1. Is the CCL host permitted to vote in the finals?
2. Do we allow ties in the final poll?
3. Should the voting stay open until the last possible second, or close now out of courtesy to this month's host?
Thanks, Flatline. It's all cool. You weren't the only one with the same basic opinion, and you're entitled to have it heard. It's a tad disappointing that my challenges haven't been received well, but that's just how it turned out. Like I said, lessons learned.
In other news, if Raiku_Rider gives the go-ahead, I'll close the round.
In other OTHER news, I live directly in the path of Hurricane Harvey, which is projected to make landfall as a category 3 tomorrow afternoon. I've got a safe place to go a bit inland, but power might be out for some time. I'd love to be able to post the final round before that, but if not, I've PMed Moss Elemental the challenge I had planned, so someone else can take over hosting duty if I go AWOL for a few days.
I for one like these narrow challenges better than the regular "design a card, but it has to have words on it" challenges. I recognize that there's problems with them and apparently the larger portion of designers on here like the broad ones. But let it be known that I liked every round so far very much and I'm super happy with where the rounds got me. Sure, there's not much variance you can do with the Morphlings, but now the little details matter. Sure, indestructible seems like the obvious choice, as does menace for the black Morphling. But I actually replaced menace with skulk now, so maybe there's something else instead of indestructible which could make things different. That's still exciting and will show which of us can still be creative within little space.
Exactly this, yes. All of the challenges so far are ones I myself would enjoy banging my head against. It's when creativity is deemed impossible or irrelevant that mine is inspired the most. It appears that the prevailing preference for contest design differs substantially from this, and any future challenges I come up with will reflect this information.
On a totally unrelated note, I may be without power for much of the weekend. Would anyone not competing in the Top 5 be willing to act as backup host for scoring this round and posting the finals if I am conspicuously absent by the deadline?
EDIT: Actually, if all of the entrants would like, we can just end the round now, and get straight to critiques. It's gotta be unanimous, though.
I went to bed last night before round 4 was posted and when I woke up, pretty much every possible entry for the challenges had been made already...
Yeah, I kinda already warned about being too boxed in with challenge ideas. There is little creativity in designing another morphling, as the cycle is so strict. A contest without creativity and uniqueness doesn't leave room for any of us to show who has the talent.
It seems like everyone shares this same basic opinion. The criticism of this month's challenges has been duly noted, both by me, and I'm sure by other potential contest hosts. Hopefully, my unpopular challenges will end up improving the quality of subsequent CCLs for this reason. If you'll just soldier through this round, the finals will be free from the kinds of specific constraints of the previous rounds, and then I'll be waiting to try hosting again until I've had more time to observe and participate as a designer.
Related note: I have been awarding 2 points for critiques per round, as-per my conversation with void-nothing earlier in this thread, and as-stated in each round I've posted so far. Regardless of what's decided going forward, I think it's only fair to continue that trend this month.
On the other hand, I'm getting a little tired of being boxed in with these challenges. If your round one wasn't ideal, it's starting to become a significant disadvantage since every challenge so far requires referencing it. If the whole month is just going to be fleshing out the same cycles, it is both predictable and extremely constricting in a way that is pretty unfun, as it doesn't push creativity or provide much opportunity to fix mistakes. Creating a proper, recognizable vertical or horizontal cycle after already presenting half of either cycle kind hard locks what you can do.
It's also a little difficult to structure challenges this way in the CCL, as the first two preliminary rounds (in theory) aren't mandatory to participant in both. Having all the parts from those rounds continue forward in this way can create issues.
I think the overall structure to what you're doing might fit the MCC better, since the overall structure is mandatory step after step, but should also offer more room to maneuver and reinvent what you're doing throughout the month. If you want decisions to matter from round to round, something more thematic like what void_nothing did this July plays a lot more fun since your decisions restrict what you can pick from in the future but didn't force you to use the same mechanic over and over if it was received with mixed reviews.
Yeah - I was really scared when I'd first read the challenge. I thought I'd have to design both cycles.
Let it be known that this is the last round that makes direct callbacks to previous designs.
Before posting Round 3, I had the the benefit of knowing that all qualifying designers submitted entries for both of the first 2 rounds. If that hadn't been the case, this round's challenge wouldn't have been the same.
Yeah I can only blame myself for gaining no points in R2, that was a really dumb error. Well ok I'll blame the designer of Augury Adept for not knowing their hybrid theory, and Maro for not immediately smacking him/her over the head and telling them to start over.
That said, are you accounting for the fact that not everyone had all six people judging them? In R1 I had two judges with a no show, and poor netn10 only had three people judge his card!
Yes, that's accounted for. The formula is essentially just "Total points divided by possible points," And then I express it as a percentage for easier parsing.
PS. The designers with the fewest judges across both rounds (who entered both rounds) each had the potential for 24 total points (not counting bonus points). There were six such designers, and you weren't one of them (You had 27 possible points). The most points possible for an entrant was 30, and there were three such cases. The spread wasn't really that wide, but it was definitely accounted for.
Thank you. It was a freak dizzy spell accompanied by nausea. Probably related to stress, allergies, and sleep deprivation. It was all I could do to stumble into bed. Feeling totally normal today, so expect results and Round 3 in about 3-4 hours.