That's what I try to do with most of my maps, although it used to be out of laziness. The dense lines of trees aren't really bad when some change is made, but mountains just look…"meh", in an organized path. Grass is somewhat the same, but I like putting small empty spots and other things to make it more diverse. Oh, I see what you did there. I guess I just misread it and thought you just had something you didn't like about hte map but didn't know what it was. That really happens to me quite a few times and it's really bothersome whenever it happens.
Oh, and congrats on getting first place ^^
I didn't think for a second that you wouldn't win first place.
It was my fault, really. The way I phrased it made it seem like it was coming from one of the judges.
There's higher risk for shying away from Nintendo styled maps, but you get a much higher reward if you happen to do it right.
^ You should put that on your business cards. :D
Though there is something to be said for those maps that manage to strike a perfect balance between the two extremes. That's kinda what I was aiming for with my map (and with every map of mine, actually).
As for the rest of that paragraph, I agree with everything. That was pretty much the point I was trying to make (i.e., the lack of anything that separated his map from anybody else's). You just said it better. :P
If there were back-up judges, which I think is a good idea, then I probably would have been one of them, thus making my map invalid. I had a shot at actually hosting the event but Manipulation pulled the staff card on me. :(
I was going to delete the blog since I overreacted, but I'd like to think that I will learn my lesson by keeping it up.
Missing something. I don't know, it seemed really bland. It was a good map, but the brick road was disturbingly linear and the water was dull; it even lacked a brown boulder. You didn't really lose your touch because you showed you still know last time in the MRT. You already pointed out that the map lacked something special(in the MRT of course), and that's what I think prevented Ninja Caterpie from going on. His map was good, but it was by no means great or original. It's somewhat of a gamble personally; there's higher risk for shying away from Nintendo styled maps, but you get a much higher reward if you happen to do it right.
Back-up map reviewers, in case something comes up and one of the judges can't make the review on time.