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One of the best things about [http://www.joecustoms.com JoeCustoms.com] is the sense of community and family amongst its creative membership. As such it's not all talking about new releases that brings us together. Here are some of the games people on the board play, contests, competitions and general shenanigans that go on.
 
One of the best things about [http://www.joecustoms.com JoeCustoms.com] is the sense of community and family amongst its creative membership. As such it's not all talking about new releases that brings us together. Here are some of the games people on the board play, contests, competitions and general shenanigans that go on.
  
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==The JCAs==
 
==The JCAs==
Initiated started by Grand Slam, the Joe Customs Awards are an annual celebration of achievement in customising and dio making. They also recognise the effort put in by members on the board to make the site the place it is. The main JCA information page (including past results) can be found [http://www.joecustoms.com/features/jcas/jcas.php here].
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Initially started by Grand Slam, the Joe Customs Awards are an annual celebration of achievement in customising and dio making. They also recognise the effort put in by members on the board to make the site the place it is. The main JCA information page (including past results) can be found [http://www.joecustoms.com/features/jcas/jcas.php here].
  
  
 
==Photoshop and Caption Contests==
 
==Photoshop and Caption Contests==
Usually held on a random basis, these pop up on the board from time to time (usually when everyone seems stressed). A simple and fun diversion, previous challenges have included photoshopping [[Beav|Beav's]] likeness in any way imaginable and captioning some surreal one frame dios. Rewards are often just the feeling of a job well done and a good laugh, though occasionally a small prize such as a [[User_Account_and_Message_Board_FAQ#How_do_I_get_a_user_title.3F|custom title]] is awarded.
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Usually held on a random basis, these pop up on the board from time to time (usually when everyone seems stressed). A simple and fun diversion, previous challenges have included photoshopping [[Beav|Beav]] or [[General Hawk|General Hawk's]] likeness in any way imaginable and captioning some surreal one frame dios. Rewards are often just the feeling of a job well done and a good laugh, though occasionally a small prize such as a [[User_Account_and_Message_Board_FAQ#How_do_I_get_a_user_title.3F|custom title]] is awarded.
  
  
 
==Group Projects==
 
==Group Projects==
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The JoeCustoms Group Projects (or GPs) are a theme based customising event usually running for around three months. Over this period customisers make a figure based around a pre-selected premise, such as 'Video Game Characters', 'Comic Packs' or something with a more elaborate background. The gallery of previous GPs can be found on the [http://www.joecustoms.com/projects/projects.php main site], while there is a more detailed FAQ [[Group_Project_FAQ|here]]. The GPs are co-ordinated by Sidewinder on their [http://www.joecustoms.com/board/forumdisplay.php?fid=12 own section] of the forum
  
  
 
==Larry Hama Custom Challenge==
 
==Larry Hama Custom Challenge==
[http://www.joecustoms.com/features/hama/hama.php Link]
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A one off competition to honour the man who created so much of GI Joe. The main information page, as well as a gallery of all the entries and winners, can be found [http://www.joecustoms.com/features/hama/hama.php here].
  
  
 
==Recurring Threads==
 
==Recurring Threads==
 
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Several board members regularly put up (currently or previously) an on going series of threads with a common theme, They aren't all related to joe, but most are. Some examples include:
Zed's characterisations
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* Character characterisations - zedhatch and others post a character (such as Copperhead) and how they portray them in their 'Joe-verse', inviting others to post their own ideas, thoughts, questions and comments.
Stealth's DVD lists
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* DVD releases - Stealth Viper posts the list of upcoming DVD release title for people to peruse.
Bearcatcc seems to bring up the DD comic alot
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* New Joe comics often get their own thread, often started by Bearcatcc, as well as any news on upcoming titles ar plans.
Various reviews (G-Hawk, Mike T)
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* General Hawk, Mike T, and Leonardotdragon put a thread to discuss their latest reviews of figures and vehicles, old and new.
Create your own TRU 6 pack,  
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* Create your own TRU 6 pack - Started by Sidewinder, a theme is given (Jungle Rescue) and the idea is to list your ideal six pack. It can be either Joe or Cobra, and as comprehensive as you like, down to the last part that is known to still exist, or just the general principle (Eel v2 in classic colours).
CJack's Man the Machine threads
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* Man the Machine - Similar to the Six Pack, CabanaJack posted a thread asking people to give their ideal crew for a large vehicle (such as the WHALE), and why they chose each person.
 
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Of course, the people who started these haven't got a monopoly on the ideas, so if you have an idea for a continuation of one of these or something different, feel free to post it on the board.
 
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==Online Games==
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==JCW==
 
==JCW==
[[JCW|Link]]
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The JCW is JoeCustoms own dio based wrestling league. More information (current roster, matches etc) can be found on the [http://jcw.joecustoms.com JCW forum]. Old match results from the first run can be found on the [[JCW|JCW wiki page]].
  
  
 
==Reviews==
 
==Reviews==
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As soon as a new product comes out, everyone wants to know if it's worth tracking down or not. And as soon as a new product is in someone's hands there will no doubt be a mini review and much clamouring for pictures. It's not just new Joes, but other compatible lines, Transformers, comics, movies, games and more that get the once over. [http://www.joecustoms.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=65 Reviews Section of the forum.
  
  
 
==GI Joe TCG==
 
==GI Joe TCG==
<b>Playing the GI Joe Trading Card Game online at Joecustoms.com</b>
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A number of members play the GI Joe Trading Card Game online through the [http://www.joecustoms.com/board/forumdisplay.php?fid=69 Online TCG forum]. A detailed description of the rules of play can be found [[GI Joe TCG|here]].
 
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First thing you simply MUST do before any online match is to issue a challenge. This can be directed at a specific individual, or to the community at large. Once a challenge is accepted, the players face off in a friendly match of Rock, Paper, Scissors, using the JC.com spoiler tags in order to determine the turn order. They may also agree to forego the RPS and just declare who deploys first.
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[spoiler]"Welcome to The ROCK!"[/spoiler]
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The winner of the RPS can choose to deploy first, using 15 supply cost points, or second, using 17. Both players then fill out their ranks. Flipping the cards one at a time, the cards must be placed in either the front rank or the back rank, and must be placed as they are drawn. The first card you draw will ALWAYS be in the front rank. You cannot place a card in the back rank unless there is a front rank card to go in front of it. If in the process of flipping your cards, the last card takes you over your alloted supply points, that is ok - it still goes into your ranks. Be careful of your placement, this is the stage a lot of strategy can come into play. It is a common courtesy to post which cards you draw, in the order you draw them. You will also need to note the character's supply cost, their color and power, and any special abilities they may have.
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<i>Night Creeper Initiate. 1sp Y4 with Stealth
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Moray Recruit. 1sp Y1
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Viper. 2sp Y4
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Saw Viper Recruit. 1sp P1 with Firepower +1
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Slice. 2sp Y6 with Confuse: When Slice is in 1-on-1 Combat, after boosts are revealed, I may discard my opponent's boost card and replace it with the top card of his deck.
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Moray Infiltrator. 1sp Y3
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Storm Shadow. 2sp Y7 with Stealth
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Storm Shadow. 2sp Y7 with Stealth
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Night Creeper Initiate. 1sp Y4 with STealth
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Moray Recruit. 1sp Y1
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Zartan. 3sp Y4 with Shapeshift- After setup, choose one of your opponent's soldiers. Zartan has that soldier's power and Abilities, instead of his own for the rest of the game.</i>
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Once both players have their cards drawn and their hand arranged, it is time to post their layout for the other player to see. This can be done in a number of ways. The easiest, and clearest way is to take a digital picture and attach it to your post. As not everyone has a digi cam available to them, there are still options for play.
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<b>The EMOTICON METHOD:</b>
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Joecustoms has many, many custom emoticons to use in posting. A vast majority of them are representative of GI Joe and Cobra characters, and you may use them to represent your hand. There are however some characters in the game that are not represented in the emoticon library, and there are no vehicles either. So you will still have to type those cards in. When posting the emotes, it is a good idea to note the characters power next to the emote. You will also run into problems the different cards representing the same character, as in the case of Storm Shadow or Duke.
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( :nightcreeper: 4)( :eel: 1)( :viper: 4)( :eel: 3)( :stormshadow: 7)(:zartan: 4*)
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( :slice: 6)( :eel: 1)( :sawviper: 1)( :stormshadow: 7)( :nightcreeper: 4)
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<b>LIST METHOD</b>
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In the list method, you basically just type everything out. This way there is less confusion, and everyone knows what is what and where it is.
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<i>Front row from left to right:
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Greenshirt Communications (1) (with a power of 2 thanks to Hacker behind him)
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Missile Storm Chopper (10/4 (Manned) Each land and Sea vehicle is R/W?B
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Short Fuze (2) Long Range
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Night Attack Chopper (13/5) Take off - After the start of one on one, I can move a pilot from my ranks behind it.
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Back Row From Left to right
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Sgt. Hacker (6) Support 1 (Behind Greenshirt Communications)
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Hard Drive (3) Recover, At the beginning of one on one combat after drawing boost, I may exchange one card in my hand for any card in my discard pile (Manning the Missle Storm Chopper)
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Barrel Roll - Pilot (3) No ability because he's not manning an aircraft. (behind short fuze)
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Low Light (6) (Manning the NAC) Support 1 (only works on Soldiers) and Long range. </i>
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Once the hands are posted, the boost cards are drawn by both players, who then post their boosts in spoiler text. Having seen both player's hands, it is fun to post your thoughts and strategies in spoiler text, for those who may be observing.
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<b>IT IS ON!!!!!!!</b>
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Bear in mind, that there are cards whose abilities may come into play at any stage throught the game that are not mentioned here. Be aware of what you have, and when is appropriate to use them.
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The first player is now ready to attack. He picks his attacker and victim and posts them in the thread. Both attacking and defending cards are tapped. He also posts which boost he is using for this attack in spoiler text. Without looking at the boost spoiler, the defending player posts what his defensive boost will be. This should be posted in spoiler text as well. Having posted the defensive play, both players can look at the other player's boosts and see who won. The victorious card remains tapped, and the losing card is discarded.
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The cycle is repeated as the second player stages a counter attack.
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<b>FIREFIGHT</b>
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After the dust of the One on One round settles, you are ready for your Firefight. Both players count how many cards they have still in play and draw that number of cards from their deck. This is also the time to play any firefight special abilities, such as Explode or Extinguish. The player who deployed first launches the Firefight, adding up the number of hits on the cards he drew, he selects which opposing cards he wants to eliminate. You post what your Firefight draw was in the thread, using * as hits and ! as missles. Direct hits are usually indicated by a DH.
 
  
Example:
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==To Slaughter with Love==
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When we learned the Sgt. Slaughter had lost all of his GI Joe memorabilia, JC set out to make customs for him in this site [http://www.joecustoms.com/features/slaughter/slaughter.php tribute project].
  
1 x !
 
2 x *
 
1 x ***
 
1 x DH
 
  
Missles count as 2 *'s if used against a vehicle and 1 X if used against a soldier.
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==Original Character Custom Contest==
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While JC had held other custom contests like the The Alterna-Joe contest [http://www.joecustoms.com/features/contest/contest.php Original Character Custom Contest] was the first totally serious contest held for anyone in the community.
  
The above Firefight draw would equal 6 if used on a soldier or 7 if used on a vehicle, but with the DH, whatever unit is targeted will be eliminated, unless the hits are used on more than one opposing unit.
 
  
Once the attacker has posted his Firefight, the defending player double checks the math and removes the lost units. Once a card is lost in the first wave of the Firefight, his special abilities go with him. You cannot use Short Fuze's Long Range ability if he just got killed off. The defending player then posts his Firefight. Once the bullets stop flying, it is time for the second One on One round. It is a good practice after each Firefight to post your remaining layout, including which cards are tapped.  
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==CustomCon==
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JC has participated in 3 [http://www.joecustoms.com/features/customcon/customcon.php CustomCons], an online event in the customizing community that mimics Toy Fair with customizers showing off new Toy Lines or extensions of existing ones. In 2009, the Fury Force, Spooks Classic, Spooks Omega, and Spooks Monsters custom sets were auctioned off with all proceeds plus additional donations given to Hasbro's Children's Hospital.
  
The game continues in this manner until one player is victorious.
 
  
<b>Please note, we are on the Honor System here. It is understood that mistakes will be made, and rules can be overlooked or misunderstood. There is no punishment for being caught cheating, but come on, that's just lame. What fun is it to win like that? And if you're caught, it's likely no one will want to play with you anymore..</b>
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==Custom Celebration==
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[http://wiki.joecustoms.com/wiki/Custom_Celebration Custom Celebration] is an annual 2 week long event which was started to celebrate all things customs. It now includes the JoeCustoms Awards and is typically held right after Toy Fair.

Latest revision as of 13:27, 6 February 2013

One of the best things about JoeCustoms.com is the sense of community and family amongst its creative membership. As such it's not all talking about new releases that brings us together. Here are some of the games people on the board play, contests, competitions and general shenanigans that go on.


Contents


The JCAs

Initially started by Grand Slam, the Joe Customs Awards are an annual celebration of achievement in customising and dio making. They also recognise the effort put in by members on the board to make the site the place it is. The main JCA information page (including past results) can be found here.


Photoshop and Caption Contests

Usually held on a random basis, these pop up on the board from time to time (usually when everyone seems stressed). A simple and fun diversion, previous challenges have included photoshopping Beav or General Hawk's likeness in any way imaginable and captioning some surreal one frame dios. Rewards are often just the feeling of a job well done and a good laugh, though occasionally a small prize such as a custom title is awarded.


Group Projects

The JoeCustoms Group Projects (or GPs) are a theme based customising event usually running for around three months. Over this period customisers make a figure based around a pre-selected premise, such as 'Video Game Characters', 'Comic Packs' or something with a more elaborate background. The gallery of previous GPs can be found on the main site, while there is a more detailed FAQ here. The GPs are co-ordinated by Sidewinder on their own section of the forum


Larry Hama Custom Challenge

A one off competition to honour the man who created so much of GI Joe. The main information page, as well as a gallery of all the entries and winners, can be found here.


Recurring Threads

Several board members regularly put up (currently or previously) an on going series of threads with a common theme, They aren't all related to joe, but most are. Some examples include:

  • Character characterisations - zedhatch and others post a character (such as Copperhead) and how they portray them in their 'Joe-verse', inviting others to post their own ideas, thoughts, questions and comments.
  • DVD releases - Stealth Viper posts the list of upcoming DVD release title for people to peruse.
  • New Joe comics often get their own thread, often started by Bearcatcc, as well as any news on upcoming titles ar plans.
  • General Hawk, Mike T, and Leonardotdragon put a thread to discuss their latest reviews of figures and vehicles, old and new.
  • Create your own TRU 6 pack - Started by Sidewinder, a theme is given (Jungle Rescue) and the idea is to list your ideal six pack. It can be either Joe or Cobra, and as comprehensive as you like, down to the last part that is known to still exist, or just the general principle (Eel v2 in classic colours).
  • Man the Machine - Similar to the Six Pack, CabanaJack posted a thread asking people to give their ideal crew for a large vehicle (such as the WHALE), and why they chose each person.

Of course, the people who started these haven't got a monopoly on the ideas, so if you have an idea for a continuation of one of these or something different, feel free to post it on the board.


JCW

The JCW is JoeCustoms own dio based wrestling league. More information (current roster, matches etc) can be found on the JCW forum. Old match results from the first run can be found on the JCW wiki page.


Reviews

As soon as a new product comes out, everyone wants to know if it's worth tracking down or not. And as soon as a new product is in someone's hands there will no doubt be a mini review and much clamouring for pictures. It's not just new Joes, but other compatible lines, Transformers, comics, movies, games and more that get the once over. [http://www.joecustoms.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=65 Reviews Section of the forum.


GI Joe TCG

A number of members play the GI Joe Trading Card Game online through the Online TCG forum. A detailed description of the rules of play can be found here.


To Slaughter with Love

When we learned the Sgt. Slaughter had lost all of his GI Joe memorabilia, JC set out to make customs for him in this site tribute project.


Original Character Custom Contest

While JC had held other custom contests like the The Alterna-Joe contest Original Character Custom Contest was the first totally serious contest held for anyone in the community.


CustomCon

JC has participated in 3 CustomCons, an online event in the customizing community that mimics Toy Fair with customizers showing off new Toy Lines or extensions of existing ones. In 2009, the Fury Force, Spooks Classic, Spooks Omega, and Spooks Monsters custom sets were auctioned off with all proceeds plus additional donations given to Hasbro's Children's Hospital.


Custom Celebration

Custom Celebration is an annual 2 week long event which was started to celebrate all things customs. It now includes the JoeCustoms Awards and is typically held right after Toy Fair.

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