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Writing Competition 2005, Round 2

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Gamedev Game Writing Competition - Round 1 Welcome to the first running of the Gamedev Game Writing Competition the goal of the competition is to bring the members of the community together to show case and sharpen their writing talents. The focus of the competition is to explore writing as applies to video games and the associated demands of that medium. The competition is open to everyone and everyone is encouraged to enter and vote on their favorite entry! The contest will be broken down to 5 rounds each with a week to complete entries and followed by a week where readers can vote on their favorite piece and judging. The winning entry from each round will be used as basis for entries in all future rounds. Rounds Round 1 – Introduction – Winner entry 5 Round 2 – Character Profile Round 3 – Plot Sketch Round 4 – Scene Script Round 5 – Climax and Dénouement Round 2 Theme: The secret meaning of Tattoos Objective Create a 1 to 2 page character profile for a character that will play an important part in the game based the winning entry from round 1. This character must also have 1 or more tattoos these tattoos have a secret meaning that will have relevance to events in the story. Start Date 12:01am GMT Saturday the 24th of September. End Date 12:01am GMT Saturday the 1st of October. Judging criteria: style - The overall quality of the writing including grammar, punctuation, spelling, and use of language. Creativity – How effectively the subject matter and theme of the round where used as well as the overall creativity and originality of the piece. Applicability - How appropriate the submission is to the game medium and how good a game it would make. Popularity - The pieces rating based on votes from readers. Rules: -Entries must be between 1 and 2 pages. Entries that don’t satisfy this criteria will be disqualified. -Entries must be received before 12:01 am GMT 1sy of October, late entries will not be considered. -Entries not containing the theme the secret meaning of Tattoos will be disqualified. -There is no limit on the number of entries that a person can enter. -Entries must be entirely original work. -Submission should be sent by private message to TechnoGoth and must not contain any identification of the author to ensure anonymity in the popular vote round. - Lastly and Most importantly have FUN!* *contestants found not having fun during the competition will be subject to appropriate punishments**. **Reports that two contestants where caught not having fun in round one and have not be heard from since are entirely coincidental or fictional. People heard spreading such rumors should be reported to the appropriate authorities.

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Round 1 Winning Entry:

A slow humming music plays in the background while a wind is hollowing in your right ear. Thunder is heard from your left as the clouds roll past the screen, tempting itself to release a layer of thick rain upon a village that pans into view from the bottom of your gaze. There also stands a woman in wet grayish clothing which the wind is brushing to the west. “Empty and alone” says the title fading into the dark clouds as lighting strikes it. “Sad and frightened” appears ending at the woman’s waist and is washed away by the thin pouring of rain down from those dark clouds.

Down in the village below upon the hillside to the east there appears a horseman. The camera targets and rotates around to face him as it does you focus your gaze upon him getting closer as if you were flying toward him. A tall barbaric man dressed in animal furs, not dyed nor skillfully cut, but haphazardly crafted and adorned. Twenty men at least form up behind him also on horseback. The man who came first raises a heavy spiked club; the spikes appear as crude metal. Swinging this club and moving his horse about, no reins or even a saddle, bare assed and steering with his legs. Kicking his mount and swing the club you hear naught but the rain, the wind, and the slow growing thudding from the horses as twenty, then thirty more, then another fifty riders, all charge down the hill. You follow them from behind then skip ahead to the front and watch as they break glass and light torches to throw up onto thatched roofs drawing out those asleep or comfortable within their homes.

You get closer to a group of riding horsemen and come to follow behind them as they swing their clubs and thrust their spears, finding their way into the villagers who run aimlessly in confusion. A woman steps out of her thatched hut looking strangely familiar she glances in both directions a couple children following behind her as she crosses the street. You see a spear fly and you watch the men bear down on the children and hear the echoing scream of a woman under the rain and the hollowing wind.

Your view fades and “In the night they came!” appears on screen and then quickly fades, a replay of the charging of the barbarians and then a pan around the carnage in the village, with no sound and displayed at a faster speed. “Ambushed us in our own homes!” pictures of houses burning and people franticly trying to grab weapons. “They showed no mercy!” replays the bearing down on the children.

Now you are back on the hillside watching the burning village as the riders make off into the west. You see the woman standing to the right and overlooking the village, you see a scarf from one of her children in her left hand as she squeezes it the sentences fade in at her waist. “They shall pay! And no mercy shall I show THEM- Shai” She turns and walks off screen the background fades and you hear a horse neighing in the background underneath the wind and rain and trotting off the words fade and the story begins.

The story of how a ruthless hoard of barbarians created the greatest woman warrior to ever live or will she just be left as a mourning bitter woman whose life was extinguished with the lose of her children. This story has yet no ending. You now are the story writer, what path will you direct Shai's feet to take and where will she end up?

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For those of us who haven't had much experience with creative writing for games, could it be possible to see a sample character profile, or at least an outline of what you are expecting? Or you could link to some sample character profiles that are already out there on the web.

Oh, and good luck everybody with their entries!

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four pages already :(

I hate making cuts.


I know, two pages doesn't sound like a lot to me [smile]. That's why, since I'm thinking of giving it a go this round, I'd like to know what's usually required for this kind of thing so I don't waste a lot of space on unnecessary stuff.

By the way, Technogoth, what do you consider to be a "page" worth of length? I'm a seasoned veteran of weaseling around requirements like this, so you'll have to be a bit more specific, unless you are willing to accept two sheets of A0 paper from me [grin].

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Original post by Beige
four pages already :(

I hate making cuts.


I know, two pages doesn't sound like a lot to me [smile]. That's why, since I'm thinking of giving it a go this round, I'd like to know what's usually required for this kind of thing so I don't waste a lot of space on unnecessary stuff.

By the way, Technogoth, what do you consider to be a "page" worth of length? I'm a seasoned veteran of weaseling around requirements like this, so you'll have to be a bit more specific, unless you are willing to accept two sheets of A0 paper from me [grin].


Yeah, is that two pages front and back? :D

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You can always enter more than once I do believe that that is another option if you can't narrow all your ideas to the required length.


That option doesn't really work if your four pages are about the same character.

I'm just asking because I haven't done much creative writing since I left school, and I don't think I've ever formally written a character profile. I'm not sure if there's an "official" template of what a writer means when they talk about character profiles, so I wouldn't know what was required. As I've got some time off this week I plan to try to write something for this round, and I have an idea for a character, but I could write pages and pages of stuff. And possibly include pictures, music, suggested voice recordings, cel animation, 3D models, claymation film, etc. (okay, maybe not)

Edit: Also, I forgot to add: 1 to 2 pages is a bit of a fuzzy metric, as it depends on font sizes, spacing etc. Since the submission is in plain text anyway, TechnoGoth could you please convert that to a word limit?
Thanks! I appreciate the opportunity to try out my rusty creative writing skills once more.

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