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The 2,020 Rekon Kickoff

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:45 pm
by Quantumsurfer
The 2,020 Rekon Kickoff
Fourth 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.


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 21, 2020 and February 21, 2020, including the identifier tag [RK20] 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).


Judging of the entries will commence immediately following the contest, beginning February 22, 2020, and will end no later than February 29, 2020. The final scores will be announced and formalized in this thread on March 1, 2020.

For the 2020 Contest, the following are Judges:
  • MadMario
  • Scribonius
  • Careful_Blacksmith
The following are Secondary Judges:
  • Space Bunny
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 build's photography, the use of clean lighting and clear pictures, the capture of the purpose of the piece such that it is clearly conveyed to the audience, 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. The THEME this year is "New Beginnings." Please use this opportunity to launch new storylines, new characters, and entirely new universes if it takes your fancy.
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 single Judge's Total Score of between 4 and 50. Total Scores are added together to create a Final Score, which is compared to other entries to win. 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.


The 1st Place Winner will become our BrikWars Monarch of 2,020, 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: 2020 Entries, Final Scores, and Winner

Re: The 2,020 Rekon Kickoff

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 5:22 pm
by Quantumsurfer
Anyone for Judging?

Re: The 2,020 Rekon Kickoff

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:27 pm
by Scribonius
Quantumsurfer wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 5:22 pm
Anyone for Judging?
I can judge. I'd like to submit something, but I don't have the time...

Re: The 2,020 Rekon Kickoff

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:51 pm
by Quantumsurfer
Thank you. I have my three primary judges. Anyone for Secondary Judge, please?

Re: The 2,020 Rekon Kickoff

Posted: Wed Jan 22, 2020 2:18 am
by Space Bunny
I’ll take secondary judge If that’s ok

Re: The 2,020 Rekon Kickoff

Posted: Wed Jan 22, 2020 2:22 pm
by Quantumsurfer
Great, thank you.

Re: The 2,020 Rekon Kickoff

Posted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 5:06 pm
by Quantumsurfer
Just a friendly reminder that the Rekon Kickoff, due to a late start, continues through into February this year. Get those entries in.

Re: The 2,020 Rekon Kickoff

Posted: Sat Feb 15, 2020 7:20 pm
by Quantumsurfer
6 more days on the Rekon Kickoff for this year's entry period. Please submit your entries soon.

Re: The 2,020 Rekon Kickoff

Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:47 am
by Quantumsurfer
Today is the final day for contest entries.

Re: The 2,020 Rekon Kickoff

Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:57 pm
by Quantumsurfer
This concludes the 2020 Rekon Kickoff Contest Entry Period.
Thank you for your submissions and interest.
Judges, please begin judging.

Re: The 2,020 Rekon Kickoff

Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 5:39 pm
by Quantumsurfer
Couple more entries need judged, couple more days in the judging period.

Re: The 2,020 Rekon Kickoff

Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 2:58 am
by Quantumsurfer
2020 Entries and Final Scores

Thanks to all participants for your entries into this year's Kickoff.

Well done and congratulations. Oddly low turnout this year but the entries themselves did not disappoint. Here's looking forward to the battles in the coming days they inspire.

The 2,020 Rekon Kickoff Winner and our Monarch of BR 2,020


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