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Non-combat D-Mod contest: Results!

August 7th 2010, 01:07 AM
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SabreTrout
Noble Male United Kingdom
Tigertigertiger. 
Three staff members have played through the Non-combat Contest D-Mods, and the results have been tallied. Look!

1st place
Agatha Smallwood's Will, by iplaydink.

2nd place
The River, by Synbi.

3rd place
Furball, by MsDink.

Congratulations, chaps and chapette!

For the rest of the results and staff comments, check out the comments.

1st. Agatha Smallwood's Will (17)

"An original and varied DMOD."

"Great fun. A really nice romp that's fun to play and always keeps you involved, never left wondering what to do next. It is a treasure hunt after all!"

"I would have wished for better motivation than Dink being a drunken wastrel looking for booze money, but the dmod is thoroughly entertaining, with great puzzles and no boring moments."

2nd. The River (14)

"The River is certainly the best DMOD, just not the best non-combat DMOD."

"Impressive. Almost combat, avoiding monsters and making them kill each other. There is a way to skip it though..."

"A bit too much running around, but overall very good, and much larger than I expected any contest entry to be."

3rd. Furball (13)

"Well written conversations and good mapping, but gameplay could be improved."

"Great mapping! Really beautiful. Love the use of blood, splashes and things to make flowers, it works really well. Lots of well-made new graphics and some new tiles too. It's a pleasure to walk around in this D-Mod."

"Enjoyable if you can get off on just wandering around and looking for secrets. The mapping is great (although the grass could have used some variety)."

4th. The Day After the Middle Night (7)

"This game works really well as a non-combat DMOD and it has a unique atmosphere."

"Got the atmosphere right! Good and creepy. I sense a strong influence from the Trilby series. [A] bit confusing."

"Much better than the first part, this one actually has a good atmosphere, and playing through the game was fun. It is, however, the shortest entry to the contest and the story and plot twists make about as much sense as apple-flavoured pear cider."

5th. Where's Likko? (6)

"Swearing at one point seemed very out of place in this cute D-Mod. Maybe it was meant to shock and be funny but that didn't work IMO and ruined it more than anything. A great little romp."

"It was very promising, then it ended. Not sure whether the author ran out of time or just wasn't ambitious enough, but this really should have been longer."

"[I placed this] Last, not because it's bad but because others are better."

5th. Corporate Managerialism (6)

"Corporate Managerialism has a lot of merits and a lot of faults, it is arguably the most original entry."

"The premise was pretty neat, and with the long intro, I expected more of the story. Still, it was an interesting dmod to play, and funny enough to keep uncle ??? entertained"

"Map was pretty bad. No edges to inside rooms, bad joining of the town tiles, hardness errors, etc. And why is it not possible to walk behind the skyscraper? At least that looked good."

Voting Methodology

Eligible staff members were given a choice to vote for the D-Mods, ranking them from 1-6. Values were assigned for their choices from 1 to 6 (6 being for the favourite, 1 being for the least favourite), the results tallied, with the highest overall score winning fame and fortune and 100 girlfriends or boyfriends. In the case of the tie for 2nd place, my vote would have 'counted' more (as mentioned in the original rules), but I did not finish all the d-mods and therefore have not voted. Natch.

Good job everyone. It was great to see so many entries and huge thanks to all the participants and judging staff members.

UPDATE: Slightly more detailed D-mod rankings: 3 judges ranked the d-mods in this order (Metatarasal, Scratcher, Sparrowhawk).

Winner: Agatha Smallwood's Will (1st, 1st, 2nd)

Second place: The River (2nd, 2nd, 3rd)

Third Place: Furball (4th, 3rd, 1st)

Fourth: The Day After the Middle Night (3rd, 6th, 5th)

Fifth (Joint): Where's Likko? (6th, 5th, 4th)

Fifth (Joint): Corporate Managerialism (5th, 4th, 6th)
August 7th 2010, 02:29 AM
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Someone
Peasant Male Australia
 
Congrats to all participants! I think it's more interesting to show the average votes:

Agatha: 5.67/6 (2x 1st, 1x 2nd)
The river: 4.67/6
Furball: 4.33/6
Day after: 2.33/6
Where's Likko: 2/6
Corporate Manageralism: 2/6

I'm bored. A possible solution:

A: 6 6 5 = 17
T: 5 5 4 = 14
F: 3 4 6 = 13
D: 2 3 2 = 7
W/C: 4 1 1 = 6
W/C: 1 2 3 = 6

August 7th 2010, 02:35 AM
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scratcher
Bard Male Finland bloop
cigarette bonca 
Nice. I'm a bit surprised the River and Furball are so close, the River and Agatha were in a league of their own, IMO.
August 7th 2010, 02:48 AM
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MsDink
Peasant Female New Zealand
Tag - Umm.. tag, you're it? 
A HUGE Congrats to Agatha and the River, in my humble opinion these two were the best and I am so pleased for both IPD and Synbi! Huge congrats fellas good job.

I am also bit shocked scratcher - gobsmaked actually
August 7th 2010, 02:49 AM
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SabreTrout
Noble Male United Kingdom
Tigertigertiger. 
Someone, that is extremely close. But it's not quite right.

I have to say, despite not playing through all the d-mods myself, that I really liked Skull's entry. Despite some flaws in the storytelling, he did a great job in creating a creepy atmosphere... it was an excellent stab at a non-combat d-mod.

Congratulations to all.
August 7th 2010, 03:32 AM
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Iplaydink
Peasant Male Sweden steam
Hmm.. 
I won!

Thanks!
August 7th 2010, 03:43 AM
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Skull
Peasant Male Finland bloop
"I'd like to be a tree..." 
Congrats, everyone for even making it to enter this contest. Congrats staff members for not leaving this as a thing to the past, unlike those DDC contests.

I guess I shouldn't have had too many weird things to be left for the third part... now the staff is gonna be thinking about this the rest of the time until the third part and be even more weirder than usual.
August 7th 2010, 04:17 AM
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hell7fire1
Peasant Male Botswana
It's like that. 
well im here to say congratulations
.
and try to find my lost banana
August 7th 2010, 04:19 AM
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metatarasal
Bard Male Netherlands
I object 
Congratulations to all the winners!

In the past we usually got to see how the individual staffmembers ranked the DMODs. Now we don't even know which of the staffmembers actually voted. Makes a man curious...
August 7th 2010, 04:25 AM
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SabreTrout
Noble Male United Kingdom
Tigertigertiger. 
I can publish those in-depth results if people like? We always have done previously but I was ever-so-bored by the time I finished writing up the placings themselves.

So... do you guys want a proper breakdown of the results?
August 7th 2010, 04:31 AM
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Iplaydink
Peasant Male Sweden steam
Hmm.. 
Ok now I'm awake enough to write a real post.
Congrats to Synbi and msdink, you've made some great dmods, and they are both your first so I look forward for your next ones!

And thanks to the staff for making a contest, it was really fun and a good theme too.
August 7th 2010, 04:51 AM
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synbi
Peasant Male Finland
 
CONGRATS to all who entered with their entries, I must say, and to the staff who took their time to arrange this contest. I'm honoured to see my D-Mod end up 2nd!

Furball and Agatha's Will were my own favorites, and Day After the Middle Night and Where's Likko were not bad at all either, if both a little too short for their own good.
August 7th 2010, 04:57 AM
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symian
Peasant Male United States
 
Congrats to all who entered and all who won. All are winners, really. Good efforts from all, at least in my opinion.

August 7th 2010, 04:58 AM
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hell7fire1
Peasant Male Botswana
It's like that. 
well
i already have a plan for the next non-combat contest
so don,t even dream of beating me
^at banana^
now i just have to find out how to script
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many hours later
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wow this stuff is hard
somebody buy me a rope .................and something to hang on
August 7th 2010, 05:13 AM
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Skull
Peasant Male Finland bloop
"I'd like to be a tree..." 
In the past we usually got to see how the individual staffmembers ranked the DMODs. Now we don't even know which of the staffmembers actually voted. Makes a man curious...

It's not really that hard to guess anyway.
August 7th 2010, 06:08 AM
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GlennGlenn
Peasant Male Norway steam
GlennGlenn doesn't want a custom title. 
Congrats!
August 7th 2010, 07:34 AM
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DinkDude95
Peasant Male Australia steam
The guy with the cute D-Mod. 

5th. Where's Likko? (6)

"Swearing at one point seemed very out of place in this cute D-Mod. Maybe it was meant to shock and be funny but that didn't work IMO and ruined it more than anything. A great little romp."


I laughed for ages at my creating of the shoot-zapper. I am offended!

But this sucks, from now on, I'll be known as 'the guy with the cute D-Mod'. I feel like such a chick.

Congratulations to the winners.
August 7th 2010, 07:46 AM
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Skull
Peasant Male Finland bloop
"I'd like to be a tree..." 
DinkDude's D-Mod was hardcore.
August 7th 2010, 07:54 AM
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scratcher
Bard Male Finland bloop
cigarette bonca 
Huh, there seems to be a link to Microsoft after "Look!" on the news page.

Bill Gates has invaded Sabre's comp.

http://www.dinknetwork.com/news/view/non_combat_d_mod_contest_results/
August 7th 2010, 08:08 AM
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Iplaydink
Peasant Male Sweden steam
Hmm.. 
Bill gates is everywhere,
there's nothing that he doesn't hear.
He is all-seeing and all-knowing,
And his evil little eyes are glowing
As he's at the network advertising
His goal is to be our new king.
August 7th 2010, 08:08 AM
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SabreTrout
Noble Male United Kingdom
Tigertigertiger. 
Look, we need to get funding from somewhere, right? Where else are the prizes going to come from?
August 7th 2010, 08:11 AM
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schnapper
Peasant Male Heard Island And Mcdonald Islands
Let us save our effort and just lie down and die. 
A great, big, sloppy congratulations to the winners of the Non-combat comp: all of those elected were great, and I think DDC should be Australia's next PM.

Also, kudos to everyone who entered - that takes almost more brains then balls! Well, I gave up shortly after story-design, so congratulations and bottles of schnapps to everyone who finished their' mods.
August 7th 2010, 08:13 AM
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Skull
Peasant Male Finland bloop
"I'd like to be a tree..." 
Also, "Corporate managerialism's" bold text fails.
August 7th 2010, 08:16 AM
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scratcher
Bard Male Finland bloop
cigarette bonca 
I thought that was what Talporn is for.
August 7th 2010, 08:20 AM
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metatarasal
Bard Male Netherlands
I object 
And there was me thinking that was just for fun...
August 7th 2010, 08:24 AM
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MsDink
Peasant Female New Zealand
Tag - Umm.. tag, you're it? 
*blush* *coff* ermm... Actually doesn't take any balls to finish Schnapps but it looks like you need em to be good hehe *wink*
August 7th 2010, 08:36 AM
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Christiaan
Bard Netherlands xbox
Lazy bum 
Sorry that I didn't have the time to play through them all, although I must say the overall quality of these D-Mods astound me. You guys really all deserve a prize!
August 7th 2010, 10:03 AM
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Kyle
Peasant Male Belgium
 
Congratulations to all contestants and a big /golfclap for the winners
August 7th 2010, 11:07 AM
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MsDink
Peasant Female New Zealand
Tag - Umm.. tag, you're it? 
Yes Please Sabre, always good to learn and improve, oh and sorry we bored you *blows raspberry*
August 8th 2010, 02:55 AM
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congrats everyone.
August 8th 2010, 04:24 AM
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schnapper
Peasant Male Heard Island And Mcdonald Islands
Let us save our effort and just lie down and die. 
Errm, Kyle - is that the one that sounds like a hundred golf balls tee-ing off at once? Has a nice matte finish...
August 8th 2010, 04:29 AM
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Quiztis
Peasant Male Sweden steam bloop
Life? What's that? Can I download it?! 
Congratulations to all the winners! Way to go, Iplaydink.
August 8th 2010, 05:46 AM
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Skull
Peasant Male Finland bloop
"I'd like to be a tree..." 
What's up with the always in the end of Quiztis' posts?
August 8th 2010, 10:19 AM
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Quiztis
Peasant Male Sweden steam bloop
Life? What's that? Can I download it?! 
No one knows. He's green and it's the coolest colour. <- Aww, he's so cute. <- Look! He got a twin! <- Omg, too many! <-

















August 8th 2010, 12:04 PM
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congratulations to everyone who made a dmod for this contest. And a special aplause for iplaydink, Sybni and MsDink for finishing in the top three!
August 8th 2010, 02:53 PM
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iplaydink
Peasant Male Sweden steam
Hmm.. 
Thanks

You guys can expect a new version of "Agatha Smallwood's Will" soon. It's such a fun D-Mod to work with, without the combat you have to challenge your scripting abilities to keep the gameplay interesting!
August 8th 2010, 06:11 PM
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Marpro
Peasant Male bloop
 
Haven't played any of them (been too occupied), but congratulations all winners - and all contenders.
August 9th 2010, 06:05 AM
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Congratulations all!

Must say that the top three were really hard to judge... all were great D-Mods
September 7th 2010, 06:08 AM
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SabreTrout
Noble Male United Kingdom
Tigertigertiger. 
Update for the winners.

Prizes are forthcoming and I apologize for the delay. However, these come out of my own pocket and I've been having some major problems with my employer here in Korea. I'm owed a substantial amount of money and quite simply can't afford to buy things for you guys right now.

I'll let you know when I either get mah moneyz, or when I move into a more stable job where I actually get paid.

Much love. x

September 7th 2010, 06:11 AM
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MsDink
Peasant Female New Zealand
Tag - Umm.. tag, you're it? 
You were "going to post" the comments (I was hopein) that still happening?
Edit just put a gift bow on them (comments) - save you some trouble heh
September 7th 2010, 07:39 AM
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SabreTrout
Noble Male United Kingdom
Tigertigertiger. 
I've actually got a bit of free time to window juggle for once so I'll do it tonight, MsDink.


September 7th 2010, 07:45 AM
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MsDink
Peasant Female New Zealand
Tag - Umm.. tag, you're it? 
((((((Fishy Huggles))))))) Always looking to improve so hearing comments, good and bad, about what you made is always good in my book Thanks heaps
September 7th 2010, 07:52 AM
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SabreTrout
Noble Male United Kingdom
Tigertigertiger. 
Ack, I've just remembered that Mrs SabreTrout is pinching my laptop for the evening.

I'll get it done at work tomorrow.

Oh, and yes I will, Skull. Shut up.
September 7th 2010, 07:55 AM
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Skull
Peasant Male Finland bloop
"I'd like to be a tree..." 
Sigh, how many excuses can he come up with?
September 7th 2010, 05:29 PM
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MsDink
Peasant Female New Zealand
Tag - Umm.. tag, you're it? 
Its a better excuse than the "Little Brother" one we usually get - I think he deserves a *Clap* for originality. (Sorry to hear about your work issues Sabre)
September 9th 2010, 03:27 AM
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SabreTrout
Noble Male United Kingdom
Tigertigertiger. 
Updated.

You can now see which judges voted and how they ranked the individual d-mods. I didn't use a table like Dan used to because I'm a unique flower and that's just not how I roll.
September 9th 2010, 04:54 AM
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MsDink
Peasant Female New Zealand
Tag - Umm.. tag, you're it? 
Thank you sabre - I stupidly thought you meant you would post some good old down home criticisms, comments and good points lol ... but thanks for that - I know who to kiss up to next time Muhahaha!!
September 9th 2010, 06:14 AM
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SabreTrout
Noble Male United Kingdom
Tigertigertiger. 
Ah, sorry.

We already had a few comments in the original news post. If you want something a bit more in-depth, I guess you could hassle the applicable staff members for reviews.

x
September 9th 2010, 06:26 AM
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MsDink
Peasant Female New Zealand
Tag - Umm.. tag, you're it? 
Nah thats cool - thanks for that tho huh Apprieciate it, just trying to improve on my next one.