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Colossal Castle Contest 10

PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 2:24 am
by architect
Edit - Follow these links for the rules (with further clarification following in this thread), the list of categories, the contest entry page and to view all of the entries. If your entry does not show up (after a reasonable delay), be sure to check the naughty list. Be aware of the cross category awards as well.

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The CC Team is proud to announce our tenth annual building contest: The Colossal Castle Contest X. It will begin on November 1st and end on December 31st, 2012.

This contest is a bit different than other contests. We have a variety of categories each with one prize for the winner. Some categories require small creations and others need larger ones. Everyone, even with a limited supply of bricks, should be able to enter several categories. We are looking for creativity, not who has the most LEGO.

Check out the prizes. Eight Classic Castle sets including the popular Armor Shop, Bandit's Ambush, Dungeon Hunters, Royal Drawbridge, Black Falcon's Fortress, and Black Monarch's Castle are prizes. There are are also new books written by AFOLs, custom medieval weapons, custom leaves, and new castle sets. It truly is colossal!

Thank you to Rich Stehnach "Blackrock", altBricks, BrickArms, BrickWarriors, No Starch Press, Skyhorse Publishing and the LEGO Group for donating prizes. The rules can be found
here Enjoy!

Note: Please feel free to ask contest questions in this thread. It may take several days for an admin to answer your specific contest questions. It is important to know that the admins have real lives and it may take over a week for your entry to be approved.

Re: Colossal Castle Contest 10

PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 3:59 am
by Azaghal
architect wrote:Thank you to Rich Stehnach "Blackrock", altBricks, BrickArms, BrickWarriors, No Starch Press, Skyhorse Publishing and the LEGO Group for donating prizes.
Thanks, indeed - especially to the publishers; whoever's idea it was to get them involved, it was a great one.

Re: Colossal Castle Contest 10

PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 4:33 am
by mencot
Yes, the highlight of the year for Lego castle community :D.
Great prices, whoa the Black knights fortress. Epic set
Let the fun begin.

*edit. I don´t remember again how it was but where can we ask questions conserning CCCX, in this topic?

Re: Colossal Castle Contest 10

PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 4:36 am
by Ryclen
Oh, boy. This is when the fun begins. :twisted:

Re: Colossal Castle Contest 10

PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:09 am
by OverLoad
I've been anticipating for a while now, so glad it's here!

My favorite time of the year, dare I say. (for a number of reasons, but this is quite a big one. :lol: ) Can't wait to see everyone's creations, as well as throw in a few of my own. :raiseone:

Re: Colossal Castle Contest 10

PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 12:41 pm
by architect
mencot wrote:I don´t remember again how it was but where can we ask questions conserning CCCX, in this topic?


1. Yes. You can ask questions regarding the contest in this thread.

Ben

Re: Colossal Castle Contest 10

PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 1:16 pm
by soccerkid6
Alright since you can ask questions here:
I posted a WIP pic of a MOC on my Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/66620538@N04/8134608836/in/photostream
As you can see that was just a few days before the CCC, does that still disqualify me from entering it?
Just wanted to make sure cause I would hate to not enter it if it's ok :)

Re: Colossal Castle Contest 10

PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 1:59 pm
by Athalus
It's CCC time!

Just wondering: Does the "Tudor castle" category require a complete castle? Or could a segment of a castle be entered?

Re: Colossal Castle Contest 10

PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 2:37 pm
by friskywhiskers
Yes!!! I'm totally pumped for this!! :D Silly Question: Does a section of a medieval village, say 2-3 buildings on a 48x48 base meet the requirements for the medieval life category, or is it limited to only a single building?

Re: Colossal Castle Contest 10

PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 2:57 pm
by artizan
10th CCC! Great, I've been waiting for this:)

I have a question for the "Classic Set Reimagined" Category, can we make the scale of the Moc bigger/smaller than the actual set and can we add more/less figures than the set already has?

Re: Colossal Castle Contest 10

PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 3:33 pm
by Glory_Forever
I've been excited about this contest for three years now :D Master builder here I come :P

Re: Colossal Castle Contest 10

PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 4:26 pm
by Bruce N H
OverLoad wrote:My favorite time of the year, dare I say.


Mine too. I'm looking forward to everyone's creations.

Azaghal wrote:
architect wrote:Thank you to Rich Stehnach "Blackrock", altBricks, BrickArms, BrickWarriors, No Starch Press, Skyhorse Publishing and the LEGO Group for donating prizes.
Thanks, indeed - especially to the publishers; whoever's idea it was to get them involved, it was a great one.


We were very happy to get a variety of different types of donations. It keeps things interesting to have something different. A huge thanks to all of those donors.

soccerkid6 wrote:Alright since you can ask questions here:
I posted a WIP pic of a MOC on my Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/66620538@N04/8134608836/in/photostream
As you can see that was just a few days before the CCC, does that still disqualify me from entering it?
Just wanted to make sure cause I would hate to not enter it if it's ok :)


2. I'm sorry, but we've always held that MOCs shared publicly (either online or at an AFOL event) before the contest opened, even MOCs in progress, were disqualified. We have previously allowed people to use small elements from earlier WIP creations if they were mostly changed and if the older thing was only a small part of the completed MOC, but in the case you show you've got a pretty substantial portion already built. Again, sorry. I always grimace when I see beautiful MOCs posted in the last week of October because by that point we already know the categories, and there have been times when I've thought "if only you'd held off posting that for a week you would have had a shot at winning."

Athalus wrote:Just wondering: Does the "Tudor castle" category require a complete castle? Or could a segment of a castle be entered?


3. It should have an enclosing wall, but since this has a size limit of 2 32x32 or 1 48x48 plate it is necessarily going to be a smaller structure than the full 'Castle' category. For inspiration you might look at historical fortified manors.

friskywhiskers wrote:Yes!!! I'm totally pumped for this!! :D Silly Question: Does a section of a medieval village, say 2-3 buildings on a 48x48 base meet the requirements for the medieval life category, or is it limited to only a single building?


4. Yes, you could have more than one building, as long as you are within the 2 32x32 or 1 48x48 plate limit. The focus here is on civilian settings (in contrast to, say, the 'Castle' type categories), so a little piece of a village would be very appropriate.

artizan wrote:I have a question for the "Classic Set Reimagined" Category, can we make the scale of the Moc bigger/smaller than the actual set and can we add more/less figures than the set already has?


5. Yes, but if you stray too far from the spirit of the original set you probably won't score as highly. If you make some massive set with a ton of figs and say that it's a redesigned version of a polybag set, there will be some raised eyebrows.

Glory_Forever wrote:Master builder here I come :P


That's the spirit! Good luck, everyone.

Bruce

Re: Colossal Castle Contest 10

PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:00 pm
by AK_Brickster
Maybe this is painfully obvious, but just to clarify, altBricks leaves are not allowed (I'm thinking particularly for the forest and winter scenes), even though they are prizes, correct?

Re: Colossal Castle Contest 10

PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:10 pm
by shmails
Very exciting! I have always thought this was the best time of the year for we castle folk, glad it is here again. 14 categories.....wow! Loads of cool categories this year, can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.

Here is my first question: What is the cutoff year for the castle set reinvisioned? Thanks in advance!

Re: Colossal Castle Contest 10

PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:47 pm
by architect
AK_Brickster wrote:Maybe this is painfully obvious, but just to clarify, altBricks leaves are not allowed (I'm thinking particularly for the forest and winter scenes), even though they are prizes, correct?


6. The admins decided to only allow altBricks leaves in the Forest Life and Winter Scene categories.

shmails wrote:Here is my first question: What is the cutoff year for the castle set reinvisioned? Thanks in advance!


7. While many fans support the 1978-1992 era of classic sets, we will allow you to redesign any castle set released prior to Knight's Kingdom II (2004).

Ben