This is a friendly (and experimental) competition for Hitman Forum members who play on PlayStation 4.
The rules are simple:
Turn INSTINCT, NPC ICONS and the MINI-MAP off in the options menu, simulating the traditional "purist" experience. All other gameplay assists may be left on.
Play the contract posted below ONCE, and once only, without restarting for any reason, simulating a real-life hit, with only one, solitary, chance to succeed. Also please resist watching other people's videos before attempting the contract yourself, in the name of fairness.
Post a screenshot of your results page, or a video of your run, here in the forum before the contract expires in 48 hours. (Scoresheets and videos should, preferably, be accompanied by a short written message stating clearly that you have, or have not, followed the rules properly, e.g. "I have followed all rules", or "I have not followed all rules", making it easier for others to spot which runs are official and which are not.)
Contracts begin at 6 p.m. GMT, British time (which is 1 p.m. EST, North-American time), and end 48 hours (2 days) later at the exact same time, e.g. if a contract begins a 6 p.m./1 p.m. on Friday, then it ends at 6 p.m./1 p.m. on Sunday ... and the following contract begins at the exact same time the old contract ends, lasting for the next 48 hours, and so on, and so on ... for as long as Hitman Forum members want to play.
The rule is that the person who achieves the best score at the end of 48 hours wins the competition, and also wins the privilege of choosing and posting the contract that everyone else will play for the next two days. This contract can be one of the winner's own creation, or can be a contract created by another player. But the contract posted should, whenever possible, have some kind of story-based briefing description, just like the Elusive Contracts posted by Io Interactive. These story-based descriptions don't have to be masterpieces of espionage fiction, but they should provide at least one line of context for the contract, e.g.
"Good afternoon, 47. Your target is a known murderer who has escaped capture in seven states. Our client wants him dead before he can escape again."
How creative you get with descriptions is entirely up to you.
I'm not sure if this will work, or if there will be any sustained interest in it, but I personally think Elusive Contracts are the most enjoyable and challenging part of the Hitman experience, and this is my attempt to partially recreate that experience multiple times a week, with the co-operation of the Hitman community.
So, without further ado, here's the first contract. It's one of my own, and something that isn't too intricate, to get us started:
This first contract begins NOW and ends in two days time, on Sunday, at 6 p.m. GMT (1 p.m. EST), at which point the winner, the person with the best score, will take over from me and post the next contract, along with the next contract's expiration date, and so on, and so on, according to the rules stated above.
Important note: There is, unfortunately, no way to verify that everyone taking part in this competition will abide by the THREE RULES I described at the beginning of this post ... so we have to trust one another for this to work. All competitors should be aware that they have absolutely nothing to gain by cheating (there are no shiny new suits to win here), and that if even one person cheats he ruins the experience for everyone else who takes part.
It should also be noted that the person who posts the contract cannot take part in the contest. Winning earns you a two-day break from murdering folks, e.g. I will not be playing this contract myself, because I posted it, but I will play the new contract that is posted on Sunday by the winner of this contract.
(P.S. Of course, I'd prefer the entire Hitman community to be involved in this, but that currently isn't possible for practicality reasons that I have explained in numerous posts below. Therefore this competition is solely for PS4 players. If people wish to create an identical thread for Xbox players, and another identical thread for PC players, they are more than welcome to do so, and they are welcome to copy and paste my description of the rules into those threads.)
Good luck to everyone who managed to read all this, and who feels like taking part.