Mania Aspire Contest
The contest will be divided into 2 phases, with judging coming after both.
This phase will be divided into 3 stages that should last over the course of about 2 weeks. This will be to decide which song people will need to map for this contest.
Stage 1: Song Suggestions
In this stage, anybody who is interested will be able to submit suggestions for songs to use for the contest. This includes judges, myself, aliens, anyone. Note that suggesting a song will not necessarily guarantee it moves on to the next stage of this phase. (Namely, I will be tossing out generic songs, such as TV Sizes for example). All other songs that make it will then move on to Stage 2.
Stage 2: Preliminary Voting
In this stage, all maps that have made it past Stage 1 are allowed to be selected here. In this stage, everyone can vote for any number of songs. At the end of 7 days, the top x songs with the most amount of votes will then move on to the last stage, where x depends on the distribution of votes at the top. I aim to have around 5 songs advance.
Stage 3: Final Voting
Fuck it this is TBA. Discussions are being held.
At the end of song selection, I will (attempt to) time the song that was chosen, and then release a base .osz for submissions. At this point, you will have a month of time to create something fun. Similar to the standard Aspire contest, there are only 2 (or 3) rules:
- Maps should be osu!mania only. I'm not responsible for scores given to submissions in other gamemodes.
- Maps must be passable. FCs do not have to be possible.
- Don't put anything NSFW in your map. Please.
Beyond that, you are free to do whatever you want! Provide your own BG, storyboard, hitsounds, whatever! You will be submitting .osz's instead of .osu's, so you will have complete freedom to do whatever you want in your map.
During the contest period, you may PM me a submission to the song as many times as you wish. I will only take the last submission sent to me, and use that as your final submission. Submission format will be posted when this phase begins.
After I have received all the submissions, I will anonymize all of them, and then give them to the judges. At this point, they will have some amount of time in order to look at all the submissions, and assign scores to them as follows:
- Technical Skill (10 points)
- Creativity (20 points)
- Structure + Flow (10 points)
- Judges Impressions (10 points)
After each judge has finished assigning score to each map, the final scores will be computed as follows:
Let S_A be the average of a judge's submissions, and let SD be the standard deviation. Each raw score will be converted to a standarized score as follows:
S* = (S-S_A)/SD
Finally, each maps score will be the sum of the standarized score of the judges, potentially multiplied/added by a constant for clarity. (Note that this will not change the ordering of the final results).
Currently TBA. I plan to at least have some amount of supporter given out for the top 3 submissions, and possibly more depending on how negotiations go.