Oh joy! The presents are wrapped, the tinsel is hung on the tree, and good cheer are everywhere. Wait, no! I mean… It’s time for our Annual Halloween Avatar Contest!
Here’s the quick-and-bloody: Each crew chooses a theme – like “Nightmare Before Christmas,” or “Mugshots,” or “Sesame Street” – then, each person on the crew is assigned a character and changes their avatar to an image of that character. A set of impartial judges votes to determine the best!
Ready to jump in? Head to the forums to learn more and get your crewmates started on brainstorming your ship’s theme!
On Halloween, all the children in the U.S., at least those with the cool parents, go out to the surrounding homes to extort as much candy as they can from their neighbors in a sick and twisted protection racket that would get adults tossed in jail, foreshadowing the sick and twisted way that their cute tummies will feel in the morning (namely sick and twisted, not to mention distended and bloated!).
And each year on our forums, we do our best to save our members from these sorts of holiday hoodlums while still allowing them to enjoy the Halloween fun! For a fourth year in a row, the forums administration group is once again sponsoring our yearly Avatar Costume Contest.
Entrants will be judged on a group basis by ship, based on the ship’s theme originality and avatar quality, as well as the level of the crew’s participation. Winners will get a banner for their ship site as well as bragging rights for the next year! Judge’s Choice awards will be given, as well as, new for this year, a special individual best of show award.
To join in the fun, and for more information about how to set up your ship’s entry into the contest, head to the forums!
The results are in and the judges have spoken in the Third Annual Halloween Avatar Contest on the StarBase118 forums! More than half of our ships participated in the contest and averaged higher percent participation of their crews across the board over last year.
Many thanks to FltCapt. Mar, who facilitated this year’s competition, and Chas Hammer of the Simming Encyclopedia alongside Alex Solvay of Blue Dwarf who both judged this year’s competition.
There are two main components of the scoring: theme originality and image quality. Crew participation then factors in proportionally on the score.
For theme originality, the USS Mercury came in first with the monstrous “Mercury Street,” followed by the Knights of the USS Excalibur.
For image quality, the USS Excalibur took top billing, followed by the USS Apollo’s Nintendo characters.
And now for our final scores. In second place, the USS Mercury with a score of 47.84/60! And our winner … simulated drum-roll, please …
The crew of the USS Excalibur, with a score of 55/60!
Many thanks to all that participated! The winning and second place crews will receive a forum badge in the coming days.
Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy delayed the announcement of our winners this year, but the verdict is finally out! With an amazing turnout this year, six of our eight ships, and above average participation for each of those ships, the contest proved to be a huge hit. For the second year in a row, judging proved to be difficult, but based on originality, design quality, and individual crew participation, the ships were judged.