MSE Awards 2016: Best Set

MSE Awards 2016: Best Set

Ashura by Community
41% (9 votes)
Mukrasa Overhaul by ThisisSakon
0% (0 votes)
Pyramids of Atuum by Daij Djan
41% (9 votes)
Revolution of Delkor by ZephyrPhantom
9% (2 votes)
Stratopol by thehuw
9% (2 votes)
Total votes: 22
Sat, 2017-04-29 11:32
Friendly MSE Designer
Guitarweeps's picture

Here are the nominations for the Best Set of 2016 Award. We had a lot of great sets but these are the cream of the crop. Feel free to discuss anything below and happy voting!

Best Set of 2016 wrote:

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By MSE Community

Often, too many cooks spoil the soup, but such is not the case with community set Ashura which is a testament to MSE's ability to co-operate in making a fine project. It features diverse but cohesive worldbuilding with engrossing cultures, beautiful landscapes (even including a world map), and of course big dinos. Everyone loves dinos! A solid mechanical base that plays out well and ties into the harsh world of huge predators with very little to fight back with.

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By ThisisSakon

The new Mukrasa, in addition to being a fine set on its own merits, is an exemplary demonstration of willingness to recognize one's own mistakes and the fastidiousness to renovate one's old work to higher standards. A marked improvement from the original, the result being a beautiful and engrossing setting with solid mechanical play.

By Daij Djan

Pyramids of Atuum is a unique project to design a world where there is no green mana due to the expansive deserts. The other colors are forced to pick up the slack but carefully so without breaking the color pie and to impressive results. Mechanics like mirage really capture the desert and we get the return of Fortress cards.

By ZephyrPhantom

Future Sight is appreciated far and wide for its shameless experimentative spirit. Revolution of Delkor, ZephyrPhantom's decidedly-wacky homage, takes that spirit further than even Future Sight dared to: not only does it go outside the box, it breaks the box and sculpts its shards into an experience that never fails to surprise.

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By thehuw

A city world setting that sets itself apart from Ravnica, inventive mechanical directions and engaging character-driven stories elevate Stratopol a cut above the rest. The flavour of Stratopol feels urban without bringing the modern world to mind distractingly much, with its heightened conveyance of "grassroots" life in a city-world that resembles ours but with just enough magic and fantasy to not feel out of place. A very pleasant flavour experience reminiscent of Discworld at its best. The weaving of patterns into the mechanical is very fluid and creates play that is completely different then you would normally experience with “traditional” mechanics.

Honorable Mention to Dara

By ﻼ

A great omniverse set that really evokes cool tech and computer savviness. Mechanics and flavor both really highlight this perfectly. All while giving great designs in the omniverse setting.

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Sun, 2017-04-30 12:49
Community Award
Horizons's picture

Is it really fair for Ashura to compete with sets made by individuals?

Sun, 2017-04-30 13:29
thehuw's picture

I guess you vote for the set, not the user. I do feel Ashura is at an advantage, but I'm okay with that.

Sun, 2017-04-30 13:50
Friendly MSE Designer
Guitarweeps's picture

That is what I originally kinda thought but was argued out of it by multiple users who make sets individually. There are disadvantages to both as to many hands in the pot CAN lead to it being muddled. Also many of the sets made by individuals actually go through a sort of development phase with other users even if a single user makes them. That is their own choice. Also note that Ashura is currently neck and neck with a set made by a single user.

As far as voting though...I think that a community made set does have some advantage maybe just because more people are invested in it. I just hope that people can overcome bias and vote for the set they really think is best.

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Fri, 2017-05-05 06:35
Head Administrator
marioware2's picture

Mostly I'm just annoyed Tourney at Whiterun isn't an option here. Pyramids is cool and all, but I'd retract my vote and throw my hat in the Tourney ring in an instant if there was a write-in option.

Sat, 2017-05-06 15:35
Moderator Best Set of 2016
Daij_Djan's picture

Well, I personally think voting bias can work in both directions especially because of the group vs. individual issue - so I think it's totally fine.

Have to admit, I'd so love to tie again with Ashura, though Big smile