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Contest #2
 Group admin 
We need to start brainstorming for another contest. Post your ideas here.
EDIT:
Alright, it's time to vote!
These are the choices. No more ideas will be taken at this point in time:
Remix
Racer
Aquatic
You can only vote for one theme, so pick and choose. Keep in mind, the height limit is 15 bricks.
BTW, by remix, I mean contest remix. Everyone will receive one of the mecha from the contest and they can completely rebuild it, add on or take off parts, or delete the armor and rebuild it.
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| January 7, 2012, 2:03 pm
How about we do a fixed theme this time? Like racer mechs or artillary types. Or the Aqua theme that we talked about earlier. (I won't even dare to ask for a "Gundam theme" since I'd need a serious handicap for it :P)
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| January 7, 2012, 2:46 pm
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Quoting Thomas Z.
How about we do a fixed theme this time? Like racer mechs or artillary types. Or the Aqua theme that we talked about earlier. (I won't even dare to ask for a "Gundam theme" since I'd need a serious handicap for it :P)

I don't really like the idea of a "racer" Mech (in my opinion, combat and maybe construction are the only good uses for Mechs), but an artillery Mech contest sounds pretty cool. I still like the idea of an aquatic Mech as well. and, to be honest, I'd be game for a Gundam theme. any Gundam-based Mech I built would probably be based on a more western style, but as long as it had a lot of Eastern concepts integrated in I could probably pull it off. in fact, my idea for Christmas presents for Winter Nis, Marcus Jackson, and you was sort of a Gundam/MBS mash-up. :P
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| January 7, 2012, 3:43 pm
Quoting ariklego ...The Director!
I don't really like the idea of a "racer" Mech (in my opinion, combat and maybe construction are the only good uses for Mechs), but an artillery Mech contest sounds pretty cool. I still like the idea of an aquatic Mech as well. and, to be honest, I'd be game for a Gundam theme. any Gundam-based Mech I built would probably be based on a more western style, but as long as it had a lot of Eastern concepts integrated in I could probably pull it off. in fact, my idea for Christmas presents for Winter Nis, Marcus Jackson, and you was sort of a Gundam/MBS mash-up. :P


Reason why I like the idea of racing mechs! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTDg08gMV2Q

But seriously it's a good idea in my opinion. As for the Gundam theme, it's not that easy as you think, firstly the design would need to have the most noticable features of Gundams like the horns, the tipycal face, beam sabers. Coloring could be different, it's not always the white,red,blue scheme. And people who doesn't really know much about this theme would need to look up a lot of information on the background of the theme.
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| January 7, 2012, 4:03 pm
Outside of themes, I think we need a better rating system. Instead of rating the creation overall on a 5 point max basis, why dont we have multiple parts to rate on like:
-Presentation
-Originality
-Color scheme
-SNOT usage or something similar like building techniques

and then either do an average ammount of points out of 5 as the final rating, or add up all the points for the final score. The contest winner could then be decided by who earns the most points

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| January 7, 2012, 4:11 pm
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Quoting CBMC Chunkblaster
Outside of themes, I think we need a better rating system. Instead of rating the creation overall on a 5 point max basis, why dont we have multiple parts to rate on like:
-Presentation
-Originality
-Color scheme
-SNOT usage or something similar like building techniques

and then either do an average ammount of points out of 5 as the final rating, or add up all the points for the final score. The contest winner could then be decided by who earns the most points

yeah, I agree. besides, it would give the designer a better idea of what parts are good and what parts aren't.

also, I think we should base the scoring on a system of adding up all the points instead of averaging. if it's restricted to a five-point averaging system, we'll get a lot of ties. whereas it seems very unlikely that ten or so people each giving their own rating, and adding up all the points for a total, will be as likely to result in a tie.
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| January 7, 2012, 4:21 pm
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Quoting CBMC Chunkblaster
Outside of themes, I think we need a better rating system. Instead of rating the creation overall on a 5 point max basis, why dont we have multiple parts to rate on like:
-Presentation
-Originality
-Color scheme
-SNOT usage or something similar like building techniques

and then either do an average ammount of points out of 5 as the final rating, or add up all the points for the final score. The contest winner could then be decided by who earns the most points


Me like. How about, instead of SNOT (since in the case of mini-mechs it is always necessary), NPU (Nice Parts Usage)?

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| January 7, 2012, 4:23 pm
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Quoting Thomas Z.

Reason why I like the idea of racing mechs! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTDg08gMV2Q

But seriously it's a good idea in my opinion. As for the Gundam theme, it's not that easy as you think, firstly the design would need to have the most noticable features of Gundams like the horns, the tipycal face, beam sabers. Coloring could be different, it's not always the white,red,blue scheme. And people who doesn't really know much about this theme would need to look up a lot of information on the background of the theme.

well, I think we all know at least a little about Gundam. I doubt there'd be much need for research.

well, maybe my latest work will prove you wrong. ;)
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| January 7, 2012, 4:29 pm
Quoting ariklego ...The Director!
well, maybe my latest work will prove you wrong. ;)


I do hope so! :P
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| January 7, 2012, 4:36 pm
I actually like the idea of the freestyle approach of the first contest, so limiting it to a single genre (such as gundam) wouldn't appeal to me personally. But creating something with a specific function, or a specific set of conditions, would.

like I suggested previously aqua theme would be good, astro theme might generate some interesting designs. Construction theme could be fun.


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| January 7, 2012, 4:39 pm
I really like the idea of building aquatic or aero mechs. It will be a new challenge for me, as I always build my mechs from the feet up (: anyways, I agree with andros, a specific theme is limiting, and alot of mechs might turn out to be extremely similar, but if it is supposed to accomplish a specific function or be made for a certain condition the contest would be much more diverse, as we obviously all have different tastes in mechs.
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| January 7, 2012, 4:55 pm
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Quoting andros tempest
I actually like the idea of the freestyle approach of the first contest, so limiting it to a single genre (such as gundam) wouldn't appeal to me personally. But creating something with a specific function, or a specific set of conditions, would.

like I suggested previously aqua theme would be good, astro theme might generate some interesting designs. Construction theme could be fun.


Quoting andros tempest
I actually like the idea of the freestyle approach of the first contest, so limiting it to a single genre (such as gundam) wouldn't appeal to me personally. But creating something with a specific function, or a specific set of conditions, would.

like I suggested previously aqua theme would be good, astro theme might generate some interesting designs. Construction theme could be fun.


erm, what exactly do you mean by "astro" theme? like, deep-space operations? that could be cool. a shame I already built the Starfire... :P

I'm not sure about a construction theme. I kinda like Mechs designed for combat better. I suppose I wouldn't mind THAT much, but it's not the theme I'd choose for a competition.

and as I already said earlier, an aqua theme would be very fun.


and while I kinda enjoy the challenging prospect of attempting something far out of what I'm used to, I agree that some themes are better suited for some people than others (for example, a lot of the people here, like you, Bio, LTE, and a few others almost exclusively build mini-Mechs, and as such would have trouble building, say, a Gundam-size Mech).

EDIT: however, one thing I'd like to add. a broad theme based on a set condition presents one major problem. okay, let's say we picked the space theme. Chunkblaster builds a great big MBS, and Bio builds a mini-Mech. both have the systems to meet the requirements of being suited for space, but we have a serious issue. it doesn't matter how incredible Bio's mini-Mech is in comparison to most mini-Mechs, it probably won't stand a chance.

tell me if you disagree, but this seems like an issue.

of course, there is one more element in that. if Chunkblaster built a MBS, it would obviously require a WHOLE lot more time and effort to build than Bio's little mini-Mech, no matter how much honest time and effort Bio puts into it. so perhaps that isn't a problem. but even still, those that prefer larger Mechs (at least ones that really do put some good detail into theirs) are obviously going to beat those that build smaller ones.

any ideas on how to deal with this? I don't like the idea of limiting size unless the theme is specifically intended for a specific size (like mini-Mechs), but I don't really see another way. of course, people COULD take the challenge of building something outside their usual size constraints, but it seems unlikely anyone would. anyone have ideas?
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| January 7, 2012, 5:18 pm
Racing theme sounds great. I'd enjoy the gundam theme, but there are so many components to get down that some of them wouldn't really come out as true gundams.
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| January 7, 2012, 5:19 pm
hey, I've seen some awesome mini and micro gundams over on brickshelf, gundam doesn't have to mean huge. the reason I'd be less inclined to participate is because to look like a gundam you have to use a very specific aesthetic. I just feel giving people the chance to create their own aesthetic might give us a better range of entries. And by opening it up to (for example) any mech, any scale, so long as it fits the spec, then someone could enter a gundam as well as.

And yeah I did mean a space themed mecha when I said astro.

What has created some interesting designs on other websites is cyberpunk and steampunk mecha. might be interesting, particularly in LDD to see if we could pull it off.
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| January 7, 2012, 5:35 pm
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Quoting andros tempest
hey, I've seen some awesome mini and micro gundams over on brickshelf, gundam doesn't have to mean huge. the reason I'd be less inclined to participate is because to look like a gundam you have to use a very specific aesthetic. I just feel giving people the chance to create their own aesthetic might give us a better range of entries. And by opening it up to (for example) any mech, any scale, so long as it fits the spec, then someone could enter a gundam as well as.

And yeah I did mean a space themed mecha when I said astro.

What has created some interesting designs on other websites is cyberpunk and steampunk mecha. might be interesting, particularly in LDD to see if we could pull it off.

steampunk Mechs? hmmmm..... the gears are turning... :P

and I don't really see why it would be TOO hard to conform to at least SOME Gundam design features. I mean, how hard is it to add horns, a skirt, some basic Eastern shaping, etc. to your ordinary Mech style? oh well, I suppose it doesn't matter much. if anything, maybe we could just open up a second contest for those that want to do Gundam Mechs.
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| January 7, 2012, 5:42 pm
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Well I agree with making it function specific. And I agree that Gundams would be too limiting. The only resitictions for the mini-mech comp were size and generally sticking ot the theme, however Gundam would bring in a whole ton of extra restrictions.

I like the idea of racing mechs most of the current suggestions. Infact, challenga might be to create a 'course description', and the mechs would have to be able to get around that course (including things like aerial, land and over-water sections (or even subaquatic)).

It might be interesting to make a frame that for people to work off, however I think we would all find that too restricting.

Oooh... that gave me an idea. What about a 'remix' competition where each person in the first contest is randomly given someone else's mech. Then they would get to remix it while retaining general shape, colour, size and basic design elements.

Oh, and if we do another size restricted comp then I would recommend it was not made too high, because those who had not built at this scale before might not be able to produce a satasfactory mech in teh time period.

Oh, and do you have sore fingers from all that typing, Arik?
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| January 8, 2012, 5:34 am
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Quoting ED Eroomdivad
Well I agree with making it function specific. And I agree that Gundams would be too limiting. The only resitictions for the mini-mech comp were size and generally sticking ot the theme, however Gundam would bring in a whole ton of extra restrictions.

I like the idea of racing mechs most of the current suggestions. Infact, challenga might be to create a 'course description', and the mechs would have to be able to get around that course (including things like aerial, land and over-water sections (or even subaquatic)).

It might be interesting to make a frame that for people to work off, however I think we would all find that too restricting.

Oooh... that gave me an idea. What about a 'remix' competition where each person in the first contest is randomly given someone else's mech. Then they would get to remix it while retaining general shape, colour, size and basic design elements.

Oh, and if we do another size restricted comp then I would recommend it was not made too high, because those who had not built at this scale before might not be able to produce a satasfactory mech in teh time period.

Oh, and do you have sore fingers from all that typing, Arik?

I'm still not really sure about the racing idea. I mean, if I were going to be racing, I'd probably just end up sticking repulsorlifts on it and some big turbines, and it wouldn't really even be much of a Mech.
of course, a racing theme would allow me to try out some designs I've been wanting to build for a while...

the remix idea would be quite cool. though I'd kinda like it if you could further explain your idea, as I only got the basic gist of it.


and no, most of my uber-long comments have been several minutes or even an hour or two apart, and my fingers feel fine. :P
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| January 8, 2012, 1:07 pm
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Boy o boy, I sure have a lot of comments to reply to...
Okay, so first of all, almost always contests will have to have size restrictions. Detailing on large mecha is really hard, and some of us may not be able to do that. I think someone already explained that a large mecha will get a higher rating than a small one just because of proportionality.
Second, the next contest will be judging based with a panel of judges. So far, I'm thinking me, Bio, and ED or Arik, if they feel like it. Don't worry, more detail to come on this soon.
Third, I think a lot of the contest ideas are good. I particularly like the Racer and Remix ideas. The mods and I may just decide from the best ideas and then have you guys vote on which you like the most.
Fourth, we will probably never do a gundam contest. That is a very specialized area of building, and I think many builders would have to wait that particular contest out.
BTW, I want to start the next contest Feb 7. let me know if you have any questions or comments.
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| January 8, 2012, 3:52 pm
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Quoting LTE CEO of MMWI
Boy o boy, I sure have a lot of comments to reply to...
Okay, so first of all, almost always contests will have to have size restrictions. Detailing on large mecha is really hard, and some of us may not be able to do that. I think someone already explained that a large mecha will get a higher rating than a small one just because of proportionality.
Second, the next contest will be judging based with a panel of judges. So far, I'm thinking me, Bio, and ED or Arik, if they feel like it. Don't worry, more detail to come on this soon.
Third, I think a lot of the contest ideas are good. I particularly like the Racer and Remix ideas. The mods and I may just decide from the best ideas and then have you guys vote on which you like the most.
Fourth, we will probably never do a gundam contest. That is a very specialized area of building, and I think many builders would have to wait that particular contest out.
BTW, I want to start the next contest Feb 7. let me know if you have any questions or comments.

I might judge in the ones that I don't feel like participating in.
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| January 9, 2012, 2:14 am
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Not that we need any more, but I just thought of an idea for a comp. We could each say an animal and then each person is randomly given one of the animals, then that becomes the theme for that person.
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| January 9, 2012, 2:17 am
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Quoting LTE CEO of MMWI
Boy o boy, I sure have a lot of comments to reply to...
Okay, so first of all, almost always contests will have to have size restrictions. Detailing on large mecha is really hard, and some of us may not be able to do that. I think someone already explained that a large mecha will get a higher rating than a small one just because of proportionality.
Second, the next contest will be judging based with a panel of judges. So far, I'm thinking me, Bio, and ED or Arik, if they feel like it. Don't worry, more detail to come on this soon.
Third, I think a lot of the contest ideas are good. I particularly like the Racer and Remix ideas. The mods and I may just decide from the best ideas and then have you guys vote on which you like the most.
Fourth, we will probably never do a gundam contest. That is a very specialized area of building, and I think many builders would have to wait that particular contest out.
BTW, I want to start the next contest Feb 7. let me know if you have any questions or comments.

:/

I was under the understanding that I would also be helping judge. :/

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| January 9, 2012, 2:53 am
Quoting ariklego ...The Director!
steampunk Mechs? hmmmm..... the gears are turning... :P

and I don't really see why it would be TOO hard to conform to at least SOME Gundam design features. I mean, how hard is it to add horns, a skirt, some basic Eastern shaping, etc. to your ordinary Mech style? oh well, I suppose it doesn't matter much. if anything, maybe we could just open up a second contest for those that want to do Gundam Mechs.

I didn't say it would be hard to make one, I just feel it would limit the range of entries.
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| January 9, 2012, 3:07 am
Quoting ED.Eroomdivad... Teh me =D
Not that we need any more, but I just thought of an idea for a comp. We could each say an animal and then each person is randomly given one of the animals, then that becomes the theme for that person.


I really like that idea, although if we go with this id want the hardest animal to make, as I make more animal/feral mechs than humanoids and tend to know exactly what to do haha but i really do like that idea!

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| January 9, 2012, 4:37 am
Quoting Chris Davis...The Innovator!

I really like that idea, although if we go with this id want the hardest animal to make, as I make more animal/feral mechs than humanoids and tend to know exactly what to do haha but i really do like that idea!


hard animals? try a snake.

Since I'm already working on my feral cyberagents sub-theme I've already had a go at a few animal designs, proportions can be tricky.

Something that isn't a straight quad might be a challenge, insect or arachnid themed mecha perhaps.

And there is also fish mecha I guess, though I've kinda covered that idea before.

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| January 9, 2012, 7:02 am
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Quoting JakTheMad . . . The Mechanic!
:/

I was under the understanding that I would also be helping judge. :/
Yeah, no offense to anyone here, but I think Jak is more qualified to be a judge over arik, and possibly ED. And also, I'm not even sure I'll be participating in the next contest, as I'm cooking up a little contest of my own.

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| January 9, 2012, 10:01 am
Quoting andros tempest

hard animals? try a snake.

Since I'm already working on my feral cyberagents sub-theme I've already had a go at a few animal designs, proportions can be tricky.

Something that isn't a straight quad might be a challenge, insect or arachnid themed mecha perhaps.

And there is also fish mecha I guess, though I've kinda covered that idea before.


I see, a snake could be interesting. Yea proportions can be very tricky, but i always start from the feet up(most of the time), at least on quads and in my opinion it works out pretty well, but we all have our own tastes.However, a fish/shark/snake mech doesnt have legs, sounds fun (: thanks andros

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| January 9, 2012, 10:24 am
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Quoting BiO.Andrew (All Purpose Mechanical Soldier series 1 coming soon!)
Quoting JakTheMad . . . The Mechanic!
:/

I was under the understanding that I would also be helping judge. :/
Yeah, no offense to anyone here, but I think Jak is more qualified to be a judge over arik, and possibly ED. And also, I'm not even sure I'll be participating in the next contest, as I'm cooking up a little contest of my own.

well, while I kinda consider myself a bit more experienced in the design of larger-sized Mechs, something that'll be necessary if we actually go above mini-Mech size with one of these contests, I otherwise don't consider myself qualified to judge a contest like this. I'm far from an expert at Mechs, and I have very little experience running/judging contests.

also, I kinda think it'd be a better idea to have the judging based more on votes made by everyone than by a select few judges. not only would this give everyone a chance to voice their own opinion, but it'd also be less biased (no offense to anyone by that, but none of us is perfect) and more diverse, and therefore more accurate to the actual quality of the build. more of a, shall I say, democracy.
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| January 9, 2012, 12:19 pm
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something I'd like to debate a bit more is size.

I'm a little bugged by the fact that everyone currently present is used to building mainly smaller-size Mechs, and that they don't seem to be considering the fact that about half the people in our group prefer building larger Mechs to smaller ones. (me, Chunk, Rabid, Thomas, Marcus, etc.)

really, we can't restrict every contest we do to what just a couple of you want. some of us, Chunk and I in particular, do build smaller Mechs fairly often, so I think it's alright to at least restrict MOST of the contests to relatively small parameters, but if you plan to please everyone and not just yourselves we need to do the opposite at least a couple times.
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| January 9, 2012, 12:25 pm
not sure where you are coming from arik, no one has banned or dismissed the idea of larger mechs, all that's been said is some themes might restrict the variety of designs. Scale hasn't been decided on one way or the other.

I probably wouldn't participate in a larger mecha contest, but I'd never stop the group from hosting one.
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| January 9, 2012, 1:57 pm
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Quoting andros tempest
not sure where you are coming from arik, no one has banned or dismissed the idea of larger mechs, all that's been said is some themes might restrict the variety of designs. Scale hasn't been decided on one way or the other.

I probably wouldn't participate in a larger mecha contest, but I'd never stop the group from hosting one.

LTE's mentioned a few things on placing some fairly-small maximum height limitations on all the contests. that's mostly what I was referring to, as well as any possible comments that might come with it. as I was saying, most of the people here (you, LTE, Bio, Richie, Jak, ED, and Maverick) stick almost solely to smaller Mechs, and as such I was expecting some negative feedback to my suggestions.
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| January 9, 2012, 2:28 pm
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Quoting ariklego ...The Director!
well, while I kinda consider myself a bit more experienced in the design of larger-sized Mechs, something that'll be necessary if we actually go above mini-Mech size with one of these contests, I otherwise don't consider myself qualified to judge a contest like this. I'm far from an expert at Mechs, and I have very little experience running/judging contests.

also, I kinda think it'd be a better idea to have the judging based more on votes made by everyone than by a select few judges. not only would this give everyone a chance to voice their own opinion, but it'd also be less biased (no offense to anyone by that, but none of us is perfect) and more diverse, and therefore more accurate to the actual quality of the build. more of a, shall I say, democracy.
Arik, judging by votes doesn't seem to be working now, and it won't work in the long run. Real competitions are usually judged by panels of judges that know what they're talking about. I've already stated my opinion (that we should have a judging panel), but even if it doesn't happen that way, it don't think it'll matter as long as the judging is fair. And for the record, judging by majority is usually more biased than judging via a panel.
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| January 9, 2012, 2:45 pm
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Quoting BiO.Andrew (All Purpose Mechanical Soldier series 1 coming soon!)
Quoting ariklego ...The Director!
well, while I kinda consider myself a bit more experienced in the design of larger-sized Mechs, something that'll be necessary if we actually go above mini-Mech size with one of these contests, I otherwise don't consider myself qualified to judge a contest like this. I'm far from an expert at Mechs, and I have very little experience running/judging contests.

also, I kinda think it'd be a better idea to have the judging based more on votes made by everyone than by a select few judges. not only would this give everyone a chance to voice their own opinion, but it'd also be less biased (no offense to anyone by that, but none of us is perfect) and more diverse, and therefore more accurate to the actual quality of the build. more of a, shall I say, democracy.
Arik, judging by votes doesn't seem to be working now, and it won't work in the long run. Real competitions are usually judged by panels of judges that know what they're talking about. I've already stated my opinion (that we should have a judging panel), but even if it doesn't happen that way, it don't think it'll matter as long as the judging is fair. And for the record, judging by majority is usually more biased than judging via a panel.

well, alright, I see your point.

I'd still like to exclude myself from being a judge though. also, could we get someone more used to judging bigger Mechs on the panel? Chunk, Rabid, someone like that? Thomas Z or Marcus Jackson might be a good choice in case we find ourselves with some Eastern-styled Mechs, too.
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| January 9, 2012, 3:24 pm
Quoting ariklego ...The Director!
LTE's mentioned a few things on placing some fairly-small maximum height limitations on all the contests. that's mostly what I was referring to, as well as any possible comments that might come with it. as I was saying, most of the people here (you, LTE, Bio, Richie, Jak, ED, and Maverick) stick almost solely to smaller Mechs, and as such I was expecting some negative feedback to my suggestions.


this might sound harsh, but the only negativity I'm reading is from you. you sound like your spoiling for a fight about mini mecha, yet no one seems to be insisting that is the only scale we should include.

sorry, but I'm still not clear why you feel further debate on scale is required.

I'm in favour of there being no scale requirement at all.
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| January 9, 2012, 3:34 pm
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Quoting andros tempest

this might sound harsh, but the only negativity I'm reading is from you. you sound like your spoiling for a fight about mini mecha, yet no one seems to be insisting that is the only scale we should include.

sorry, but I'm still not clear why you feel further debate on scale is required.

I'm in favour of there being no scale requirement at all.

don't worry, you don't sound that harsh. :)

and no, I'm mostly just trying to get a reaction from everyone so I can have an opinion besides mine. I'm just not that eager to assume everyone's in agreement because they aren't replying, and then find out later that people disagree.

oh well, I suppose it's not that big of an issue. I'll just be quiet about it.
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| January 9, 2012, 3:51 pm
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Quoting ariklego ...The Director!
well, alright, I see your point.

I'd still like to exclude myself from being a judge though. also, could we get someone more used to judging bigger Mechs on the panel? Chunk, Rabid, someone like that? Thomas Z or Marcus Jackson might be a good choice in case we find ourselves with some Eastern-styled Mechs, too.
Chunk would be my choice. I don't have anything against Rabid, Thomas, or anyone else, but in my opinion, Chunk is the most qualified of any of us to be a judge, whether judging small, large, or otherwise mechs.
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| January 9, 2012, 4:18 pm
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Quoting BiO.Andrew (All Purpose Mechanical Soldier series 1 coming soon!)
Quoting ariklego ...The Director!
well, alright, I see your point.

I'd still like to exclude myself from being a judge though. also, could we get someone more used to judging bigger Mechs on the panel? Chunk, Rabid, someone like that? Thomas Z or Marcus Jackson might be a good choice in case we find ourselves with some Eastern-styled Mechs, too.
Chunk would be my choice. I don't have anything against Rabid, Thomas, or anyone else, but in my opinion, Chunk is the most qualified of any of us to be a judge, whether judging small, large, or otherwise mechs.

I agree completely. unfortunately one issue with Chunk being a judge is that he isn't very active, and may not have time for it... :S
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| January 9, 2012, 4:50 pm
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Quoting ariklego ...The Director!
well, while I kinda consider myself a bit more experienced in the design of larger-sized Mechs, something that'll be necessary if we actually go above mini-Mech size with one of these contests, I otherwise don't consider myself qualified to judge a contest like this. I'm far from an expert at Mechs, and I have very little experience running/judging contests.

also, I kinda think it'd be a better idea to have the judging based more on votes made by everyone than by a select few judges. not only would this give everyone a chance to voice their own opinion, but it'd also be less biased (no offense to anyone by that, but none of us is perfect) and more diverse, and therefore more accurate to the actual quality of the build. more of a, shall I say, democracy.

Speaking of democracy, why don't we vote? Each competitor in the next comp votes for who he sees as the best three judges for the panel.
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| January 10, 2012, 2:20 am
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Quoting ariklego ...The Director!
LTE's mentioned a few things on placing some fairly-small maximum height limitations on all the contests. that's mostly what I was referring to, as well as any possible comments that might come with it. as I was saying, most of the people here (you, LTE, Bio, Richie, Jak, ED, and Maverick) stick almost solely to smaller Mechs, and as such I was expecting some negative feedback to my suggestions.

For the record Arik, even though I've posted more minimechs than big mechs doesn't mean I spend all my time on minimechs. I actually probably spend an equal(ish) amount of time on each, minimechs are just quicker.
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| January 10, 2012, 2:26 am
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Quoting BiO.Andrew (All Purpose Mechanical Soldier series 1 coming soon!)
Quoting ariklego ...The Director!
well, alright, I see your point.

I'd still like to exclude myself from being a judge though. also, could we get someone more used to judging bigger Mechs on the panel? Chunk, Rabid, someone like that? Thomas Z or Marcus Jackson might be a good choice in case we find ourselves with some Eastern-styled Mechs, too.
Chunk would be my choice. I don't have anything against Rabid, Thomas, or anyone else, but in my opinion, Chunk is the most qualified of any of us to be a judge, whether judging small, large, or otherwise mechs.

I'd agree, but as Arik said he's kinda inactive. I think Rabid might be a better choice once he's finished his MOC break.
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| January 10, 2012, 2:28 am
Not sure we have any "experts" amongst us to form a judging panel for ALL competitions. What we have are a group of mecha builders, some with a great deal of experience, who all know what they like and can recognise good and bad design when they see it.

I'd be happy with a panel of any one of us judging my work. I'd actually be more comfortable if each contest had different judges, and as I've stated previously, those judges did not participate in that specific contest. It we rotate the judges, it means we all get the opportunity to participate.
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| January 10, 2012, 3:05 am
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Quoting ariklego ...The Director!
LTE's mentioned a few things on placing some fairly-small maximum height limitations on all the contests. that's mostly what I was referring to, as well as any possible comments that might come with it. as I was saying, most of the people here (you, LTE, Bio, Richie, Jak, ED, and Maverick) stick almost solely to smaller Mechs, and as such I was expecting some negative feedback to my suggestions.

Don't worry Arik, we will get to standard and large sized mecha once we have more experience with these contests. Maybe our third contest?
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| January 10, 2012, 9:42 am
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Quoting andros tempest
Not sure we have any "experts" amongst us to form a judging panel for ALL competitions. What we have are a group of mecha builders, some with a great deal of experience, who all know what they like and can recognise good and bad design when they see it.

I'd be happy with a panel of any one of us judging my work. I'd actually be more comfortable if each contest had different judges, and as I've stated previously, those judges did not participate in that specific contest. It we rotate the judges, it means we all get the opportunity to participate.

that's the plan, Andros. You nailed it on the head.
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| January 10, 2012, 9:46 am
I definitely think that the remix and racer contest Ideas are a good options.

As for the judging, definitely a panel of judges will be the best option.

I look foreward to seeing what this contest will be.

Now that's out of the way, I'd like to say hi from here, sitting right next to my fiancee as she plays Black Ops.
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| January 10, 2012, 11:22 am
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Quoting Rabid Goldfish
I definitely think that the remix and racer contest Ideas are a good options.

As for the judging, definitely a panel of judges will be the best option.

I look foreward to seeing what this contest will be.

Now that's out of the way, I'd like to say hi from here, sitting right next to my fiancee as she plays Black Ops.

You have a cool fiancee
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| January 10, 2012, 11:41 am
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Quoting LTE CEO of MMWI
Don't worry Arik, we will get to standard and large sized mecha once we have more experience with these contests. Maybe our third contest?

okay then, meesa content with things. :P
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| January 10, 2012, 12:03 pm
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Quoting LTE CEO of MMWI
You have a cool fiancee

yeah, that's for sure. and I'd be content with a girl that doesn't mind my LEGO obsession...
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| January 10, 2012, 12:04 pm
Quoting ariklego ...The Director!
I agree completely. unfortunately one issue with Chunk being a judge is that he isn't very active, and may not have time for it... :S

I don't post much, but dont think i dont visit MOCpages everyday and keep up on things as best I can. I'm flattered that you guys think I'd make a good judge, and if this were the case I'd make sure to take time out and do my job properly.

And something to remember guys- Whether we're making animals, mechs, tanks, spaceships, its all Lego. And what I judge on is originality, innovation and just how well the build generally flows. If someone puts allot of thaught and work into a design, it usually shows.
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| January 10, 2012, 2:46 pm
Quoting CBMC Chunkblaster
I don't post much, but dont think i dont visit MOCpages everyday and keep up on things as best I can. I'm flattered that you guys think I'd make a good judge, and if this were the case I'd make sure to take time out and do my job properly.

And something to remember guys- Whether we're making animals, mechs, tanks, spaceships, its all Lego. And what I judge on is originality, innovation and just how well the build generally flows. If someone puts allot of thaught and work into a design, it usually shows.

I agree with you fully on that, Chunk. Definitely how much effort was put into the design is a big factor for me.

And I, too, am somewhat a lurker. I don't post much if I don't have a convo, or the convo goes to quickly.
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| January 14, 2012, 10:57 pm
Quoting Rabid Goldfish
I agree with you fully on that, Chunk. Definitely how much effort was put into the design is a big factor for me.

And I, too, am somewhat a lurker. I don't post much if I don't have a convo, or the convo goes to quickly.

Lurker huh? Do you shoot spines out from the ground after you burrow too? (Lets see how well you know your starcraft)
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| January 15, 2012, 2:05 am
Quoting CBMC Chunkblaster
Lurker huh? Do you shoot spines out from the ground after you burrow too? (Lets see how well you know your starcraft)

No, I burrow around, disgorging little biped, eyeless monstrosities that chase people and eat those they catch. ((Extra Credit, if you know the reference.))
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| January 15, 2012, 2:23 pm
Quoting Rabid Goldfish
No, I burrow around, disgorging little biped, eyeless monstrosities that chase people and eat those they catch. ((Extra Credit, if you know the reference.))

Dangit you got me lol I donno that one
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| January 15, 2012, 3:06 pm
Quoting CBMC Chunkblaster
Dangit you got me lol I donno that one

The movie Tremors and its sequels.

Onto business. Has the contest been decided as to a theme and judging system yet?
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| January 15, 2012, 3:28 pm
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Quoting Rabid Goldfish
The movie Tremors and its sequels.

Onto business. Has the contest been decided as to a theme and judging system yet?

Theme: no.
We will be doing a trio of judges for the judging system. I need 2 volunteers. I myself will be a judge.
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| January 17, 2012, 1:15 pm
Quoting Rabid Goldfish
The movie Tremors and its sequels.

Onto business. Has the contest been decided as to a theme and judging system yet?

(facepalm) How did i not get that!? I LOVE TREMORS! great movie series!
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| January 17, 2012, 3:38 pm
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Quoting LTE CEO of MMWI
Theme: no.
We will be doing a trio of judges for the judging system. I need 2 volunteers. I myself will be a judge.


As I have already said (twice), I volunteer for judging.
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| January 17, 2012, 3:47 pm
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Quoting JakTheMad . . . The Mechanic!

As I have already said (twice), I volunteer for judging.

And I as well.
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| January 17, 2012, 4:08 pm
I also would like to volunteer for judge. But I'll compete too.
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| January 17, 2012, 5:40 pm
I think I'm leaning more toward competing, but would be more than happy to judge if enough people want me to.
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| January 17, 2012, 8:46 pm
You should probably have me judge the micro-scale category; it's the one I have the most experience in.
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| January 18, 2012, 2:37 am
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Quoting Rabid Goldfish
I also would like to volunteer for judge. But I'll compete too.

I assume you mean that you'll enter if you don't get to judge, yes?

'Cause if you do both Andrew might eat you. XD
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| January 18, 2012, 2:57 am
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Quoting Forte Noir
You should probably have me judge the micro-scale category; it's the one I have the most experience in.

Oh we should, should we? You know Forte, most people would probably think it a bit rude to waltz in here and tell us that we should make you a judge, particularly when you haven't been active here or in the Elite Mechaniers until recent times...
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| January 18, 2012, 9:18 am
Quoting ED Eroomdivad
I assume you mean that you'll enter if you don't get to judge, yes?

'Cause if you do both Andrew might eat you. XD

I wouldn't want to do both. There's too much pressure to be a judge and a contestant, as well.

As for the eating, I think he'll need to get some seasoning, and he better use plenty of oil. You don't want FISH sticking to the pan.
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| January 18, 2012, 10:25 am
Quoting BiO.Andrew (All Purpose Mechanical Soldier series 1 coming soon!)
Oh we should, should we? You know Forte, most people would probably think it a bit rude to waltz in here and tell us that we should make you a judge, particularly when you haven't been active here or in the Elite Mechaniers until recent times...
I disagree; you're looking for people to serve as judges for your next contest and I'm volunteering in the capacity for which I am best-suited. I haven't been active in the Elite Mechaniers because, despite how active I've been on MOC Pages in general, someone kicked me out of EM without warning or provocation.

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| January 18, 2012, 2:10 pm
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Quoting Forte Noir
Quoting BiO.Andrew (All Purpose Mechanical Soldier series 1 coming soon!)
Oh we should, should we? You know Forte, most people would probably think it a bit rude to waltz in here and tell us that we should make you a judge, particularly when you haven't been active here or in the Elite Mechaniers until recent times...
I disagree; you're looking for people to serve as judges for your next contest and I'm volunteering in the capacity for which I am best-suited. I haven't been active in the Elite Mechaniers because, despite how active I've been on MOC Pages in general, someone kicked me out of EM without warning or provocation.
Those may have been your intentions, but your wording wasn't the greatest, and kinda seemed rude, at least to me. Maybe I'm just too sensitive.

And I don't recall seeing anyone kick you from the group. I made you a regular member rather than a moderator, since you weren't active at the time, and I can't honestly put you in the "active" category up until very recently, despite you posting many creations at a time. But I don't think anyone kicked you.
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| January 18, 2012, 2:43 pm
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Please people, I may not be a moderator, but please, if you wish to continue this conversation, takeit to GC.
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| January 18, 2012, 3:43 pm
@ Bio-Andrew:
I kind of had the same reaction to his comment as well.

@ Forte Noir:

To be honest, you strike me as very elitist. The way you say things in your comments has a feel that you're very condescending. Which is one reason I don't comment on your stuff very much.

I realize that I could be wrong with how I take your words, but please remember that there are two sides to every word. The speaker, and the listener. You should consider how the listener will interpret what you say.
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| January 18, 2012, 3:45 pm
guys, I didn't comment earlier but I was a little surprised by the direction this conversation has taken today. I thought this kind of drama only happened in the Bionicle groups.

Firstly, Forte, there is a difference between asking to be a judge and telling people you should be a judge. I appreciate that you are very experienced and would probably make a good judge, BUT, I think it might be best to wait to be invited to be one.

Secondly, Bio, I read your reply and I felt you seriously over reacted. you could have phrased it much better, a thanks but no thanks, or a we'll get back to you, would have been "more polite". I find it rather immature to lecture someone on being rude, by being rude.

I'm just trying to say that I can see fault on both sides here.


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| January 18, 2012, 4:25 pm
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Quoting andros tempest
guys, I didn't comment earlier but I was a little surprised by the direction this conversation has taken today. I thought this kind of drama only happened in the Bionicle groups.

Firstly, Forte, there is a difference between asking to be a judge and telling people you should be a judge. I appreciate that you are very experienced and would probably make a good judge, BUT, I think it might be best to wait to be invited to be one.

Secondly, Bio, I read your reply and I felt you seriously over reacted. you could have phrased it much better, a thanks but no thanks, or a we'll get back to you, would have been "more polite". I find it rather immature to lecture someone on being rude, by being rude.

I'm just trying to say that I can see fault on both sides here.


while I think what he said WAS a bit on the arrogant side, I can see where Forte's coming from. since we WERE asking people if they wanted to judge, he was simply replying and saying he wanted to, and explained why he considered himself a good judge. I, personally, don't see a problem with that.
the only issue I can see would be if we WEREN'T asking people if they wanted to be judges. (I'm not exactly sure if we are or aren't) if that's the case, it's merely a misunderstanding, and should probably just be dropped.


OR we could just go around that pointless issue and answer the question. "all who think Forte should be a judge, say aye." and voila, it's solved.
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| January 18, 2012, 5:17 pm
Quoting Rabid Goldfish
@ Forte Noir:

To be honest, you strike me as very elitist. The way you say things in your comments has a feel that you're very condescending. Which is one reason I don't comment on your stuff very much.

I realize that I could be wrong with how I take your words, but please remember that there are two sides to every word. The speaker, and the listener. You should consider how the listener will interpret what you say.


I think you might be taking some things out of context. Connotation and tone don't transfer well over text-based mediums. If you've got a few particle examples of elitist things I've said, feel free to cite me. If it's just a hunch, you should ignore it.

I'm sorry if my comment sounded rude; that's not the character it had when I was reading it aloud in my head. Let's all just relax. These responses seem a little high-strung.

Next to nobody even builds in the mini-scale form factor, so if you want someone to provide constructive criticism for a mini-scale MOC, you can count the number of potential judges on one hand. I also don't believe that large- and minifig-scale builders should judge a mini-scale contest bracket because they don't regularly tackle the challenges of making a feature-rich design in a small scale. Thinking big gives you a lot of room for trial-and-error, but that doesn't hold true when you're making something that roughly six inches tall.
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| January 18, 2012, 8:57 pm
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Quoting Forte Noir

I think you might be taking some things out of context. Connotation and tone don't transfer well over text-based mediums. If you've got a few particle examples of elitist things I've said, feel free to cite me. If it's just a hunch, you should ignore it.

I'm sorry if my comment sounded rude; that's not the character it had when I was reading it aloud in my head. Let's all just relax. These responses seem a little high-strung.

Next to nobody even builds in the mini-scale form factor, so if you want someone to provide constructive criticism for a mini-scale MOC, you can count the number of potential judges on one hand. I also don't believe that large- and minifig-scale builders should judge a mini-scale contest bracket because they don't regularly tackle the challenges of making a feature-rich design in a small scale. Thinking big gives you a lot of room for trial-and-error, but that doesn't hold true when you're making something that roughly six inches tall.

out of curiosity, is there a specific reason you build in mini-scale? I've always kinda wondered why.
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| January 18, 2012, 9:26 pm
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Quoting Forte Noir
I'm sorry if my comment sounded rude; that's not the character it had when I was reading it aloud in my head. Let's all just relax. These responses seem a little high-strung.
I'm just sorta naturally high-strung, I guess. :P Sorry if my comment sounded rude as well, I just have a tendancy to over-react to certain things.
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| January 18, 2012, 10:27 pm
Quoting BiO.Andrew (All Purpose Mechanical Soldier series 1 coming soon!)
Quoting Forte Noir
I'm sorry if my comment sounded rude; that's not the character it had when I was reading it aloud in my head. Let's all just relax. These responses seem a little high-strung.
I'm just sorta naturally high-strung, I guess. :P Sorry if my comment sounded rude as well, I just have a tendancy to over-react to certain things.


Yeah, well, don't do it to me. Or anyone else for that matter.

Quoting ariklego ...The Director!
out of curiosity, is there a specific reason you build in mini-scale? I've always kinda wondered why.


Easier to build concise shapes. You ever tried to make a clean curve or slope in large-scale? Also, joints are less complex and easier to connect. A t-peg is easier to mount and attach than a ball or ratchet joint.

Also, Gunpla scale. :/

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| January 19, 2012, 12:47 am
have to agree there FN I much prefer working with t's than ball joints, especially in LDD as for a long time the exo force ratchet joint didn't work properly, and the balls tend to leave visible gaps.

it's just easier to plan at that scale too. Larger mecha require more than just cosmetic planning, they require structural planning too, something I'm still learning.

For the record, I'd be willing to offer my services as a judge in the context of artistic merit and as an amateur writer for back story / description (I'm also an English teacher). But as a builder I'd describe myself as just average, so I might not pick up on a truly inspirational technique here and there.

Otherwise, I'm just willing to participate (so long as I can find the time) a new mech design at the smaller scales normally only takes a few hours to build.

oh - one extra suggestion I forgot was a speed mecha contest. The idea is that you set yourself a very short time scale to create something. With no time for beta testing the results might be a little more... even? Just an idea.

I'd also love to participate in a nano bot contest, putting something together that is recognisable as a mech/robot, but is minifig height.


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| January 19, 2012, 2:32 am
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Quoting Rabid Goldfish
I wouldn't want to do both. There's too much pressure to be a judge and a contestant, as well.

As for the eating, I think he'll need to get some seasoning, and he better use plenty of oil. You don't want FISH sticking to the pan.

Well if it does get stuck you can just throw in a tank with some TUNA! =D
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| January 19, 2012, 3:48 am
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Quoting Forte Noir
Yeah, well, don't do it to me. Or anyone else for that matter.

Before you read this mentally note that I'm do not want to spark this off again. Okay, now we've done that...

As you said earlier text removes the tones and other things people use in their voice, and although your above comment could be fine verbally it sounds a bit off over the interweb. So I think you might need to think about your comments in a textual context rather than just verbal. Just sayin', 'kay?
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| January 19, 2012, 4:00 am
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Alright, so I think I'm starting to nail down the contest parameters. It will be a mini-mech contest (again, but don't worry, next contest will be 16-30 bricks in height as a height rule) and Jak and Bio will be the judges (because they've been saying they wanted to be judges since before the first contest). But we still need to figure out what the theme mecha for the contest will be. seems that some of the most popular ideas are these:
Race
Remix
Good ol' combat
Aquatic
Space
Animal
I think we need to vote on what theme we should be building soon.
Ideas can still be posted, but I think me and the mods will have to pick out what themes to vote over soon.
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| January 19, 2012, 2:57 pm
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Quoting LTE CEO of MMWI
Alright, so I think I'm starting to nail down the contest parameters. It will be a mini-mech contest (again, but don't worry, next contest will be 16-30 bricks in height as a height rule) and Jak and Bio will be the judges (because they've been saying they wanted to be judges since before the first contest). But we still need to figure out what the theme mecha for the contest will be. seems that some of the most popular ideas are these:
Race
Remix
Good ol' combat
Aquatic
Space
Animal
I think we need to vote on what theme we should be building soon.
Ideas can still be posted, but I think me and the mods will have to pick out what themes to vote over soon.
If I were to have to choose three as the best possible themes, I'd go with Racer, Remix, and Aquatic. As for the final theme, I'd REALLY like to see some Racer mechs from everyone.
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| January 19, 2012, 3:14 pm
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Quoting BiO.Andrew (All Purpose Mechanical Soldier series 1 coming soon!)
Quoting LTE CEO of MMWI
Alright, so I think I'm starting to nail down the contest parameters. It will be a mini-mech contest (again, but don't worry, next contest will be 16-30 bricks in height as a height rule) and Jak and Bio will be the judges (because they've been saying they wanted to be judges since before the first contest). But we still need to figure out what the theme mecha for the contest will be. seems that some of the most popular ideas are these:
Race
Remix
Good ol' combat
Aquatic
Space
Animal
I think we need to vote on what theme we should be building soon.
Ideas can still be posted, but I think me and the mods will have to pick out what themes to vote over soon.
If I were to have to choose three as the best possible themes, I'd go with Racer, Remix, and Aquatic. As for the final theme, I'd REALLY like to see some Racer mechs from everyone.


Ditto.

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| January 19, 2012, 3:49 pm
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Quoting BiO.Andrew (All Purpose Mechanical Soldier series 1 coming soon!)
Quoting LTE CEO of MMWI
Alright, so I think I'm starting to nail down the contest parameters. It will be a mini-mech contest (again, but don't worry, next contest will be 16-30 bricks in height as a height rule) and Jak and Bio will be the judges (because they've been saying they wanted to be judges since before the first contest). But we still need to figure out what the theme mecha for the contest will be. seems that some of the most popular ideas are these:
Race
Remix
Good ol' combat
Aquatic
Space
Animal
I think we need to vote on what theme we should be building soon.
Ideas can still be posted, but I think me and the mods will have to pick out what themes to vote over soon.
If I were to have to choose three as the best possible themes, I'd go with Racer, Remix, and Aquatic. As for the final theme, I'd REALLY like to see some Racer mechs from everyone.

the size limit might cause problems for the Remix theme, seeing as some Mechs chosen to be remixed might be above the size limit. I'd say it's my least favorite of the three, but I vote Racer. I want to try something for the aquatic theme, and the restrictions of this contest don't allow me to try that idea.
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| January 19, 2012, 4:16 pm
not to be a wet blanket, but the only options I would not be participating in will be the remix and racer categories.


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| January 19, 2012, 4:44 pm
Personally, I say Racer or Remix, but Iwould go with Racer as a final choice.

Always wanted to make an actual racer, most of my attempts end up as military issue.
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| January 19, 2012, 6:29 pm
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Quoting Rabid Goldfish
Personally, I say Racer or Remix, but Iwould go with Racer as a final choice.

Always wanted to make an actual racer, most of my attempts end up as military issue.

what about Little Blue and Hot White? aren't they racers? ...oh wait, missed the "end up as military issue" part. :S
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| January 19, 2012, 6:42 pm
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Racer. Or remix as a secondary choice. (Sorry, Andros.)

So what type of racer would we be doing? Land, air? Sea, even? Or are we doing my idea of the course description including multiple obstacles?
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| January 20, 2012, 4:14 pm
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Quoting ED Eroomdivad
Racer. Or remix as a secondary choice. (Sorry, Andros.)

So what type of racer would we be doing? Land, air? Sea, even? Or are we doing my idea of the course description including multiple obstacles?

let's just stick with land. I think if this gets too complicated all our Mechs will be Transformers or something, turning into race cars or jet fighters for the race. :P

something else that might be cool would be anti-gravity. and perhaps instead of a course description, we could make an actual course, with obstacles and things added in.
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| January 20, 2012, 4:27 pm
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Quoting LTE CEO of MMWI
...It will be a mini-mech contest (again, but don't worry, next contest will be 16-30 bricks in height as a height rule)...

hey LTE? I just checked up on the height limit, just for the fun of it, and... well, did you know that 30 bricks is as high as the standard Mech Battle Suit? I'm not sure MBSs qualify as "mini-Mechs." you might wanna adjust it slightly. :P
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| January 20, 2012, 4:39 pm
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Quoting ariklego ...The Director!
hey LTE? I just checked up on the height limit, just for the fun of it, and... well, did you know that 30 bricks is as high as the standard Mech Battle Suit? I'm not sure MBSs qualify as "mini-Mechs." you might wanna adjust it slightly. :P

I said for the "NEXT" contest, not this contest #2.
Contest #3 will cater more towards large mecha builders.
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| January 20, 2012, 5:32 pm
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Quoting LTE CEO of MMWI
I said for the "NEXT" contest, not this contest #2.
Contest #3 will cater more towards large mecha builders.

oh, never mind then.
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| January 20, 2012, 5:34 pm
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Alright, it's time to vote!
These are the choices. No more ideas will be taken at this point in time:
Remix
Racer
Aquatic
You can only vote for one theme, so pick and choose. Keep in mind, the height limit is 15 bricks.
BTW, by remix, I mean contest remix. Everyone will receive one of the mecha from the contest and they can completely rebuild it, add on or take off parts, or delete the armor and rebuild it.
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| January 20, 2012, 5:34 pm
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Quoting LTE CEO of MMWI
Alright, it's time to vote!
These are the choices. No more ideas will be taken at this point in time:
Remix
Racer
Aquatic
You can only vote for one theme, so pick and choose. Keep in mind, the height limit is 15 bricks.
BTW, by remix, I mean contest remix. Everyone will receive one of the mecha from the contest and they can completely rebuild it, add on or take off parts, or delete the armor and rebuild it.

I vote racer.
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| January 20, 2012, 5:39 pm
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I vote Racer as well.
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| January 20, 2012, 5:53 pm
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Quoting BiO.Andrew (All Purpose Mechanical Soldier series 1 coming soon!)
I vote Racer as well.

hey Bio, is that an APMS-1 unit I see on your buddy pic? as if I wasn't anxious enough...
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| January 20, 2012, 6:01 pm
Racer.

Nuf Said.
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| January 20, 2012, 6:21 pm
Racer, oh dear. Ok well good luck guys, but I'm not interested in making anything for that so I'm going to have to step out of this one.

let me know what the plan is for the 3rd contest.
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| January 20, 2012, 6:24 pm
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Quoting ariklego ...The Director!
hey Bio, is that an APMS-1 unit I see on your buddy pic? as if I wasn't anxious enough...
Yes it is, arik. It's not an official variant, though. Just something I threw together specifically for that picture.

And I am getting closer to the final release of the APMS-1 base and my entry, but it could take another couple days.
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| January 20, 2012, 7:04 pm
My vote is Racer, obviously :P
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| January 20, 2012, 7:42 pm
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Quoting ariklego ...The Director!
let's just stick with land. I think if this gets too complicated all our Mechs will be Transformers or something, turning into race cars or jet fighters for the race. :P

something else that might be cool would be anti-gravity. and perhaps instead of a course description, we could make an actual course, with obstacles and things added in.

I was meaning to add a jetpack or fins or wheels to a mech, not having it be a jet. Because then it isn't a racing mech, it's a racing jet (not that that wouldn't be cool).
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| January 21, 2012, 2:34 am
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Just to confuse you all: Aquatic!

Nah, racer. =D
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| January 21, 2012, 2:40 am
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Hamst- *ahem* I mean racer.

(dang peer pressure)
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| January 21, 2012, 2:53 am
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Quoting JakTheMad . . . The Mechanic!
Hamst- *ahem* I mean racer.

(dang peer pressure)

A hamster mech? Now that's where it's at! =D
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| January 21, 2012, 3:11 am
Quoting ED Eroomdivad
A hamster mech? Now that's where it's at! =D

As long as i doesn't do the Hamster Dance, I'm fine with it.
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| January 21, 2012, 9:39 am
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Quoting ED Eroomdivad
A hamster mech? Now that's where it's at! =D

I thought we agreed that tactical nukes and hydrogenated fat bombs were where it was at?
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| January 21, 2012, 10:54 am
Do we have a contest going up soon? I've already prepared a pair of entries for 'Remix' and 'Arena' categories.
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| January 22, 2012, 1:31 am
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Quoting Forte Noir
Do we have a contest going up soon? I've already prepared a pair of entries for 'Remix' and 'Arena' categories.
Um, did you read the previous conversation at all? We're currently holding a vote to decide between Racer and Remix as our next contest theme, and Racer is winning by a lot.
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| January 22, 2012, 3:08 pm
Quoting BiO.Andrew (All Purpose Mechanical Soldier series 1 coming soon!)
Quoting Forte Noir
Do we have a contest going up soon? I've already prepared a pair of entries for 'Remix' and 'Arena' categories.
Um, did you read the previous conversation at all? We're currently holding a vote to decide between Racer and Remix as our next contest theme, and Racer is winning by a lot.


That's a lot of conversation to follow and MOCPages seriously needs forum-style posting formats and editing tools.

Racer mechs, hmm? I'm down. Aerodynamic should be fun to try.

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| January 23, 2012, 6:00 am
Quoting Forte Noir

That's a lot of conversation to follow and MOCPages seriously needs forum-style posting formats and editing tools.

Racer mechs, hmm? I'm down. Aerodynamic should be fun to try.

might have been easier to follow had everyone stayed on topic. and I'd totally missed that we were voting, I thought the admins had made the decision on racer already.

I'm surprised actually, as looking further back aquatic seemed to be the favourite. Oh well, maybe next contest.
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| January 23, 2012, 9:36 am
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Quoting andros tempest
might have been easier to follow had everyone stayed on topic. and I'd totally missed that we were voting, I thought the admins had made the decision on racer already.

I'm surprised actually, as looking further back aquatic seemed to be the favourite. Oh well, maybe next contest.

I'd rather do aquatic honestly, it's just that I'd rather wait until we have broader size parameters so I can do something more worthwhile.

although I'm kinda stumped as to what to build for a "racing" Mech. mini-Mechs count as 15 studs and under, right? kinda tricky... oh well, I'll figure something out.
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| January 23, 2012, 12:38 pm
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Quoting Forte Noir
Do we have a contest going up soon? I've already prepared a pair of entries for 'Remix' and 'Arena' categories.

I thought the judges were giving out the Remix bases? Meh.
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| January 24, 2012, 3:44 am
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Quoting andros tempest
might have been easier to follow had everyone stayed on topic. and I'd totally missed that we were voting, I thought the admins had made the decision on racer already.

I'm surprised actually, as looking further back aquatic seemed to be the favourite. Oh well, maybe next contest.

If you want to know what's going on just check the first post, it would appear LTE is updating it with the most recent official thing-a-ma-jig.
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| January 24, 2012, 3:47 am
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This convo is getting so long, and as people have pointed out, hard to read.
Locking and starting another one.
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| January 24, 2012, 10:00 am
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