June 01st 2012

Halfquake Sunrise is two years old now and to celebrate this I'd like to invite every one of you to participate in Doctor O'lolo's officially official Halfquake Trap Design Contest.

Here are the basics:
  • Create your own trap design - however you want.
  • Bonus points if you actually lay out a whole institute full of your own traps!
  • Send your submissions including your Steam profile link to: muddasheep@gmail.com
  • Your works may be submitted as any medium you require, such as:
    - Images
    - Videos
    - Blueprints
    - Maps / Games
  • Multiple submissions allowed!
  • Deadline: June 24th 2012
All submissions will be posted on this very website and judged by Dr. O'lolo and me. Speaking of which, here are the judging criteria:
  • Originality
  • Artistry
  • Creativity
  • Sadism
We'll rate your submissions in each of these criteria based on a ten-point (1-10) scale; the overall rating is the average score. We'll give you a detailed run-down of each submission once the contest is over.

And finally, the prizes:

Main Prizes:
Given to those who score the highest overall ratings.
  • 1st Place:
    - L.A. Noire (Steam)
    - CS:GO Beta (Steam)
    - The Longest Journey + Dreamfall (Steam)
    - Halfquake DVD
    - HQS t-shirt

  • 2nd Place:
    - Alice: Madness Returns (Steam)
    - Halfquake DVD

  • 3rd Place:
    - Psychonauts (Steam)
    - Halfquake DVD
Additional Prizes:
Given to those who score the highest overall ratings within specific judging criteria. Top three main prize winners are not included, as they already get their prizes.
  • Most Original Design:
    - 1st Place: World of Goo
    - 2nd Place: Osmos

  • Most Sadistic Design:
    - 1st Place: Super Meat Boy
    - 2nd Place: The Binding of Isaac

  • Most Artistic Submission:
    - 1st Place: Braid
    - 2nd Place: Eufloria
All contestants will get a letter, which officially approves everyone's participation. Also, all winning trap designs will be added as official traps to Personal Halfquake.

Note: If you don't have a Steam profile, you may still participate, but you will miss out on the Steam prizes.

Warning: Please don't kill anyone or anything during the creation of your trap(s).

Now, before you go off to your designing tables, here are some additional awesomenessities (that is now a word):
  • Halfquake Sunrise has been translated to Chinese by goodman3.
  • Hagbard_Celine (or dreiundzwanzig) has released a new album called Torn to Pieces.
  • Doctor O'lolo created a drawing of Somos.
And finally, since this is the second anniversary of Halfquake Sunrise, you may look forward to behind-the-scenes stuff throughout the next four weeks.