There are two stages, and each item goes through both stages twice to get built. Here's how they work:
First, an item type and stats are selected. This is done automatically, and is mostly random. The item will either be an equippable item or a junk item. It can be anything from a .moar file (in fact, our first build is a video .moar file) to a tattoo or even a special item. Pretty much anything that can be equipped can be designed by our players. The stats for the item are generated by marrying two existing items together from a particular clbum, plus a little random mutation thrown into the mix. So you don't have to worry about designing some kind of super item that's better than anything in the game. Everything should be within the limits of what we consider acceptable.
Names and descriptions for the item can be submitted by any character on Forumwarz. They are told what type of item it should be and what it's stats will be, and they can submit exactly one idea. The submission period lasts 24 hours.
At the same time, you will also be able to submit images for items further along in the process of being built. The image must be related to the item, and has to be exactly 200x200 pixels in size. It can be in .jpg, .gif or .png format, and less than 100KB. Each character can submit one image.
On the second day, people will anonymously vote up and down other people's idea or images. Again this lasts 24 hours. After the voting period ends, the winner is picked as the official name and description of the item.
The item will end up in the itembuildr store at first for a limited time, along with recently published items. People can purchase the item and begin trading it on Kyoubai (or just stockpile it for their collections.) The best items will also be moved (at the discretions of admins) into the actual game stores, so anyone playing the Forumwarz storyline can purchase them.
Episode 3 Hijack
Because Crotch Zombie is busy with other aspects of Episode 3 development (searching for public domain softcore porn), they're using itembuildr to create most of the items. Stats are hidden, and IOUs for the item are given out to the winning submitters. They will be available in stores when Episode 3 comes out.
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