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A lucky roll of the dice or drawing the right card at the right time can decide your fate during Family Game Night, but you'll need more than just good fortune if you'd like to earn the bronze, silver, or gold awards this month. The object of July's contest here at Figure Realm is to create a custom toy based on your favorite tabletop game. You can choose to make someone/something based on any board game (RISK, Clue, Chess, etc.), card game (Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Duel Masters, etc.), or pencil-and-paper roleplaying game (Dungeons & Dragons, Vampire: The Masquerade, Shadowrun, etc.)
Here are some ideas for possible entries: (1) You could craft a figure of any character that appears in the tabletop game of your choice (Uncle Pennybags from Monopoly, a Drow Arachnomancer from Dungeons & Dragons, the Avatar of Woe from Magic: The Gathering, etc.) (2) Maybe you'd like to give a board game an action figure themed makeover. For example, you could get yourself a bunch of M.U.S.C.L.E./Kinnikuman mini figures, paint half of them red and the other half black, and then customize a checker board to look like a wrestling ring. (3) You might make a scene/diorama of some of your toys actually "playing" a miniaturized version of a game. Just imagine Mr. Fantastic and Plastic Man figures contorted into all sorts of crazy shapes while engaged in a heated Twister match! Remember that these are only suggestions, you're free to come up with other creative interpretations as well, so long as whatever you do follows the central theme of the contest.
- No video games, only actual tabletop games. That said, you are permitted to submit a video game related entry IF there's some sort of real world game based on the franchise/property that the character appears in (the Pokemon collectible card game for example). The same thing goes for movie/television or comic book characters--if there's a tabletop game based on it, and the person/thing you want to make appears in said game, then it's legal subject matter for the contest. And, on that note, don't forget to tell us what game your custom figure is from in your entry description!
- There are no size/scale limitations, and you can use whatever parts/materials/tools you wish--if you want to make a Masterwork Iron Golem completely out of 20-sided polyhedral dice, you can.
What is the contest schedule?
|Begins: ||Contest Closed|
|Ends: ||July 31st, 2011 - Last day for submissions. No exceptions! Cut off is at midnight Central Standard Time.|
|Voting: ||August 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 girlfriend 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.