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Mod of the Year - and the winner is...

Mod of the Year - and the winner is...

Dark Blade - ACRyan / bit-tech Mod of the Year 2006.

Dark Blade by G69T!

Well, the month has passed, and the votes are in. We had a staggering response from the modding community - over 1500 of you voted for your favourite case mod of 2006, and the contest was very, very tight.

Dark Blade won by an edge over WMD (and knowing G69T, it was surely a very well polished, intricately machined edge). We really weren't sure until the last day who was going to win, but in the end it was a well-deserved victory for the Italian modder.

In third place was wooden wonder-mod Sangaku, by GreenSabbath.

Congratulations Gianluca, creator of Dark Blade, who wins some cash, courtesy of ACRyan, as well as a poster made of his mod. We'll be getting on the designing of that ASAP.

We'll very shortly be picking one reader to also win some ACRyan cash, and we'll also be sending out Dark Blade posters to the bit-tech readers - stay tuned for details on how to get your hands on those.

A massive thanks to ACRyan for once again stepping up and showing their support for the modding community - we encourage you to check out their site and bear them in mind when you're picking up modding supplies in the future.

Also a massive thanks to you, the readers, for participating and crowning our inaugural bit-tech Mod of the Year. Next year we'll be running the competition again - and we'll be adding a category for 'Newcomer of the Year', so if you've never completed a major mod before, get started and you could be winning in 12 months time!

Let us know your thoughts on the winner, and the contest, over in the forums.

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Pegasus 2nd January 2007, 12:00 Quote
I think a great CONGRATULATION is in order.

As has been mentioned many times before
- even to be in the running is a GREAT compliment to ones modding skills.

And thank you to the bit-tech staff for kepping this great site going. ;)

To all of the rest of yous out there, happy modding 2007
drag 2nd January 2007, 12:02 Quote
Its an awesum case gj
Lazlow 2nd January 2007, 12:11 Quote
Well deserved! Well done!
plagio 2nd January 2007, 12:32 Quote
Complimenti Gianluca. Sei un grande.

Great mods no matter who actually won.
Hope to get the poster.
jezmck 2nd January 2007, 13:01 Quote
Congrats.
Naberius 2nd January 2007, 13:13 Quote
Well deserved, all of the mods are wicked but it had to come to one
Ramble 2nd January 2007, 13:33 Quote
Awesome mod.
It doesn't matter who won to be honest because all the mods are amazingly good.
kempez 2nd January 2007, 13:37 Quote
Grats to Gianluca: DarkBlade...awesome work, well worth the accolade
samkiller42 2nd January 2007, 13:45 Quote
Congrats, and hope it was i who won some cash :D

Sam
Lord Kordir 2nd January 2007, 13:58 Quote
Whilst the winner is absoloutely incredible, I'm not quite sure it deserves to win. It isn't a mod, rather a custom built (from scratch) case. It's not really fair to compare it with other modifications.

Don't know if I'm alone on this one
Darkraven 2nd January 2007, 14:07 Quote
Well deserved win for Dark Blade, got to appreciate Gianluca fpr his creative
genius on this project. Even for those without access to CNC it still throws
the guantlet down for all of us that strieve for better. Great work Giamluca
and hats off to the voters in saying so.
Lazlow 2nd January 2007, 14:25 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lord Kordir
Whilst the winner is absoloutely incredible, I'm not quite sure it deserves to win. It isn't a mod, rather a custom built (from scratch) case. It's not really fair to compare it with other modifications.

Don't know if I'm alone on this one
I think you'll find most people consider a scratch build even more impressive than a mod - but I see where you're coming from, though disagree.
Warrior_Rocker 2nd January 2007, 14:54 Quote
Impressive win for the DarkBlade case. So glad that after all that work he finally gets recognized for the job. Though the runners up put on a great show as well. If there could be 3 winners those would be it.
Lowsidex2 2nd January 2007, 15:00 Quote
where's the link to the project?
greensabbath 2nd January 2007, 16:40 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lord Kordir
Whilst the winner is absoloutely incredible, I'm not quite sure it deserves to win. It isn't a mod, rather a custom built (from scratch) case. It's not really fair to compare it with other modifications.

Don't know if I'm alone on this one


The top 3 were all scratch builds but we've already discussed this topic in the contest discussion thread.


Great job G69T. You definately deserved it.
DXR_13KE 2nd January 2007, 16:44 Quote
congrats to the winner!!!! and congrats to all the others that are still very nice mods.
Mino 2nd January 2007, 17:14 Quote
Grande Gian, te lo dicevo che ce la facevi!

Gian some days ago told me that he will be proud to be in the fist 3 place... And now is the winner! Great work, as I told you a lot of time!
toyomatt84 2nd January 2007, 17:23 Quote
A massive congratulations to you, Gianluca. You truly deserve it after all those long hours pumped into that work of art, we call a computer case. ;)

I hope you get one cool poster out of it, because you deserve it. Thanks for the months of interesting reading, bud. :)
ozstrike 2nd January 2007, 19:22 Quote
Congratulations! Is a truly awesome mod.
Is there going to be a front-page project log?
Tim S 2nd January 2007, 19:47 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by ozstrike
Congratulations! Is a truly awesome mod.
Is there going to be a front-page project log?
that would be telling ;)
mattthegamer463 2nd January 2007, 19:51 Quote
Congrats to G69T, he deserves to win. Can't wait to see what project he will think up next.
G69T 2nd January 2007, 20:16 Quote
When I read "the winner is......"

....OMG, it's incredible!

Dark Blade Mod of the Year 2006!

I would like to thanks everybody for your preferences and my congratulations to all the others fantastic mods. Thanks to Bit-Tech and AC Ryan for this great opportunity.

Gianluca
Woodstock 2nd January 2007, 20:22 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lord Kordir
Whilst the winner is absoloutely incredible, I'm not quite sure it deserves to win. It isn't a mod, rather a custom built (from scratch) case. It's not really fair to compare it with other modifications.

Don't know if I'm alone on this one

first gratz to G69T, well deserved
secondly, stop splitting hairs does it really matter what the difference between "mod" and "scratch build" is, i thought it was meant to be about quality of work, dedication, style and the like
ozstrike 2nd January 2007, 20:22 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tim S
that would be telling ;)
Well it would be handy, there's so many comments on the log that it takes ages to read through.
Snakez 3rd January 2007, 00:31 Quote
Congratulations
What a mod , the rest was very impressive too.
They all BIG TIME
walle 3rd January 2007, 00:37 Quote
Congratulations
Lord Kordir 3rd January 2007, 10:00 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Woodstock
first gratz to G69T, well deserved
secondly, stop splitting hairs does it really matter what the difference between "mod" and "scratch build" is, i thought it was meant to be about quality of work, dedication, style and the like

I realise that has already been discussed in a previous thread but that is entirely my point; scratch build and mods are two different things although they ultimately have the same purpose. I didn't mean to be pedantic though, lol.

By the way ;) Great work G69T, I followed that worklog pretty closely and am in awe. Can't wait for your next project.
Fatboy 3rd January 2007, 15:39 Quote
This was clearly the winnar from the start.
Noni 3rd January 2007, 19:26 Quote
Wicked mod and design, but as far as workmanship goes, the machine did it all.

Great design and ideas.
JayWolf× 3rd January 2007, 21:32 Quote
Congrats G69T ;) Dark Blade is a masterpiece! As for workmanship, I do believe you deserve the recognition, as I myself, even with your tools could not have brought the vision to reality as you have. Again Congrats to you and to all the mods considered. Dark Blade is a true work of art.

Jay Wolf×
feldm4n 4th January 2007, 04:05 Quote
Congrats on the win man! The minute i saw what i was running up against i knew i had no chance but that is ok with me. I have been watching your mod from start to finish since last year. I really love the reservoirs, and the spine looking work on the back. Man oh man you deserved it for sure. I really admire all the hard work you put into your mod as it has ALWAYS been one of my favorite logs to show friends and family. Cant wait to see what you come up with next.
feldm4n 4th January 2007, 04:09 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Noni
Wicked mod and design, but as far as workmanship goes, the machine did it all.

Great design and ideas.
I hate people who go out of their way to say something that takes away from the glory of winning. Sure the machine cut the pieces but they didn't magically piece themselves together. The CAD didn't just write itself either. The modders who read these comments sometimes get bummed out by negative feedback like that. He worked his but off for over a year on this project and it turned out BEAUTIFUL. Take it for face value and stop being a sarcastic human being.
G69T 4th January 2007, 16:17 Quote
Thanks to all of you!

See you soon to the next work log.
Tim S 4th January 2007, 16:51 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by ozstrike
Well it would be handy, there's so many comments on the log that it takes ages to read through.
Atomic 4th January 2007, 16:55 Quote
It was one of the few Project logs I followed, normally I dont bother but that one was amazing.
mrgreen 5th January 2007, 23:35 Quote
Hi - I don't post much but I read bit-tech all of the time. Just wanted to say Dark Blade was the project that led me to Bit-Tech and it got me to want to get into modding.

One day I did a google search for best pc case ever. That led me to an article about Dark Blade which led me to Bit-Tech and its modding forums. One of my favorite forums out there.

I personally don’t think scratch builds and mods should be separated. Everyone starts with the "idea" of the standard case (and the standard computer parts in it), and mods (in their mind) that idea into another idea. How that idea becomes form is not as important as the creative vision.

The only thing I would consider cheating would be if the final result was not a working computer.
EdOBeA 8th January 2007, 11:45 Quote
Congratulations! Well deserved
Snafu-X- 8th January 2007, 19:33 Quote
Congrats to everyone who was nominated, as a group, you raised the bar for modding, yet again.

And a special congrats for the winning case, by G69T, masterfully done!
mattthegamer463 8th January 2007, 21:47 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Snafu-X-
Congrats to everyone who was nominated, as a group, you raised the bar for modding, yet again.
Yes, well done, although that bar is continually getting further out of my reach...
misterkholl 9th January 2007, 22:42 Quote
Congratulations G69T!! the Dark Blade project is a GREAT reference for the Casemodding, it's so amazing!!! you really deserve that! ;)
evilgreenie 16th January 2007, 18:48 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lord Kordir
I realise that has already been discussed in a previous thread but that is entirely my point; scratch build and mods are two different things although they ultimately have the same purpose. I didn't mean to be pedantic though, lol.

Maybe next year there should be multiple categories - Best Newcomer; Best Scratch-built case; Best Modded case.. That way even more top projects will get recognition..

I can see problems distinguishing between scratch-built & modded cases tho'
jezmck 17th January 2007, 08:46 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by evilgreenie
Maybe next year there should be multiple categories - Best Newcomer; Best Scratch-built case; Best Modded case.. That way even more top projects will get recognition..
I can see problems distinguishing between scratch-built & modded cases tho'

Great suggestions! Many of the top-ranked were built by people with the money to scratch-build, and then it's them who get more money - bit daft if you ask me. Competitions should have the disclaimer (like Ready Steady Cook ) that it's the best with what they had (/ could afford).
HollowFrank 2nd February 2007, 16:33 Quote
An exquisite piece of design and manufacture. Showed real vision and those vortex tanks, awesome. Well done Gianluca and well done all contestants for inspiring us all.
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