As DPCC is too busy today to post the scheduled challenge, I will do so instead (yes, we've discussed this). Due to judging delays, the official elimination for Challenge 1 will not be announced until tomorrow. As this challenge will not be extended, it is important to get the details out so you can start working as soon as desired.
Before posting the challenge, here is the current schedule for the competition:
Audition: General Overview
Round 1: Dark Ride
Round 2: Themed Roller Coaster
Round 3: Live Show
Round 4: Restaurant
Round 5: Simulator type ride
Round 6: Walkthrough Attraction
Round 7: Water Ride
Round 8: Free Choice proposal
Round 9: Final Theme Park Overview, encompassing all elements
This schedule is subject to change at any time if necessary. Due to the quit this week, one round (currently undecided) will be a non-elimination round. Now, on with this week's challenge.
Challenge 2: Themed Roller Coaster
In this challenge, you are responsible for designing a themed roller coaster. You are welcome to design anything from a tame family coaster to a white knuckle thrill ride, but it cannot simply be an iron ride and must fit properly into your park. You may use any type of coaster and have it supplied by any manufacturer, but it must be a realistic design. If you need assistance on what a realistic roller coaster is or are looking for a creative type of ride, do some research on the Roller Coaster Database.
What qualifies as a roller coaster?
In order to be considered a roller coaster, your attraction must be gravity powered and run on a track. It may include dark ride sections (such as Revenge of the Mummy), but if the majority of the ride is powered it does not qualify. Gravity powered dark rides (such as the Calico Mine Ride) and water coasters (such as Journey to Atlantis) are also not acceptable for this challenge.
What level of theming is required?
Your roller coaster does not need to be fully enclosed or have a structure built to house it, but it does need to interact with its surroundings. The Cedar Fair/Six Flags level of theming, where the queue and station are themed but the ride is essentially on an open field, is not satisfactory for this challenge. If you're unsure if the ride is themed sufficiently, ask yourself if the ride experience would be significantly different if it was built in a parking lot. If the answer is no, you need more theming. Note that the level of detail of theming required is inversely proportional to thrill factor, so if you're designing a serious coaster you may want to look at the Busch/SeaWorld parks for inspiration.
What is required in your proposal?
A quality proposal should include the following elements:
-The name of your attraction, its location in your park, and a brief description of the attraction's theme.
-A description of the queuing area, pre-show (if applicable), and loading/unloading area.
-A list of approximate statistics for your ride, including coaster type, manufacturer, track length, ride height, maximum speed, ride duration, and inversion count (if any).
-A complete ride-through description. You do not need to mention every single foot of track, but you need to describe all main track and theming elements.
-Anything else you feel is necessary to give a complete picture of your attraction.
While there is no official length requirements, your proposal should be 2-4 pages. If it is significantly outside of this range, you are probably not including enough detail or are overdoing it.
When is the deadline?
The deadline for this challenge is midnight on Saturday, February 21st. We have discovered that there is a 1 hour discrepancy between site time and PST, so please submit according to site time.
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