So after a week of receiving one beautiful outfit after another, the dreaded day came that I had to sit in judgement which ones I thought had all the right ingredients to win. It was really hard, and because I didn’t want to just randomly pick something, I defined a few criteria that I thought would help me judge the entries. I subjected every outfit to the following scrutiny:
- blending and coordination with the PAX mount colour scheme
- integration and harmony of the combined pieces
- overall impression
The first criterion had me discard some of the entries that I didn’t think really matched the red, white and blue of the horse tack. Some had very different colours, some had a mix of too many colours and some a lack thereof. The second criterion is a relatively subjective one, as what I believe to be a bad combination might look really cool to someone else. There really are no bad combinations per se, but in my opinion some things work better than others. Nevertheless I discarded some entries based on what I see as a less successful combo as well. I don’t think I discarded any entries based on a lack of originality as I am absolutely super impressed with all the creative outfits that were sent to me! The last criterion had me take a look at the overall impression of the colours, pieces and picture. I did not pass judgement based on image quality, because I can see a great outfit even through blurr and pixeled edges. One of the winning outfits has lower graphical settings, but that was no basis to discard it.
After thorough examination I was left with about 12 great outfits and my heart sank. Why don’t I have more codes to give away? They all deserve it! I decided I was going to pass the remaining outfits through a second set of criteria. For 5 codes I picked one winner, the outfit that simply charmed me the most, for whatever reason or personal taste. The other 4 codes were split up in half: 2 outfits for lower level requirements and 2 outfits with a higher level requirement. So here it is, the winners of the Cosmetic Lotro PAX East Mount contest 2011!!
Number 1 outfit: McFarlane, hunter on the Brandywine server!
Head: Straw Hat – red dye (skirmish cosmetic)
Shoulders: Threadbare Cloth Shoulder Pads – red dye (light armour)
Chest: Common Long-sleeved Tunic and Pants – default dye (outfitter cosmetic)
Back: Day Pack – red dye (outfitter cosmetic)
Along with a Pitchfork, item from the Mathom Society
Runners up (higher level requirements):
Hanador, captain on the Riddermark server
Arrianya, hunter on the Firefoot server
Runners up (lower level requirements):
Bandilac, warden on the Landroval server
Torkon, guardian on the Silverlode server
If you are interested to see all the entries that participated in this contest, you can view them in a slideshow here:
Thank you all who participated, you have my admiration and honest applause, and thank you Turbine for providing the codes for this fun event!!