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#1 Stormynature   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2649

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 07:00 PM

This particular competition is starting early as so many creative writers are damnably slow writers. It will only happen this first time, future competitions will start on the end day/first day of a month (Game writing is done to timelines set by others - get used to it!).

 

The situation.

 

Your protagonist is at the bottom of an extensive cave system. His/her goal is to escape this cave.

 

The task:

 

You are to write an origination story of how your protagonist found themselves at that location, as well providing the elements of why he/she must escape that situation.

 

Competition Closes:

 

30th April 2013          --------------    NOTE: Judging starts from now -- early work will probably be seen more - so take that into consideration.

 

Rewards

 

The top 3 stories as shown by votes through the upvote/downvote will earn a year's GDNet membership (or if already accessed to this rank or higher - a Steam equivalent prize).

 

 

Notes

 

These competitions are going to be a regular thing. You should look upon these as opportunities to showcase your ability as well learning to work within specific deadlines.

 

Anyone can upvote or downvote posts. If you do have criticisms please make them constructive in your posts (grammar nazi is not constructive). If your posts become conversations please take them over to Private messages.

 

Also in case anyone does wonder why I don't do this through the lounge rather than in the the specific creative forums (yes there will be also art/music ones in the next 2 months), it is because I am looking for those who show intentions of interest by being respective members of the forum as opposed to drift netting entrants.


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#2 sunandshadow   Moderators   -  Reputation: 4533

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 04:22 PM

Uh, who moved this?  It was supposed to be in the writing forum.  It doesn't belong in Your Announcements because it's not an announcement of a game development milestone or sale.  Put it back, unless you have a good reason it should be here.


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#3 ShiftyCake   Members   -  Reputation: 415

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 02:13 AM

A whole month...I'm tempted to write something decent now.


If, at any point, what I post is hard to understand, tell me. I am bad at projecting my thoughts into real words, so I appreciate the knowledge that I need to edit my post.

 

I am not a professional writer, nor a professional game designer. Please, understand that everything you read is simply an opinion of mind and should not, at any point in time, be taken as a credible answer unless validated by others.

 

I do take brief bouts of disappearance so don't worry if I either don't reply to you or miss certain things. I am quite a lazy fellow.


#4 EricMarsh   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 110

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 01:57 AM

Do we just post it in this thread or do we make a new thread with a tag of some sort?



#5 Stormynature   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2649

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 03:11 AM

Do we just post it in this thread or do we make a new thread with a tag of some sort?

 

In this thread is probably the best way. You can do a link to another place if you wish but definitely don't create a new thread if it is for this challenge.

 

basically the challenge runs in style similar to the Tumbleweeds challenge where people post in the thread.



#6 ShiftyCake   Members   -  Reputation: 415

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 02:55 AM

You know, I've been thinking, but isn't determining the winner by votes dependable on how many people are willing to scroll down, or to the next page? As in, the first page will get many more votes because most people won't bother going to the second?

While I'm not discounting the idea entirely, in fact I rather like the fact that the community gets the say in the matter, I do believe there should be slight tweaking.

A couple of different idea's in mind:

 

1. You pick the top 10 out of all the story's that have been voted on, and post them into a new thread, then have everyone vote once again. This way it provides a more accurate estimation of who's is the best, even though the idea's not perfect.

2. once again, you pick the top 10 that are voted. But instead of everyone else voting, you and a handful of people you believe can accurately judge, decide upon the three winners. While the community does get a huge say in who will win, the final decision will go to you and a few people.

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these are just my opinions of course, there is really no need to change the judgement and you can ignore this, I just felt its imperfections could lead to an unfair judgement.


If, at any point, what I post is hard to understand, tell me. I am bad at projecting my thoughts into real words, so I appreciate the knowledge that I need to edit my post.

 

I am not a professional writer, nor a professional game designer. Please, understand that everything you read is simply an opinion of mind and should not, at any point in time, be taken as a credible answer unless validated by others.

 

I do take brief bouts of disappearance so don't worry if I either don't reply to you or miss certain things. I am quite a lazy fellow.


#7 Stormynature   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2649

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 07:12 PM

You pick the top 10 out of all the story's that have been voted on

 

Given that this is the first mini-challenge in the writing forum and I do no advertising for it outside of this thread, if it manages to obtain 10 entires I would be very happy. The likelihood is probably less. This is a planned long-term set of challenges, as it grows then probably things will need to change but I am not at that stage yet and as evidenced by the mini-challenge Tumbleweeds I think that the voting is not a crisis issue to be concerned with at this time. As to selecting people who might appropriately judge entries...I disagree with this in one particular point. These challenges are more about fostering the communities inside each of the respective forums as well providing a platform upon which others can see work shown. I have no desire at all to have myself or selected individuals to then determine "worthy" entrants for consideration. I want people's work to stand for themselves - warts and all. If someone decides only to read the first page that is unfortunate, however I suspect that those people who read more than the first page...are the people I am looking for to help make this forum thrive.



#8 bendabee   Members   -  Reputation: 189

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 03:49 AM

Is there a word/page limit?



#9 Stormynature   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2649

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 04:17 AM

Is there a word/page limit?

 

No. However if you write a 300 page novel I would suggest a link.



#10 Nyphoon Games   Members   -  Reputation: 302

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 05:15 AM

Two questions:

 

1. Do we limit ourselves to how the protagonist found him/herself in the given situation and why s/he must escape? Or can we say how s/he escapes?

2. Can it be narrated in the first-person?

 

Thanks in advance. Will make sure to have an entry finished.



#11 Stormynature   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2649

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 05:30 AM

1. Do we limit ourselves to how the protagonist found him/herself in the given situation and why s/he must escape? Or can we say how s/he escapes?

2. Can it be narrated in the first-person?

You are to write an origination story of how your protagonist found themselves at that location, as well providing the elements of why he/she must escape that situation.

 

These are the only base requirements necessary (How did they get there and why they must leave there) -- Anything else you wish to add i.e. the actual escape etc is completely up to you. The reason those two requirements are stipulated is because in Game writing you do not always get complete control of the creation.

 

You can use any perspective or presentation style you wish - for example you could do this as an Ode or a screenplay or from the viewpoint of the parasitic head attachment that the protagonist has not yet noticed....

 

I look forward to your submission :)



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Posted 30 March 2013 - 05:46 AM

Might I suggest that each entry go in its own thread starting with the tag [WCU] that way it leaves space for people to comment on entries without cluttering the main thread?


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#13 Stormynature   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2649

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 02:31 PM

Might I suggest that each entry go in its own thread starting with the tag [WCU] that way it leaves space for people to comment on entries without cluttering the main thread?

 

 

That would be fine but I would want a link posted in this particular thread to that thread simply so that I can ensure that I know of all those who throw an entry in.



#14 JessieJess   Members   -  Reputation: 251

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 08:50 PM

As the story I'm planning to submit is quite long, would it be okay if I post it in a separate thread with the [WCU] tag? It would be nice especially since I'd be open for comments and critique.



#15 Stormynature   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2649

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 05:43 AM

As the story I'm planning to submit is quite long, would it be okay if I post it in a separate thread with the [WCU] tag? It would be nice especially since I'd be open for comments and critique.

 

That would be fine just make sure there is a link in this thread to that thread as well please :)



#16 ShiftyCake   Members   -  Reputation: 415

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 06:09 AM

totally forgot about this :3 better get to it! Before I forget again...


If, at any point, what I post is hard to understand, tell me. I am bad at projecting my thoughts into real words, so I appreciate the knowledge that I need to edit my post.

 

I am not a professional writer, nor a professional game designer. Please, understand that everything you read is simply an opinion of mind and should not, at any point in time, be taken as a credible answer unless validated by others.

 

I do take brief bouts of disappearance so don't worry if I either don't reply to you or miss certain things. I am quite a lazy fellow.


#17 JessieJess   Members   -  Reputation: 251

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 10:39 AM

Hey there! I posted my entry as a new thread. I hope you don't mind the absurd length and give it a read. ^_^;;

 

http://www.gamedev.net/topic/641544-wcu-between-love-and-hate/



#18 Lailokken   Members   -  Reputation: 356

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 10:58 AM

Well... I gave it a shot. Please don't be too brutal.. lol

 

http://www.gamedev.net/topic/641684-wcu-the-molten-core/


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#19 JTippetts   Moderators   -  Reputation: 8144

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 09:33 PM

This is an excerpt of the rough draft of a novel I started a few months ago. It's not really game writing, per se, although I have toyed with the idea of someday making a game in this setting. It's pretty rough, since I haven't finished the draft or started any kind of major revision, but the beginning part at least fits the theme of this contest (caves, and the escaping thereof). The excerpt is fairly long (about 13 1/2 pages on Google Docs) so rather than post it all here or in another thread, I'll just link to it:

Linky.

Critiques, of course, are always welcome, though if you do have something to discuss it might be more convenient for the other readers of the thread to PM me rather than post it here.

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 11:10 AM

I've also knocked together a quick entry.

 

 

[WCU] Johnny Fell Down a Well


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