I was always fascinated with maps that made me feel like I was working my way through somewhere, whether it seems like a dense forest or a concrete jungle. apse [nmaps.net]'s map "systems 1", to me, is one of those maps. It is one of the most left-of-center maps I've ever seen and played, looking as if somebody just spammed doors down, and yet plays like every jump was perfectly planned. Maneuvering through it is a process that requires you to think through every move you make. — Sunset
As you know, News posts on NUMA do not get saved, so I created the above thread to archive them. From now on, my News posts will be posted in that thread instead of here (but I'll post to both if something important comes up). This month's NUMACon is called Swerve [numa-notdot-net.appspot.com] and the 2014 Dronies will soon be underway.
Gaunt Judging & Such
Second, if your browser has a userscript plugin (like Greasemonkey [addons.mozilla.org] or Tampermonkey [chrome.google.com]), atomizer made a reeeally awesome script which updates nmaps.net links to Appspot links on NUMA, the wikia, and the forums. Paste THIS [pastebin.com] into your plugin and be sure to thank atomizer.
Third, I'm considering moving News Posts to the forums where we have more control over them, like editing and archiving. You might know that News Posts on NUMA get deleted once they're off the front page (citation needed), but if they were posted to a thread, they would be kept longer. If that's okay with you guys (and my fellow Admin), I'd like to do that starting pretty soon.
Lastly, nominations for the 2014 Dronies are over at the end of this month. Much thanks to the highscoring community to participating, but more noms would still be helpful. Also, voting will be different. There will be several pages on the form, and each page will have all the nominees in on category, and you will have to select your top five. Thanks.
0th :: Haunted_Bamboo - PALEMOON [nmaps.net]
0th :: Madres - the23 [nmaps.net]
1st :: Cape Coral - blacklef [nmaps.net]
2nd :: The Naif Ninja and the Big Blue Ballsey Bullies - macrohenry & blue_rocks [nmaps.net]
2nd :: Inhalable Drug - PALEMOON [nmaps.net]
I'd also like to inform you that for the next few NUMACons, submissions will be lowered to either one or two per member. It seems that too many maps to choose from leads to the judges being unable to choose five winners. (This is why we have two ties above.) So with less options, there should be more overlap. Also, if you are interested, I need reliable people to volunteer to judge the upcoming contests. Leave me a comment if you can help out. Congrats to the winners, and I'm glad the retile contest was a success.
Gaunt will be over May 1st.
NUMACon :: Gaunt ++ Creature Features
Next, I've run short on Reviewers again, so I've created a Workshop [docs.google.com] where members can submit reviews to be proofread, fine-tuned, and perfected. All of you are welcome to submit reviews and help each other work on them. If I get an influx of Creature Features, I'll even create a special account just for them. Any questions regarding the Workshop can be posted as a comment to the document.
Lastly, nominations for the 2014 Dronies [forum.droni.es] will close at the end of June. While that may seem far away now, it'll be upon us before you know it. That being said, I made a nifty little tool to help you browse the qualifiers:
Open NUMA and click that link to view a random map made in 2014. It's not perfect, since it includes delisted maps and a few non-maps, but it's helped me a lot, so I'm sure it will help you. Have fun!
NUMACon & Arcana & The 2014 Dronies
Anyhoozies, this contest will run until 28 February, contestants may submit three entries tagged Metamorph [nmaps.net], and any questions can of course be directed at myself.
In more exciting news, PALEMOON and sidke have joined forces to bring you a new kind of mapping experience. Actually, this is a more freeform version of MapDraft, which older members might remember. But this is waaay sicker! MapDraft : Arcana is a project designed to inspire, intrigue, and most of all, invite mappers to expand their horizons. So cleanse your soul, clear your mind, and head on over to the thread [forum.droni.es] to see what the fates have in store for you.
Finally, the 2014 Dronies Nominations have begun! Head on over to http://noms.droni.es/ [noms.droni.es] to submit your nominations. As previously mentioned, the categories have been changed, but you are still able to submit the same amount of maps. You'll need a Google account (Gmail, YouTube, etc.) in order to log in, but I'm only making this mandatory so that you now have the option of editing your submissions! I'll leave the form open for a couple months because I want -- and NEED -- as many submissions as possible. Okay, cool. [forum.droni.es]
Thank you all for taking the time to make this community as great as it is. It's not because of me, it's because of you.™
Less Results & More!
With over 60 maps, this was one of the most successful NUMACons in like, ever! DW40, mahi_mahi and Aidiera were the judges with Bio stepping in to be a tie-breaker. Aidiera's comments are on the forums [forum.droni.es], along with a poll to vote for the theme of the next NUMACon, which will take place in February. Here are the winners:
0th :: Less Is More, More Or Less by ChrisE [nmaps.net]
1st :: Canalamo by Yahoozy [nmaps.net]
2nd :: Mea Culpa by krusch [nmaps.net]
3rd :: Gravily-Less Zone by the23 [nmaps.net]
4th :: Less at last by IodineEnvy [nmaps.net]
One last note: The 2014 Dronies will be a bit different then all the previous years. I've switched up the categories because there were simply not enough maps made this year. You'll see in a few weeks when nominations begin, but for now my suggestion is to keep a list of all your favorites and divvy them up later. You will also need a Google account to fill out the form, just as a heads up.
YetiRevolution will be speedrunning N today!
He's scheduled at 2pm MST. This timer [timeanddate.com] is counting down until he's scheduled. Get hyped!
In other news, voting for The 2013 Dronies has begun. http://vote.droni.es/ [vote.droni.es] Voting will be open for a couple weeks, and then it will be time for the 2014 Dronies to get rolling. Any questions can be directed at myself.
Curious Results + NUMACon :: Less
- VO586 - Onesevennine [nmaps.net]
- EV064 - Onesevennine [nmaps.net]
- An Artist's Touch - tiki854 [nmaps.net]
- the gourd - mahi_mahi [nmaps.net]
- The Seer - anco [nmaps.net]
TW had the wonderful idea to have a 'minimalist' NUMACon. However, minimalism is a rather hard abstract to judge, so we're letting the mappers come up with their own restrictions. It can be something as basic as "enemy-less" or "gold-less" to something more creative, like "one drone for the whole map" or a "no jump KRA". Try to give yourself limits which enhance the map and don't just make mapping harder. This contest will run until 31 December and each member can submit a whopping 5 maps! Maps should be tagged LESS [nmaps.net] in order to be judged. Any questions can be directed at myself, and best of luck to all.
(PS: The Dronies are coming, don't worry.)