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Alex Walz
11-09-2011, 04:23 PM
SCREENSHOT DESIGN COMPETITION
Round 3

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Round 3 has just begun with the exciting theme of Lost Cities of Mythador! Check out the announcement (http://www.reverieworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5322) for details on the theme, mechanics, and how to participate!

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Want to show off your design skills? Looking to build that citadel of your dreams? This is your opportunity!

In what I hope will be the first of many upcoming competitions and community events, Reverie is excited to announce its first Screenshot Design Competition! I think we can all agree that Dawn of Fantasy has a pretty amazing scenario design editor, and we want to put it to good use!

In this screenshot design competition, everyone is invited to set up an epic screenshot of anything related to the lost cities of Mythador (see the theme below). As this is a design competition, it is highly recommended that screenshots be designed in the DOF Editor; however, designers can set up scenes in one of the game modes as well. We're not strict and there's very few guidelines, so the main thing is just to have fun and to kick off the design community!

To inspire your creativity,
Video: The Level Design Process (http://www.reverieworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3930)
Fantasy Friday: Editor Part 1 (http://www.reverieworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1306)
Fantasy Friday: Editor Part 2 (http://www.reverieworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1710)
Screenshot Design Competition Hall of Fame (http://www.reverieworld.com/forums/showthread.php?p=68856#post68856)

<strike>All screenshots must be submitted by 12:01 AM EST on December 22nd. I say 12:01 instead of midnight to avoid confusion, but you can think of the deadline as midnight on the 21st, if it helps. But I'd suggest just not giving yourself a reason to ponder the time and timezone - get your entry in early!</strike>
As this round requires more work than the average, we will not be worrying about deadlines until later down the road. So just work on an awesome town, and we'll check in for a progress update before announcing the deadline.

Screenshot Theme
The theme of this round, as chosen by GPS51 (the winner of our last round) is The Lost City of X. Check the announcement (http://www.reverieworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5322) for details.

What are the rules?

Screenshots must be uploaded in .jpg format, no larger than 1 MB
Only entries designed after the announcement of the current round will be accepted.
The use Photoshop and other post-processing image editing software are prohibited. Cropping and added text/speech bubbles are an exception, but still not encouraged.
Modding and in-editor scripting are both allowed
Only one entry per designer. If a designer decides to redo his or her entry, he or she can remove the original link/attachment, and submit the new entry, as long as it is still before the deadline.
All screenshots must be submitted by the deadline (noted above) in order to qualify as entries. There are no exceptions; so the earlier, the better.


How do I take a screenshot?
Begin by setting up a screenshot in the Dawn of Fantasy Editor - Editor.exe in your game's directory folder.

Once set up, screenshots may be taken:

In-Editor. This is the easiest way to take a screenshot and gives the designer optimal control over the camera and lighting effects. You will find how to control both of these in the Level Design Guide linked to below. Once you are ready to take the screenshot, hit the Print Screen button on your keyboard ("prt sc"). This will save the screen's image to your clipboard. Once saved, open up an imaging software, such as Photoshop or MS Paint, and paste your clipboard (Ctrl+V). Save your entry using the guidelines in the Rules section, and you're all set to submit your entry.

In-Game. This takes more time to set up but is recommended for intermediate-advanced designers as it calls upon more of the game's coding (such as the dynamic lighting, auto-generated props, and optimal image rendering) to present a better picture of your scene. To test your scenario in-game to take a screenshot, load your scenario in the Editor and select the green playtest arrow. Alternatively, you can load your custom scenario from DOF's Main Menu. But as mentioned before, it does require a little more work. When loaded in game, you will lose the Editor's easily-maneuverable camera controls. So if you want to shoot from a unique angle, it is recommended that you set up the scene through scripting a basic cinematic. You will also need to script in a couple of lines to call upon the "setup" game functions to get the aforementioned dynamic lighting and other scripts. Fortunately, both of these have been done for you in the guides below and only require a little editing to fit your scene. As for actually taking the screenshot, it's the same as in the editor - use the Print Screen keyboard and then paste your clipboard into an imaging software. In-game, you can also use F1 to take a screenshot that will be saved in your main DOF directory - but watch your limit as you can only store 30 screenshots at any one time. If you do this, however, please open up the image and re-save it as a .jpg to meet the entry guidelines.


See:
A Beginner's Guide to Level Design (http://www.reverieworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3927)
A Beginner's Guide to Scripting & Cinematography (http://www.reverieworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3928)
Obviously, there is much more to design than what we could include in two guides, so if you have any questions (such as how to cue unit animations), please post them in a new thread in this forum and our scripters and mappers will help you out to the best of their abilities.

How do I submit an entry?
Entries can be submitted one of two ways:

Leave a post in this thread and upload your screenshot (through the "Manage Attachments") to the post or provide a link to an externally-hosted image. The latter service is recommended if your image is greater than 250 kb or 1600x900 (see Rules for size and format guidelines). Examples of image-hosting sites include Photobucket and ImageShack (https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS395US395&gcx=c&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=image+hosting); or,

Email me your screenshot as an attachment or link to publicrelations@reverieworld.com - refer to the rules section for format guidelines. I will send a confirmation email within 24 hours. If you don't receive a confirmation, leave a post in this thread and we'll find another way or try again.


How will the winner be chosen?
After the deadline, all screenshots will be compiled and a public poll will be posted. In this poll, forumers, designers, and devs alike will be encouraged to vote for their favorite entry. We have no means of preventing designers from voting on their own entries, so I'd say everyone can just go ahead and vote for their own, if they wish, to balance things out.

The poll will last for three days, after which time the winner will be declared.

What will the winner get?
As if eternal glory weren't enough, the winner will receive:


240 Influence Points, redeemable at the Online Kingdom Market for the purchase of elite mercenaries and other downloadable content
The chance to choose the theme of the next screenshot design competition, subject to RWS approval
A rare forum avatar of a warrior/noble class NPC, chosen from one of the six below:

http://www.reverieworld.com/forums/images/avatars/Lomad.png http://www.reverieworld.com/forums/images/avatars/Harthram.png http://www.reverieworld.com/forums/images/avatars/Borinthas.png http://www.reverieworld.com/forums/images/avatars/Maltona.png http://www.reverieworld.com/forums/images/avatars/ProtNubhun.png http://www.reverieworld.com/forums/images/avatars/KrakUrnen.png

The second runner-up will receive:

70 Influence Points, redeemable at the Online Kingdom Market for the purchase of elite mercenaries and other downloadable content
1 Market Code redeemable for a free dragon mercenary
1 Market Code redeemable for free dwarven mercenaries


The second runner-up will receive:

1 Market Code redeemable for free dwarven mercenaries


Fellow designer andreicde will also be throwing in 70 influence points of his own, to be given to the designer of the entry most popular with himself and the developers.

Happy designing, and good luck! Please let us know if anything is unclear or if you want like help/suggestions on the design front. :)

Joseph Visscher
11-09-2011, 07:45 PM
Is there, hum,,, anything preventing me from entering? :P hmm.

GPS51
11-09-2011, 08:22 PM
Since I'm building up my own scen map is there a way I could upload the whole map if I wanted to?

Alex Walz
11-09-2011, 09:26 PM
Sorry, Joe, a three-year head start would be a little cheap. ;) Maybe for a later round. You could post something for inspiration though.

Since I'm building up my own scen map is there a way I could upload the whole map if I wanted to?
Are you looking to upload your map for distribution or as a contest entry? You can't upload the map as an entry, but you could use a screenshot from that map.

I'll talk to the folks at DOFH and see if we could share their download database for uploading scenarios and mods, though you would still need to register an accoutn over there.

GPS51
11-09-2011, 11:10 PM
Yeah I was thinking just the map for fun somewhere, help start the fan made map database. I expect I'll finish it after I get the screen shot I want :P .

Andy Joslin
11-10-2011, 06:23 PM
http://www.reverieworld.com/forums/showthread.php?p=65891

I added an extra post about making sure the GUI is hidden for your cinematic.

GPS51
11-11-2011, 09:47 AM
Here's my official entry into the screenshot competition. If I can do this then I know there are lots of folks with more practice and skill out there so lets see those entries! I call it "Dwarven snowbirds in Brakental"

JDmino
11-13-2011, 02:21 AM
That is fairly impressive.

When I get the game, I will do what I can and enter.

Alex Walz
11-13-2011, 04:47 PM
Nice entry GPS! :D

I had a go too. Not for an entry or anything, but perhaps it will inspire others. :)

GPS51
11-13-2011, 05:00 PM
That's really cool. I love the different colors in the sky. How'd you manage to do that?

Alex Walz
11-13-2011, 05:11 PM
Thanks! :) The sky effect is a premade FX called Aurora Borealis - I just changed the min effect size in the stats menu so that it would cover the whole screen.

GPS51
11-13-2011, 05:13 PM
AHhh I saw that effect. It covers the whole screen hmm?

Alex Walz
11-13-2011, 05:19 PM
Not originally, but you can adjust any effect's size/color/area/transparency/etc. without modding or scripting by editing the object's in-editor stats menu.

Joseph Visscher
11-13-2011, 05:54 PM
ahh editor can make basically any particle effect imaginable only limitation is making a new bran new texture yourself(have to use existing ones). you can edit existing particle effects to such a degree that they will not resemble the original at all. ;)

Alex Walz
11-14-2011, 03:46 PM
C'mon all! Scenes don't have to take more than a couple minutes to set up! ;)

Don't let GPS win so easily! :D

GPS51
11-14-2011, 04:18 PM
C'mon all! Scenes don't have to take more than a couple minutes to set up! ;)

Don't let GPS win so easily! :D

Yah I'd like to just beat out the competition :P

andreicde
11-21-2011, 08:24 AM
is it possible to show multiple screenshot showing a map?mine is kinda big since I tried to do it battle prepared style

andreicde
11-21-2011, 08:42 AM
worst picture ever. removed

Joseph Visscher
11-21-2011, 05:05 PM
andreicde #1, Thats so epic! Way better than GPS's!




Anyways here is my Official Unofficial Entry!

http://www.reverieworld.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=2049&stc=1&d=1321920060


No one said it had to be in the world of Mythador did anyone? It can be out of this world type of creation... Unedited taken from editor.

andreicde
11-21-2011, 06:13 PM
andreicde #1, Thats so epic! Way better than GPS's!




Anyways here is my Official Unofficial Entry!

http://www.reverieworld.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=2049&stc=1&d=1321920060


No one said it had to be in the world of Mythador did anyone? It can be out of this world type of creation... Unedited taken from editor.

Nice one and you're joking right Joseph?Mine seems like a guy who rushed up to do one just to post. Don't have any skills here so...tried my best

GPS51
11-21-2011, 06:39 PM
Yeah I like the moonshot. Good work jovi! Now if only mythador needed some moon craters :P

andreicde
11-22-2011, 12:16 AM
ok since I posted the crappiest picture ever today,I decided to force myself a bit more and be a bit more creative and I finally managed to come up with this.

http://img151.imageshack.us/img151/7562/editor2011112219024945.png (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/151/editor2011112219024945.png/)

edit: changed it again,might be better this time

dragons vs arkantos , drawing contest! :D

Dreamwalker
11-22-2011, 03:14 PM
Nice. Well, nicer. ;)

Wish I could get my editor to work. Tried some of the help things, like reinstalling every .net framework, but sooo many different versions, couldn't find one that worked.

But if I figure it out before the end of the contest, I see what I can do. Hopefully, nothing too pitiful. :D

Alex Walz
11-22-2011, 03:23 PM
I'll point our your post to some of the devs so that we can get you in. :)

And don't worry about the deadline, we'll extend it.

And nice work, andreicide! Maybe play with the lighting and camera angle to make it a little clearer?

Dreamwalker
11-22-2011, 03:29 PM
Hey, thanks a lot Alex. I owe you one.

Not that I'm that great with editors (except the one in Age of Mythology:p ), but it would be extremely awesome to win, and what was that part there? Wealth? Making the winning screenshot into a loading screen? That would be sweet. :D

andreicde
11-22-2011, 06:13 PM
I'll point our your post to some of the devs so that we can get you in. :)

And don't worry about the deadline, we'll extend it.

And nice work, andreicide! Maybe play with the lighting and camera angle to make it a little clearer?

ty and better?

Seigyoku
11-23-2011, 01:42 PM
Hi,

Here's is my last painting for screenshot contest :)

2055

I call it Rainy Day :D

Seigyoku,

andreicde
11-23-2011, 06:19 PM
dang nice.What did you use to make the raining effects?the editor didn't gave me any clue on that

feneur
11-24-2011, 09:06 AM
There are rain objects in the Fx category you can use. I think you can use scripting as well, but I haven't learned that well enough to give any pointers =) I think there is something mentioned in the scripting and cinematography guide though: http://www.reverieworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3928

Alex Walz
11-24-2011, 05:35 PM
Great shot, Seigyoku! Those poor Elves. :eek:

Yup, there are rain objects in the FX tab in the units menu. You can also script it in using the guide feneur linked to as a reference. And then Seigyoku changed the water deepness from the water placement menu to partially submerge the buildings - very clever work! :)

Alex Walz
11-27-2011, 06:37 PM
Would anyone else participate if we extended the deadline a week?

feneur
11-27-2011, 07:27 PM
As you know I would very much like to participate, I have been hindered by the editor bugs though. At least the LOD limit without control in the editor (have been trying to use the cinematography/scripting, but it seems like there is either a bug somewhere or I've made a mistake or there is a limit to the angles/positions a camera can be in. I'll post about that in the other thread though...), which is a problem since I've been making a somewhat large scene and with an unusual camera angle. I wouldn't say it's worth extending the deadline just for my sake though, especially if there's no way I could get the shot I aim for without editor patches, which iirc will take more than one week before there are any.

Konstantin Fomenko
11-28-2011, 02:36 PM
The Draw-distance in the editor will be increased 10X in tonight`s patch, that should fix all the problems.

feneur
11-29-2011, 09:02 AM
Thanks for that fix, here's my screenshot :)

http://feneur.com/stuff/dof/city_on_a_hill_thumb.jpg (http://feneur.com/stuff/dof/city_on_a_hill.jpg)
(Click the image to see a slightly larger version.)

Konstantin Fomenko
11-29-2011, 09:27 AM
Awesome entree!!! Amazing to see someone actually figured out the FX coding.

feneur
11-29-2011, 09:32 AM
It was a lot of trial and error, especially since a lot of the particle values affect each other. I'd say some of my solutions aren't necessarily pretty =) But at least I got things to work roughly as I intended :)

Alex Walz
12-01-2011, 12:27 PM
This contest will close tomorrow at midnight - so be sure to get any last minute entries in!

Dreamwalker
12-01-2011, 04:44 PM
Shame, editor still dosen't work. Ah well. :)

But great job, feneur! Nobody asked me, but I'd say we have a winner...;)

Alex Walz
12-02-2011, 04:32 PM
I'm sorry. :( But we'll do another contest right after since the majority of players probably have some time off for the holidays.

8 more hours!

Alex Walz
12-03-2011, 04:01 PM
Thanks for the awesome entries everyone! Be sure to vote now!

http://www.reverieworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5038

Alex Walz
12-10-2011, 01:29 PM
Round 2 is now live with an exciting new theme chosen by andreicde, the winner of the last round, and bigger and better prizes! Check the original post for details!

Good luck on your Winter Holiday screenshots!

szebus
12-10-2011, 05:22 PM
If I started with a ship, I continue with ships, but not just any ships, Santa's deer transport ships.


picture 1
(http://imageshack.us/f/440/santaship2.jpg/)
picture 2 (http://imageshack.us/f/27/santaship3.jpg/)

picture 3 (http://imageshack.us/f/805/santaship4.jpg/)

picture 4 (http://imageshack.us/f/854/santaship5.jpg/)

picture 5 (http://imageshack.us/f/21/santaship6.jpg/)

picture 6 (http://imageshack.us/f/62/santaship7.jpg/)

andreicde
12-10-2011, 06:39 PM
nice ships szebus

Eaglecrys
12-10-2011, 06:45 PM
very nice ships I like the effect of the water and night :)

Eaglecrys
12-10-2011, 10:36 PM
this will be my entree happy holidays everyone.

szebus
12-11-2011, 01:55 AM
Eaglecrys (http://www.reverieworld.com/forums/member.php?u=142), for now you got my vote. :cool:

andreicde
12-11-2011, 09:30 PM
now that's a badass island!

Dreamwalker
12-12-2011, 05:11 PM
Love the island, eaglecrys. :D

szebus
12-13-2011, 10:24 AM
I can't stop myself making those boats, it is maybe because I can't wait to see them live in game :D

pic 1
(http://imageshack.us/f/535/deerboat002.jpg/)
pic 2 (http://imageshack.us/f/839/deerboat001.jpg/)

Eaglecrys
12-13-2011, 06:37 PM
I love the aurora borialis effect on the ships :) or however you spell that

GPS51
12-17-2011, 12:51 PM
So here's my entry :) It's not exactly..um.. orthodox but I love it "The Nativity meets Mythador"

szebus
12-17-2011, 01:08 PM
This is nice and i guess it really can give a christmass feel to Mythador :D

Eaglecrys
12-17-2011, 01:33 PM
I really enjoy your picture alot gp :) great work on the feel and warmth of it

Dreamwalker
12-17-2011, 02:44 PM
Sweet, GPS. I love the angelic grandmasters. :p

andreicde
12-17-2011, 04:04 PM
hm,this will be a hard choice. GPS or eagle?sigh,this will take some thinking

GPS51
12-17-2011, 04:10 PM
Sweet, GPS. I love the angelic grandmasters. :p

Hehe I tried to figure out how to put wings on them but gave up :p

Brian Shingles
12-18-2011, 07:16 AM
Hehe I tried to figure out how to put wings on them but gave up :p

You could use a Gaia-Animals-Frigate Bird or a Gaia-Animals-Crow positioned behind the Grand Master to give him wings.

GPS51
12-18-2011, 11:16 AM
O.o Very nice. I like it, I'll have to contemplate if I like it enough to go back and redo it :p

Grizzlez
12-20-2011, 12:43 AM
Anyone know how to hide the GUI so I can take an in-game screenshot? Or can it only be done via scripts?

Grizzlez
12-20-2011, 07:40 AM
First use of the editor.

Eaglecrys
12-20-2011, 02:04 PM
very nice I like the color scheme you have going on :)

Alex Walz
12-21-2011, 01:26 PM
Great entries everyone!
We have decided to extend this for the next 24 hours for any last minute entries! :)


Happy holidays!

knightl
12-21-2011, 07:54 PM
salvation haven't edited this yet so i will do that later

http://i1107.photobucket.com/albums/h386/knightl/Salvation/Untitled.png

and i got bored so made this too



http://i1107.photobucket.com/albums/h386/knightl/Bored/Untitled1.png?t=1324518830

Alex Walz
12-23-2011, 01:27 AM
Voting will commence very soon - but szebus, could I get confirmation on which screenshot you wish to enter?

szebus
12-23-2011, 05:20 AM
Oh, yes, sorry about that, forgot the rules. So here is the picture

http://www.reverieworld.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=2156&d=1323793388

Alex Walz
12-29-2011, 12:20 PM
With a very astonishing 60% of votes, GPS51 has won the second round with his holiday-themed screenshot, The Nativity meets Mythador! Great use of lighting, GPS! With 33% of the votes, Eaglecrys took second with his Christmas tree! And finally, with the remaining votes, knightl snagged third place with his entry, Salvation!

<center><a href="http://www.reverieworld.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=2185&d=1324661654"><img src="http://www.reverieworld.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=2185&d=1324661654" width="600"></a>
GPS51' Winning Entry: The Nativity meets Mythador</center>

Both entries are true testaments to the power of the DOF Editor and I look forward to what's to come as our designers are getting better and better! Who knows, we might even have an NPC town design contest on the horizon. ;)

A well-deserved congratulations to all participating designers! Check out the runners-up <a href="http://www.reverieworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5191">here</a>!

GPS, please pick a new theme for the next round, which will take place after the first of the year. :) I will message GPS, Eaglecrys, and knightl with their prizes. I will make an archive for all winning entries too.

GPS51
12-29-2011, 01:27 PM
I'll say "the lost city of x" with the specification that it's location is set in one of the uninhabitable regions of dof.

knightl
12-29-2011, 06:14 PM
I'll say "the lost city of x" with the specification that it's location is set in one of the uninhabitable regions of dof.

ooo sounds exciting

Eaglecrys
12-29-2011, 11:17 PM
lol indeed very cool congrats on victory gp could not have went to a better person :) or entry for that matter

Magicus
12-30-2011, 06:02 PM
andreicde #1, Thats so epic! Way better than GPS's!




Anyways here is my Official Unofficial Entry!

http://www.reverieworld.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=2049&stc=1&d=1321920060


No one said it had to be in the world of Mythador did anyone? It can be out of this world type of creation... Unedited taken from editor.

It's awesome, in a crude way :).

szebus
12-31-2011, 01:45 AM
I'll say "the lost city of x" with the specification that it's location is set in one of the uninhabitable regions of dof.

You want me to make a Bermuda triangle with lots of ships and a spooky island ? :))

Alex Walz
12-31-2011, 11:05 AM
Excellent theme, GPS! :) I'll post some more info on the other regions to spark some more creativity too.

andreicde
12-31-2011, 06:37 PM
nice one guys! good entries!

knightl
12-31-2011, 07:08 PM
i wonder if doing atlantica is possible mmmm

Eric Zimmer
01-16-2012, 03:35 AM
cool pictures! good work