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Open Entry from May 17th - August 16th

As events continue to spiral out of hand in the world of Halos, several intrepid souls from across the globe set out to sea. Be it for fortune, mercy, salvation, boredom, or curiosity, that is for the players to decide.

In the new Era, factions will be determined by player to player interactions in-game rather than by fixed nationalities. This means players may create and play as new characters from anywhere in the rich world of Halos! You can now play as a Lotii Pirate, A Naturalist from the Isle of Tam, a Monomonto Ronin, a Mokolei Physician, a Great Alliance Cossack, an Altonian Whaler, or whatever else may tickle you fancy! For inspiration and to learn more about the various lands and peoples of Halos, consult 'Jameis Farstrider's Guide to Halos'.

Voting and Prizes:

-1st and 2nd place winners for each category will be selected by the BoBS Brethren Court. The selection will be based on quality of the builds and story-telling rather than quantity of MOCs. Prizes for these players will be in-game starting bonuses for Era 3 and maybe a little something extra as logistics are worked out in the next few weeks.

Category A: 'Old Scores and New Blood'

Wrap up your Era 2 character's storyline and/or introduce your new Era 3 character's storyline with one 20x20 MOC and an attendant story explaining what they are doing in the waning days of Era 2. Additional 20×20 entries may be made to expand the story. The entry must end with the character setting out to sea for whatever reason you deem appropriate for them!

Note: this doesn't mean your Era 2 character's story has to end. If a player wishes to use their Era 2 character in Era 3, then they simply need to explain why they are setting out to sea at the end of Era 2.

Category B: 'The Rogues Gallery'

MOC your new Era 3 character or your retiring or recycled Era 2 character in the fashion of an 18th Century Portrait. No story is necessary for this category, just the character's name and titles.

This is where you show us who will function as your Main Character in Era 3 or your retiring Era 2 character. Surrounded by the tools of their trade, members of their retinue, fly furniture, lots of marble for some reason, beloved pets and the like. Photo effects are permitted for the Portrait however contestants must also show us the MOC they used to make this portrait with a second photo.

18th Century Portraiture

(fig.a An example portrait)

18th Century Portraiture

(fig.b The MOC used to make said portrait. This example is acceptable, though it would likely lose to more determined builders)

How to Participate:

-In order to make a submittal for any of the categories, please post your entries in the BotBS forum page here with the appropriate prefix of [TC2] and then link that post in a reply here!

-A participant may make any number of submissions for each Category. Multiple MOCs for a single entry may be posted within a 'Category A' submission. If you elect to make more than one MOC for a single 'Category A' submission, please keep them in the same entry topic.

Disclaimer: Because so many of the Era 3 rules are still in developement, none of the decisions made during this challenge are binding to the participants. You may change your mind about who you want as your Main Character later.

3 months leaves a lot of time for high quality builds and allows contestants to make several MOCs, detailing their stories for 'Category A'. We also want to encourage new players to join. This will provide ample time for someone to hear about BoBS, read a little lore and join in!

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Category A Index of Entries:

A Suspicious Jungle Stroll - @Keymonus

Down Below - @Keymonus

Ada - @Bricksbypidy

Category B Index of Entries:

Killian Goodwill - @lmcpicture

The Doctor Thaum - @Professor Thaum

Commodore Kane - @NOD

A Feast Fit For A King - @SevenDeadlyStreamers

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Interesting Challenge, I like Jameis Farstrider's Guide to Halos!

Will be Digital entries allowed?

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On 5/4/2024 at 5:17 AM, Jeff of Clubs said:

May 17th - August 16th

So August 16 is the deadline for entries? Or the date when the winners will be announced?

On 5/4/2024 at 5:17 AM, Jeff of Clubs said:

3 months leaves a lot of time for high quality builds

I assume that implies August is the deadline for entries.

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On 5/4/2024 at 5:17 AM, Jeff of Clubs said:

Voting and Prizes:

-1st and 2nd place winners for each category will be selected by the BoBS Brethren Court. The selection will be based on quality of the builds and story-telling rather than quantity of MOCs. Awards will be in-game starting bonuses for Era 3 and maybe a little something extra as it gets sorted down the road.

Ok, so that's voting, but what are the prizes?

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1 hour ago, Mister Phes said:

So August 16 is the deadline for entries? Or the date when the winners will be announced?

I assume that implies August is the deadline for entries.

Correct. I'll clarify that a bit.

 

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Nice challenge, I'll start working on it!
Just a minor point... for part A, must all the entries be 20x20, or is it a minimum size for (at least one of) them?

My only hope is that the leadership plan is not to sink the existing islands in the sea! Reworking the EGS drastically (even erasing the current income completely) would be ok to equilibrate the starting condition of new and old players, but all our islands and settlements have histories that it would be sad to lose!

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I'm curious to see how the factions will work, if PC's can be from all over the world now. Interesting game mechanic for sure, considering what we're currently used to.

Great challenge as well! And a difficult one at that! After X amount of years in BoBS, with various story lines and different characters, I've only recently felt like I've finally been able to 'settle' on a particular one, but the prospect of being able to have a character from all over the world offers interesting perspectives for something new.

Something to ponder for sure!

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2 hours ago, Keymonus said:

Nice challenge, I'll start working on it!
Just a minor point... for part A, must all the entries be 20x20, or is it a minimum size for (at least one of) them?

My only hope is that the leadership plan is not to sink the existing islands in the sea! Reworking the EGS drastically (even erasing the current income completely) would be ok to equilibrate the starting condition of new and old players, but all our islands and settlements have histories that it would be sad to lose!

We'd like to lock the size on this at 20×20 MOCs with stories. This is in an effort to keep the conditions of 'Category A' achievable to as many people as possible, regardless of collection size.

The Lands of Halos WILL endure.

1 hour ago, Khorne said:

I'm curious to see how the factions will work, if PC's can be from all over the world now. Interesting game mechanic for sure, considering what we're currently used to.

It will be handled by players cooperating and using story-telling in game. 'Factions' would organically grow in this way as multiple players come to rely/distrust each others' characters.

1 hour ago, Khorne said:

Great challenge as well! And a difficult one at that! After X amount of years in BoBS, with various story lines and different characters, I've only recently felt like I've finally been able to 'settle' on a particular one, but the prospect of being able to have a character from all over the world offers interesting perspectives for something new.

You may have as many side characters as you like but the gameplay mechanics are geared toward rewarding and following the story of a single character in E3.

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I absolutely think this is one of the best (smaller) challenges in all of BoBS and beyond.

While it cannot rightly take the place of larger story driven challenges, this is something everyone can take part in with a great liberty to choose approach.

Excellent work, and I cannot wait to build for this! :pir-thumb:

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7 hours ago, Bregir said:

I absolutely think this is one of the best (smaller) challenges in all of BoBS and beyond.

Thank ye!:pir-huzzah2:

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Alright, this gives me some motivation to build something. Also nice that it is 20x20, so I can start building again with something small :D

Sooooo, if it is not like E1 and E2 with fixed factions, could this mean...
Rebellions? :pir-sweet: Independency wars? :cannon:

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1 hour ago, Maxim I said:

Sooooo, if it is not like E1 and E2 with fixed factions, could this mean...
Rebellions? :pir-sweet: Independency wars? :cannon:

In regards to you story moc(s)? I don't see why not.

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On 5/18/2024 at 7:52 PM, Jeff of Clubs said:

We'd like to lock the size on this at 20×20 MOCs with stories. This is in an effort to keep the conditions of 'Category A' achievable to as many people as possible, regardless of collection size.

Is it possible that we increase the maximum dimensions to 1 baseplate (32 x 32). 20 x 20 is very small to tell a story (with multiple minifigs, buildings, maybe ships and/or vehicle, other objects...).

Maybe a minimum of 20 x 20 and a maximum of 32 x 32?

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2 hours ago, Bricksbypidy said:

(with multiple minifigs, buildings, maybe ships and/or vehicle, other objects...).

I think that's the point hehe:grin: 

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18 hours ago, Bricksbypidy said:

Is it possible that we increase the maximum dimensions to 1 baseplate (32 x 32). 20 x 20 is very small to tell a story (with multiple minifigs, buildings, maybe ships and/or vehicle, other objects...).

Maybe a minimum of 20 x 20 and a maximum of 32 x 32?

 

16 hours ago, Justsomebrix said:

I think that's the point hehe:grin: 

It is too. The thinking is to encourage the use of multiple smaller MOCs to tell a story and keep the parts demand for participation light.

By all means make a 32×32 but then break it into 4 smaller MOCs and put a frame around them. A 16×16 with a frame that pushes it to 20×20 would count as well.

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35 minutes ago, Jeff of Clubs said:

 

It is too. The thinking is to encourage the use of multiple smaller MOCs to tell a story and keep the parts demand for participation light.

By all means make a 32×32 but then break it into 4 smaller MOCs and put a frame around them. A 16×16 with a frame that pushes it to 20×20 would count as well.

So we keep the 20 x 20 maximum per MOC? Also good, that will be extra puzzling. 

(I was thinking about creating multiple 32 x 32 mocs, before...)

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It's just as many 20×20 mocs as you want to make to tell your story.

The next challenge (TC3) will have a large build category.

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1 hour ago, Jeff of Clubs said:

It's just as many 20×20 mocs as you want to make to tell your story.

The next challenge (TC3) will have a large build category.

Okay. I'll go for multiple 20 x 20 mocs! Thanks. 

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Cat A entries:

 

Edited by Keymonus

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