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These are the rules for the 2012 edition of the $20 Prop 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 these criteria, or if you have a question you need answered about a ruling, please contact Zombie-F via PM before construction of your project.

The purpose of this challenge is to build a prop for $20 or less that anyone else could also go out and also build for $20 or less. This means associating a cost with every item you use in the build. There are a few exceptions to this for items that anyone can obtain for free (examples are given below, near bottom).

Continuing on with adding a theme to these challenges, this year's theme is to hack a Christmas Decoration or Prop and turn it into a Halloween prop. Hanukkah decor will also be accepted.

The cost of your Christmas decor and/or Christmas props is not counted towards your total cost with a maximum of three Christmas items. These three items are considered "free." Items beyond three will have to have their value added to your build material costs.

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

  • The theme for this contest is "Hacked Christmas Decor and Props"
  • All entries must be received by the end of the day (Eastern Time) on May 8th, 2012.
  • One entry per person/per household.
  • The site admin, moderators, prize sponsors, and their families are not eligible to win prizes in this challenge. They are still permitted to make an item, but entries from such users is simply for the purpose of "show and tell" only.
  • The winners of the previous prop challenge are not eligible to win prizes in the current challenge. They are still permitted to make an item, but entries from such users is simply for the purpose of "show and tell" only.
  • All entries must be newly built items. No previously built creations will be allowed.
  • All entrants MUST have at least 30 new posts on the forums between March 4th, 2012 and May 8th, 2012.
  • 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.
  • The entry must contain a price breakdown of all materials used as well as at least one picture of the finished prop (link to external photo 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 do so by the site admin.
  • The total cost of all materials must total $20 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.
  • The cost of up to three Christmas Props and/or Christmas decorations are considered free items for the purpose of your building budget. Any Christmas items beyond these three will have to have their value added to your build total cost.
  • Your Christmas item CAN NOT be just Christmas string lights. You may use them in your project, but you must also use something else in addition to this.
  • You may not simply scavenge parts from Christmas decor/props. For instance, you may not just take three deer motors and use them in a fully-new item. The frame from at least one of the animated deer would also need to be used.
  • On May 7th, 2012 a poll will be created and a 7 day period of voting will take place. The top vote-earner will receive the Grand Prize listed below. Two runners up will also receive prizes.
  • All participants in the contest are disallowed from voting for their own entry. You are required to vote for someone Else's entries as a courtesy.
  • 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 and banned from the forums.

These are the standard rules on material costs.
  • Up to three Christmas items may be incorporated into your prop for free.
  • Supply prices must be reasonable. Fair market value will control the cost of high-end items in this contest. The site admin will have final say on this matter.
  • Entrants who make castings will be required to include the cost of the original item as well as the cost of the casting medium in their price breakdown. Basically, since you had to buy an item and the casting materials in order to reproduce said item, the cost of these things must be included it in your pricing.
  • All 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 its 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 paint, 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 from online vendors and only count the cost of the item towards the total.

The following are to be considered a standard price for wood, foam, and metals commonly obtained from scrap to be used in building props. 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: $0.03 per foot
  • 1"x4" lumber: $0.04 per foot
  • 2"x4" lumber: $0.08 per foot
  • Plywood: $0.20 per square foot
  • 1/8" thick x 1" aluminum angle: $0.90 per foot
  • 1/8" thick x 2" aluminum angle: $1.50 per foot
  • 1/8" thick x 1" aluminum flat stock: $0.81 per foot
  • 1/8" thick x 2" aluminum flat stock: $0.98 per foot
  • 1/4" thick x 1" aluminum flat stock: $0.90 per foot
  • 1/4" thick x 2" aluminum flat stock: $1.10 per foot
  • 3/4" square aluminum tubing: $1.10 per foot
  • 1" square aluminum tubing: $1.15 per foot
  • 1" thick insulation foam: $0.14 per square foot
  • 2" thick insulation foam: $0.29 per squrare foot

The following items can be considered as "free" to add to your project. They are commonly recycled items that a person would never need to pay for as they are usually available in abundance for free. Anything else you add to your project needs a price associated with it! Just because you can get it for free (from an employer, friend, etc.), doesn't mean everyone has access to it for free as well.

  • Newspaper
  • Soda bottles/cans
  • Paper/plastic bags
  • Styrofoam packing peanuts

As of this moment, we are populating our prize list. Please bear with us until we have a final listing of prizes.

Grand Prize:
A yet-to-be-named prop courtesy of Frighteners Entertainment.

First Runner-Up:
A one year subscription (including all the discounts and prize eligibility) to HauntCast courtesy of HauntCast.
If you are already a HauntCast subscriber, you will be refunded the price of your subscription.

Second Runner-Up:
A 2012 HauntForum T-Shirt courtesy of HauntForum.com.

Now, start your engines and let the madness begin!

Prize packages are subject to change over the course of the contest.
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