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#23686
Need Your Feedback: Contest 7 Years, 3 Months ago  
I am thinking about having some contests here in our Forum that asks gamers to submit 5 photos of their best set-up using a specific number of sets. For instance, I think it would be cool to have a contest to see who can come up with the coolest set up when using one set of each of the Den of Evil Sets (3 in all).

The problem is...well...gamers are trained to work the system so I would need to have a good set of rules -- or people will get mad. Here is my preliminary list of rules. Please let me know what should be added or changed. I want this contest to give everyone some good ideas for their own games, and so I need to be somewhat restrictive on what can be used.

1) Use only official DF product.

2) Use only the specific sets listed. Some of these sets may include older, out-of-stock sets.

3) Non-DF support pieces like cardboard to support second story designs are not allowed. All support must come from DF pieces contained inside the listed sets.

4) Only five photos may be entered per entry, and all photos become the property of Dwarven Forge, LLC for promotional purposes. A person may only submit one entry per contest.

5) The use of colored lights or special effects like fog is NOT allowed.

6) All set-ups should be placed on a non-descript surface so as not to detract from the set-up.

7) Each image must be less then 1600x1200 pixels and less than 500 KB

8) All profiles of entrants must list a valid email address so we can contact you. All entrants agree to have their real first name and Forum name publisized on the website and DF newsletter.

9) The results of the contest are final -- and DF reserves the right to pick any entry they wish.

10) Entries will be judged on creativity, gaming usefulness and the quality of the photographs.

11) A special section will be established on the Forum to all entries.

12) All pieces used must be unmodified and in original form. Painted and altered pieces will not be allowed if the changes are visible in the photographs. We may, at some point, allow the inclusion of modified pieces in certain contests.

13) Only DF miniatures are allowed in the photos -- if they are called for in the contest specs.

These rules have been designed to make a level playing field for most collectors. At a later date, we may have contests which are less restrictive.


That's about it. Let me know what you think. I would like to start the first contest very soon -- and it will be the 3 DoE contest I mentioned above.

Thanks.
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#23687
Need Your Feedback: Contest 7 Years, 3 Months ago  
What assessories can we use? Example, miniatures, bars, tables, non-dwarven forge or dwarven forge only, etc.
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#23688
Need Your Feedback: Contest 7 Years, 3 Months ago  
Depending on the contest, some accessory sets for DF would be spec'ed into the listing of acceptable sets.

If we do a MBS contest, then I am sure I will throw in at least one of the Medieval Furniture, Treasure and Magic, and the Dungeon Accesories sets.

For the DoE contest, probably just the Treasure and Magic -- plus all 3 DoE sets.
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#23689
Need Your Feedback: Contest 7 Years, 3 Months ago  
I like it!

I'd definitely recommend several categories, so that people who tend to do things a certain way (or who purchase according to certain restrictions) are not unfairly excluded.

So -- just off the top of my head suggestions:

1. The DoE with 1 of each set sounds like a good idea.

2. Best setup using only 1 set.

3. Best setup using only 1 set -- but you have to use EVERY piece in the set.

4. Best setup mixing two "genres" (where "genres" include Caverns, Dungeon, DoE, Sci-Fi, and MBS)

5. Best "linear" setup -- no stacking, no placing pieces on their sides, no using pieces in "non-conventional" ways, just making a 3-D map in a straightfoward way.

6. Conversely, best "imaginative" setup -- must incorporate at least X number of innovative uses for pieces -- can be anything from using Narrow Passage pieces to support a higher level to turning pieces on their side to suggest some other architectural element to placing large floor pieces on their side to make large, tall walls.

7. Best "naked" setup -- no accessories or minis allowed, just a basic layout.

8. Best "interactive figure use" -- minis appearing to interact with the DF -- figures appearing to open doors, appearing to dive into the water, appearing to trigger a trap, etc. Anything involving a figure that seems to acknowledge and respond to the DF environment

9. Best closeup -- a photo that is only slightly larger than two standard size minis in the center of the frame.

10. Best longshot -- a photo showing off an entire setup taking up at least 5' x 5'.


I could think of more, but you get the point. Coming up with rules/restrictions is a blast!

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#23690
Need Your Feedback: Contest 7 Years, 3 Months ago  
Interesting idea, I like how it is limited to a specific number of sets, and accesories it helps to equalize the playing feild. but wonder if it will be too restrictive in baclground goodies. Which could be good or bad, good for the contest in that it makes everyone equal in what can go in, and good for DF in that it makes it so that it high lights your products, but i can see a bit of bad and good in that it will make the set ups kind of cookiee cutter, ie they will all have the same thing which could be good in that the set up is being judged on the set up and design of that set up and nt who has the coolest toys to go in it.

And nicely answered, however miniatures have not been covered? DF only or non DF allowed?
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#23691
Need Your Feedback: Contest 7 Years, 3 Months ago  
My question would be on clarifications of the proposeed rules as follows:

1) Use only official DF product.
--Does this include "out of print" pieces (Narrow Passages for example?)

2) Use only the specific sets listed.
--Are we / will we be required to use *all* of the pieces in the specified sets?

4) Only five photos may be entered per entry, and all photos become the property of Dwarven Forge, LLC for promotional purposes.
--Are participants limited to one (1) single entry per person, or can participants submit multiple entries, each containing no more than 5 pictures per entry? --Will contest winners be listed by name? (a legal requirement in many states where contests are held that offer prizes)


5) The use of colored lights or special effects like fog is allowed.
--Will you consider disallowing this as some participants may not have the technical capability, money, or other means to utilize such a feature which might be perceived by some as a means to further enhance ones' ability to sway judgement on a particular picture of set of pictures(?) --Disallowing this would be directly in line with your earlier mention of not using any "unofficial" DF products to enhance or support the setups (trying to help maintain consistency here)

6) All set-ups should be placed on a non-descript surface so as not to detract from the set-up.
--This is very vague. What is a "non-descript surface"? The sidewalk? A white table? Some folks use green army blankets on their table, some use warboards, etc. etc. etc. Need some clarification here so entrants are not disqualified if a can of Diet Coke happens to show up in a shot unintended.

Jeff--I worked for a company that designed, created, and executed online contests, promotions, and sweepstakes, so I'm very well versed in legal rules and regulations pertaining to online contests. If you'd like to pick my brain, please feel free to contact me via email. I'd be happy to share some feedback.
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#23692
Need Your Feedback: Contest 7 Years, 3 Months ago  
I agree on the colored lights/fog point -- it seems out of place given the other restrictions on material from other companies, and the nondescript base requirement.

(I took the "nondescript surface" rule to mean that you couldn't put, say, a few DF walls on an elaborate gaming table with flocked hills and rocky outcroppings and a resin waterfall, etc. -- though I can see the importance of clarifying where to draw the line -- what about using blue felt to suggest water and green felt to suggest land? what about using ANY part of the backdrop as an essential part of the layout, as opposed to simply the table, something meant to be ignored? But in general, thinking of some of the pics posted by IO and Tom, they frequently show DF in use on outstanding gaming tables with tons of cool features, but none of it is really DF)

(actually, come to think of it, I think there should be at least one category where people stand a chance against IO and Tom!)

I'd actually like to see something like first, second and third-place announcements, even if only one gets a prize, just because, to be honest, I would probably enter, and would like to think I'd stand a chance, but I would be more enthusiastic if I felt that I only needed to be in the top three or the top five or something to be recognized for my work -- otherwise, why don't we just send Invincible Overlord his prize right now and save us all the trouble? ;)

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#23693
Need Your Feedback: Contest 7 Years, 3 Months ago  
L, I wouldn't throw in the towel yet.

I might have to dust off my old Dungeon Manifest and break out the DF plans I created 10 years ago or so... That'll give IO a run for his money. heh heh... >;-}~
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#23694
Need Your Feedback: Contest 7 Years, 3 Months ago  
Hahaha,
L, I'm not sure what you're worried about. Granted IO has some magnificent work when he does post, but you are no small time participant in the fancy set up department. Between your work and Genghis, I almost feel ashamed to show my work, even to my own gamers..... :)

Also, if you look at the terms of reference, Jeff has indicated very strict guidelines as to what can and can't be used. A lot of IO's work looks amazing because of all the other stuff he throws in to make the set up amazing. The restrictions as to what can be used is a great leveller to all those just starting in the hobby :)
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#23695
Need Your Feedback: Contest 7 Years, 3 Months ago  
Jeff,

Those rules sound fine to me.

One point of clarification may be needed, though.

Must the DF product be unmodified if it is to be used for promotional purposes. Some of us have painted, altered and filled bow-tie cavities in our pieces.

If this is the case, then I would suggest either a provision allowing the use of such pieces (if the modifications are not visible), or to would allow modders to display their stuff in separate contests.
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#23696
Need Your Feedback: Contest 7 Years, 3 Months ago  
Jeff

I think this is a great idea - and keep it simple.

Im looking forward to enter with some designs.

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#23697
Need Your Feedback: Contest 7 Years, 3 Months ago  
Jeff

I think this is a great idea - and keep it simple.

Im looking forward to enter with some designs.

Thod

I agree, the fewer rules, the better. We should approach this in a spirit of fun - no lawyers allowed!!
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