The Instructables Knex Tournament - with Prizes! :D

The Knex Tournament

I am NO knexer. At all (I lie, I have a Knex pocket turret I designed sitting next to me right now. Whatever.) I have posted no Knex Instructables, no forum topics besides this, and only have half a blue tub of Knex in my basement. So why the &%! would I post a Knex contest, and offer fabulous prizes (look below)?

Recently, for those who don't know, an argument in the Knex section has been going on. Quite a few Knexers, angered by their in-ability to pay for Pro (I need a pro judge! Look below), have left Instructables for a clone known as Knex Innovation, which is a Knex site similar to Instructables, but with higher criteria and no 'Non-Knexers". This gets me down. Instructables is a great site, and a substantial group leaving it makes me angry, esp. as it is over a small issue. However, one of their complaints- that Instructables does not cater to Knex- is completely true. There have been no official contests, and all the user-run ones are small. So here is a contest that I hope will draw those Knexers back to Instructables, while also improving the Knex image.

  • Your entry MUST be original. No mods on anything existing. Borrowing parts from other builds is allowed with original author's permission. A PM will do.
  • Your Entry must be completely Knex and rubber bands. For a complete list of allowed materials, check below.
  • Your entry must be posted in Instructable format, with complete and readable instructions. For more detail, check "Criteria"
  • Your entry must have good spelling and grammar. Entries without will be disqualified, within reason ( a few mistakes are fine.) If you are foreign, please send me a link to your unpublished 'ible, and i will correct as many mistakes as I find.

Criteria for Judging:
  • How well it works
  • Aesthetics (PRETTY!!!)
  • It must be clear and easy to follow, No "follow the pics". You must state, in both word and image format, how to do each step, with piece by piece instructions.
  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Any additional rules stated in the round

Allowed Materials:
  • Knex (Duh)
  • Knex motors
  • Rubber bands
  • Tape (in moderation)
Please ask if in doubt or if you wish to incorporate other materials.

Prizes (Yay!)

Grand Prize (1 winner)
Either $10 or a tub of Knex. (Aren't I generous!)

First Prize (1 winner)
$5 or a quart bag of Knex.

Second Prize (2 winners)
A digital Knex Patch

Largest Entry (1 winner)
A digital Knex Patch

All Other Entrants
A digital Pat on the Back

Please note that, due to parental restraints, the contest organizer may be unable to provide prizes, and reserves the right to change or get rid of any prize at any time. Prizes can only be shipped within the U.S and Canada, participants from other countries will receive alternatives instead.

Here is how the judging will work.
There will be two non-knexer judges (myself and one Pro person, who is willing to provide prize patches) and two knexer. All entries will be up for judging by the people, and any person who wishes (including judges) can post their three votes IN THE THREAD FOR THAT ROUND. Votes posted anywhere else will be ignored. The top fifteen in the first round will advance, then the top ten. The third round is the judgment round. The judges, and only the judges, will vote and discuss over PM or AIM or something until we pick the winners (but largest entry can be from any round). got that? Whew.
Judges (Non-Knexers)
  • Myself
  • Kiteman

Judges (Knexer)
  • Mepain
  • Needed!

Sign-ups will be until the 31st, so, 10 days.
25 or more people
  • DJ Radio
  • I_Am_Canadian

Each round will be two weeks or so, and there will be 3 rounds in all.

Round 1: Not announced
Round 2: Not Announced
Round 3 (finals!): Not Announced

Sign Up!

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KnexFreek8 years ago

and i will be your second pro judge
i know alot about knex guns just look at all of my guns
 and i know alot about knex and building knex objects so if there is no guns still count me in as your pro judge
lioneatr8 years ago
im in
jollex8 years ago
Finally an actual good contest. I say no gun rounds. And count me in.
I'm in. Looking forward to it! Oh and... Would you perhaps want to say no guns? I am thinking that there will be a lot of them...
...Or do I want to judge? I would do that too if you let me.
Rotten194 (author)  I_am_Canadian8 years ago
I wasn't going to have guns, really- it was going to have rounds, and you had to build something for each.
if you dont have any gun rounds, count me out.
Rotten194 (author)  DJ Radio8 years ago
If enough people want them, I'll keep them- just whatever makes people happy. Ugh, maybe I should just shut this down for a month or two while I work out teh details. I thought I had it down well.
Aww... Please, no gun rounds, we have enough of them already.
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