DARKspawn wrote:I really looked up to many builders on this site, & rather than being jealous of their abilities & collections I set my mind to learning how to build. Nelson & John were my main influences but I soon discovered many more.
So I guess what I am saying is that anybody can accomplish what I have achieved this year by simply putting their mind to it. I am a CC success story, & I am proud to contribute to this site.
I am honored, Aaron, as I, too, am a CC success. Before CCC2, I was an unknown fan. I gave it my all, and finished in second place by a mere .2 points. The following year, I focused my efforts and became CCC3's Master Builder, winning by the same margin. It's truly not about how good a builder you are, but rather about putting your heart, mind, and soul into your work. Anyone can take it upon themselves to learn and to improve. 'Believe, strive, and achieve.'
Lonan wrote:Although, I do like the practice of past overall winners bowing out of the CCC the next year.(which dates back to Freak if I'm not mistaken) It allows us to spread the love.
You are correct. Freak set the bar so high, all we could do was follow suit.
Personally, in terms of the CCC, I hope this tradition continues.
Bruce N H wrote:One of these days I think we should hold an invitational contest, not for all comers, but for all of those who have won any prior contest here at CC (both "official" contests like the CCCs and periodic smaller contests hosted by the admins and the "unofficial" contests like the battles contest or the mini castle contest hosted by individual members). I'd love to see a clash of titans pitting the best of the best against eachother.
While I can see why this would be a great contest, please count me out. I don't think it helps the fans/community to place builders into an 'arena' for sport. I've always admired how C-C keeps contests open, allowing winners to bow out on their own accord, and to see the works and learned techniques of newcomers blossom into future masterpieces.
*Steps off soapbox.*
Alas, this thread is about the winners of the Create-A-Theme contest. Congratulations to DARKspawn and Traveler - You deserve the win and respect.