This contest has been in the works for a very long time, and I’m proud to say that we finally have a set of winners. Because there were only three contestants, I will announce my picks according to first, second, and third place.
First place prize of an original Leonard Nimoy autograph:
“Original Life” by SBCouto
Review: Although I didn’t necessarily think this mission had the best story, it had the best TOS atmosphere. That the author used the TOS sets may have helped, but I really tried not see that as an advantage over other authors, who simply don’t have comparable TOS sets for their TOS-themed missions. What really captured my immersion were the little touches that made the mission just as “campy” and fun as the original series. From a waitress on the bridge to a close combat fight in a brig (which of course distracted the guards), the little touches made all of the difference. The humor and the style felt perfect. Some reviews call it “fanboyish.” Well, I’m certainly a fanboy, so every moment of this mission was wonderful. I also really enjoyed the appearance of two very classic villains.
The mechanics of the plot were a little confusing, but I loved that the author took risks with the player’s own back-story. I can’t really say more without giving too much away. It was creative and original.
So, congrats to SBCouto! If you’re a TOS fan, play this mission.
Second place prize of a $25 Amazon gift card:
“Troiya of Elas” by HippieJohn
Review: Out of all of the missions, this one felt most like a TOS sequel. I’d really recommend watching the episode, “Elain of Troyius,” before playing, because it really had tons of details connecting the dialogues to events seen in the show. I won’t say much more about the twists and the turns of the plot. The story was wonderful. Really, it was the best story of the bunch, in my opinion. But, the lack of set customization, especially on the ground map, really hurt this contest entry. The story had so much detail while the sets had very little. But the bottom line is: this is an author to watch. Without a contest deadline, he could make some of the most amazing Foundry missions to date.
Everyone please support and encourage this new author by playing his mission and helping him get better and better with the Foundry.
Third place (no prize):
“Ghosts of the Polmar Ree” by Bazag
Review: This was a very painful choice for third. If you’ve played any of Bazag’s missions, you know that his stuff is top-notch. This mission was no exception. Out of all of the contest entries, it was the best designed and the most detailed, with a wonderful puzzle for the win. This is 5-star mission, and it deserves to be high in the ranks for all to play. Seriously, this mission is one of Bazag’s most talented works, and he should be incredibly proud of it. Unfortunately, in light of this specific contest, it just didn’t feel very TOS, because it’s more of a sequel to Alimac30′s famous “City,” albeit with a nice twist that relates the villain to something unexplained in an original series episode. It’s an interesting twist on the villain that could be further explored. But, in the end, I felt almost no immersion in the lore or settings of TOS. But, if you’re looking for a superb mission in the STO universe, play this NOW.
Ok, so those are my picks. I hope that they seem fair. Everyone please congratulate the winners. Play these missions.
SBCouto and HippieJohn, please send me a pm at the STO forums, and we’ll go from there regarding the prizes.
Thanks to all for participating.