Hey everyone, apologies for the radio silence. Been a busy, busy week and it isn't gonna let up.
I have an update for everyone, so please read this all the way through. We've spent a healthy amount of time discussing the posts made over the last few days about a handful of different topics and potential rule changes.
2D art vs. 3D art
After mulling this over for a while, we agree that there isn't a good reason to exclude 3D art from the second half of any character contests. As such, we're gonna make a modification to the rule to allow for 3D models for the artwork half of things. However, as to not cause a redundancy, the model files will need to be made public at the time of entry on the entry post.
We actually had intended to go over this earlier, but never had the chance. We appreciate the perspectives everyone brought to the table.
Something that has been brought to us by a few community heads and members here have been the topic of instructions. After discussing it, we won't be forcing anyone to make a full instruction booklet for their entry. However, at the time of entry, you must enter with a minimum of three (3) breakdown photos of the character to allow the inner-workings to be deciphered.
The reasons for this are two-fold. One, it allows for individuals looking to add the winning model to their own collection a better way to set about that goal, and two, it works to prevent individuals from adding 3D pieces to the MOC that would break the rules on 3D printed pieces. For instance, if it's a piece that must be there or the MOC is impossible, it then forces people to need that part to make the characters very structure.
LEGO part compatibility
Something else that has been brought up to us has been the matter of LEGO compatibility. That being the case, any 3D model made for a character must have a minimum of one (1) point of compatibility in order to work with LEGO pieces.
Contemporary war weapons
We want to add this in while we have a chance, but basically no war weapons. So if you're attempting to canonize a tank or an AK-47, you will be asked to remove it. If you refuse, the entry will be disqualified until the changes are made.
And those are the updates. Now, a response to a new concept.
First, thank you for giving your thoughts and perspective on the matter. This wasn't an idea we had heard yet, so it's greatly appreciated.
Second, we gave this a lot of serious thought. It is a reasonable idea and we do like it. The problem is we can't facilitate this solution because it runs in direct contrast with the goal of accessibility. Allow me to explain.
We at TTV do not care if someone sells masks. We actually highly encourage it and we think it's great that the BIONICLE community has an active fan economy. We want to support it as much as possible.
Unfortunately, it was made clear by the responses we received in the poll topic that ran for over a month, and the many individuals voicing their concerns elsewhere (BZPower's Discord Server, Litestone Studios Discord Server, our own Patreon server, and the YouTube comments sections for the videos we released discussing the contest poll) that people stood in staunch opposition of the contests if they allowed for an unfettered method for people to profit off of the contests provided they won them.
That being the case, we worked hard to make sure we allowed 3D printed pieces at all. We worked toward a compromise with BS01 and through our various conversations with them, other community heads, and RSG, we came to the rule we have today.
Now, to clarify, our rule is that you must release the file to the public at the time of entry. This is to satisfy that concern and allows for people to access the models without needing to buy it. However, at no point did we ever suggest that people are not allowed to put the files and the models up for sale on Shapeways/Thingiverse.
We can not control what you do with the model outside of these contests. If you want to sell them, we can not stop you. However, if you want to use them on your entry, or if someone else wants to, then the file has to be made public here when your entry is entered.
We hope that clears some things up, and we'll do our best to answer any other questions and concerns. Thank you, everyone.