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Win $1,000 in the GalCiv III Ship Designer Contest!

By on November 5, 2014 9:22:31 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

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UPDATE 11/18: We've picked the eight finalists, so check your email. Voting starts tomorrow!

Get cracking on the best darn ship you can put together, because we’re adding eight finalists’ designs to the release version of Galactic Civilizations III – and entering those eight finalists into a community-voted bracket that awards $1,000 to the ultimate winner.

Submit your ship to the contest here.

Here’s how it works:

Anyone can enter the contest – you don’t even need to personally own a copy of the game. Simply submit your design via screenshot, and the Galactic Civilizations III team will hand-pick eight finalists who will have their design included in the final game.

Once those finalists are chosen, we’ll run a community-voting bracket where you all get to determine who advances toward the grand prize of $1,000.

The schedule looks like this:

  • November 5-16: Submissions are open.
  • November 16: Submissions close.
  • November 19-21: The bracket begins with Round 1, Matchup 1. Voting is open to the community. Whoever gets the most votes advances.
  • November 22-24: Round 1, Matchup 2 is open for voting.
  • November 25-27: Round 1, Matchup 3.
  • November 28-30: Round 1, Matchup 4.
  • December 1-3: Semifinals, Matchup 1.
  • December 4-6: Semifinals, Matchup 2.
  • December 7-9: Final Round! Fight!
  • December 10: The ultimate winner is announced.
  • December ??: Beta 3 released, adding ship-to-ship combat, the Yor faction, and much more to the game!

Good luck, and don’t forget to check back for the voting rounds that begin on November 19!


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FAQ

Can–
Let me stop you right there and suggest that you read the rules of the contest. Many of your questions are answered there.

Is the contest open to non-US residents?
Yes, though every entrant is responsible for knowing the laws of the jurisdiction where they live. All offers void where prohibited.

Can I submit multiple ships?
Yes, but we reserve the right to be annoyed if you spam us, which probably won’t help your chances of being selected. Probably try to stay under five submissions.

Can I submit a ship I designed a while back and posted to the official forums/Steam community?
Sure, any Galactic Civilizations III ship qualifies.

Can I submit a ship made in the Galactic Civilizations II editor?
No. Only ships that can be successfully imported into Galactic Civilizations III are eligible.

I missed the submission deadline. Will you consider my ship, pretty please?
Nope, sorry.

I have another question that isn’t answered here.
If it truly isn’t answered in the rules (it probably is), ask it here or by tweeting @stardock.

 

FAQ UPDATE 11/6

What size ships are you looking for?
Any size. Whatever supports your artistic vision.

Do you want bare hulls, or finished designs with lasers, shields, etc?
Hulls, generally. That's most likely how any winners will be included in the game, anyway.

Will ship designs based on TV shows, movies, etc. be considered?
Probably not. Not because they're not awesome, but because Stardock doesn't want to dive into those particular legal waters.

What about ships that we imagine might work in a not-yet-implemented faction (Yor, Thalan, Iconian), since those ship parts aren't available yet?
We welcome any submission that uses any set of parts, or any mix of any parts. Really what we're looking for are awesome, original designs of all kinds.

Should we avoid moving parts since you asked for screenshot submissions?
Absolutely not! Just record a movie of your ship in motion and upload it to YouTube (FRAPS is an easy way to do this, though there are a billion different ways to record and upload to YouTube these days) and include the link in your submission -- we have a text field there specifically for this reason. 

Does that mean our ships need to be animated to have a chance of winning?
Absolutely not! Animation is just another tool in your toolbox. Use it or don't; it's all about whatever works best for your particular design. 

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November 5, 2014 1:05:33 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

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November 5, 2014 5:14:34 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

oh my!!!!!!!!

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November 5, 2014 6:16:30 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Ok, I have a dumb question.  How do we actually design a ship, since the Ship Builder is disabled (in my GC3, at least)?  Do I need to pick a specific race, play and unlock all the hull designs that I want, and then customize it?  While I can do that, it seems a little "indirect".  If I'm missing something, please let me know!  Thanks, and thanks for a very fun game!

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November 5, 2014 6:24:46 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Will ships designs based on TV shows and movies be qualified?

 

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November 5, 2014 6:48:52 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

The way I read it, it must be a Stardock only ship.  I think the reasoning is to avoid royalties or legal issues.

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November 5, 2014 7:02:57 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!! WHY DO I SUCK AT MAKING DESIGNS!!!

but I will still try* (does not mean I will have a submission though)

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November 5, 2014 7:09:14 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

DARCA1213 great attitude but submit it, you might be surprised how it's received. 

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November 5, 2014 10:13:11 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

recrooks, unless I'm mistaking, all "parts" are always available. From Tiny to Huge.  Each of the individual starting hulls that you can select are actually made up of multiple parts that are available at any technology level. 

Also, under "Options" button, you can set it to show parts from all other races as well.  Though mixing and matching hull pieces from various races may throw off the "style" of each individual race.

I hope this helps! This contest is just one more reason why I'll rarely actually play the game, I spend so much time in the ship designer already Of course, I wouldn't get $1,000 for winning the game.

 

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November 6, 2014 1:20:49 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

What size ship are you looking for in this contest?

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November 6, 2014 3:53:16 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

WOW I surprised myself. I stink at art and crafting stuff...but I am proud of my very Terran looking frigate!

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November 6, 2014 4:05:04 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

can't wait to see it.  I enjoy the ship design almost as much as the game.

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November 6, 2014 5:29:43 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Are you looking for base hull designs that will be included in the design roster for players to build upon, or are you looking for finished designs with shields and laserbeams and so on?

 

The object sets for the missing factions will have a look and feel unique to that faction, so should we only build from/for the five present factions instead of trying to imagine ships for those yet-to-be-added factions? 

 

Sorry if these questions were already answered somewhere and I missed it!

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November 6, 2014 7:37:54 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Quick question re ship design (I did read the rules!).

You've asked for a screenshot of the ship - does that mean we'd be best to avoid the various moving parts functions? I've seen some amazing ships on the forums which almost qualify as optical illusions, but if it's a static image you're looking for (simpler might also be better for AI ships I suppose) then I'm very happy to stick to that.

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November 6, 2014 8:30:29 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Updated the FAQ with answers to your questions. Or here, if you don't want to scroll alllllll the waaaaaay up to the top of the page:

 

What size ships are you looking for?
Any size. Whatever supports your artistic vision.

Do you want bare hulls, or finished designs with lasers, shields, etc?
Hulls, generally. That's most likely how any winners will be included in the game, anyway.

Will ship designs based on TV shows, movies, etc. be considered?
Probably not. Not because they're not awesome, but because Stardock doesn't want to dive into those particular legal waters.

What about ships that we imagine might work in a not-yet-implemented faction (Yor, Thalan, Iconian), since those ship parts aren't available yet?
We welcome any submission that uses any set of parts, or any mix of any parts. Really what we're looking for are awesome, original designs of all kinds.

Should we avoid moving parts since you asked for screenshot submissions?
Absolutely not! Just record a movie of your ship in motion and upload it to YouTube (FRAPS is an easy way to do this, though there are a billion different ways to record and upload to YouTube these days) and include the link in your submission -- we have a text field there specifically for this reason. 

Does that mean our ships need to be animated to have a chance of winning?
Absolutely not! Animation is just another tool in your toolbox. Use it or don't; it's all about whatever works best for your particular design. 

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November 6, 2014 9:37:32 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

abiessener, I've used fraps as you suggested and made a pretty cool video of my ship I submitted, is there anyway to update my submission?

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November 6, 2014 9:59:27 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

I have a very very basic question. Can we design the spaceship in Photoshop or in some 3d software or do we have to use the GC3 in-game editor? If the answer is the second one, does that mean I have to purchase the game just to be able to take part in this contest?

Thanks

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November 6, 2014 10:58:13 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Darca, if you need help with ship building come talk to me, I think I have mastered the ship designer very well.

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November 6, 2014 12:18:55 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

I'll have to get on this....  Hmmmm... what shall I build 

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November 6, 2014 3:17:54 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Edladner: No, but you can just resubmit -- give the youtube link and note that you'd like to update your previous submission, and we'll take care of it internally.

loomenko: You don't need to own GC3 to be eligible, but submissions do need to be able to be imported into GC3. Designing them in the GC3 editor is the easiest way to make sure they're eligible.

Rand Johnson: Seriously guys, ask Rand your ship designer questions. He/she has made some really cool stuff.

Seilore: IMO something awesome

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November 6, 2014 7:05:47 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Abiessener...... I am a guy and don't you forget it....

 

BTW.... thanks for the kind compliment!

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November 6, 2014 7:28:18 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

How do we design ships when the option is not yet available in the game?

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November 6, 2014 7:33:36 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Use the Ship Design while in game Malakie.

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November 6, 2014 11:41:28 PM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

So for those of us who can't afford the game at the moment, what can we use besides the GC3 editor that can be imported into the game?  I have/have access to several programs that can be used for 3d design, but I still need to know what format(s) can be imported.

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November 7, 2014 2:32:01 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

How exactly are pictures going to be imported? Eventually we will have to send the files, yes?

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November 7, 2014 10:53:57 AM from Galactic Civilizations III Forums Galactic Civilizations III Forums

Please retract my submission.  It turns out that although I still have the jpg and mp4 files, I do not have the actual ship files.  They seem to have gotten lost in a recent install problem.  I will have to see if I can re-create my creation and resubmit.

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