Hello everybody; we’re back once again. The purpose of this topic is to give you guys an update on the Hagah contest, our chosen format based off feedback gathered from the prior topic, and a list of rules that we’ve drafted up for you guys to give feedback on. I know lots of people had thoughts and opinions about rules in the prior contests, so this is your opportunity to voice them now; for clarification’s sake, all rules from this topic still stand, in addition to new ones which I will list below. I’ll be leaving this topic open until Saturday at 11:59 PM Eastern Time, at which point we’ll be closing it down and moving forward with things.
First, however, is an update addressing feedback from the prior topic. You guys stepped up and delivered a metric ton of useful responses in that topic, and I thank you all for the absolutely massive amount of posts and opinions you gave, as well as those who voted in the survey. Generally speaking, as we predicted, the concept of an art-only contest for the Hagah proved unpopular, as it would alienate MoCists from participating. The main source of contention boiled down to which format things should take, as well as restrictions on build types to adhere to canon accuracy. We’ve made a decision on both, which is as follows:
There will be some restrictions to the Hagah builds in order to adhere to canon accuracy and have coherence with Norik and Iruini, but not to the degree that some were suggesting. We believe in creative freedom when possible, and ultimately we did not see a good enough reason to restrict things too far past the Metru. The full list of restrictions will be found below. To those who sought custom designs, I’m sorry; there were some good points made and we took them all into account, but ultimately, we didn’t see the merit for this contest when it would cause so much friction with Greg’s prior outline and the community at large for, ultimately, not that much of a benefit. I promise you that our subsequent contests will be free of these restrictions.
On the subject of format, we still believe in viewing these as “canon contests” and not “building” or “artwork” contests where the best drawn art piece or best designed MoC automatically wins. If the past contests (and the dialogue surrounding custom torsos for this one) have taught us anything, it’s that there are some people who view these contests like any other community creation challenge, when, in fact, these have very different goals. The goal is not necessarily about voting on the best designed creation, but rather voting on the best depiction of these characters, what entry best represents them, and what works best as their canon design. To some, that might not be too big of a distinction, but to us, it definitely does matter, so to achieve that purpose…
We will be moving forward with Option 3 for the Toa Hagah contests, the “Free-for-All,” as outlined in my prior document. Essentially, MoCs and artwork will compete against each other in Character-specific polls to determine the best overall representation of each Hagah, with a group art contest being held after the fact to depict all four winning designs in the same artistic style.
We know there are some who expressed concerns with this format, but after reviewing all the feedback, we believe this is the best way to express the unique needs of the Hagah contest. Too many people expressed distaste at the build restrictions because they view these contests as MoC contests first, canon contests second. Ultimately, that’s not the case, and we believe this is the most honest approach for the Hagah specifically. This will not be the path used moving forward, but it is our utmost belief that a unique shake-up to the format like this will best deliver the overall message we wish to get across with these and help the community pick the best designs. As I said in my prior post, judging the two mediums against each other to determine the best overall representation for each character just seems like a more honest vision of what our goals actually are for this particular contest, and might make for a better overall result, with people hopefully prioritizing canon accuracy and design preference (mask, armor design, armor arrangement, color balancing, weapon design, etc.) over things like MoCing complexity or artwork style.
With that aside, that just leaves the rules. As mentioned prior, in addition to the rules listed in this topic, here are the guidelines for the Toa Hagah Canon Contest:
Your entries MUST:
- Utilize the upper portion and lower portion of the Toa Metru torso build as it is intended. (I.e. Not as hips or shoulders, etc.)
- Have the primary color correspond with the respective Toa’s Rahaga.
- Feature a shield. Art must render the specific Hagah Shield piece, and MOCs may opt for a custom shield. It must be either held in one hand or on a characters back.
- Feature a spear. Cannot be substantially longer or shorter than the preexisting Hagah spears.
- Must feature metallic armor. Armor may not be standard colors. (I.e. Mata Red, Metru blue, etc)
- Have metallic armor placement that is in parity with the two preexisting Toa Hagah sets. This means the metallic armor is restricted to the feet, thighs, chest, shoulders, mask, shield, and spear tip.
- Only have a single shade of metallic armor.
Your entries MUST NOT:
- Be shorter than Whenua Metru or taller than Iruini. A comparison to validate this height requirement must be presented in the entry topic, this can be done physically or digitally, via Stud.io or LDD.
- Specifically regarding Toa Pouks, no entries for this character may feature the canon design of the Mask of Emulation.
- Feature any of the following Kanohi masks:
-Mask of Scavenging
-Mask of Light and Shadow
-Mask of Creation (G1 and G2)
-Any Nuva Mask
-Mask of Aging
-Mask of Incomprehension
-Mask of Undeath
-Shapeshifted Mask of Mutation
-Any Glatorian or Agori helmet
-Hero Factory 2.0 and 3.0 helmets
-Mask of Ultimate Power (G2)
As stated by Eljay:
Again, these rules, as well as the overall contest rules, aren’t binding at this time. This topic exists to aggregate feedback on our contest rules as a whole, some of which numerous people have expressed ire with in the past, as well as these Hagah specific rules. If we’re presented with good reasons to make changes or some solid suggestions for alternative wording, we’re of course open to considering them and making adjustments within the four days this topic will be up. If not, though, this will be what we go forward with.
Thanks to all of you for your continued patience and feedback! This will be the final period before the Hagah contest begins, and I’m looking forward to it.