While there are shittily designed pokemon in RBY and GSC, I - and as far as I can tell most people - feel that in general, standards have declined significantly since then. In particular there has been a change in direction toward far too many fiddly details. Adding stupid stripes as well as things like random tufts of hair in some really awkward places.. So the idea behind this contest is each round we pick a pokemon we feel has a strong concept, but whose design is just fucking awful. Your job is to take that concept and make something fantastic. The submissions will be judged by me, az, and Novaray. Winners will receive an enthusiastic metaphoric pat on the back. Or a literal pat on the back if you are willing to collect it in person. ROUND 1: Redesign the Vanillite line. Ice is a type that over time the designers of pokemon have struggled to come to terms with. From Jynx to Kyurem, it has been responsible for some of the worst pokemon every generation. It is difficult to make a compelling living creature out of something as unalive as ice. But it's also hard to come up with new ideas for something that is mostly found in places where plants dont grow, and as a consequence, animals dont visit. So once you have a concept, you really need to execute, which, in this case, they have just failed miserably to do. I think there is a lot of scope (scoop?) for a fucking awesome ice-cream pokemon, it's your job to try and prove me right. Some rules/guidelines: You can pretty much change whatever you like, provided it still has the ice type and still is an ice-cream. Other than that, go nuts. But we are just judging you on the design, not the idea you had to make it a fire type and give it drought so it can counter abomasnow better.. Sketches or whatever will be accepted. It might count against you, but personally I am gonna be looking at the design itself, not necessarily the art. Mostly cause I dont know shit about art. If other judges have a slightly different perspective then I will leave that up to them. For some judges comments, like, what I personally will be looking for: I want compelling creatures with personality, and I dont want anything more than that. So, if something isnt a part of telling the story of what makes this pokemon what it is, then, it probably shouldnt be there. Simplicity is really key for me. On the other hand, it had better be a fucking good story. Bear in mind though, in this case it's a living ice-cream, if it's compelling at all, it's likely to be interesting enough..