Each year, a number of Community Contests are held, typically on the forum, to challenge the collective might and magik of BrikWarriors the world over. The winners of these grand contests are given Eternal Titles and take their rightful places in the annals of BrikWars History. Most Contests last about a month but some last for two and almost every contest is presided over by a council of volunteer judges approved by the contest's Host. The general purpose of each contest, while certainly including a healthy amount of competition, is really more about generating and inspiring more community driven Ossum content. They are opportunities for community members to show off their varied skills and talents, appreciate the skills and talents of their fellows, and earn constructive criticism. As our oldest and most popular contest, celebrating the birthday of BrikWars, our contest year begins in October with the Halloween Hellhunt. The rest of the current contests are described chronologically below.
|[...] to celebrate this glorious year of death and destruction, we will once again be holding the Annual Halloween Hellhunt Battle Report Contest, held in honor of Brikwars's birthday. Here, the Brikwarriors fight for the title of the Lord of Battle, topping each other with mad tales of war and conquest. [...] Yes, this is just a reason for everyone to get to read a megaton of battle reports on Halloween, night of madness and the birthday of Brikwars. Get out there and record those battles, mates. Good luck.|
| - From the Annual Introduction
The Hellhunt is a Battle Report contest held every October. The first was held in 2010. Participants record a game played at home (as opposed to a game played by post over the forum or chat) and submit a polished presentation of the proceedings to the "Reports from the Field" subforum. Often, this game will have spooky, Halloween based theme to it but this isn't strictly required. Three judges are chosen from among community volunteers (traditionally, one of them is the previous year's winner) to rate each submission to the contest based on the quality of categorical values including Gameplay, Photography, Violence, Writing, and Overall Appeal. Secondary Judges are called for to judge submissions entered by a current judge. Each category is rated by a single judge on a scale from 1-5. These values are added together and divided by five. Then, those results, representative of each judge, are averaged together for a Final Score, the highest of which determines the contest's winner. The winner is titled a "Lord of Battle," receives a unique custom digital badge (pictured below), and is marked down in the BrikWars Hall of Fame.
|Welcome to the coming end of another Rekonstruktion, BrikWarriors, as we prepare to dive into a two month long celebration honoring the Stories of the BrikVerse. We stand upon the precipice of time as our minifigs and sigfigs, creatures and creations, castles and kingdoms, and starships and space empires are cast into an ever evolving community Kanon. The deadly perils of countless battlefields, the twisted and labyrinthine halls of power and politiks, the epic struggles of Heroes and Villains. They fight and dance and collide together at the heart of our interest, the Stories of their sheer Ossumness demanding to be told. Told and, in the age old tradition, passed on to the next generation, shooting like brilliant stars through the bright imaginations of those yet to arrive. And in the telling, reigniting the old creative flame and giving rise to new Stories for the Rekons to come.|
| - From the Annual Introduction
The FicFest is a short story contest held every year in the months of November and December. The first was held in 2015. Participants pen an original short story of between 500-2500 words, using any style or theme and approach to subject matter, covering any part of BrikVersian Lore. The stories are submitted to the BrikFic subforum and are judged at the end of the submission period by three community volunteer judges based on the quality of categorical values including Concept and Theme, Form, Voice, and Style. Presentation (grammar, mechanics, punctuation, and usage) is downplayed to lower the barrier to entry and is used only as a tiebreaker category. The first three categories are rated by a single judge on a scale from 1-10, while Style is rated 1-20. These scores are added together to get a judge's single Total Score. Total Scores are added together to get the submission's Final Score, the highest of which determines the contest's winner. The winner is titled a "LoreMaster," receives a unique custom digital badge (pictured below), and is marked down in the BrikWars Hall of Fame.
|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.|
| - From the Annual Introduction
The Kickoff is a Battle Report contest held every January. The first was held in 2016. Participants record a battle played at home, over the forum, or over the chat (so long as the entirety of the battle takes place within the contest's submission period) and submit a polished presentation of the proceedings to the appropriate subforum (typically, "Reports from the Field" or "Forum Battles"). The Kickoff is meant to begin new stories for the new year, so theme and content are left to the participant's imagination. Three judges are chosen from among community volunteers to rate each submission to the contest based on the quality of categorical values including Fun, Violence, Photography, and Writing. Story is used as a tiebreaker category. Secondary Judges are called for to judge submissions entered by a current judge. The last three categories are rated by a single judge on a scale from 1-10, while Fun is rated 1-20. These scores are added together to get a judge's single Total Score. Total Scores are added together to get the submission's Final Score, the highest of which determines the contest's winner. The winner is titled the "Monarch" of that year, receives a unique custom digital badge (pictured below), and is marked down as BrikWars Royalty. In the event that other BrikWarriors participated in the submission, they may be titled as a "Royal," compose the Monarch's Court for the year, receive a smaller, unique custom digital badge (also pictured below), and are similarly recorded in the annals under their Monarch.
|Welcome, BrikWarriors, to the age of Brikbuilt Escalation. In this storied fragment of the shattered chronology, all manner of characters (from lowly minifig to lowly human) gather at the most famous bar of them all, that grand old ORANGE TRANSPARENT motherfucker of a meeting place, the Four Rums. Whether drinking or not, these epic personages sweep in between adventures from across the spectrum of spacetime to swap tall tales and exaggerate their own Ossum. Bawdy fish stories and bold, raucous boasting are the order of the day and only the most skillful storytellers are raised in esteem in the eyes of their fellows. But only those who live by the age old adage "pics or it didn't happen" can truly "prove" their Ossum with a show and tell that will spread their name and legend out among the stars.|
| - From the Annual Introduction
The Build is a brick building contest held every March. The first was held in 2016. Participants create any kind of build (ranging from single figures to entire vignettes) using construction brick toys or representative digital programs (such as LDD). Themes may be presented as part of the contest, in a non-restrictive role, but typically the builds need only be representative of the BrikWars game, setting, and/or community. Submissions are entered as one of three specific Types of builds: Brik by Brik (IRL builds typically posted to the "Armoury" subforum), Digital Dimension (LDD or similar digital builds posted to the "LDD" subforum), and Drunken Madness (either kind of build crafted by the participant while legally drunk posted to the appropriate subforum). Three judges are chosen from among community volunteers to rate each submission to the contest based on the quality of categorical values including Style, Substance, and Photography. Boast (a brief written embroidery of the truth explaining why the submission is the grandest build or an interesting story about it) is used as a tiebreaker category. Secondary Judges are called for to judge submissions entered by a current judge. Each judge rates the categories on a scale from 1-10, which when added together produce the judge's Total Score. Total Scores are added together to obtain the submission's Final Score, the highest of which is the winner of the contest. The winner is given a title based on the Build Category their submission won: "BrikMason" for Brik by Brik (the title was called StudLord in the first year), "Digital Architekt" for Digital Dimension, and "Town Drunkard" for Drunken Madness. The winning submissions of these three winners are then compared together to create an overall winner for the contest, who is additionally titled "StudGod." Every title comes with a unique custom digital badge (to be pictured below) and is marked down in the BrikWars Hall of Fame.
Feast of Fools
|BrikWarriors, rejoice! The time for shenanigans and frivolity is at hand. Throughout the shattered spacetime of the BrikVerse, at some point in each Rekonstruktion, the background Bozon radiation suddenly, mysteriously, and violently spikes and sends a shockwave of ridiculousness roaring with laughter throughout existence. Everything briefly goes wonky in the wake of the hijinks. Parallel universes are born and die. Forgotten fragments of time and space suddenly reappear and vanish without a trace. Empires great and wide cease to exist while he tiniest of factions becomes powerful beyond measure. Heroes are born with different faces. Forces and phenomena have different names and exude new powers. Every troll is trolled and as new background music is hilariously chosen to blare across the Far-Ums Emergency Broadcast System...again, the natives chuckle and shrug and the chaotic mess called the BrikVerse gets on as it always has.|
| - From the Annual Introduction
The Feast of Fools is an event that takes place in April, beginning in 2016. In it, participants create any kind of presentation they wish (battle reports, forum battles, chat battles, magic soaps, brikfics, setting content writeups, graphics or art, videos, etc.) that non-canonically expands upon, recognizably transforms, or otherwise explores the content creations of other community members (with respect given to "Everyone's the Boss of Their Own Toys" and similar community guidelines). Primarily, contest entries explore alternative possibilities such as What If scenarios, Elseworlds like content, Mirror Universes, and so on. The contest is held in good fun and celebrates collaboration and brainstorming community based content. Obviously, this contest's core concept is found broadly (one might think of fanfiction, for example) but this forum does have a notable precedent called "Maeby's Cannon." Posts are often tagged with this identifier to denote content that is, at least initially, non-canonical. Coined by forum user Silverdream, the phrase is an intentional misspelling of "Maybe Canon" and is a Schrödingeresque description of materials that are not canon until, in fact, they are. Submissions are entered anywhere on the forum and linked to from the contest's thread. Three judges are chosen from among community volunteers to rate each submission to the contest based on the quality of categorical values including Fun, Transformation, and Depth. Presentation is used as a tiebreaker category. Secondary Judges are called for to judge submissions entered by a current judge. Each judge rates the categories on a scale from 1-10, which when added together produce the judge's Total Score. Total Scores are added together to obtain the submission's Final Score, the highest of which is the winner of the contest. The winner is titled a "Grand Jester," receives a unique custom digital badge (pictured below), becomes of member of that year's Royal Kourt, and is marked down in the BrikWars Hall of Fame.