TechTree Contest #10 is practically done, with judge scoring done (as far as I know) and only a few days left on the poll. It was a great success with 15 participants and 7 entries reaching The Poll. Now lets brainstorm for the next version of the contest. Previous Installments (with Links) Techtree Contest #10: Mythology Techtree Contest #10: The Poll Techtree Contest #10: The Results Techtree Contest #9: Biome Techtree Contest #9: The Poll Techtree Contest #9: The Results Techtree Contest #8: The Seal of Magus Techtree Contest #8: The Poll Techtree Contest #8: The Results (Paired) Techtree Contest #7: Super Unit (Paired) Techtree Contest #7: The Poll (Paired) Techtree Contest #7: The Results Techtree Contest #6: No Imports Techtree Contest #6: The Poll Techtree Contest #6: The Results Techtree Contest #5: Innovation Techtree Contest #5: The Poll Techtree Contest #5: The Results Techtree Contest #4: Improved Melee Race Techtree Contest #4: The Poll Techtree Contest #4: The Results Techtree Contest #3: Mini-Melee Race Techtree Contest #3: The Poll Techtree Contest #3: The Results Techtree Contest #2: Altered Melee Techtree Contest #2: The Poll (Poll seems lost in time) Techtree Contest #2: The Results Techtree Contest #1: Untitled Techtree Contest #1: The Poll Techtree Contest #1: The Results The fist thing to decide is the Contest Modifier, here are 3 common variants: Contest Modifier Description Solo Single author for each entry, no collaboration besides the traditional testing and advising. Paired Contestants can join solo or with a team mate. In other words Optionally Paired. Here are the ideas we have collected so far. I will add or remove some along with our discussion. Theme Description Alliances Create a new faction based on an alliance not seen on the vanilla (Original) Factions of Warcraft (Example: Tauren and Human, Gnolls and Orcs, etc...) Alternate Timeline Describe a single or series of closely related events that have changed your timeline. Then create a faction that would exist in the present time on that alternate world. The faction and all its races must be already present in vanilla Warcraft, so no extraterrestrial beings nor races that are foreign to the Warcraft Universe. Ancient Race Create a faction that describies the origins of any of the vanilla W3 races. For example Night Elves pre-Sundering, Hunter Orcs in Draenor, etc. Elements Create a faction based on an Elemental focus, using one or more of the four base elements (Fire, Water, Earth and Air). Evil Faction Create faction that is a pure evil. Dark spirits, demons, mad scientists, or maybe a great looking civilization of light worshiping people that is corrupted from inside. "Evil will always find a way" Improved Melee Continue the evolution of one of the 4 main factions and enhance its techtree. Remnants of Undead and Night Elf, Humans after rebuilding their kingdom, Orcs after stabilizing and creating a new civilization, etc. Mirror-verse Reality turns upside down! Down is up and the poor become the rich. Take one faction from the Warcraft universe and shift their alignment. If they were evil before, now they're angels or vice-versa. Eg: The Burning Legion becomes the Shining Legion. Nomad Create a faction which their main system is like the Night Elven or heaven's fall's Zear Fallen in that their race has mobility at their side. Revolution Take one of the secondary races within the 4 W3FT vanilla factions and make a fully fledged Techtree for them. For example: Ancient's Army, Tauren's Clan, Dwarf Principality, Nerubian Kingdom, etc. Techno-magic Advanced technology meets magic! Reinterpret one of the vanilla factions as though they would exist in a futuristic universe where magic and science exist side by side. Example: Dalaran Corporation. Idea's Hold-bay This a section for ideas that require a certain conditions before they become viable themes. Theme Description Requires be Included in The Poll Evolution Create a techtree that include elements of customization to every game played, units can develop different "final forms" depending on the player choises. This Techtree should be vastly bigger than the standard 12 units and 4 heroes, however, on single sesion you should be able to unlock only a regular number of units (12 units and 3 heroes for example) Given the extra amount of work needed, contest must be paired and a significant number of modelers should be interested. Insurgence Take up to 2 of the minor (and mostly oppressed) races in vanilla warcraft and make a separte faction. Idea scratched for being too similar to Revolution. Over Powered Create a faction that is desgined to be stronger by default than any single vanilla race. This factions must be design to play in handicap matches like 1 vs 2. More supporters required. (Personally I think this is not a good theme, because you can make an OP faction by with minor edits like x2 life or +15 damage to all units, etc. Not a theme that challenges people to be as creative as in other ones). Pacifist Create a faction that follows a degree of no agression policy, and thus must work in a support role for allied factions. For example no direct damage kills allowed, just DoTs, or no offensive units at all, etc. Just more discussion is needed. (I think is viable theme, yet I don't know if people would like to create non-combatant factions). Post-Apocalypse the Warcraft legendarium had had a sci-fi conversion... and then the apocalypse happened. Reinterpret one of the four vanilla races as though they have gone through a high-technological surge and are trying to rebuilt after a devastating collapse. Magic optional, but strongly recommended. More discussion of the theme is required, I guess. (I don't know how viable this theme is). Technyfied Race Create a futuristic techtree, rule-breaking the fantasy meta warcraft 3 has established. Perhaps the contest organizers can even gather up a bundle of futuristic models to provide the contestants. Everyone gets the same bundle but we see how much (if) differenly people use them. Last contest a similar idea called Futurecraft was dismissed for the scarcity of fitting resources in the Hive. (I don't know if even a Paired contest could solve this issue). Unusual Race Create a faction that doesn't follow a standart WC3 race format, but is competetive with standard races. So nothing extra weak or OP, just different, but made with counters with mind. This is more of a game-mechanic restrain than a Theme, more discussion is required to promote this theme. Changelog 12-June-2016 Thread created. Added theme suggestion: Revolution 13-June-2016 Added themes not selected from the last poll: Alliances, Alternate Timeline, Elements, Fourcraft, Nomad. Removed theme from last poll "Insurgence" being too similar to "Revolution". Renamed Fourcraft to Improved Melee. Argument is to be consistent on how this kind of contest was called before. Also adjusted its description to what Kam posted. Added themes: Evil Faction and Ancient Race. Added links for Techtree Contest #3, that was named "Race Building Contest #3" in the archives. Per request, removed the Mini- variant from the modifiers. Let me know if you disaggre. 14-June-2016 Renamed TEAM modifier to just Paired, because it would be hard to find so many contestants to have 3 people teams. Added a proper description of Ancient Race. It should despice the origin of any of the vanilla races of W3 instead of giving chance to create real ancient civilizations (TO be different from the previous contest). Added a area (Idea's Holdbay) for ideas that deppend on certain elements to be viable themes. Themes added to Holdbay: Evolution, Post-Apocalypse, Techno-Magic, Technified Race, and Insurgence. Changed Alternate Timeline description. Here is the old one "Create a faction based on the idea that they exist in an alternate warcraft universe. Example: humans may be extinct or the orcs never came to Azeroth" 15-June-2016 Added theme Techno-magic to main rooster, here old version: [C] Advanced technology meets magic! Reinterpret one of the four vanilla races as though they would exist in a futuristic universe where magic and science exist side by side. Example: Dalaran Corporation.[C]Just more discussion about the theme. (Personally I belive that by including the "Magic" element we have access to enough resources to make this a viable theme).[R] Do to lack of support and recomendation, theme Nomad has been demoted to the "Holdbay", let me know if you want the theme back for the poll. 16-June-2016 Updated Previous Installments tab with the just published results of the Techtree #10. 18-June-2016 After short questionary, reinstalled Nomad as a option for the theme poll. After short questionary, permision was asked to start the poll. 19-June-2016 Theme Mirror-verse added to 'Holdbay'. Theme Mirror-verse approved for the theme poll. Poll thread approved, (although seems that staff approval was not mandatory) Poll thread created here. 24-June-2016 Theme Updated Techno-Magic theme wording from "one of the four vanilla races" to "one of the vanilla factions" to be more inclusive regarding neutrals and other vanilla factions. 27-June-2016 Poll ended, theme selected Techno-Magic, with a Optionally Paired modifier.