- Nov 18, 2014
- Charleston, South Carolina
- 3DS FC
- Switch FC
Hey there, welcome to Make Your Move! Make Your Move (or MYM) is a moveset writing contest, where you can design a moveset for absolutely any character you want and pit it against the creations of other writers to see who comes out victorious! By "any character," we really do mean any character – Nintendo, third-party, TV, comics, film, novels, OCs, ancient mythology, or even Real Life! There's no real limit on the character you can pick in terms of source medium. We focus on sets made in the Smash Bros. engine, whether it be the upcoming Smash Ultimate, Smash 4, Brawl, Project M, or even Melee and 64 if you so choose. Whatever character and game you pick, give it your best shot!!
A moveset is made up of 23 inputs:
- 4 Special Moves [ Neutral | Up | Side | Down ]
- 5 Standard Attacks [ Jab | Dash Attack | Up Tilt | Forward Tilt | Down Tilt ]
- 3 Smash Attacks [ Forward | Up | Down ]
- 5 Aerial Attacks [ Neutral | Up | Down | Forward | Back ]
- 6 Grab Game Inputs [ Grab | Pummel | Up Throw | Down Throw | Forward Throw | Back Throw ]
- Plus a Stats Section [ Movement | Size | Weight | any Unique Mechanics | etc. ]
You can list them in whatever order you want. Most movesets list Special Moves first, since their unique properties often tie a moveset together as a "core" and can be relevant to the rest of the moves. For example, Shulk's Monado Arts change up how the rest of his moves are used, so it'd be helpful to list his Special Moves at the beginning. Similarly, a character's Stats should go in the beginning bit.
Outside of that, the order varies a lot, but moves are almost always grouped together into the five sections bullet-pointed above. Do whatever you'd like here!
Other optional things you might want to include:
- Image of the character [ Recommended! ]
- Intro writeup for the character [ Recommended! ]
- Final Smash [ Recommended! ]
- Custom Specials
- Situational Attacks [ Ledge Attack | Getup Attack ]
- Miscellaneous Flavor [ Home Stage | Alternate Costumes | etc. ]
Having trouble writing a set? Just post in the thread or DM one of the five Leaders listed later in this post! We're always happy to check out WIP sets and provide feedback.
Traditionally, movesets are posted in the thread itself, as regular posts. However, it is allowed to host movesets offsite, such as with Google Docs, for the sake of formatting control, reliability, or the like. For Google Docs in particular, there is a handy [ TEMPLATE ] you can use. If you're signed into Docs, just hit file > make a copy and you're good to go.
Finally, for a more "in-depth" guide to moveset writing, see the second post in this thread. Check it out if you want to really step up your movesetting game!
"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."
After reading a moveset, why not share your thoughts on it? That's what a Comment is! You can share your impressions, give advice / feedback on what you think could be improved, and / or praise the moveset's strengths. Just anything you want to say after reading the set! The author of the set'll really appreciate it! Also, do leave a Like on sets you read and enjoy, which while not as strong as a Comment still gets the idea across to an extent.
Not only is reading and Commenting movesets helpful for the author of the set, but it can also help the Commenter's skills improve by learning from other sets' strengths and weaknesses. Also, in order to Vote at the very end of Make Your Move 21, a user must post at least 10 Comments throughout the course of the contest, to demonstrate that he has read enough movesets to give an informed vote.
If you want to take Commenting a step further, why not start your own Rankings? Rankings are a post (in the thread or otherwise) where you list the sets you've read, and say how good you think each set is. Many Rankings use a ten-star system, but other systems are definitely possible. Five-star, category-based, and other types of Rankings have all been used in the past, so just use whichever format you'd like. One common theme is humorous "Ranking images," or a funny image posted along with each set's Ranking.
You'll see Rankings from a lot of experienced MYMers, but anyone is free to make one of their own! Just make sure to put them in spoiler tags, so you don't take up a lot of space in the thread. This also has the handy benefit of resizing images to be more uniform.
On the subject of Rankings, the User Rankings are an entirely separate, Leadership-run competition which tracks all activity by users in the thread. You'll get points for posting sets, but you'll also get some for posting Comments or even just posting in general!
In the past, each Make Your Move contest ended around the time one hundred movesets had been posted in that contest. Since Make Your Move 19, however, a strict deadline has been used instead. For MYM21, that deadline is [ February 10th ]. Don't miss it!
At the end of a contest, it's a MYM tradition to vote on all the sets posted in the thread! Any user who has posted at least 10 Comments may submit a Vote to one of the Vote Gurus via a Smashboards DM. You have 36 Votes to award to movesets you think deserve it, split between these categories:
- 15 Weak Votes [ 2 Points ]
- 12 Regular Votes [ 5 Points ]
- 8 Super Votes [ 9 Points ]
(These votes are listed in order of ascending value!)
Give these Votes to sets you like, and the set with the most points wins! You don't have to use every single Vote, but you can't go over the maximum for each category.
You may also choose to upgrade some of your Votes into Vote Pluses. You may upgrade one Super Vote into a Super Vote Plus, making it worth 11 Points instead of 9 Points. The other two Vote types may each have three Vote Pluses, becoming worth 1 Point more than usual.
It goes without saying, but you can't vote on your own sets. This would give those who vote a disadvantage in terms of placing well, so there are measures in place to reward those who vote with extra points to compensate.
Immediately after the contest ends, there is a Voting Period, where everybody has time to read movesets they missed, compile a Vote List, and submit it to the Vote Gurus. After that, the Leaders will work hard on completing the Top Fifty, a ranking of the top-voted movesets!
Despite the name, the Top Fifty no longer always has fifty movesets, due to the deadline changes made in MYM19. Instead, any moveset with at least two Votes of any kind, OR at least one Super Vote, is eligible for the Top Fifty. It's posted in the thread along with some fanfare, as per tradition. Will your set place on the Top Fifty?
For the Top Fifty, the Leaders will break ties when needed. There'll always be raw voting data available, so you can peek behind the curtain if you'd like.
Beyond The ThreadMYM-Operated Communities and Sites
Make Your Move has a very active Discord chat, where all the discussion happens. There's a handy [ LINK ] to join it right away! Feel free to pop in and say hello after reading the rules.
The Bunker [ LINK ] is pretty much a Make Your Move encyclopedia, filled with links to past movesets from contests of yesteryear and even handy articles! Smash Daddy and Warlord hold the admin powers to this website, so DM them if you want to post something here.
The Stadium [ LINK ] is like the home page of Make Your Move outside of the thread. It houses the current contest's moveset list (so right now, MYM21's), raw Top Fifty data, and MasterWarlord's personal Rankings.
The Whiteboard [ LINK ] is an ancient forum where unfinished or "lost" movesets were posted long ago. It's now largely defunct due to changes in the forum's host, but lives on as an archive.
KuroganeHammer [ LINK ] is a treasure trove of technical details about moves in Smash Ultimate, as well as a handful of other games. Check it out if you want a reference point for how much damage a move should deal, how quick it should be, or anything like that.
There exists a thread on Smashboards [ LINK ] which houses gifs for some characters' attack hitboxes. The data is from Smash 4 and not Ultimate, but it's still a handy resource for the range and animation of moves.
Art of Smash [ LINK ] is a video series by Izaw about the intricacies of how Smash 4 is played. The first four videos talk about the game as a whole, a valuable resource for understanding both the controls and the mentality of the game. Then there's an ever-growing list of character-specific videos, going over lots of tricks, combos, and techniques which can inspire moves in a MYM set. Most important, perhaps, is the videos' emphasis on the "playstyle" of a character, or the method by which one makes a moveset feel like a cohesive whole.
There's also a sequel series to Art of Smash, called Art of Smash Ultimate, made by the same person and for the same purpose: [ LINK ]
The organizers of Make Your Move, the five Leaders of the community make sure everything keeps running smoothly here in our little contest. Leaders are generally well-respected and usually very seasoned MYMers, sometimes having been in the community since MYM's inception! Feel free to hit us up via Smashboards or Discord if you want to chat, we're here to help.
Here's some of our Leadership's funky-freshiest sets to date:MasterWarlord | "WL" | "MW" | "Warlord"
If MYM were a game, Warlord would be its final boss. He appears semi-rarely in chat, but makes shockwaves when he does, packing huge influence due to his extensive history and unparalleled Top 10 placings. His commentary is harsh, but loaded with useful advice, insights, and a special brand of blunt comedy. Warlord's movesetting resume, even, is filled with Heavyweight Male Antagonists – expect lots of intricate sets with interactions between moves, minions, constructs, and terraforming. Plus move animations involving the physical abuse of at least two of those four things.
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King K. Rool
142, as of MYM20
Dragon Quest [ Yangus, MYM18 (1st) ]
Fist of the North Star [ Lord Morgan, MYM17 (5th) ]
Ultimate Muscle / Kinnikuman [ Blocks, MYM17 (11th) ]
Warcraft [ Varimathras, MYM18 (10th) ]
One Piece [ Arlong, MYM16 (10th) ]
Donkey Kong [ Bashmaster the Brash, MYM15 (5th) ]
Fullmetal Alchemist [ Father Cornello, MYM16 (2nd) ]
Crash Bandicoot [ N. Brio, MYM19 (3rd) ]
Dragon Ball Z [ Guldo, MYM20 (6th) | Burter, MYM20 (20th) | Recoome, MYM20 (4th) | Captain Ginyu, MYM20 (12th) ]
Smash Daddy | "Smady"
Smady is a pillar of MYM through and through. His achievements and history are really, really impressive, but the first thing you notice about him is what he does in the community today. Smady posts in-depth comments, regularly has a presence in the Discord chat, and of course creates top-notch movesets for all to enjoy. The main trend to his sets in terms of characters is poison comedic-end villains, but he does have quite a varied pool. No matter the character, anticipate a next-level set with lots of depth to it.
Also, last contest (and this contest too, I do believe), Smady ran / is running a challenge for MYMers to post sets under 5,000 or 10,000 words, which believe it or not is a challenge for quite a few of us! If you happen to be new around these parts, that oughta be the perfect jumping-in point! Not much point in trying to write a dissertation of a moveset on your first day. Personally I really enjoy writing shorter sets, so last contest I had a lot of fun with this challenge. ^^
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72, as of MYM20
Dragon Quest [ King Korol, MYM17 (4th) ]
Ace Attorney [ Kristoph Gavin, MYM18 (4th) ]
Final Fantasy [ Jecht, MYM18 (6th) ]
Resident Evil [ William Birkin, MYM17 (6th) ]
Illbleed [ Michael Reynolds, MYM13 (5th) ]
CD-i [ Hotel Mario Roy, MYM19 (9th) ]
Cuphead [ Goopy Le Grande, MYM20 (29th) | Wally Warbles, MYM20 (32nd) | Werner Werman, MYM20 (10th) | Djimmi the Great, MYM20 (17th) | Dr. Kahl, MYM20 (13th) ]
ForwardArrow | "FA"
FA, like the other two so far, has a really impressive history behind him! Beginning to notice a pattern between these Leaders, I reckon. His set output is notable not for quantity, but for quality, with lots of Top 3 placings, wins, and popular hits under his belt. Expect a healthy blend of different villain varieties from FA, but with a higher proportion of brutal / "edgy" characters than of anything else. In his commentary, FA is sometimes blunt, sometimes slightly less blunt, but pretty much always helpf░l.
As a bit of an aside, FA as of late really has been a quality friend for me personally, so I'm quite thankful for him myself.
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45, as of MYM20
Yu-Gi-Oh! [ Vector, MYM15 (1st) ]
Magic: The Gathering [ Jarad, MYM13 (1st) ]
Original Characters [ Iguana, MYM19 (1st) | Knight, MYM19 (2nd) | Metireon, MYM19 (2nd) | Hee-Mo, MYM20 (36th) ]
Puella Magi Madoka Magica [ Homura Akemi, MYM10 (22nd) ]
Dark Falz [ Dark Falz Remix, MYM14 (20th) ]
Drakengard [ Intoner Three, MYM15 (2nd) ]
Cookie Clicker [ The Grandmatriarchs, MYM16 (5th) ]
FrozenRoy | "Froy" | "Roy"
Froy is a pretty down to earth guy, which makes him awesome to have around in chat and in the thread in a lot of ways. His tastes, though, are anything but down to earth in the context of MYM's Leadership. A lot of Froy's movesets take the form of characters from MOBAs, card games, and the pièce de résistance, Touhou. A break from the villain spam is pretty welcome. Also, this man has a huge moveset output given how he joined more recently than any of the three Leaders listed above! Even at this breakneck pace, Froy really puts a lot of care into each set, and you can always expect to find a lot to enjoy.
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1st [ Sho Minamimoto, MYM14 ]
80, as of MYM20
Touhou [ Remilia Scarlet, MYM14 (8th) ]
Warcraft [ Baron Rivendare, MYM16 (13th) ]
RWBY [ Weiss Schnee, MYM15 (14th) ]
League of Legends [ Viktor, MYM16 (8th) ]
Dark Souls [ Artorias the Abysswalker, MYM18 (11th) ]
Defense of the Ancients 2 [ Anti-Mage, MYM18 (17th) ]
Yu-Gi-Oh! [ Night's End Sorcerer Remix, MYM15 (21st) ]
The World Ends With You [ Sho Minamimoto, MYM14 (1st) ]
Pokémon [ Haunter, MYM20 (18th) ]
Star Wars [ Count Dooku, MYM17 (18th) ]
Munomario777 | "Muno"
And as of MYM20, I am also a Leader! My history is much less impressive than the other Leaders', since I joined as late as MYM16 and only really became a Good MYMer last contest. I make sets for an unusually high amount of Generic Nintendo Protagonists compared to most other setmakers. In terms of style, a lot of my sets (such as Doomfist from MYM20) are kind of simpler in some ways. I really enjoy focusing on a core mechanic or playstyle idea and fleshing it out, as well as integrating lots of cool mechanics from the Smash Bros. engine. My tastes are really weird and contrarian, too – expect me to complain about sets having too many hard interactions and AI minions despite the fact that I never read anywhere near as much as I should.
I also run some of the external communities of MYM, namely the Discord server and r/MakeYourMove (links to which can be found in the "Beyond The Thread" section of this post). Let me know if you have any questions / etc about them!
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8th [ Doomfist, MYM20 ]
57, as of MYM20
Fantasy Strike [ Jefferson DeGrey, MYM20 (26th) | Valerie Rose, MYM20 (25th) | Jaina Stormborne, MYM20 (23rd) ]
Pokémon [ Alolan Pokémon Trainer, MYM18 (41st) ]
This goes without saying, but MYM abides by the [ RULES ] set in place by the folks in charge of this website, so keep that in mind! Please remember to report posts that break the rules, instead of replying to them.
And that's pretty much it! Go have fun writing, reading, and critiquing sets. Write your moveset, carve your legacy, Make Your Move!