- Aug 17, 2011
The Fantasy Moveset Design Contest
This is a moveset making contest, where you can make a moveset for any character you want and pit it against other creations to see what comes out on top! We do mean any character, whether they're from a video game, TV show, movie, book, comic, original characters, even mythological figures and real-life people have seen movesets before. There's no real rule or guideline on what you want to pick, just as long as you can put it into a set for an existing Smash game. Smash 4, Brawl, Project M are all fair game. Whatever you want to try to translate into Smash, no matter how unorthodox, you can do it. We want to see what you can come up with!
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 or solid description 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 and their stats, but those aren't absolutely necessary. A final smash is also highly recommended. 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 leader's funkiest, lengthiest movesets to date. From the long and complex to the straightforward yet deep, we've got a repitoire of movesets that everyone can enjoy!
LINK]. This is the most commonly used and accepted source for stats and it even has character frame data!
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.". Unfortunately, there's been a bit of a deficit of comments lately, so we're making a new change to the voting requirements. Rather than advertisements, a total of 10 comments will be necessary over the course of the contest to be able to vote. If you're not really sure how to comment, just say what you were thinking while reading the set, what you enjoyed and think could be done better. Your thoughts are always appreciated. For that matter, we can promise you that giving feedback and exchanging conversation back and forth with moveset creators will be very helpful to the ability to develop your own sets.
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 get that glorious Warlordian 10 star and make his favorite set of all time?
Smash Daddy, MasterWarlord, FrozenRoy, ForwardArrow, Bionichute, Munomario777 and Reigaheres all run their own rankings, but anyone can really if they're feeling like an entrepreneur. Ask us if you do make some and we'll add you to the list too! 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. This is another, less prominent competition where winning shows a great deal of contribution to the contest.
For most of Make Your Move's history, the contest has ended when we had 100+ sets no matter how long it took. But for Make Your Move 19 and now 20, we will be using a set ending date, and barring exceptional circumstances be holding it. The submission period of Make Your Move 19 will specifically be 5 months long, ending on February 1st. Make sure to get your sets out before then!
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.
As mentioned before, you cannot vote until you've made 10 comments. That being said, there will be time to read and get in comments before voting begins, though it would be preferable if you made as many comments as possible and sooner rather than later. If you've already commented a set but feel it has not gotten the recognition it deserves due to being left unread or underrated, you can always advertise a set to draw attention to it as well.
When voting, you get 35 votes, including "Vote Plus":
8 Super Votes - 9 points (1 Super Vote Plus - 11 Points)
12 Regular Votes - 5 points (3 Regular Vote Plusses - 6 Points)
15 Weak Votes - 2 points (3 Weak Vote Plusses - 3 Points)
You may choose, as stated, 1 Super Vote, 3 Regular Votes and 3 Weak Votes to make into "Plus" votes, which get more points than a normal vote of its type. These are 100% optional, but mostly intended to give points to your favorite set each contest (the Super Vote Plus) and to sets which just miss your Super Vote (the RV Plusses) or Regular Vote (the WV plusses) list. You can of course distribute them as you want, though, if you even do,
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 ForwardArrow, the Vote Gurus, through Private Message/Conversation on Smashboards.
With 100+ sets no longer a guarentee in Make Your Move, the Top 50 has changed as well. Sets will now place if they receive two votes of any kind or one Super Vote, up to a MAXIMUM of 50 sets, at which point they'll begin dropping off like flies. If less than 50 sets do this, then it simply becomes a Top equal to that number, for example a Top 46 like we got last contest. Competition is frequently fierce, but there is little as joyous in Make Your Move as to see hard work rewarded with a good placing. Leadership will break ties, but otherwise rarely makes changes, and a Raw Top 50 showing the exact point totals and votelists is posted to The Stadium every contest.
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. We used to have fancy banners for all of them, but unfortunately Photobucket decided to start charging $400 a month, so until we get replacements we'll have to make due.
Skype is where we chat, as for the purposes of those in the contest it serves as the most effective communication device. We talk a lot about movesets here, but also generally whatever's come out that's relevant to the contest, though its perfectly fine to talk about your favorite fiction here. Or your least favorite, mockery has become an important element of the contest. Things get particularly fun around E3 and major Nintendo directs, so look out for those.
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 encyclopedia of Make Your Move, filled to the brim with links to past movesets, contests and even useful articles to make you smarter. Smash Daddy and Warlord hold administrative powers on this site, so message them if you want to get on.
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.
The organizers of the thread, general decision-makers for major issues and more, Leadership helps make sure to keep everything running like a well-oiled machine and consists of some of the biggest and well known names in the contest, with multiple members having been here since nearly Make Your Move's inception. If you ever want to talk to us, just give us a ring via Smashboard's Conversation system or through Skype: We're always happy to help!
MasterWarlord has been around since Make Your Move 3, and has been a pillar of the community since its inception. He has been in the leadership and placed Top 10 in every contest since its inception, as well as having the most Top 10 placings of anyone in the community by far. When you see a Warlord set, you should usually expect a villain, usually a large one that varies between goofy and very imposing. Perhaps in response to the lack of villains in Smash 4, he's made enough to fill up the entire Smash 4 roster twice over! He's also as harsh a critic as you'll find in this community, but he also has plenty of valuable advice and entertaining commentary that makes him plenty worth listening to. Can you impress our Great Heavyweight King?
First Contest: Make Your Move 3
First Set: King K. Rool
Highest Placing: 1st (Make Your Move 6 - The Count, Make Your Move 8 - Dark Bowser, Make Your Move 18 - Yangus)
Notable Franchises: Dragon Quest (Yangus - Make Your Move 18 - 1st), Fist of the North Star (Lord Morgan - Make Your Move 17 - 5th), Ultimate Muscle / Kinnikuman (Blocks - Make Your Move 17 - 11th), Warcraft (Varimathras - Make Your Move 18 - 10th), One Piece (Arlong - Make Your Move 16 - 10th), Donkey Kong (Bashmaster the Brash - Make Your Move 15 - 5th), Fullmetal Alchemist (Father Cornello - Make Your Move 16 - 2nd), Crash Bandicoot(N. Brio - Make Your Move 19 - 3rd)
Smash Daddy is another member with immense achievements, having won four contests in history and only missing a couple Top 10's in an early, irrelevant part of his history. He's also been fairly instrumental in assisting in the development of many members of the community, including yours truly, who was practically brought up as his student. Smash Daddy makes sets from a wide variety of source material, but tends towards more comedic yet villainous figures. Beneath the comedic exteriors of this characters lies a consistently impressive depth to his movesets that makes for a very interesting read that will most likely surpass your expectations. It should be mentioned how important he's been to the last three contests in particular, producing an almost overwhelming quantity of movesets ranging in quality from solid to fantastic, as well as giving commentary on basically everything. Truly a man you would want on your side.
First Contest: Make Your Move 3
First Set: Vivi
Highest Placing: 1st (Make Your Move 5 - Raiden (Posthumous), Make Your Move 11 - Death, Make Your Move 12 - Ameno-Sagiri, Make Your Move 17 - Fassad)
Notable Franchises: Dragon Quest (King Korol - Make Your Move 17 - 4th), Ace Attorney (Kristoph Gavin - Make Your Move 18 - 4th), Shin Megami Tensei (Ameno-Sagiri - Make Your Move 12 - 1st, Matador - Make Your Move 18 - 5th), Final Fantasy (Jecht - Make Your Move 18 - 6th), Resident Evil (William Birkin - Make Your Move 17 - 6th), One Piece (Vander Decken - Make Your Move 16 - 3rd, Magellan - Make Your Move 19 - 4th), Illbleed (Michael Reynolds - Make Your Move 13 - 5th), CD-i (Hotel Mario Roy - Make Your Move 19 - 9th)
As for me, I'm among the newer members of leadership though at this point that's not really saying much as I have 8 contests worth of experience on the job. Like Smash Daddy and MasterWarlord, my sets tend toward villainous characters, though I tend to prefer edgy and brutal characters with the occasional ironic comedy one thrown in. It sometimes overlaps. While I'm not as harsh as Warlord over there, I would say I'm still a pretty blunt critic and if you made a mistake I will make that much clear to you. While I tend not to produce large quantities of sets, what I do post is usually considered to be of high quality. In fact, I've gotten 2 out of the Top 3 spots in every odd numbered contest I've participated except for Make Your Move 17. That one was me giving all my power to Smady, and was most definitely not a showing of inconsistency and incompetence.
First Contest: Make Your Move 10
First Set: Hoppip
Highest Placing: 1st (Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord - Make Your Move 13, Vector - Make Your Move 15 and Three - Make Your Move 15, Iguana - Make Your Move 19, Three - Tied for first in Make Your Move 15 but lost the tiebreaker)
Notable Franchises: Yu-Gi-Oh! (Vector - Make Your Move 15 - 1st), Magic: The Gathering (Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord - 1st), Original Characters (Iguana - Make Your Move 19- 1st, Knight - Make Your Move 19 - 2nd, Metireon - Make Your Move 19 - 2nd), Puella Magi Madoka Magica (Homura Akemi - Make Your Move 10 - 22nd), Dark Falz (Dark Falz Remix - Make Your Move 14 - 20th), Drakengard (Intoner Three - Make Your Move 15 - 2nd), Cookie Clicker (The Grandmatriarchs - Make Your Move 16 - 5th)
FrozenRoy has only been around since MYM12, and yet he's made over 70 movesets, and if that's not impressive dedication I don't know what is. A man of somewhat unorthodox tastes as far as movesets go, he is very over the top and an entertaining figure within the community. While famous for his quantity of sets, his quality is not to be underestimated as there's almost always something to like about each of his many movesets. He tends to make a lot of MOBA and card game sets, but also has a particular passion for making Touhou characters, intending to make every character in a 100+ character franchise one day. With his passion, he might just succeed. While I call him over the top, he's also quite down to earth, and another good mentor and commentator within the community who can give loads of helpful advice.
First Contest: Make Your Move 12
First Set: Scizor
Highest Placing: 1st (Sho Minamimoto - Make Your Move 14)
Notable Franchises: Touhou (Remilia Scarlet - Make Your Move 14 - 8th), Warcraft (Baron Rivendare - Make Your Move 16 - 13th), RWBY (Weiss Schnee - Make Your Move 15 - 14th), League of Legends (Viktor, Machine Herald - Make Your Move 16 - 8th), Dark Souls (Artorias the Abysswalker - Make Your Move 18 - 11th), Defense of the Ancients 2 (Anti-Mage Make Your Move 18 - 17th), Yu-Gi-Oh! (Night's End Sorcerer Remix - Make Your Move 15 - 21st), The World Ends With You (Sho Minamimoto - Make Your Move 14 - 1st), Star Wars (Count Dooku - Make Your Move 17 - 18th)
Munomario is by far our most recent addition to leadership, but over the course of this contest he's gone out of his way to step up his game and produce sets of much higher quality. Having a preference for very mainstream character choices, his skill has recently developed in such a way that he can make those characters interesting even to a community that usually dismisses them as bland. Aside from that, he has some of the most impressive game knowledge of anyone in MYM, being one of the best people to consult if you want to know the technical details of Smash 4. There's clearly a bright future ahead of him.
First Contest: Make Your Move 16
First Set: Sonic Heroes
Highest Placing: 15th(Zenyatta - MYM19)
Notable Franchises: Overwatch(Doomfist - Placing TBA, Zenyatta - 15th, Tracer, Sombra), Splatoon(Inkling MYM16, Inkling MYM17 - 43rd, Inkling MYM19 - 29th, Octoling, Doc To)
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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!