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Mega Man X: The Sigma Fortress Remix Gauntlet 2015

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Introduction
It's the year 21XX, and the Mavericks have gone...MAVERICK?! X and Zero have convinced the Mavericks to come back to the side of heroes! Now it's up to all of them to mount an attack on Sigma's fortresses and end his reign of terror once and for all!

Current News

Votes have been tallied! Congratulations to the Rock Hard Mandrills on their victory, and to everyone who participated for putting out an amazing set of music.

Here are the final scores:

  • 60 - Rock Hard Mandrills
  • 50 - Vintage Reploid Squad
  • 45 - Maverick Astley
  • 44 - Nightmare Tank Police
  • 44 - Zero Tolerance
  • 36 - Sigma's Enigma
  • 35 - Desert Catz
  • 22 - Wily's Rejects
  • 19 - Team Zero Treble
  • 19 - X-Square
  • 13 - Dopplergangers
  • 02 - THE SIGMA FORCE
  • 01 - Faster than Light

Check the scoreboard for the round-by-round tallies!

Signatures for competitors are available here.

Releases
Block 1

Block 2

Block 3

Voting Rules and Guidelines
Voting is conducted publicly in the Public Voting forum. Every week, a thread will be created for the most recently completed round of remixing. Voters, post your top three remixes in the thread as follows.

  • Your name
  • First place choice remix name
  • Second place choice remix name
  • Third place choice remix name
  • Your Team Name, if you have one

Please use the forum's bulleted list feature, as shown above, and please do not "creatively misspell" remix names. This is really important, because it'll help me plug your votes into my tallying spreadsheet without a lot of hassle.
 
Things to keep in mind when voting:

  • The most important thing to consider when voting is how well the remix incorporates and arranges both themes. Production and enjoyability should also be considered, but this is primarily an arrangement competition.
  • Everyone is allowed (and encouraged) to vote, including competitors.
  • Competitors should not place their own team's remix in their rankings, regardless of whether they are the remixers for that round or not. However, by voting, they will earn a first place vote for their team's remix. If you are on a team, you must post what team you are on in your vote so I can make sure your team gets your voting bonus. If you do not specify your team, I cannot guarantee that your team will receive a voting bonus.
  • You are required to make an actual decision for each choice, meaning, you cannot declare a draws or a ties for different places. This will be counted as not voting and your vote will not be counted.
  • Do not post reviews in the voting thread. Compile your reviews for each round into a single post in this thread.
  • Post only once in each voting thread.
  • Everyone must adhere to the Competitions Code of Conduct.

Submissions and File Name Rules
Submission
All entries must be sent to me (DarkeSword) via PM on the forums. Please include your team name and the round number in the subject line of your PM. I encode all MP3s myself, so please send me your submissions in 16bit, 44.1KHz WAV format. Do not send MP3s.

Please do not use MediaFire, RapidShare, or any other ad-ridden public sharing site as a host for your entry. There are many better options you can and should be using to host your music. I recommend Dropbox or SoundCloud. Make sure your files are downloadable.

File Names
If you worked on the remix without the help of your teammates:

Everlasting Peace - DarkeSword - Rainy Days (Storm Owl in Sigma Fortress 1-1).wav

 
If one team member helps you with your entry in a significant way and you want to give them credit, add their name as follows:

Everlasting Peace - DarkeSword feat. OA - Rainy Days (Storm Owl in Sigma Fortress 1-1).wav

 
If both team members help you with your entry in a significant way and you want to give them credit, add their names as follows:

Everlasting Peace - DarkeSword feat. OA & DragonAvenger - Rainy Days (Storm Owl in Sigma Fortress 1-1).wav

 
Notes:

  • I'll tell you exactly what you need to write for the Gauntlet Theme part of the file name every week.
  • Maverick names are two words.
  • Maverick names and Gauntlet Themes must be capitalized properly.
  • Team names, artist names and remix titles can be whatever case you want, but team names and artist names must be consistent from round-to-round.
  • Put spaces on both sides of the hyphens between Team Name, Artist, and Title.
  • If your remix's title has special punctuation that you can't include in the file name (e.g. \ / : * ? " < > |), please let me know in your submission PM so I can include the correct title in the tags.

I'm dead serious about file names guys. You need to make sure you follow the format exactly, because I use the file names to make sure that all the metadata is correct when I re-tag everything properly. It's a massive pain sitting there renaming, re-spacing, and reformatting so that everything works properly with mp3tag's file-name-to-tag tools, and ultimately it means that when you all do it right, I can get the music up for voting way faster.

About
The Sigma Fortress Remix Gauntlet (SFRG) is a team-based remix competition. Each remixer will choose a Maverick, and then remixers will form teams of three.

The competition is divided into blocks. Each block is divided into three one-week-long rounds, and there are three blocks in the competition. At the start of every round, I will reveal the Gauntlet theme (which will be the level music from one of Sigma's Fortress levels), and the team-members will decide who will be the remixer for that round. Remixers can only take one round per block.

The chosen remixer will then write a single remix using both their Maverick's theme and the Gauntlet theme for that round. The other team members are allowed to help with production, playing instruments, and arrangement ideas, but the chosen remixer must act as the primary artist/arranger. The easiest way to think of this is that you are taking turns remixing for your team every week. Please note that artists are allowed to utilize session musicians and performers who are not involved with the competition, but those musicians and performers should not be heavily involved in the arrangement of the entry.

At the end of the round, voters will rank their top three entries, and placing entries will receive points based on where they place relative to other teams. At the end of the competition, points will be tallied, and the team with the most points wins.

FAQ
So do I just pick a Maverick? Is it first-come-first-served?
I'll be doing a draft for Maverick selection. If you're planning on participating, please post a list of five Mavericks you're interested in claiming, in the order of preference. Choose any Maverick from the following games:

  • Mega Man X-X8

Once everyone posts their lists, I'll go through and assign everyone their first-pick, resolving any conflicts with a coin-toss and moving down the lists as necessary. You will only be assigned one Maverick for the competition. Every team member must post their own five picks.

Are you assigning teams or do we get to make our own?
I won't be assigning teams. Please feel free to form a team with your friends or artists that you already work well with.

Can we have team names?

  • Team names must be specifically Mega Man themed. Your team name can't just be a generic video game, music, or robotics reference.
  • Team names must be 1-3 words long. A number counts as a word.
  • Team names can't contain characters that are invalid for file names. \ / : * ? " < > |
  • Team names must be rated E for Everyone. This means no alcohol, drug use, sex, or excessive-violence references.

Some examples of good team names: The Yellow Devils, Team Metool, ENERGYTANK, etc.

Wait, so we have to all collaborate every week on a remix?
Not at all. The whole idea is that each team member will take their turn at remixing. Collaboration is not required at all; in fact, I really want to avoid one single artist carrying the entire team every week throughout the competition. That's not how this is supposed to work, and I'm trusting everyone to play by the rules and make sure that the primary remixer is changing every round.

How many rounds are there?
Rounds are grouped into blocks. We will be doing three blocks this year, so that works out to nine rounds. There is also the possibility for extra rounds either in between blocks or at the end. I have not made any decisions regarding those yet.

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Yay it's happening!

 

My picks:

 

1) Dark Dizzy (X5)

2) Squid Adler (X5)

3) Slash Beast (X4)

4) Cyber Peacock (X4)

5) Launch Octopus (X)

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Picks:

1. Spark Mandrill (X)
2. Izzy Glow (X5)
3. Tunnel Rhino (X3)
4. Commander Yammark (X6)
5. Storm Owl (X4)

 

Thanks for the playlists, Mr. L!

 

Also, I'm currently not in a team, so let me know if anyone wants to team up.

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1) Chill Penguin (X1)

2) Storm Eagle  (X1)

3) Crystal Snail (X2)

4) Toxic Seahorse (X3) 

5) Armored Armadillo (X1)

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1) Gravity Beetle (X3)

2) Tidal Whale (X5)

3) Metal Shark (X6)

4) Jet Stringray (X4)

5) Blaze Heatnix (X6)

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I'm definitely in, I just need to take my time to go through the Maverick themes - I have played maybe 15 minutes of the X series in total.

Meanwhile, let me introduce Maverick Astley: Jorito, me & Tuberz McGee.

PREPARE TO BE ... ROCKROLLED

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The X series is and always has been way up at the top, the unquestionable leader of the pack when it comes to "games what make me have the fun" and the music is no small part of that.  But my flakiness with regards to compos around here is a problem.  I just never find the time, and maybe that's an excuse because I'm bad at time management and if I REALLY cared I could.  Or maybe I couldn't!  Who knows?!

 

I've tried entering a listy, brackety compo or two before.  I never completed a track.  I've taken a very low-key, very tentative, "y'know IF there's an open slot I guess I could join but I don't want to be a flakey, sucky bother..." and it turned out I was a flaky, sucky bother whose slot in the compo went to waste.  On top of that, when I sent in whatever I DID have (nowhere near done, barely a WIP by a very generous definition) I didn't properly name the file!  I'm bad at this!

 

All that nonsense up there is trying to say is YES I WANT TO DO THIS, but... can I really be trusted to actually contribute?  And to do it properly?  The answer to the first question is maybe.  The answer to the second is yes.

 

If you'll have me, I'll go with this:

 

  1. Gravity Beetle (X3)
  2. Spark Mandrill (X1)
  3. Flame Mammoth (X1)
  4. Armored Armadillo (X1)
  5. Boomer Kuwanger (X1)

If not, no hard feelings.  If there's a situation where the roster is looking pretty full and cutting one out would make everything cleaner/smoother, don't feel bad about letting me go.

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Meanwhile, let me introduce Maverick Astley: Jorito, me & Tuberz McGee.

PREPARE TO BE ... ROCKROLLED

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...damnit you guys.

 

I expect at LEAST one (Never Gonna) Give You Up-style submission per block.

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...damnit you guys.

 

I expect at LEAST one (Never Gonna) Give You Up-style submission per block.

Count on it, I already have some ideas ;)

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for sure want to hop in on some of this action here, but i'm currently not in a group so if anyone wants to group up, hmu.

 

If I do find a group, these would be my choices:

 

1) Magna Centipede (X2)

2) Gravity Beetle (X3)

3) Split Mushroom (X4)

4) Izzy Glow (X5)

5) Rainy Turtloid (X6)

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Fffffffffffffffffffffffffffff.... I probably don't have time, but I really want to do this and I really need an excuse to get back into making music. Let me see if I can round up a team and I'll come back here and post my picks later.

 

Shariq, are you limiting the number of teams at all, or is it just however many people sign up?

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I probably won't have time either :'(  But if "session musicians/performers" covers any sort of light collaboration, I'd be happy to lend my sword where I'm able.  If it's strictly instrumentalists, then I guess you're outta luck

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Fffffffffffffffffffffffffffff.... I probably don't have time, but I really want to do this and I really need an excuse to get back into making music. Let me see if I can round up a team and I'll come back here and post my picks later.

Shariq, are you limiting the number of teams at all, or is it just however many people sign up?

No limits.

Some of the Mavericks seem to have two themes, how does that operate?

 

Which ones?

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Which ones?

 

I think he's referring to the two-variation stage themes in X4. Frost Walrus, for example, has a much different area 1 theme than his area 2 theme.

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1) Boomer Kuwanger (X1)

2) Toxic Seahorse (X3)

3) Gravity Beetle (X3)

4) Spark Mandrill (X1)

5) Storm Eagle (X1)

 

Let's do this! 

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1. Frost Walrus (X4)

2. Commander Yammark (X6)

3. Neon Tiger (X3)

4. Wire Sponge (X2)

5. Bamboo Pandamonium (X8)

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I'mgoingtoregretthisI'mgoingtoregretthisI'mgoingtoREGRETthis

 

  1. Sting Chameleon (X1)
  2. Web Spider (X4)
  3. Grizzly Slash (X5)
  4. Commander Yammark (X6)
  5. Chill Penguin (X1)

 

I am also without a team!

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So yeah... here's a list. I am excite.

  • Squid Adler (X5)
  • Gravity Beetle (X3)
  • Slash Beast (X4)
  • Magna Centipede (X2)
  • Spark Mandrill (X)

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OK, why the heck not:

  1. Izzy Glow/Shining Hotarunicus (X5)
  2. Chill Penguin (X1)
  3. Squid Adler/Volt Kraken (X5)
  4. Boomer Kuwanger (X1)
  5. Rainy Turtloid (X6)

I'm finalizing my team here over the next few days.

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