Once the building deadline has passed, players turn into judges and score the other MOCs in their group.
Scores will be given on a 0 to 5 scale based on which term best approximates how you feel about an entry:
5 - Amazed
4 - Impressed
3 - Meh
2 - Disappointed
1 - Disgusted
0 - Angry
You may give in-between scores if you wish: 2.5, 3.14159, 4.99999, etc. Bear in mind that getting overly cute in this way may annoy fellow competitors (your prospective judges).
In judging mode you have complete control over how you interpret your category. If a builder takes a few creative liberties, pushes the envelope a bit, it's up to you whether to punish or reward him for it. They'll be doing the same to you.
The category is: Build a House. Someone builds a castle because, after all, a man's home is his castle. One person feels this violates the spirit of the category and scores it a 1. Someone else feels it is a clever take on the subject, and gives it a 4.
It's completely up to you how you judge. If you hate blurry pictures, take all the points off you want! If you don't mind pictures of a MOC on someone's bed with a pair of dirty socks laying next to it, so be it! Hate Brickarms? Give 'em a zero! Love pictures of cats with Lego? Give 'em a five!
What I'm saying is, you can abuse your newfound power if you want to. If you have a vendetta against a particular builder in your group, or an unrequited man-crush, you may of course give them a 0 or 5 no matter what their entry looks like -- but if you make it obvious, this will definitely annoy the other members.
Judging will be a matter of public record -- everyone else will see what everyone else is doing. Players suspected of not judging fairly risk getting a dose of their own medicine in the future.
Someone gave a very low score to a model you absolutely loved. As a result, the builder of that model got cut. Now it's the next round and you find yourself in the same group with that harsh judge. Go ahead, give him a zero -- it will make you feel better. Of course, his entry was really pretty good, and now angry eyes are turned upon you...
You may justify or explain why you are giving certain scores (and this may indeed be wise in some cases), but it is not strictly necessary. All that is needed for game mechanics are the numbers.
To be valid, your scores for each other MOC in your group must be posted in the conversation thread designated for your group's entries within three days of the build deadline. Failure to do so will result in immediate disqualification! Judging deadlines will be Wednesdays, 11:59 pm, MOCpages time (that's the United States Eastern Time Zone -- make sure you know how many hours ahead or behind you are and make proper allowances).
(IMPORTANT: Give all your scores at once, in one post, to make it easy on everyone.) Permalink