Thursday, 21 March 2013

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Home of the Month March 2013 Round #1

Over the next ten days we will reveal the top 25 entrants for the HOTM contest.  As we previously promised we are also including the entries from both July and August for consideration. As of today’s date there are over 440 entries - wow! This means that being showcased as one of the top 25 is HUGE!  The Fansite reaches over 285,000 Sims players from around the world making the HOTM competition the contest to win!

The first three homes to make it to the top 25 are exceptional and represent the ‘best of the best’! For round one we’ve selected a beautiful, a modern and an edgy home for your viewing pleasure. I know you will love them as much as we do!

Mikhail’s Valleyview House 

A long time crowd favorite, Mikhail has created a breathtakingly beautiful water oasis replete with canopy beds, cleverly constructed walkways over the illusionary water created by using different gradations of tiles, a kitchen, living room and Jacuzzi island, as well as a gorgeous fountain created using the grouping method.  We weren’t sure how one gets to the top canopy bed until we noticed that Mikhail’s Sim has wings! Mystery solved. We just love the ‘airy’ feel of this property, the soft colours and the symmetry.

Stephen’s Modern Home 

Stephen is known for his amazing tile art so we were pleasantly surprised when we noticed that he is designing homes as well. Stephens’s modern home is such a close imitation of a real thing that we had to look twice to ascertain if it was real or not! As you can see, Stephen has climbed the ranks as an expert grouper, stacker, illusionist and creative designer.  We especially love the tiered roof! The stairs from the deck create a nice finishing touch. Stephen has chosen a colour pallette is both striking and fresh. The black and white against the tan really makes the modern house ‘pop’ and the greens and blues creates a sense of calm and serenity.

Jo’s edgy ‘In the Ghetto’ home

Having just returned from the ‘big city’ I was both thrilled and humoured to stumble upon Jo’s ‘In the Ghetto’ submission. Not often do we get to see the edgy side of things, but with Jo’s talent and sense of humour we get to visit the seedy side of Little Haven. Take a minute and look at all of the detail in this design. There’s a sludge filled broken fountain in the foreground, garbage spilling of the garbage cans, an abandoned derelict building where squatters undoubtedly live, egged and broken windows, a  homeless person warming up by the fire pit, and to round it all out, a liquor store with a ‘wanted’ poster on the front.  We can’t say enough about this sardonic take on SimGhetto – we think it is simply brilliant!

What do you think? Do you love these as much as we do?   Are you going to create your own design and submit it to the HOTM contest?

I've mentioned stacking and other illusion techniques throughout this post and I am pleased to inform you that soon we will have a dedicated section on The Sims Social Fansite for 'tips and tricks' related to The Sims Social home design. The Fansite is partnering with top designers throughout the Sims Universe to gather the latest and best tutorials and tips available anywhere! Stay tuned for a further announcement!

You Could be Next ! Enter March’s HOTM Contest – there are still 10 days to enter!

Do you want a chance of being crowned the HOTM designer as well as winning 250 Sim Cash? We are accepting HOTM entries from now until March 31, 2013. The winner will be announced on April 10th. In addition to new designs we will be including all of the qualifying designs posted in the old forum for July and August's contest. That's right - this will be the BIGGEST contest in Sims Social history! To enter, simply register at our brand new and improved Sims Social Fansite Forum and post your design(s) to the HOTM March 2013 thread. You may also want to post your 1) Tile Art, 2) Inspirational Homes, 3) Plumbobs Around the World, 4) Fan Art or 5) start your own topic in the forum.

What you need to do to enter:
  • Post a screen shot of your Sims Social Home on the new Sims Social Fansite Forum. (If you include a photoshopped entry you must also include the same design without being photoshopped. Entries must be original and created by the entrant and cannot be copies of someone else’s designs. It is wonderful to be ‘inspired’ by someone else’s work, put please enter your own creative designs in the HOTM contest).
  • Post a link to your Face Book profile. (We need this to award your prize to you should you win. Please remember to include this as many past entries were disqualified because they failed to include this vital information).
  • Post a screen shot of a post to your profile wall showing that you have “shared” one of our Fansite postsNEW: Extra points will be awarded if you also share the HOTM Fansite post.
Entries will be judged using our point system where our Fansite team members will choose their top 25 entries. The top 25 entries will be posted on our Fansite Page from April 1 to April 7th, 2013 to be voted on by you. The top four and winner will be determined through points gained from the number of ‘likes’ they receive from you as well as points afforded by our Fansite staff based on the designs Style, Space, Design, Flow, Composition, Artistic Elements (texture, form, shape, colour, line and tone), Creativity, and Originality regardless of Sim Cash items, house value or use of expert stacking and design techniques.  The winner will be announced on April 10th, 2013. Good luck!

So what are you waiting for? Enter your designs for a chance to win and to be profiled in:

Feel free to chat with on TwitterFacebook, our Forum or via our Chat Room about these amazing designs.

We can't wait to see your HOTM Submissions! Happy designing!

1 comment:

  1. i have not been able to enter the budge gaming website for two days now:

    please advise as to why?
    i have been participating in the HOTM (feb & mar) and would like to enter more designs in the contest.

    if you do respond, please tag me.


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