When the first organized games of Grifball were played back in 2007, the court looked much different than it does today. Longtime veterans might remember the original court made from small stacks of normal-physics crates, walls that were low enough for savvy players to escape the map and pull off other other forms of trickery (and back then, they didn’t have Smart-Link or clamber to help with that, either!). Thanks to talented builders from the ForgeHub community, the Grifball court has improved immensely from that original version, and forgers from both the GrifballHub and ForgeHub community have worked together to provide the courts used for Grifball leagues and matchmaking in every iteration of the game since.
In the spirit of this longtime partnership, GrifballHub and ForgeHub are again teaming up to host a Grifball-themed forging competition. Contestants are challenged to build a Grifball court featuring an interesting and unique aesthetic. Members of GrifballHub staff will work with ForgeHub staff to judge these maps.
$900 total prize pool
Top 3 maps earn $200 each
Inclusion to ForgeHub’s Featured Maps library
Video feature on ForgeHub’s YouTube channel
Community Favorite map awards an additional $300 to the first place winner
Operations Board (Trello)
With this contest, the ForgeHub Staff is attempting to make the judging process more transparent so people can see the entire process and comments made by the judges. On this Trello board, we will have all of the submissions, rules, and judging available for public viewing, allowing for a more transparent approach to how contests and map submissions are selected. By introducing this method, this will also give both the map creators and the community the ability to view things at face value. This way, everyone who submits a map will also be able to receive feedback on their creations, straight from the judges themselves.
The operations board can be accessed here: https://trello.com/b/8KinYwrc
Entries must be submitted no later than 11:59PM PST on January 19th, 2017. All submissions should be tailored to the current multiple-round league variant, as well as matchmaking’s single-round variant. After submissions have been collected, resident forge guru NOKYARD will be assisting contestants by inspecting each map for technical issues and providing technical feedback to forgers. No new submissions will be allowed during this time. This “technical feedback” period will last for one week, until January 26th, 2017. Once this date has passed, the map is “locked in” and no further edits will be allowed. Edits made after this time will result in disqualification.
To submit a map, simply create or login to your ForgeHub account at http://www.forgehub.com, visit the “Maps” page and click on the “Submit Your Map” icon. Eligible submissions must contain at least 5 images per map. A YouTube gameplay video, or map walkthroughs, are not required but are highly encouraged.
After submitting your map, post a link to it in the Grifball Submissions thread on ForgeHub.
The judging panel will be as follows:
Rage More Nerd (GrifballHub)
Bad Allikat (GrifballHub)
Submissions will be judged based on the following:
Does the map function for the gametype properly? Are all required objects and systems in place to successfully play a game?
Does the map meet current Grifball standards (airtight player containment, no high perches, perfectly smooth floor, etc.)?
Does the map immerse the player, and make the player believe the map actually exists?
Does the map suffer from any negative visual or performance issues?
Is the map interesting and unique in both design and appearance?
Q: What maps can I forge on?
A: Your map can be forged on one of the blank canvases – Barrens, Depths, Tidal, Alpine, Glacier, Parallax, or Breakout Arena. It can also be forged on any of the Halo 5 disc maps (other than Torque), however they can ONLY be used as a blank canvas. You CANNOT use existing geometry on disc maps.
Q: Are there age requirements?
A: No. Anyone who submits a map will be eligible to claim a prize.
Q: Can I co-forge with my friends?
A: Yes! We love seeing community collaboration, so co-forging is allowed. However, be aware that your map must have a primary author who will receive any contest winnings.
Q: Is there a limit on creation date?
A: Yes. Any maps submitted to GrifballHub and/or ForgeHub before November 1st, 2016, and courts which have been previously submitted or tested for matchmaking consideration, will be disqualified. See the “Ineligible Submission” list on Trello.
Q: How many maps may I submit?
A: You may submit as many maps as you like, however, you will only earn the $200 prize once.
Q: Are remakes from (insert game here) allowed?
A: Yes, but they will not be submitted for future matchmaking consideration.
Anyone found to be plagiarizing maps or pre-fabs from other forgers without their permission will be disqualified, and shall forever be shunned by the forge community (so don’t do it).
NOKYARD is available to help you with your Grifball map. He’s created a Grifball Court Template/Prefab system on all of the current canvases to help you get started. If you need assistance, feel free to ask questions in that thread. NOKYARD will not be judging this contest and has made himself available to help builders finalize their creations. He not will assist with creative choices but will help to ensure your map meets the current specification in order to prevent your entry from being rejected due to technical reasons. NOKYARD will be live streaming forge sessions with builders to maintain transparency.
Also, NOKYARD has a copy of Burnie Burns’ original court mentioned in the first paragraph and will share it in the video presentation of the winners.
Good luck to all contestants, and happy forging!