The Treasure Hunter Mapping Contest received some real gems and while I was worried for a moment about the lack of submissions they all seemed to arrive very close to the deadline. They're all great submissions but there was a standout submission that the judges agreed upon unanimously, which is a first! Read on to see the winners!
1st Place: Ha Long Treasures by K7-Avenger
A superb map that began creation only halfway through the contest. Inspired by HL2 EP2, Tomb Raider and Dear Esther, K7-Avenger displayed extraordinary talent with custom created assets and complex displacements to deliver a map with an amazing level of detail and a perfect "treasure hunter" atmosphere. Congratulations K7-Avenger - we hope to see more from you soon!
Prize: $80 cash or STEAM credit + 3x Ripe1
2nd Place: mg_serpentis_temple by per30010 and Kaemon
per30010 and Kaemon have spoiled us with an original, fun and complex environment full of puzzles and a surprising end! The map comprises loads of complex brushwork and entity manipulation, as well as masterful texture and lighting choices throughout. While there may be a few glitches this is unsurprising given the complexity and scope of the project - and don't let that turn you away as this map has to be played with friends and teamwork to be truly appreciated! Congratulations per30010 and Kaemon!
Prize: $40 cash or STEAM credit + 2x Ripe1
3rd Place TIE!: pl_jordan_canyon_final by JBEZORG & bg_forgotten_v1_2_0 by S T A R S
As is often the case, we couldn't decide who to give 3rd place to, so we gave it to both. JBEZORG and S T A R S produced two great maps - bg_forgotten_v1_2_0, by S T A R S, with its Aztec inspired temple, packed with atmospheric fog and lighting, caves and dense vegetation, and pl_jordan_canyon_final, by JBEZORG, with its Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade inspired map centered upon the ancient City of Pietra, faithfully reproduced with beautiful spawns, large cliff displacements and other clever details. Congratulations JBEZORG and S T A R S!
Prize: $20 cash or STEAM credit + Ripe1
4th Place TIE!: koth_diabolical_final by TheBoomer & ctf_crypt_rc1 by J.4.C.K.8
We felt that there were two other great entries that deserved to take home a prize - so we added a 4th place! ctf_crypt_rc1 by J.4.C.K.8 is a great addition to any TF2 server's CTF maplist, with some great visuals, fun traps and a nice back story. koth_diabolical_final by TheBoomer boasts remarkable geometry and symmetry throughout, with masterfully crafted spiral stairs and lighting choices. Well done TheBoomer and J.4.C.K.8!
Prize: $10 cash or STEAM credit
Special Thanks to the Runners Up
- l4d2_treasureruins by TheJollyJoker
- KOTH_Pyramid by Lord Melchior
- de_ruins by th3_jugg3rn4ugh7
- zm_ursa_mining_island by SkullRaven
Thank you to everybody who entered and very sorry to those who missed out! I wish I could give you all a prize! Well actually, I can and I will - your medals are on their way! Stay tuned for the next mapping contest, to be announced shortly!