Realm of Nightmares
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"It's easy to make something horrific, but it takes effort beyond the call of the grave to make something truly haunting."
-Dr Nightmare (...probably taken from Alfred Hitchcock)

Your time has come again, Realmers, time to pour your blood and tears into another custom to enter into the Realm of Nightmares contest! Self-indulgence aside, we're looking for your most terrifying vision to date! (that means the scariest thing you can imagine up until now, NOT your ex-girlfriend, no matter how much she qualifies) Make people not want to look in the mirror because they aren't going to like what they see standing behind them. It's a blood curdling-scream, disturbing the serene, winning in this contest 'cuz your paint apps are clean, oops got carried away again...

Nightmare's Notes:

If you're having trouble deciding on what to make...

- Remember the last time something made you scream so loud that your lungs got caught in your throat? Make that thing!
- Video games have many gruesome creatures in them, try playing a few of your old games for ideas.
- Ask your grandparents for stories. No, really, they have the greatest monster stories, from which you can draw inspiration, especially if they've lived in isolation or in the woods for most of their lives.
- History books are full of monster drawings, but I don't mean your school-books, those are useless. Go to the library and get some REALLY old history books if they have them, or check-out the occult section while you're there. Just try to avoid the old lady with the glass eye... 

What is the contest schedule?
Begins: Contest Closed
Ends: October 31st, 2007 - Last day for submissions. No exceptions! Cut off is at midnight Central Standard Time.
Voting: November 1st - 7th.

What are the rules of the contest?
  • Please use the form here to submit your custom figure.
  • At least a paragraph description is required with your entry. This paragraph, at a minimum, should answer the following questions:
    • How was this custom customized?
    • How does the custom fit into the contest theme?
  • You may submit up to three different entries for the contest.
  • Please only submit figures that were created for this contest. Do not submit old figures from the Showcase or previous contest entries.
  • Your entry should not be posted on this website, any other website, or anywhere on the internet until the contest is completely over.
  • The pictures for your entry will remain hidden until the contest ends and the voting begins.
  • Your identity will remain hidden until after the voting completes.
  • Do not include names, logos, signatures or anything on the pictures that will give you away as the creator of the custom. We want to keep the customizer's identity a secret until the contest is over.
  • Don't wait until the last day to submit your entries. If your internet is down, or something happens beyond your control, you will miss the contest! Also keep in mind how many customs you can submit in one day. You may not be able to submit all your entries in one day.
  • The contest is purely for fun... well... and bragging rights!
How does the contest voting work?
Anyone can vote for their favorite customs in the contest, you don't even have to submit anything to the contest! You do have to be logged-in to your Figure Realm account though so we can keep track of the votes. Only appointed Figure Realm staff can see the votes, so anonymity is guaranteed. Voting begins once the entry deadline is met and lasts for a week.

It's hard to choose just one custom to vote on when there are tons of great entries, so Figure Realm has a unique voting system where you can vote on ALL the customs! When you click on an entry to view, there's a bar with buttons on it that lets you give the custom anywhere from 1 to 5 Stars. 1 Star means you think they could have done a better job on the custom while 5 Stars means you think they did a perfect job. The votes for each entry are added up when voting is closed and averaged-out to determine the winners. Also, don't abuse the system. Don't give your own custom 5 Stars and then give everyone else 1 Star to boost your rating. Remember, the votes are monitored.

Some points you might consider when casting your vote: Is the figure well-made? Is the paint smooth or crusty? Are there noticeable fingerprints on the sculpted parts? Is it an original custom? Is it accurate to the source-material (comics, photos, description in a book)? Are the pictures clear enough to see the details? Did the creator take the time to include a back-story or recipe? Is the custom so unbelievably awesome that you'd trade your dog for it?

Craftsmanship and creativity are major factors to consider, but ultimately your vote should depend on how much you like the custom, and how well you feel it fits the contest theme.

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