Ladies and Gentleman, I have a proposition.
To introduce you to my thinking, I will begin:
One of the rules of Canon is that Frames are the Best at Everything (Newman 3:24 MFZGD, 2014), but in practice there are very few things frames are depicted as being good at besides fighting and sometimes racing. Some of that is attributable to the culture- the POINT of mecha is to blow stuff up, right? Some of it is, I think, because of the constraints of MFZ itself. We're building frames as war parties, and frames tend to make poor, or confusing (or expensive!) terrain, and tend not to fit the size rules for stations.
Either way, what few civilian frames there are tend to have been Mad-Maxxed by rebellious colonists.
I decry the absence of Peacetime frames both in principle and as a demerit to the creativity of our community!
We are just finished with the day of Giving Thanks, and we are now in the Season of Peace on Earth and Goodwill Towards Men, and in that spirit I propose we take a moment to cease hostilities and build non-combat frames.
To excite your interest, I submit this plea in the form of a contest, from which I will select a winner.
Submission will be accepted to a in the Frame Design sub, which I will be posting shortly. The submission window will be from today until the end of Christmas Day, with one winner being selected at my convenience sometime before New Years Day, and the possibility of runners-up in the event there is sufficient interest to support a pool of winners.
Multiple submissions are allowed, but please try emphasize quality over quantity! Submissions are to include:
1. A photograph of your frame.
2. A brief description of the frame and/or a fluff piece detailing it in action.
3. A description of what you imagine its system loadout to be if it were to be used as a game-piece.I will include a non-competing frame for purpose of format example.Other random rules and shower-thoughts from the Contest Sponsor:
Submissions may be brick-built or digital renders, and should conform to build standards and rules of the Mobile Frame Zero universe. Try to keep it in "the box," people!
Submissions may include terrain or other vignette features so long as they display the frame prominently and clearly. I will be judging the frame alone, but a nice presentation might make the difference in a close tie!
The purpose of this contest is to support the design and creation of non-combat frames, so the frame should be purpose-built to do some non-combat task. For Example: A chub with a shovel is technically a laborer, but could just as easily grab an assault-rifle. A chub with a crew cab and steam-shovel arms cannot
Submissions will judged on novelty/creativity as much as they are build quality, so don't just build a chub with steam-shovel arms!
Seriously though, anything goes and the more specific the better!
Racing Frames, though technically non-combat, are fairly well represented. I'm not outright banning them, but understand that there's a handicap against them, especially if your idea is a sleek, awesome-looking humanoid frame with jet-thrusters and wheelie-feet. A soapbox derby or automobile frame could still fare pretty well though... I'm digressing."OKAY FINE I READ THROUGH ALL THAT BUT WHAT DO I GET?"
Thank you for bearing with me, and I hope my answer isn't too disappointing, having gotten this far.
I'm not offering a tangible prize. I don't have a cup of Legos to share and I'm not collecting addresses to ship them to.
Instead, the winner (and maybe theoretical runner up) will get the opportunity to challenge me to build anything they'd like. It's only fair, you
answered my challenge, I'll answer yours. Preferably something microscale mecha themed, as that's what I'm geared towards, but really anything you'd like within reason. If I don't think I can build it with what I've got then I'll make a nice render of it.
If anyone would like to commit to volunteer themselves to be a prize, please comment below or PM me and I'll add your name to the pot, and we'll all do a take on the winner's prompt!The Prize is currently to challenge these people to a build:AtavismRunner Up Prize:A mobile frame build by Starflower.