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A jam converted from a legacy contest
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  • Jam Overview

    Jam is over.
    It ran from February 7, 2015 @ 5:00 pm UTC to February 21, 2015 @ 5:00 pm UTC
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    Basic Summary

    Finalists Jam accepted Skins from participants.
    Accepts only standard resolution skins.

    Read the about for more information.

    Judging

    Ranked by Judges - Only members of the jam assigned with judging permission can vote.
    Entries can't be updated during the judge phase.

    Rating Criteria

    1. Creativity & Uniqueness
      Rate how original and creative the entry is in its conception.
      Rated 1 to 5
    2. Technique & Execution
      Rate the level of skill demonstrated with the creation of the entry.
      Rated 1 to 10
  • About

    Converted Legacy Event

    This event was converted from our old contest and event system into our new jam format for historic preservation. Some details may be confusing in the new jam context.

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    Skin Contest Theme : "Childhood Heroes"


    Contest themes are generally voted for by the community, you can see the result of this months poll here. Be sure to vote for the next contest theme when it is announced!

    All of the normal rules of the site still apply in this contest. We encourage you to read the full submission rules here before submitting your entry. You can find our submission rules here.

    1. Create a "Childhood hero" Skin.


    Imagine, teddy bears in a knight's armor, defending you from the monsters under your bed, or maybe even just your parent, coming to turn on your night light and defeating the evil beings in the closet. Your job is to create a hero, through the means of a skin, that would defend a sleeping child, from attacks by the evil things that goes bump in the night. 

    Just be sure it fits the theme and add a description of who/what the skin is and how it relates to the theme of Childhood Heroes.

    Please try to remember to be creative with your submissions, we take creativity as well as technique into account when scoring the finalists. So if you make something common and well known you may end up with a lower score compared to someone who made a much lesser known character or made up the idea for their skin.

    2. Skins must be new and made for this contest.


    We do not and have never accepted any copies or re-posts in our contests, nor do we accept skins created before the contest's announcement date.

    Do not submit copies, or paint-overs, of default textures from the minecraft.jar - This means no Steve skins, zombie skins, pigman skins, Creeper skins, or Enderman skins are permitted!

    Do not submit copies, or paint-overs, of skins found in any existing texture packs or mods, even if you are the original author.

    Do not submit existing member submissions, from this site or others. This includes your own galleries.

    Give us something new and fresh, please!

    3. Skins must be valid, use-able character skins.


    This is a contest for player skins only.

    Please do not submit mob skins, villager skins, or anything but the format expected for the player model. Note that skins with transparent portions have not worked in-game since minecraft Alpha, so make sure that your skins are COMPLETELY filled out. No skins with transparent portions will be accepted.

    Do not use the light blue skin preview background color to fake large areas of transparency. These are not considered valid skins.

    4. Submit something you made, entirely by yourself.


    Skins that are obvious remixes, recolors, or blatant copies of other people's work are not acceptable. Your entry will be deleted, and you will be disqualified from the contest if you are found to be submitting stolen work.

    Using skin-making tools or apps such is not the same as making a skin yourself. Keep in mind also that, when using those applications, you are copying from a library of 'parts'. Several of those 'parts' were taken from talented skinners without their consent, and as such, skins containing those parts are considered stolen art. Those entries will be disqualified, and deleted from your account.

    Our global ban list of apps and websites includes, but is not limited to:
    MinersNeedCoolShoes Armory
    SkinCraft Skin Creator
    NovaSkin Skin Creator
    Skins Pro Creator (iPod)

    Skins created with any of these services will be disqualified with no option for appeal. Continue reading for a list of suggested skinning programs to use.

    5. One entry per person.


    Each user will only be permitted to submit one skin for this contest.

    You may edit your entry for as long as the contest submission period is open. If you decide to change your submission at any point, you are free to do so. However, be warned that deleting your original entry may cause errors and make it impossible for you to re-enter the contest. Instead, you should use the "update submission" button on your active submission, then save the new file over your old one. Remember to change the submission title and description if necessary!

    6. The contest will run for two weeks.


    Post dates must be made after today's date,  Febuary 7th. The contest will end about two weeks from today, on Febuary 21st.  Skins submitted after this date will not be accepted.

    7. Take your time, and make it fun!

    Give your skin some character! Give them some defining characteristics. Make it unique and awesome!

    We've always scored higher for submissions that include more thought and creativity. Write a bit about the history behind your character and we'll all learn more. Remember, you have two weeks to do this. You don't have to put something up right away. Take your time!

    If you're unsure if your idea will fit with the theme or have any other concerns feel free to contact our list of judges below they should be able to help you, as well as many of the site moderators.

    Do not rush yourself to get something in immediately. This contest is not a random drawing - the submissions are judged by a panel of long-standing members with a great deal of experience in making Minecraft skins. It will not help your chances at winning if you submit anything less than fantastic, so take your time.

    Should you chose to rush, remember that you are able to update your submission as many times as you want before the final close date of Febuary 21st.

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    Submit a skin as you would normally, but check the box indicating that your skin is for the contest. 

    1st Place

    • (1) Minecraft T-Shirt of your Choice! - Jinx.com
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    • A Contest Themed, Gold, Pixel Art Trophy for Member's Profile Trophy Case.
    • Profile Featured on PMC - 1 Week.

    2nd Place

    • A Contest Themed, Silver, Pixel Art Trophy for Member's Profile Trophy Case.
    • Profile Featured on PMC - 1 Week.

    3rd Place

    • Contest Themed, Bronze, Pixel Art Trophy for Member's Profile Trophy Case.
    • Profile Featured on PMC - 1 Week.

    All Participants

    • A Contest Themed, Pixel Art Badge/Medal for Member's Profile Trophy Case.


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    If you do not know how to make skins, or have an idea but have never attempted it before, here are a few things you should know.

    1. Skins must be saved as a .PNG file. No other file format will function properly.

    2. Even though .PNG files support transparency, Minecraft does not. Any portions that are even partially transparent will show up as pitch-black when used in-game.

    3. The most popular tools for editing Minecraft Skins are:

    MCSkin3D, an application developed by Paril. You can download it from its PMC page.

    MCSkinEdit, an application developed by a user named Swedman. You can download it from the official forums post, here. You will also need the previewer, which you can download
    here or here.

    You may wish to use a more advanced editor for certain effects. GIMP and Paint.net are free applications that will give you access to better tools for editing.

    4. If you need help or want some tips for making nice skins, many of our top skinners have made tutorials outlining the processes and techniques they use for skinning. Check out these ones by Roobus and Leostereo

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    Here is a list of the current submissions.

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    Judges will be encouraged to participate, but will be disqualified from winning prizes.
  • Jam Entries

  • Jam Results

    During this jam, 257 entries were submitted between February 7, 2015 @ 5:00 pm UTC and February 21, 2015 @ 5:00 pm UTC.
    860 ratings were given to 86 finalists between February 21, 2015 @ 5:00 pm UTC and March 9, 2015 @ 4:00 pm UTC.
    The average number of ratings per entry was 10.00 and the median was 10.
    • Dimples the Jack in the Box - Childhood Heroes ~1st Place!~
      Minecraft Skin
      204
      52
      PureNerd avatar PureNerd 2/11/15 1:00
      16.2k 1.6k 173
    • Ranked 1st for overall jam
      with a score of 11.100 out of 15 from 10 ratings.

      JUDGE RATINGS
      CriteriaRankedScore*Raw ScoreMax
      Creativity & Uniqueness5th3.5003.5005
      Technique & Execution2nd7.6007.60010
      Overall Score1st11.10011.10015
    • Lightmare, Guardian of Dreams (Childhood Heroes Contest)
      Minecraft Skin
      175
      44
      Kefka avatar Kefka 2/21/15 5:13
      9.8k 525 134
    • Ranked 2nd for overall jam
      with a score of 11.050 out of 15 from 10 ratings.

      JUDGE RATINGS
      CriteriaRankedScore*Raw ScoreMax
      Creativity & Uniqueness1st3.9503.9505
      Technique & Execution6th7.1007.10010
      Overall Score2nd11.05011.05015
    • The Dark - Childhood Skins Contest
      Minecraft Skin
      135
      40
      Irish avatar Irish 2/18/15 2:17
      8.2k 787 33
    • Ranked 3rd for overall jam
      with a score of 10.800 out of 15 from 10 ratings.

      JUDGE RATINGS
      CriteriaRankedScore*Raw ScoreMax
      Creativity & Uniqueness3rd3.7003.7005
      Technique & Execution7th7.1007.10010
      Overall Score3rd10.80010.80015
    • Game-Bot Advance [Contest 4th place!]
      Minecraft Skin
      120
      40
      ItsPyro avatar ItsPyro 2/19/15 8:11
      2.8k 237 33
    • Ranked 4th for overall jam
      with a score of 10.800 out of 15 from 10 ratings.

      JUDGE RATINGS
      CriteriaRankedScore*Raw ScoreMax
      Creativity & Uniqueness12th3.3003.3005
      Technique & Execution3rd7.5007.50010
      Overall Score4th10.80010.80015
    • Sock / Rock 'Em Robot (contest)
      Minecraft Skin
      99
      24
      Deeno avatar Deeno 2/16/15 2:37
      1.9k 258 44
    • Ranked 5th for overall jam
      with a score of 10.600 out of 15 from 10 ratings.

      JUDGE RATINGS
      CriteriaRankedScore*Raw ScoreMax
      Creativity & Uniqueness9th3.4003.4005
      Technique & Execution5th7.2007.20010
      Overall Score5th10.60010.60015
    • Hungry Hungry Hippos
      Minecraft Skin
      89
      19
      Althestane avatar Althestane 2/14/15 12:29 • posted 2/7/15 6:51
      2.7k 319 63
    • Ranked 6th for overall jam
      with a score of 10.500 out of 15 from 10 ratings.

      JUDGE RATINGS
      CriteriaRankedScore*Raw ScoreMax
      Creativity & Uniqueness6th3.5003.5005
      Technique & Execution9th7.0007.00010
      Overall Score6th10.50010.50015
    • Pooh Bear [Contest]
      Minecraft Skin
      109
      27
      TheViridian avatar TheViridian 2/20/15 10:46
      2k 183 43
    • Ranked 7th for overall jam
      with a score of 10.500 out of 15 from 10 ratings.

      JUDGE RATINGS
      CriteriaRankedScore*Raw ScoreMax
      Creativity & Uniqueness41st2.7002.7005
      Technique & Execution1st7.8007.80010
      Overall Score7th10.50010.50015
    • Mighty Robot Rex
      Minecraft Skin
      54
      8
      Fred avatar Fred 2/17/15 10:33
      1.2k 106 10
    • Ranked 8th for overall jam
      with a score of 10.450 out of 15 from 10 ratings.

      JUDGE RATINGS
      CriteriaRankedScore*Raw ScoreMax
      Creativity & Uniqueness25th3.0503.0505
      Technique & Execution4th7.4007.40010
      Overall Score8th10.45010.45015
    • Sock Monkey [contest entry]
      Minecraft Skin
      121
      34
      Insanity avatar Insanity 2/8/15 9:16
      4.2k 562 54
    • Ranked 9th for overall jam
      with a score of 10.100 out of 15 from 10 ratings.

      JUDGE RATINGS
      CriteriaRankedScore*Raw ScoreMax
      Creativity & Uniqueness22nd3.1003.1005
      Technique & Execution8th7.0007.00010
      Overall Score9th10.10010.10015
    • The Impenetrable Guardian: My Bedcovers - Contest (10th!)
      Minecraft Skin
      98
      23
      Joss-a-Skinz avatar Joss-a-Skinz 2/14/15 11:59
      1.7k 47 41
    • Ranked 10th for overall jam
      with a score of 10.050 out of 15 from 10 ratings.

      JUDGE RATINGS
      CriteriaRankedScore*Raw ScoreMax
      Creativity & Uniqueness2nd3.8503.8505
      Technique & Execution17th6.2006.20010
      Overall Score10th10.05010.05015
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