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Cloud computing company Intergrid sponsors steampunk competition
Posted on 12-Apr-2010 09:23. | Tags Filed under: News.

Cloud computing company Intergrid sponsors steampunk competition
Weta workshop's fictional universe of Dr.Grordbort consists of Dr. Grordbort and his deadly creations – such as his remarkable Rayguns and other fine weaponry. According to the company, the Rayguns, or Dr. Grordbort’s Infallible Aether Oscillators, are a line of immensely dangerous yet simple to operate wave oscillation weapons.

The New Zealand-based company is looking to recruit help in creating more Rayguns for Dr. Grordbort’s line of weaponry. Competitors can either choose to decorate an existing raygun model, or create a raygun model from scratch.

The competition will run for seven months with each month consisting of a new category for competitors to enter into. The competition will test competitors modeling, texturing and animation skills.

Submissions to this competition must be done in Blender – the free open-source 3D content creation suite. New Zealand company Intergrid is providing "in the cloud" rendering power for designers, through Green Button, its rendering solution that can be used from right within Blender as a plug-in.

With the power of the servers that were used to render the “Lord of the Rings” behind them, Green Button offers an easy-to-use service which renders animations at high speed. When a design is submitted to the competition the rendering will be handled by Green Button and Cyberport.

Prizes include an all-expenses trip to New Zealand to met Greg Broadmore (the mastermind behind the world of Dr. Grordbort’s) and the renowned Richard Taylor (creative director of Weta Workshop), both judges at this competition. This lucky winner will be announced at the Blender conference in Amsterdam in October 2010.

There will also be monthly prizes of rayguns for the designs that impress the judges the most. What’s more there will be spot prizes of Dr. GrordBort’s books to be given away.

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