The fuss is over, the winners chosen, the excitement gone. Time to reflect on February’s contests.
Today’s screenshots are from the Dimensions Challenge: 2013. Mirja@Argent submitted Love Arbor for the for the Class 1- 200 items. Mirja’s dimension was the only entry in that class and so there was no contest. Love Arbor features a romantic retreat for dwarf Fjalar and his cat. Highlights include a picnic with chocolate cake next to a flowering meadow, an inscription in bark (with paw print) and a place for pillow fight.
Dimensions Challenge 2013.
While small in quantity, the quality of entries for the Dimensions Challenge was high. Most of the entries were in the 500 item class, with only one in the 200 item. This likely reflects the difficulty of expressing an idea in just 200 items. Three of the entries were similar in theme yet so very different in personality. It was a good example of how expressive dimensions can be. I enjoyed judging the entries, it made me think about dimensions in a different way, focus in on what qualities make a great dimension.
The contestants seemed to be having a good time, too. Nothing like a challenge to spur creative ideas. I’m sure the readers enjoyed the pictures and the opportunity to visit these dimensions. So the question is, did we enjoy it enough to continue with the challenges? Have your vote in the poll below.
The Joy Of Dimensions
Trion’s contest was an entirely different kettle of fish. With 705 entries and days of voting, The Joy of Dimensions was a major endeavor. There was a certain amount of negativity from dimension community regarding the contest, mostly because of mismatched expectations between Trion and the community.
Trion have a winner with dimensions, a versatile and compelling form of player housing that elevates the pixel home into an art form. It has the potential to draw in new players to Rift and requires a bit of marketing to realise that potential. Tapping into social media by running the contest via Facebook lets Trion reach a new audience. After all, friends of a MMO player are more likely to be interested in an MMO. A popularity contest with voting every day converts the entrants into campaigners for dimensions. I know I rallied my old World of Warcraft buddies to the cause. A Facebook contest makes good sense for Trion.
Dimensioneers want recognition. They want to be seen and they want to be judged on the merits of the dimension they have built, not on the number of friends they have. The Joy of Dimensions did have a merit component, but that part was obscured by the popularity side of the contest. Judging the merit of 705 entrants is a daunting task and not to Trion’s advantage. Merit based contests are the domain of the community itself (like the contests run by this blog and the website, Dimensions) where the judges are peers of the entrants and have educated themselves on what makes a great dimension.
A contest is judged a success when both sides receive a benefit from the competition. Trion gained publicity and new players, hopefully in sufficient numbers to justify running a dimensions contest again. Dimensioneers gained a showcase for their dimensions. I toured many dimensions I may not have otherwise seen based on the pages of the contest entries. Many of the best dimensions did receive recognition by rising to the top of the list, for popularity and merit are not mutually exclusive. Some of us received much coveted prizes (lets not talk about the soulbound spiral morel or village lamppost here – I still glare every time I see them taking precious space in my bank vault).
Best of all the dimensions community got a boost. For all its controversy, The Joy Of Dimensions got us talking to each other, gave us a better sense of who the players were and what they were up to dimension wise. All in all, I think the dimensions community came out the biggest winner. We’ll be seeing the benefits of The Joy of Dimensions for a long time.