The time has come! Let's see who can build the best homemade blaster.
The contest starts now. No previous homemades that have already been built will be accepted. You must build your submission in between now and the deadline of the contest. Your submission must be a write-up. A block of pictures with some text is not a write-up.
Your blaster will be judged on several criteria which are listed below. Each category is weighted a different amount of points.
- Creativity (15 points) - Has this been done before, or is it something completely new and radical? More points will be awarded to submissions that "break the mold", so to speak. Example, if you print out templates for a plusbow, you won’t be getting many points for this category.
- War Effectiveness/Practicality (15 points) - This category will judge how effective your blaster is at a Nerf war. This does not include wars where you stand at opposite sides of a field, hide in the bushes, and take pot shots at your max range. The more scenarios your blaster will excel in, the better. Sustained rate of fire is always more important than range. Also, how practical is it to use? Easy to use or cumbersome to carry? Do you need two people to prime it? Is it 4 feet long or can it fit in your pocket? You get the idea.
- Difficulty/Repeatability (10 points) - How easy is your blaster to reproduce, and what skill level is involved in constructing your blaster? A blaster like the "SNAP” would get a lot of points here. The more simplistic, the better. On the opposite side of the spectrum, a blaster like Boltsniper's FAR, would get zero points. If you need exotic tooling to create certain parts, you won't get many points here. Same goes for exotic materials.
- Durability (5 points) - Since we won't be able to physically examine the blasters, we'll look at your design and recognize possible weak points in the construction. If you can prove it's been through several wars without a hitch, you'll get a lot of points here. If your blaster looks like it's going to explode into a million pieces when you dry-fire it, that's a problem. Over-building something is definitely not a problem.
- Writeup Quality (5 points) - Is your write-up easy to follow? Detailed instructions and extra pictures of things difficult to explain in words will get more points in this category. Proper grammar and coherent sentences are required. Templates are always nice, too.
- Cost/Labor (5 points) - Self-explanatory, but the cheapest, and the least amount of labor required, will be awarded the most points.
Edited by Ryan201821, 10 May 2011 - 01:03 PM.