The deadline to enter came last night, and when the dust cleared about two thirds of the original sign-ups made it in (damn, those preliminaries are tough!). So while I’ll have an official number a bit later, we’re at about 45-50 entries. Pretty impressive, if you ask me (and just wait until you see the outfits).
So of course everyone who entered (and those following at home) wants to know what’s next. Well, yours truly is going to crawl in a hole and go through all the entries and sort them (and e-mail any questions or concerns that might rise) and put it all together nice for my fellow judges, who will have until Sunday August 12th to vote. That night will be the opening ceremonies. Over the course of the three weeks that follows there will be three events a week:
- Week One: Hammer Throw, Cycling, Discus
- Week Two: Archery, Javelin, Wrestling
- Week Three: Freestyle, Equestrian, Fencing
For the most part, do not expect a “Mog Madness” style review of outfits. This is the Transmog games and as such will have a bit more flavour and creativity (at least some events, for certain). That said, if you ever want more detail on how your outfit was scored, you’ll be able to contact me after the games are complete. Speaking of which, there will also be a closing ceremony on Saturday September 1st.
Prizes. There was some question about this that might have slipped through the cracks in the initial launch of the event. There’s usually an anthem when the gold medal is awarded, but in lieu of that I felt fireworks were a bit more appropriate. As such, each Gold Medal winner will receive a Slashdance loot code, to celebrate their success in game. There is also a prize for most medals earned (by an individual designer, rather than a faction). When we hosted the games here in Canada in 2012, our campaign for our athletes was “Own The Podium.” I thought it rather fitting then, that whomever earns the most medals in the nine events (tie breaker goes gold, then silver) will receive an Owned! loot card. On top of that is one other prize, which I will award during the closing ceremonies because it is literally going to take me that long to calculate the winner. I’ll explain what the process was at that time as well.
I wanted thematic prizes (for the most part), as the point of this is to have fun and from what the entrants told me, they had just that. The other judges and I understand the stress that can come with such a large event, and also appreciate every outfit and entry. They haven’t had the chance to see any outfits yet, but I have. And I’m incredibly excited.
I just want to close this out by answering one more question. People have asked me if the outfits will be available at a later time should they want to be used for in-game Transmogrification. The answer to that is most definitely yes. Once the games close I will provide that information as well. Thanks again everyone, and good luck!