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January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
January New Frontier Contest

Theme: Wilderness Exploration/Survival

Format: CYOA

Deadline: January 30th at 12:01 A.M. Eastern Time



Focus:

A primary focus of the plot and or setting should involve exploring and or surviving the untamed wilderness be it Earth, a fantasy world, or some planet in a space opera. There's a lot of wiggle room here for different genres and ways to take this concept, so I'm excited to see what everyone comes up with.



Entry Requirements & Prizes:

You must formally declare intent to enter the contest in this thread, as there is a point entry fee. Hopefully, this will motivate people to finish and reward those who honor their commitments

People can choose to enter the contest for 25, 50, 75, 100, or 125 points. Upon entering, those points will be deducted from your total. Upon submitting a contest story which meets minimum contest standards, you will get either 30, 60, 90, 120, or 150 points back (depending on how much they entered for). And then additionally 100 for winning the contest and a featured story if it's a CYOA and good enough to merit featuring.

If you do not submit a contest story which meets minimum contest standards by the deadline, you will not receive any rewards or points back.

To eliminate any possible confusion, the first number is your entry fee, and the second would be your reward. And this is just for submitting an acceptable entry. The winner will receive another 100 points on top of their initial reward.

25 -> 30

50 -> 60

75 -> 90

100 -> 120

125 -> 150

Recap: Stories will not be valid entries unless the site member formally announces his or her intent to enter the contest in this thread with the amount of points he or she wishes to stake.

* See EndMaster for rules regarding your service to him if your entry sends you into negative points.

* Stories that cannot meet minimum site standards count the same as a non entry and get SHAME.

* One entry per site member. No alternate accounts.



Judging:

The judging panel will consist of moderators/administrators and selected highly esteemed community members that do not wish to enter.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Put me down for 125.

A full CYOA huh? This will be the real test. Lots of people are going to lose points, I suspect. :D

e: Those too risk adverse (i.e. COWARDLY) to enter in the first place will remain safe, don't worry.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Fortune favors the bold.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
pliny the elder died in a volcanic eruption after saying that...

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Which is incredibly bad ass, so what's your point?

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Bucky is going to die in a volcanic eruption I guess.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Someone better film this.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Put me down for 125, please.

Edit: I'm thinking of a mental kind of exploration, such as entering the sub conscious of an individual and interacting with it either in a 'physical' way (such as being able to walk around) or in a omnipresent way. Either way, you would be able to explore and find thoughts. Is this idea acceptable?

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Uh. Gonna have to go with no on this.

The topic is pretty broad as it is, so I don't see any need to expand into mental constructs. Let's stick with a physical definition of wilderness.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Oh well. I was planning to make a story set in the future about a detective trying to solve a case by using a piece of hardware to search suspect's brains, but I guess I'll make that some other time.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Please sign me up for 125 points, this gives me good motivation to write Magellan 5 or The Lost Expedition Part 2 :)

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Fuck that Lost Expedition shit, get Magellan 5 going.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Glad to hear you're entering, Will!

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

I would join but I'm 90% sure I don't have the time to do this :(

Besides, I am terrible at these types of storygames >~<

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
In the words of @Axiom - "You can achieve almost anything with enough structure."

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

True, but still don't have time, nor do I have access to a computer, and the only thing I have is an Android that wont let me use RTE, so I would basically have to write everything with < P >< /P > or < BR >< /BR > which is annoying. XD

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
If you don't put in any html, it will put whatever spacing you have on the page, with the RTE off.

Like, I have the RTE off at all times, and I only put in tags for paragraphs or breaks if I need to italicize or bold something.

e.g. I didn't do anything to this post, and it put all the spacing in that it showed when I was typing it. But in the OP for this thread I had to put breaks and paragraph tags in for everything because I wanted to bold the contest title at the top.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Hmm..for me when I don't put in the tags, it all just becomes a big wall of text. 

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
in with 125

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

I never want my account to ever go below 1000 points again, so just put me down for seventy five. I already have a billion ideas in my head, and this kind of thing is my forte.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
I don't want to go under 3k but I put down 125 because I'm not a little bitch :^)

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

How did I not like you?

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
To be fair, I was 16. I don't like 16 year old me either.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

You're not alone... lots of people hate 16 year olds. Take old people for example. "Ya whippersnapperz!"

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Put me down for 125, I'm going for it. 

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

put me down for 125

lets goooo

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

I'll enter 75. 

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Put me down for 125. Something something fortune favours volcanoes.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Participants So Far:

Pleb: 25

WITD: 25

Eric: 50

Journey: 50

Mason: 50

Mr.M: 50
Flame: 75

Jester: 75
Minnie: 75

Orange: 75

Sky: 75
Banner: 125
Coins: 125

Digit: 125
Fazz: 125
Ford: 125
Malk: 125
Mizal: 125

Ogre: 125

Romulus: 125

Wibbons: 125
Will: 125

Glory Seekers So Far:

IronP: 750 and no reward

Victims So Far:

Negative: 125

Raki: 125

Rath: 125

Stryker: 125

Thot: 125

Yellow: 125

Bitches So Far:

Dan

Steve

Tim

BANNED AND SHAMED So Far:

CallMeFriend (Boringfirelion)

_Tot_ (Charmeleon)

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Rath - 50
Flame - 75
Minnie - 75

Pussies.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Rath is probably going to win if last contest is anything to go by.

Much like Pugpup, Rath has never posted before now and just suddenly showed up for the contest.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

I have posted before just not in a while. I thought the contest looked cool so I thought id give it a try.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

But Rath would've gone into the negatives if they went any higher.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

But what's life without a challenge? :P

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Very true. I mean just look at me.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

True, but it's always better to be safe than sorry.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Bullshit. Watch me sign up for 500 points again.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

I didnt even know you could go into the negitives. Just looked fun to try out.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
You can still raise your bet to 125. Endmaster will let you go in the hole. You might say he enjoys it.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Would you like to raise your bet to 125?

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

He really enjoys putting people in the negative :3

Do it for Endmaster.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Before EndMaster pushes you into the pit of The Hopeless, just know that you won't get your points back unless you win, if you decide to raise your bet.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

It's totally worth it though. Especially if you bet even MORE points once in.

You might even unlock an achievement!

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

I can never get this achievement ;-;

I have too many points to bet 100 at a time...

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

@Rathalon1213

Do it! Do it! Do it! It's totally worth it!

(You know, so long as you can deliver.)

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

"Do it! Do it! Do it! It's totally worth it!"

Your current avatar is completely appropriate for this statement.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

ok ill change to 125

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Edit locking.

Also, hooray for peer pressure!

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
we can bet more points?

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Not in this one. Unless End gives you a special task or something. But that sounds like work.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

In your case you can bet more alts if you like. Just give me the names of which ones you want to bet.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Oooh. Do Turkey, Ford! :p

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

125 for me

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

I'm in! Put me down for 125 points.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Put me down for 50 points

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Put me down for 125, please.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Put me down for 50 for now...

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Call to arms:

@bilbo (currently SHAMED) @MasonJarGuzzi (currently SHAMED) @mayana @tim36d @bradindvorak @pugpup1 (VALHALLA BOUND) @orange @thotfodder @ISentinelPenguinI @TheNewIAP @WouldntItBeNice @Steve24833 @Crescentstar @Ogre11 @madhattersdaughter

A personal invitation to End's servant @TharaApples

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
@Danaos

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

You have the audacity to tag me....as an afterthought!

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
It's a work in progress. You should enter.

@Citizen_iavatus @Briar_Rose

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

I'm tempted to, but I can't think of anything for this genre. Not my forte (sp?).

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
I'm not sure what kind of stories you're into, but here's a few general ideas.

Generic concepts:

Neanderthal scout ventures into distant land and encounters Homo Sapiens. Peace, Blood, or Love will reign.

European sailors wash ashore on the coast of South America where they must survive the unknown beach, jungle, and possibly cannibal tribes.

Train wreck strands a man and his girlfriend on a snowy mountainside far from civilization.

Galactic Imperialist soldiers land on the unexplored planet Titopia V and begin the colonization process. Only things don't go as planned when (so many possibilities.)

Historical Fiction of the Lewis & Clarke expedition.

On Planet Middle Earth Clone, our protagonist ventures beyond the borders of his fast growing empire home to find new land and resources for the rapidly rising population to get fat on.

War settings in general can easily fall into this category, be it real world, fantasy, sci fi, etc.

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There's a lot to work with here. I'm sure you can come up with something.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

You are literally so close to guessing my story plot. It's scary, even.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Trying to survive/flee a war would be considered a survival story? I was thrown off by the wilderness aspect of it. That made me think of something like Survivorman.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Not all wars, or all of even specific wars, but think of the jungle warfare in Vietnam as an example. Now imagine a unit being dispatched a special mission. Or a mission gone wrong. Etc.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
A CYOA can take a lot of dedication to actually complete, but as far as actual ideas go, there are so many possibilities with this topic that a person would literally have to be a burned out, dead-eyed husk (Steve) or a faggoty coward making excuses (Steve) to claim there weren't any good ones. I came up with about 15 in as many minutes of brainstorming.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

My problem isn't that I don't have an idea so much as it is my idea not fitting into this category. I'm just not sure.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Hey, I was involved in the Masonjar Shame debacle, I need to bear the mark of shame as well.

I'm also going to let you know I've joined (if I join) at the last possible second, because the last thing I want is double shame, lost points, AND failing grades.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

@ShowMeTheCode (shame) @Providence (Shame) @yellowbelly (SHame) @Blazewisker (SHAme) @benholman44 (SHAMe) @Negative (SHAME) @Lancelot

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Wilderness is shitty and stupid, that's why we replaced it with strip malls and shit. Fuck that shit, I have rat-men fucking bug girls and corpses and shit to write.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Declining for the same reasons as Seto basically. Also, working on mobile with my face to the screen isn't fun.

You referred to me as a lowly servant as well, so go wash down your request with bleach.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
TemporarySlave is the lowly servant.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

I believe she prefers the term, "Assistant Forum Moderator."

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
We can only collectively muster approval for pretentiousness from KitKatKaity and Chanbot

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
As a published novelist, I'd have to dispute this.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Either I did a good job at making you forget about me, or there's too much shame on me being on that list.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
To be honest, you were intentionally left off the list as I expect nothing from you but continued failure. Nothing says you can't try to prove me wrong though.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Ha.

Tagging me for a contest, even though you know I am a degenerate?

That's a good one.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
You've been trying to write things. Thought you might consider giving the contest a go.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

I can already predict that I'm not going to finish, and I'm going to be even more poor point-wise.

That, and I don't know what to write with my subpar skill level.

Thanks for the invite, though.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Thank you for tagging me so I didn't miss this one!

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Time to try to pry shame off of my shit-covered name.

Put me down for 125. Fuck it.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

You could've done this on your other account...

But hey debt is cool and all. Good times.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

She can't do it on her other account, I banned it a long time ago.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Uh...so I kind of logged into it to see if it still worked and now it's stuck on the "Who Is Online" bar, I believe.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Yeah, it'll go away eventually.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Count me in for 125.

Of course, with Will11 writing "Magellan 5 or The Lost Expedition Part 2," I'm not even dreaming of winning this baby. But it will be nice to get the creative juices going to see what I can whip up in a few weeks.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Looking forward to what you come up with, Ogre!

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Shit. xD This is one of my busier months this school year. Hmm... maybe I'll join later if I can shove things about and off my schedule after I get a few events off my calendar or something.

Darn it. I have a few ideas running around already. ;-; This will distract me from work. xD

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
yo gimme some of those ideas because I got nothing.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Hmp. I do not share ideas with the enemy. >:c

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Give him a shitty idea, get rid of the competition

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
got one from Gatman over discord - space dildos.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

sign me up Bucky... for 25? idk

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Did you mean 125?

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Sure. Do it. Take all my points. idgaf

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Damn.

You are not a coward! :D

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

I like it when they just submit like that.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Lol. I'm sure you like damning people. xD (>_> Let's not be hasty here...)

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Put me in for 50. Bucky gets his wish.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Do not disappoint me. Or Geoffrey.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

I just started a story game, otherwise I would.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

What is the last date to declare?

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Technically, you could wait until you have the story written to declare entry. But you'll probably receive scorn from your fellow entrants that are boldly staking points early for glory.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Jan 30, 11:50AM EST

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Erm, i know I should probably know this, but what does shaming entail?

Oh, and what happens when you go into negative points?

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Shaming entails releasing the hatred of the internet upon the shamed.

Negative points = shame.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Correction: Failure to produce = Shame

Negative is fine so long as you do what you need to and get resurrected.

(Although, it's entirely possible that End might leave the negatives in the ditch this time around.)

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Nothing you can't handle.

So will you be joining for 125 points?

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Well, I don't exactly have 125, but put me down for 75 (please don't judge me, this is my first contest).

By the way, how do I submit my story game once it's finished (yea, I know I should probably know this by now as well, but I haven't been on the site as long as most of you)

 

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Click [publish] when in the the My Storygames section. (default page My Stuff takes you to)

And End is letting people go into the negatives on their points, to help the contest get more entrants. Betting 125 isn't a problem.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

I'd rather not go there if I don't have to, seeing as I am just using this as a trial run to see what these contests are all about.  

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Another question, what does the CYOA format Actually mean?  Is it just a normal story game?  Do I have to use the basic editor or can I go advanced?  (Sorry about all the questions, but I need to figure this out)

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

It just means a storygame.

But don't make it one of those linear, no choice storygames that seem to be popping up recently.

And use either editor you feel the most comfortable with.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Tim is correct.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Awesome! Thanks

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

No problem, my friendly friend who happens to be friendly.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Just tag your storygame with contest entry when you're finished and publish it. I'm assuming you're asking about that, not needing actual help with the publishing bit xD

Um...If Bucky doesn't setup an alternate thread saying "post a link to all entries here", I'm assuming that's all you'll need to do.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
SHAME is only for those who don't come through with an entry at all. There's nothing to worry about. Bet the 125. Honestly I'm not sure why the lower tiers even exist.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
125 should be the low tier. should be able to make bets up to 1000 xD

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

So if I were to bet 125, then would I still get 150 back if I submitted an eligible entry? Asking because I'm not sure if going negative changes that rule.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Yes.

Though it's kinda strange, because if you do that, you're only really getting 25 points.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
If you go negative with your bet, End has special rules. Ask him about your special debt or just wager enough to stay in the black.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Those "special rules" are just breaking even once you submit your entry. In other words, you lose all your points that way. It's better to make a conservative bet with a smaller payoff. I mean uhhh please sacrifice your points to EndMaster, our lord and savior.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
This is only true if your entry sucks.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Can I please enter for seventy-five points?

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Hello, I happen to exist at the moment, so put me down for 50, let's see if my inner writing spirit rises again.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

What exactly are the minimum standards?

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Minimum standards for a normal storygame, and has to revolve around survival and exploration of some kind.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Oh,, derp.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

It's gonna be yuge. 

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Can there be intelligent, talking characters other than the player  (like more than one person is in this survival situation with you; there are intelligent, talking creatures in this 'new frontier,' etc.)

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Yeah, definitely. Jesus, if your story had one character it'd probably be fairly shit.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

In his defense, I've played some good solo survival games.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Of course.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

So what exactly defines "wilderness"? Because what I'm thinking of isn't exactly conventional. 

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

The wilds. Nature. Jungles, forests, plains. Things like that.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Shoot me a PM of what you're thinking if you aren't sure and don't want to post spoilers in the forums.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
I'm gonna go for 25 since I'm going on a week-long trip, starting tomorrow.

EDIT: 75.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Post a broad, simple topic and people just get so damn confused.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

I have a question, would a co-author be allowed to work on this entry with me or am I stuck with only myself.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Only one person is allowed to work on the story, however, I have been told that having someone proofread in sneak peek is allowed.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Alright, thanks, time to get back to work.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

No problem ^_^

Good luck!

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Seto is correct.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

I know I really am going to end up regretting this, but sign me up for 50 points.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
It's the only way to climb out of End's Well of Shame.

EDIT: Good luck (not sarcasm)

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

I must try to squeeze in a story. For Russia Current Stationed Country.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Does it count if you survive partially off of civilization? For example, the medieval ages are happening, so practically nothing grows that isn't either farmed or untamable, villages and human intervention are still a part of what you do to survive, but you still exist very much outside of that realm. 

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Quit asking questions and write a story already.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

If there's no such thing as wilderness in your universe, it's a very important one, though.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

I actually think I want to join this.

Enter me for 25, it's all I can afford ^^

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

End's allowing people to go into crippling death for this.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Oh, that's basically just negative points, right??

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Sorry, i'm kinda new

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Yes, that means negative points.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Then send me into crippling death because I'm going for 125.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Most people just go into crippling debt. End will respect that you're wagering your life on this, that's pretty hardcore man.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Well, as long as my story meets minimum site standards, I'm getting my points back-

So-

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
That's true! ^^

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Not new enough, Charmeleon, you BIG FAT CHEATER.

You can keep the contest bet penalty and banned. (And SHAMED)

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Utterly destroyed. 

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Rekt In Poop. Lucky Cheater, 2016-2017

I was almost fooled by Charmeleon. He's quite good at the advanced editor for a new member.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Never fear, EndMaster is here! He's at the top of his game, and it's driving cheaters insane!

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

I'll bet 125. Thank you.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Malk, you have a challenger.

WIBN, you have to utterly destroy that smug little shit. This is your shot at vengeance.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

I have no desire for vengeance.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Weak! You should roar as you tear off his head and shit down his throat. Where's the energy, wibn?

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

How do you roar, tear someones head off, and shit down their throat all at the same time?

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Not at the same time. Your roar and tear there head off at the same time, then you do the throat shitting

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Pft, as long as they're kneeling down in front of you you can do it all in one swift motion.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

With steroids, lubricant and a rubber hose I imagine.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
<@klam> I am now writing solely for the purpose of beating WIBN

DAMMIT @WouldntItBeNice, you'd better rise to the fucking challenge here.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

I am glad that Malk has found a motivation for his writing and has giving me some more as well. I look forward to his submission.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Glad to see you are entering.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Am I allowed to drop out and still get my point bet back? College has me slammed man.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Once the Point Harvester has your points, there's only one way to get them back.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Absolutely not. January 2017 is the month you write a fucking story game. There's no fighting it, and why would you?

You can do something short. Use structure, I understand that fixes all writing problems.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Hey, I'm working at a pace of one page a day. Yes, one stinking page. Of course, if I can keep up that torrid pace, I'll at least have 22 pages at the deadline...

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
That's better than SHAME. Or even worse BANNED & SHAMED. Sucks to suck BoringFirelion, or Cheater, or whatever we've decided to call him. Briar loves that trophy.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Tomorrow, I will breach 10k words!

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Good job. How is everyone else doing?

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

I'm doing very well :)

I just have to fix grammar, do a bit more writing, but all in all I think I have a good plot and the storygame is going very well.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

I'm trying to not fail Calculus and work on it at the same time so that's fun. If anyone wants to come to the funeral for my math grade, let me know.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Priorities101: A guide on how to judge what is more important. 

It's always CYS!

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Oh, true. Screw school, I have a story to write!

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

I know that feel. I have a 68 in AP Calc, don't know why I took it. 

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

I'm in the same class. I don't know why I didn't just sign up for AP Stats

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Well today I opened the storygame editor and stared at it for about ten minutes. 

If I'm feeling really productive tomorrow, I might even write a paragraph.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Well, I have begun writing a story, and have the general plot planned, but I realised that it is actually quite terrible/generic, and is quite similar to stories that are already published. So I might just scrap it and start writing a new one. 

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

I have a basic outline written down tonight will be my night to really get a lot done. Thanks for the check in.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

I would like to join for 25 points because i'm a chicken.

I'll probably get shamed but I like to think positive

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Due to my failure in October's competition from misjudging a few complicated real life factors, I'll put up 750 points for this, along with taking no additional reward if I complete an acceptable entry.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Well, you heard him, 750 and no additional reward.

He's just doing it for the glory folks!

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Oh, a Glory Seeker! That's the spirit.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
For any late entrants that want to try and put a Horror spin on the story, as an extra incentive, there's an open slot in Horror to potentially strive for.

@Steve24833 ; @TheNewIAP

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Fuck off with your "Oh la dee da, Wilderness!" bullshit. Society's interesting. The wilderness is not.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Then write a story about exploring the wilderness and then the struggle to destroy it to build stuff in it at the end of the story.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Pfffh, that's like me saying "If you're so against horse sex, have a story about a guy watching a lot of horse sex and at the end stopping it!" All the wilderness shit would not be worth the ending of getting rid of it.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

That’s not what Bucky's saying at all,

He’s more like saying “If you’re so against horse sex, have a story about centaurs raping people and then a hero coming in and stopping it by castrating and killing them all at the end.”

It would still be totally worth it.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

How would a Centaur rape someone, though?

It's not like they can hold them down.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Read up on your centaur lore, they rape people all the time. Remember Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter? Yeah, the centaurs didn't drag her off to bake her a birthday cake. She got gang raped off-screen.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Steve, you are so transparently full of shit. It's like your skin is made of glass and we can all see it.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

How late is too late too enter?

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Technically, you could write the story, formally enter the day before the deadline, and then submit your entry. But your fellow competitors reserve the right to look down on you with scorn for your lack of bravery.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

They reserve that right, and I'll reserve the right to laugh at them for making claims they can't keep. Assuming I enter. Which I haven't decided yet.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Personally, I'll be looking down on him for his lack of good writing. Or, more likely, his lack of finishing a story at all.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Which is a fantastic reason for looking down on me. My only suggestion is that you voice what makes it bad instead of just looking down on it. If/when it happens.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Pedestals are popular today. Good luck with your story.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Thank you.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Wait, has Ebon even bet any points yet?

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
No. I think he wants to get far enough along on his story to be sure he'll finish before officially entering.

I'll probably add a rule for the next contest that says you need to declare entry by a certain point to be able to get the bonus points just for submitting, though you can declare late and still be able to compete for a winning prize. It just seems a little inappropriate that you can write the story first and then declare entry and get the easy "competed' bonus points.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Agreed. Many members aren't like Mizal and are too afraid of losing their points, so @Mizal I tip my hat to you.

 

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

It wasn't my intention to exploit to get points, but rather I didn't want to start something (officially) that I couldn't finish. After all a lot can happen in a month, and if something comes up to make me unable to participate..,well I'd rather not get SHAMED for happenings outside of the site.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Don't fret it over it. This is supposed to be for fun.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Really, we're all friends here. 

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

I won't, and I am having fun so everything is pretty good. 

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Well, you were cheerfully expressing intentions to be both a coward and a twat, so I was kind of looking down on you already, but we'll see what happens if you manage a decent story despite those things.

Also, Bucky is now thinking of changing how deadlines work for the next one, so THANKS.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

I can only imagine how much you'll look down upon them if they get shamed.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Sorry, I didn't mean to come across as that. I was only trying to exploit rules to gain as much as possible without losing. It's good that he'll be changing it. It's a loophole that can be exploited to the unfairness of other people. That's why I asked what I asked earlier today. 

Also, thank you. I'll have to improve my first impressions.

 

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

I would like to enter into the "New Frontier" Contest, just for 25 points.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Edit: I wont be able to participate due to finals *cries hot tears*

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
@EndMaster

This heathen definitely signed up for 125 points earlier today. Ford wanted to back and couldn't. Negative doesn't get to back out either.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Ruthless. I love it.

Edit: but for real, are there any circumstances that allow them to back out?

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Yeah, but you have to file form 2B-7 with the IRS, forward your social to the BLM and request permit 96 regarding fair land use.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Yeah, no take backs.

He's got negative points anyway though and has been doing stuff in general that keeps him there.

At this point I think he's getting off on it.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

I just realized his name is Negative and he has negative points.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
"A primary focus of the plot and or setting should involve exploring and or surviving the untamed wilderness be it Earth, a fantasy world, or some planet in a space opera."

Is that more "and" or is that more "or" in "exploring and or surviving?"

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Either or. Or both.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Well fuck, maybe I will publish something now.

CYS, CYS,
Please kill yourself,
Death is no disgrace,
That what I learned from COD: Infinity Space.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Okay, we're about halfway to the deadline. How is everyone doing so far? And be honest, how many of you have essentially already quit? There's still time for you to be goaded into being less lazy.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

I've written about a thousand words, I lack motivation. 

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Semi-dropped one project that I was kinda motivated for, but wasn't convinced the story was actually something that hadn't been exhaustively written before. Have now kinda also dropped the story I started writing after that, mostly because I'm just terribly lazy. Though I do work best when deadlines are fast approaching, so fingers crossed.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Well, I've got eight pages written. I guess that's something...

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Not much has been completed. I lost interest in one topic and put my focus into another survival-themed one. Hopefully I've the time and muse to actually get something done.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
I'm probably out tbh. sad waste of points but I didn't expect school to take up as much as it has. I spent 6 hours yesterday on calc homework, and most of my weekend reading a book for lit and studying history notes. Hopefully this quarter will level out in February so I can compete then. I really doubt I'll have a story I'm happy with by the end of January though.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Mine is going very well. Thanks!

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Progress is going pretty good. I'm a little ahead of schedule since scripting has gone more smoothly than I expected. I'll still need to work until close to the last day, but I should be able to finish on time assuming I don't take a hit from real life. 

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Well, it seems as if things are starting to pick up for me. I finished one page.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Excellent! At that rate, you're sure to get a second page done by the due date!

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

And mabye the storygame will be done in 2019.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
One can only hope.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

70% chance I won't make it due to exams, but I'm pretty motivated.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Would surviving a post-global warming Earth qualify as wilderness survival? 

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Possibly. It depends on how you go about doing it.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Just so everyone knows, just because the point system has been altered, doesn’t mean the victims are completely out of the woods. The Victims still went broke joining the contest, so they’re still only getting something if they win.

(Presumably next contest we’ll have to redo the set up all over again.)

This also means T-Count will be the only person to ever get the “Bat Out of Hell” achievement.

Also, Dan, Steve, and Tim are still bitches, but especially Steve.

That is all.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Hehehe...

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

;~;

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Ten days left. You still have time to save yourself if you've been a lazy sod. For those of you who you have been making fair progress, feel free to continue to gloat about your productivity.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Dang. I just realized the contest ends on the 30th and NOT the last day of the month! Alas, all is lost! I was going to do SO much on that last day, it was going to be YUGE!

...

...

Or at least that's my excuse for now. My idea well is dredging the bottom. Time to go try and find some influential ideas without getting lost on the Internet...

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

I think I'll have a 50/50 chance of getting this done on time, time to go into OVERDRIVE mode! Or continue to be going at my measly pace and just have a small story done on time.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

I wrote a sonnet about my status on this contest and put it as my profile:

 

All around me hangs a kind of despair
A complete and total loss of all hope
This feeling festers in the winter air
Nothing is to be done except to mope

The deadline runs at incredible speed
Barreling towards me, faster than ever
Yet, I have barely planted the seed
To the site's monthly writing endeavor

With only a week and a half to go
My biggest fear is 'shamed' shall be my fate
As the end date approaches, my fear grows
I hope I won't finish this all too late

My entry for January contest
To finish in time is my only quest

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

That is a beautiful sonnet, really expresses the emotion and lesson well

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
My dog ate my storygame. Why dog, why?

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Alright. Let's get dangerous.

@EndMaster : Deal me in for all I've got (125 if you'll allow it, what's in my account otherwise).

@Bucky : To confirm, 12:01 AM Eastern time really means 29th Midnight Eastern Time, right?

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Uh, no. It means exactly what it says.

Deadline: January 30th at 12:01 A.M. Eastern Time

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
It means you have all day of the 29th (Eastern Standard Time) to finish. :)

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Week left. Some have already achieved salvation. Who shall join them? Who shall fall into End's Well of Shame?

Time will tell.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

... "Well"?

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Infinite Story has a pit. We have a well. It's bottomless, yet still half full of "water." Wrap your head around that one.

Filled to the brim with SHAME though.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Oh.

Half full, or half empty?

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Both.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

I've achieved salvation!

Unless my story gets a shit rating.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

ive got midterms this week and im no where close to finishing up.

so i guess for me this is a dilemma of which deserves more priority: a writing website or my future...

fuck my future lmao.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

That's the spirit! Throw away your education for a few points that don't do anything!

:D

(That isn't sarcasm.)

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

Replace midterms with finals and I'm in the same boat as you. But really, who needs to pass classes, graduate, get a job, and not flip burgers for the rest of your life, when you have points that do nothing to earn!

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
At this point, the Well of Shame should prepare for my visit.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Unless a miracle happens, please prepare me for the half empty SHAME well. At least I won't lose much because i'm a chicken.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

You have more than a week. Whip out 20 pages and don't be shamed. This isn't rocket science.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

My story is partially based on rocket science. Does that count?

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago
Wait a sec, how did you know my story got 20 pages? Could it be that... you're a wizard!?! Or ya know, you can just sneak preview my story or check the amount of pages I got via mod powers. That works too I guess.

January New Frontier Contest

5 months ago

YOU LACK DISCIPLINE!

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

Participants So Far:

Pleb: 25

WITD: 25 (Safe)

Eric: 50 (Safe)

Journey: 50

Mason: 50

Mr.M: 50
Flame: 75

Jester: 75
Minnie: 75 (Safe)

Orange: 75 (Safe)

Sky: 75 (Safe)
Banner: 125 (Safe)
Coins: 125

Digit: 125
Fazz: 125 (Safe)
Ford: 125 (Safe)
Malk: 125 (Safe)
Mizal: 125 (Safe)

Ogre: 125 (Safe)

Romulus: 125

Wibbons: 125 (Safe)
Will: 125 (Safe)

Glory Seekers So Far:

IronP: 750 and no reward (Safe)

Victims So Far:

Negative: 125 (Safe)

Raki: 125

Rath: 125

Stryker: 125 (Safe)

Thot: 125

Yellow: 125

Bitches So Far:

Dan

Steve

Tim

BANNED AND SHAMED So Far:

CallMeFriend (Boringfirelion)

_Tot_ (Charmeleon)

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
Wow. So I count 34 at least attempts with a whopping 4 actual entries (though to be fair, there are a full 3 days left) and 11 failures. Yikes. That's almost 3 times as many failures as simple attempts at this point? Wow.

(Side note: I have just two or three or four paths left and my entry shall be ready. I suspect Saturday or Sunday).

Oh, was I not supposed to edit lock that one, right there? Sorry about that!

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
Oh and hey, for any of you out there feeling like you're running out of time with nothing to write, you might find this story an interesting way to help you find your motivation to finish... :)

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
Well, we already have 5 stories with a proposed 6th by Ogre so it is quite good i believe

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

How many hours are left?

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

I believe roughly 33.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

Alright, death march to the finish line it is.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

Good luck! You've got this.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

Thanks!

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

So... what were the minimum contest standards again? I mean, I don't need to know for my sake. I've definitely been writing every day and didn't underestimate all the shit that's started up again for me this month. Just for clarification.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
The storygame had to be about survival, and had to match the minimum standards of a normal storygame to be counted. Aka; at least 20 pages, preferably more - and a rating of at least 2.5(again, preferably more).

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

sub-1000  words to the finish line here. proofreading optional at this point. just trying to power through this trashcan abortion of a game lol

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

I'm pulling out, I'm way too busy. 

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

Good luck in life

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
Thank you mini

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

Your profile picture is my favorite on the site

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
I tried my best TT_TT

Next time I enter a contest, I'll try to make sure I have more than a week to write it.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

A week is plenty of time. No excuses... get that story out. E: Looks like you did?

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

I think they were saying they did their best in the way that they already did publish it but aren't happy with the quality.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
Planning to do what Bannerlord's gonna do. I agree, it's definitely a rushed product.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

Unfortunately, I'm afraid I'll have to forfeit as well. I have a whole story planned out, but I just don't/didn't have the time to write it. 

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

@Romulus

Unacceptable, man. Whip out ten-twenty short pages and enter this contest. You're amazing and you can do it.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

When did 3J become gay for Romulus?

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
Ugh, I'm going to have to rush this out, half of what I had planned isn't done. I'll probably leave it up for a week after the results are finished before taking it down then fleshing it out.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

Good on you!

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

Screw it, I'm writing whatever I can get done in the next several hours then I'll submit that, but if I don't feel it's good enough, I'll just release it later for my own enjoyment. For now, I will write.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

Just slap together something worthy of a 2.5 or higher.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

It's what I'm planning, I just focused too much on small details that I kind of screwed myself over on time.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

You can always unpublish it after it's judged but it's important that you fulfill your commitment. You can do it.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
I have some hours. I'll see what I can get done.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
With seven hours and change left, good luck to those scrambling to finish. For those already finished, congratulations and good work.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

@Ford @IronPanther @Romulus @StrykerL @mizal @malkalack @Ogre11

I better get something from each of you.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

Proofreading it now. Eat my balls, mizery

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

Working on wrapping up my project. Trying to squeeze in as much stuff as I can, so I'll likely be working until close to the deadline.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

That's perfect.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
currently making donald trump gifs. and getting downvoted into oblivion on both reddit and imgur... http://imgur.com/gallery/w4XIi

I started working on the storygame so there's that xD

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

I upvoted

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
I think you saved the post with that upvote. Thank you, Malk the lifeguard

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

I think someone stole that cause I saw it somewhere on reddit getting a lot of upvotes lol

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
Any minute now... I kept making more endings and more splits, I've got to stop doing that.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

Take your time! You still have roughly 7 hours.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
Yeah, but I'm getting ready to order pizza and beer, so once that comes, I'm pretty much done for the night...

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

Huzzah for Ogre!

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
Hell, that's when some people start writing!

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

i think I can finish, the problem is the game is going to be much more shorter than what i had planned.

which means im pretty much going to unpublish it and flesh it out more as soon as i can after contest is over.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

I think most people are in the same position. It's important to get something out there. Improvements can be iterative.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
@Briar_Rose that means you can write a story in 6 hours and 39 minute and still not be the worst entry. Think of the "lulz!"

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

I'd probably have to admin publish it (2 day minimum now) but I'd be willing to do that. That goes for @Romulus too.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

It's 10:26 here in the U.K. and I'm going to bed in less than two hours... Still probably wouldn't be the worst but fuck it, I'm sleepy.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

Anyone know why CYS has so many Brits?

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

Because there's no travel ban on the internet. ^_^

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
Yet...

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

Briar's white, so it's not like she'd be banned anyway.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
came for some tea, stayed for the cynicism?

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

Did somebody say "tea"?

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
ice cold southern sweet tea

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

CYS is just a haven for the noble races, the Americans (Illithid), the English (Drow), the Canadians (Beholders) and the Australians (Kuo Toa).

(And the Irish are those Deep Gnomes that the Drow always kick around.)

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

It's 11:47 over here, probably won't work for me either I'm afraid.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
Coffee is always the answer.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

I'm really sorry for not submitting something, but I do need to be productive tomorrow, and I do sort of need to sleep in the mean time. 

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
Okay, I understand. But you should watch that commercial with the polluted river and the Indian crying the one lone tear to understand how 3J and I feel right now.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

I am Jack's shattered, crushed, and darkly mottled heart.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

Seven people safe from SHAME so far.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
I've been very excited for this entry ever since your fast paced and enthusiastic start.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

So far one of you is winning.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
bet it's me

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
I've only read a few, no clear leader so far. Sounds promising though.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

The problem is a lot of the better written ones are pretty linear, so they're all getting points knocked off and more or less equaling each other.

Still, one is squeaking by the rest of them so far.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

It's totally me, guys. (Jk, mine is the writing equivalent to stepping on a lego.)

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
Uh, so I rushed out a shitty story today to save myself from shame, but I can't publish it because it hasn't been two days.

The wait period was my suggestion in the first place! It has betrayed me!

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
Don't worry... no one will ever know the real truth....

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

Uh-oh. Look at big shot here calling out Mizal despite being shamed from the last contest and not producing anything for this one yet. I dunno if I should be eating popcorn this late, but...

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

Negative, Yellowbelly and Mason are all currently going for that Twice SHAMED rep.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

Wham! Love it.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
Why do I always forget to add a smile emoticon?

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

"i suck at everything really it is quite amazing for someone to be this pile of absolute shit" - Negative

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

2016 in a nutshell.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
Hey Negative I'm a big fan of the way your motivation thread comes with the built in escape clause of these writing contests you never produce anything for, while at the same time the 40k story you won't produce can serve as an excuse for not producing anything for the writing contest.

It's just SHAME and excuses all the way down with you huh?

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

Negative you're less than scum. 

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

Wow -- I actually can't publish it without a server side script... going to change that for the next update.

@mizal don't edit the story after the deadline until we've had a chance to judge it. You can consider it officially entered, so long as you leave the sneak preview option on.

@Bucky @EndMaster

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

Okay, so Mizal is safe...this time.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

And obviously that means you've escaped Shame, too.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
Well escaping SHAME was the main thing, so if it still counts as an entry no big deal if I can't publish. I was planning to euthanize this puppy right after the judging anyhow.

Story

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
1 page and 2 hours to go. Lets do this shit!

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January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
Roughly two hours left and I still need to flesh out a path, finish the description and add variables. This will barely meet the 20 page minimum. My writing sounds like it was pre-generated by a robot who just got it's robotic testicles mashed by a ball-peen hammer. Ugggghhh I can't wait to have the time to make this non-shit.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

Music to my ears! Bad is better than SHAME.

January New Frontier Contest - Here We Go

4 months ago

Soon approaches that ultimate hour that divides the time for writing and the time for shaming.

I kinda wish I could've joined this, but seeing the stragglers tumble onto the finish line should be interesting, especially those of them who are sure to just brew something shame-worthy. Good luck, fellas.

January New Frontier Contest - Here We Go

4 months ago

Fuck. Well, IronPanther just destroyed all of us.

January New Frontier Contest - Here We Go

4 months ago

Die-hard glory seeker.

January New Frontier Contest - Here We Go

4 months ago

Iron Panther also asked for no reward, so he's only supposed to get his 750 points back if he wins.

January New Frontier Contest - Here We Go

4 months ago

Doesn't matter. He'll get 200 when that diamond of a storygame gets featured.

January New Frontier Contest - Here We Go

4 months ago

My understanding is he gets his 750 points back regardless for entering, but he can't win any more. Am I wrong? @IronPanther

January New Frontier Contest - Here We Go

4 months ago

Basically you get your points and then a few extra back for submitting a story. If you don't submit a story, you don't get your points back at all. (And get SHAME)

Since he's submitted a story, he gets his 750 back, but he doesn't get any bonus points. He also doesn't get any points if he wins.

Which is probably likely since he's basically created the scifi version of Dungeon Stompage from the looks of it. I haven't even got very far, and I've already been saving my game since it seems like it will be very involved.

January New Frontier Contest - Here We Go

4 months ago

Gotcha. We're on the same page.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
What the fuck is length/8 based on? I thought mine would be like length 2/8 at most but I can't believe I have a good word count after only 2 hours I call bs. what is this glitch?

To be fair I had to cut out the main story and just skip to the survival part xD

*bumps my own story's rating* see the beauty of having a lot of points is having a lot of influence...

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

Congratulations on finally publishing something! Also, you wrote ~2500 words, that's not trivial.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
I can't get any worse I guess xD

Edit:: I don't think mine is the worst! Yay! I've won in my mind!

Edit2:: I now have to write a history essay and english essay for tomorrow...yaaayyyeeeeehhh....

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4 months ago

Yeah I was putting of homework for this contest too, pft whatever, who needs education?

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4 months ago

Not authors!

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4 months ago

Exactly!

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4 months ago

Not really. Self-ratings don't count.

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4 months ago
Be a man and give it a 1.

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4 months ago

"Space Johnson"

If this is about a giant space dick, I'm going to laugh.

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4 months ago
...our brainstorm on discord...

my answer is: not as it is written at the moment, but soon. soon...

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4 months ago
That is completely what I expected...

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4 months ago

I DID IT! Did I make it in time!? For me it's currently 11:53pm and I rushed but I released a crappy version of my story! YAY!

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4 months ago

Congrats! Can't wait to read it.

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4 months ago

Geez, I'm so tired though, I seriously need to sleep but eh screw it.

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

Aaaaaaaaand... Shame Time

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4 months ago

Can't wait to laugh at the shamed.

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4 months ago

Same problem, my game's not old enough, here's the link though!

http://chooseyourstory.com/story/the-devourer

@EndMaster : Witness me! (Chrome can doesn't work but jumps off car anyways)

 

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
*EVIL LAUGH*

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4 months ago
WITNESS ME! *Spreads white foam from Fury Raod in eyes*

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4 months ago
I can't do it anymore... Those 90 minutes....the horrorrrr....faints.....

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4 months ago

Well someone escaped the SHAME well. Looks like I have to find a new member to maker fun of. Jarboy?

Stupid laggy thread.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

Well someone escaped the SHAME well. Looks like I have to find a new member to make fun of. Jarboy?

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4 months ago
WWWIIIITTTNESSSS MEEEEEE!!!!!!!

I was fuckin screaming towards the end trying to get all the links on the pages. I thought about proof reading but I more proof-scanned and screamed.

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4 months ago
Lol, I too haven't even played my game.

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4 months ago

my story is ass but at least my reputation on a writing site has not been tarnished! :DDD

please kill me

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4 months ago
you know what there should be? a delete post button. 3J get on it

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4 months ago
I wanna die too. more than usual

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4 months ago

Alright, Negative and Striker squeaked in.

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4 months ago

Alright, going to let Fazz slide, since we're not the Trump administration and we let terrorists in.

He's the last though. Everyone else is SHAMED.

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4 months ago

Haha! For shame, shamed ones!

Can we have a list of who got shamed?

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4 months ago

It'll be compiled soon.

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4 months ago

Well that's scary, I don't know if I want to stay up and wait for it though.

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4 months ago

I certainly do. I wanna make fun of those people.

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4 months ago

As is your God-given right for submitting some content.

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4 months ago

Hooray! I even have the go ahead from Lord 3J! Prepare to be mocked, shamed ones. *Rubs hands together evilly*

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4 months ago

Make sure to get a evil lab and coat first, with lightning in the background, it'll be even MORE evil!

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4 months ago

I'm not Frankenstein. I'll be original and dress up in a blood soaked banana costume with cracker crumbs all over my forehead with a chainsaw.

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4 months ago

With Barney playing in the background

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4 months ago

God, I wanna be evil not the devil! You crossed the line.

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4 months ago

You can be the evil banana then, I'll be the devil then MUHAHAHA!

i LOve YOu
YoU LoVE Me

 

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4 months ago

Well crap, hopefully I made it in time, because I kind of slipped in last second.

Edit: oh nvm, I guess I did make it, HOORAY!!!

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4 months ago

The Indigo Society (of) Incremental Songs gives many thanks to you!!

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4 months ago

Looks like I got 6 more stories to read along with IronP's which I haven't finished.

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4 months ago

Hopefully Fords gets a better rating soon. Or is the 2/8 it has right now locked for the contest?

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4 months ago

Yeah, I'm not taking any of them down until the contest is over, but I get the impression some people will take them down themselves.

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4 months ago

Yeah. Most of them aren't finished and some of the authors said things like "After the contest is over i'll take it down and finish it"

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4 months ago

I rather have a sense of fulfillment than a sense of "I barely made it." so yeah I'll be taking it down after the results.

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4 months ago
Gonna read IPs story first! Looks frigging awesome!

Edit: The first page is awesometacular!

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4 months ago

he won.

second place is probably malk or will. edit: as of now looks like ogre beat malk. so third place is might be malk.

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4 months ago

While I was initially impressed by how many storygames by how many authors this has garnered, I've lost that respect after reading the sheer volume of "Oh, mine's so shit, it'll never win. Oh yours will win!" We get it, you're humble. Stop fishing for niceties. 

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4 months ago
But we need to feel good about ourselves Steve! We are pure monstrosities in the first place.

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4 months ago

I think most of the people who think their stories are shit, genuinely think their stories are shit, so it's more of a low self esteem issue than an attempt to be humble.

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4 months ago

Well then they should fuck off and unpublish their shit games as soon as this contest ends.

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4 months ago

okay so my story is ~15 pages long and most of it, at least 90%, is exposition.

there are 4 choices. 1 of them isnt finished. The other one leads to two more choices and both end the game. that's it, done.

so yeah, my "amazing piece of interactive fiction" is barely a CYOA and pretty much exactly like the 2/8 demos that sometimes get published here (and promptly unpublished by mods.) It's actually shit.

so i guess im sorry for acknowledging the fact that i produced a much more subpar story for the contest than what i am capable of doing and should have done, and that i will try to reconcile this mistake by further enhancing the story when it no longer needs to be published?

am i misreading you? do you really think i should not continue to improve my unfinished demo of a story? if so i would like to know why because i get the impression that youre trying to discourage people from improving their games after contest.

rather than give off this "lets all feel good and give each other high fives because we cant acknowledge our weaknesses -- and did you say your game is shit, dont worry its just low self esteem" bs sentiment, how about we acknowledge that some peoples games were weak while celebrating the games rhat were strong -- games written by Malk, WITD, Ogre, IronPanther, Will, and so on.

but i agree with you on the fact that showing off your humbleness is stupid tho.

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4 months ago

^This, definitely. If you can provide reasons why, being able to see and publicly stating the weak points of your story and how you might improve is beneficial to everyone involved. Though I haven't kept up on what's going on. I definitely won't defend "Oh, I dunno if I should publish my story, Onii-Chan desu, i-it's so b-b-BAAAD! I am disgraced by publishing it so please be blind to its faults because that's something I TOTALLY AM NOT SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE NEGATIVE FOR ME."

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4 months ago

Yours felt like that video game Metro a bit.

Really my main problem with it wasn't even so much the linearity (A lot of people had that problem) it was the wilderness aspect which wasn't the main focus. (Which a lot of people also had that problem as well)

In general there were some stories I really liked, but they didn't really fit the contest or were unfinished. Though I know they will probably be better if worked on or taken outside the context of the contest.

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4 months ago

>Yours felt like that video game Metro a bit.

you dont know how satisfied this makes me because the main inspiration behind my work was the STALKER games which are very much alike to Metro.

In fact, i was even planning to use Shadow of Chernobyl concept art at various points in the story but implementing images into the cys editor as it turns out is an arduous process that takes more than the 10 minutes i had before deadline ended.

thanks for the other comments.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
Whoa good job Steve, bet you didn't expect this much reaction to one throwaway sentence.

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4 months ago

Well then, you clearly shouldn't have published a game you know was shit, and it's even worse that the game isn't even finished. It seems like cheating that you published your unfinished work yet it still counts as enough of a contest entry for you to get your points back. My issue isn't that you want to continue improving your story, please do, and more power to you. My issue is that you published it in the first place, not yours in particular, but yours does count as one of the examples I'm complaining about.

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4 months ago

thank you for clearing that up.

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4 months ago
Yeah, I know everyone was encouraged to post something right at the end there, but we all had a month and probably we shouldn't be making a habit of vomiting half digested alphabet soup onto the storygames page. I was under the impression minimum standards would still have to be met to be considered an entry, anyway.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

Said the cowardly potato-eater who didn't even make one. 

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4 months ago
Dude, don't do this, you're going to get him going on about his 90000 words of rat fucking now.

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4 months ago

88,232 words, thank you very much, and there's also bug, corpse, child and horse fucking.

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4 months ago

How about potato fucking?

Image result for potato fucker

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4 months ago

Yes yes, I'm Irish, the potato joke is totally new and just as funny this time. Fuck off now, would you?

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4 months ago

Where the hell did this guy come from?

Until there's further explanation as to who this random newbie is and why he hates Steve in such a gloriously incessant way, I'm just gonna have to assume Steve created this creature because Tim got tired of talking about World War Two or whatever it was.

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4 months ago

I though maybe that it might be someone Steve knows in real life, but guess not.
 

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4 months ago

You got me, I made an alt to stir up Forum Drama. Mods, feel free to ban it.

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4 months ago

You're serious?

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4 months ago

Now hold on there, I'm not an alt, I'm new. 

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4 months ago

Tell it to the judge, Steve.

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4 months ago

But can we really be sure!?

We need proof that you're not into bondage! Right now!

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4 months ago

Sentinel. You're a diabolical genius. For everyone else's sake, do not get into the world domination business, there's a non-trivial edge case in which you might actually succeed.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

Oh, no, I physically can't. Kind of like how other diabolically powerful bird-man entities can open up hurricane-sized cans of whup-ass, but only as long as the people in front of that can are complete dicks. Even if I wanted to dominate the world, there's really no way to go about it without being spread over a few hundred parsecs of un-creation and suffering centuries of six-dimensional psychic disembowelment. That's not even the punishment of the Gods, I'm just heroic enough to murder alternate versions of myself that turn villainous whenever they arise in local universes. There's an entire bureaucracy of mes that own a patent on me, and reserve the right to recall "defective heroes".

I prefer not to think about the moral implications of all that and just keep on staving malevolent Cthulhu monsters away from the innocent.

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4 months ago

I remember choosing this in the game. Somehow, even after my 5 play throughs, it still cracks me up.

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4 months ago
Congratulations to all who completed stories and submitted them for the contest!

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4 months ago
Agreed! It was some really good turnout.

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4 months ago

Finally got finished reading through everyone's entries. Really enjoyed a lot of them. Some strayed a bit from the wilderness/survival theme, but in general it's nice to see a lot of new reading out there. People who say they aren't finished, I look forward to reading the completed stories too.

As far as my own project went, overall I'm happy with the concept though I still would have liked more time to clean up some scripting things and add additional story to it. I planned something I felt I could front-to-back complete in 3 weeks, and created an outline that covered my main goals for something exploration/combat driven for the theme. As a more gamey storygame, it's reliant on playable content, pacing, and stat balance, so in that regard I think some things still need improvement. 

Planning to unpublish after the contest to fix a small bug, along with improving the progression balance, and cleaning up some text that's still a bit awkward. If I'm feeling ambitious, I might add some more content to fill in the map, since the overall goal is to make it be enjoyable and rewarding to wander around. Not just a grind to reach the end, which it leans too much towards right now. Story is more subjective, and I know the relaxed writing tone will be hit or miss with some people. 

The thought would be to add more content not connected to discovery skills, so if you find things, you aren't locked out of half of it and having to double back. I still stand by the idea, but I think it's not well enough balanced with "free" things to find and do on the map. One of the biggest immediate issues is weapon cost, which I seemed to have way over-balanced by mistake, to such a point I doubt many people will bother finishing the game normally. I'll just say, working on it was a great learning experience. 

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

Submitted the top 5.

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4 months ago
Did I win? Is mine in the top 5? Can I unpublish the crap now and fix it?

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

No.

No.

And no.

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4 months ago
damn. I guess I don't mind settling for top 6.

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4 months ago

Me:

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4 months ago
Congratulations to everyone that participated. And SHAME on the rest, especially thotfodder and journeyman. I'm guessing we will likely announce a winner sometime early next week.

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4 months ago

That's exciting but I'm guessing we all know who won.

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4 months ago

Not necessarily. Pretty sure some of my top 5 aren't going to be the ones people think.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
True enough. We are looking at more than just the current ratings when judging the submissions. Plus ratings are only accurate comparisons, when they have a much larger sampling and roughly the same number of raters.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

Like Homo Perfectus is lower in ranking then Dead Man Walking but has a higher rating?

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4 months ago
Maybe ^v^

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4 months ago
Will likely announce a winner early next week. I'll probably be the last to finish reading all the entries, busy week and whatnot.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

I have 3.5 to go! I'm halfway through Fazz's. Still need to read Stryker, mizal, and Negative.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

I have submitted my top 5!

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4 months ago
Am I in your top 5? :D

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4 months ago

lol!

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4 months ago

XD I just genuinely laughed.

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4 months ago
So I've finished reading the published ones. Going to do Mizal's and Negative's now.

I feel like there's a third one that I'm missing though.

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4 months ago
One of the ones in the missing games link thread isn't actually missing.

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4 months ago
So it's just those two then?

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
Yep, pretty sure.

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4 months ago
Stryker published his after the 48 hour wait was up.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

well this kinda just occurred to me and I just wanna say...

I hope people don't think I'm trying to encourage / endorse the beliefs of Viktor (the father of the protaganist) in my story...

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

Nope, you pretty clearly painted him as an overbearing zealot.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

thanks.

i had planned for the protag to confront his sexism and such in later chapters (but ofc didnt write them).

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
Winner will be announced tomorrow.

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4 months ago

There will only be one?

Also, what timezone?

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
tomorrow includes every timezone.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

I'll be more specific. If the results are announced 24 hours from Bucky's post, during morning in the states, it be my today. If Bucky announces in the (American) evening, it'd be my tomorrow (relative to today). The 10.5 hour offset thing is never fun.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
Just for that, it's been suggested that I wait until Wednesday now ^_^

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4 months ago

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4 months ago
I hear Fridays are considered the best day for announcements.

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4 months ago
Why would there be more than one?

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

As in will only one winner be announced or Top 3, there were a good number of entries

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
I'd like to make it clear that the part of my game that one can actually play took 30 minutes, the other hour and a half was spent making an actual well-written story but I couldn't get to the "survival/exploration" part fast enough so I just skipped ahead and wrote that in a panic and made the rest of the game inaccessable. Just in case there was any confusion or if anyone was wondering how I hit 2500 words in the playable part of the game xD

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago
Contest winner thread will probably be up in 1-3 hours. I have two more stories to read, and I'll be the last judge to finish. Sorry for the delay, I've been sick.

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

I'm getting sick, too. 

Sick of your shit. 

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

*grabs popcorn*

January New Frontier Contest

4 months ago

You eat Bucky's shit?

Ohhhh wait nevermind I see what you meant

What a... shitty development.

Ba dum ksh