Announcing the “Beyond Black Holes” Contest - Research Black Holes - Win Prizes!
In recognition of the Beyond update, The NMS Federation, United Corporate Alliance, and the NMS Coordinate Exchange have teamed up to bring a new contest to the entire No Man’s Sky community! All you have to do is research and submit black hole data for your chance to win!
Black Holes, WUT?: Back in December of 2018, a small group of travelers had an idea. Now that the exit points of black holes in No Man’s Sky are fixed, we should write down their details and use them to shorten the number of warps needed between two points in the galaxy. Thus, the Black Hole Suns project was born. Phase 1 was a database and a Distance and Route Calculator (DaRC) based on Google Sheets. The beginning was a wild adventure and many lessons were learned. To date, over 8,360 black holes have been logged by 144 travelers across many galaxies for all three gaming platforms (PC/XBox, PS4). The DaRC is reducing trips on a daily basis (for example, the trip from the Pilgrim Star to New Lennon went from 600+ to 20 jumps). Phase 2 is now active, which features two brand new web applications, one for the database and one for the Distance and Route Calculator (DaRC).
What: In order to have a chance to win, you must submit “black hole data sets” from any galaxy in NMS. A black hole data set is made up of two parts: The Region name, System name, and Signal Booster coordinates must be collected from the side where the black hole exists, and also the side that you exit to after taking the black hole. The combined six (6) elements are the absolute minimum required to enter a black hole set (you have the option to enter more data if you wish - more on that later). You must submit at least 10 black hole sets to earn one “ticket” and have your name entered into the drawing. For every 10 black hole sets submitted, you will earn an additional ticket. For example, a player that submits 10 black hole sets will have their name entered once into the drawing pool. A player that submits 60 black hole sets will have their name entered into the pool 6 times. In the event a player submits 100 black hole sets, they will be awarded an additional 5 tickets (for a total of 15). Five “bonus” tickets will be awarded for every set of 100.
Prizes: The contest is divided into three (3) classes: PC, PS4, and XBox. Players will be entered into a drawing based on the gaming platform that they entered data for during the contest.
When: THE CONTEST BEGINS NOW (MONDAY, JULY 1 0900 EASTERN US) and ends at MIDNIGHT (EASTERN US) on SUNDAY, JULY 7.
Winners: Winners will be announced LIVE on CobraTV’s stream during the 2019 Convergence Event on SUNDAY, JULY 14 at 10:00AM Eastern time. You do not have to witness the stream to win, but wouldn’t that be exciting? Other prizes will be given away during the stream as well!
Entries must be submitted by midnight Sunday, July 7 2019 (Eastern US) - No exceptions
With the sole exception of the Black Hole Suns Engineering team, the entire No Man’s Sky community is eligible to participate and win. Prizes can be shipped internationally.
This is a video game. It’s supposed to be fun and enjoyable. The NMS community is awesome. There is no reason to cheat. If evidence of cheating is uncovered, all of your entries will be discarded, whether they are valid or not, and you will absolutely, definitely be put on blast. Don’t be a space jerk. Don’t cheat. We understand the difference between an accidental typo and cheating.
If you wish to enter black hole data in the Black Hole Suns database during the week of the contest, but you wish to *opt-out* of the contest, please notify the Black Hole Suns team via the BHS reddit (in the official contest post) or Discord (in the official contest channel) by Saturday, July 6 2019
Official contest status (updates, technical info, etc.) will be available via the Black Hole Suns Twitter feed.
If you play NMS on multiple gaming platforms, you are eligible to enter data for all of them, but you are only eligible to win one prize.
All technical and administrative decisions related to the contest are final.
HOW TO ENTER:
ATTENTION - MEMBERS of CIVILIZATIONS, CORPORATIONS, and OTHER NMS ORGANIZATIONS:
The contest presents a special opportunity for organizations within the NMS community to:
If you have any questions, feel free to submit them on the main contest announcement post at the following locations:
Finally, thanks to all of the individuals and organizations that teamed together to being a truly unique event to the NMS community! This event has been worked on for months and could not have happened without the support of everyone involved. There is always the risk that we cannot make everyone happy in terms of the contest logistics, but please understand we did our very best in order to give everyone the opportunity to participate!
Note - please feel free to share the contest announcement link with other NMS communities online (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)