Ken, thanks for helping out with this.
A couple of comments on what won and why.
The My own castle competition awards was decided by vote and there was about half a dozen MOcs that qualified for this. I'm sorry that I didn't make clearer to those who hadn't heard of the competition what it was. We got a number of votes for MOCs that weren't in the running as some people thought we were asking about best castle room MOC. The Josh's Caballistic Castle, won, but there were several very impressive creations. I would have liked to have an organized show and tell session for the MOCC but the show and tell slots never quite working out the way I envisioned perhaps because lots of builders weren't around at the designated times. Thanks all who entered the competition.
The best 3CS building award (also decided by ballott) went to Marc Nelson's Grey Owl Tavern which I think was no great surprise. We had LOTS of excellent MOCs in this category - the Siskindian building style being very predominant. Marc's entry was different and his use of tiles for the brick was both original and looked damn good too!
The best 3CS wall was also decided by ballott, or it was meant to. In fact there was a tie - between Ken's modular city walls and another MOC of a wall under contrcution. I'm very sorry and a bit embarrased to say that I forgot the name of the guy who built the latter MOC, but it was a city wall that looked like it was knocked down and there were people "rebuilding" it. In the end Lenny and I as judges gave the award to Ken because we felt his MOC was a little more original. The broken wall looks great, but I think several people have done it by now (although I'm not sure who did it first). Ken's city wall were not only huge and expansive, but used the printed HP wall pieces to impressive effect, had a blue plate moat that looked excellent and also had two very cool looking gatehouses.
I should say that I was surprised that there weren't more 3CS MOCs that used the city wall as part of a building. There were a few, to be sure, but the vast majority of the buildings were Siskindian houses. Larry P's Innn of the Fallen Angels was one of the few I actually had a look inside and was very impressive. Needless to say I don't think he opened it up for any of the kids of the public day.
When it came to the three other categories, judges voted on best large, medium and small non 3CS MOCs in the room. We ended up doing it this way because it would have been hard to tell people who were voting which size category each was in. The judges were Jeff Byrd, Lenny Hoffman and myself, and we automatically excluded stuff that we had built ourselves.
When it came to the best small MOC we - were were emphasizing excellent small detail rather than an actual small MOC. There really weren't that many small individual MOCs to begin with, and we were awarding excellent attention to minifig scale detail. Most of the non 3CS MOCs fell into the Medium size category. In the end Casper Nimwegen's Marz Temple and Cyndi Bradhams Blue Glass Castle stood out amidst fierce competition. Both had outstanding small detail building and the Marz temple also had an incredible overall architectural style. With both these MOCs we're talking about the sort of detail I hadn't seen before ever, and perhaps the kind that will inspire the community to try their hand at similar things. If you haven't yet, check out the building stye on the Marz temple and take a close look at Cyndi's stain glass windows - it was these windows more than anything else that landed her the small (detail) award.
There were three MOCs in the room aside from my own castle that were clearly bigger than the rest. I believe Jason Spears brought a large white castle with some interesting non linear shapes and curves. Paul Janssen brought his amazing courthouse, which has already gotten a lot of very well deserved attention in the community. And Ed Kohl brought his castle Glendur which was impressive in lots of ways once we got used to the unusual color scheme.
In the end we gave the prize to Ed. While all the large MOCs were excellent, we felt that his was the first one to genuinely break new ground, doing new things,and it helped expand/redefine what a large castle MOC could be. I'm not sure if everyone realized, but Ed's Castle was designed to be a huge game, and if there had been interest, Ed could have taken a group of dungeon crawlers through the castle room by room. Maybe next time? Castle Glendur showed that you don't need a huge supply of old grey to build big in the castle theme, andit opened up to show the interior in very cool ways.
Thanks again to everyone who participated!