Cosmetic Lotro

NPC Look-alike Contest 2012

Win a Riders of Rohan Legendary Edition or Turbine Points!

With great excitement and anticipation I am proud to announce that two of the most active and popular Lotro Outfit blogs, The Starry Mantle and Cosmetic Lotro, have joined forces to host an unprecedented Look-alike Contest! The assignment is to get your imagination going and create an outfit that resembles the attire of an NPC (Non-player Character) in Middle-earth. This NPC can be anyone from any level and any region, friend or foe, quest giver or vendor, foot soldier or hero.

Now we are well aware that the Lotro NPCs have some stunning outfits that we don’t have access to, but the challenge is to find something that both resembles the NPC’s outfit and is evidence of your own creativity. Your screenshot must have both your character and the NPC in it, preferably close to each other!

The four criteria that we will use to judge your entry are:

  • Resemblance to the NPC’s outfit
  • Difficulty to match and originality of the presented solution
  • Overall impression and aesthetics of the outfit
  • Presentation and atmosphere of the screenshot

In this contest, we will be awarding two first-place prizes, a second-place prize, and a third-place prize! In order to facilitate this contest, Turbine has kindly sponsored us with the following amazing prizes:

First place (1) will win a Riders of Rohan Legendary edition!*
First place (2) will win 1500 Turbine Points!*
Second prize will win 1000 Turbine Points!
Third prize will win 500 Turbine Points!

How to enter the contest:

The contest begins on Monday, September 10th, 2012 and will run alongside the Player-run Events. Entries may be submitted until midnight Eastern Standard Time on Friday, September 21st, 2012. To enter the Look-alike Contest, send your entry to outfitblogs (AT) with the subject line “Look-alike Contest”. An entry must consist of only one screenshot. You may enter as many different outfits as you like, but each entry must be sent in a separate email. All screenshots must be unedited. The larger the resolution the better, but cropping is allowed to a minimum size of at least 1024×768. Screenshots must be sent as email attachments in .jpg or .png format. All entries must include the following information: the name, class and level of the character in the screenshots, the server the character resides on, all armour and outfit pieces used in the screenshots and their respective dye colours. All entries must be original and created and/or owned exclusively by the player submitting the screenshot. Winning entries will be featured on both Outfit Blogs.

Four prizes will be awarded: First Prize is either a Riders of Rohan Legendary Edition or a code for 1500 Turbine Points, Second Prize is a code for 1000 Turbine Points and Third Prize is a code for 500 Turbine Points. All prizes courtesy of Turbine.

IMPORTANT: *If you do not wish to be eligible for the Riders of Rohan Legendary Edition (because you already own it), please notify us in your email when sending us your screenshot. We will make sure your entry will only compete for the Turbine Point code prizes.

All decisions will be made at the discretion of The Outfit Blogs (The Starry Mantle and Cosmetic Lotro) and are final.

We wish you lots of fun finding and matching an NPC and good luck with your entry!


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  2. Apis

    I love this contest idea! I never win screenshot contests but it would be fun to try anyway. I’ll be keeping my eyes out for likely NPC suspects.

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  4. James

    Is it ok to enter a screen shot of a character (e.g a dwarf) and then delete them, so I have room to make another look-alike (e.g. an elf)?

    • Yes that is acceptable, just realize that if your entry wins and is published on the outfit blogs, your screenshot will have the name of that character and the server referenced. However, the fact that this character no longer exists does not exclude you from winning.

  5. Ivy

    Yay for collaborations! I’ve been so busy, how did I miss this?? I’m so looking forward to seeing all the great outfits everyone comes up with.

    Thank you for co-hosting such a fantastic contest!! :). 🙂

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  7. Laire

    Does the character itself have to resemble the NPC, or only the outfit? (for instance, a woman toon wearing a man NPC’s outfit, an elf lady wearing a woman NPC’s outfit, a dwarf wearing a man’s NPC outfit, a red-head wearing a black-haired NPC’s outfit, etc) Will our toon itself be judged on how much it looks like the NPC? (hair style, hair color, skin color, and everything above).

    I guess, in summary, is it only the outfit being judged, or the whole presentation?

    • As mentioned in the post, the “Resemblance to the NPC’s outfit” is important. A hobbit trying to resemble a Misty Mountain Giant probably makes for a very funny entry and if the outfit is a good match, would score high marks for originality! Of course matching the race, size and gender of an NPC probably adds to the resemblance factor, but it isn’t mandatory! The trick is to find a good balance and take all four categories into account that are mentioned in the post: resemblance, originality, aestetics and presentation. Happy outfitting!

  8. James

    Sorry to nit-pick (I’ve never entered an outfit competition before), but when you say that we can enter as many outfits as we like, can they be different versions of trying to copy the same npc? For example, let’s say I’ve already submitted an outfit, but then I’ve come across a better pair of pants to suit the same npc, could I then submit another entry, with the same charachter copying the same npc but with the new pants?

    • Hi James, if you submit multiple versions of the same outfit or with the same npc, each one will be looked at and judged individually. However it would help if you only submit your best ones of course!

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  11. Hi 🙂
    Got a question for you… I’m trying to copy an NPC that doesn’t stand still for more than a few seconds (meaning it attacks me soon :P), placed at the end of an instance (yeah, easy task you picked, good job Chiara!) after 4 runs the screens I got are nice but I’m afraid some of the details I spent days finding the right cosmetic piece for, are lost due to in-combat-impossible-to-control poses and some others have things like floating damage or NPC rings on them 😦
    What should I do? Can I add a screen of my outfit that is well detailed in addition to the cool looking one or is the single screenshot you’re judging?

    • The shot that will be judged is the one with you AND the npc. However, are you sure you cannot make one more run and use FRAPS to get your shots? That way you can make fast sequence screenhots (rather than the sluggish ingame F11 printscreen). Either make a video and cut the frame from there or hit your FRAPS button like a maniac for sequences. Also, in some indoor areas it’s possible to use ALT+F10 which centers your character in a ray of light (another ALT+F10 will get you backlight), which may help lighting up the details. Hope this helps?

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  13. Matyas Lerant

    OMG 😦

    Just saw now, that I should have sent it to outfitblogs(AT), instead of…
    It did send it for me. Both my tries.

    Is there any way for you (or whoever checks the pictures), to check the incoming e-mails at the vresion with the “@”?
    Or is there any way I could solve this problem? 😦

    • The (AT) is used in stead of @ (in English the @ is pronounced as “at”). By not using the @ sign in the blogpost, we try to avoid internet spam spiders from finding the address and swamping our mailbox with spam. If your entries are in the slideshow, they made it to our address. If not, then I do not know where you have sent them to 🙂

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