Welcome to the Rules thread! Please take a few minutes to THOROUGHLY read through everything below. Having a good understanding of the rules is crucial in this contest. Failure to comply with any given rule will result in score deductions and/or disqualification.
MELO = Middle Earth Lego Olympics
LOTR = Lord of the Rings
1) In all one-on-one elimination rounds, only build in your given category. Any builds entered that do not pertain to the contest will be removed from the group. This should be a no-brainer.
2) Unless stated otherwise by the judges and/or given category, you can only enter one NEW build per round (we don't want to see any old MOCs revisited here). How is this defined? To put it simply, only build one scene. What you want to avoid is creating an entry that could easily be divided into separate posts. As such, story towers are also off limits. Other than that, there are no restrictions as to size/scale. Be creative!
3) We also ask that you refrain from using Lego Digital Designer. Let's see some real ABS LEGO builds! BrickArms, custom decals, and the like are permitted, but please use them in moderation. This is a LEGO contest, so first and foremost we want to see the actual LEGO.
4) In all one-on-one elimination rounds, provide working (HTML) links to the MELO homepage and your opponent's homepage or entry. In regards to the qualifier, you are only required to have a working link to the MELO homepage. It is preferable that all links be located near the top of your entry. If you're not familiar with HTML, visit this page: http://mocpages.com/help/html_tips.php
5) Title all entries with: MELO Round_(fill in the necessary number) followed by your name vs. your opponent's name.
MELO R3: Meriadoc Brandybuck vs. Peregrin Took
For the qualifier, simply title your entry: MELO Round 1: (then whatever you want)
MELO R1: What about second breakfast?!
6) In all one-on-one elimination rounds, state your category near the top of your entry.
7) Once you've added your entry to the MELO group, no making changes to it! There are, however, two exceptions here: (1) If you so desire, you are permitted to change the link from your opponent's homepage to that of his/her entry, and (2) if you discover some little typo/grammatical issue in your write-up, it's fine to make a small correction. As judges, we appreciate write-up that makes sense and links that make our lives easier!
8) In all one-on-one elimination rounds, we ask that you state the bracket you're in near the top of your entry (more on brackets below).
9) No creating new conversation threads! That is a privilege strictly limited to the group admins.
10) Show respect to your fellow competitors.
Once we've delved into the elimination rounds (beginning in Round 2) all competitors will be divided evenly into two brackets (fittingly named after the Two Towers):
Barad Dur Bracket:
The judges for this bracket are Mark Murphy, Blake Baer, and Ian Spacek.
The judges for this bracket are Michael Kringe, Max Pointner, and Paul Vermeesch.
Christopher Baldacci will serve as a tie-breaker judge, if the issue arises.
With the exception of the qualifier, judging will be conducted by way of votes. Judges are not required to publicly provide reasons for their decisions when voting.
Only the top thirty-two contestants in the qualifier will advance into the elimination rounds. Elimination rounds will last ten days each, with intermittent judging periods.
All categories are open to interpretation from either the books or the movies.