Steampunk Cylon: Design your own and win!

The Cylons are back! Yep, not only are they threatening (and sometimes allying with) humanity in the final episodes of Battlestar Galactica (shown Fridays in the U.S. on our parent, the SCI FI Channel), but they've invaded DVICE, too. This time their goal is even more creative: Challenge our readers (that would be you) to design what a Steampunk Cylon would look like.

Imagine a Cylon Heavy Raider crashes in the 1800s somewhere on Earth. Only a single Centurion survives, and it's heavily damaged. Realizing its only chance at survival is to use the tools available, it repairs itself with the materials of the era.

Or just imagine yourself designing a Steampunk Cylon because it's frakkin' cool.

We created the Steampunk Cylon above to give you guys an idea of what we're looking for. Think you can do better? Show us! Photoshop an image or make a model and snap a picture, then send it in to We'll pick the winner before the season finale and announce it on March 20. (Really! No delays this time.)

Read the full rules by clicking Continue.

Cylon Background: The Cylons were created by the people of the Twelve Colonies. Intelligent robots, they were used as slaves and soldiers to fight humanity's wars. But the Cylons became sentient and they rebelled. Man and machine fought to a bloody stalemate, then the Cylons withdrew to a remote region of space. A truce between the Twelve Colonies and the Cylons lasted for 40 tense and silent years. Then, on the 40th anniversary, a stunning blonde — a Cylon in human form — met the human envoy… moments before the Cylons vaporized the station and launched a genocidal attack on the Twelve Colonies.

Now DVICE gives you the opportunity to create Steampunk Cylons to win prizes. There are many examples of steampunk design — contemporary objects re-imagined as if they were built in the Victorian era — on DVICE, including this keyboard, this clock and this mouse.

Design a Steampunk Cylon: Entrants must create an image of what a Cylon from the "steampunk" era would look like. You can use graphical software (such as Photoshop), draw or paint your Cylon, or you can physically build the Cylon and photograph it. You then submit the image(s) of your design to Please do not exceed 1 megabyte per image! Your entry should also include your full name, date of birth, phone number, physical address and a valid e-mail address.

We'll also accept entries for creations in the general Battlestar universe (steampunk ships, steampunk devices, etc.), although our preference is for Cylons.

The best entry or entries will be featured on DVICE, and the creator will win Battlestar-related merchandise. Prizes are limited by supply.

The DVICE staff will select the winners.

Each week, DVICE will post updates, sometimes with samples of the entries received so far. We welcome your commentary to help guide us select the winners.

Open only to entrants who are permanent, legal residents of and physically residing in the 50 United States and the District of Columbia (excluding Puerto Rico, Guam, US Virgin Islands and all other US territories), who are 13 years of age or older at time of entry. To be considered, all entries must include the Entrant's full name, date of birth and a valid e-mail address.

That said, anyone can send in a Steampunk Cylon design. People who don't meet the requirements of the above rules can't win the contest, but we may still feature the design on DVICE (especially if it's good!).

The contest will end at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 16. Results will be posted later that week.

We passed our deadline and the contest is now closed. Big thanks to everyone who entered! We'll be posting the results very soon — stay tuned.