I have a passing interest in Trackmania, and with that brings some interesting content, namely this:
Decently self-explanatory. Make a TM map in under 10 blocks.
Partway through the video it occurred to me that this would actually be a pretty cool idea for Automation. We have a wide breadth of choice as far as fixtures are concerned, so why not run a challenge around it?
Ok so here’s the challenge: make a car under any or all of these limits:
10 fixtures (very hard)
25 fixtures (difficult)
50 fixtures (medium)
75 fixtures (easy)
100 fixtures (very easy)
Rather than judging based entirely upon styling, this will be judged via a combination of styling and creativity of fixture use. Being able to use fixtures in unusual ways is a skill like any other, and will be rewarded. If you make a car that uses incredibly unique techniques, it will be scored highly.
I hope to judge this as more similar to one of the magazines, such as TOR or Trafikjournalen, rather than having a set due date.
Name it (LEC(fixture count category) - yourusername)
for example (LEC25 - Ldub0775)
no real submission limit, but try to be reasonable
For the difficult and very hard categories, it may well be easier to make something from the 1990s and earlier because cars back then generally had simpler shapes and styling features. Anyway, a detailed interior will not be necessary or even desirable in any category.
Fair enough. Would be quite a power move to submit a completely bare car in standard Automation red and say it’s an EV race car with some proximity sensor and automatic door opening mechanism… Or if it’s an open top you don’t even need a door opening mechanism at all. I guess technically then you could submit a zero-fixture car.