The Crawl Cosplay Challenge is a weekly series for Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup, using crawl's uniques as the basis for challenges. The goal is not to emulate the unique's behaviour exactly, but to get a good starting point on playing games with interesting requirements. Challenges are run in five-week 'sets' with the occasional bonus round, and are suitable for players of all skill levels — the Challenge is about personal achievement rather than competition.
Each week will feature a character for you to play, with one or more options for starting species and background, as well as which god(s) you must worship. These choices are all mandatory. Unless otherwise specified, you must worship one of the options for gods before entering any multi-level branch besides the dungeon (e.g. Lair, Orc, Depths), and you can't do anything to lose your religion, including abandoning your god.
New challenges are posted Fridays at approximately Midnight EST/5AM GMT. You will have until the following Friday at 7 AM EST/Noon GMT to enter your game, though games started before that date and entered not too long after are generally accepted. Challenges will not run when official DCSS tournaments or other large tournaments/challenges (e.g CSDC) are going on.
Challenges can be played in either the latest stable or trunk version, and occasionally other versions when specified. You can play online or offline, and can make as many attempts as you want before the deadline.
The page for each challenge has a "Submit a run" link, where you can paste a link to a morgue, and enter your score. Online, finished games can use the direct link to the morgue in the submission; offline and/or in-progress games should be uploaded to a site like pastebin, dropbox, or any other similar site. Submissions will be approved by a site administrator, who will verify your score.
These remain the same from one week to the next, and are the main way of scoring points. Each milestone earns you 5 points, for a total of 35 if you win the game, and can be done in any order. You can only earn points from each milestone once per game (entering Lair and then Orc doesn't get you 10 points).
Each week will have three optional conducts for you to follow, that vary with every challenge. Following or completing each conduct is worth 5 points, to a maximum of half your score from milestones, rounded down. (So if you achieve 3 milestones (15 points) you can earn up to 7 points from conduct bonuses, for a total of 22 points.) Small mistakes in following the conducts will usually be forgiven, but make sure you ask.
Each week will also have two optional bonus challenges, that are usually difficult or unconventional. Completing a bonus challenge doesn't affect your score, but gets you a star, a small trophy to recognize your skill. Each week has one star that requires you to win the game, and another that doesn't. You don't need to follow any of the cosplay conducts to earn stars. Small mistakes in following the bonus challenges will usually be forgiven.
It is possible, and even likely, that several players will end up with a perfect score. This is not considered a problem, and there is no tie-breaker.
The Crawl Cosplay Challenge is run by kitchen_ace.
Special thanks to all CCC participants, and DCSS devs!