Introducing the 2017 Nerfhaven Modification/Homemade Contest!
This thread will serve as discussion for the contest. If you have any questions or comments, post them here.
Official submission thread is there.
Voting is now open. Polls will be closed at 11:59pm eastern time Friday October 6. Results will probably be posted by the following Sunday October 8.
Please go to each of the following threads and, review the writeup, and rate each blaster on the 4 listed criteria (Originality, Functionality/Aesthetics, Complexity, and Writeup Quality)
Mag-Fed XBZ Longstrike
Pump-Action Sentinel (VGS)
(Voting threads are only visible to Nerfhaven members, since only Nerfhaven members may vote)
Any member of Nerfhaven may enter this contest by posting a writeup into either the modifications or homemade forum of Nerfhaven.com, and then posting a link to the writeup in the official submission thread.
The writeup must be for a build that was completed by the user him/herself. No, you cannot submit a writeup explaining how someone else built a blaster that you saw online! On the other hand, you may build a blaster similar to someone else and then post a writeup crediting the original creator (just don't expect to score high in orginality...more on that later)
The writeup must be posted to Nerfhaven.com no later than 11:59PM eastern time on August 31, 2017 September 14, 2017.
Note that any build or writeup posted to nerfhaven.com in 2017 prior to the start of this contest is eligible. Technically, the contest is running from January 1, 2017-August 31, 2017.
All entries will be divided into two categories: Modifications and Homemades.
Each entry will be judged on the following criteria:
Is it similar to other modifications and/or homemades, or is it something completely new? (Maximum 10 points).
How well did the build achieve its goal? Does it shoot far, fast, and/or look great? Also, basically, "How much do you like it?" (Maximum 10 points)
The more complex the entry, the higher score. (Maximum 5 points)
4. Quality of the Writeup
How easy is it to grasp what was done? Can you replicate or improve upon the build assuming you have all the necessary tools? (Maximum 5 points)
The judges of this contest will be the members of nerfhaven.com. Members will have the chance to "grade" each entry in each of the four criteria from 1 to 10 (or 1 to 5, depending on the criteria). Results in each criteria will be averaged, and the winners will be determined by whichever entry has the most total points.
Example, with entry 3 being the winner at 23 total points:
Avg Originality Avg Functionality Avg Complexity Avg Writeup Total
Entry 1 2 8 1 5 16
Entry 2 7 5 3 4 19
Entry 3 8 9 5 1 23
The blaster with the highest overall point total will win the grand prize of $50 (awarded by paypal or Visa gift card).
The blaster with the highest point total in the other category will win the second prize of $25 (awarded by paypal or Visa gift card). For example: if a homemade wins the grand prize, the modification with the highest point total will win the second prize.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I submit multiple builds?
Is my project a modification or a homemade?
For the purposes of this contest, a homemade is a blaster which does not utilize any parts from a mass produced (Nerf, Buzz bee, Boomco, etc) blaster or one which only uses parts of a mass-produced blaster to aid in comfort or form factor. For example, the FAL-3 is a homemade even though it has most of a Nerf Firefly bolted onto it and uses the trigger. It works nothing like a Firefly; it is a homemade.
Any other build will be in the modification category. They will involve alterations to mass-produced blasters, but may include homemade replacement components. For instance, putting a homemade plunger and/or plunger tube into a spring-powered blaster made by nerf is a modification.
I realize that this is a blurred line these days. If you think that your build belongs in the homemade forum, post the writeup there. If a moderator feels that this needs to be changed, we will let you know prior to the start of voting.
What constitutes a writeup?
A writeup is primarily composed of written instructions and pictures to help illustrate various portions of the build. A writeup in this basic format is necessary in order to be eligible to win a prize; you can't just post a picture and a short description of the finished blaster.
If you are using 3d printing as a construction methods, please provide stl files. Provide cutting templates and/or detailed measurements if you are machining parts from sheets of plastic,etc.
Post-build guides showing closeups of the completed internals alongside detailed instructions are fine, but may not score as high as something that shows step-by-step instructions.
Computer-generated diagrams like this are great, but you should also include at least a few photos to show that you actually built the blaster.
A video can at times be helpful in getting your point across, but it should not be relied upon; most of the information should given in written form. Note: If you like making modification videos, you can always take screenshots from your video and use those for the writeup.
I already posted a picture/video of a blaster here or elsewhere. Can I make a writeup for it and enter it into the contest?
Can I make an HPA-powered blaster?
Can I use 3d-printed parts in my modification and/or 3d-print a homemade?
Yes, any construction method is allowed. But please include stl files or anything else you are willing/able to share to aid others in reproducing your blaster or continuing development on it.
Edited by jwasko, 25 September 2017 - 08:48 PM.