This was really fun - and, I guess, not just for me. The
number of contestants was satisfactory: there were 15 legit
entries for Level-A, six for Level-B and another seven artistic
bridges. All entries are worth watching and a lot of new
techniques were developed. All podium bridges contain new ideas
or at least new applications of known art. Of course, this can
be traced back to my terrific level design.
Both levels were a bit tricky about the current: although
set to zero the water flow flattened some approaches. This is
especially naughty with hydraulics that lack some stability
because of missing crossbeams.
The subtleties within the rules - fortunately - did not lead
to a flood of illegal bridges (there was only one in the end),
but gave another proof that the rules must be considered very
well. As always, visiting the forums was worth it. On the other
hand, again, costs stated in the bridge cost discussion forum
were rare and rather imprecise. Maybe we should force everybody
to post costs early ... maybe we could make bets ... post your
As always, any feedback on the contest is welcome. Please
post your impressions in this forum thread. Each of the winners will get
an eternal place in the Hall Of Fame (if he doesn't have
one yet) once Gray gets the necessary information from them.
The bridge cost discussion forum is no longer
password-protected until the next contest starts. For your
reference, the rules/prizes page and the contest level file can
still be found here.
The next contest will be a
BridgeBuilder-Contest and it will start around the 16th of
Last but not least I'd like to thank Gray
and Mendel for their help and Chronic Logic for providing the
prices. Running this contest was a great pleasure and a
Now, I won't put you on the rack anymore,