The 2,017 Rekon Kickoff

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The 2,017 Rekon Kickoff

Postby Quantumsurfer » Mon Jan 02, 2017 9:23 am

The 2,017 Rekon Kickoff
Second Annual BrikWars Battle Contest

Welcome, BrikWarriors, to the dawn of a glorious new Rekonstruktion!  In some places, the streets are swept clean, the fields are lush and green, the sun dappled forests are thickly boughed, and the majestic peaks stand tall and proud.  The army regulars are all lined up in neat little rows, their equipment shiny and new, their uniforms starched and absent of explosive debris.  Freshly painted starships sit in their docks with weapons systems fully charged while creatures and critters on planets far below scent the air for the coming danger.  Because in other places, the battle has always been and always will be.  Minifigs stand, blades dripping blood, in piles of corpses as lasers lance overhead and topple the last remnants of once great empires.  Realities smash together and collectively reassemble.  The whole BrikVerse heaves in a breath of newly minted, grade-a, fresh friggin' air as the New Year rolls in.

Participants

Those wishing to participate in the contest should submit an original battle report via a new thread in the Reports from the Field forum between January 2, 2017 and February 7, 2017, including the identifier tag [RK17] in the title.

Participants may also submit Forum or Chat Battles via the Forum Battles forum with the same identifier tag in the title, provided that those entries are begun and ended within the contest's timeframe.  Incomplete Forum or Chat battles may still be considered for judging at the request of the Entrant but it should be kept in mind that the judges may dock the report points in any category for being incomplete.

Participants may submit more than one entry.  Contestants can only win one Reward, however, and only their highest scoring piece will count in this regard.

Entries may represent any BrikWars tone, style, etcetera.  The BrikVerse is a wildly diverse setting and the purpose of this contest is to encourage more awesome new content.  In terms of general theme, keep in mind the New Rekon and its implications.  Entrants may feel free to continue older storylines in new ways but should also not feel beholden to any existing Kanon (basic common courtesy and community groundrules notwithstanding).

Judges

Judging of the entries will commence immediately following the contest, beginning February 8, 2017, and will end no later than February 15, 2017.  The final scores will be announced and formalized in this thread on February 16, 2017.

For the 2017 Contest, the following are Judges:

  • Duerer
  • motorhead fan
  • RedRover

The following are Secondary Judges:

  • Atomikpunk

Judges will read each entry and score it based on the following categories:

  • Fun -- Relating to the conceptual gameplay, the inventiveness of the actions taken during the game, the tactics striven for, the general level of amusement and shenanigans, and overall "wow" factor.
  • Violence-- Relating to the mechanical gameplay, the clever and creative use of (rather than strict adherence to) the general rules to keep the game fast and fresh, the amount of straight up action movie carnage wrought, the general level of conflict (whether abstract or visceral).
  • Photography-- Quality of the report's photography, the use of clean lighting and clear pictures, the appropriate capture of the action and turmoil of the piece, the overall visual attractiveness of the playing field, the characters and armies involved in the conflict, and the action of that conflict.
  • Writing-- Overall quality of the writing, consistency of appropriate tone and pacing, clarity of characters and narration, general level of originality, and accessibility of emotional or cerebral engagement.


  • TIEBREAKER CATEGORY--Story-- Every battle tells a story, even if it's a simple one.  This tiebreaker category is used to judge the overall quality of that story or concept and how well it was conveyed through the combination of the report's general gameplay, photography, and writing.  Secondarily, judges may wish to use this category to judge how well the theme of the New Year was pushed by the story the report told.

Each Judging Category is rated on a scale from 1-10, except Fun, which is rated on a scale from 1-20.  The scores from each category will be added together, with the exception of Story, for a Final Score of between 4 and 50.  The Story Score will only be used in the event of a tie between entries.  Judges are encouraged to keep an open, diverse mindset when judging entries as they are not inherently required to adhere to any particular interpretation of Kanon or individually preferred tone.  In short, we all have a good general idea of what constitutes as Brikwarsy but a great many of us have some pretty different ideas about the specifics.

Judges may enter the contest as Participants (see above) but may not judge their own entries.  Instead, the Secondary Judge will take their place in the scoring of those particular pieces.

Rewards

The 1st Place Winner will become our BrikWars Monarch of 2,017, join the ranks of BrikWars Royalty, and gain full on bragging rights.  They will also earn a unique custom badge, which will be pinned to the winning post and generally used however the winner sees fit (such as its inclusion into their forum signature).

Previous Monarchs and Royal Courts

The previous year's Monarch has the transition period of the contest's duration to issue any last minute ridiculous decrees.


Enjoy the Kickoff and the New Year!  Happy BrikWarring and, as always, Have Fun.



Go To: 2017 Entries, Final Scores, and Winner
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Re: The 2,017 Rekon Kickoff

Postby Quantumsurfer » Mon Jan 02, 2017 9:25 am

Any takers for Judges?
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Re: The 2,017 Rekon Kickoff

Postby Duerer » Mon Jan 02, 2017 9:31 am

I could do judging.
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Re: The 2,017 Rekon Kickoff

Postby motorhead fan » Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:41 am

I would also like to judge.
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Re: The 2,017 Rekon Kickoff

Postby RedRover » Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:21 am

Wouldn't current battle be able to qualify? I assumed no since I started before the contest, but was just curious.
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Re: The 2,017 Rekon Kickoff

Postby Quantumsurfer » Thu Jan 05, 2017 7:38 pm

No, sorry.  The only reason that rule is in there is to keep things fair as far as forum battles and chat battles go so that every contestant has the same amount of time in which to produce.

Doesn't apply to regular battle reports because you just write those up and submit them in one go.

That said, if you have something that started right before the contest and the judges are okay with judging it, then by all means go ahead and submit it.  I can push back the judging deadlines to compensate as long as it isn't too long.  Say, no more than a week or so before the contest.  Ideally, I'd like to have the judges scores in absolutely by the end of Feb. since there's another contest starting in March.

Also, keep in mind that you still want to get the thing finished by the deadline or the judges might take off from your total scores for incompleteness.
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Re: The 2,017 Rekon Kickoff

Postby Quantumsurfer » Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:19 pm

Need one more judge.  And some entries.  You know you want to.
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Re: The 2,017 Rekon Kickoff

Postby RedRover » Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:31 pm

I could judge
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Re: The 2,017 Rekon Kickoff

Postby TastySkippy123 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:03 am

I'm on holiday at the moment but I will try and make an entry as soon as I get back home.
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Re: The 2,017 Rekon Kickoff

Postby Zupponn » Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:56 pm

Stickied this, added a link to 2016's event to the OP, and unstickied 2016's event.
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Re: The 2,017 Rekon Kickoff

Postby Quantumsurfer » Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:52 pm

Awesome.  Thank you, sir.
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Re: The 2,017 Rekon Kickoff

Postby bann154 » Fri Jan 13, 2017 3:59 pm

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Re: The 2,017 Rekon Kickoff

Postby Quantumsurfer » Fri Jan 13, 2017 6:39 pm

Fantastic.  Let's get this party started.  A little over 3 weeks remain.
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Re: The 2,017 Rekon Kickoff

Postby Quantumsurfer » Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:24 pm

One week remains in this year's contest.
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Re: The 2,017 Rekon Kickoff

Postby Colette » Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:18 pm

Battle in the Chat: Murders & Acquisitions: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=15936
Battle in the Chat: A Hostile Takeover: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=15941

Entering both of these into the rekon kickoff b/c why not.
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