The Fantasy Moveset Design Contest
Make Your Move? What's that? It's a place where we make hypothetical Smash Bros movesets! You've seen them in action, but were you satisfied with Smash 4's selection and movesets? Then the movesetting gods are calling for you. Want Roy? Want Rool? Cool! Kick that brain into overdrive and show us your moves! Show us your love, and show us who you are. You might have come here for Nintendo, but that's not to say you're limited to games - you can make anything you want! Books, films, TV, fanfictions, toys, manga, anime or even stuff from real life! It's like we're making our very own Smash game, only we get to do whatever we want with it. And once we're finished, we have all the boys (and girls) square off against each other in a Top 50! We've been doing this for over 8 years now, and we're not sick of it yet!
Movesets are made up of a 23 mandatory inputs: 4 specials, jab, dash attack, 3 tilts, 3 smashes, 5 aerials and the grab/pummel plus 4 throws. You will need these and a picture of your character at the very least, or else we totally unfortunately won't be able to count your set (and we like to have lots of movesets on our list!). We also urge you to provide a brief summary of your character, their stats and -possibly- a Final Smash, but these aren't absolutely necessary to making the list. Note that Custom Specials are entirely optional, as are situtional attacks such as ledge attacks or get-up attacks, though most people won't care whether you include them or not. If you're having trouble with your moves for whatever reason, be sure to send us leaders a Private Message.
Below are our funkiest, lengthiest movesets to date. Most of them are really long and complex.
LIST] that compares Brawl characters' stats with numerical values between 1-10 which are generally used to portray a character's stats in movesets. Or you could just compare a character's stats to those of an existing Smash character.
While not obligatory, it is generally polite to give your critique on a moveset you've read. This not only helps others to improve, it's also a helpful exercise that provides stimulation for one's self. A great man once said: "Famous writers got to where they are due to reading a large amount of literature, and it’s the same with movesets. Commenting forces you to articulate that knowledge and put it to word; the helpfulness of this exercise cannot be overstated.". If you're not sure what to say, just try your best!
If you liked a moveset, be sure to click the Like button. That tells people you read their moveset and liked it, even without a comment. But do try to comment, because no one likes being neglected.
Some movesetters take commenting a step further (or outright skip it) and actually rank the movesets they've read, usually posting these lists on the opening page. These rankings can give you a good idea of what's hot and usually come with funny pictures, but don't be offended if your set is ranked low - that just means there's room for improvement. Can you win the Warlord Challenge and top his rankings list? (because that's really tough, man)
MasterWarlord, FrozenRoy, ForwardArrow and ChaosKiwi all run their own rankings, but anyone can really if they're feeling like an entrepreneur. All rankings posted in this thread are advised to be put in collapse tags to not only prevent unnecessary page-stretching (we get enough of that with movesets), but also because the collapse tags will automatically reduce the size of images to make them look more consistent.
Aside from your typical rankings, FrozenRoy also runs the User Rankings which tally the thread activity of all users in sort-of mini competition, a concept originally created by Smash Daddy. These come with sweet banners specialized for each user, and may provide you with incentive as either your first or highest-placing set is the character who represents you on the banner.
After a bunch of months, we end the submission period and get to everyone's favorite part of the contest - the voting period! The end date is usually announced a week or month in advance, contesting normally ending with 100+ sets.
This the part where you vote for other people's sets and feel awesome when yours gets lots of votes. A vote is the best compliment you could give, but be sure to put some thought into it and take every set in the contest into account when doing so. Also, no voting for your own set, because otherwise everyone would do that.
To actually vote, you have to show us an understanding of movesetting by advertising 3 movesets you liked in your own words, lest Fred and his friends all come in and vote thoughtlessly. This "advertising period" occurs right after the submission period ends and lasts for a week, after which you will be allowed to vote within the week that follows.
When voting, you get 40 votes:
8 Super Votes - 9 points
16 Regular Votes - 5 points
16 Weak Votes - 2 points
Which are then distributed accordingly to the sets you thought were super-totally-fabulously-awesome, and those you thought were kinda cool. You don't have to use all your votes, but try to use at least half of them. Once you're done voting, send your list to BOTH FrozenRoy AND MasterWarlord, the Vote Gurus, through Private Message/Conversation.
As the name implies, this is a list of the 50 most popular movesets in the contest, as chosen by collective votes. Getting into the Top 10 is fabulous, but actually winning is even better, of course. Leadership does make some changes to the list such as tiebreaking and shifting, but nothing too major. A raw Top 50, along with everyone's votelists, is posted on The Stadium as well, though you may request your votelist be kept private.
Beyond the Thread
There's more to Make Your Move than meets the eye: as a longstanding community, we've taken the liberty of establishing a few sites to meet our movesetting needs, so if you really wanna get in on the action you'll want to take a gander at these...
Skype is where we chat; better than XAT. We talk about One Piece, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Nintendo-related stuff and even movesetting...maybe. We'll scout you if you show commitment to moveset making, but otherwise feel free to give us leaders a PM if you want to be added. Be sure to bring your Smashboards username (or something similar to identify yourself with) and a picture of a fictional character you want to be associated with.
The Stadium is the home page of Make Your Move where you'll find the current contest's moveset list, raw Top 50 data and MasterWarlord's set rankings. Announcements may pop up from time to time, but these rarely show up nowadays.
The Bunker is more or less the encylopedia of Make Your Move, filled to the brim with links to past movesets, contests and even useful articles to make you smarter. I hold administrative power over this site as of now, so just shoot me a message if you wanna become a member.
The Whiteboard is where you go to preview movesets or look up sets that couldn't be finished. It also contains image sets that were unfortunately shrunk down by the advent of Xenforo.
This is generally seen as the personified elite of the contest and those people who actually do have some limited responsibilities in running this business. If you ever want to talk to us, just give us a ring via Smashboard's Conversation system or through Skype!
Kat is a bit eccentric and has some obscure tastes, but is able to hold up the fort when there's nobody else to fill the gap. Master of female anime characters, comical JRPGs and doing stuff that other people don't.
Smady is the most dignified of all the leaders (you can totally tell from his avatar), yet is friendly and supportive to the point where he's surprisingly easy to approach. Master of the User Rankings, big bads, poison and cheesy b-horror. Expect to see this guy leading the pack when it comes to big community-based moveset projects.
Old Man Warlord is very direct, and has a snarky sense of humor that makes him surprisingly funny - especially when it comes to his comment titles and ranking pictures. Master of Heavyweight Male Antagonists, boulders, pits, ground chunks, pummel KOs, 3v1 boss sets and many, many other movesetting tropes buried in his deep history that don't involve female characters whatsoever. Is the only known MYM'er to have died and come back from the pit.
He can be uncertain at times and hates the majority of pop culture, but FA is always there to comment and help people with their sets. Master of darkness, eldrictch abominations, trading cards and final bosses that start off in their final form. Expect serious sets for serious characters.
Froy is our casual boy who is friendly and easy to approach, both person and set-wise, and it -Shos- in his avatar! Master of Touhou and all the popular Western MMORPGs, but is also known to do a little bit of everything. Usually posts more sets than any other leader.
There are [RULES] out there set by the powers that be, and should be followed so you don't get sent to the naughty corner. Please remember to report before replying to posts that break the rules.
And with that, have fun everybody! No seriously dude, Make Your Move is meant to be fun...and also educational if you read a set for a character you've never heard of. With that in mind, go on out and carve your own legacy!