Challenge League Ticket to the Universe [01/01/24-12/31/24]

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December 31 2023, 10:12pm, edited January 15 2024, 4:26pm

๐ŸŽซ Welcome to Challenge League 2024 - Ticket to the Universe! ๐ŸŽซ

Pack your bags and bring a controller as we explore the landscape of retro gaming.
This event uses a "Choose Your Own Adventure" style where you get to choose the games that you play so long as they fit within the theme of the board. It also features community goals that will unlock power ups and other bonuses to aid you on your journey!

Each month will feature a new map with multiple nodes and paths between the nodes, similar to a railroad system which connects station nodes with paths of railway. Each board will host a theme for the month with challenges related to that theme. Players will be given a starting point and a goal. In order to complete the board, they must reach the goal node. Some maps may have the same starting point/goal while others may have randomized starting points/goals.

Once a board is revealed at the start of the month, it can be played at any point for the remainder of the year. Every 3 months, a break month will be added to give players time to catch up on previous boards, however, there may still be an opportunity to earn a power up during those months!

To aid you on your journey, power ups and shortcuts can be earned by completing community challenges on each board. Power ups may only be used on the board group in which they are earned. This means that powerups obtained on boards 1-3 can only be used on boards 1-3. Same with those earned on boards 4-6 and boards 7-9.
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ Ticket Reroller - Replaces your existing starting point and destination with a new one.
๐Ÿš‰ Station Skipper - Allows you to skip a node without completing its objective.
๐Ÿ—๏ธ Skeleton Key - Guarded by fiendish villains, this special key unlocks a shortcut on an upcoming map.

All participants will start with one ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธTicket Reroller and one ๐Ÿš‰ Station Skipper to get them started.

Participants that clear at least 3 boards will earn a ๐Ÿฅ‰ Bronze event badge! Badge upgrades are available for completing 6 boards (๐Ÿฅˆ Silver) and 9 boards (๐Ÿฅ‡Gold).

General Rules:
๐Ÿ“Œ Players may play any unlocked boards in any order they choose.
๐Ÿ“Œ Gamer tasks submitted for one challenge cannot be reused for another challenge.
๐Ÿ“Œ Developer tasks completed for one board may be used on a different board.
๐Ÿ“Œ Low effort/free points games are not eligible for credit unless specified.
๐Ÿ“Œ For hub related challenges, the game must be in the hub to be eligible.  If the game fits the hub, add it to improve the site!  Hub addition requests can be sent to the #site-cleanup-forum in Discord.
๐Ÿ“Œ The progression system will be used to determine โ€œBeatโ€ conditions for each game.  If a set does not have progression, raise it to the event team for investigation.
๐Ÿ“Œ If a player has completed all the possible goals for a challenge, they will receive free credit.
๐Ÿ“Œ Achievements earned or games beaten/mastered any time after the challenge is revealed may be used to complete challenges.  You may use a game you started before the challenge was announced as long as you have not yet completed the task. Resetting a single achievement to use as credit for beating or mastering a game is not allowed.
๐Ÿ“Œ Players must submit challenge completions to the forum topic for validation.
๐Ÿ“Œ One Alt account is allowed.  Please declare it when you first use it.
๐Ÿ“Œ All achievements must be earned in Hardcore mode, as required by other community events.

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Joined Aug 7, 2022

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December 31 2023, 10:13pm, edited February 23 2024, 3:16pm

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โš”๏ธFebruary - Heroes Assemble!โš”๏ธ

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After defeating Bowser at his castle in Antarctica, you step into the warp portal to return home. You emerge from the portal and find yourself in a strange land with a large tower in its center, shrouded in darkness. Princess Zelda has asked you to raise an army to assault Ganon in his tower. She provides you with a magical train that recharges each time you beat a game, but only if you recruit a specific type of hero! Start your journey at a random location provided by the event team. Reach your destination to recruit the legendary Hero of Retro and return to Ganonโ€™s Tower to stop him! Or you can team up with friends to take him on yourself.

Board Theme: [Central - Protagonist] (Hubs) [Central - Protagonist] (Hubs) & Heroes
Node Challenge: Beat any game featuring a protagonist that matches the node OR Develop a game featuring a protagonist that matches the node
Starting Point: Players will be given a random starting point
Goal: Travel to a random node given to you by the event team and then return to Ganon's Tower (Wildcard) at the center of the map.
Side Quest: Ganon holds another skeleton key, but has secluded himself in his tower. Unlock access to his chamber by restoring power to the four temples in Hyrule. This can be done by restoring power to each temple by clearing its node.
The temples are located on the following nodes:
๐Ÿ”† Light Temple - Witch/Wizard Node
๐Ÿ”ฅ Fire Temple - Female Node
๐ŸŒณ Forest Temple - Child Node
๐Ÿ’ง Water Temple - Knight Node

You may split your quest with up to 3 additional event participants, allowing each party member to tackle a different temple. Each participant may only join one party. The side quest can be completed before or after clearing the board.

Community Bonus: Restore power to each temple 25 times
Rewards: Unlocks 1x Ticket Reroller and 1x Station Skipper for all participants. All participants acquire Ganonโ€™s Skeleton Key.

Board Notes
๐Ÿ“Œ Due to Princess Zelda's support at Ganon's Tower, ANY game, including [Misc. - Free Points Seal of Approval] (Hubs) [Misc. - Free Points Seal of Approval] (Hubs) , may be used to clear the Wildcard node!
๐Ÿ“Œ The Warps are one way. You may warp FROM a temple to Ganonโ€™s Tower, but you may not warp TO a temple from the tower.
๐Ÿ“ŒProtagonists must be playable characters. Party members can be considered a protagonist for the purpose of this event, but should not be added to the hub unless they are the main character.
๐Ÿ“Œ Only one Skeleton Key can be earned on this board. Clearing both the side quest and the community bonus will not grant additional keys.
๐Ÿ“Œ You must beat a game on both the starting and destination nodes, in addition to the nodes in between.
๐Ÿ“Œ When backtracking to a node you cleared earlier, you must beat another game in that genre.
๐Ÿ“Œ Nodes do not need to be completed in order, but it is encouraged!


Updating Game Hubs
๐Ÿ“Œ When a game needs to be added to a hub, please add all relevant hub info like missing genres, themes, perspective, protagonists etc; along with adding all the necessary language hubs that are supported on the listed hash(s).
๐Ÿ“Œ All hub update submissions should list the hub numbers, separated by a comma.
๐Ÿ“Œ Do not bloat the page with unnecessary hubs. The page should not have both 'Platforming, 2D Platforming' or 6 different protagonist hubs listed.
๐Ÿ“Œ Try to use the existing hubs. If there is a strong argument for creating a new hub, please it can be put under consideration.
๐Ÿ“Œ If anything is unclear, please ask an Events or Cleanup team member for clarification.

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Joined Aug 7, 2022

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December 31 2023, 10:14pm, edited February 23 2024, 3:14pm

Previously Released Boards

We've met the Community Goal for Board 1!  Over 50 participants stormed Bowser's Castle and gave him a good thrashing.  All participants will be given a ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ Ticket Reroller and a ๐Ÿš‰ Station Skipper.  All participants have also been given a mysterious old ๐Ÿ—๏ธkey which Bowser hid in his castle for safe keeping.  Surely this will be useful on your journey!

Also, after careful consideration, we've made a change regarding the use of the power ups.  Power ups may only be used on the board group in which they are earned.  This means that powerups obtained on boards 1-3 can only be used on boards 1-3.  Same with those earned on boards 4-6 and boards 7-9.  This change is to allow more flexibility in the types of powerups and maps in later sections of the event.  It will also ensure that later challenges do not need to be extended to account for participants hoarding power ups all year and turning them in for a free pass on Board 9.  Thanks for your understanding!


January - Board 1 - Ticket to the World

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Where in the world is Mario? Bowser has invaded Earth, but Mario is nowhere to be found. Itโ€™s up to you to find Mario and put a stop to Bowserโ€™s evil plans. The invitation you received in the mail contained a special ticket that allows you to travel across the globe. The ticket recharges each time you beat a game, but each station master will only accept a particular genre! Start your journey at the station closest to you, or start at a random location provided by the event team. Reach your destination to rescue Mario! You can also take on Bowser yourself in his secret castle in Antarcticaโ€ฆ

Board Theme: Genres
Node Challenge: Beat any game from the nodeโ€™s genre OR Develop a game from the nodeโ€™s genre
Starting Point: Players may begin near their home country or be given a random starting point
Goal: Travel to a random node given to you by the event team.
Side Quest Bowser has hidden a skeleton key in his secret castle in Antarctica. Pass through this node to pick up the key! It may help you on a future boardโ€ฆ The side quest can be completed before or after clearing the board.
Community Bonus: 50 players pass through Antarctica OR Beat 100 Mario Games.
Rewards: Unlocks 1x Ticket Reroller and 1x Station Skipper for all participants. All participants acquire Bowserโ€™s Skeleton Key.

Board Notes
๐Ÿ“Œ A mysterious portal has appeared in Greenland that can take you right to Bowserโ€™s Castle in Antarctica. The portal can be used to travel both to and from Antarctica.
๐Ÿ“Œ Only one Skeleton Key can be earned on this board. Clearing both the side quest and the community bonus will not grant additional keys.
๐Ÿ“Œ You must beat a game on both the starting and destination nodes, in addition to the nodes in between.
๐Ÿ“Œ When backtracking to a node you cleared earlier, you must beat another game in that genre.
๐Ÿ“Œ Nodes do not need to be completed in order, but it is encouraged!

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Joined Aug 7, 2022

OP

December 31 2023, 10:14pm

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OP

December 31 2023, 10:25pm, edited January 1 2024, 3:48pm

Rolls will begin at January 1st, 2024 00:00 UTC! Please indicate your starting country/area when requesting a roll, or request a random starting node be given to you. Rolls may be requested here or in #challenge-league-2024 on Discord.

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December 31 2023, 10:30pm

Requesting a roll, starting node USA, beat 'em up

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December 31 2023, 11:57pm, edited December 31 2023, 11:58pm

Declaring my alt calendarioevents
Requesting a roll, my starting point: Brazil, action rpg.

Junior Developer

Joined Apr 10, 2020

January 1 2024, 12:10am

Requesting a roll! I'd like to start at the Board Game node in northwestern USA.

Junior Developer

Joined Jun 7, 2021

January 1 2024, 12:13am

Requesting a roll, starting at the Kart Racing :)

Joined Dec 9, 2018

January 1 2024, 12:15am, edited January 1 2024, 12:58am

Alt account: ryuzakixALT

Iโ€™m Italian and the nearest starting point is France with Platforming(3D), so Iโ€™ll start there!

Joined Dec 11, 2023

January 1 2024, 12:19am, edited January 1 2024, 4:36am

Requesting a role, I'm starting at Simulation in Eastern Canada.

Edit: Done on discord.

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January 1 2024, 12:32am

Requesting a roll, starting at Platforming (3D)

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January 1 2024, 12:37am

Requesting a roll. I live in the US, so I'll start at the board game node.

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January 1 2024, 12:39am, edited January 1 2024, 12:47am

Requesting a roll, starting from Poland, Shooter (FPS/TPS)

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January 1 2024, 12:39am

Requesting a roll, I live in Brazil (Action RPG).
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