We haven't had a Factory Contest in a while, so I'd like to announce the first one of this year.
Because we haven't had a board-wide event in a while, this one is going to be a little bit more unorthodox and free-form: a Tournament of Inventors (idea and some wording shamelessly stolen from Jorus Merrill's past events of the same name (past example thread here)).
Many of us have not had a chance to participate in the past versions, and the submissions in the past have been very creative and entertaining for participants and the community at large. Unlike past versions of the event, our judging team will be composed of several Admins and RPJs who will give out three separate awards at the end of the contest: most entertaining, most practical, and most creative.
We have an offbeat non-canon, in-character exhibition thread for people to roleplay making their inventions, see the inventions, try them out, and interact with inventors/competitors until the final announcement of the winners on August 14th. This roleplay thread is strictly optional tor participants. As with past Tournament of Inventor threads, you can link a private thread where you are building your invention if you so choose to.
But I'm getting ahead of myself.
Here are the basics of the contest:
Each submitter has the following components to try and make an invention out of:
- A hibridium-based cloaking device
- An almost working SD-10 battle droid
- A malfunctioning SPD-R4 Spider Droid
- A Hobbycraft Microweight with partially torn wings
- A lightly used Columi Mental Hoverpod
- A Model SW-95 Message Transceiver
- A trunk of greel wood
- A case of Rathalayan Firestones
- An Armillary Sphere
- A crate of Norris Root
- A crate of Haysian Smelt
- A tub of Flexi-paste
- A roll of Dichrome fabric
- Two Oovei in a bronzium bird cage
- One broken light sculpture (color varies per competitor)
- Three Black Sun Ace Fighter helmets
- A flimsiplast package of space waffles
- A bucket of random Alluvial Dampers
- A Cryogenic Hibernation Capsule
- A coral scepter
- A cask of Kri'gee
- A Class-6 Escape Pod
- Ajumbo-sized box filled with blocks of Cornesian Wax
- A bin of common metals (such as durasteel) and basic electronic parts
Other competition rules to make note of:
One entry per writer
Please give your submission the tag "Tournament of Inventors 2019" so that we know to track it
Contest judges may not submit entries or actively advise contestants except in enforcing board rules
All entries must be submitted to Factory between July 12th and August 13th
In-character, your character and a small team of helpers have thirty consecutive hours inside a private lab at the competition center on the Wheel to make their invention
No outside technology or materials can be included in the final product. It's acceptable to bring and use specialized tools and equipment.
Entries may be disqualified or deemed non-functional by the contest judging team based on common sense (Example: Do not try to make a superlaser that summons legions of Force Ghosts out of a set of silverware, a quartz crystal, and a nine-volt battery)
This is about originality and creativity, not making uberweapons. If you DO manage to make something nasty, more power to you, but alchemists, we don't want to see another shield talisman or flaming sword.
The functions of the finished invention must have a clear and substantial connection to the materials given. For example, alchemists, slapping on arbitrary Force powers wouldn't be appropriate. Show your work; make connections.
You retain rights to your inventions and can submit them with any manufacturer and level of production you feel is reasonable and appropriate.
You do not have to use every single component on the list.
Feel free to ask any questions about this contest below. Thanks everyone!
Edited by Gir Quee, 12 July 2019 - 08:53 PM.