If anyone's interested, I had:
Yes, I was recognized! And by EndMaster! I feel pretty proud but congrats to everyone that participated in the contest and good luck to those are who are willing to finish up any loose ends!
Gotta say, I'm really glad that the winners were stories that were actually completed, but I'd love to heatedly debate the other judges about their picks -- because they're wrong and they should feel bad.
Congratulations to the winners! You definitely deserved it.
@Bucky for future contests, we need to have a tiebreaker. Maybe most 1st place votes?
Edit: Thanks to Bucky, as always, for organizing things.
Edit (x2): Ogre + WIBN will get their contest trophies during the next site update.
S T R U C T U R E
Corruption. Delicious, delightful corruption.
Too lazy to rewrite, here’s what I mentioned in a PM to Bucky.
A lot of people went off script and even those that managed to stick to it either:
Made something mostly linear.
Made something boring.
Mizal’s I felt stuck the closest to the wilderness theme while having quite a bit of branching at least. She kept my attention and entertained me long enough that I actually went through every choice so she got first.
Wibbons and Eric were about the same since they sort of both strayed a bit, but had enough branching. Wibbons got the edge, because she had pictures and undead in it.
IronPanther’s of course had the most work put into it and I got pretty enthusiastic about it initially since it seemed like it was going to be a scifi version of Dungeon Stompage, but once I started exploring, it was sort of a dull slog. Still, it did involve the wilderness and I can’t ignore all the extra work he did so he got in the top five.
Malk got last since he fell into that “cool story, but linear” category. Actually it was a toss up between him or WriterInTheDark, but Malk’s story was better.
I should also add, Mizal can’t figure out why the hell I rated hers so highly either even though I explained my reasons to her. Which is doubly amusing since normally she bitches that I barely pay attention to anything she writes.
Whoa! I am a bitch!
Congrats to Wibbons and Ogre. Both amazing entries.
Yes, you and anyone else can take your stories down to work on them properly now.
EDIT: I just went ahead and unpublished your now since your story did not meet CYS standards.
Meh, Ford's story got read by all the judges like it was a legit entry and nobody pointed it out sooner so I say he gets a pass this time unless the rest of the judges really feel strongly he needs to get the SHAMING treatment.
If that's the case his points get stripped and he gets shoved in the well.
Though if we do that to Ford, Negative could probably join him. His story wasn't even published and doesn't meet site requirements either. Of course in his case, he wouldn't lose points since he never got them back due to debt anyway.
Oh man, I've got a big stupid smile on my face right now; did not expect that in the least. Gj wibn + ogre.
Congratulations to everyone who actually took the time to write and submit an entry!! (so not Ford) I'll get to reading them sometime.... >_>
God, both WIBN and Ogre failed to achieve first place and had to share it. Weak.
Oh hey, this finally exists, fffffffucking finally.
Congrats to the winners and everybody who submitted an entry besides me. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go take down my story before any aliens see it and think lesser of the human species, thus making a peace treaty harder to achieve during the inevitable war between us and extraterrestrial lifeforms.
Also, when will the February Contest start up?
Well, first I want to congratulate everybody who engendered this contest and completed an entry. This especially goes to @Ogre11 who completed a very well made and on-topic storygame which I did enjoy. If you would’ve put an undead anything in the storygame (unless I missed it), The Mountain Pass would be the winner. In fact, I thought it would be the winner anyway ever since I read it. I metaphorically applaud you.
Also, I want to thank Malk since your comment “<@klam> I am now writing solely for the purpose of beating WIBN” was both ironic (since I beat you) and motivating (because it made me really want to beat you). Next time, write something less linear and I’m sure you’d be able to do much better than just third place. Your writing is honestly very good.
Will, SkyT, Mizal, SkyL and WITD, I liked all of your storygames as well. I can tell that you put a great deal of effort into your games (or so it appears). Each of you improved the site’s quality with your entry (except Mizal who should publish hers).
I’m amazed by the work you put into your storygame @IronPanther since it had great deal of scripting that I haven’t seen in a new storygame for quite some time. I didn’t like the grinding, but I now have even more respect towards you as a writer. Please, continue writing these, and congratulations on receiving second place.
Finally, I want to thank the judges for reading our storygames. I appreciate the time and effort that you gave us, and I am especially appreciative of Bucky for hosting the contest. Thank you everybody.
P.S. @Axiom I didn’t use any structure because screw that stuff.
Man, you took that throwaway line in IRC to heart. Fair deuce, I suppose. Congratulations
Your calling out of Malk and your shitting on structure has made me proud.
Congrats to WouldntItBeNice and Ogre11 on winning! It was definitely well deserved. I enjoyed most of the stories for different reasons, but two I especially liked were No Quarter for the unique story approach, and The Devourer for being an interesting piece of sci-fi.
I hope those who couldn't finish or simply have more to add, will take the time to do so and republish their stories. I'll be sure to read through any updates that are made.
Going to pull mine down for ~1-2 weeks or so, to fix a couple bugs and fill in some additional content. The combat system is fundamentally flawed for a few reasons, but it was a good learning experience on scripting. The next time I attempt a game-heavy project, avoiding mindless grind and having a stronger/engaging combat system are two of the main goals.
didn't think it was possible for 2 people to tie first.
So basically Wibbons would have won. Lol.
Meh, I'm sort of with Steve in that a tie isn't a proper win, but it's done now and there's steps in place for tie breakers in the future.
Winning involves crushing all those around you. If you draw you've failed to do that.
Forgetting a story is pretty bad haha.
That's true. Next contest we should definitely produce a master list.
Alright, I'm late to this. Congratulations to everyone who participated and wasn't shamed! It was a pleasure to be a part of this contest (and to get the motivation to get something written and up). Thank you judges for your kind consideration, and for the hard work that went into running this contest.
This was my first work, and I'd like to thank Thara, Sent, 3J, Steve, and mayana for their awesome and constructive feedback, and tip my hat to IronPanther in kind, in appreciation of his splendid work. To everyone who played the Devourer, if you have a moment I'd love to talk to you and find out more about where my work can be improved.
Looking forward to putting up a lot more (and better) stories on the site!
That's wiser than basing it off of ratings (in which case everything devolves into a popularity contest instead of a literary one). Another option is calling a tiebreaker judge to decide between the top two, though instant runoff is probably the better and more systematic option
So when will the next contest be?
Congratulations WIBN and Ogre! Excellent stories.