Here are the judging rules. Many of you have seen these before but we also have new people, so I've consolidated all the changes and updates into one definitive post.
Judges will judge each entry in 5 categories (plus bonus points). Make sure you comment on why each category received the score you gave it. Tally up the points for each creation and list them at the bottom. The categories are as follows:
Resemblance: Very basic. How close is the creation to the actual Pokemon? If you can immediately recognize it, I'd personally say that's worth five points. Add points to that for additional details that the creation includes. You should award more points for details cleverly executed. Worth ten possible points.
Flow: This is a judgement of the build itself. If the creation looks like a bunch of legos, is showing too many studs (in a way that looks bad to you), or is just kind of messy, you should assign low points in this category. A good score should be awarded to creations that look like a creature and not just a pile of parts. Worth ten possible points.
Creativity : This category assesses the use of parts in the context of just the creation. You should not take the other entries in to account for this category. If the creation uses parts in a way you think is clever, it should score well, EVEN IF OTHER ENTRIES DO THE SAME THING. Worth FIVE possible points.
Originality: This is where you get to compare the creation to the other entries. If it's unique in style, scale, technique, part usage, etc, it gets points. Worth FIVE possible points.
Presentation: This is how well the creation is presented to you. You should judge the whole page, meaning that you look at all the photos. If you can clearly see all aspects of the creation, that's worth good points. If there are a couple blurry pictures in the bunch, it shouldn't count against it if there are enough that are in focus. THIS CATEGORY IS ONLY WORTH FIVE POSSIBLE POINTS!
BONUS POINTS- Vignette: If the creation includes a vignette, you can give it up to five bonus points depending on its quality. THIS IS THE ONLY CATEGORY THE VIGNETTE APPLIES TO. You should not consider the quality of the vig when judging the other categories, only the pokemon itself.
BONUS POINTS- Special Requirements: For some contests, we may give you a special requirement. For example, it may be that your creation be minifig-scale or that you use a certain part somewhere. If the creation fulfills the requirement, they get an extra five points.
EXAMPLE OF JUDGEMENT
RESEMBLANCE: 7/10 - I knew right away that it was either Bulbasaur or Ivysaur. The way the bulb was made is brilliant.
FLOW: 5/10 - A lot of gaps in the bricks. Looks too much like a bunch of pieces and not a cohesive whole.
CREATIVITY: 4/5 - Great use of minifig legs and hats! Clever!
ORIGINALITY: 5/5 - Nobody else's is minifig-scale. It is also the only entry with the studs facing forward.
PRESENTATION: 3/5 - Should have used a backdrop to cover up the messy workstation in the background. I could see all aspects of the creation, though.
Vig: 5/5 - Great little forest. The little Caterpie is so cute!
This is done once for each entry. You should probably write this in another program like textpad so you can look at the entries at the same time. Then copy and paste your results into a post. Permalink
This rule applies to all months that have a category instead of a specific Pokemon:
Quoting Tracy Bowersox
The rules for this month are slightly different, too, since people aren't making the same pokemon. The Originality points will be scored based on whether other people made the same pokemon or not. Give each creation five originality points and then subtract two points for each other entry that is the same pokemon.
Here's a link to a random number generator. For a non-type month, 5 numbers from 1 to 649 will be chosen, and the Pokemon whose national dex number matches the numbers will be put up for a vote. The most popular Pokemon will be the Pokemon of the Month.