread for the previous round and the entries thread for the current round should be posted at the same time, so that the voting for the previous round overlaps with the current round. This is so that there is a new challenge every fortnight, even though each challenge takes three weeks to reach a full conclusion. --- Concerning what different threads are to be used for The main thread: That's this one. This thread is to be used for making map challenge suggestions, discussing the current round (or previous rounds, if you so wish. Not future rounds, though, as that would violate the laws of space-time.), and anything else not covered by other threads. Basically: if in doubt, post in here. The entry threads: Entry threads will have titles that consist of the round number and the name of that round's challenge, for example: "MoF 25: TO SALTED EARTH, THROUGH BURNING SKY". These threads are to be used for posting your entry for the current round and any accompanying description, nothing else. Posting anything else in these threads will get you disqualified from entering in the contest for that round. The voting threads: Voting threads will have the exact same title as the relevant entry thread, but with " - Voting thread" attached on the end. This is the place to discuss your reasons for voting as you did, or to discuss the map entries after the entry period is over. --- Concerning why Krall won't just shut up and get on with it Okay! Geez. --- Right, I think that's all the relevant information. As always if you're confused or in any doubt, please feel free to message me with your query. The next few posts should either be me posting links to new MoF entry and voting threads, reposting popular map challenges from the end of the previous main thread and what have you, or other people posting comments like "Gosh, Krall sure is awesome." or "My goodness! This 'Krall' fellow is almost enough to turn one homosexual! In fact, forget the almost." and so forth. So, without further ado, I hereby declare this discussion thread open for business!