Hello and welcome to another Foundry Challenge! These challenges will be posted every 9-10 weeks, which includes 6 weeks to make your mission, and 3 weeks for the community to play through all of the missions and cast one  official vote for a winner. At the end of the 3 weeks of playthrough and voting, a winner, based on a simple majority of votes, will be announced and awarded 1000 STO Promo Points for the C-Store (enough to also purchase additional Foundry slots through the Dilithium exchange, if the winner chooses) and earn a guaranteed spot as a future Foundry Spotlight mission.
Today we start the nine-week run of the fourth Foundry Challenge: Ancient Treasures
While investigating a 1,000-year-old derelict ship, you discover something in this ancient treasure so truly wondrous, that it would inspire any starship officer to never look at the stars in the same way again.
*NOTE: Based off feedback from past challenges, I have tried to make this challenge a little more "open" and "vague" to allow authors to customize their story as they wish. This background story was also submitted by a few players in this thread.
(Updated on 8/2 now that the Foundry editor is back up!) You will have from today, Wednesday June 27th, until Wednesday September 5th at 10am PDT to make your Foundry mission and reply to this thread with its information in the following format:
NOTE: Please do not publish your mission until the morning of Wednesday, September 5th, as close to 10am PDT as possible, but not after***. NOTE: The above needs to be filled out completely by the due date/ time for your mission to be considered, and your mission must be published in-game at such time to be considered -- unfortunately, any mission that can not be found in-game by the time the voting starts will be removed from this entry thread.
Starting on Wednesday, September 5th, around 10AM PDT, the 3-week playthrough and review stage will begin. Only entries made in this thread prior to 10AM, and are published/ available in-game, on that Wednesday will be eligible to participate in the challenge. Look for a voting thread to be made which will explain the voting process (some info below).
This is the author's thread -- only entries should be made here.
The Discussion Thread can be found HERE.
A link to the Voting Thread will be provided in this thread when that period begins.
We also have an Index of previous challenges HERE.
IMPORTANT: The rules may change from one challenge to another, but I'd like to let everyone know what the base rules are. These may grow as we move on (and have since the 1st challenge), so feel free to give feedback in the discussion thread about what should be added!
Each Challenge will run for 9 weeks. For 6 weeks we will sticky the challenge and let you make your entry. After the 6th week, the 7th through 9th week will be the time when the mission is published and reviewed by the community.
There is no right or wrong entry.
The background story should be the main foundation for your mission. You will put the player into the main role.
In the spirit of the competition, only maps, missions, stories, dialogue etc. created/ built/ designed during the 6-week creation period should be used.
The mission should take only 30 minutes for a player to complete, but MUST not take more than 45 minutes. Error on the side of 30 minutes. This is to allow players to be able to play through all of the missions so they can consider all when voting.
In your mission description, opening diologue, and the last doilogue, please include orange "out-of-character" text that explains that your mission is part of the STO Forums' Foundry Challenge #4 -- do not include a link to this post, but let the player know they can visit the "The Foundry for Star Trek Online " section of the forums for more information.
Please keep discussion about the entries in the appropriate Discussion Thread.
In the Discussion Thread, feel free to write what inspired you and what your thoughts on the topic are.
Once you have played through all of the missions during the Playthrough Period, please send me an in-game mail with the mission you feel should win this month's challenge.
Unless you play through all of the missions pretty quickly, I should not be getting votes until midway through the 8-9th week.
Reviewers can only send one  in-game mail to me to act as an official vote for a winner.
Reviewers can write reviews of some of the other missions if they wish.
A few other important reminders:
Please heed the Foundry's EULA when submitting your entry! This applies to any mission made in the foundry. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!
Each author can only have one entry, no matter how many accounts they have.
After nine weeks time, the thread will be unstickied as we move on to the next challenge.
We'll have three threads: One to post the entries in, one to discuss the entries and one with the official entries list for voting.
Cross-linking between these threads is acceptable for these challenges ONLY!!
***If you are unable to push the "publish" button at this time due to timezones/ work schedules, please wait until the latest possible moment before this day/time. Also, if you need to publish your mission to test things, that is fine too, but please make sure to unpublish after testing is complete.
Brandon "BranFlakes" Felczer | Former Community Team Lead for Perfect World Entertainment
Last edited by pwebranflakes; 08-02-2012 at 04:55 PM.