Who is the ultimate DARTer?! This competition aims to find out. Inspired by the format of RuPaul's Drag Race, this competition will involved a gauntlet of contests that will test your strengths in a variety of skills, formats, and abilities that are frequently in-demand on DART and related websites. If you survive the trials, you will be crowned the reigning DART All Star, the ultimate user! Keep reading for more information.
== Participation ==
I am seeking between 8 and 10 participants for this competition. The structure listed below is based on there being 10 participants. Asterisks indicate those rounds that may be cut if there are fewer than 10 participants. If fewer than 8 people sign up, the competition will not run.
== Format ==
Each round of competition will involve a different challenge. Four rounds will begin with a "mini-challenge" and all rounds will contain a "maxi-challenge." The mini- and maxi-challenges will not be scored separately, but will instead be considered together, with an emphasis placed on the maxi-challenge.
I will judge every round. It is my hope to get guest judges (who may also be eliminated contestants) for at least four of the rounds. In cases where there is a guest judge, we will confer holistically to identify a round winner and two round losers. The guest judge and I must concur on those decisions. These decisions are not point-based, but rather are based on the judges' deliberations, analysis, and impressions.
The two losers will then "rap battle for their lives," after being given certain parameters for their raps. These parameters will change each round. Only the bottom two will rap battle, and only they will be at risk of elimination. The guest judge and I will each handicap the two bottom constants with points out of 10 (with fewer points being worse for the contestant) prior to the rap. The contestants raps will then be judged and scored out of 20 (again, with fewer points being worse for the contestant). The contestant with the highest points after the rap battle will be saved, and the other will be eliminated. Ties will be decided exclusively by me. As you can see, the rap battle is more valuable than the handicap.
Mini-challenge wins may convey maxi-challenge advantages, and some mini- or maxi-challenges may require contestants to work in teams. The Finale will have a special maxi-challenge and rap battle. The format will be explained at the time the round begins.
To preview the rounds, here is a schedule of what the competition structure will look like:
R1: Talent Show w/ Mini-ChallengeR2: Quickfire Mafia*R3: Speed DebatingR4: Voting Bonanza w/ Mini-ChallengeR5: DART Roast w/ Mini-ChallengeR6: Brain GamesR7: Fan Fic Fun*R8: Finale w/ Mini-Challenge
This structure is purposefully left vague in order to keep the details of the challenges secret, while still giving you an idea of what the competition will entail. As you can see, it's fairly wide-ranging, and the hope is to give you a lot of flexibility in the content you choose to produce as part of the competition. Also, for those who are curious, it will not be overtly RuPaul's Drag Race-themed; I am just using the show's structure for this competition.
== Sign-Ups ==
Before you sign up, keep in mind that this competition may take up to two months to complete overall, though my hope is that you will not need to spend much time on it on a weekly basis. Still, you should be able to log-on at least every other day for a couple of hours for the duration of your time in the competition. The competition will not begin until at least the first week in June, and no later than the second week in June. If you have questions, feel free to ask! There are no prerequisites to signing-up, so please feel welcome to participate no matter your skill level!
Thank you for signing-up, and I am looking forward to an exhilarating race!