Featured Map: Souvenirs by Saturn

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He'd grown up here. Of course, the house had been standing then, but he recognised it immediately anyway. His father had been an architect, and he had designed it himself. The house had stuck out like a sore thumb with its square design, but he had loved it.

His parents had died more than thirty years ago. Since then, it had slowly fallen into disrepair. The stairs had collapsed, as had the floors in various points. Rusty nails jutted out of rotting floorboards.

Any homeliness the house had once had was gone.

Memories and a ruin were all that remained. — lifdoff

Gaunt will be over May 1st.


NUMACon :: Gaunt ++ Creature Features

I'm sorry for the delay in Metamorph results. As soon as they're finished I'll post them. But I wanted to begin April's NUMACon. Gaunt will be a contest about making a map that's long, hard, and full of - ahem - challenges. It can't be too hard, but it can't be too easy either. Find the perfect balance of difficulty and enjoyability and you'll do well. But each member is only allowed one submission, so make sure it's good. Be sure to tag your submission GAUNT [], and you have until 1 April to join.


Next, I've run short on Reviewers again, so I've created a Workshop [] 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 [] 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!

>> Aidiera

NUMACon & Arcana & The 2014 Dronies

User-requested, Aidiera-accepted, this is Metamorph, the first retile NUMACon. What's a retile, you ask? A retile is a map has the same objects as another map, but a brand new tileset. The only rules for a retile are that 1. you do not add, remove, or modify the given objects, and 2. all items must be visible (but do not need to be accessible). I, being a practiced retile specialist, have hand-picked twenty maps from the in-game levels. You can browse them HERE [] and choose the three you like most to retile. I'm sorry if one of your favorite maps wasn't chosen; the vast majority of them would be... difficult to say the least.

Anyhoozies, this contest will run until 28 February, contestants may submit three entries tagged Metamorph [], 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 [] to see what the fates have in store for you.


Finally, the 2014 Dronies Nominations have begun! Head on over to [] 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. []

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.™

>> Aidiera

Less Results & More!

YetiRevolution [] got a sub-20 minute 00 column at AGDQ. Congrats, dude!


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 [], 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 []
1st :: Canalamo by Yahoozy []
2nd :: Mea Culpa by krusch []
3rd :: Gravily-Less Zone by the23 []
4th :: Less at last by IodineEnvy []


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.

>> Aidiera

YetiRevolution will be speedrunning N today!

Here's the twitch stream. []

He's scheduled at 2pm MST. This timer [] is counting down until he's scheduled. Get hyped!

In other news, voting for The 2013 Dronies has begun. [] 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.

>> Aidiera

Curious Results + NUMACon :: Less

Many thanks to both TommyWisau and Losttortuga for helping me judge the entries. Our critiques are on the forums [], and here are the top five. Thank you all for participating.

  1. VO586 - Onesevennine []
  2. EV064 - Onesevennine []
  3. An Artist's Touch - tiki854 []
  4. the gourd - mahi_mahi []
  5. The Seer - anco []


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 [] in order to be judged. Any questions can be directed at myself, and best of luck to all.

>> Aidiera

(PS: The Dronies are coming, don't worry.)

NUMACon :: Curious

Hello friends. This month's NUMACon is a little different than usual. I'm challenging you to rethink how you make maps. If you have a good grasp on the mechanics & aesthetics of mapping, then try breaking a few of the unspoken rules. Try putting some drones in the tiles or stack a bunch of rockets; nearly anything goes in this contest. If you'd like some examples of post-modernism in regards to mapping, check out the back-catalogs of these guys:

You may submit up to three maps for this contest. Tag your submissions CURIOUS [] and you have until 1 November 2014. The judges will be MyCheezKilledYours, maxson924, and gloomp. Have fun!

>> Aidiera

Oodles Results

The judges were Aidiera, PALEMOON, and Rose stepping in as a tiebreaker. You can view the critiques here. []

0th :: No Fly List by Yahoozy []
1st :: two direction by Wizard2 []
2nd :: Hellop by lord_day []
3rd :: Lighthead by Yahoozy []
4th :: kiaora by kiaora []

Thank you all for the lovely maps, and be ready for October's NUMACon (which will not be Halloween-themed this year, sorry).

>> Aidiera

NUMACon: Oodles

This month's challenge is to make a map utilizing oneways. They're pretty buggy, so don't be afraid to exploit the hell out of them. Oneways should be the main theme of the map too, not just a small part of it. Three maps per author, and be sure to tag them Oodles [] so that I can find them. Judges will be me and probably me again. Maps must be submitted by 1 September.


I would also like to mention that nominations for The Dronies are still ongoing and that I only need about ten more submissions before voting can begin. If you scroll down to the Wintercon post you'll see all the necessary links and information necessary to nominate maps. So please, take the time to do your part for the community. The future of NUMA depends on you. But no pressure or anything.

>> Aidiera

Oblique Results

In a stunning turn of events, NachoCheese and I had two completely different top-five lists, so in fairness I'm going to award each of our two favorites. So without further ado...

0th :: Fern by macrohenry []
0th :: super by Invalid []
1st :: Parkour by ChrisE []
1st :: 45 Tilted Drums by script []

Some comments are here. [] Many thanks for participating, everyone. Stay tuned for the next NUMACon, coming February 2019. :p

>> Aidiera