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2008 MacGuyver of Haunting Challenge
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These are the rules for the 2008 MacGuyver of Haunting Challenge. As time progresses, these rules may be amended to answer any questions or to alleviate any concerns that arise during the course of this contest.

Please read all of these rules carefully and post any questions or concerns you may have to this thread and it will be addressed.

Entries that don't meet the following criteria will not be considered as a valid entry for the contest. Even if you have the slightest concern that your entry may not meet any of these criteria, or have a question you need answered about a ruling, please contact Zombie-F via PM before building your project.

CHALLENGE RULES
The following rules must be adhered to to ensure your entry is considered for judging. Please read them all carefully and feel free to ask any questions about them in this thread.

Required Items
In building your prop, you must use at least five of the following ten items listed:
  1. Plastic Soda Bottles
  2. Wire Hangers
  3. Coffee Cans
  4. Duct Tape
  5. Balloons
  6. Roll On Deodorant Balls
  7. Cotton Balls
  8. Twine
  9. Broom
  10. Styrofoam Packing Material

Do NOT include the value of the preceding ten items in your prop's final cost. These ten items are considered free. You may use these items in any quantity, in their entirety, or just parts of them (i.e. the handle of the broom, but not the bristles). Regardless of quantity, you must use at least five different items from the above list.

You may use other materials in addition to these ten items, but you must use at least five of these ten items in your creation.

General Rules
  • One entry per person.
  • The site admin, moderators, prize sponsors, and winners of the previous prop challenge are not eligible to win prizes in the current challenge. The previously mentioned are still permitted to make an item and showcase it, but entries from such users are not eligible for prizes.
  • All entries must be newly built items. No previously built creations will be allowed.
  • An entrant MUST have at least 30 new posts on the forums between August 1st, 2008 and September 30th, 2008. That means new members and inactive members must be active on the forums between now and the end of the contest to be qualified to enter.
  • Banned members and members banned at any time during the course of this contest are not eligible to enter or win. Entries by such members will be removed from judging.
  • Entrants MUST post a new thread containing photos and details on how the prop entered was built in this forum. This new thread must contain a price breakdown of all parts involved as well as at least one picture of the finished prop (link to external photo or video okay). This thread will not appear to the public until it has been approved by the site admin. Do not repost your entry unless asked to by the site admin.
  • The deadline for entry in the challenge is September 30th, 2008. Your entry must be posted before the end of the day on September 30th. The "End of the Day" is defined as 11:59 PM EDT.
  • Entries must include a summary of how the prop was created and a list of supplies used. Detailed tutorials are welcome but not required.
  • The list of supplies must specify the cost of each item (minus cost of the 10 "required" items), and the cost must total $30 USD or less (or "close enough" to within $1 over cost). If you live outside the US, you must convert your prop's value from your native currency to USD.
  • Supply prices must be reasonable - For instance, using a Bucky skeleton that someone gave you or "sold" you for $3 isn't fair. Use your head and some common sense here. Fair market value will govern over the majority of high-ticket items in this contest. Site admin will have final say on this matter, so please check with Zombie-F before moving forward.
  • Entrants who make castings from a mold will be required to include the cost of the original item in their price breakdown as well as the cost of the material the castings are made from. Basically, you had to buy that item in order to reproduce it, so you need to include it in your price breakdown.
  • All commercially available items obtained from scrap will have a value associated with it. This value has been deemed to be 30% of it's original cost. For instance, if you obtain a 4 foot length of 2" x 4" lumber, it's value will be equal to it's off the shelf value (we'll say $1.50 for this example) multiplied by .3. Therefore, its value would be 1.5 * .3 = 0.45.
  • Expendable items such as glue and spray foam can be pro-rated (i.e. if you only use half a can of something, only bill half of the cost of the can to the project).
  • Shipping costs to obtain materials shall not be included in your total cost to build. Feel free to obtain stuff from eBay or online vendors and only count the cost of the item towards the total.
  • All new entry threads in this forum will be moderated by Zombie-F before appearing. This is to ensure only valid contest entries make it into the contest.
  • On October 1st, 2008, a poll will be created and a 7 day period of voting will take place. The HauntForum users at large vote on the top three entries. The winner will receive the Grand Prize listed below. Two runners up will also receive prizes listed below.
  • All participants in the contest must not vote for their own entry. You are required to vote for someone else's item as a courtesy, and to help avoid a multi-way tie. A vote for your own item nullifies your entry and you are not eligible to win a prize.
  • All votes will have their ip addresses checked. If a user appears to be registering numerous accounts to spike their vote, they will be disqualified.

COST OF COMMONLY SCRAPPED ITEMS
The following is to be considered a standard price for wood and foam commonly obtained from scrap. If you bought the item new you are to use it's full cost in your price breakdown. These prices are for scrap items only. Please be honest when using these prices.
  • 1"x2" lumber: $0.05 per foot
  • 2"x4" lumber: $0.08 per foot
  • Plywood: $0.20 per square foot
  • 1" thick insulation foam: $0.14 per square foot
  • 2" thick insulation foam: $0.29 per squrare foot

PRIZES
As of this moment, we are seeking out prize donations from our sponsors. Please be patient until this list is fully populated.

Grand Prize

First Runner-Up

Second Runner-Up

Now, start your engines and let the madness begin!

Prize packages may be subject to change over the course of the contest.
 
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