Welcome, one and all, young and old, newbies and returning players, to Theme Park Apprentice 9! The seasons have passed, the Tournament of Champions II has just now come and gone, and it’s time for a new beginning.
Theme Park Apprentice (TPA) is our semi-regular theme park design competition which has been held on this site since 2010. It is available to everyone! In fact, for this season we are keen to reinvigorate the game with something we call...
THEME PARK APPRENTICE: EXTREME PARK MAKEOVER
What does that mean? It’s all about rehabilitation, about fixing things which don’t quite work in existing theme parks. Don’t worry, it’s not going to be complicated! For we’re all about rehabilitating TPA as well. Fewer rules, fewer restrictions! For nearly every challenge you can use any park, your choice!
The old TPA powerhouses – all those 100-pound Armchair Imagineering gorillas who just dueled to the death in the Tournament of Champions – they aren’t playing, I won’t let ‘em, so don’t be scared off. Newcomers, join up! Old veterans who still have something to prove, come on down!
How does it work? Every week, a new challenge is posted. Players then have a week to create their proposals.
For a partial preview, we’re looking at CHALLENGE 1: RETHEME AN EXISTING ATTRACTION, CHALLENGE 2: REPLACE A LOUSY ROLLER COASTER, and CHALLENGE 3: IMPROVE A PARK’S FOOD SERVICES. That’s just as a starter, and the challenges will be clearer when they post.
How long does it run? Our first challenge will post on Sunday, July 9th. There will be 7 challenges in total, running through the entirety of July and August. The final climactic challenge will be an epic 2-week affair, and the winner is then announced in early September, to copious cheers and accolades!
How do I sign up? As long as you post a proposal for Challenge 1, you’re in! Of course, if you’re interested in playing, let us know in the space below! It’s awesome to gauge interest in advance. You don’t need to have played before. And if like 20 different people want to play, no problem!
What if I can’t do each week? Don’t worry! We have something called the Real Life Pass. Just let us judges know (hopefully in advance) if real life ever forces you to skip a week. We’ll allow it! And it won’t be a competitive kiss-of-death either, because...
Eliminations now work differently! In the past, we’ve seen one (or more!) players booted with every challenge. This is a shame. Who can develop their talents and enjoy the game if they’re eliminated? So how it’ll work this time is...
For each challenge, proposals are scored out of 100 points, across a variety of categories (creativity, realism, proposal quality, etc.). Points are cumulative throughout the season. As long as all the players score similarly...NO ONE IS ELIMINATED! Only if someone falls substantially behind the leader (I’m thinking by a whole 100 points, but we’ll see how this plays out), then and only then does elimination occur. Anyone using a Real Life Pass receives a score 10 points below the lowest competitor for that week, so there is a penalty, but it’s not insurmountable.
Once the finale comes about, the 3 competitors with the highest scores will be invited to continue. (Maybe even more, if additional players are neck-and-neck!) Whoever wins that finale brings home all the metaphorical Fastpasses!
Who’s judging? I am, for one. Actually, I’m hosting. Who am I? One of the former TPA champions and recent Tournament of Champions winner, although a mere 2 years ago I was an untested would-be Apprentice who was reading this same sort of announcement for the first time. TPA has been incalculably wonderful for me, creating lasting friendships and even guiding me through difficult personal times. I’m a Southern Californian.
Joining me is Chad H, a fellow champion. He is an Australian currently studying law in Scotland. Chad loves the smaller regional parks beyond the United States. I’ll let him cover more biography if he wishes.
As for our third and final judge...that’s still in limbo. But trust me that our third, whoever that winds up being, will be knowledgeable, fair and constructive.
So that’s it! I look forward to seeing some fresh creativity. I look forward to seeing new and old faces. Fingers crossed that this will be a fresh, vibrant season!
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