Pontifex Contest 15

Welcome to the fifteenth Chronic Logic/ Contest!

This contest is hosted by RKone.
Everyone is welcome to enter. The full version of Pontifex is required.

The Goal

For the uncertain, the goal is to build the cheapest, most original, best-looking or craziest bridge possible that allows the train to complete the level, while obeying the following simple rules...

The Rules

Read the rules carefully, because they are THE RULES!

There are 2 main bridge categories: 'clean' and 'dirty', and the additional 'artistic' category.

For 'clean' bridges:

1. The bridge must have no broken links after all train passes.

2. The train may not pass through any light or heavy steel beams while crossing the bridge.

      Example of a bridge failing rule 2

3. No bridge links may penetrate the level terrain, in edit and in sim mode.

      Example of a bridge failing rule 3

4. The bridge must work with any train delay beyond the 'settling point'.

For 'clean' and 'dirty' bridges:

5. You may not exploit bugs or flaws in the game engine (e.g. cable compression, decks with some steel missing, etc.) .

6. The bridge must work on hard difficulty, either with zero train delay or after settling (or in both cases).

For all bridges:

8. Your bridge will be located in the 'bridge' sub-folder in your Pontifex folder (default filename would be con15.pxb). Attach it to an e-mail and send it to me using the e-mail links below. Don't use filenames longer than 8 characters.

9. The e-mail subject must read "[CLEAN/DIRTY/ARTIST] Cost: xxx Name: yyy". No dollar signs ($), no punctuation in the bridge cost, one space after each colon. My subject line would be "CLEAN Cost: 123456 Name: RKone". Use these e-mail links to make sure you get it right: Clean, Dirty, Artistic.

10. The contest ends at 9:00 PM GMT (4:00 PM EST) on October 20th. I take no responsibility for e-mail servers being too slow for your e-mail to reach me in time, etc. I'll put up a list of received entries during the contest.

11. Strictly ONE bridge per category per participant is allowed. ALL bridges count as 'artistic' as well, so you don't have to submit your 'clean' bridge twice to get the Bridge Artist title :)

12. Any discussions on contest bridge costs are to be kept in this special sub-forum. For your own good, it is password-protected. To get the password, first read this.

13. Breaking, bending or scratching any of the above rules will result in disqualification. If you are unsure whether or not your bridge meets all the requirements, contact me for a clarification before submitting your entry.

14. In the event of a tie, the entry I receive first will be rated better.

The Prizes

For the cheapest working 'perfectly clean' bridges:

Winner: Eternal glory and admiration, the title of 'Bridge General' and your choice of any Chronic Logic game.
1st Runner-up: Temporary glory and admiration, the title of 'Bridge Major'
2nd Runner-up: Momentary glory and admiration, the title of 'Bridge Captain'

For the cheapest working 'dirty' bridges:

Winner: Eternal respect and awe, the title of 'Bridge Don' and your choice of any Chronic Logic game.
1st Runner-up: Temporary respect and awe, the title of 'Bridge Mafioso'
2nd Runner-up: Momentary respect and awe, the title of 'Bridge Bandit'

For the best 'artistic' bridges:

- The Title of 'Bridge Artist' for the best-looking entry
- The Title of 'Bridge Inventor' for the most creative entry
- Additional Special Titles as I see fit :)

Many thanks to Chronic Logic for providing the prizes!

The winners will be announced soon after the contest ends. They will have the right to register on the Forum completely free of charge and bear the best of their titles there forever. Their names will also appear in the eternal Hall Of Fame.

The Level

Put the file in your Pontifex level folder and load it from the main menu using 'Load level'. Don't change the 'Cars' and 'Passes' settings provided.

Contest 15 level (ZIP) (corrected version, level courtesy of Laze Cannon)

Some Hints

I suggest you read the Tips page and check out some bridges built by others in the Bridges and Records sections in case you're not very familiar with the common bridge building techniques.

Good Luck!

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