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SporeDay: New mission plus contest

Posted by ballightning on September 10, 2009

Sorry about the late post, i have been working very hard on my portfolio website for school, please check it out! For this weeks SporeDay, Maxis released a new mission called The Metamorphosis. Give MaxisKate, the creator, feedback over at the official forums.

Maxis have also created a Metamorphosis challange for creators. Head over to the official forums for more.

Challenge Details
If you played the latest Maxis adventure, The Metamorphosis, you may have noticed that a disturbing transformation has taken place.

In the Metamorphosis Challenge, make your own transformation with at least three creations that illustrate three stages of a creature’s life!

Not sure what to make? Your creations can represent a realistic earthly creature’s metamorphosis, such as a caterpillar/pupa/butterfly, or you can invent your own twisted alien metamorphosis.

Example Creations:


What will the challenge winner get?

A chance to be featured on Spore.com!

We’ll post our favorite submissions here, then YOU get to vote for which one is your top pick! The winner may be featured if it meets our criteria for featured creations.

• It must not have any parent authored by a different creator.
• It must not have any offensive creation in its lineage (any parent or child creations).
• It must not have any links or references to other sites in the submission’s tags, name, or description

Submissions that do not meet the above criteria will not be considered for the poll

How to Enter:
• Create three or more creatures in the creature editor. Publish these with the tag MCMorphChallenge.
• Add all creations in your metamorphosis series to a SporeCast tagged with MCMorphChallenge.
• Optional: Post screenshots and links here on the forum

Rules:
• All creations in your Sporecast entry must be made by you.
• Your creations must be made in the creature/accessory editors.
• You can submit as many Sporecasts as you like with as many creations as you like. Remember that each Sporecast should only contain representations of one species.
• All submissions must be in by 11:00am PDT 10/8

Challenge FAQ

Q: Does it have to fit into the bizarre bug-like stages of larva-pupa-adult, or could it be more of a child-adult-weakened adult? I’ve already made a few evolutionary creations that go through the insect cycle, and I kinda want to do something different than the obvious. – jwmd2
A: As with most of these challenges, we aren’t strict with how you interpret the challenge prompt. As long as you explain your more off-kilter entries in the description, they will be considered.

Q: Are finalists chosen based on looks or description? – Westonro
A: Maxis looks at all elements of the creation when choosing finalists. Obviously, the overall aesthetic weighs heavily, but a clever name and description can tip the scales in your favor. Keep in mind that when we post finalists, we do not include the description, however a link will direct others to the Sporepedia where they can view it. It’s up to other players to click the link when they are voting to read the complete description.

Q: Can entries be made in the accessory editors? – Westonro
A: Yes. The accessory editors can be used to enhance your creatures.

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Maxis Contest: Traps and Lures Challenge

Posted by ballightning on September 2, 2009

Yet another challange has been posted by MaxisCactus, to check it out and participate head over to the official forums.

Challenge Details
If you played the latest Robot Chicken adventure, you may have noticed how game objects were disguised to look like candy! These were used to lure the cuddly creatures to their doom.

In the Traps and Lures Challenge, create a clever lure or trap to entice your prey!

Not sure what to make? Your trap, trick or lure can be traditional like a mousetrap, legendary like a Trojan horse, or completely fantastic, created to trick a creature you’ve invented in your own ingenious way! It can be biologically evolved or technologically masterminded.

Check out some of the amazing tricks, traps, and lures other players have already made:

What will the challenge winner get?

A chance to be featured on Spore.com!

We’ll post our favorite submissions here, then YOU get to vote for which one is your top pick! The winner may be featured if it meets our criteria for featured creations.

• It must not have any parent authored by a different creator.
• It must not have any offensive creation in its lineage (any parent or child creations).
• It must not have any links or references to other sites in the submission’s tags, name, or description

Submissions that do not meet the above criteria will not be considered for the poll

Rules:
• Your creation must look like a trap or lure.
• Your creation can be made in any editor
• To submit a creation, just publish tag it with: mctrapchallenge
• You can submit as many creations as you’d like
• Your creation can be made with any editor you choose
• All submissions must be in by 11:00am PDT 10/1
• Don’t forget that if your creation is an inanimate object, tag it with GAprop!
• Optional: Post screenshots of your creation on the forum
• Optional: Create a description explaining the mechanics or design of your trap or lure

Challenge FAQ
Q: Can the entry creation be an adventure?
A: No. Your entry should be a Spore creation (creature, vehicle, building, UFO), but you are welcome to also show it off in an adventure.

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Arthropod Adventure: Team Challenge: Vote now

Posted by ballightning on August 26, 2009

The finalist for the Maxis Arthropod Adventure Challange have been posted, vote over at the official forums.

Finalist Adventures Announced!

Click the thumbnail to download and play the adventure. Click here to subscribe to the Challenge Sporecast to easily download all the adventures. Play them, then come back here to vote on your favorite by 11:00 am PDT September 1st!

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Spore Screenshot Challenge

Posted by ballightning on August 22, 2009

MaxisCactus has posted the latest Spore challenge, this time its a screenshot adventure challange! If you have any questions, head over to the official thread and post in there.

Shutterbugs get ready. Load up your Galactic Adventures game and take a screenshot of an incredible scene you’ve created in the Spore Screenshot Challenge!

Post your screenshot, along with a link to the adventure here to enter.

What will the challenge winner get?

A chance to be featured on Spore.com!

We’ll post our favorite submissions here, then YOU get to vote for which one is your top pick! The winner may be featured if it meets our criteria for featured creations.

• The adventure must be originally created by you. No other authors are allowed in the lineage.
• It must not contain any creation with an offensive creation in its lineage (any parent or child creations).
• It must not contain any creation with any links or references to other sites in the submission’s tags, name, or description

Submissions that do not meet the above criteria will not be considered for the poll.

Rules:
• Your image should show off a cool scene you’ve created with Galactic Adventures
• To submit, publish and tag your adventure with mcscreenshotchallenge, and post a link to it here along with your screenshot
• You can submit as many screenshots of as many of your own adventures as you like
• Adventures can contain creations by other players
• All submissions must be in by 11:00am PDT Sept 17th 2009

Resources:
How to post an image on the Sporum
Check out this thread for some gorgeous screenshot inspiration.
How to use the adventureLook filters

Tips:
• If you normally run your game at low or mid range graphics settings, consider maxing them temporarily while you take your screenshot.

FAQ:
Q: Can it be an old adventure? Something I’ve already made?
A: Yes. Don’t forget to add the tag mcscreenshotchallenge to it, though.

Q: Does the screenshot have to be from a published adventure?
A: Yes, part of the rules state that you must publish and post a link to the adventure.

Q: Can the adventure just be built for the screenshot, or should it also be fun to play?
A: While the focus of this challenge is to create an amazing screenshot, we will pay some attention to how fun the adventures are when narrowing down the finalists, so put some fun gameplay in there, too.

Also, don’t forget that you can always revise your entry up until the contest deadline. For example, you can build your scene and even publish your adventure now, but then go back and revise the gameplay so that it’s more fun later. You have a whole month for this challenge. Just don’t forget to update your link post if you publish a revised version later down the line.

Q: What happens if the adventure I use is already featured?
A: Adventures that are already featured won’t be featured again… so use a fresh adventure!

Q: Can we use stylefilters/adventurelook/a combination of the two?
You’re encouraged to use the adventureLook cheat in your adventure.
See this guide for adventureLook info.

The styleFilter cheat is not recommended for use in adventures. Use it at your own risk, but this cheat was not created for adventures and may cause publishing issues. If you must use it, I recommend that you back up and publish a version of your adventure before using this cheat.

Q: Can we use Photoshop or other image editing programs to doctor up our screenshots?
No. The screenshot must be an unedited capture straight from the game.

Q: Can we have two screenshots from the same adventure?
Yes. Only one will be chosen as the winner, but post as many as you like.

Q: What are the minimum dimensions of the screenshot?
The screenshot must be 800 x 600 pixels or larger.

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Galactic Consumer Challenge – Finalists Posted!

Posted by ballightning on August 14, 2009

Want to have your say in the competition? Head over to the official spore forums to vote today!

Finalists Posted!
Attention voters! Please subscribe to the following finalist playlists and take the missions they contain for a test drive!

Vote on which sporecast contains the most original, fun, and exciting adventure collection by 8/18/09.

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Apollo 11 Adventure Screenshots

Posted by ballightning on August 14, 2009

Check out some of Maxis’s favorite adventures from the Apollo 11 adventure competition!

Apollo 11 Adventure Screenshots
Check out images of some of our favorite moments from playing your adventures!

Click the images below to open the adventure in Sporepedia.

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Spore Galactic Adventures User Upload Challenge 4 – Epic size your Adventure!

Posted by ballightning on August 5, 2009

Spore Galactic Adventures allows you to create any kind of adventure, big or small. But this week, the challenge is to create an adventure that is bigger than big. So big, that its EPIC!

Create your most epic adventure yet in Galactic Adventures. The adventure could be epic in story, scale or scope!

Once you have created your adventure, make an EPIC video trailer for the mission and post it as a video response to show everyone what a cool adventure youve made. Make sure to note the name of the mission in your video so people can find it in Sporepedia!

And dont forget to check out last weeks best user challenge video, LuminarNightblades Galactic Adventure tribute to SimAnt:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-p79zu…

Stay tuned for the next YouTube video challenge….


Helpful Technical Information:

To participate in our challenge enter your video as a video response to this one. Here’s how to create a video file to upload manually:

-To capture video in Spore Galactic Adventures, click V to begin video capture and V to end video capture

– Your video will be posted in the “Movies” folder which is located in your “My Spore Creations” directory

– Post your finished video as a video response to this video by clicking “Post a Video Response” in the video response section to the left

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Maxis Contest: Apollo 11 Adventure Challenge

Posted by ballightning on July 23, 2009

Link to Contest page

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first humans to set foot on the moon. Millions tuned in to watch the historic event on TV as the new frontier was first explored by people. Find out more about the famous voyage here.

40 years later, to celebrate that momentous occasion, we’re opening the Apollo 11 Adventure Challenge! Create an adventure from our lunar template creation: The Moon.

Make it realistic, with goals such as planting scientific equipment on the surface and collecting samples, or create an entirely new version of the events, such as encountering alien life, or trekking to the dark side of the moon.

To edit the template, save this png and drag it into your Sporepedia, or view the adventure on Spore.com and click “Download Adventure”.

We’ll post our favorite adventures here for you to vote on a winner.

What will the challenge winner get?

Glory of course… and a chance to be featured on Spore.com!

Your adventure:
• must be an edited version of this template adventure
• must not contain other authors (aside from MaxisSpore) in the lineage
• must not have any links or references to other sites in the submission’s tags, name, or description

Submissions that do not meet the above criteria will not be considered for a feature

Additional Requirements:

• To submit an adventure: publish it with the tag mcapollochallenge.
• You can submit as many adventures as you’d like
• All submissions must be in by 11:00 AM PST Tuesday (08/07/09)

Optional:
• Post a link to your adventure
• Post screenshots from your adventure
• Post YouTube movies of your adventure

Challenge FAQ
How was the moon template created?
The USGS Astrogeology research program has published various topographic maps of the lunar surface. Spore’s Kate Compton used bump maps created by artist Robert Johnston from the USGS data to recreate a planet that looks like the Earth’s moon! She added a couple extra craters to make the surface more interesting, so you may want to think of this as “the moon, but after an especially heavy Leonid shower”.

Is contact from Earth required, or can we just use the template to create a moon-based adventure? Does the landing need to occur in the adventure?
You do not need to contact earth. Please keep in mind that the spirit of this challenge is to remember Apollo 11, but that is widely open to your interpretation. You don’t need to include the landing in your adventure.

Does the captain have to be the astronaut? Can we use him/her in the adventure?
You can change the captain, and make it locked or unlocked. The template uses a locked astronaught captain, but you’re welcome to change this aspect of the adventure.

Will there be a Sporecast of the entry creations?
If you make one there will be!

Can I terraform the planet?
Yes.

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Spore Galactic Adventures User Upload Challenge 3 – Video Game tribute

Posted by ballightning on July 19, 2009

Maxis is kicking off their YouTube User Upload Challenge #3 – this time fans can create adventures based on their favorite video game and upload their movies to YouTube for a chance to win!

User Video Challenge Instructions:

Galactic Adventures allow you to create any game imaginable and even those that have been imagined.

For this challenge, create an adventure as a tribute to your favorite video game of all time. Have the adventure either mimic the game or feature elements from it (plot, props, objectives etc).

Once you have created your adventure, make a trailer for the mission and post it as a video response to show everyone what a cool adventure you’ve made. Make sure to note the name of the mission in your video so people can find it in Sporepedia!

And dont forget to check out last weeks best user challenge video FlyingPigBoys Spore Road Trip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_Xb5XaEjkM

Stay tuned for next weeks YouTube video challenge….

Helpful Technical Information:

To participate in our challenge enter your video as a video response to this one. Here’s how to create a video file to upload manually:

-To capture video in Spore Galactic Adventures, click V to begin video capture and V to end video capture

– Your video will be posted in the “Movies” folder which is located in your “My Spore Creations” directory

– Post your finished video as a video response to this video by clicking “Post a Video Response” in the video response section to the left

Source: SporePrograms

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Maxis Contest: Arthropod Adventure Team Challenge

Posted by ballightning on July 16, 2009

Yet another challange from MaxisCactus, and this time, you need to team up with 2 other people and create an adventure about insects. Enter over at the sporum.

Challenge Details

Organize into a teams of 3 players. With your team, create an adventure that uses at least 3 insects, arachnids, or crustaceans!

Your Submission Post should include the following information:
Adventure Title:
Team Name:
Lead Artist: Must create 5 original creations used in adventure. Creations tagged with team name.
Lead Collector: Must create Sporecast with at least 10 creations used in adventure. Sporecast tagged mcarthropodchallenge.
Lead Adventure Designer: Must publish adventure. Adventure tagged mcarthropod challenge
Adventure Link: Example: http://www.spore.com/sporepedia#qry=sast-XXXXXXXXXXXX
Sporecast Link: Example: http://www.spore.com/sporepedia#qry=ssc-XXXXXXXXXXXX

Arthropod References
Not sure what to make? Get inspired by arthropods from the following references:

• Wikipedia on arthropods
• SPYDR’s -=ARTHROPODS=- Sporecast
• Daikaze’s Insects and Arachnids Sporecast
• PyroBeast958’s Ultimate Insects of the Galaxy Sporecast

What will the winning team get?
A chance to be featured on Spore.com!

• The Adventure Designer will have the adventure featured.
• The Lead Artist will have one of their creations featured.
• The Lead Collector will have their Sporecast featured.

We’ll post our favorite submissions here, then YOU get to vote for which one is your top pick! The winner may be featured if it meets our criteria for featured creations.

Adventure, creation and Sporecast Requirements:
• must not contain any text with any links or references to other sites in the submission’s tags, name, or description
• must not contain content based on copyrighted material

Submissions that do not meet the above criteria will not be considered for the poll

Rules:
• Your team can submit as many entries as you like. Each entry should have its own post including the required info.
• Your adventure must be published by the Lead Adventure Designer
• Your Sporecast must be created by the Lead Collector (minimum 10 creations)
• Your Adventure must include at least 5 original creations by the Lead Artist
• All submissions must be in by 11:00am PDT August 20th 2009

Optional
• Post screenshots of the adventure and creations you’ve created here!

Challenge FAQ
Q: Can we use the adventureLook cheats?
A: Yes

Q: Are mechanical Athropods accepted? Can I make the required arthropods in any editor?
Yes, yes.

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Contest Winners: More Submarines Please Challange

Posted by ballightning on July 15, 2009

MaxisCactus has annouced the winners from the Submarine contest for her Aquarium app.

You voted and…
The winner is Mavor for The Penguin Sub!

Congratulations and keep an eye on Spore.com for your feature soon!

Congratulations to all the finalists in this challenge!

Your submarines are now in circulation in the Spore Aquarium! Vote for the winner by next Tuesday 7/14/09.

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Spore Galactic Adventures User Upload Challenge 2 – Summer Vacation

Posted by judhudson on July 9, 2009

It’s time once again for Spore’s YouTube User Upload Challenge!  This time, they’d like for you to create an adventure based around a summer-time theme.

Its summer time and we want to know where your Captain is!

Create a summer-themed adventure for your Captain in Spore Galactic Adventures. It could based around your favorite summer activity (BBQ, camp, summer blockbuster movie) or feature a summer objective (make it to the beach on time!).

Once you have created your adventure, make a video trailer for the mission and post it as a video response to show everyone what your Captain is doing this summer. Make sure to note the name of the mission in your video so people can find it in Sporepedia!

And dont forget to check out last weeks best user challenge video here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgrKXJ…
(Go Crygoth!!)

Stay tuned for next weeks YouTube video challenge….

Helpful Technical Information:

To participate in our challenge enter your video as a video response to this one. Here’s how to create a video file to upload manually:

-To capture video in Spore Galactic Adventures, click V to begin video capture and V to end video capture

– Your video will be posted in the “Movies” folder which is located in your “My Spore Creations” directory

– Post your finished video as a video response to this video by clicking “Post a Video Response” in the video response section to the left

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Galactic Adventures Storyboard Contest – Winners Announced!

Posted by judhudson on July 2, 2009

The results are in from the Storyboard Contest held awhile back.  MaxisCactus and the team have the results in this forum post.

Storyboard contest winners announced!

1st place: Afterfate for “The Meaningless Turtle”

Afterfate authored the winning storyboard called “The Meaningless Turtle”.

Maxoids Ian Armstrong, John Cimino and Guillaume Pierre recreated Afterfate’s story in Galactic Adventures to make it into an official Maxis adventure! Download and play the mission.

Download and play the adventure simply by opening your Spore game and choosing it in the Maxis adventure Sporecast.

Storyboard Images By Afterfate


Adventure Preview
by Maxis

MaxisCimino wrote: After reading the storyboards it became clear to me that the player had created a rather interesting fable-like story that had very distinct characters with clear motivations. I had a lot of fun working with those characters and designing the environments to match their individual personalities. I especially enjoyed creating the temple for the Guru of Wealth …which, of course, had to be made of solid, sparkling gold.

MaxisIan wrote: The storytelling style kind of reminded me of an old myth or fable, complete with gurus and the meaning of life! It parallels something you might see in the stereotypical interpretation of eastern philosophies, where the hero travels great distances to find a wise man sitting under the tree of knowledge/power/something else symbolic.

2nd place: KrakenMK for “Evynwire Scroll Quest”

Thanks to everyone who submitted, it was a tough choice!

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The Sims 3 Team presents ‘Spore Galactic Adventures’ Give-Away on Facebook

Posted by judhudson on July 1, 2009

A message that was passed along to me from The Sims 3 Team on Facebook:

To celebrate the release of Spore’s Expansion Pack, “Spore Galactic Adventures,” we wanted to give you guys a chance to get your very own copy! Next week, we will be hosting the Spore Galactic Adventures Give-Away. To receive your digital download code of Spore and the Expansion Pack (Spore Galactic Adventures), just remain active on our The Sims 3 Facebook Fan Page. It’s as simple as that! Comment on our updates or post links, pictures and videos and you could be the lucky Simmer to win a copy Spore and its Expansion pack.

We will announce winners everyday so make sure you are able to receive personal messages from us. See you then.

-The Sims Web Team

When next week hits, I’ll be sure to remind everyone once again! 😀

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6/29/09 – Spore Galactic Adventures User Upload Challenge

Posted by judhudson on June 30, 2009

You seen the video, now create your own Captain!  Maxis is encouraging users to create their own Captain and to submit a video to their YouTube page for other fans to see how awesome your Captain is!  Details below:

You’ve watched the Maxis Space Captain go from zero to Galactic Hero and now we’d like to see what your captain can do! Does your captain command a starship, have a peg leg, or appear on cereal boxes?

Once you have created your Captain in Spore Galactic Adventures, make a video showing what your Captain is capable of. Then post it as a video response so the entire galaxy can see how cool your Captain is!

And stay tuned for next weeks YouTube video challenge….

Helpful Technical Information:

  • To participate in our challenge enter your video as a video response to this one. Here’s how to create a video file to upload manually.
  • To capture video in Spore Galactic Adventures, click V to begin video capture and V to end video capture
  • Your video will be posted in the “Movies” folder which is located in your “My Spore Creations” directory
  • Post your finished video as a video response to this video by clicking “Post a Video Response” in the video response section to the left

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