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The 2019 Halloween Avatar Contest award winners are…

The pumpkins have been carved, the candy’s been purchased, the orange and purple light strings have been hung by the fire with care. Now all that’s left to do is announce who won this year’s Halloween Avatar Contest!

Just to reiterate how this works: We have one judge from each ship in the fleet review all the entrants, and rank each ship against the others on two metrics: Originality and Design. We add those two scores together and then multiply it by the crew’s participation in the contest – ships with fewer participants are marked down a certain percentage for each player who doesn’t participate. (We did discount players who had accessibility challenges.)

I’m very happy to report that six out of our nine installations had 100% participation, and another had 91% participation, so a great year for fleet-wide participation in the contest! Unfortunately for some of the crews that didn’t have full participation, that number did end up affecting their ranking. Keep that in mind for next year!

Without further ado, click here to see who won this year’s Halloween Avatar Contest, and congratulate the winners!


Our 9th Annual Halloween Avatar Contest is underway

Each year, we run a contest to see which crew can come up with the best avatar themes for the forums, like “Nightmare Before Christmas,” or “Mugshots,” or “Sesame Street.” A set of judges from every crew in the fleet determines the best based on originality and design.

This year’s 9th annual contest has already begun, so if you haven’t yet checked-in to your forum thread, be sure to get that doon soon!

Click here to learn more and find the instructions on how to change your avatar to your crew’s theme.


Halloween Avatar Contest 2018: Winners!

Thanks to everyone who helped organize and facilitate their crew’s participation in this contest. This year all eight of our ships and bases participated. Here’s our list of themes:

Participation was even higher than last year, with five ships at 100% and all other ships at 85% or higher!

There were eight judges this year, all from our community. Each ship and base sent one judge who was not the Commanding Officer. They were each required to rank the entrants in two categories: originality and design quality. None of the judges could score their own ship in the first position for either category. Then, we multiplied those scores against participation of each ship to come up with a final number.

So who won? (Click the “read more” button to see!)


Join our 8th Annual Halloween Avatar Contest

My favorite time of the year is here: Our annual Halloween Avatar Contest!

Here’s the quick-and-spooky: 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 judges from every crew in the fleet determines the best based on originality and design.

Ready to jump in? Head to the forums to learn more and get your crewmates started on brainstorming your ship’s theme!


Don your Halloween avatar before the contest closes this weekend

Our yearly Halloween Avatar Contest is off to a scary start, with five crews already well on their way to full participation with themes like Norse gods, Westworld and Game of Thrones characters, and a tarot deck!

We’re entering the home stretch of the opt-in portion of this contest, with our deadline of Sunday, October 22 approaching quickly. Anyone who hasn’t donned their costume avatar by then won’t be eligible to count toward their crew’s participation score.

Head to the forums now to get your avatar on and check-in to your ship’s thread. Click here now.

If you’re not sure how to change your avatar, check out the “Rules & Announcements” thread in the forum linked-to above – it has a tutorial that explains with screenshots how to make it happen. And, of course, other members of your crew are always happy to help!


Join our 7th Annual Halloween Avatar Contest

My favorite time of the year is here: 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!


Join our 6th Annual Halloween Avatar Contest

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!


Halloween Avatar Contest Results are In!

Greetings to all you forums crawlers out there, and all of those who should be on the forums and aren’t! The judging for the 4th Annual Halloween Avatar Costume Contest is done and the judges have spoken! The results are in and have been carefully put into a calculation lovingly designed by yours truly, then redesigned completely when I was actually awake enough to write the formulas correctly and the correct results have been calculated!

As mentioned before, there were three categories in which ships completed. The first was originality, which measured the original thinking that went into the selection of the ship’s theme and the individual characters that the members displayed as their new avatars.

The second category, design quality, measured the graphic quality of the new avatars. Were they consistent in quality and format? Were they carefully done and without visible errors? Did they fit well into the format of being avatar images? If there was text, was it legible?

Finally, the overall score took each ships scores and adjusted them by the participation of the crews. The higher the participation, the better the scores! I’m happy to report that, in this category, the 6 ships that participated averaged a 92% participation, with 4 of them at 100%!

So, on to the results!

In the originality category the winners are:

First Place: Apollo (Greek Gods)
Second Place: Constitution (Comic Characters)
Third Place: Columbia (Pirates of the Columbia)

In the quality category, the winners are:

First Place: Apollo
Second Place: Constitution
Third Place: Garuda (Disney All-Stars)

…and finally, in the overall category, the winners are:

First Place: Apollo
Second Place: Constitution
Third Place: Gemini (X-Men)

This year, the contest also had a single individual best of show category for the judge’s pick for the best individual avatar in the contest. The Judge’s Best of Show Award goes to:

Ben Edwards, from the Constitution, as Rocket Racoon!

Prizes will be forthcoming to those who have won them. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you for participating to all those who gave up their avatar space for a week or more to show their holiday spirit!


Third Annual Halloween Avatar Contest winners

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.

Excalibur flag, smallAnd 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.


Halloween Avatar Contest 2012

Welcome to the beginning of the end of the 2012 Halloween Avatar Contest! This marks the second anniversary of the event on the UFOP:118 forums, and competition has been stiff as the graphics masters and ship cheerleaders across the fleet test their mettle. This time around, almost every ship has elected to participate with the following wonderful and creative themes: USS Apollothe crew (and various and sundry associates) of FireflyUSS Avandarcharacters from The Wizard of OzEmbassy — the Duronis II zoo; USS Mercuryhorrible mugshots; Starbase 118 Ops — black & white movie stars; USS TigerStar Wars characters. Check out the entries now, as they’ll only remain until the end of All Saints’ Day (November 1st). Who will win? Stay tuned!


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