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May 2007 Contest -- The Den of Evil!
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#23856
May 2007 Contest -- The Den of Evil! 7 Years, 4 Months ago  
Thats just awesome - EVERYONE gets something!!!!

This is the only company I know of that would run a contest, and then, on top of it, give out EXTRA prizes!

Totally awesome!!!
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#23857
May 2007 Contest -- The Den of Evil! 7 Years, 4 Months ago  
Stefan,

That is really interesting to me that you picked the gem wall pic as the best. I also liked it the best, but I thought the Test of Fire shot was the one that actually. It showed off the cool aspect of using the fire (ie not using it in the cauldrons) AND somehow I got lucky and got that really cool statue in the shot as well... the statue looks so sinister in that photo I started to wonder what the focus of the shot should be! But, that being said, I too liked the gem wall one the best. When I saw that the contest was featuring DOE, I instantly thought that whatever I did, I needed to somehow show off the gem wall, because it is one of my favorite (if not THE favorite) pieces in the DOE line. After I set it up, I was also getting some great light reflection from it as well. That piece is SO friggan cool! Anyways, I went with the "View from the altar" shot. I wanted to include as much of the book as I could, cover the fire, and still get in the main point of the shot... the gem wall through the doorway. Its really a weird illusion because the gem wall is on level 1 (at the foot of the stairs), but the fire and altar and stuff is all on level 2. The thing that really throws it off is the two walls to either side of the doorway. They are also on level 2, framing the room that the doorway leads to. Those walls effectively block everything else from level 1 (which they should), leaving just the gem portion of the wall from level 1 filling the open doorway.

It is amazing what people can do with these pieces. Every setup looks "expert", and I think its mostly because the pieces are so well designed, you can't help but make something amazing just by putting them together! In my mind, Stefan wins the contest!

Shoe
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#23858
May 2007 Contest -- The Den of Evil! 7 Years, 4 Months ago  
For anyone that is interested, I am posting a couple of pics of my setup with the DDM I was using to give me the feel of how I wanted my version of a Temple of Evil. Since the entryway featured the Bull/Demon heads, I took that to be minotaurs. I imagined the Temple being at the end of a labrynth, so of course minotaurs greet the party in the entrance hall. Then I had "Grell Surprise", the Spectre's Treasure, The Entry to the Test of Fire (guarded by elementals), the Temple itself (in the middle of a ritual to summon a barbed devil), and the dungeons below where useless prisoners are sent as food for the inhabitants below. Here are the shots...

Since I realized early on that DDM was not going to be allowed in the pics (for reasons that I totally agree with), I didn't take too many pics, and the ones I did take didnt turn out as well. Since they couldnt be used, I didnt bother trying to take better ones, but in retrospect, I wish I would have. My personal favorite part is the two drow picking rats off of the rat swarm pile to put in the cauldron in order to "feed" the summoned fire elemental.

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#23859
May 2007 Contest -- The Den of Evil! 7 Years, 4 Months ago  
Congrats to all the winners! All great set-ups. Well I couldn't do a set up in time to make the contest deadline - so it goes. But I just took down my large DOE/water cavern setup earlier today and decided to try a DOE setup using one of each DOE set. OK - I embellished a bit with non-DF stuff (though I supose I could shoot it without those as well..but I haven't yet). Lets see if I can get the pics to post up...

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#23860
May 2007 Contest -- The Den of Evil! 7 Years, 4 Months ago  
Wow Thoth... that first pic blew me away! Make sure you get in the next contest!

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#23861
May 2007 Contest -- The Den of Evil! 7 Years, 4 Months ago  
Thanks shoesan. I'm planning on taking some more pics tommorow - maybe I'll get some better ones. Unfortunatly my wife is travelling with our camera so I'm using my sons that doesn't have a zoom or any manual controls. I've just been looking over all the other (er em - the actual) entries with my kids just now and everyone has done some really creative things. Our consensus was that your and Aubry's setup were the most cool - but a really tough call as each had its unique aspect/take on the DOE theme. And both of your photography was outstanding. I tried to not be influenced by anyone prior - so I really hadn't looked much at the entries. I must say the DOE room set is a must (I only got one - but its enough to do the trick - though I'm tempted to pick up another - I think it would be most helpful for multilevel setups). Yeah - the scuplts on this set - the detail - the overall these - everything is just awesome and first rate. With the room set its now much more versatle and (finally truly) playable.
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#23862
May 2007 Contest -- The Den of Evil! 7 Years, 4 Months ago  
Wow...Thanks Stephan, Jeff, and the DF staff! I had fun doing the setup and I enjoyed checking out all of the cool ideas that came from all of the entries. I really try hard to approach each setup artistically while maintaining gaming functionality and I wasn't really sure how well that would work out in this case. I had my doubts since this wasn't purely a photo contest and other factors were equally important, but I'm glad that everyone seems to enjoy the more "dramatic" nature of my images even though I still have a ways to go (in my opinion) in terms of setup.

I'd like to comment on some of my favorite images now that the contest is over.

Shadox - Love the book on the circular corner pieces idea!

GdMcbride - Not sure I'd have the guts to actually stack my DOE stuff like that! hehe

Harneloot - Really liked how you had the pieces at an angle to the next level. Looks like fun!

Ghenghis Ska - Your 3rd pic is my favorite in this contest. I'd love to get higher rez stuff if you have it. nice work!

Zoonat - I loved your 4th pic! reminded me of Wow for some reason.

L - I loved the room with the benches/pillars. Not sure why exactly because the rasied platform at the end is really cooler in terms of setup I suppose...but I really like something about the composition of the photo with the benches
more.

Shoesan - Fun layout! The test of fire idea is very slick and I like the camera angles.

95svtcobra - Loved your 3rd pic. Nice layout and choice of minis...looks very dangerous in there!

Mcwulf - The debris/barricades idea was sweet! Used that this past weekend! thanks!

Grimlok - I really liked the raised section in the back...very nice.

Good job to everyone and congrats to Shoesan, Ghenghis Ska, and GdMcbride!

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#23863
May 2007 Contest -- The Den of Evil! 7 Years, 4 Months ago  
GdMcbride - Not sure I'd have the guts to actually stack my DOE stuff like that! hehe
-Aubrey

Actually, its funny you should mention that. Although I did have a few tumbles early on in building, the facade was actually quite stable. In fact, due to RL getting in the way, I had to leave it standing almost twenty four hours before I could get around to actually photographing it. It did just fine.

Gary
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#23864
May 2007 Contest -- The Den of Evil! 7 Years, 4 Months ago  
Great set-ups !!!

Congrats to all of you !!!
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#23865
May 2007 Contest -- The Den of Evil! 7 Years, 4 Months ago  
Here are a few random shots of my entry that I didn't include -- didn't want to post these before the contest was over, for fear of biasing the judges by sneaking around the official rules. These are some nice, shots, I think - but in some ways the biggest challenge with this contest, for me, was keeping to five pictures! If you only include the kind of close-up shots I like, you don't convey the layout as a whole -- but lots of long shots and you don't get to show off some of the neat details! Very challenging.

In any case, these were some of my favorite shots, I really liked putting these GW elves here -- I liked the effect, against that black backdrop. But since it was against the rules, these pics were a no go.


Anyhoo, enjoy!

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#23866
May 2007 Contest -- The Den of Evil! 7 Years, 4 Months ago  
Thanks to everyone for their comments on mine and other's setups. And a HUGE thanks to Jeff and Stephan for not only having this contest, but then rewarding everyone! That made my day! After reading that announcement, I immediately started checking out the individual pieces I crave the most... like a kid in a candy shop!

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#23867
May 2007 Contest -- The Den of Evil! 7 Years, 4 Months ago  
The coupon codes will be going out later today. My laptop was recently inflicted with the Vista virus, and it has slowed me down.

Thanks for your patience.
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