I propose a new kind of competition. I think it's such a fun idea that I'll gladly donate a cash prize myself.
Here it is!!!
The competiton would be a timed map re-creation using map editor of old classic GOW. All participants would have to stream the entire process from start to posting on the forum to provide proof they are recreating the map from memory and not referring to existing map in map editor. A time of 30-60 minutes seems reasonable, but amount of time permitted could be voted on.
The winning map re-creation would also be determined by forum vote.
The first ever GOW CLASSIC MAP RECREATION COMPETITION submission deadline will be 8 pm on June 25th, the same day as XuRnT's big Human/Orc vs Human/Orc tournament. You will have a 20 minute time limit to recreate, from memory, as best you can, the Garden of War.pud classic map in Map Editor.
The entire process must be streamed for the viewing pleasure of everyone and for proof that the map is being recreated from memory.
It is recommended that you use a timer/stopwatch so that you get auditory signals perhaps after 5, 10, and 15 minutes to indicate how much time you have remaining as the 20-minute time limit will be firmly adhered to. Google has a timer you can use for this purpose if you don't have any other, but it's probably preferable to have one next to you that you can check to see how much time you have left so the cut off doesn't come abruptly and unexpectedly, giving you time to put the finishing touches on your masterpiece.
Entries must be submitted exactly by the deadline. Entries submitted 1 minute+ after the deadline will be disqualified. Please allow yourself adequate time for getting the map submitted online (ie. don't work on the map until 7:59 as you probably will not have enough time to transfer it electronically by the deadline - give yourself lots of time so your wonderful work of art will be a valid entry).
The map recreations will be posted on a new forum poll so that users can vote for their favorite. The posting process may take some time before voting opens. I would prefer to post the map creations "blind" so that the creator isn't announced with it so that people are voting for the map and not just for their favorite players. Of course, since it is being streamed, it will be possible to solve the mystery of who did which map by watching twitch, but I still would try to refrain from blatantly announcing the creator for the forum voting.
If you are interested in this competition but need help either setting up your stream or getting started with map editor, be sure to ask for help. There are a number of helpful, well-informed, tech-savvy people in the community here who generously and kindly help other users with various computer/server/internet/war2 accessory issues they may have. Mousetopher (mousey) is my personal computer hero and I trust that she will take care of all your W2 related computer issues.
I wanted to do a Pizza Hut e-gift card for 2 large pizzas for a prize that can be emailed to the winner, but since we have a number of internationals, and I have no idea if they have Pizza Hut in other countries, it might be more complicated than necessary. For some reason, a pizza gift card seems more exciting to me than a plain regular money prize, but plain regular might be the way to go to keep it simple.
Please feel free to add comments or ask questions or clarify any obscurities.
I think this will be a lot of fun and I invite all of you to show off your super-fast-map-creation skills or lack thereof and enter the contest!!