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Featured map for 2023-10-03: Regenerating by hamsandwich

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I feel pretty honoured to be the first person to feature a hamsandwich map. They came like a bolt from the blue to N 1.4 in 2020 with a map that clearly showed a strong grasp of mapmaking [], presumably learning their chops on N 2.0 or N++ as per their bio. In any case, this map shows that quality over quantity is something every author should strive for, as this is such a cleverly constructed masterpiece. I adore how challenging the gold is and how you can bypass the locked door with skill. — ska

Featured map for 2023-05-23: Transparency III by Hindi

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There's a zen-like simplicity to this map that really encapsulates minimalist map-making. Rockets and one-ways have historically made for an S-tier item combo, and I think laser drones would also rank very highly. While at first glance such a map may seem repetitive to AGD, it's worth noting that the different drone angles mean you need to be able to improvise on each play-through, which is a hallmark of a level with high replayability. Congratulations, Hindi, on your first feature! — ska

Featured map for 2023-03-22: January Friend by GreenEggsAndHam

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The first time I played this was only a few years ago. What stands out to me is how it separates what now feels like such a small playing area into very distinct regions that stand on their own. The small channel that the ninja must pass through to get to the final act is nothing short of perfect. (It's something I have tried and failed to emulate in my recent mapping attempts.) It provides a nice moment to catch your breath before holding it all the way to the finish line. Such a beautiful map. — origami_alligator

Featured map for 2022-12-22: Victory or Death! by TRT_Bardock

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"Ineptitude clings at your heels which you are powerless to escape!"

Each potshot stings deeper as the determined potsticker dodges, calculating its next leap.

"I only want to share..." the embattled jiaozi implores, dancing between mines, for a shimmering moment catching respite upon crest before a sudden tower impedes."

"Sorry, honey, but in Soup Town™, one must be this spicy to serve!"

The poached clam slams shut with a powerful retort upon this saucy revelation, sending the helpless dumpling bouncing, down the treacherous incline, back into the boiling pot. — Arona_Daal

Featured map for 2022-12-06: ways around the mountain by blacklef

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I would say my favourite object combination in this game is that of the humble one-way platform and the homing rocket. Blacklef exploits the unique mechanic of using tiles to force your way to the top, offering a tough challenge that is satisfying to master. There's also something satisfying about the descent — but just make sure you don't go too far left... or you might get snookered. — ska

Featured map for 2022-11-22: hadal zones part XIII by blacklef

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Floating from familiarity of chaos, lulled below metronomic sunless plateau, former notions of champion and defeat naturally begin to enmesh in the psyche of the sunk. The sea symbolizes near universal substance for life, so it’s unsurprising to find some creatures’ lack of resistance returning to such a biologic solvent. Any comfort in these processes, however, is completely illusory, and even the drowned has ample cause to fly – for in the dark, unplumbed bowels of the ocean, one may meet those who offer fates still worse than death. — Arona_Daal

Featured map for 2022-08-16: Choke by lifdoff

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Sometimes greatness isn't fully appreciated in its time: think Van Gogh or Eva Cassidy. This map is, in all honesty, one of the best maps I have ever played. I've been involved in this community in some shape or form off and on for 17 years, so I hope my words carry the weight of their intent. I enjoy Choke's quite literal rough-around-the-edges tileset, the necessitation of deft rocket dodging, and the addictive quality that the gold offers. A brilliant episodic map where lust for gold will leave you rich or have you dying trying. — ska

Featured map for 2022-07-22: Burnt Baboon by lifdoff

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Before you was taken to the facility, you knew a lot of things that could’ve been helpful. Maybe. Every day it gets harder and harder to recollect the past, between the surrounding neutral hues controlling your every move, and the negative energy tight knit in each corner disallowing any ancestral collection stratagem. You know that it’s building up, deep inside, and soon, inner primacy will be unleashed, without brakeage.

But really, all you know here is that your tail is on fire. — Arona_Daal

Featured map for 2022-06-22: Random Goals 17: Rodeo by Notae

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This will be easy. It’s the same thing over, and over again. I’ve done it all before.

Each additional depth, a bit deeper, an iota of extra mine-age, initially hardly distinct from the last, eventually graduates enough to awaken incumbent senses between deliberated step-counting to, a modicum, enhanced realizations, momentary survival.

This is not as easy as it was before…

Featured map for 2022-05-22: Soul-juicer by Tempus_Fugit

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The wails of past victims are ground into memory, an unshakable symptom from long habitation within the cavern. Hounded by an unspeakable thirst, patrolling each bloody stalactite, you await patiently for fetid pools to collect of the only substance which will sate your demonic lust.

Drip, drip, drip, drip, drip...

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