However, I believe the complexity of the template itself could by a negative attribute as well. Considering this is a contest for the 3rd template to be distributed with every Joomla 1.5 download, you might wish to see a more rounded template. For example, something that is between simplicity and complexity, perfectly balanced to show off the templating ability of Joomla itself, but also provide an easy platform for new users to learn the inner workings of the Joomla templating process.
In conclusion, I believe this template is great, and the standard form that you would expect a "default" design to take but could be too complex for this particular situation
What you said hit the spot..
The package seems like it is too much integrated with in itself and hard coded. This makes it difficult for people trying to learn how to make a 1.5 template because then you think you can make a template with these same features; but in reality they are hard coded into the template with custom written php, specifically for this template.
There seems to be lots of custom code written in php that does not really come with the 1.5 release. it seems it was included because if not other-wise the template wouldn't work correctly.
Take advantage of what Joomla 1.5 has to offer designers, instead of creating custom written php code that confuses designers what Joomla 1.5 can do.
I have been wanting to learn how to make a moomenu and this has helped me.
I still am wondering about a few things.
I would love to see a tutorial for how this whole template was made from beginning to end. That would help a lot of beginners.
The Compass Design 1.5 tutorial helps a lot.
In my humble opinion I think this template is show-casing more of what Joomlart can do rather than what can be accomplished with Joomla 1.5.