Play Knytt Stories Contest for all KS Players! FEATURING an all-new level by VG!

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Calling all Knytt Stories Players! Welcome to the first ever Play Knytt Stories contest!

First, allow me to introduce an all-new level by the one and only Vegetal Gibber, Ruins of EGA-Lana. This level has everything... EGA graphics, Easy, Hard, and Lunatic modes, collectible artifacts, and tantalizing hidden secrets! This level will be released on November 12th, 2021, at 12:00AM GMT. I would like to thank Vegetal Gibber for co-sponsoring this contest, providing this exceptional level as the competition setting.

Level is now live! Get it here: https://nifflas.lp1.nl/index.php?topic=7297.0


This contest has three separate categories, to appeal to any player. This means there will be at least THREE unique winners! You don't need a screen capture program to participate, you don't need to be the fastest player, in fact you don't need to necessarily even complete the level at all! Contest period will be from November 12th, 2021 12:00AM GMT to January 12th, 2022 12:00AM. Players may participate in every category, but can only receive one award.

Category 1: Non-traditional SpeedRun of Ruins of EGA -Lana Hard mode. Post or stream a speedrun video of Ruins of EGA-Lana Hard mode and link it in this thread or on the Official Nifflas Discord. Wallswims and OOBs are allowed, though cheating is not. The fastest time wins. Time will be scored from the moment the player enters the Hard area to the moment they re-enter the menu screen reach the credits. Each artifact collected will be counted as -10s. Prize is a $15 Steam Gift Card!*

Category 2: Completionist run of Ruins of EGA-Lana Lunatic mode. Post or stream a video completing Ruins of EGA-Lana Lunatic mode AND collecting all artifacts, and link it in this thread or on the Official Nifflas Discord. No wallswims, OOBs, or cheats allowed. The First player to upload or stream a complete run video wins! Prize is a $15 Steam Gift Card!*

Category 3: Creative run of Ruins of EGA-Lana. Post to this thread or Nifflas Discord a unique and creative "playthrough" of Ruins of EGA-Lana, any mode, including Easy. It does not have to be a complete playthrough, and can involve as many or as few screens as you wish. (e.g. a video narrating Juni's EGA-Lana adventure; a slideshow storybook of EGA-Lana; a crayon picture of Juni in EGA-Lana). This category will be subject to a two week voting period following the two month contest period. On January 12th, 2022, I will compile the entries here and post all of the valid contestants, with instructions on how to vote. Voting will begin January 12th, 2022 11:00PM and will end January 26th, 2022 12:00AM. The winner will get a $15 Steam Gift Card!*

BONUS: ANY player who completes True Lunatic mode (not to be confused with regular Lunatic mode) with no exploits, cheats, or glitches, and posts a video of it during the contest period will receive a $10 Steam gift card* AND be added to the Hall of Fame; Vegetal Gibber will add their name, a brief quote, and a unique statue to the FINAL release of the level! Players CAN absolutely win the bonus prize in addition to any other contest!

Official Winners for three main contests (including for Contest 2) will be announced January 27th, 2022 12:00AM
Bonus Winners will be announced as they are verified


Congratulations to StraightFlame for being the first to complete True Lunatic mode!
Congratulations to Gliperal for being the second to complete True Lunatic mode!

Current Speedruns are being informally tracked here: http://www.ksruns.com/level/lana

--FAQ--

Q: Does True Lunatic Mode have to be completed in one sitting to be eligible for prizes?
A: No, this can be completed across multiple sittings. However, the entire playthrough must be streamed, or recorded and spliced as one playthrough video. Any evidence of video tampering, cheat use, cheat-saving, save file editing, or level editing, may result in disqualification from all skill-based contests.

Q: Can I use the level editor to view Ruins of EGA-Lana for practice and strategy purposes?
A: Yes, you may, however, please do so off-camera, or in dedicated practice and analysis videos. Any evidence of level editing or tampering in a submitted run, even purely aesthetic or accidental level changes, may result in disqualification from all skill-based contests.

Q: Can I view other runs in order to strategize and optimize my own?
A: Yes, absolutely! The purpose of this contest is to foster growth in the KS community, so we not only allow but encourage sharing runs, watching other streams, and discussing strategies.

Feel free to post any questions below, and good luck!

Fine print:
- *Or a comparable prize of the winner's choice, subject to complete discretion by pfrangip. Steam gift cards have a three day waiting period.
- Amounts in US dollars. I have no idea how many kronenbergs that is.
- In the event of winners in multiple categories, or ties, prizes will be awarded according to the sole discretion of pfrangip.
- VG and pfrangip may compete for sport, but they are ineligible from receiving any prizes. I really would love to see VG beat True Lunatic mode.
- The level was released 1 hour earlier than originally planned. If anyone feels like the one hour early posting has adversely impacted their ability to compete in Category 2, please compete as normal, PM me, and I will review cases as necessary.
« Last Edit: November 26, 2021, 20:39:37 by pfrangip »

This sounds awesome! I haven't been this excited for something KS-related in a long time, so way to go pfrangip and VG! Consider me eager to take a crack at the first two categories and the bonus (so there's a lunatic mode and a true lunatic mode, huh? Intriguing... :shifty:). Each artifact awarding 10s adds an interesting twist to routing. Hopefully the prize money doesn't encourage people to hide their strats/runs until the very end. Gibber's a pretty strong creator, and Dithered Temple was quite a solid map, so I don't expect there to be any OOB/wallswims, but I'll sure as heck be looking for them. I wonder if perhaps you have intentionally left any in, just to stir the pot... (though personally I hope not. Much more fun to break what wasn't meant to be broken :^^:)

Good luck to all contenders!
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I mean, the real winner is who had the most fun, and I want to shove my hands into a meat grinder, so congrats! (Imagine :P here but cheekier. And something that makes this post less uncomfortable.)
(Was at this screen when Glip submitted; 3 artifacts, missing the one from the 2nd fan room)
« Last Edit: November 12, 2021, 01:44:39 by canteven / ncrecc »
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"Abandoned" run (gets to the end but deviates from all artifacts) at the time, comes to about 2 hours and finishes with only 3 artifacts. https://youtu.be/P1OQlFTGL4I
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"Abandoned" run (gets to the end but deviates from all artifacts) at the time, comes to about 2 hours and finishes with only 3 artifacts. https://youtu.be/P1OQlFTGL4I
Impressive playthrough. Those first two screens were basically deathless! It was a pretty close race until that big ol six-screen puzzle threw everyone for a loop.
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