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Old 29-06-2006, 03:57 PM   #1
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Default What challenge would you like to see?

The last few challenges have seen very few entries, in my opinion. I just thought I'd ask what you folks would like to see for future challenges? What would get you excited to actually join in if you haven't before?

Is it the challenge themes?

You don't like the prizes offered?

Two months isn't long enough? (:p)

Something else?
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Old 29-06-2006, 04:29 PM   #2
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definatly the themes.

Also, I think (imho) that 2 mos is too long. I (personally) get discouraged if I start out at the 2 week mark... I can't keep a project that long. Even a bit shorter (1 month? 1 month 2 weeks?) would be better.

But the themes... I just don't like 'em. I liked the old ones with game characters- make a game character, texture him, rig possibly, whateva, that would have been fun. Also the realistic inorganic ones were cool. I think my skills now are 10x better than they were, and I would like to try my hand at that.

Prizes are G R E A T! (imho, again). $400 for winning? That's definatly cool (for me at least)

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Old 29-06-2006, 04:48 PM   #3
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I know why you ask that. The more impressive is on the simplymax website where no one take part of this challenge:hug:

Personaly, I love challenge themes you give every two months.

Prizes are quite enough for it. Who don't love cash prizes?

The thing to do is to make announcement of a challenge in other 3D community websites ( I can try on the french community personnaly if you want).

Publicity around this event is the key I think.

And the summer is there. Some are in holydays and others want to take a break after their job, enjoy the great weather.

Personnaly, keep the challenge the same way. It's great.

P.S : Hope to be understand with my poor level in english

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Old 29-06-2006, 05:33 PM   #4
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a one month mark would keep people more motivated to actually finish.

maybe , hardware [or DVDS] instead of cash as prizes.

glad you're guys are not just shutting down the challenge forums entirely.
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What about breaking the prizes into 1st, 2nd etc depending on entries?

That might give people more chance to get something from entering?

I liked the Idea of the realistic modeling and rendering comp's but thats my opinion.
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Old 29-06-2006, 08:53 PM   #6
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(This is kinda responding to all 3 threads and the comments I've received so far)

At the moment we do kind of have a first and 2nd place prize in the Normal and Newbie category. We cant really afford 1st, 2nd, and 3rd for both categories, except maybe just to mention them as "honorable mentions". Which is lame.

I could, however, see doing away with categories and then doing more of a traditional 1st, 2nd, and 3rd lineup.

As for the themes, i personally think they are pretty varied. Being a game artist myself, I'd LOVE to just make them all game art contests, haha. But i realize not everyone does that kind of stuff. But perhaps they are too varied? Maybe I need to stick with modeling/texturing challenges for the most part with maybe an animation or something else thrown in now and then rather than trying to do something different every time?

Perhaps the challenges are too long? The reason why some of the themes are a bit more challenging (the transformer, for example) is that you have two whole months to do it. Maybe 1 month challenges with simpler themes, (but, as a consequence, with smaller prizes) would work?

One of the reasons we went to a cash grand prize as opposed to hardware and such is that due to the international, world-wide nature of those who enter these challenges, we've had difficulty actually getting the prizes to some people in the past due to their being in some rather hard to reach places. Money however can be transferred fairly simply. And then the winners can of course spend it as they wish.

One possibility might be a prize offered but with the warning that depending on the availibility of the prize to the region of the winner's location, a money substitute may be sent instead? Of course, some folks would be upset I'm sure if they enter for a cool video card only to find they get the money instead... although they could then go use that money for the card, but I digress.

I agree that a bit more noticeability on the site could be cool.

Thoughts?
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Old 29-06-2006, 09:20 PM   #7
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Hey Mike

I think that the cash idea would be the best option, as you say hardware can be a pain to ship and the cash could be spent on a night out etc if hte winner wishes!!

When I suggested the 1st 2nd and 3rd I was refering to distrubuting the $400, say $250 for 1st, $100 for 2nd and $50 for 3rd. amd say for the Newb prize having points given to them with the same weighting??

Or what about having catagories for the comps, for example with the animation

Cat 1 (beginner)

Create a walk cycle for a character with expressions suiting the model

Cat 2 (intermediate)

Creating a walk and a (say) jump, punch, kick cycle

Cat 3 (Expert)

Create the above with an extreme movement (such as a special move)

With the entrent specifiing the cat that they want and the prizes to suit, based on the money for the top catagory, and then distrubution of DVD's or points for the other sections

e.g - Points worth based on a DVD download that would be an advantage to the winner of the catagory??

Just a bit of a mind dump here!!
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Old 29-06-2006, 11:12 PM   #8
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I enjoy the challenges as its helping me to learn all the varied areas instead of just sticking to modelling. The variety is cool too as it pushes you to do other things - is this bad for most newbies who just want to make game models though?

Maybe as suggested splitting the money across first and second or first, second and third would help encourage people to try more. It can be a little offputting when you work your guts out and then the winner is not who you expected (not saying that is wrong, it is just a bit discouraging).

I dont have a problem with the timespan for the current challenges but if you were to simplify each challenge then maybe a shorter timespan could be acceptable.

As already mentioned visibility will always help
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Old 29-06-2006, 11:27 PM   #9
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yeah... and if you have to do a 1 month competition running on $200 that would be fine for me too... $125 is a lot of money (for me at least...).

But yes... I agree with the comps being a bit TOO varied.
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hey

This is just an idea but maybe you could make the different catagories get longer or shorter time to finmish. soo the noobs could get 2 months and the norms could get 1 or somthing like that...

also, you could make two comps similar. so if the last one was an inorganic moddeling one the next one could also be an inorganic modeling one with a different parameters to it.
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i also would like to see charchter design
with textures, withouth animation
just the model
and the prizes are just fine
i think 1 month for a low poly model is long enough
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The cash prizes are great and i love the1st , 2nd & 3rd concept. The compitions could be cut short to a month
i would like to see inorganic modeling and texturing as rigging and animation is not liked by all
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Old 30-06-2006, 02:58 PM   #13
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I personally prefered the shorter time span of one month, I think the prizes are great and just fine as is but if you wanted to spread them over more entries that would be ok too.

I can't really speak for others but the Animation challenges are a real turn off for me and might well be for beginners as it's not something you can learn very quickly.

Low poly modeling is another slight turnoff as again it's something that takes time to learn ( learning to model is easier with unlimited polycount but much harder to model the same thing with half the polys).
I am not saying you shouldn't set those challenges ,just a little less frequent I think.

Just my thoughts.

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Old 30-06-2006, 11:29 PM   #14
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Personally I think the challenge themes that I have seen have been great - I really don't have any problem with an animation themed challenge - the only reason I didn't enter the last two was due to work. As long as the challenge has something to do maya then that's good enough for me, though I wouldn't mind seeing another high poly challenge and maybe some sort of interior modelling challenge as well.

Having a one month challenge sounds interesting and should definitely help motivate people to stick with it. Maybe we could do one month challenges with a two month challenge thrown in every now and again.

As for prizes I think that it's best to stick with cash for all of the reasons stated above. Hardware would be nice, but it seems like a lot of extra hassle.

I also think that getting the gallery up and running again would help get people motivated and also attract more people to the site. Sorry - I am sure you are sick of hearing about the gallery!

Anyway, thanks mtmckinley for keeping the challenge sessions going - they are a big help and definitely a big part of simply maya. :bow:

cheers!
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Iīm with some others here - time should be shorter to complete. a month would be more than enough. and one thing which comes to my mind from my first competition is - a year ago or something - someone from not this forum but from simplymax won the prize. donīt know if thatīs still procedure but I think prizes should be limited to one forum only if itīs possible..?
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