I think it would be hard for people who don't play Minecraft to create something Minecraft-related. I do like your "Why I Need Minecraft" idea, because then the entries could be illustrations (in whatever format) of their answer to that question. "I'm Bored" "I'm Lonely" "It looks really fricking fun" etc.
I also think that since the prize is worth $27, the entries should be judged with deep scrutiny. I would encourage anyone who enters to take this seriously and try to produce something that really deserves winning it. That's way more than the worth of the grand prizes of most any contest we run.
Is there anything that could be offered (or donated to be offered) as runner-up prizes? I would like to think this contest would have several entries and it would be nice if it had more than one prize.
Thanks for the input, I really appreciate it!
I do think that going with a "Why I Need Minecraft" thing would be good, and yes perhaps the contest should be crafted such that someone can't just slap down a stick figure, enter it, and easily win the main prize. We can discuss specifics a bit more once I have the card and can formulate starting the contest.
More than one prize is ALWAYS welcomed, and whomever wants to donate to it can.
I'd be totally interested especially because I refuse to purchase the game even though I really want to play.
See?!? You're exactly the sort who SHOULD and WILL enter.
Oh yes, and on topic, I think you should definitely have a contest. More players on the server would completely rock!
Oh hell yes, it would be fantastic to boost the active player population! I know there is quite a list of folks who have server access...but a large number simply never come around often at all.