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Create a Mario Party Board Contest #1

Time to create some Mario Party boards! In preparation of the upcoming Mario Party 1-3 board editor, PartyPlanner64, Mario Party Legacy is holding a contest where contestants create and submit their own Mario Party board designs! Each submission will be looked through and graded on a variety of different qualities, and the winner will be given a $20 eShop card!

Before we get into the specifics about what your boards must have and what needs to be submitted, please take note that the example for this contest, and the assets we are providing, are all based on Mario Party 3. This doesn’t mean the contest is exclusive to that game, feel free to submit a board for any of the Nintendo 64 Mario Party games.

Once the competition is over, we’ll have boards ready to go for PartyPlanner64 when it’s released! The deadline for this contest is Friday, October 14, giving you roughly two weeks to work on your board.

 

Guidelines

Depending on the game that you chose to base your board on, different guidelines will apply. However, there are certain rules that will apply no matter the game:

  • Boards must be based on the Battle Royale of Mario Party 1, 2, or 3. You must pick one game.
  • No white backgrounds. All objects must have a transparent background, no white. This is what you shouldn’t have.
  • Spaces – 70 minimum, 140 maximum. At least 1 of each space.
  • Be mindful of where you want your Star spaces.

Passing event guidelines:

  • Boo – 1 minimum, 5 maximum.
  • Bowser – 1 minimum, 2 maximum. (Mario Party 1)
  • Item Shops – 2 minimum, 6 maximum. (Mario Party 2 & 3)
  • Bank – 1 minimum, 5 maximum. (Mario Party 2 & 3)

 

What will we be judging on

Once the deadline has passed and the boards have been submitted, SpiderStaryu and SuperZambezi will grade each board on a variety of different qualities. Each category is worth five points, adding up to a total of 50 points. Your board will be graded on this 50-point scale.

  • Theme – The overall setting of the board. It could be jungle, ocean, space, lava, city, etc.
  • Gimmicks – Special features of the board. This is strictly for board design with the possibility of board events when that feature is made available, something that makes it’s unique and original.
  • Background – Behind the board, basically the atmosphere.
    Path Layout – The layout and the basic board design. Arrows are crucial.
  • Space Distribution – The distributing of the spaces on the board. Make sure everything is fair and balanced!
  • Passing Events – Whether it be the Item Shop in Mario Party 2 or Bowser in Mario Party 1, how and where events are placed.
  • Originality – The overall board’s originality will be judged.
  • Playability – The board’s playability. The board has to be able function in PartyPlanner64 once it’s released. You can find what works here.
  • Guidelines – Must be followed as posted above, points deducted if broken.
  • Overall Presentation – Board’s overall review based on all the factors above.

 

Tips on making your board

First time making a Mario Party board? Here are some helpful tips on some ways you can create an awesome board:

  • Hand Drawn – Are you an artist? Perfect! Draw up your board, then use one of the following programs to place your spaces.
  • Powerpoint – Good for making shapes and placing transparent images over each other.
  • Photoshop/Paint.Net – Image editing program, good for creating images for your board. You can use it to form your board as well.
  • SketchUp – Create your board using a modelling program. Import 3D models from other games or create them yourself.

As for board design, study up on the boards of Mario Party 1-3 and see how they created their paths and space layouts. We’ll be giving tips and suggestions when we review your board.

Do you need assets for your boards? We’ve got a few that will work well if you’re building a Mario Party 3 board. This RAR file has things like spaces, arrows, and passing event images.

 

Example

Ready to see an example of a submission? Here is SuperZambezi’s board for Mario Party 3, Rainbow Boulevard. For those wondering, the board layout and the background objects were created in Sketchup, while the arrows, spaces, and other assets were placed in Photoshop.

Main Background/Layout

Full Board

Large Scene Background

Board LogoΒ  /Β  Board Logo TextΒ  /Β  Board Select Image

 

How and what to submit

The two most important items are the Main Background/Layout and the Full Board, and both of these are required no matter the game. The rest will differ from game to game, thus we are counting the rest as bonus submissions, each worth one point. Max of 3 bonus points. Although if you plan to release the board in PartyPlanner64, you’re going to want to submit everything.

And to be clear, all submissions must be image files, PNG to be exact.

Mario Party (1)
  • Main Background/Layout960 x 720. This is the background image of your board. This includes the path layout, arrows, and passing events. Do not include spaces.
  • Full Board – 960 x 720. Same as the Main Background, but with your spaces.
  • Large Scene Background320 x 240. This is the starting scene that appears at START. Also used during passing events.
  • Splashscreen Background320 x 240. Image of the board that appears behind the Board Logo at the start of board.
  • Board Logo – 250 x 100. The intro logo you see at the very start of a board. Includes both the background image and the text.
  • Board Select Image128 x 64. This image appears when you’re picking what board to play. Use this mask as a template.
Mario Party 2
  • Main Background/Layout1152 x 864. This is the background image of your board. This includes the path layout, arrows, and passing events. Do not include spaces.
  • Full Board1152 x 864. Same as the Main Background, but with your spaces.
  • Large Scene Background320 x 240. This is the starting scene that appears at START.
  • Board Logo – 260 x 120. The intro logo you see at the very start of a board. Includes both the background image and the text.
  • Board Select Image64 x 48. This image appears when you’re picking what board to play. Use this mask as a template.
Mario Party 3
  • Main Background/Layout1152 x 864. This is the background image of your board. This includes the path layout, arrows, and passing events. Do not include spaces.
  • Full Board1152 x 864. Same as the Main Background, but with your spaces.
  • Large Scene Background320 x 240. This is the starting scene that appears at START.
  • Board Logo – 226 x 120. The intro logo you see at the very start of a board. Does not include the text logo, just the background image. Like this, not like this.
  • Board Logo Text226 x 36. The text that appears on the front of the board logo. Make sure the width is 226, even if the text is not. Like this.
  • Board Select Image64 x 64. This image appears when you’re picking what board to play. Use this mask as a template.

If you need more specifics on what each one is for, check out PartyPlanner64’s guide on the images.

So how do you submit? We have an email address specifically designed for custom Mario Party boards and other contests. Send us all your board images as an email attachment or a zip file to contest@ mariopartylegacy.com (remove the space). Send those images in, along with the name of the board, your username, and anything else we need to know about your custom board.


Don’t be afraid to enter! We’ll take any and all submissions for our very first contest. Plus, there is that cool $20 eShop prize for whoever takes first place. The deadline is Friday, October 14, giving you roughly two weeks to work on your board. We think that is ample time to get a good board done, but let us know if you think extra time should be given.

Good luck!

Michael Koczwara

Executive Editor and Founder of Mario Party Legacy. Head Administrator at the Mario Party Legacy Forum.

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  • SpiderStaryu

    Hello everyone, I’m SpiderStaryu, and I am a judge alongside SuperZambezi! If you have any questions or any concerns, feel free to ask in the comments!

    • Spongyoshi

      That contest looks very great, I’ll have a lot of fun making a board!
      One question before I start picking an idea, can the setting be in something outside the Mario franchise or does it has to be Mario themed?
      (For exemple: A real life location, another franchise,etc..)

      • SuperZambezi

        You can do any kind of theme you like! As long as it’s appropriate, it’s good with me.

        • Spongyoshi

          Awesome! I’ve got an idea but I’m still wondering about the happening spaces events because it would take an important role to the board.

          • SpiderStaryu

            https://github.com/PartyPlanner64/PartyPlanner64/wiki/Creating-a-Board#spaces

            In PartyPlanner64’s post about Happening Spaces, it’s said that you’ll have to hook an event to a Happening Space.

            So depending on the Mario Party you use (MP1, MP2, or MP3), I’m assuming you can use a Happening from one of the other boards. Like Chilly Waters from Mario Party 3, the Happening Space makes a snowball come down and you can jump over it or run away from it. So look at the Happening Space effects for each board and see which one you’d like to use in your game.

            I hope that made sense. πŸ™‚

          • Spongyoshi

            Seems like I can make my board then πŸ˜€
            I’ll explain everything in a .txt document with my username and stuff πŸ˜›
            Thanks a lot of the answers!

  • CorrinFTW

    Cool contest idea! I’m looking forward to what people got. It’s going to be great πŸ˜€

  • RafalRib

    OMG AWESOME IDEA! I WONT PARTICIPATE BUT I’M EXPECTING GREAT BOARDS FROM THIS

  • DJ Colyton

    The timing for this is awesome. I have a week off from both school and work next week, of course I will try to create something! I have a couple of ideas! Good luck to everyone!

  • Mr. Luiginary

    I want to participate, but how do I get a board like the example made? If boards made on Minecraft counted, then I could get it done.

    • Spongyoshi

      Use paint or something like that!
      I’m not sure but I think you could even take a picture from the top of your board (without the spaces) from Minecraft and that would count.

      • Mr. Luiginary

        OK then. I could get a picture, upload it to my computer and put it on a Google Docs. But how do I put the rest of the stuff on?

        • Spongyoshi

          Paint to put spaces and stuff πŸ˜‰

          • SuperZambezi

            Paint is good, but Paint.Net is better since you can use transparent images!

          • Spongyoshi

            You can with regular Paint too with any picture that has an plain color background. (Transparent ones usually have an white or black one)

          • Mr. Luiginary

            Paint.Net. Is that the program you think would help me out most? Cause if so, I have no problem with it. I just want to get a board idea submitted.

          • SuperZambezi

            I do. It’s a free program and having white backgrounds around images is against our guidelines, so if you have those we’ll have to dock some major points. πŸ™

        • SpiderStaryu

          After you make the path layout on Minecraft, You can use the regular program Paint to put the Spaces on.

          Just make sure to hit the “Transparent selection” button. You can find it under “Select”. Try it out and see how it is!

      • Mr. Luiginary

        But wait, how do I take pictures in Minecraft with the computer so it doesn’t look blurry? And after I take the picture of the board, how do I get that picture to Paint.Net? Where does the Minecraft picture go in the first place so that I can reach it and upload it to Paint.Net?

  • Blobbo

    What do y’all think the best program to do this would be?

    Mac support would be ideal.

    • DJ Colyton

      Photoshop or/and Sketchup seem like good options. Gimp is a good alternative for PS.

      • Blobbo

        Thanks!

  • AwesomeGamerPianist

    what I usually do it i handdraw it in my sketchbook, then edit it on paint.net. trust me, it works out fine. I mean my profile pic was on lined paper and look how well this turned out! So, I’m going to do that

  • SuperZambezi

    One more week everyone! That is still plenty of time to get started on a board if you haven’t already!

    • Mr. Luiginary

      I think I’m just gonna drop out and make my own original boards on Minecraft. I have a new idea of the next entry with a game show.

      • SuperZambezi

        Aww, that’s too bad. A week is still a long time to get one in!

        • Mr. Luiginary

          I know. I just don’t feel like using a lot of data for a program I’ll probably use once.

    • Yessoan

      Hey, just wondering, I’m going to need until the end of Friday to finish this, I hope that’s ok?
      I have most of it done, I just need to make the logo and the board select.

      • SuperZambezi

        I thought I had it down on the article, but it’s supposed to be Friday at midnight Pacific Time. So basically all day Friday you are still good!

  • SmithJrBlaquaLuigi

    I might not be able to enter a contest. But when is the next contest the next time when I’ll join?

    • SuperZambezi

      We don’t know when just yet, hopefully soon!

      And you have until midnight to submit, so the rest of the day is fair game to create and submit something!

  • SuperZambezi

    To clarify, the contest will end at 11:59PM PT tonight (Friday)!

  • Spiny Bro

    I wish I could paticipate, but I just feel I am too late, but maybe next time πŸ˜›

    • SuperZambezi

      You still have about seven hours until the deadline. πŸ˜›

  • Mario_Comix

    Alright! Just made it into the deadline, haha.

  • SuperZambezi

    Hopefully this weekend, but I don’t want to make any promises!

  • Auro Vee

    I doubt I could had done much other than a rough draft, even if there was still time left.

  • c l

    Hey! I eagerly await the results! So eagerly that I had to ask about them! Are they nearly through? It’s been quiet with no updates the past 3 days…

    • SuperZambezi

      Hey! We have everything reviewed and the article is written, but we are working on including a video discussion as well. Once that is finished, it will go live!

      • c l

        Great! I’m looking forward to it! I think this whole contest idea is awesome!

  • SuperZambezi

    An update for everyone: the video portion is almost done, then it just needs to be rendered and uploaded!

  • StalfosKing

    I’m glad I made the deadline! I’ll be entering future contests as well! I plan to tweak and improve my board with all your feedback in mind as soon as Party Planner is out! Thanks for hosting this! I enjoyed it!