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CLOSED Design your own LEGO Halo Set Contest (Judging Underway)

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Ạlǝx is a group administrator Ạlǝx says:

“Troopers, listen up, the Covenant have been constantly defeating us in multiple skirmishes in the outer colonies, and we need something to repel their Mega Bloks creations and sets. It’s time for us to organize and attack.

Your mission is simple. The main objective is to create a LEGO Halo set that will help comply with the standards of the four categories we have set for you. Good Luck.”


That’s right folks; it’s time for another contest. Lately, the group has not been as active as we’d hoped, and Ewok in Disguise and I have decided that a contest is in order. As stated above, you are to design and create an official LEGO Halo set, to meet the requirements of the four categories we have set. These categories include:

- $3.99 Impulse set
- $10.99 Battle pack
- $29.99 set
- $49.99 set

For each of the four categories, there will be a 1st place winner, a 2nd place winner, and a 3rd place winner. For each category there are certain standards that we have set up, and entries that do not comply with these standards will be disqualified. All entries must be NEW creations, and no previously built creations will be accepted. LDD or digital entries are NOT permitted. Custom accessories like BrickArms and BrickForge are allowed, but will be counted as a piece. One entry per person in whatever category you’d like. You can enter multiple categories, but only one entry in each one.

Deadline: Today, July 6th, 2010 – September 22nd, 2010 (MIdnight PST)

Requirements – All entries must include piece count, title, and which category they are entering, and a description. You may use vehicles and units from Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo Wars. Graphic novels and anime such as Halo Legends ARE permitted. No Halo Reach entries will be allowed.

Impulse: For the Impulse category the requirements are simple: Create an impulse set for either the UNSC Forces, or the Covenant forces. Some official impulses include the 7953 Court Jester. You must stick to these guidelines:

- 1 minifigure or brick-built Covenant alien (depending on your entry)
- Must be between 10-30 pieces

(Ex. UNSC Marine; 23 pieces, $3.99 impulse)

Battle pack: For the battle pack category, think of sets like the 8083 Rebel Trooper Battle Pack, for either the Covenant or UNSC forces. The guidelines for this category are:

- Up to 4 minifigures, or brick-built aliens
- Must be between 40-90 pieces

(Ex. 4 UNSC Marines and a Mongoose, or an Elite and 3 Grunts with a Ghost.)

71010 Capture the Flag by The Magic Tuba Pixie

Here's an example of a $10.99 set, made by the Magic Tuba Pixie.

$29.99 set: If you’re entering this category, some examples include the 8036 Separatist Shuttle, or the 8091 Republic Swamp Speeder. The guidelines for this category are:

- 2-4 minifigures or brick-built aliens
- Must be between 160-260 pieces

(Ex. Covenant Wraith with 2 Elites.)

$49.99 set: This category is the biggest one, and some sets you may want to have in mind when entering this category are the 8018 Armored Assault Tank (AAT) and the 5973 Hyper speed Pursuit. The guidelines are:

- 3-5 minifigures and/or brick-built aliens
- Must be between 350-500 pieces

(Ex. Scorpion Tank against a shade turret.)

Prizes: BrickArms has agreed to send us some accessories to hand out to the winners of each category. Prizes will be handed out to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of each category. Once I have the prizes in my possession, I will post a picture of them.



Judging: The judges are ElNickre, Ewok in Disguise, and myself, as well as Vid' and Sam(us). We will be judging based on the pieces used, the creativity, photography, and overall presentation.

Got questions? Our FAQ thread has answers and reference sites to help you complete your mission, use it.

You’ve been briefed soldier, now get out there and build; we’ve got a war to win.

ADMIN: Here's the FM I sent to all of the judges, just to give everybody an idea of what to expect:

It's almost that time!

We'll be judging based on the following categories:

Value (30%): The amount of stuff we get for the price. If it were available, would you say, "That's a rip-off!", or "That's a great deal!"?

Playability (20%): Value plays a part in this, but so do minifigs, and play features. Look through the full photoset of each entry to find any play features not seen in the entry picture.

Design (40%) Because we can't actually play with these sets ourselves, we'll have to use the available pictures of each entry to infer the structural integrity of each model. Does something look firm and solid, or flimsy with questionable connections and difficult-to-replicate techniques? And most importantly, even given all of these characteristics, does the set still look good?

Wow Factor (10%) Includes presentation, description, photography, creativity, and overall awesomeness. These are the points you award when you feel an entry is a cut above the rest but can't figure out why.

To make judging move a bit quicker, only send me your top five scores in each category. If tiebreakers are necessary, I'll ask for a few more scores.

Once the winners have been decided, please write a short rationale (1-2 sentences) explaining what you like about each winner. I'll select the best one for each entry for the results topic.

I expect the process to take 2-3 weeks, given high school, real life, and Halo: Reach. If there's anything I left out or any questions you have, please reply :)

-Jack (EiD)
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-Annihilator- says:

I'm in! I'll start right away!
57 months ago (permalink)

Apeta [deleted] says:

I'm gonna do an impulse! Hehehehe.....I know exactly what to do.
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legomocs. says:

I'm in this for sure!
57 months ago (permalink)

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Naʇe says:

I've got a great idea, impulse will be awesome.
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Ironsniper says:

I'm definitely doing this!
57 months ago (permalink)

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ViroM says:

Ah yes! Bricklink here I come. I just hope this one isnt a flop like the last one though.
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Real Terminal says:

I,ll be able to use those new Star Wars apck peices.
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Aroŋ. says:

Definitely in!
57 months ago (permalink)

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Specter428 says:

I might enter.
57 months ago (permalink)

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Kirilo says:

Oh yeah, I'm in.
57 months ago (permalink)

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•TEO• (FG1) says:

i'm going to enter. but i'm going to wait a couple weeks to see what i'm up against.
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TLM the GWKY says:

Impulse for me, already made some to decide on.
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Suit-Team says:

I might enter cause I want the pieces
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Da-Puma says:

Awesome, I'm joining :-)
57 months ago (permalink)

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Ạlǝx is a group administrator Ạlǝx says:

Make sure you guys read ALL the rules before entering, many of you aren't. :/
57 months ago (permalink)

.neuron [deleted] says:

You should really put up a message that says.

"Right lads - a lot of you aren't reading the rules, and to be honest, your pissing the Brits off. Yes, that's right. The Brits. Now, you don't want to piss them off, in case they come and spill boiling hot tea on you.

So, to prevent this - could you please start reading the all of the rules before posting an entry? Thanks in advance."
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Ạlǝx is a group administrator Ạlǝx says:

Done.
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Joshgh7 says:

Damn, need to wait till I have the camera!
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Ạlǝx is a group administrator Ạlǝx says:

This thread should always remain recent, so that you guys can look over the rules.
57 months ago (permalink)

Apeta [deleted] says:

Okay.
57 months ago (permalink)

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Ƥyᴙosaur says:

Are we allowed to have more than one minifigure for the impulse set if it is still under 30 peices?
57 months ago (permalink)

Apeta [deleted] says:

I don't think so, because Lego impulses don't have more have one minifigs.
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Ƥyᴙosaur says:

Okay, well I'll just have one, then.
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Ạlǝx is a group administrator Ạlǝx says:

Please, no more questions. I'm tired of answering questions. Read the rules, and looks at the examples we have set up for you.
57 months ago (permalink)

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Ewok in Disguise is a group administrator Ewok in Disguise says:

I'll answer questions, but only in the FAQ thread.

Some great entries so far: keep them coming! But remember playability: lauching missiles, opening cockpits, humans vs Covenant, etc.
57 months ago (permalink)

Sᴀɴᴅᴇя [deleted] says:

Do you need to make a box cover ? I have NO idea how to do that !
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Ƥyᴙosaur says:

^No, you don't need boxart, read the FAQ.
57 months ago (permalink)

Sᴀɴᴅᴇя [deleted] says:

oh , Ok Thanks =D
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Da-Puma says:

I just looked and the other entries don't say what game there from either.
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Ạlǝx is a group administrator Ạlǝx says:

I'll edit those in. Those entries are easy to classify. But you don't need to state what game it's from if it's an impulse set.
57 months ago (permalink)

Sᴀɴᴅᴇя [deleted] says:

Can it also be Red Vs. Blue ?
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Ạlǝx is a group administrator Ạlǝx says:

Read the rules, and stop asking questions. Is Red vs Blue on the list of things you can use? No.
57 months ago (permalink)

Sᴀɴᴅᴇя [deleted] says:

Damn ! there goes my Entry ! >=(
57 months ago (permalink)

Sᴀɴᴅᴇя [deleted] says:

Wait , but Capture the flag can ? Wow thats really fair
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Sᴀɴᴅᴇя [deleted] says:

But what if the Red vs. Blue set is a 29,99 set ?
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Ạlǝx is a group administrator Ạlǝx says:

Capture the flag was an example, and you CAN do that because it's in ALL of the Halo games. You entries don't need to be from campaign, you know. And no, no red vs blue.
57 months ago (permalink)

Sᴀɴᴅᴇя [deleted] says:

I don't mean from The Red Vs. Blue Series . I mean the Blue Team Against the red team on (Ex.) Valhalla . Not from the series
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Ạlǝx is a group administrator Ạlǝx says:

Then yes, you can. I thought you were talking about the series.
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Sᴀɴᴅᴇя [deleted] says:

Nono , i knew that you couldn't make It about the series =D
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mhankerpwn says:

Hey question here, Can the battlepack be a flood battlepack?
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-Annihilator- says:

^ Yes, yes indeed it can be.
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mhankerpwn says:

^ Nice.
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Ạlǝx is a group administrator Ạlǝx says:

READ THE FAQ THREAD
57 months ago (permalink)

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Zeessi says:

^ (A link would be nice somewhere in the thread for easy access purposes, just sayin') ;)
57 months ago (permalink)

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QuadAssassinCustoms says:

y no halo REACH!!!!!!
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Skinny Pete Deux says:

^ To quote Alex R.:

"Reach isn't out yet, and I'd rather have entries from games that are out, to avoid people posting entries and saying they're from Reach, and in reality, we don't know if they really are or not, because the game is not out yet."

And the FAQ Thread.
57 months ago (permalink)

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QuadAssassinCustoms says:

well i was just going to do a Impulse on reach and ive played the beta sooooooo
and how do u do that box theme desine

ADMIN: Two things: please don't double post (just edit your original post), and please take the time to use proper grammar and punctuation. It's worth it, trust me.

And to use the box art thoughtfully released by our members, simply delete the background of your entry in Photoshop, copy the remaining image, and paste it over the box art. I believe Adobe has a free trial version if you don't own a copy of the software.

ADMIN EDIT AGAIN: You can't do a Halo: Reach entry, you know that, right?
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Star-Screamer says:

impulse set are 5-7 dollars where i live, could i use that price on mine?
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Ạlǝx is a group administrator Ạlǝx says:

^ No, you can't, you can use the price we gave you.
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Skinny Pete Deux says:

I feel sorry for you Alex, this seems to be an exercise in redundancy. -_-
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Bullseyebricks.com says:

I have some major questions.
1. How many pieces does a minifig count as?
2. Can I do halo reach entries?
3. Can I use custom items like brickarms and brickforge?
4. Do my covenant aliens count for pieces in the impluse category?

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Star-Screamer says:

^^^ now that i thought about it, it was a pretty stupid question to begin with.
57 months ago (permalink)

.neuron [deleted] says:

Pissing hell.

The guidelines are there, and it's highly likely someone else has asked the question as well in the FAQ thread. It's pitiful, and you should all be ashamed for filling up the thread with more useless posts.

/facedesk
57 months ago (permalink)

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ElNickre is a group administrator ElNickre says:

At this point I'm tempted to just eliminate the rules and let people build whatever the hell they want to.

No. More. Questions. The purpose of this contest is to get you building, so why don't you all just try it?
57 months ago (permalink)

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Ạlǝx is a group administrator Ạlǝx says:

Urgent Announcement! The Enigma that is Badger has agreed to send me prizes to hand out to the winners! Since BrickForge never replied to my PMs, the prizes will just be brickarms.

Now, enter, enter, enter!

56 months ago (permalink)

~spectre [deleted] says:

I would enter, but I know I stand no chance . . . . :P

The fact that I have no form/shape of any type of Halo armor adds to the part about not standing a chance.
56 months ago (permalink)

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Ƥyᴙosaur says:

^Who cares if you can't win? It will still be fun to try and make something.
56 months ago (permalink)

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Ạlǝx is a group administrator Ạlǝx says:

The prizes are here!



Thanks to the enigma that is badger for these amazing prizes!
56 months ago (permalink)

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Brian Rinker says:

Sooooooo, now that my contest is almost over i can have my life back and build something for other contests. With that said i must ask, (lol, you guys sure do love questions) is it possible to place and win prizes in more than one category? I spent the last 10 minutes reading up on the rules so if this question has already been answered you have permission to scornfully mock me ;)
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Ạlǝx is a group administrator Ạlǝx says:

Yes, you can, Atin.

ADMIN: but in fairness to all competitors, we'll try to make sure as many people get a prize as possible :)

-Ewok
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Condor. says:

Too late for an Entry, by chance?
56 months ago (permalink)

.neuron [deleted] says:

Deadline: Today, July 6th, 2010 – September 20th, 2010

Read the post.
56 months ago (permalink)

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Condor. says:

Alrighty, Thank ya' kindly.
56 months ago (permalink)

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Chaffeem says:

I've made a battle pack of micro covenant vehicles, will it still fit the category?
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Ewok in Disguise is a group administrator Ewok in Disguise says:

^I don't see why not :) Sounds like an interesting idea!
56 months ago (permalink)

Villa~ [deleted] says:

I'm joining :P
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Zåch says:

hey alex, my marines are the same design as yours, can i enter them? or will i 'loose points'
56 months ago (permalink)

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Zåch says:

also, in the $29.99 set, you say, 2-4 minifigs, yet both example sets show 5 minifigures, can we put in 5?
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Ạlǝx is a group administrator Ạlǝx says:

You can use my marine design, sure. And those were example of like how a $29.99 set should look, but you can only have up to 4 minifigs.
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Zåch says:

okay, thats cool, i actually lost the pieces that i was going to make the 5th mini figure out of.
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K. Jewell says:

Im in
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Zåch says:

im just getting my entry together now, and i am waiting on a bricklink order around the 15th of september, you mention in the FAQ that there will be a 1-2 week difference on the ending date of the 22nd, can you do me a favor, and not close the competition until my entry is up
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Ạlǝx is a group administrator Ạlǝx says:

Absolutely not. If your entry isn't up on September 22, then you can't enter after that.
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Zåch says:

okay, thats cool, closing the competition early is more what i am worried about
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Naʇe says:

Why would that happen?
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Zåch says:

because in the FAQ is states that there will be a 1-2 week difference in the competition finishing depending on how many entries there are
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Ạlǝx is a group administrator Ạlǝx says:

That 1-2 week difference is for judging. The competition closes on September 22nd. Then there will be 1-2 weeks of judging, and then the results.
56 months ago (permalink)

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Zåch says:

oh, i see, thats fair, i was just worried because my entry relies on a bricklink order than should get in around the 19th
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Arabrick says:

damn the only 2 good designs r my falcon and pelican. The pelican's way 2 big 2 be part of the contest and my falcon is not permitted but im just sayin i read the books and falcon's r in it lol
56 months ago (permalink)

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Lord Devane says:

OK, I'm in. Wish me luck! It's not like I'll need it......
56 months ago (permalink)

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Jayfourke says:

OK, just an FYI, my large entry is done, here. Thing is, I've no idea how many pieces are in it, so it's gonna be a day or two while I shred the model, estimate how many pieces there are, and then use any spare peices to build a few grunts with fuel rod cannons or something like that.

www.flickr.com/photos/10606714@N05/4951665247/

Just letting you know so that you see that the design of the ship will be the same.
56 months ago (permalink)

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John Moffatt says:

I know that I'm more than a little late with this question, but are Flood entries allowed in the contest? I haven't seen any
55 months ago (permalink)

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Apetɐ says:

Yes, I'm sure that they are.
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Ewok in Disguise is a group administrator Ewok in Disguise says:

*Bump* This is your last day to enter! I've edited the topic with some judging info for your reading enjoyment. And because I doubt anyone will still be awake at midnight PST (although you never know), we'll be DQ'ing any late entries. No fair sneaking in last minute entries, guys! Thanks for participating, and I'll get the results out as son as I can :)
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K. Jewell says:

^Wait is it eastern time where you are its only 9:58pm where i am?
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Brian Rinker says:

Hey! You stole that title from me ;)
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Ewok in Disguise is a group administrator Ewok in Disguise says:

^Guilty as charged ;)

^^No, it's not midnight in CA yet, either: I'm just getting this out now so I can go to sleep.
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legomocs. says:

...I expect the process to take 2-3 weeks, given high school, real life, and Halo: Reach. If there's anything I left out or any questions you have, please reply :)

I couldn't help but laugh XD

EDIT: I have a question, why does it say on the front page that contest ends on the 22nd, but on this thread, it says it ends on the 20th??
Which one is it??
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Ạlǝx is a group administrator Ạlǝx says:

It ends the 22nd.
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legomocs. says:

Ah, Okay ; )
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Ewok in Disguise is a group administrator Ewok in Disguise says:

22nd! WHAT? Sorry guys, communication error. I'll edit the topic >.>
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legomocs. says:

^ "22th?" I think you mean the 22nd... >.>

:P
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K. Jewell says:

Have it up around 10
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Ewok in Disguise is a group administrator Ewok in Disguise says:

^^Gosh darn it ;)
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legomocs. says:

Do I lose points for pestering you about the date? >_>
<_<

; )
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Ạlǝx is a group administrator Ạlǝx says:

The contest is now over, and the judging process shall begin shortly, good luck to those who entered!
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Beta Notus says:

"I expect the process to take 2-3 weeks, given high school, real life, and Halo: Reach. If there's anything I left out or any questions you have, please reply :)" (EiD)

I love how literate people are nowadays...
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The Brick Bros. says:

Wait a minute, isn't the contest over at midnight? Or is the time based in a different time-zone? I'm confused.
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legomocs. says:

^It ended on the 22nd, that means at 12:01 a.m. this morning.
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Sᴀɴᴅᴇя [deleted] says:

pffiuww ... Right on time :D i posted the last entry :D
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