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Writing Challenge "Underground"- There be prizes!

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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 :)

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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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I just found out about this competition last week so sorry for the delay, I wrote an intro to a game that can be viewed at https://www.dropbox.com/home. My email is jslupinski@icloud.com and password is stag beetle enjoy Darkblade and don't be afraid to criticize.

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There will be about a week's delay on wrapping up this competition as Stormynature is currently not mobile due to a back injury. He apologises for the delay.

 

 

Emma

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My apologies for the delay in completing this writing challenge, as mentioned by my fiancé I managed to hurt myself in a rather dramatic fashion (carrying up the shopping).

 

As best as I am able to determine there have been 5 entries made into this challenge.

 

 

 

 

  • JTippetts with Paul

 

  • Jeremy Slupinski with Darkblade         ---------------   Please note Jeremy and I will PM you on this -- I am having issues opening your story - google.docs (or similar) rather than dropbox would be appreciated.

 

 

If I have missed any please do let me know. I will be going through each of these tales tonight more fully and will submit a wrapup of this event sometime in the next 24 hours.

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Stormynature is still injured and unavailable, so he asked me to finish this up.  By the voting, Technogoth and JessieJess tied as winners, congrats! :)  Your names have been submitted for the prize of the year's GDnet+ subscription.  I read all the entries, but did not have a personal favorite, I liked them all.  (Except I was unable to access Jeremy Slupinski's Darkblade entry, another reason why I decided not to cast any kind of tiebreaker vote.)  To winners and runners up alike, we should have more contests like this in the future and I look forward to seeing future entries from you all!

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Congratulations! Looks like I joined this community a bit too late to participate, but here's hoping for another chance next time c:

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