This is a blunt recreation of wc3. Every doodad, unit and hero is included.
You'll need to own Wings of Liberty to participate, since you must own SC2 in order to use the editor and upload maps. I don't think you need the HotS expansion.
The theme is fantasy. The other thread is pretty much entirely a discussion on what that word means, and it'd be great if that discussion could stay in that thread.
I loved the contest entries last year. I had a pretty unforgettable time with Kildare's Mission Frontier and I seriously can't wait to see some of this year's entries. It's a bit shorter than last year's contest but there is a lot more prize money involved this time around.
Currently working on something myself, I always liked the idea of a turn based rpg fight. As of now I just have the movement system down (basic left and right movement with A and D) and I just finished finding a place for some of the dialog items and did a bit of brain storming. Wanted to make a minute of gameplay and then guesstimate how much content I could make within 3 months time or ask for some help when I have something roughly working, being openly inspired by rouge light games like darkest dungeon but probably not as dark and dreadful in theme because blizzard's aesthetic is just so cartoony.
I am willing to help 1 or 2 people out with some terrain tho, I spent 5-6 hours making the terrain for templar TV last year, and maybe another 10 spread out over a month working with him a little / playtesting his map, while being much more personally involved in terms of time, design and conversation with another project unreal (now Titan) arena.
loved some of the submissions last year myself, cant wait to see what gets finished in time :D
I'm also a curious if Blizzard allows use of Renee's War3 Mod since there is no statement of any of them yet and doing so might be against the rules.
To be honest, I'm not sure. But Blizzard must be okay with it. They have to be. It took me weeks to even turn the assets from sounds, art and models into units with abilities and weapons. It'd be grossly unfair to anyone who wanted to get into this contest if they had to start from scratch. I could easily see a fresh mapmaker just never getting to the actual mapmaking part because they spent so long making units. Renee's mod is essential to this contest in my opinion, and I'd be really sad if it were disallowed because I'm pretty sure it'd decimate the number of entrants.
Honestly I'd like to hear it officially stated that, specifically, Renee's mod is permitted. Even if no others are.
I doubt Blizzard would have anything against it, but it would be polite to ask Renee for permission to use it in a contest where there's cash prizes. Heck Renee should get a 10% cut of any winners that use the mod, haha.
So, again, when you are considering if you are allowed to use something for this contest, all Blizzard assets from our games can be freely used in this Blizzard contest. Anything that you do no own the rights to, you cannot use UNLESS you are given consent from the original creator. In this case, Renee has given you all the rights to use his stuff. What a swell guy. =)