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    Default Ticket to ride 10.000$ map competition

    Days of wonder are throwing a map competition where you can win 10.000$ if you win. Or as they say themselves:

    "To celebrate Days of Wonder's upcoming 10-year anniversary (April 2012), we're holding our biggest contest yet. The $10,000 Ticket to Ride Map Design Contest gives you a chance to become world-famous and put your name on the map!"

    Here is the link if someone is interested :-)

    It would be really cool if someone from here did win it :-)
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    This got brought up in the CL forum already this morning. It's a fabulous prize. Make sure you read the rules when submitting - there's a clause that says:

    "In consideration for reviewing
    your submission, you hereby warrant that you hold, and assign and convey, all rights in
    the submission (including copyrights, trademark rights, and patent rights) to Sponsor
    free and clear of all liens, claims, encumbrances or further payment obligations."
    So even if you don't win, you're giving them your work. However, for a chance at $10,000 that might well be a risk worth taking. Let people know if you're participating!

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    I'm thinking about it but you are right, by submitting you are giving it all away forever.
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    It also sounds like you would need to be fairly familiar with the game - rules, strategies, etc. since they'll be playtesting with the finalists before determining the winner. I hadn't even heard of the game before today!

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    Quote Originally Posted by torstan View Post
    This got brought up in the CL forum already this morning.
    Whats that?

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    Community Leader forum. I was throwing the link around with some ideas.
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    ahh... hidden forum for the elite only.

    Idea's as in prize money for the guild? As long as djekspeck doesn't enter

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    I think the price is great and the competition sounds fun - but I think its important to talk about the copyright issue in competitions like these. I've seen debates about this in especially photographers forums - which can hurt a lot since a photo is easily used for other stuff.
    The dilemma is really that even though you don't win you've given up all rights to the artwork you have submitted. (maybe even the right to showcase it yourself - the rules doesn't say you can), and basicly if a company wants to take the moral high ground they pay for the art/maps/photos/texts/etc they use. Therefor the proper rules would be that the WINNERS has to transfer the rights to their artwork and the loosers can keep their art work.
    In theory (and I'm not saying they'll do it) they could publish 100 new games from the entries while only paying for a couple. So I'm just saying - if they want to do right by the artist - they should change their rules to reflect that they respect the artist.
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    I've just re-read the rules again, and I think this condition is a potential rip-off (tilt ignore my comments in the CL forum). I hadn't realised that what they expect you to do is to essentially design a new game based on their engine. For those of you you have not played ticket to ride, the board is a map of a location (I've got the US version, I think there's a Europe version as well). Cities are joined by railroad track and each section of track is split into a number of rectangles. Players have plastic trains of a particular colour (each the size of a rectangle) which through card play, they can place on the rectangles until they connect up cities. At the start of the game players are dealt destination cards (e.g. Chicago to Los Angeles) and if they can connect those destinations, then they get extra points.

    This competition is more than just making a map, it's doing all the play testing so that the product stands as a ready to play game, you also have to design the cards. What this means is if you do, say, South America and someone else does Africa, and the Africa player wins there is nothing to stop Days of Wonder from releasing a subsequent South America game based on all of your play testing and the map and cards you've drawn. Not that I stood a ghosts chance of winning this, but I think I'll be passing on this out of principle. I'm going to check out Boardgame Geek and see what they're saying there about it.

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    I'm amazed (or more likely just blind) but I can't see that anyone at Boardgame Geek has picked this up. I've made a post pointing it out...

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