is fast approaching, and since the Big Experiment we run there
is our most significant event of the year, we're starting to
get into high gear towards getting ready.
One thing I've been doing this week to prepare has been figuring
out the designs for the 38 prize medallions we'll be giving to
the winners of this year's series of annual tournaments. To see
the full set of designs, check out this year's Gallery
of Big Experiment Medallions. (And to see when the competitions
for these medallions will be held, see the Schedule
of Events for Big Experiment #9.)
While pulling together the art for these medallions is always
a certain amount of work, it was a lot easier to do this year
than usual. We realized last year that we had too many different
events going on at once, so this year we've been trying to cut
back rather than expand. Of course we had to add a major Zombie Fluxx
tournament, but we shrunk a number of other events and even dropped
a few of the least popular tournaments.
All except one of the designs for this year's slate of 38
medallions feature existing artwork. But this year I'm introducing
a new award for which I had to draw a new image: a Men's Runner-Up
for the Aquarius Hair-Down.
As you probably know, the rule for who goes first in Aquarius
inspired a standalone contest for who has the longest hair, which
we call the Hair-Down. For years I've been awarding a second
medallion to the runner-up, but this year there will be two runner-up
awards. Why? Because men need a separate award in this field.
The field of competitors in an Aquarius Hairdown are almost
always all women. Usually one or two long-haired guys will jump
in, just for the fun of hanging out with all those beautiful
long-haired women, but these days they never have a chance against
the amazing lockes sported by famous hair-athletes such as Meg
Gandy, Di Suddeth, Emily Frawley, and Grey Dutton.
So, just as the Olympics divides men and women for many competitions,
I've decided to create a separate award for men in this category,
since they have so little hope of ever winning when competing
head-to-head against women. Hopefully this will bring a new generation
of male hair-athletes to this exciting field of competition!
Just to be clear on how this will work: Everyone competes
as usual for the Hair-Down Championship, which goes to whoever
has the longest hair, regardless of gender. The runner-up awards
then go to the longest haired woman and man still in the lineup.
So if you're a long-haired gamer dude who never bothers competing
in the hairdown because you know you're going to lose to a girl,
never fear! Now you have a chance! (Or do you? Is your hair longer
than mine? Because you know I'm going to be competing!)