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Medieval Mayhem Label Contest

David Vazquez's Winning Entry

November 18, 2006 - Winner Selected!

After deliberating over all the wonderful entries submitted to the Medieval Mayhem Label Contest, author Darrell Spice Jr. has selected an entry from David Vazquez as the winning label. David Vazquez's second submission, pictured to the left, will be the artwork that graces the Medieval Mayhem label as well as the manual. For winning the contest, David will receive a $50 gift certificate in the AtariAge Store, as well as a copy of Medieval Mayhem featuring his winning design. Medieval Mayhem will be available in the AtariAge Store beginning December 1st!

Congratulations to David Vazquez and to all the participants who took the time to enter the contest and show off their talents!

Fans of the popular four-player Atari 2600 game Warlords (itself based on an arcade game of the same name) will be happy to learn that 2600 enthusiast Darrell Spice Jr. is nearly finished with Medieval Mayhem, an updated take on Warlords. While the original version from Atari is still a blast to play, Medieval Mayhem adds arcade features such as the launch dragon, multiple fireballs and a level of polish missing from the original 2600 release. It also includes a menu to select options before starting the game.

Click for more screenshots
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AtariAge and Darrell Spice Jr. are sponsoring a contest to create original artwork for Medieval Mayhem This label artwork will appear on all copies of Medieval Mayhem, which will be available through the AtariAge Store. This artwork will also be featured on the cover of the manual created for Medieval Mayhem. You can follow progress in Darrell's Blog as well as discuss the game with fellow AtariAge visitors (and download the latest binary) in our Homebrew Discussion Forum.

Click for more screenshots

The winner of the contest will receive a copy of Medieval Mayhem in cartridge form, featuring their winning label design. The winner will also receive a $50 gift certificate in the AtariAge Store. The contest will run until 11:59pm (CST), Sunday, November 12th, 2006 and all submissions must be received by this time! After the contest has ended, Darrell Spice Jr. will select one of the entries as the label to be used for Medieval Mayhem.

How to Enter

Both a main label and an end label must be included with your submission. For your label to be considered, please understand these guidelines and conditions. Any questions may be directed to [email protected]:

Main Label - There are no restrictions for the artwork or layout for the main label, so you are free to create anything your imagination (and artistic skills) can conjure up. Please keep in mind that this artwork will also appear in the manual created for Medieval Mayhem. If you want to use graphic elements of the game in your design(s), you can grab screenshots here.
End Label Text - The end label must contain the game's title, Medieval Mayhem.
Main Label Text - The following text should appear on the main label:
  • Medieval Mayhem
  • Copyright © 2006 Darrell Spice Jr.
  • Use with Paddle Controllers

SpiceWare Logo - Darrell would like the SpiceWare logo to appear on the main label. It looks best against a dark background, as shown here:

SpiceWare Logo

Clearly Legible Text - All text on the label must be clearly legible at the size the label will be printed (see below for actual dimensions). Please keep this important consideration in mind while you are designing your label. The font used in Medieval Mayhem's menu and players' scores is based on MA Gotic, which can be found here.
Multiple Submissions - While we will gladly accept multiple submissions, we ask that each label be unique from your any previous submissions in some significant fashion. We reserve the right to reject labels that differ only in color or some other minor attribute from previous entries. We will gladly replace previous submissions with new entries if you so request.
Use of Copyrighted Images - If you use any copyrighted images, you must seek permission from the copyright holder before using that image as part of your label. Likewise, any labels that use artwork from a previously submitted label will be rejected.
Permission to Reprint - By submitting an entry (or entries) to this contest, you agree to allow AtariAge and/or Darrell Spice Jr. to reproduce your submission(s) without your having to grant permission or receiving compensation for the right to do so.

Labels should be saved in a non-lossy image format such as PNG, TIFF, PCX, or BMP. If you need to save your image using JPEG for some reason, please use a minimal amount of compression. In order for the label to look good when printed, it should be saved at at 200dpi or better. If you are concerned about large file sizes you can drop us a line before mailing the file, but generally anything under 10MB will not be a problem.

Please take care to make sure your label is proportioned correctly. You may download these graphics to assist in this effort:

Please do not send your labels already attached to these templates, they are provided only to help you properly frame your label. We will shrink and crop your label to the correct size and place it on the templates for inclusion on this page where others may view them. The original, high-resolution submissions will be sent to Darrell Spice Jr. when the contest is complete.

Actual label sizes when printed are 2 3/4" x 3 3/8" for the main label and 2 3/4" x 9/16" for the end label. If you have artwork that goes to the edge of the label, you will also need a 1/4" bleed around the edges. This bleed isn't necessary for the contest, but if your label design is chosen as the winner it will be necessary in order to print the label.

Label submissions and questions about the contest must be sent to [email protected]. We will post submissions publicly on this page as we receive them. The contest may also be discussed in our Contests Forum. For some inspiration, you can view some of the many labels submitted in previous 2600 label contests:

  • Strat-O-Gems Deluxe Label Contest
  • Backfire Label Contest
  • Go Fish! Label Contest
  • Climber 5 Label Contest Page
  • Man Goes Down Label Contest
  • Qb Label Contest Page
  • Ultra SCSIcide Label Contest
  • Gunfight Label Contest Page
  • Krokodile Cartridge Label Contest
  • Mental Kombat Label Contest Page
  • Rainbow Invaders Label Contest

  • Remember, the contest ends at 11:59pm (CST), Sunday, November 12th, 2006!


    Click on any image for a larger version. Click on Submitter or Date Submitted to sort by either. Click again to reverse sort.

    LabelSubmitter EntryDate Submitted
    Brian Puthuff110/31/2006
    David Vazquez110/25/2006
    David Vazquez210/25/2006
    Galaxy Warrior110/17/2006
    Galaxy Warrior210/22/2006
    Galaxy Warrior310/22/2006
    Houston Berry110/29/2006
    Houston Berry210/29/2006
    Joel Peguero110/24/2006
    Joel Peguero210/24/2006
    Joel Peguero310/24/2006
    Jon Williams110/17/2006
    Rhys Marshall110/18/2006
    Will Luton110/25/2006
    Will Luton210/25/2006