1. Introduction Starcraft: Brood War is the highest selling RTS of all time. Most PC gamers among you, especially older ones, will have at least played it once. It's also the most successful eSport ever, with highly paid professional gamers, tv broadcasts and massive live audiences. Despite the release of Starcraft 2, Brood War remains the competitive game of choice for many due to numerous reasons we won't get into. 12 years on it's still the most balanced and competitive RTS out there, and while it's difficult, even new players can get into it and have a lot of fun. To encourage people on this site to take a look back at this game and realize the fun you can have with it, i am putting up a prize of $50 (30 or so pounds if you're British like me) for the person who can defeat me in a Round of 5 match, or $30 for the Round of 3 with the choice to proceed to game's 4 and 5 or not. 2. How to take part Firstly you need the game. You either have it, can buy a very cheap CD key for it, or download a Blizzard approved multiplayer only copy of the game from this address (http://files.theabyss.ru/sc/starcraft.zip). Yes Blizzard are fine with ICCUP and people using this copy on a private server, so do not worry about that. If you already have the game, download the ICCUP Launcher from www.iccup.com. For both groups, make an account on ICCUP. Then the option to login to this server will appear in your Battle.net list of servers. This is the server where the games will be played. Make sure your ports are allowed for the game, play some practice games with people and do whatever you like on there. My name on there is NotoriousSCV, i will be in the channel gbatemp there and i will leave it logged in for the duration of the challenge. Ideally you will come onto the GBATemp IRC, on irc2.gbatemp.net:5190 in channel #gbatemp.net where my name is inf and challenge me there, or ask for practice games or whatever questions you have. 3. The maps These are the maps that will be used, all currently used in the Korean proleagues. Game 1 Empire of the Sun Note the 2 island expansions at the top and bottom that can make a big difference in the game, otherwise a normal layout. Game 2 Icarus A mostly standard map with a large center for flanking. Game 3 Pathfinder This one is the odd one out and completely different. I will leave it up to you to decide what advantages the small air distances and layout of the map gives each race, and what are the best strategies to use. If needed, Game 4 will be Icarus again while Game 5 will be Empire of the Sun again. Here is a zip of the maps: http://www.mediafire.com/?gu33nkiuw19qgut Put them in your */starcraft/maps folder. 4. Rules - If you lose 2:0 the challenge is over - If you lose 2:1, you can choose to continue to the next 2 games and try to win both. - If you win 2:1, you can either take the $30, or choose to continue to games 4 and 5 for the full prize. - Pick any race you like any game, but if you pick Random you must say the name of your race at the start of the game. - You must have been a GBATemp member for at least 6 months, and have at least 30 posts. - No smurfing obviously ie. getting someone to play the games for you. After you have won, you will be asked to complete a task to ensure that it was you playing. - I will happily play practice games against people if i am available but; You must state clearly and at a time we both agree on, when you are going to make your actual challenge and play the serious games. - Any cheating/hacking/exploiting is fairly obvious to spot and you'll be DQ'd. - You get 2 chances to challenge. Once you've used both of them, that's it no more. Once someone has made a challenge the replays of the game will be posted in here for everyone to watch. Maybe even some commentary and youtube vids if there's particularly good games and enough interest. 5. Conclusion The competition will run for 2 weeks, maybe extending if i feel like it, if someone claims the prize it's over! The prize will paid in Alertpay. Depending on interest future tournaments may be run between members, maybe a 2v2 challenge or maybe other things i have in mind which will also have prizes. The main goal is to just have people playing the game and having fun. Keep in mind you definitely have a chance here; I'm not a particularly strong 1v1 player and have never practiced or laddered very hard, i simply play as i go along and strategize on the fly. Anyone will a bit of skill can practice and beat me within a month. Feel free to use this thread to organize games between yourselves and practice sessions or anything Starcraft related posting as well as the challenge itself. It's a great game guys, get past the sprite graphics and realize how incredibly deep the gameplay and strategy is that is required to play this, as well as speed and the twitch gaming aspect. To hype you up here's a long highlights video of a recent season of Starcraft: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OW-dH2fUqUw Good luck, have fun!