Event Par for the Course Battle Golf Forge Contest


It's time to dust off your irons and grab a caddy; Par for the Course is back!

Today, it is our pleasure to announce that we have partnered with the fine folks at 343 Industries to bring this event back into the fold. Our new partner was focused on the Ghost in the Shell Forge Contest until recently, but we hope you'll agree that the delay was well-worth it. Read up below for new details on prizes deadlines, and more!


In addition to the prizes listed below, we will of course be spotlighting the winners and runner-ups and also putting them through their paces in some community playdates, so don't feel bad if you hit a bogey!

Prizing
1st place
  • Play Arts Halo: Reach Action Figure - Noble Six Mark V Red*
  • Halo 5 Wristwatch
  • Halo Wars: Definitive Edition digital code
  • Halo 5: Voices of War REQ Pack
  • Halo 5: Classic Helmet Collection REQ Pack
  • 343 Unicorn weapon skin
2nd place
  • Halo Wars: Definitive Edition digital code
  • Halo 5: Voices of War REQ Pack
  • Halo 5: Classic Helmet Collection REQ Pack
  • 343 Unicorn weapon skin
3rd place
  • Halo 5: Voices of War REQ Pack
  • Halo 5: Classic Helmet Collection REQ Pack
  • 343 Unicorn weapon skin
*This figure is a rare collector's item. Fewer than 500 models were manufactured and they were a Square Enix 2011 SDCC & Japan Expo exclusive.


Contest details
  • Maps must be created in Halo 5: Guardians' or Halo 5: Forge for Windows 10's Forge mode
  • Maps must work for the provided Battle Golf Mini Game variant at the 4v4 player count with all necessary scripting for scoring to function (see resources below)
  • Maps do not need to change each round via scripting like the original course does (though creative use of scripting will definitely not go unnoticed)
  • Maps must be submitted before 11:59 PM EST on June 18th, 2017
  • Maps may be constructed on any canvas in Halo 5
  • Co-forging is allowed, though physical prizes must be claimed by one Forger only
  • Multiple submissions per person are allowed
The Game Variant
This variant is the standard Battle Golf mode which appears in Action Sack with two alterations. Firstly, Infinite Ammo is enabled. This prevents players from running out of ammo for their Golf Clubs. Note that you may wish to limit or avoid power weapons on your maps for this reason, however. The second change is that the variant uses three rounds instead of the five currently in matchmaking. This is to keep games a bit shorter and also to lessen the workload for Forgers who do intend to script their maps to change each round.

Scripting
Battle Golf is a Mini Game variant meaning that much of its scoring and other functionality is achieved through on-map scripting. We understand that many Forgers who wish to participate may not enjoy or excel at scripting. To keep things simple, the mode's original creator has kindly provided prefabs which can be dropped onto your map to provide the necessary scripting functionality for the mode to function. We also encourage contestants to partner up with other Forgers who specialize in scripting if they need any assistance or a second pair of eyes. Additionally, we cannot stress enough that no further scripting is required. As long as the core functionality of the mode is in place and not exploitable, the maps are good to go. Of course we encourage contestant to explore all avenues for making their maps stand out. Scripting is just one of these.
Resources
That's it! We can't wait to see the crazy, unique courses you all come up with. We hope you'll join us in thanking 343's Community, Forge, and Consumer Products teams for their support in hosting this event! Please don't hesitate to reply below with any questions or concerns you have and we'll be sure to get back to you with answers and clarification.
 
#8
It's great to see this contest back in full swing. Can we get some more information regarding the judging? Are the judges still going to be a panel of HaloCustoms staff members; will there be anyone from 343i involved with the judging? Will the judging process be live streamed?
 
#9
It's great to see this contest back in full swing. Can we get some more information regarding the judging? Are the judges still going to be a panel of HaloCustoms staff members; will there be anyone from 343i involved with the judging? Will the judging process be live streamed?
I'm guessing it will be HC staffers judging as usual, though this means they can't enter the contest.
 
#10
It's great to see this contest back in full swing. Can we get some more information regarding the judging? Are the judges still going to be a panel of HaloCustoms staff members; will there be anyone from 343i involved with the judging? Will the judging process be live streamed?
All great questions, I'll forward them onto the rest of the team now to answer these. :)
 
#11
It's great to see this contest back in full swing. Can we get some more information regarding the judging? Are the judges still going to be a panel of HaloCustoms staff members; will there be anyone from 343i involved with the judging? Will the judging process be live streamed?
The judging plan could change based on turnout and other details, but for now the judging will be done primarily by myself and another Forger who helped out with the original creation of Battle Golf (and possibly additional HC staffers) with assistance from the developer primarily responsible for creating the mode.

I definitely like being as transparent as possible with contest judging, but I don't want to promise something like a livestream at this time as that sort of thing can really complicate the process and cause logistical issues. We'll consider it, though, and will absolutely be open to providing feedback from the judging process to all participants either way.

Hope that answers your questions. If you have any more, please don't hesitate to ask. :)
 
#15
What's next for the contest now that we've reached the submission deadline? Will judging begin soon or are have plans changed?