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School Based Contest - 2016

one year ago

Hey, folks. Seth and I couldn't help noticing that CYS has two very sad looking categories--(since people won't stop reminding me :P)--ones that I keep meaning to get around to writing for, but haven't quite had the time for yet. SO, we decided to get you guys involved in the effort to bolster their numbers. Let's start with the one that has a spot open for featuring.

As stated in the title, this contest's category will be: School-Based.

This category relies on its location, obviously, because a good majority of your game should take place at the school in question. Please keep in mind, it does not need to be a normal school. It could be a college, it could be like Professor X's institute, it could be a pre-school for ninjas, just so long as it qualifies as a facility for learning something and your characters spend a good amount of time attending. It would be great to see some 'outside the box' entries, which both apply to the category and defy expectation... but it'd also be great to see a more classic, high-quality entry or two.

Now, as for time: You have until July 3rd, 11:59pm, EST to submit your entry.

Why? Well, we were going to do just a month, but you guys (and gals) tend to drag your heels on signing up for stuff, so Seth and I agreed that you get a few extra days for you to sign-up and start your story. Please reply to this post if you want to enter and add me as a co-author once you create your game.

Prizes:

First Place - 100 points + Featured Game + $25 gift card. (A generous donation from Seth. :D)
Second place - 75 points.
Third place - 50 points.
(Entries aside from first place may be featured if their quality is high enough.)


Rules:

1. No pre-existing games. (Pre-existing concepts, though? Go for it.)
2. No co-authors aside from me. You may use a beta-reader, but don't add. Link.  
    B. You may contact me for scripting help if you get stuck.
    C. You may not choose your own beta.
3. Yes, I'd love to see a motivational thread from you. I may even award points for them.  
4. No, don't use your motivational thread to ask for ideas. This is your game. No one else's.
5. Kiel will be acting as head judge for this contest.  As per the previous contest, all participants are required to act as judges.  Beta readers may also judge, as well as any spectators.  There will be a voting survey for which Seth will provide passcodes.
6. Do not vote for your own game.
7. Once you finish your game and publish, PM me a link to it, please. 
(Further rules for voting will be posted once we know how many entries we'll have.)


WE ALSO NEED BETA-READERS AND ADDITIONAL JUDGES, please reply to this post to sign up. 

^_^ You are also welcome to sign up as both if you feel up to the task. Beta-readers must sign up voluntarily, will be given a writer to work with at random, and they cannot be writing participants. Also, this contest is open to anyone (--who isn't a troll, or me, because there's no way I'm hosting and entering while also keeping up with my mod duties.)

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Noice. Good luck, everyone.

I can be a beta-reader for any entries.

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Does the school part trump the other part? Such as, would a Hogwarts-type piece be School-based over fantasy?

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In the case of a fantasy school, (just like in the case of a horror school, sci-fi school, modern school, exc) it could fit into either fantasy or school-based in my honest opinion. If you want precedence, my game Magick Academy (which, alas, languishes in my unpublished section) is about a fantasy school. However, I will be submitting it in school-based if I ever finish it. If a game roughly fits two or more categories equally, we really just tend to leave it up to the author. (Fanfic trumps everything, though.) 

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one year ago

Interesting. Seems school games are a relic of a bygone eras but it'll be interesting to see what people do with them.

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one year ago

This is such a coincidence, really. I was working on my own school based story before the announcement of this contest. So far I've been trying to see if I can still make something worthwhile with mobile...

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one year ago

Hah scrubs, I only use mobile to write, get with the 21 century.

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....I use mobile 100% of the time on this site.

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How...? Without a mobile version of the site, it's horrible to naviagte around on.

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What do you mean?

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Couldn't let me have this mason.

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one year ago

Nope. (Insert Lenny face)

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It's preference mostly, typing with a real physical keyboard is just very satisfying for me. I also feel that this site is more desktop and laptop friendly then mobile. Though, that is just my less than knowledgeable opinion. Though my join date says I've been here for three years it really has been quite less, with the hiatus and all. I really honestly just forgot my password and one day suddenly remembered it, please don't laugh at the hilarity of that.

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I use an IPad, though.

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I hope for your sake it's the older generation.

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It's an IPad 1 or 2. XD.

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That's like great grandma Betsy old, I feel the Grandpa age of 2010 just thinking about it.

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I would prefer PC if it wasn't distracting for me, not much else to do on this i3. 

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Aww, 'cause this would be the time to publish Magick Academy :(

I MAY sign up. I'll see how testing goes.

And, why would we enter you as co-author?

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Naaaaw. That can wait. (Because it has to.)

Okay.

To prevent cheating.

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What do you mean by cheating?

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:P That would be telling! It's not clear from the rules?

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Oh, sorry.

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What's the harm in signing up? Mark me down. 

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Yay, first confirmed writer of the thread! xD ... Everyone else, get off your lazy butts and sign up.

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Fine, fine.

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(As in I will)

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Well...I might be signing up...but I'll probably stop writing, knowing my awful procrastination habits.

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Might be Am interested in this.

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I'll enter as a writer. I was going to do either a fanfic or a school based storygame after I finished my other project anyway. I really think they need to have better quality material; therefore, thank you for doing this contest.

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I may want to do this. Also to everyone in the murder mystery forum, I'm sorry that I didn't post and now it is to old, I was just really busy.

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@Kiel_Farren

If my story is Fantasy and School-based, may I publish it in either category as long as I use tags?

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I'll quote Kiel from this post:

"In the case of a fantasy school, (just like in the case of a horror school, sci-fi school, modern school, exc) it could fit into either fantasy or school-based in my honest opinion. If you want precedence, my game Magick Academy (which, alas, languishes in my unpublished section) is about a fantasy school. However, I will be submitting it in school-based if I ever finish it. If a game roughly fits two or more categories equally, we really just tend to leave it up to the author. (Fanfic trumps everything, though.)"

I think that looks like a definite yes.

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Uh. No. That was meant to be taken as general categorization advice. This is a contest for the school-based category, so I'm leaning toward a firm no, but I'd rather wait for Seth's answer.

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That makes a lot of sense. Oops.

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@Sethaniel - What do you think? I mean... the point was to add to the school-based category, right?

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I'll just publish it as school-based, but put fantasy tags. Forgot we had those.

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@nason Yeah I think that makes sense, publish as school-based & add fantasy tag. 

Re: contest--  Remember, the grand prize includes your story taking the empty feature slot. Which is in the school-based category.  Which would mean your story necessarily must be in that category. 

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Thanks.

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>Kiel joins contest

>Publishes Magick Academy

>Wins first place and claims prize

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>_> Me? Finish anything beside a quiz in a month? Hell, five of these things could go by and I still wouldn't be done. No, that's... that's why it's good if I co-host these things, not participate in them. I procrastinate way, way too much. xD

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Wow! You really are my kind of guy!

PROCRASTINATION HIGH FIVE!

 

... eh, let's do it later.

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Ah, sorry... I can't talk about missing our high-five now... maybe we should discuss putting it off sometime next week?

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*Inhale* Ooooh, wait, I can't do next week. I got, uh... Sleep? Yeah, Sleep.

Let's just reschedule this rescheduling sometime in the future.

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The apple obviously doesn't fall from the tree judging by how much of a procrastinator I am xD

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I may enter, considering I have nothing else to do in my spare time...

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Count me in! As an advice, how about rewarding anyone who publishes something worth reading by the deadline 15 points (regardless of winning)?

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Er... there's already a lot of incentive here, so that seems unnecessary to me, but...

@Sethaniel 

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 I think I might join in.

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I'm so in.

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Since fantasy and sci-fi are allowable I do have some interest in this, but realistically I don't have a good track record with writing stories on a deadline, and attempting to enter would mean derailing my current WIPs to start a new one. So I'll probably give it a miss, but I'll look forward to seeing what others come up with. 

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I'll sign up.

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I won't participate since I'm better with other story concepts.

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Even though you could do a military school / assassin training facility to satisfy your insane army-fanboyism and it'd be unique enough to suit your insistence on making new things, huh? (It's fine that you don't wanna compete, of course, but you can't tell me I'm crushing your creativity by insisting your characters "be in a place" where they just happen to "learn things." xD)

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I'm like, XD times 1,000 right now.

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Hmm... I think it would be sort of hilarious to do that with the Diamond Dogs in MGSV.

Introducing the rookies to the power of the cardboard box, fulton recovery system, extracting sheeps, shooting transquilizers at each other, getting rocket punched by Big Boss and stays happy (staff morale increased), etc.

But I still prefer something else.

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"But I still prefer something else."

^ And that's perfectly fine, I respect preference. But "I'm not good at writing a story that happens in a specific building" is not an excuse I'll take here. xD

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I won't join this. Imagining all the crazy shits in MGS universe being turned into an educational thing is funny though.

"Big Boss is love, Big Boss is life. You have no family. You serve him forever," Revolver Ocelot says.

"K den. I got it," says Panzer Cobra.

As an S rank combat staff, he gets automatically assigned to the combat team before he receives basic training alongside the other candidates, ranging from B to S rank rookies extracted from the battlefield and brainwashed to serve for the Diamond Dogs. All the C to E rank guys are instantly fired.

First time they meet Big Boss, he gives them all a punch to the face with his bionic arm. He also fires his arm and yells "ROCKET PUUUUUNCH!" as it goes flying hitting everyone in the head. Five minutes later, they all have awaken and feel the aura of happiness and joy... of getting punched by Big Boss before saluting him.

"Thanks for that b0ss."

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Yeah, I know you won't, and I already said that was fine. :P

Actually, thinking about it, why are people posting just to say "I'll pass"? xD Sonic's makes sense, 'cuz he'll beta, but... *shrug*

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I'm doing it for comedic effect.

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Well not exactly sure if I could enter (just thinking of school numbs my creativity). Also I can't be distracted from my current project. But I can be a beta-reader/ proof-reader for anyone else's entry. (sigh) Will have to catch you on the next contest. (Sigh again for added emphasis on my disappointment)

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Proof-reading is an important job, and don't worry, Seth and I have already been talking about the next one.

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MAKE IT HAVE GUNS. PLEASE.

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This one can have guns. Honestly, any genre can have guns. -_-

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Stay away from him. He's a bad egg.

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I kinda want to aim for a girls un panzer fanfiction for this one, seems fitting.

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I move for a clarification of Rule 5

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This rule got me excited.

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I move for the music. Exactly what do you want me to clarify about it?

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If I enter what do I have to do as a "judge" or "co-judge?"

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@Ford

It's going to be like the previous contest; you'll be required to read/rate a certain amount of the other entries.  Exact # depends on how many entries we get.  There'll be a survey, like last time. 

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Ah, alright then. I don't think I was involved enough at all last time so I didn't know xD thanks

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Only one person has done this so far, so as a reminder: add me as a co-author once you create your game.

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I'm still thinking, so when I'm done with plot I will go ahead.

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You know what? Sign me up, I have had an idea for such a game for a while now.

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Im going to write a story that will blow you away. (Hint Hint)

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O_o See, after all the shipping, I'm not sure what you mean to imply... Um. Is a school for tornadoes? >_> Explosions?

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That... actually sounds a bit interesting, though I don't now what they could possibly learn? Most of the explosions are probably going to get hired by Michael Bay anyway...

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You'll see when I make the motivational thread today.

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As soon as I saw this, I immediately thought "He's not going the school shooter route, is he? Dear god, I hope not."

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Huh. I'd read that one. Would be far more interesting than the usual 'I was late to a class and then somebody made a mean remark, afterwards I needed to decide whether to do my homework or text my friend. Gosh I wonder if that boy likes me. RIVETING DRAMA.'

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I thought one of the whole reasons to make a school based story was to make a school shooter route. Don’t see much point otherwise, other than group hugs endings of course.

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This may be hard to believe, End, but there is a middle ground between mass murdering everyone in school and groping hugging them all.

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Hmm, I’m still not convinced, but I look forward to seeing the results of your latest social experiment.

If I had the time, I probably would have went for a “tiny toons/muppet babies” school approach using younger versions of all my other protagonists.

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xD That would be awesome.

>_> You sure a month and three days wouldn't be long enough for you to have time?

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Nah, I really try to focus on one major project nowadays. I don’t even think one month and three days is going to be enough to get through this one branch I’m currently working on!

Still, I’ll keep the idea on pile of others because who knows what the future holds.

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Ergh. See, what you just described is what I really, really do not want to see. It'd be the WC of school stories for me, just like something I've seen a million times before. xD I believe everyone who's signing up can do far better, though.

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You DON'T want to see that route?

Shit.

Well, there goes fifty pages of my latest story.

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You mean school shootings? xD No, I'm fine with those. I was saying I don't want to see "'I was late to a class and then somebody made a mean remark, afterwards I needed to decide whether to do my homework or text my friend. Gosh I wonder if that boy likes me."

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All fifty pages were about  either which jegging-shirt-necklace combo to go with to impress Justin, and whether Jake, Justin or Kai are the one for you. 

Hint: It's ALWAYS Kai.

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xD ... You're secretly a pre-teen girl deep down, aren't you? 

Ohmygosh, I get to pick my jeggings AND my necklace? *squeal* 

Of course it is.

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Oh yeah. Jeggings is both modest without being boring and flirty without being flaunty.

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xD ... Well, Steve, you're one of the few people who can use a title like that and somehow I still wanna play the story.

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It'll get really meta. No matter what choices you make, the guy you don't date ends up shooting up the place.

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What the heck are jeggings? Am I supposed to know what those are?

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That was pretty amusing, I have to say.

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Lol...

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Ha! Look at this unfashionable dweeb! What part of modest without being boring and flirty without being flaunty don't you understand? Kai sure as hell isn't asking you to the dance.

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Uh. I just wear jeans. Problem solved..

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^This

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Would it be alright if I used a storygame that I created months/years back, but haven't done any writing for yet? I created the storygame so I could reserve the name I wanted, then literally all I've done so far is write a description. I've PMed you a link so you can see for yourself.

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I looked at it. You haven't even written a single sentence on the pages, so I'll accept it. As I said in the PM, I consider that more of a concept anyway. The point is to make sure no one has an unfair head-start on the actual writing.

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Assuming I have some free time soon, I would like to enter. Sounds fun, and the month long time limit is just perfect for me. Hopefully, I can find the time to make a halfway decent game. :)

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I'll enter. It'll be good to practice my writing.

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Good luck all!

I sadly don't have time or good enough ideas for a school based game but I'll Beta if people want :)

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Please do, we could use a few more if everyone who's signed up gets their game finished in time.

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Sounds good then, just let me know when I am needed.

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I guess betas don't get to pick a contestant either?

EDIT: Re-read OP, never mind. Please ignore.

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I am interested.

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@Kiel_Farren I added you as a co-author to my story. Does that mean I'm automatically entered?

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Yeah.

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Eyyy! I might actually join and finish a game for once! It's my greatest obstacle other than writer's block. Since I watch too much Clannad and Fairy Tail, maybe I'll do something like this big, giant, guild system with MAGIC! Anywho, maybe. I might not even finish, so don't expect anything.

EDIT: Yeah, maybe I'll just stick to beta-reading, if that's possible.

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The beta reading is greatly appreciated.

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Is there a minimum of points required to enter? I'm new here and in case there isn't I'd like to enter

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No, EXP are useless. Anyone can join!

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To quote the OP, " this contest is open to anyone (who isn't a troll)".

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Then I'm in (if I finish on time).

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Aye.

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Aye?  Hello to you, too.

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.....Does he mean yes or no?

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Considering he co-authored me, I'm going with a definitive maybe yes.

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I like your logic.

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Since I know how much Kiel loves guns, trolls, Columbine style storygames, and mason jar themed jokes, I figured I'd write him a beautiful story tailored for his tastes.

Oklahoma Nights & School Fights - Coming to a CYS near you in June 2016

Set in the idyllic backcountry town of Cranberry, Oklahoma, you will learn the proper method for jamming and jarring all of your favorite foodstuffs at Painted Glass High. There is so much to see and do!

Do normal kid stuff! Pick on kids lower in the social pecking order than you! Commit sins of self pleasure! Awkwardly grope that girl's bosom in the backseat of your car! Act like your little drama bomb problems really matter! Brag about your intelligence, jock abilities, alleged sexual conquests, and penis size!

But watch out, for danger lurks everywhere! If you mishandle those preserves, you may find one of the teachers shoving a mason jar right up your very own cornhole! Pick on the wrong kid (hint: he's the one wearing a trench coat and talking to himself), and he might just pump you full of vigilante justice! Fart in class at your own risk!

@Kiel_Farren is this the gold you're looking for or what!?

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I don't know how Kiel feels (my guess is he'll almost certainly be enthused), but for the record, I can't wait to read it. :)

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MAKE THIS NOW.

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xD ... Well, I enjoyed the dripping sarcasm anyway. 

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I guess I'll enter and wing it :L best case scenario I get some points out of it.

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@Kiel_Farren

Question: Is a school based story required to be about the students?

Because kids are dumb.

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I'm definitely quoting you on that.

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"@Kiel_Farren" - Mizal

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XD

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Why? It's a widely known fact that Mizal hates kids.

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xD There's no need for these students to even be kids, y'know. But no. You can make it about the teachers, the principal, lunch lady, hell, the janitor if you want. 

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Good Will Hunting.

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do we need confirmation to begin writing or can we just start whenever we co-author you?

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You can go ahead as soon as you've co-authored me, yeah.

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Maybe you can make a story about a generation failing intelligence tests, making the entire generation going back to school. I just imagine 30 year olds in kindergarten X_X.

 

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Or, alternatively, you could join the contest and make it yourself.

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He joined already, actually.

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Ah; nevermind then.

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Is it ok if the main character leaves the school/college/academy for a short part of it?

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How short are we talking?

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Well, I'm not sure for now, but I'm sure it won't exceed more than ten pages.

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Sorry, I should clarify: I meant in comparison to the time spent at the school, not page count. (I expect at least a few stories to show time away / the character going home and doing stuff there / exc, and it really shouldn't be a problem.)

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Not long. And the character will be gone as he/she is trying to sneak out of the besieged academy(which is also a sort of city) to deliver a message to another city to send help for them, after which he/she would simply be back at the academy and resume his/her studies. I should also note that this is a medieval fantasy setting to make things a bit clearer.

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Gotcha, not a problem.

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What about a storygame where most of the branches involve the protagonist attending school normally, but some of the branches have him escape from the school, after which point the entire story is told outside of a school setting?

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I was curious about this too, since one of the "students" is actually a spy and assassin for another faction.

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As long as the majority of the story is based in the "school" I will count it as school based.

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I have an idea for it, but I'm not sure if I'll actually finish it in time

 

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There's no harm in signing up and getting started, then leaving the contest if later on you start running out of time.

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I thought it was said (somewhere) that I shouldn't start something if I don't plan on completing it.

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... Well, I never said that. :P

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Of course not lol. I've got a question Kiel. What about a school centered around a game?

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... Well, sure, that sounds interesting, but where are you going to find a contractor who can build an entire themed school in one month? :P

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I'm not sure, but if I find one I'd be interested in seeing what he could do with only a month.

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I guess ill have to take back my thoughts on doing the competition. The idea was good, but I'll have no where near enough time if I'm to create something I'm satisfied with. That and I have more pressing matters to deal with like other writing.

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You could start it, but if you can't finish it in time for the contest, finish it anyways after.

I mean, you've already made some of it, so why not finish it instead of scrapping it? Might even be good.

Then again, that's my opinion. I've made some mediocre (if you can really call them that) games.

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I'll try that then

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@mizal - Most encouraging title ever, lol.

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what is it?

 

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I'm on the fence on this one. On the one hand, I have about four story ideas drafted up somewhere, but none are going anywhere soon.. So perhaps I could use the incentive. I'll just enter and see where this goes xD

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I'm thinking about entering is, but I don't think I'll be able to finish one in time.

Does a school for mythical creatures count as "School-Based with a Fantasy tag"?

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Depends. But probably yes, in your case.

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And does it have to be for an older audience? I had a great idea that would be easy to write while still putting effort to get a good plot, but it'd probably attract audiences of seven to ten year olds. I read a similar story when I was eight and loved it, but hated it and called it a "children's book" when I was twelve.

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one year ago

You can do absolutely whatever.

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one year ago

Good. I just didn't want it to get a lower score for it being something that could easily be called stupid.

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one year ago

Target audience is less relevant than solid writing. Just because something is for kids does not, by any means, make it inherently lower quality. (For example, the cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender is amazing. Granted, the stereotype that children entertainment sucks come from people believing it's okay to put forth less effort just because they can more easily get away with it.)

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one year ago

Even if it's about pink glittery unicorns...?

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one year ago

If the unicorns are well written, sure. Best unicorn story (as in, a story starring a unicorn) I ever saw was probably The Last Unicorn, but I've seen them used in other decent / good entertainment. FFX and MLP:FiM come to mind. (And I can reference the latter without shame. I saw both the old MLP and the new because of my sisters, and the new does not make me want to jam an ice pick  in my eye-socket. So yay.)

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one year ago

I love MLP, but about the Last Unicorn...I think there's a book(if there is, I haven't read it), but I know there is a movie. The movie was pretty good, I guess.

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one year ago

Just because something is for kids does not, by any means, make it inherently lower quality.

This x1000. Anybody can appreciate a Pixar or Disney movie, and even just talking about stories, I can think of so many kids books that are just as high quality as anything written for adults. They tend not to be as nuanced or have as many layers maybe, but at its core a good story is a good story.

Considering the ages of so many of our casual readers here, I've thought before it would be nice seeing that Geared for Children tag put to good use. I don't know how much of that we'll see in this contest though, school based stories seem to mostly have teenage audiences in mind. 

 

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one year ago

Hmm. You know... that might also make a good concept for a contest. We really don't get much use out of that tag. I'm kind of doubtful as to how well it would go, but I would like to see the results. 

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one year ago

Due to someone doing this, albeit prematurely, Do not publish your game with me still co-authored to it. Yes, anyone who joins still needs to co-author me to verify the status of your story, but if you publish without removing me or letting me remove myself, I will end up getting half of your publishing points. I did compensate the contestant who accidentally did this, but that's because I caught it this time.

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one year ago
Someone already published theirs? That was quick.

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one year ago

Maybe it was quick, but it was probably rushed and not of a very high quality. Though I may be wrong here and the story is actually good.

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one year ago
When people have made some quality storygames for the puzzle/riddle contest in only nine days, I'm reluctant to pass judgement until I see it for myself. I don't see anything recent in the new storygames section that's school-based, so maybe it got unpublished?

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one year ago

Most likely Kiel told the author to unpublish it because he was still co-author when it was published. Well, you do have a fair point, but until the story gets re-published and I get to read it, I'll just keep assuming that it was most likely rushed.

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one year ago

Most likely it was accidental, though I'm not sure how one accidentally publishes. I only knew it had been published because of the unexpected change in my points, but it was unpublished when I went to check on it. 

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one year ago
Or they were just really short on points and needed a boost. :P

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one year ago

xD But why?

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one year ago

Are we guaranteed points for a motivational thread? Because they've never done much for me and so I'm not feeling motivated enough to make one otherwise.

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one year ago

That's... ironic.

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one year ago

I was planning on using the same criteria that Seth did for giving points in his contest: "Any story with a WW thread with more than 5 posts by the author will receive a point bonus."

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one year ago

I may be stupid for asking this(I sure do feel stupid), but what does the WW stand for?

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one year ago
The Writing Workshop. So basically, you can get points for having a motivational thread for your contest storygame there, so long as you (the author) make at least five posts.

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one year ago

What type of gift card? It doesn't say. NOT THAT I WANT IT. PFFFHT.

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one year ago

I would assume it is one of your choice or something real generic that everyone could use

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one year ago

I want to sign up, also I could be a beta reader or judge.

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one year ago

Hi, this is my second account, I forgot the password to the first one and the reset button wouldn't work for some reason, so sign me up on this account, thanks. @Kiel_Farren

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one year ago

Create your story and add me as a co-author as soon as you do.

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one year ago

Ooh ooh ooh me! I have ideas! I join!

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one year ago

This might be a stupid question, but would it have to be set in a school? What I mean is, could it be set in another place, such as... Hell, a prison or warehouse for example, where the characters are taught a skill by a "teacher"?

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one year ago

As long it's about rookies being taught how to do stuff, it's fine.

No.  No it isn't.  

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one year ago

Ah, gotcha. Thanks.

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one year ago

The stuff doesn't have to be boring school shits. It can be anything, from magic to guns.

Okay, this part is correct.  The school can teach magic or guns or whatever.  But it does have to be an education facility of some type: university, pilot academy, whatever.  As long as it's a location where people receive instruction.

Assassination Classroom is okay.  La Femme Nikita is not.

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one year ago

I'm aware.

Hmm... well, @Kiel_Farren sign me up.

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one year ago

"Please keep in mind, it does not need to be a normal school. It could be a college, it could be like Professor X's institute, it could be a pre-school for ninjas, just so long as it qualifies as a facility for learning something and your characters spend a good amount of time attending."

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one year ago
Reading is hard, and words can be long and confusing.

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one year ago

xD Good imitation of Honeydusk, anyway. 

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one year ago

It does, however, need at least 20% of the plot devoted to picking out what to wear to get your crush to like you.

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one year ago

Kiel, just wondering, does the story have to be set in a normal school?

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one year ago

That's a good one.

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one year ago

Kiel, what if I wanted to set my story in something like the X-Men school. (just a random idea I had) Would that be allowed?

Kiel please reply, I'm confused and have so many questions.

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one year ago

>_> Oh, God, you're secretly Honeydusk, aren't you? So many alts...! Everyone I know is a lie! *violent break down and mass murder spree ensues.*

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one year ago

Get into the bomb shelter!

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one year ago

*seals presidential bunker*

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one year ago

Get to da choppa

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one year ago

The fact that the game is supposed to primarily take place at a learning facility is the key component here.

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one year ago

Over a year on this site and I haven't managed to complete a single storygame but yeah, I'll give it a go. One feature-worthy story in thirty days. How hard could it be...

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one year ago

It could be very hard

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one year ago
reminds me I should get started on my entry xD

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one year ago
You should. XD

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one year ago
I really should now lol

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one year ago

I'll try it out :)

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one year ago

I may be the only one making my game in a "normal" school

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one year ago

That reminds me, I know we can make the school a weird school, but are we allowed to have one that functions as something other than a school? I was considering having my story focus on a student in a monastery.

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one year ago
"Please keep in mind, it does not need to be a normal school. It could be a college, it could be like Professor X's institute, it could be a pre-school for ninjas, just so long as it qualifies as a facility for learning something and your characters spend a good amount of time attending."

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one year ago

@bilbo - you were supposed to add me as soon as you created your game.

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one year ago

Ehem, let me hastily change the title to something that is a little more appropriate and I'll get right on that. Sorry.

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one year ago

My name is Providence and I want to sign up for the contest. This would be my first story.

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one year ago

Create your story game and add me as a co-author as soon as you do so I can verify it as a valid entry.

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one year ago

I have a very sad announcement- I am going to have to withdraw from the contest. I already have too many  WIPs, and I can't keep up with the deadline. Sorry. X_X

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one year ago
You... have a month yet. Surely if you truly want to participate, you could set a few things aside and write a shorter story as an entry. Quality often trumps quantity.

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one year ago

I know, I just have a bigger project at hand. I don't want to get all jumbled. Thanks for the advice, though. I am aware of the gracious time limit- but state testing destroys most of my time.

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one year ago
Yes, young one! Go earn your teachers' next raise, to no benefit of your own! ^_^

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one year ago

XD. The funniest thing is my first and second period teachers hate state testing.

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one year ago

I think I'll enter- I didn't have the motivation time to sign up for the Puzzles contest, but this looks fun, and anyhow, a deadline will help me finally finish something. Good luck to all!

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one year ago

... You know you're supposed to co-author me as soon as you create your game, right?

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one year ago

I will do this as long as there isn't a penalty for not finishing on time! I'm willing to spend all of my gaming time writing this!

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one year ago

"Penalty"? Well... your entry won't be accepted if it comes too late because that would be unfair to everyone who does get theirs done in time and totally defeat the purpose of a deadline, but if you mean consequences beyond that, no. I'm not going to dock points from people. If you do create a story and enter, remember to add me as a co-author as soon as you create it. Quite a few people have been forgetting.

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one year ago

Okay! And yes, that was what I meant by penalty. I'm going to add you right now ^-^

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one year ago
(A Hall of Shame would give you + 3 to BADASSERY)

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one year ago

:?

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one year ago

(I was considering it, but honestly, I want to see how this goes before further complicating the process. And it wouldn't be fair to spring it on you guys for this contest.)

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one year ago

Ok this is going to make me seem dim, but how will the judging work again....and the voting part. You said that the participants are required to vote...? And the beta readin part xD

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one year ago

You don't need to worry about how the stories will be judged until we're closer to the deadline. Also, I'm still working out the kinks for beta-readers, so don't worry about that either.

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one year ago
Fair enough. Before I got edit blocked, I was going to extrapolate. The BADASSERY stat is excellent for killing dragons and scores highly with the princesses.

I'd wager it would have kept Mason from dropping out with... oh 96% of the time remaining. ^_^

Mason, if you stumble upon this, I shall continue to poke ye with the pointy stick of mockery, as I have the utmost confidence you could manage a 20-30 page mini story as a token entry to fulfill your oath to your liege lord, Kiel.

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one year ago

Tech me loRd plz

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one year ago

Hey @Kiel_Farren, can I be beta reader or judge?

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one year ago

You entered the contest, you are automatically part of the judging pool, but you cannot be a beta precisely because you're a contestant.  (Please read contest rules more carefully next time as I explained both of these things up there.)

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one year ago

Ok thanks

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one year ago

Hello, I'd like to enter the contest. I've never finished making a story-game before, but hopefully I'll finish.

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one year ago

Create your story game and add me as a co-author as soon as you do so I can verify it as a valid entry.

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one year ago
Oh hi, so this is where everyone is. I really should pay more attention to that front page announcement section, eh?

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one year ago

Probably. xD Interested?

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one year ago
Interested? Absolutely. Am I in? We'll see. I've got a horrible schedule this week at work and school, so I'll have to take a look and think this weekend. And yes, if I decide I don't have the time, I'll certainly get in as a reader for others!

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one year ago
If you don't want to write, could we perhaps tempt you with the role of a beta tester and/or judge?

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one year ago

What's the other "sad-looking category?"

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one year ago

Check the numbers on the story game page. :P

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one year ago

I've had an idea for a game set in a school for a while now, so now I finally have a reason to go through with it. I'll probably start writing tomorrow.

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one year ago

Yay, I'm late! What a good way to start. Can I still sign up?

 

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one year ago

Yes, just create your story and co-author me as soon as you do.

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one year ago

I'd like to enter!

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one year ago
Yes, just create your story and co-author Kiel_Farren as soon as you do.

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one year ago

I added you to my story. I'm doing pretty well on doing one page on each branch a day, but once the contest if over, can I go back and edit the game if I don't make the game as finished as I want it to be the first time I submit?

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one year ago
After the judging and everything, I doubt that will be a problem. Quite a few people have edited contest entries they didn't consider fully envisioned and added the remainder later. Pretty sure Kiel did that with The Other World.

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one year ago

Okay, a little announcement: I've been trying to figure out the assignments and due to the rather large amount of entries and few betas we have, I'm not going to assign betas to any entries submitted following this post. (You've had 9 days to sign up, anyway.) If someone drops out or we get more betas, I'll make changes accordingly. Thank you. 

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one year ago

Aww, Kiel-sama, I wanted to beta soon! ;-;

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one year ago

No.

Hotel CYStia first.

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one year ago

Oh, yea!

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one year ago

... And you will. >_> I still need you and all the other betas who signed up, but we've got like 25 entries now. I can't spread y'all or myself any thinner than I'm already going to.

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one year ago

Aww...*puppy eyes*

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one year ago

xD Wait, do you want me to assign you extra stories?

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one year ago

Maybe...also because I like calling you Kiel-sama. Can I call you that? I'm in an anime mood.

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one year ago

xD Sure, if you want.

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one year ago

Okay, Kiel-sama!

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one year ago
You monster!

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one year ago

That's nothing. I also ate a bowl of puppies this morning. (How'd I fit more than one puppy in the bowl? That's what blenders are for.)

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one year ago

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one year ago

How dare he?

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one year ago

Who needs milk when you have the blood of your enemies?
 

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one year ago

@MasonJarGuzzi

See! He gets it!

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one year ago

Attention: Beta assignments are up!

Link: http://chooseyourstory.com/forums/writing-workshop/message/19706

Please discuss any relevant details, such as schedule, with your assigned beta. ^^ Don't forget to thank them for their help.

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one year ago
Thanks for your help as my beta, Ford!

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one year ago
No problem, Ford :)

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one year ago

xD Aw, a perfect match-up. I'm so glad it worked out for you two.

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one year ago
Wonderful xD.

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one year ago

I can be a judge if you need one

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one year ago

Well i would like to be a beta reader , although i am new here.

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one year ago

Okay, in that case I'll give you one of my beta projects, since I really only planned to pitch in if we didn't have enough people.

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one year ago

I want to be a part of this, but I don't do so well as a beta-reader (everyone I've beta-read for, either I haven't been able to finish the job or I'm pretty much useless and they abandon the project), I'm a horrible judge and easily swayed by elements that could be included in the story rather then the quality of the story itself, and I'm probably pretty high up in the ranks of the procrastinator club.

Also, when I talked with JJJ about this being a contest, I said I'd participate if it ever got to be a thing. (the random things my memory shoves my way, while holding back loads of alot more useful stuff...)

Since I don't want to screw anyone else over, I'll enter as a possible contestant. I'll start a story for the contest, and I'll attempt to have it finished in time, but I won't guarantee I'll have it done.

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one year ago

Alright, then. Just co-author me as soon as you create your game.

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one year ago

Unlike some other people, I actually read the rules the first time. :b

*scans lightly through the thread*

You're starting to sound a bit like a broken record. XD It must be annoying, having to repeat that over and over and over again.

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one year ago

Yay.

:P Yes. I am starting to sound like a broken record and... a bit, but it's become a habit now because I've had to say it so many times. You should see how many times I've also had to say this over PM, too.

 

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one year ago

@FeanorOnForge @TacocaT - forgot to reassign Forge after Breezy dropped out, so... there ya go.

On that note, sorry to multitask, but Wizzy dropped out, so... @betaband @Killa_Robot , unless Killa and Mason really want to work together as Mizal suggested, you guys now have each other. Yay.

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one year ago
When did Breezy drop out?

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one year ago

A week ago. I just forgot to say anything in the beta thread / here when she told me.

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one year ago
Huh, well, that's a shame. (Her dropping out.)

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one year ago

Holy shit I'm stacked.

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one year ago

With two stories? xD I would've had to do four if no one else had joined up...

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one year ago

No, I have the two featured members.

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one year ago

Oh. So you do, I didn't realize that before because I wasn't thinking about who else you got. Good luck, then. We featured writers tend to be divas.

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one year ago

I don't suppose I can get an extension so that I can finish up after exams?

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one year ago

Probably not because that wouldn't be fair. I have exams too xD

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one year ago

I was thinking we should all get one. 

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one year ago

I mean, I wish too that we got at least til the end of June but deadlines are deadlines and ya gotta learn how to squeeze your life into them.

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one year ago

I'm going to have to drop out because I have finals to study for and I haven't even started yet.

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one year ago

awww that sucks. Finals can't possiblllyyy be that hard?!

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one year ago

Trust me, they are.

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one year ago

@Sethaniel - Any thoughts on Malk's request?

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one year ago

Extension till the end of June?

I suppose we could make it work.

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one year ago

You guys are the best. 

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one year ago

Extended deadlines are for the WEAK.

...but if the idea is to produce feature worthy stories I'm all for it, even people already on track to finish could use the extra proof-reading and editing time. As fun as the puzzle comp was, most of the entries were very rushed, and it showed.

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one year ago
that'd be fantastic for me as well. I've been in the process of moving cross-country for the last few weeks and haven't got a lot done :(

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one year ago

Yay! ^-^ Ten extra days to do thisss!

Extension announcement

one year ago

Attention: we have extended the deadline for story submissions to Sunday, July 3rd, 11:59pm, EST. (Yes, you may publish sooner if you are ready prior to that day.) Please make the most of this extra time, don't forget to communicate with your beta readers, and good luck. 

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one year ago

I'm in! Mark me down! I'll get to work right away!

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one year ago

Alright, create your game and co-author me. I can't promise you a beta though, due to the late sign-up.

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one year ago

I understand.

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one year ago

Would an obedience school for dogs qualify, if the majority of the game involved the player working at the school?

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one year ago

Given that it is a school, and given that your described circumstance involves the majority of the game taking place there, then yes. It would qualify. The fact that the "students" are not human is irrelevant.

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one year ago

I just created an account today, but I've been reading/playing these for a while now and I'd love to join in on this contest. It won't be too complex, but I should be able to finish it by the July 3rd deadline! I'll add you on as a co-author. I'm so excited to get started writing these. I have so many ideas!

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one year ago
Alright, create your game and add Kiel as a co-autho... oh wait.

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one year ago

Good luck. :)

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one year ago
hmm. 1 month...I guess I should get started soon. A brainstorming session wouldn't hurt I guess xD

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one year ago
Careful, don't hurt yourself.

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one year ago

Honestly I can't even brainstorm this myself. I'm just pansting it and making it up as I go. I think I have a good start I guess? I haven't hurt myself yet. Brainstorming doesn't work for me xD

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one year ago

Nice that you made a school basted content for anybody. 

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one year ago

... Thank you.

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one year ago

Although i'm not writing much (as im a lazy bum) I can't wait to see how this turns out. Should add a few good stories.

 

(I'm also really late to the party...)

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one year ago
I am tentatively and informally committing myself to entering this contest. Kind of got a wicked late start on it (yesterday), but hopefully I'll have something done in time.

All I can promise is that it will be weird.

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one year ago

Weird and School-based.

This can only be disappointing or amazing.

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one year ago

Um, I don't think I have time to put together a good entry.

I'm going to have to sit this one out sad

And, i'm already working on something else.  Don't want to abandon it!

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one year ago

xD Alright? No need for excuses, if you can't / don't want to enter, then don't worry about it.

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one year ago
I am aiming for both.

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one year ago

So, percentage-wise, how close are any of you to finishing? I'm curious, since we're about to hit the original deadline, even though the new one is still a ways away.

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one year ago

given that i started just today

0.5%

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one year ago

Uh... shit.  Maybe forty to sixty percent. Not 100 percent sure where I'm going to go with this, but then again, I never am.

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one year ago
0%. I might actually start writing tomorrow.

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one year ago
Hate to agree xD

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one year ago
Honestly, I despise the story with a passion and have lost interest in it entirely, no less than three times. I'm going to finish the section up and slap a bandage ending on it later in the week. But only because I opened my mouth in the first place. Although, I think that stems largely from losing interest in writing CYOAs as a whole. Hence my shift in focus to linear projects going forward.

My personal recommendation is a one week, built in, plotting stage, prior to formal entry, for that singular purpose alone.

@Steve24833 - Bust out your victory champagne. Sprinkle it on mizal too. She's dreadfully lazy and far too busy wishing I was her pet dragon to bother finishing.

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one year ago

Ah sure, I'm still a fair bit away from finishing, a prospect that's looking more and more distance as I fail to write.  I've literally erased three of the main characters out of like seven, because they were just awful. So that champagne might yet go untouched.

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one year ago

I might not finish in time, sorry.

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one year ago

On the other hand, I've started over twice by now

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one year ago

Uhhh.... perhaps 30%?

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one year ago

-59%.

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one year ago
Wait.. There was an extension? I can't seem to find it. When did it get extended to? This is really great news.

I'm busting my ass right now, roughly 80% finished if I had to guess. I'm working hard to get done by tomorrow night.

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one year ago
NVM. July 3rd, huh? that gives me a little breathing room. I was worried I'd have to consolidate a major plot path of my story. I'm happy that I can work on it in more detail instead.

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one year ago

What I'm doing is basically trying to complete the main two routes and, if there's still time by the time I completed them, I'll work on one side route. If that side route is completed and I still have time, I'll work on one other side route.

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one year ago
Where I'm at with the story right now, I may actually be done in time for the original deadline.

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one year ago

Nice.

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one year ago

I'm realizing too late I really should've just written a more straightforward story instead of choosing now to take a crash course in gobs and gobs of scripting. Doesn't help that by the time the weekend rolls around I've forgotten half of what I was doing with it all and have to waste a bunch of time refreshing my memory. 

Still, I may manage to scrape together a token entry in time, and either way it was all a good learning experience. Now that I have a better grasp on what is and isn't possible, (and what's too much of a pain in the ass to mess with...) I expect I'll be able to put it to good use in other projects.

Though possibly I should've stuck with my original instincts of loathing schoolchildren and everything related to them with a passion and just stuck to my guns on my wizard story instead, I might've been done by now...

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one year ago

I'm somewhere between 40% and 80% done. I'm still debating how long I should make my story.

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one year ago

Same. Thinkin' about cuttin it hard.

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one year ago

I would say somewhere between 60 and 80 percent complete. I'm probably going to have to cut some stuff out to finish in time.

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one year ago

So, what site is the gift-card for anyways? Amazon?

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one year ago

I mean it could just be a normal gift card Visa, but does the money really matter? I already have enough motivation ^-^

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one year ago

I think so, yeah, but you'd have to ask Seth.

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one year ago

amazon

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one year ago

Thank you.

@swedishlemon - and there is your answer.

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one year ago

I might have to drop out. Things aren't looking too good for me in real life finances for my family so I don't know if I'll have time to finish the story.

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one year ago

I'm sorry to hear that, to both. Still, if you find that things change and you are able to submit before the deadline, please let me know.

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one year ago

I'm willing to donate.

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one year ago

Awe, Sonic, I clearly raised you right ^-^

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one year ago

That... would actually help a lot. In what method can you donate, specifically?  Paypal?

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one year ago
Two pages left and I'm done.

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one year ago

Awesome!

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one year ago
Well I wrote one room and realized that it would be cooler if I wrote a few more endings.

Still though, almost done.

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one year ago
One more page and I'll have two pages done.

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one year ago

Who's your reader?

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one year ago
Absolutely no one.

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one year ago

So, I'm curious because a lot of people signed up for this and there's been a shit ton of drop outs. Who is it who is actually going to submit a storygame for the contest?

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one year ago
I am putting the finishing touches on mine. So I will definitely be submitting.

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one year ago

I'll be submitting even if I can't complete more than two endings. I've already had to cut out 2 out of the 6 endings I had planned.

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one year ago

I'm going to have mine ready in time. At this rate, I'll probably do pretty good in the contest because there'll probably be less than ten submissions.

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one year ago

Yet somehow, you won't get in the top ten.

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one year ago

Aw, thanks for believing in me. If I'm not in the top ten, then maybe I'll be in the top three even though that group is by definition in the top ten as well

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one year ago

Glad to hear it, WIBN.

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one year ago
I suppose I should start soon...

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one year ago

... -_- Dammit, Ford. The contest is almost over, ya lazy bastard.

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one year ago
It'll be fine I'll probably start sometime today or tomorrow.

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one year ago

Almost done story-wise. Writing wise... erm...

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one year ago

Good. Keep it going.

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one year ago

Has anyone finished already?

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one year ago

...no

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one year ago
Yes. I have finished mine today.

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one year ago

Yeah

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one year ago

Yesterday. *collapses*

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one year ago

Just noticed this contest. Let's see, I have 4 days to write my first story, about a theme I normally don't enjoy, without a beta tester, and my schedule is already half full this weekend. No problem right?

I'll see if I can put something together. It probably wont be done in time, but I should have fun writing out of my comfort zone at least.

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one year ago

I wish you luck. xD Don't forget to co-author me once you create the game (and don't forget to remove me as co-author just before publishing, please, I don't want your points, I just want to verify your entry.)
 

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one year ago

Will do. I'll probably do most of my writing off-site in a word document so I can lay everything out easier, but will add in the content as I go along. 

Edit: The advanced editor mode is actually better than I realized. Other than keeping some separate notes, I can do most of the writing on-site really easily.

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one year ago

Progress is going surprisingly good. So far I find the biggest challenge is not second-guessing everything I do. With the limited time I'm just diving in and writing whatever comes to mind without worrying too much about it. It's been a fun and somewhat chaotic process.

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one year ago

Understandable, that helped me progress through one of my own games. Glad you're making progress, hope you're able to submit it in time. ^^

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one year ago
start now and you'll start a day or two ahead of me :D

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one year ago

See, plenty of time right? No need to hurry!

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one year ago

oh hey do Parody games count for this? Probably not because they're supposed to be in Everything Else, I'm guessing.

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one year ago

I'm almost certain they do count if they're parodies of the genre, but if they're parodies of something like Pokemon, then no, it's fanficiton.

Parodies almost always suck, though.

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one year ago
I'm going to assume that I've probably left it a little late to take interest in this contest.

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one year ago

xD How fast can you write, Ben? You've got until July 3rd, 11:59pm, EST.

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one year ago
I'm tempted to give it a go just to see if I could wack out something of half decent quality in such a short time frame, but I've got a pretty busy schedule this weekend, so I think I'll have to give it a miss this time.

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one year ago

Understandable. Well, hopefully you can join in for the next one? :D

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one year ago
Yeah, definitely! I'm going to have to pay bit more attention to the forums so I don't only notice the contest two days before the deadline next time. XD

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one year ago

It's never too late to start, though the time limit definitely changes the dynamics of what someone can do. I started yesterday and put together a solid plan I have a reasonable chance at completing within my 4 day limit. You know yourself best in terms of writing capability. If you have a rough idea of a story you feel inspired enough to share for the school theme, create a plan you realistically think you can complete in the (now) 3 days and give it a shot. Sometimes writing a time-limited story can create very interesting results, which is why I'm giving it a try.

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one year ago

Well, first ending is almost done. Just uh... four more endings to go. In two days.

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one year ago

AGH WELL STILL HAVEN'T FINISHED THE FIRST ENDING

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one year ago

could i be both a beta-reader and a judge.

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one year ago

I'm afraid it's too late for me to accept any more beta volunteers, but please feel free to volunteer for the next contest if we include betas. Also, yes, more judges are welcome. Once the contest is closed for entries, we should be able to post the details on how to vote.

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one year ago

OK cool. that means i ?could be a judge? cool?.

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one year ago

Yeah...

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one year ago

ok...? why did you put ... cuz like i mean i need the right info.

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one year ago

Because I already alluded to the fact that, yes, you can be a judge. So I'm not sure why you asked. You also punctuated your question strangely.

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one year ago

oh. sorry that was an accident.

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one year ago
Sorry to add to the shit ton of dropouts so far, but I can't get my head straight on this. I hoped that a contest might help me when it comes to actually getting shit done, but nope, just getting more and more frustrated over my initial idea that I won't even be able to slap a bandage on it and call it a day xD
So, as I'd rather not hand in anything remotely unfinished and raggedy-edged, don't expect much from me xD
Wow. I really have trouble staying interested in things and not revamping them a gazillion times until, oops, a day before the deadline.

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one year ago
I will just call it quits... or try to create something in 23 hours.. *sad face*

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one year ago

Jeez, folks, are we really only going to have three (valid) entries? -_-

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one year ago

Almost done. Just need to write a couple of pages and then proofread

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one year ago

I WAS gonna try to write a story in the last ten days... But procrastination distracted me. Again.

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one year ago
I'm still not out of the count yet. It's going to be a close one, because I still have a lot to write and I have an 8 hour shift before the deadline, but I can make it with some Red Bull or something.

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one year ago
Oh, I thought we had until midnight like Cinderella!

You can expect a special token "entry" sometime this afternoon. ^_^

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one year ago

You do, but that carriage is going to be a pumpkin pretty soon, man. And good to hear.

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one year ago
"I'd rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion." #Aerosmith

Though it's awfully crowded in this story.

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one year ago

I've got a short token entry I'm working on, but I miscalculated a little because I wasn't expecting work to fuck me over quite so badly, I was expecting to be able to get at least a few pages done during the week. I'll probably finish it tomorrow and release it just as a standalone story. The school connection was a bit forced anyway.

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one year ago
Good. More time for DRAGONS.

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one year ago
Won't be able to have a beta reader, but there's still a decent chance of me getting it done in time.

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one year ago

... But you have one assigned. ?_?

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one year ago
I think he means, he won't have time for anyone to test it between the time he finishes and submits it, as he will be pushing the fairy tale clock to its limit.

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one year ago

Ahh.

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one year ago
Yep.

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one year ago

Yo Kiel, how long until the end of the competition?

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one year ago
Apparently midnight eastern time.

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one year ago

So around 11 hours, right?

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one year ago

Yeah. It's currently 1:01pm EST... (edit: or I thought so, the site said as much... apparently it's 11:35 pm EST now.)

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one year ago

Both of the people I was supposed to be beta reading for ended up quitting the contest. Just my luck. XD

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one year ago

Yeah, this whole thing was bizarrely hit-and-miss, but I think I've learned some things from it.
 

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one year ago

Sorry, I have to quit too. Too many do-overs, too much procrastination.

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one year ago

Understood.
 

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one year ago
AmateurProtip: DO NOT drink too much energy beverage stuff. I feel all hyper now that I've had a bit too much. Still, with just over four hours to go, perhaps this will help me to finish off my writing. Anyway, be careful, kids, because you might end up smashing up your keyboard instead of typing up some decent writing.

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one year ago

Got it. So... At least five more gallons cups of coffee, right?

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one year ago

At least.

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one year ago
I'm actually making surprisingly good progress. Nothing like last minute pressure to actually make you follow through on what you'd say you'd do, lol.

I'm missing Overwatch with others right now though :(

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one year ago

Whelp, good luck people.

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one year ago

Ha ha! I did it with about 30 minutes to spare! That's plenty of time. :)
It also looks like I'm going to be somewhere in the top several unless more of you publish soon. I honestly hope there will be more people publishing.

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one year ago

Don't forget to PM me, plz.

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one year ago

The contest is almost over, folks. 18 minutes remaining 'til midnight.

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one year ago
"Surely I can get this done in two hours."

"What's that, friend needs a ride? That's 30 minutes."

"What's that, Dad needs to tell me about my cousin? That's another 15 minutes."

Screw you world, I was on a roll before you kept interrupting me!

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one year ago

Lol. I know the feeling, man. Your entry will be missed if you can't finish in time, but I hope you'll complete it at some point regardless. After all, both of your current stories are featured ones.

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one year ago
Well, it's up in the air if it'd be featured. Cut a portion out of it after all, and the editing is... rushed at best, lol. Then again I'm sure most of the entries are feature-able when compared to the existing school games.

I'm also still going to publish it as an entry though, because the day doesn't really end until 2 or 3am!

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one year ago

You know what? I'm going to have to drop out of the contest. I'm seriously having to dumb down and cut my writing in order to complete the storygame on time. No point in submitting something sub-par just to meet the deadline. If you look at what I've got so far you'll see that it starts off okay but then it tapers off into 2-3 bland, undescriptive sentences per page. It would honestly be an embarrassment to CYS, not to mention immensely hypocritical of me to post such crap when I've berated others for doing the same.

I won't abandon this indefinitely but I'll be busy for a while, so this will be completed at some point next year, hopefully. I'm quite liking the general story idea, but I need a bit more time to work on the details.

Good night, folks.

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one year ago

*nod* Well, I appreciate you making the effort nonetheless, so thank you for your participation.

I hope you do get to finish it in the near future, I'd still really like to read it.

Night!

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one year ago

I agree with 31TeV. Waiting until the 3rd of July was not my best plan ever it was my third best, and since there's no chance this half-done trash I'm scribbling furiously on could win 5th place of a contest with only 4 entries, why play to lose? I'll release it later and probably under a "Sci-Fi" tag instead so I can eliminate the admittedly forced school theme. Good night and have a good 4th.

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one year ago

For Kiel, who's sanity is dwindling.

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one year ago

I just have to ask, who wrote which chapter? I wrote dragon sorcery. :P

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one year ago

What... what is this? >_> Given the people who worked on it and the dedications, I'm almost afraid to read it.

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one year ago
It'll make you squee like Veal_Farren. Possibly even Squeal_Farren. Probably not Barren_Farren.

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one year ago

-_-' Is there seriously a Squeal_Farren? I'd look, but I don't actually want to see it.

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one year ago

It's just a shit-tier Pepe. 

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one year ago

I'm 99.07% sure.

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one year ago

This contest has given us so many great and memorable story games this week. Thank you so much Kiel and Seth for making this all possible.  ;~;

Of course,  thanks to all of the amazing and talented writers that published and those that are still typing as we speak! This week has truly been a breath of fresh air for those that come to this site to read, but not just for them but everyone who also had a craving for more fresh story games to play.

We needed something positive to end this week with all the drama that happened this week in the lounge.. (awkward laugh.) So, kudos to you all! ^^

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one year ago

Juggling a lot right now, but Seth or I will make an announcement when we're ready to start the judging period. Thank you for your participation, support, and patience.

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one year ago
How many completed entries are there now? Three? Four? I still think that's fairly respecatable looking at how few School-Based games we've got and why this contest was put up in the first place. Some cool people entered and hopefully also produced something interesting, and hey, I still think it was fun ^~^
Thanks Seth and Kiel and everyone else who had to put up with me xD

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one year ago

Seven. There was an eighth that was ... kinda late, not sure about that--and one that was disqualified for being written by a troll who didn't even really follow the rules anyway... so yeah.

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one year ago
I think you should put it up to the other legitimate entries about Killa's if you're on the fence.

Personally, I think he should still be in. Sure, deadlines and all that, but meh, it's not like he was a week late. And if anyone thinks that an extra two hours would have made their story soooooooo much better... well, probably not.

Anyway, food for thought for the contest entrants, and Huzzah for all eight of you. Minus whoever Kiel is referring to. I'm going to guess Crescentstar since I hear it's near impossible to get to an ending without going insane. For you couldn't possibly be talking about alleged dragons, as those titillating draconian freaks are clearly not trolls at all, which are presumably fleshy and wingless. ^_^

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one year ago

He's probably referring to this one.

It'd be a shame to cut Killa's out over just a couple hours, as good as it is, but like Bucky said, I suppose the other entrants would have the most stake it in all and it would make sense for them weigh in on whether they thought it was fair. 

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one year ago
Oh, I see the tag now but didn't realize that was supposed to be an entry. Also, I thought he got banned the other day? I'm just going to step out on a limb and guess that's a disqualifying condition.

Just going to share this nice little comment though:

If you want to write a comedy story, don't write it in the form of a parody.
-- swedishlemon on 6/30/2016 11:58:18 PM

What? Since when is a parody not supposed to be comical?

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one year ago

Yeah. That's disqualifying. I did say no trolls, so I'm not counting that one.

:P And I forgot all about your "entry," Bucky.

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one year ago

You must say you liked it. Just maybe a bit. Come on, Kiel.

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one year ago

I've seen people do some amazing things in a couple hours. :P And it's not solely my decision whether or not to be lenient on the rules here. Besides, this is a contest. Anyway, if it's decided that it makes it in, it'll be on the list. If not, it won't. *shrug*

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one year ago
Your apathy is encouraging, lol.

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one year ago

If I was actually apathetic, I wouldn't have brought your story up at all. Frankly, the fact that before I said anything about it here, I specifically made the suggestion of allowing your entry in spite of you missing the deadline to Seth would, in fact, be evidence to the opposite... but taking a jab at me when I'm trying to be nice is a great way to convince me to quit. 

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one year ago

How is it hard to get to the end? ... without going insane?

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one year ago

I figured the maze out on my own, but I was not a fan of that part. Nor of the doors. xD

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one year ago

Can't speak for anyone else, but I noticed that hardly anyone has been able to finish it, and for my own experience I gave up when I noticed you'd put false instructions on the maze, and no amount of deliberate failure would ever lead to an end game link to comment on the story so far. 

I found most of the characters being introduced annoying and not very realistic, and the constant running commentary in the (author's notes:) even moreso.  While the writing was very good in the technical sense and obviously a lot of work was put in, I wasn't invested enough to finish it once the game started making it actively difficult to proceed.

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one year ago

Mazes make me want to just give up completely. I just came for the plot.. u.u

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one year ago
There's no need to even walk in the maze. just look at the wall, then climb it ...

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one year ago

You must have done something differently then, because that didn't work when I tried it.

I'm planning to play and review all the entries so I'll have to give it another go sometime, I really really can't overstate how grating the main character and the awful tween romance and 4th wall breaking stuff was for me though, I've already played enough to see that I'm not the audience for this at all.   

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one year ago

Easiest way to get out the maze? Choose athlete in the beginning and climb the walls. THanks for the feedback. *copies into notepad* I will consider it in the edit. I don't get the false instructions, but I can check the path I gave.

Gad dammit. I didn't add one of the directions. It's supposed to be: left (which was the first "northwest"), northwest, northwest, north (no 'west'), southeast, east, east.

*facedesk*

 

Um. Am I allowed to fix that real quick?

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one year ago

Yeah, I noticed your directions were incorrect... uh... no. I'm sorry, but you're not supposed to take your game down after submitting for the contest--at least until judging ends. You'll be destroying any saved games and it would qualify as giving you more time to work on your entry. Once the contest is officially over though, sure.

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one year ago

I figured. Was worth a try. I'll add to list of edits.

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one year ago

Me too. I gave up on Order of Midnight Sun because of that.

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one year ago
Wow, then I made a complete understatement here xd Seven entries, yay. That's more than I ever expected/dared to hope for (especially quality wise).

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one year ago

@Cinderblaze

@31TeV

GAD DANGIT

SO THAT'S WHY I HAVEN'T BEEN BETA TESTING

 

Well, you two, that's sad to hear. I weep for you both.

On the bright side, at least I didn't have to work!

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one year ago

So, looks like eight entries in all? That's not bad, and just from glancing through them the quality of most of them is far above anything else in that category. DEP's and Steve's have been as entertaining as expected, and I'll make time for an in-depth look through some of the others soon. 

Congrats to everyone who entered, and it sounds like there may be a few more in the works that weren't quite finished in time, so I'll be looking forward to those too. It's going to be so nice, having a School-Based section that doesn't suck.

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one year ago

Seven*

And agreed, very pleased to see some real, solid entries for the category. I did get a little worried there that we wouldn't even have more than two, but I am delighted to be proven wrong in that regard and I'll be glad to see the rest of the games that didn't quite meet the deadline because they still sounded pretty interesting.

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one year ago
I'm gonna submit my entry late. not very late though, I got some good ideas for my second page.

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one year ago

*facedesk*

I'm going to get a bruise or something on my face

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one year ago
That's fine; nobody will notice.

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one year ago

Voting survey is up, please see Sethaniel's news thread for details: link

You have until the 18th to complete the survey if you want to participate as a judge. All judging participants welcome, all writers with valid submissions required to vote. 

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