Bridge Builder Contest 19

Welcome to the 19th bridge building contest! It's about building Bridge Builder bridges.
Download Bridge Builder here. (It's free!)
This contest is hosted by Andreas (diedummenschimpansen in the forum). Everyone is welcome to enter!

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 ...

Contest 19 RULES - read carefully!!

In the second level of contest 19, there is a small island which is a bit higher than the train-level. As the railroad tracks are bound to the train level in Bridge-Builder, you have to construct some kind of mechanism to 'lift' the train on the island. Please note rules number two and five in this regard.

The first level is comparably small and competition will be very close. The second level is middle-sized. Please note rules number twelve and fifteen concerning this matter.

There are 3 categories and for each category 2 or 3 subcategories: 'CLEAN' and 'DIRTY'. The additional 'ARTISTIC' category is meant for the original, crazy and good-looking bridges. Exact definitions can be found below.

For 'CLEAN' bridges:

1. The train must pass the bridge without breaking any links.

2. No bridge links may touch (except at the anchor points) or penetrate the level terrain. This applies for edit and test mode, so don't make any use of the ground for a CLEAN bridge!

3. The bridge must work (the 'Next Level' message must appear) with any train delay beyond the 'settling point'.

For 'DIRTY' and 'ARTISTIC' bridges:

4. Bridge links may break.

5. Bridge links may touch/penetrate terrain.

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

For all bridges:

7. You may not exploit bugs or flaws in the game engine (flying train, separated train engine, etc).

8. Editing the level is strictly prohibited. Using techniques only possible using an external editor (e.g. arched deck) is not allowed.

9. Save your bridge in a .BRG file. Your bridge will be located in the game folder. Attach it to an e-mail and send it to Don't use filenames longer than 8 characters!

10. The e-mail subject must read "[1 CLEAN/1 DIRTY/2 CLEAN/2 DIRTY] Cost: xxx Name: yyy" or "ARTIST Name: xxx Cost: yyy". No dollar signs ($), no punctuation in the bridge cost, e.g. "CLEAN Cost: 12345 Name: Gray". Use these e-mail links to make sure you get it right: Level 1 CLEAN, Level 1 DIRTY, Level 2 CLEAN, Level 2 DIRTY, ARTISTIC.

11. The contest ends at 6:00 PM GMT on May 6th. I take no responsibility for e-mail servers being too slow for your e-mail to reach me in time, etc. You will get an automatic e-mail reply when an entry is received.

12. Strictly TWO clean, TWO dirty and ONE artistic bridge per participant and category are allowed at most, no exceptions. If someone submits two clean and/or two dirty bridges, only the cheaper working one will be evaluated in every category. If anyone takes part in two or 3 categories and makes the 1st place 2 or 3 times, he himself will get only one prize. The additional prizes will be awarded for the 2nd place of this category. ALL bridges count as 'artistic' as well, so you don't have to submit your 'clean' bridge twice to get the Bridge Artist title :)

13. 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. General comments on the levels and the contest are welcome and should be posted here.

14. 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.

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

The Prizes

This time, there are more categories and more prizes:

  • first Level clean
  • second Level clean
  • first Level clean + second Level clean (both costs added)
  • first Level dirty + second Level dirty (both costs added)

Update / Clarification: No contestant can win more than one prize in the 'clean' categories. In case someone wins in more than one clean category, the additional prizes will be passed down to runners-up.

If either of these prizewinners declines their prize, as has frequently happened in the past, their prize shall be awarded to the best newcomer in that category. A 'newcomer' is defined as anyone who does not appear in the Hall of Fame (except bridge artist titles). I should stress that handing down of prizes is totally up to the winners, however I'm sure most of the contest regulars would be happy to support the bridge-building community in this way. This means that even if you never entered a contest before, there's a really good chance you can win a prize this time! So don't be shy! Send in your bridges!

For the 'CLEAN' category winners:

Winner: Eternal glory and admiration, the title of 'Bridge General' and the full version 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 'DIRTY' category winners:

Winner: Eternal respect and awe, the title of 'Bridge Don' and the full version 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'

Additional awards:

The Title of 'Bridge Artist' for the best-looking entry
The Title of 'Bridge Inventor' for the most creative entry
Possible 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 Levels

Unzip the files into the 'level' folder and open them from the main menu using 'Start Game'.Then open the first or second level. The first one is the easier one. You may need to click on 'CLEAR' to erase your existing level 1 and 2 bridges (which you may want to backup first).

Contest 19 levels (ZIP) (1kB)

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.
I also recommend using the Speed Hack (download it here) to increase the simulation speed (if it works for you).

Good Luck!

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