Message #2036

From: Roice Nelson <>
Subject: Re: [MC4D] New contest
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2012 19:23:01 -0600

I’ve added a setting suggested by Melinda, which some of you might like to
use for your contest entries. Under the ‘Coloring’ section, there is now a
way to change the color of tile edges (by this I mean the small gaps
between tiles). This allows you to have edge colors different than the
background color.

At the moment, slices will have the same color as tile edges. Providing a
way to independently change the color of slices might be nice for the


On Sun, Feb 26, 2012 at 1:48 AM, cutelyaware <>wrote:

> We had a great time with the hyper-speedsoving a while ago and wanted to
> do that again. I think it is time for another contest though in the
> interest of variety I would like to propose that we try some other contest
> types. But then there are so many other types of contests we could also
> have it’s hard to know where to start. For this next one I would like to
> propose a puzzle beauty contest! I would like to restrict the submissions
> to be anything you can do with MagicTile IRPs to further promote these
> beautiful objects and to get some pretty pictures I can show at an upcoming
> math conference. If this interests you, then build the prettiest IRP puzzle
> you can, adjust its colors and other settings, pose it as artfully as you
> can, and then send me a screenshot and the log file. I’ll figure out a way
> to present them all and we can all vote on the winner via a Yahoo group
> poll.
> I would like to also create an additional special category for the most
> beautiful checkerboard IRP. This one should be judged purely by the log
> file alone. In other words, for this category it is all about the best
> pattern that you can create and not involving artistic presentation like in
> the open category. So if you create one of these, please put the word
> "Checkerboard" as the first line in the body of your submission. Note that
> I don’t think anybody has done a checkerboard IRP yet at all, right? If so,
> you could snag that prestigious first.
> Yet one more special category will be for 3D stereo images. For these, the
> first line should be "Stereo".
> Since we don’t really need preparation time, let’s start the contest now
> and set the submission deadline for. I’ll then publish the submissions and
> give you a further week or so to vote on your favorites. Here are the
> rules. If you find problems, please suggest improvements and hopefully we
> can adjust them as needed:
> - Entry limits per person: Up to
> - 3 open category submissions
> - 1 checkerboard
> - 1 stereogram
> - Submission contents:
> 1. Submission title
> 2. Photo specifications
> - IRP screenshot showing just the puzzle area
> - Exactly 800 pixels high with a 1280 pixel maximum width
> - JPG or PNG formats
> - no post-processing allowed
> - Cross-eyed view mode for stereo submissions - maximum width:
> 2560 total
> 3. MagicTile log file
> 4. Description of parameters
> 5. Creator’s name
> - Send to, subject line "Beauty Contest
> Submission - <Your Name> - <Submission #>" (no quotes). One entry per
> message.
> - Submission deadline: Midnight next Saturday evening Pacific time.
> You can update your entries by simply sending another entry with the same
> subject line as the one you wish to replace.
> I will offer a T-shirt prize for the open category if 10 or more people
> enter, another for best checkerboard if 5 or more people enter, and a third
> for best 3D shot, again if 5 or more people enter. One T-shirt per person
> maximum.
> One nice thing is that you do not need to know how to solve any puzzles to
> win this contest! This will give a decisive advantage to the more artistic
> among you, so go get creative, crazy. Find what it takes to impress the
> judges and take that T-shirt!
> Good luck!
> -Melinda