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October Judges, Judging, and Important Judging Info!
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Ok, who will be judging the October contest? I will be one of the judges, since I haven't built anything. Sign up here. The more, the better, since at least one person on average doesn't end up fulfilling their duties and we always need a backup to step in.

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.

And don't forget that the special requirement is minifig HATS, HAIR, or HELMETS.

Judging starts Nov 1st.
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| October 28, 2010, 9:19 am
Quoting Tracy Bowersox
Ok, who will be judging the October contest? I will be one of the judges, since I haven't built anything. Sign up here. The more, the better, since at least one person on average doesn't end up fulfilling their duties and we always need a backup to step in.

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.

And don't forget that the special requirement is minifig HATS, HAIR, or HELMETS.

Judging starts Nov 1st.

HEY HEY HEY NO NO ORIGIONALITY POINTS subtract the second and thrid ones of the same. i know for a fact that i have the first duskull here. i should get the points, not filip and the other one that i cant remember the name. i know there is another duskull i think at least. but i might not have understood that becausee obviously the ones that are first should get the points because they thought of it first. but i know i lost anyway.
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| October 28, 2010, 3:46 pm
Quoting T. Young
HEY HEY HEY NO NO ORIGIONALITY POINTS subtract the second and thrid ones of the same. i know for a fact that i have the first duskull here. i should get the points, not filip and the other one that i cant remember the name. i know there is another duskull i think at least. but i might not have understood that becausee obviously the ones that are first should get the points because they thought of it first. but i know i lost anyway.

I agree. The ones that are posted first shouldn't get minus points on the originality category, it would seem unfair if you got minus points just because someone else copied your idea. However, I think that you should also judge the originality by other factors like the size-differences, the use of different bricks or the different building styles of the creations.
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| October 28, 2010, 4:20 pm
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I concur!
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| October 28, 2010, 4:22 pm
uu filip u do realize that ur duskull will get minus points right? but what i reallly hate is that all the others welll most of the others ARE MUCH BETTER THAN MINE.
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| October 28, 2010, 5:24 pm
Quoting T. Young
uu filip u do realize that ur duskull will get minus points right? but what i reallly hate is that all the others welll most of the others ARE MUCH BETTER THAN MINE.

Yeah, I realize that! :)
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| October 28, 2010, 5:34 pm
Quoting Filip Felberg
Yeah, I realize that! :)

LOL u shouldnt have made a duskull. but it is realy good. and why do u always add pokemon in groups of 4?
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| October 28, 2010, 5:46 pm
Quoting T. Young
LOL u shouldnt have made a duskull. but it is realy good. and why do u always add pokemon in groups of 4?

I have set a goal to make 4 creations every week. A time limit makes it easier for me to make good creations, if you know what I mean! :P
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| October 29, 2010, 8:39 am
Quoting Filip Felberg
I have set a goal to make 4 creations every week. A time limit makes it easier for me to make good creations, if you know what I mean! :P

AHH now i understand. that is a good idea. time limits are my worst nightmare. i can never think under time.
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| October 29, 2010, 8:48 am
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Ok, this is obviously not going over well, so shall we just ditch the whole category?
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| October 29, 2010, 5:32 pm
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Quoting Tracy Bowersox
Ok, this is obviously not going over well, so shall we just ditch the whole category?

How about we incorporate originality into creativity? Like if you have the same pokemon in the same scale or if you use lots of the same techniques as other opponents, you'd lose creativity points.
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| October 29, 2010, 6:04 pm
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Looks like I'm the only judge. *sigh*

For the sake of simplicity, I'm just going to axe the originality category. These entries are all pretty different anyway.
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| November 2, 2010, 7:49 am
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I started judging, and it hit me that we should replace originality with "subject". You can score up to five points in the category if you chose a challenging subject. This will give the complicated entries an edge over, say, Ghastly.
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| November 2, 2010, 5:13 pm
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I've finished with the first half of the entries. Oh my goodness is this hard. I'm trying to judge fairly but it's difficult with different pokemon and so many entries. I wish we had some more judges so my judgement isn't the final word. I don't completely trust myself to be totally fair. I'm doing my best. I'll try to finish up and post tomorrow.
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| November 2, 2010, 7:01 pm
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I would have judged, but I am in the contest. Who can help our poor, lonely judge out? Come on, people, volunteer!
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| November 3, 2010, 1:05 pm
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Well, sorry I didn't finish yesterday. I had an intestinal block and ended up in the hospital without my computer. I have it now and I'll try to finish.
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| November 4, 2010, 4:15 pm
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Quoting Tracy Bowersox
Well, sorry I didn't finish yesterday. I had an intestinal block and ended up in the hospital without my computer. I have it now and I'll try to finish.

Ooh, ouch! You're feeling better now though, right?
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| November 7, 2010, 8:14 pm
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First of all, yes, I am feeling better. Secondly, I have (almost) finished my judging. I say "almost" because I need some questions answered about Ranpuraa and Shandera before I judge them. The rest are done.

BEFORE YOU READ MY JUDGEMENT, please know that it was really difficult to compare these pokemon. I judged as fairly as I could, and some of the totals and rankings surprised me, but when I went back and compared categorical scores, I felt they were right. So I did my best and I hope you find my results satisfactory. If anybody else (not in the contest) wants to judge, please do so within a week. I'd prefer that so that my say isn't the only one. Now, onto the judging:

Filip's Ghastly
SUBJECT: 2/5 - Ghastly is very simple, although the smoke poses a bit of a challenge.
RESEMBLANCE: 9/10 - The model is very accurate, as always. I would give a perfect ten, but the top of him is oddly flat. It should be rounder up there. Great pupils. Great smoke.
FLOW: 7/10 - A little bit blocky and squarish. I feel some slants could help the flow, especially on the eyes.
CREATIVITY: 1/5 - The built-sideways eyes are the most creative part. Very straightforward for the most part.
PRESENTATION: 4/5 - Nice clean pictures, but I'm curious about what the back looks like.

TOTAL: 23

T Young's Duskull
SUBJECT: 3/5 - Fairly simple, but not without it's challenges.
RESEMBLANCE: 6/10 - It's definitely Duskull. Teeth are a bit long, and there are four instead of three (I know you wanted those two to be one, but they don't look like it). I like the wisp on the head, but it's a little skinny. All the details are there, but they could all be better.
FLOW:6/10 - Pretty good shaping on the mask and the billowy bit at the bottom. The sides look a little messy. Overall a bit jaggy.
CREATIVITY: 2/5 - No real NPU, but there are a few changes in stud direction.
PRESENTATION: 5/5 - All angles accounted for with good focus and lighting.

TOTAL 22

Filip's Haunter
SUBJECT: 3/5 - Haunter is purple and has spikes. He is not an easy shape or color.
RESEMBLANCE: 8/10 - There is certainly no mistaking this creation. All the details are there, but he looks a little flat and his spikes seem very small compared to the picture I have.
FLOW: 7/10 - You've almost seamlessly changed stud direction in the face. Good job on that, but overall, I'd like to see more slants used. Very bricky.
CREATIVITY: 2/5 - No NPU, but good techniques on the face.
PRESENTATION: 5/5

TOTAL: 25

Hector's Darkrai
SUBJECT 5/5 - Gutsy choice! Darkrai is wispy and strange, and that jaw is so important to get right but by no means easy.
RESEMBLANCE: 9/10 - Very impressive. Everything is here. The jaw is well done. The shape is good. The proportions are pretty close. The base is the only part that isn't great. Actually, the shoulders could be poofier between the chest and the wisps.
FLOW: 7/10 - The head and chest area are shaped beautifly, but the rest has a number of unsightly gaps and lumps from some angles.
CREATIVITY: 4/5 - The front of the jaw is NPU. The whole head seamlessly changes stud direction. The wispy shoulders work well, too.
PRESENTATION: 5/5 - The black subject makes it tough to photograph, but you did it. You've provided enough pictures to show how it is constructed.

TOTAL: 30


Filip's Duskull
SUBJECT: 3/5
RESEMBLANCE: 7/10 - Great color. Good shaping. Mask looks just a litle squished, though, and my pictures of Duskull don't have a tail like that. He has kind of a billowy thing at the bottom.
FLOW: 9/10 - This one has very nice flow on the top, stepping up less than one brick at a time.
CREATIVITY: 0/5 - Built straight up with bricks. Nothing clever here.
PRESENTATION: 5/5

TOTAL: 24

Cody's Houndoom
SUBJECT: 4/5 - Quadrupeds are not easy.
RESEMBLANCE: 7/10 Most details are there. Only thing missing is the necklace. The tail comes out of a weird place. Seems like you could have attached it at the back of the body instead of under. I think that would have helped a lot.
FLOW: 6/10 - The squareness of the back and the strange tail connection bring it down a bit.
CREATIVITY: 4/5 - good use of the Wampa horns and good techniques overall. Points for minifig scale as well.
PRESENTATION: 5/5
BONUS POINTS: 4 points for the fiery vig.

TOTAL: 29

Levi's Darkrai
SUBJECT: 5/5
RESEMBLANCE: 7/10 - Every defining detail is there. I don't really like the jaw much at all, though. Doesn't look like teeth. Good head wisp.
FLOW: 7/10 - Except for the jaw, it looks quite organic.
CREATIVITY: 4/5 - Good use of minifig hands and good implementation of the helmets. The technique used for the jaw is creative, although not completely aesthetically pleasing.
PRESENTATION: 1/5 - Your pictures make me sad. I'd like to better see how this is constructed, but the pictures are dark and blurry.
BONUS POINTS: 5 points for using the helmets.

TOTAL: 29

Jeffery's Zuruzukin
SUBJECT: 4/5 - A brand new pokemon from Black and White. Good choice. He also has a number of defining details that, if gotten right, would make it unmistakable.
RESEMBLANCE: 4/10 - Well, I really had no idea what this was (and yes, I had seen him before). Once I saw the comparison picture, I was able to appreciate some of the details such as the crest and the backpack thing. Overall, however, I'm afraid it's just not a strong resemblance. :(
FLOW: 4/10 - It's hard to tell where the head ends and the body begins. The legs don't really work as arms because of the big gap in them. Looks like a pile of parts to me. Sorry. Others might not agree, but unfortunately I'm the only judge.
CREATIVITY: 3/5 - You did pretty well here. You've used clips creatively and the life jacket is NPU. Good techniques overall. I just don't think they came together to create the effect you were going for. Minifig scale as well (I think).
PRESENTATION: 4/5 - Would have liked to see a side shot.

TOTAL: 19

Nico's Haunter
SUBJECT: 3/5
RESEMBLANCE: 7/10 - From the 3-4 view, it's pretty unmistakable. I couldn't tell what it was immediately from the thumbnail, though. Good shaping. Obviously, he's not purple, so a point off for that, although I don't think these parts are even available in purple. The tail is a little long.
FLOW: 8/10 - You've made a flowing shape without egregious gaps. The scorpion really helps the flow. Good job. The construction seems well planned and purposeful.
CREATIVITY: 4/5 - I'm digging the scorpion tail a lot. Good idea for eyes as well.
PRESENTATION: 1/5 - You took enough pictures from different angles, but they're too blurry for me to see how it's made!

TOTAL: 23

Filip's Gengar
SUBJECT: 2/5 - Gengar's not too complicated.
RESEMBLANCE: 10/10
FLOW: 8/10 - As with the others, some slants would go a long way to smooth things out.
CREATIVITY: 1/5 - Only thing I see is the mouth.
PRESENTATION: 5/5

TOTAL: 26

Dark Ray's Spiritomb
SUBJECT: 4/5 - Pretty ambitious. To attempt what is basically a vortex is pretty gutsy.
Resemblance: 6/10 - It's very clear what this is, and you've managed to get a face in such a tiny area. For a Spiritomb to be really impressive, though, I think it'd need to be large and very detailed chromatically.
FLOW: 5/10 - This is very hard to judge. It's not a mess but it's not exactly impressive either. Also, I'm having to make a tough call on whether or not to detract points for the face not really connecting to the rest and just sitting in there...
CREATIVITY: 2/5 - Good job on the face, and your approach is reasonably clever.
PRESENTATION: 5/5

TOTAL: 21
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| November 10, 2010, 6:23 pm
ehh i knew i would lose. it was fun though. NOW ON TO TENTACRUEL i think

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| November 10, 2010, 7:00 pm
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Tied for second, sweet!
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| November 10, 2010, 9:10 pm
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