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#26736
Oct-Dec 2007 Contest -- The Watery Cavern 6 Years, 7 Months ago  
Stefan, Jeff

Thanks for the honourable mentioning - and the gift voucher. Comes too late for my current order - but I will invest it in a second MBS set some time early next year. Just need a business trip to the US to pick it up.

I will try to get a few more pictures later. I tried to make a 'simple' layout - and only realized later how difficult the 5 picture restriction is ...

Yes - and I will train my young ones to be serious contenders in the future.

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#26737
Oct-Dec 2007 Contest -- The Watery Cavern 6 Years, 7 Months ago  
Ha...Finally found the newsletter. It was in my email guard after all. It was using an email that I hadn't had in my address book. So that is a total of four different email accounts Dwarven Forge is using. :O)

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#26738
Oct-Dec 2007 Contest -- The Watery Cavern 6 Years, 7 Months ago  
Now that I got the newsletter thing figured out.

I got to say I liked everyones set up. Didn't have time to do my own with it being finals week. Of course....a month ago I was telling myself I had a ton of time and well it slipped away.

NOT that I even stood a chance of competing with what was produced.

Which looking over these pictures has made me decide AGAINST selling all my DF stuff. Which I was going to do because I spent like nearly $3000 to $4000 since August and then found out my wife of seven years is pregnant (We found out two weeks ago. Being told she couldn't have kids to this it is wonderful news if not a little scary. Especially since I still have two 1/2 years of school left before my degree. My first comment to her was "I am not sharing my DF stuff, with the rugrat." :)

At any rate I really liked the winner and can see why Stephan and Jeff picked it. (NOT THAT THE OTHERS WERE ANY LESS IMPRESSIVE!) It just really jumped out at me.

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#26739
Oct-Dec 2007 Contest -- The Watery Cavern 6 Years, 7 Months ago  
Northman

Congratulations on the news for your wife. In regard to DF and children - there are a few fathers out here - actually it seems to me the average DF customer is approx. 40, male and has 2 young kids - well - there is at least a big group out there which qualifies for this group. And they can tell you from experience - DF is a great toy for children as well.
From three years onwards they have a lot of joy building - especially as these are 'adult toys' and it is seen as a special treat if they are allowed to handle them. So if you can afford it - keep the DF - maybe in partial storage - you will have a lot of fun with it.
Yep - there are some rules - the tiny stuff should be off limit (most of the tavern set) as well as DF miniatures (too fragile). But most of the stuff holds up to childrens quite well. It might not be designed for them - but they still love it. Just see the two entries from my two kids - they are 4 1/2 and nearly 7.

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#26740
Oct-Dec 2007 Contest -- The Watery Cavern 6 Years, 7 Months ago  
I will be emailing out the gift certificates today. Congrats to the winners, and thank you all for an awesome contest.

From the Newsletter:

We have recently concluded a photo contest inside our website’s Forum section that challenged our collectors to construct their best Cavernous design. We would like to congratulate forum member ”gdmcbride” as the winner of the contest. This collector gets a $200 DF gift certificate – as well as another cool prize. We are immediately shipping him one of the two proof sets of the new “Cavernous Chasm Set”!


The contest garnered many great entries, and it was not easy to pick a winner. Runners up included “Thod” and “ScorchedEarth”, and each of them will receive a $50 DF gift certificate. We would like to thank everyone for the vast array of cool submissions, and we invite you to check out the gallery by clicking on the link below.

A Note from Stefan

Once again, we can't help ourselves. Although we did pick a single winner, we just had to include a couple other entries that I felt really stood out.

Hopefully, the spirit of the contest: sharing our creativity with one another is what stands out as the most important factor. Thank you once again for your time and efforts. Here goes:


GM McBride-Winner

Overall beautiful designed and thought out. Sculptural in shape, and Grand in it's theme. The double "waterfall" connected by the bridge at the top was a really nice design element that flowed invitingly into the larger basin. I really liked the large water space being in the center and then flanked by the shores of undead. This had an Epic, Grand theme attached to it. The swirling ultra dimensional portal on the top level was key to this grand Epic tale that was either starting or finishing...?


Honorably Mentioned:

Scorched Earth.

Wow! GREAT use of vertical elements...the bridge at the top part was a great touch, as were the various spelunking orcs making their way down the long heights...Wonderful "world" a kool underground scenario that gives you a real sense of being in an underground cave and eco-system...


Thod

The more standard fare of the three, yet it had some real nice touches to go along. Solid nice story. (stories are not necessary for a winner, but always nice to round out an entry) The Sacrificial "bow tie" mound was really great (pun intended?) Liked the bridge behind it as well. I also thought having a part of the dungeon that didn't quite connect, and where the story sort of breaks into two was quite interesting and unique... Yes, one should be able to get lost underground...The Prison Cell was good, and properly hidden in another section.

PS:

The Little helpers of the family should also get a nod for effort. Future winners perhaps?

All the entries were great and all had some parts or elements to them that were worth seeing and sharing. I feel this was the greatest contest so far. Congratulations to everyone.


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#26741
Oct-Dec 2007 Contest -- The Watery Cavern 6 Years, 7 Months ago  
Being told she couldn't have kids to this it is wonderful news if not a little scary. Especially since I still have two 1/2 years of school left before my degree. My first comment to her was "I am not sharing my DF stuff, with the rugrat." :)

Sean

As a Dwarven Forge addict who has an almost two year old little moppet named Ruth, I empathize. Around my house, we have a saying, "Sorry, honey, these are not yours. Those are daddy's toys. But ... If you don't tell mommy about the new shipment today, we can go for ice cream."

Of course, it never works, the little rat. :)

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#26742
Oct-Dec 2007 Contest -- The Watery Cavern 6 Years, 7 Months ago  
Quick note to Blackhawk there wasn't much playable area under the level, lots of space between the pieces and largely other than the ones that met up with the lower level they were pretty much upside down, it provides a better/flatter surface for the upper layer bits to rest on. So with about 1/2 upside down and only 4 pictures no point in photographing them.
Side note I also used the Candles, food Bowl, Plates, Platters, Mugs (singles) from the Tavern Accessories Set they are listed on the Accessories page. So think they qualify, as accessories i did not use the Tome of Evil from DoE (even though i wanted to through it into the treasure pile becuase i have a piece meal treasure set with out the Books or scrolls) cause it is from a build set and not accesorries.

at work not a lot of time so comments on rest later
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#26743
Oct-Dec 2007 Contest -- The Watery Cavern 6 Years, 7 Months ago  
I thought that my "vertical passages" idea was just different enough to post -- although I really didn't expect to be recognized. Mentioned in the newsletter even -- that's just cool. Thanks to Jeff and Stefan. And for having the contest in the first place -- giving me motivation to de-lurk.

I enjoyed looking at all the entries but I have to say that I had picked gdmcbride to win. His had the most awesomely-photogenic element -- that same photo sent out in the newsletter. Compared to my setup, I knew that regardless of how cool my gimmick was that nothing individually was so compelling.

To some extent, the analytic side of me wishes some rules were more defined-- like the only photo editing allowed would be to 1 of the 3 approved background colors, some mention of how much score "weighting" would be done based on visibility of all pieces, etc -- but the realist in me says the rules are appropriate to the scale of the contest. But you can be sure that if the prize was $10k or something I might have been a little more aggressive in my understanding... :P

And to BH1 and anyone else who is wondering -- the passage "towers" and everything else for that matter is totally legit. The key to the "left" one is the bow-ties -- they stop any sliding. (Try again BH1, shouldn't be a prob.) Kinda funny that a setup like mine won't be possible when the revised sets come out... If I were going to use this for gaming I would have to reinforce the towers because they definitely won't stand up to even moderate table bumping au naturale.
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#26744
Oct-Dec 2007 Contest -- The Watery Cavern 6 Years, 7 Months ago  
Thod 1 - Your daughter did a very nice job indeed! If she came up with that circular arena idea on her own that was really neat- I liked that one a lot. The only thing I see that may be a killer is in the 4th picture it looks like an HA door was added into the layout.
Blackhawk

Some very keen eyes - but you should recognize the door as a DF new style door. Nevertheless - it shouldn't be in there. To defend my daughter - it probably wasn't in there when she build it. But we had two kids for sleep over - and some major playing in the dungeon before I took the photos. Keeping such a layout pristine for 24 hours is 'difficult'.

At least I managed to remove all the D&D minis which crept in - like the giant black dragon. Seems I need to check better next time - or do the photos straight away.

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#26745
Oct-Dec 2007 Contest -- The Watery Cavern 6 Years, 7 Months ago  
And to BH1 and anyone else who is wondering -- the passage "towers" and everything else for that matter is totally legit. The key to the "left" one is the bow-ties -- they stop any sliding. (Try again BH1, shouldn't be a prob.) Kinda funny that a setup like mine won't be possible when the revised sets come out... If I were going to use this for gaming I would have to reinforce the towers because they definitely won't stand up to even moderate table bumping au naturale.
Oh that's how you did it! My hats off to you! I tried all kinds of ways to keep it from sliding and just could not figure out how it was held together- bow ties never even entered into my thinking.

Geez... lets have Jeff and Stefan tear their hair out by all saying we want to keep the bowties for vertical designs now!

Thod- I dont have any of the new doors- all my stuff is way old school so I've never seen them. So when one of the kids finally wins will Dad keep the set for safe keeping :D
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#26746
Oct-Dec 2007 Contest -- The Watery Cavern 6 Years, 7 Months ago  
Congrats to gdmcbride, Scorched, and Thod!

The best part of the contest for me was getting so many great ideas for creative set-ups. I enjoyed building and following the entries a lot!
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#26747
Oct-Dec 2007 Contest -- The Watery Cavern 6 Years, 7 Months ago  
Congrats to gdmcbride and the others - all great setups. Actually there were great elements in all the setups.

When I was refering to "cheating" - I was thinking of techniques to cover open ended water so that you couldn't see that it didn't have a wall - thus being able to use more pieces more easily (as there are not enough true shore pieces). Second levels could overhang thus giving you more possible shoreline/cliffside. I haven't personaly reconciled myself to doing setups with open ends as I tend to see the setups I've made thus far as defined environements - but I might do a really large lake someday with implied space off the far end or such...

As for the log - I hadn't realized it was part of the trap set until it was pointed out just now. I jumble together most of my accesory stuff - so I've forgoten which sets many pieces came from and didn't really even think about it. I guess the fact I didn't see the log in anyone elses setup should have been a give away (and its such a great cavern piece)...the good news is that I still have unopened boxes of both trap sets - meaning I've got another log stacked on a shelf somehwere that I can use!
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