Welcome to the 19th bridge building contest!
It's about building Bridge Builder bridges.
This contest is hosted by Andreas (diedummenschimpansen in the forum). Everyone is welcome to enter!
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'
4. Bridge links may break.
5. Bridge links may touch/penetrate
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,
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 email@example.com. 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,
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
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.
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
2nd Runner-up: Momentary glory and admiration, the title of
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
2nd Runner-up: Momentary respect and awe, the title of
The Title of 'Bridge Artist' for the
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.
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)
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).