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December Contest

17 days ago

December Contest - 1st Anniversary of the Ballad Contest! Huzzah! - Choose Your Own Prompt

Deadline: December 31, 2017 at 11:59 P.M. eastern time.

Entry Fee: 100 Points

Minimum entries required: Five valid entries or contest is moot.

Basic Rewards: 25 Points (entry fee returned + 25 points) for successfully submitting a story that achieves a minimum of 3.00/8.00 rating.

Additional Rewards: 100 Points for 1st Place; 50 Points for 2nd Place; 25 Points for 3rd Place

Restrictions: No co-authors. No recycled stories.

Format: CYOA

Requirement: Post a thread in the Writing Workshop and update twice a week on your progress.

Note: The entry fee is high to discourage people from taking prompts they don't intend to finish. Don't be an ass. If you take a prompt, finish it. Because someone else may very well have wanted that prompt.

Instructions:

A) Choose a prompt.

B) To claim a prompt, reply with the number you wish to select and the description of the prompt.

C) Edit lock your selection so you cannot change it.

D) Bucky will confirm your prompt within 24 hours.

E) FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, CHECK TO SEE IF SOMEONE TOOK THE PROMPT YOU WANT FIRST.

Prompts: *** Prompts are binding as far as the plain language suggests. Beyond that, author creativity reigns.

1) In 100,000 B.C.E., a boy from a Neanderthal tribe meets a homo sapien girl for the first time, changing the fate of their tribes for all time . . . for better or worse.

2) In a rewrite of history, Patton survives the car wreck at the close of the war in Europe and goes on to beat Harry Truman in the 1948 presidential election. His first year in office, Patton takes war to Russia, to rid the world of the communist threat.

3) A nuclear winter grips the Earth. Tell us a tale.

4) This is not a tale of kings and queens, but a song of sorrows where the poor peasants muck their pigsties as the countryside burns in the wake of civil war.

5) A sci-fi taking place on a terraformed Mars, Venus, Titan, Europa, or Earth's moon. Take your pick.

6) Jack and Jill went up a hill to fetch a pail of water. But when they came down, Jack soon found that he and Jill had a daughter.

7) An arrogant prick of a man, a godless heathen, but not quite an outright cunt, you find yourself on the periphery of hell. True to your nature, the only reasonable option left is to kill the god of the underworld and fight your way to FREEDOM!

8) The emperor sends you to a faraway land to capture exotic beasts for his zoo. But a spreading plague, a witch-doctor, and a brewing feud between local tribes presents . . . difficulties.

9) An open world CYOA in a Tolkien inspired land with a focus on characters, plot, and story. Must be more story than game. *Note, Tolkien inspired means the world must not be modern or futuristic. And the world must have an element of magic, arcane, or mysticism.

10) A story set in the Ming Dynasty.

11) Crap-sack world.

12) The world just keeps kicking you in the dick. Your house burns down. Your daughter dies of typhoid. Your whore wife runs off with a British privateer. Things can't seem to get worse, so you head to a tavern in downtown Port Royal to drink away the last of your money before you hang yourself. Only . . . it's June 7th, 1692 and your watch just hit 11:30 A.M. Shit is about to get real.

13) A society on the verge of a Golden Age experiences a cataclysmic disaster.

14) The protagonist is an orc.

15) From train robberies to cattle rustling and Indian wars, tell a story from the Wild West.

16) A horror romance.

17) Make up an entirely new world, including, species, religion, economy, and culture. The plot is up to you.

18) Your story takes place in the ancient city of Babylon and it's beautiful hanging gardens.

19) The protagonist is a literal dragon.

20) The protagonist is a (trope) dragon-in-chief.

21) A Halloween or horror ballad.

22) A Christmas ballad.

23) Vikings raid the British isles during the 9th century. Tell a story of a Viking raider.

24) Vikings raid the British isles during the 9th century. Tell a story of a British islander.

25) A fantasy story fit for children.

26) A love story between an English knight and a Flemish wool merchant's daughter. The story starts in 1335, two years before the start of the Hundred Years War.

27) Breath fresh life into the tale of Robin Hood.

28) A historical fiction with one of the main pathways being true history (edutainment).

29) A story set in an Australian penal colony.

30) A puzzle, mystery, or riddle game.

31) Mystery Box. Bucky will only tell you what it holds after you open it.

32) EndMaster's Game. EndMaster pick's the prompt.

33) Write a story about the Dullahan.

34) The protagonist is the village whore. But she's also a witch!

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28) A historical fiction with one of the main pathways being true history (edutainment).

 

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Edit lock.

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I’m winning this time. I’m going to knock three birds with one stone while I’m doing it. 

1st Stone: Winning a contest, and therefore a contest trophy. 

2nd Stone: Getting featured by kicking something out of the Edutainment.

3rd Stone: @Steve24833 Enter this contest so I can beat you. This is, by way of contest, a challenge from me.

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17 days ago
Your 100 point bet only covers entering a eligible story. What will you wager to cover those other three promises?

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17 days ago

I've already done 9, 11, 14, 16 and 25. Make something that beats those.

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I already beat two of your games with the one I have. Not that Dawnwood, and The Only Light You See in the Darkness is Fire are your best works, but my story isn't the best I can do either. Let's not forget that if I were simply trying to beat your other stories, then I wouldn't do it through a contest. A contest in the middle of the busiest month of the year no less. I'd be a fool to challenge The Path of Death with 3 weeks of time. Put simply, these are the perfect circumstances in which to wager a challenge. Same deadline, and same time allotment, with us choosing our topic from Buck'ys set list. 

I didn't see you saying that you accept, so I can only assume you think you can't beat me. If you want to wager stuff on this challenge, assuming you accept, then we can add terms. As of now, the only thing on the line now is reputation.

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17 days ago

None of the ones I just mentioned, you down syndrome retard. Good try though.

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I can’t believe you actually read all of that, and that’s what you had to say. I already pointed out the reasons why it would foolish compete with stories that were created not under the circumstances of this contest. Obviously you either can’t read, or have lost brain cells since the last time you were raped by a man from Northern Ireland. Probably the real reason you don’t like that part of Ireland tbh.

Don’t worry though. I understand. You’re trying to get out of losing a challenge, but it’s understandable. I do have mountains of points, and a heap of featured story games. 

Your fear is understandable.

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*gets the popcorn*

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I just realized I said understandable way too many times in those last few sentences. Oh well.

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Among the Trees was written in three days, plus as the horror-romance it's one of the actual examples I gave, so you're golden there's that. Anyhow, I don't know if you've been paying attention, but I joined the contest. Not because of what you said, you're just kind of there shouting, but coincidentally because I was talking to Bucky in the Lair, but... I don't know, good try again?

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Eh. I suppose I was kinda shouting, wasn’t I? Well it was obvious you didn’t join from me challenging you. If you had, then that would’ve been obvious. 

You have absolutely no interest in participating in a mini-contest between the two of us? That honestly sucks, and I suppose I’ll stop pestering you about accepting it. 

I guess my only question is why not? If you’re already doing the contest with the intention to win, then adding beating me surely wouldn’t be any skin off you’re back. Plus it’d be more fun. 

 

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I like how insanely quickly your aggression and hatred deflates pathetically into you just shrugging and talking about how fun it would be when you realize I don't know who you are. 

Anyhow, I've accepted the contest, thus I plan to beat everyone here, including you. So I'm already going to beat you.

Edit: Ooh, thought of a good analogy. It's like if a dude's trying to rape you, but he prematurely ejaculates, and his angry erection becomes flaccid and sad.

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Well I was trying to follow the flow of things. You insulted me, I insulted you back, and then you were completely docile. Thus, making me look like I was shouting at some defenseless snake. Also, since I was trying to provoke you into accepting a specific challenge from me. When I realized that wouldn’t work, I had to change tactics. The alternative was to continue the aggression, and that would’ve turned out even worse since I would essentially be yelling at a stranger. Losing the aggression was obviously the better alternative.

Also, I was trying to work it into a situation where you decide that you’re going to crush me specifically which I would then turn into an opportunity for me to get more points. Obviously that didn’t work, AND you didn’t even argue back. Altogether a disappointing 3rd bird. 

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Trying to follow the flow of things? Jesus, you are an antisocial fucker if that was your goal. Seems to me you called me out for a challenge for some reason, even though I have no idea who you are and we never really interact, and you expected me to be as pumped as you are for some reason, because you do know who I am, and well enough that you want to challenge me. 

Anyhow, I don't know what you expect me to argue with, here. What points do you have to argue with that I haven't already?

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Yeah. Looking back, it was a plan with many flaws. One of which was not going to the table with something to wager. Well, actually I guess I could bet my account if I wanted. (And assuming that’s allowed in these contests anymore) 

Actually if you want to make a bet like that, then I’m down. You bet like 1,000 points, and if you do better than me, I’d be banned.

Never mind. You’ve already demonstrated no interest in it. So, @anyone with a lot of points to lose, that also will get a kick of me being banned. I’m open to make a bet with my account on the line. 

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*quietly locks this just in case*

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I think Bucky was just going for a regular contest. The crazy bet thing was more due to the theme of the Chaos Contest at the time.

Still, up to him I guess.

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@Bucky

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I agree with End. Chaos Contest was special. Also, pretty sure Berka and 3J aren't a fan of the account wagering.

But if Ebon really wants to do something stupid... He can make one last "chaos" wager. But no one else can. The portal is closed, and it told you all to go write your bloody stories.

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17 days ago

Many thanks. Although no ones taken my offer, so there’s that.

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1000 points means nothing to Seto and Thara with their numbers, either of them would be a interesting mini contest.

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Indeed. Except Seto has already posted in this thread several times without entering, so he’s off the list until further notice. 

Thara, on the other hand, has a perfect opportunity to claw herself out of End’s cell. Submitting an entry is one thing, but if she manages to get me banned then I’m sure End will be doubly proud of her.

@TharaApples

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Why would I necessarily care about getting you possibly banned? No thanks, but thank you, I suppose. 

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Or it's also possible he just doesn't give a shit about contests and barely remembers who you are.

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Apparently, we chatted in the tranny thread, where he admitted he was factually incorrect, but said he was going to continue using words wrong. A fascinating skill for a writer.

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Well I feel like an idiot. That’s supposed to say first, second, and third bird. Oops.

To answer your question mizal. I don’t really have to wager anything else, but if you have suggestions then I’m open. If only to make this a tad more exciting. I’ve pretty much blanked on more things to wager. I mean, I barely even have 100 points after all.

 

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Any yet you've been here almost two years. That's pathetic.

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I agree. Wholeheartedly in fact. 'Tis part of the reason I'm entering this contest, and challenging Steve. Gotta do something to make up for all of that lost time.

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I for one am sure you're just a slow burner.

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Expound please.

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Your near two years here have been a gradual build up to whatever amazing thing you're about to pull out of the bag.

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I certainly hope so.

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Steve has been pretty useless lately, probably about time he gets humiliated and taken out behind the shed anyhow. Good luck!

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Thanks. I'll need it.

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Speaking of, it's been like a week or two, and Dini still hasn't finished beta-reading my story. Someone please tag her full name so I can yell at her.

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@DiniTheWizard

Working on some collaborations with some renowned members on this site so I can't guarantee that I can help everyone with their games, but I'll try.

Sorry Steve, you're just not important enough to hire her as a beta-reader these days.

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Steve's certainly more important than you Mizal. 

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Bam! Take that, Mizal, you fucking mean bitch!

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Steve, beat their fucking asses. I put my faith in you, and I'm rooting for you! 

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I'm always here :^)

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Is that a genuine offer? Because I'll happily take you as a beta-reader. I can race you against Dini.

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It is a genuine offer, I can probably get it to you in a day or so(?), depending on the length :)

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Finished a week ago, but I couldn't find that much time to message you guys as I'm busy with school and yeah. I'll get back to you Steve. 

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I'm just as bad ;-;

*stares at all the time I've been here*
*stares at 0 published stories*

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We were referring mostly to points though. (You have too many, give me some.)

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Ohh I didn't read that right. And no, my precious. >~>

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Prompt confirmed.

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32. Endmasters Game. Endmaster pick's the prompt.

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lock

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Prompt confirmed. EndMaster will send you a prompt soon.

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Endmaster: Digit will be an ultimate failure if he fucks this up

Let it be known.

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If i do fail im really hoping my title gets changed to ulitmate failure. Anyway I'm putting all my harem stories on hold, im winning and getting featured, all of you might aswell give up.

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I know what prompt you got and I'm fuckin jealous I have to say.

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I was orginally going to ask for something romance or highschool related but knew I would probably get shat on by other entries. Scifi stories are really fun and expressive so that was my next pick.

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...you can literally do the same thing as Digit with your prompt.

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Yeah but she actually has to world-build to a extent and that can get cumbersome.

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17) Make up an entirely new world, including, species, religion, economy, and culture. The plot is up to you.

Taking the easiest one, fuck it.

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lock

Also this shows up as an ugly wall of text on the front page, is there any way to fix it? @BerkaZerka

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Fixed.

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Prompt confirmed!

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4.

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Prompt confirmed.

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3) Nuclear Winter grips Earth

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Loked

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Locked.

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Prompt confirmed

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Are the usual rules about going in the hole in place?

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Nah, I'll be surprised if he finishes a story anyway.

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Contest Participants So Far:

AzBaz 27

BlueThread 5

Chanbot (Ford) 14

Digit 32

Doodled 15

Ebon 28

Malk 11

Mizal 17

Mynoris 34

Nekocat 3

Ogre 8

Orange 31

Romulus 22

Sentinel 25

Spartacus (coins) 9

Steve 4

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I won't be a participant in this one though it looks spectacular. I'm currently on a quest for a shiny silver trophy. :)

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Digit has his prompt: Villain protagonist terrorizing a space colony on an alien planet.

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Hmm I like to live dangerously so I'll go with: 31) Mystery Box. Bucky will only tell you what it holds after you open it. 

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Edit lock

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Prompt confirmed.

A fairy tale where a talking bear, an exotic fruit, a frozen river, and a pagan festival are central to the plot.

Optional: Make it a ballad.

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Baloo and his gay Caribbean friend visit the Festival of Baal, and also there's a frozen river.

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I'll take 11 

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Prompt confirmed.

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Story will feature literal sack of crap as a romance and/or food option.

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22. Don't have much time to write this month, but a CYOA-ballad should be doable.

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Lock.

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Confirmed!

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15) From train robberies to cattle rustling and Indian wars, tell a story from the Wild West.

Yee-haw.

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Hee-yaw. (Edit lock.)

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Who...who are you? Where'd you come from?

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From the far-away time of five years ago, my friend.

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Fancy meeting ya here, person from five years ago.

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Confirmed.

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I do have a question, since I'm new to these contests - is item-based interaction allowed?

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Not an issue, the only rules on these are that the story has to be decent enough to not be unpublished for low ratings.

Oh and I guess your protagonist can't be a pedo or whatever so make sure all of the items you interact with are over 18.

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Yeah, they can utilize items. There was only one prompt where I explicitly said the story had to be more story than game.

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Number 9.

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Confirmed.

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Quick question, what's a clear definition of Tolkien-esque?

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It has to be based primarily about a universe where a majority of characters are J. R. R. Tolkein. Hard one, but good choice.

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On the most basic level, keep your tech in check. It's expected to be some manner of fantasy.

You don't need the fancy language or any particular pointy eared humanoid, but you need to keep society on a comparable level. But other than that, you just need some magical, arcane, etc. element.

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So it could be dark fantasy as opposed to Tolkien's "good guys win" setting, correct?

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Correct.

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Just think classic D&D minus the dice and stats since it's a direct rip off of Tolkien's stuff in so many ways.

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Could I have the 5) Sci-Fi one please, friend?

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Confirmed

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Quick question about the Writing Workshop requirement.

When we update it, can it be something as simple as, “I added one page today,” and then be done with it? Not that I’m going to do that. Just in case it’s midnight on some Saturday night and I forgot the second update that week.

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I think two sentences won't kill you.

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Just making sure.

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Depends how harsh they are. King Charles I didn't survive a single one.

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I think someone should combine all the prompts into one story. Would be a pretty crazy read if you ask me.

Anyway, good luck to the contestants, also don't forget about this:
Requirement: Post a thread in the Writing Workshop and update twice a week on your progress.

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17 days ago

Fucking hell, missed that. 

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17 days ago

I wouldn't worry about it too much, since you technically also missed:
B) To claim a prompt, reply with the number you wish to select and the description of the prompt.

You just said '4.' and still got it, so maybe you won't need to do the whole updating a thread thing.

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Also didn't lock it, Just sayin'.

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@Bucky Am I kicked out of the contest yet, or do I, as the greatest, get a free pass from those stupid rules?

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Sorry to be "that guy," but I have to ask a question. I see that some of the prompts specify ballad, while others do not. In the other thread, I thought you mentioned that it was required that these entries are ballads. So at this point, are simple prose stories an option, or are all entries here supposed to be ballads?

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Wait, all these might need to be ballads? Fuck sake, I am not in the mood to forfeit 100 points.

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Didn't you already get kicked out for not following the rules?

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Not confirmed yet, bud.

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Some stories must be ballads. Those say so explicitly.

Most of the rest can be ballads if the writer chooses to do them that way.

All stories must by CYOA.

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17 days ago
Excellent, thank you for the confirmation!

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17 days ago

25 points, prompt 25, so I'll finish the vague outline I have by the time I'm 25.

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Everyone is 100 points. But confirmed.

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Lots of fun prompts, and fun contest, thank you!

I'll try out:

8) The emperor sends you to a faraway land to capture exotic beasts for his zoo. But a spreading plague, a witch-doctor, and a brewing feud between local tribes presents . . . difficulties.

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Edit Locking

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Confirmed

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So no fanfiction?

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Why wouldn't there be?

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I was interpreting what "No recycled stories" meant.

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I believe that referred to a story that has already been written previous to the contest.

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Correct

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Mkay. Thanks you guys ^_^

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14 - The protagonist is an orc.

Do I really have to make my own thread for the updates or can I just hijack someone elses? Can there be a megathread for all of the updates?

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brav.

Vicavorausan or deaavh!

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Paavheavic defeaav, avhen nauk-avreaavaumn avo avhe ukhadowuk.

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Speak English you asses. x'D 

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Irish really is a beautiful language.

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Tá tú ag beo toisc mar bhí do mháthair ag fáil fucked san acht, bhí cuid den chorp ag gabháil isteach ina babhta, agus bhféadfadh do mháthair a bheith in ann tú a ghearradh amach an bolg, agus ní raibh crogán cóta sa na teach mar tá tú an-an-bocht.

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16 days ago

Did you fall asleep on top of your keyboard? 

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16 days ago

A quick Google Translate:

"You are living because your mother was getting fucked in the act, some of the body was in a round, and your mother could be able to cut off your belly, and there was no coat hanger in the house as there are you are very poor."

Well then.

Disregard this. I'm being dumb.

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You're only alive because when your mother was getting fucked in the ass, some of the cum went into her vagina, and your mother couldn't afford to cut you out of her belly, and there was no coat hanger in the house as you're really, really poor.

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I guess I'll be the boring one that points out this thread is a front page news post, and for whatever reason we traditionally like to fake some level of class and dignity for those.

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Since we're not religious conservatives over here, or have an American healthcare system, abortions are actually free of charge. So shame on you for your inaccurate insults.

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15 days ago

Couldn't afford to get to one.

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go away Steve

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We get it, you want my attention so you're doing the vague equivalent of ponytail pulling, but it's getting a bit too far.

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Confirmed

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Shotgun 27: Breath fresh life into the tale of Robin Hood.

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Edit L-L-Lock.

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I was wondering if you'd enter. This may be a tough contest...

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Top quality contestants. I'm not even looking for a win here, I'm just using the prompt as a way to get off my duff and get a good story written!

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Confirmed

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8 days ago

Are you going to do a Marxist Robin Hood?

I'd personally do a gritty gangland rendition, but only because I'd consider Robin in da Hood to be hilarious.

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7 days ago
Nope. Wrote a little paragraph about how I'm trying to 'breathe new life into the Robin Hood tale, then decided I might as well put it into my progress thread:

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A Klan rendition of the Men in Tights would be another good one.

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16 days ago

Updating the list

Contest Participants So Far:

AzBaz 27

BlueThread 5

Chanbot (Ford) 14

Crash 16

Crescentstar 10

Digit 32

Doodled 15

Ebon 28

Fluxion 1

Frank 18

Malk 11

Mizal 17

Nekocat 3

Ogre 8

Orange 31

Romulus 22

Sentinel 25

Spartacus (coins) 9

Steve 4

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10) A story set in the Ming Dynasty

@Alekos You pressured me to join; if you don't join yourself, there will be consequences.

 

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Confirmed

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Where is @Will11, he should enter and he'd better hurry because all the historical prompts are being stolen.

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Lol. I was deciding between Ming dynasty and Babylon Hanging Gardens

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16 days ago
I can't believe no one's taken Pirates vs Earthquakes yet.

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Sort of surprised nobody took the witch whore one yet.

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For some added historical flavor, set in in Salem and the whore part comes in because you once kissed your husband in public.

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That was my #2 choice, and the only reason I didn't pick it is because I didn't see as many options for a CYOA in that one.

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16 days ago
I'm waiting for him to jump in to make it completely impossible for me to win!

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It'd be fun to see the outcome! :p

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I'm afraid my workload is crazy busy until after the New Year and I won't be able to have any real involvement with this competition at all :( Things should get easier in January and I'll probably have a new story published next spring :)

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Ah, good to hear from you Will! Just this morning I was wondering if where you are there's a break over the traditional end of December time, or if it's just keep working time.

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15 days ago

Glad you're still alive, Mister Man. Best of luck with your shit, hope to read something new from you soon.

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14 days ago
Haha thanks guys, I've got lots of work, lots of exams and lots of stuff to do but I am still hopeful of having more time for the site soon :D Still enjoying both of your stories and rereading some of them when I have time :D

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15 days ago

Unfortunately, I would've taken prompt 30 but then there a lot factors that are hindering me from doing so.

December Contest

15 days ago

If Bucky would let me in for free I'll choose 30. (I have negative points because I undermined the dueling system T_T)

December Contest

15 days ago

As far as I know you can still go ahead and join, you're just going to be further 100 in the hole and still probably not going to dig yourself out unless you win first place and write something so well that you get a story featured.

December Contest

14 days ago

Can you at least let me get 0 EXP? And not a negative? Gimme back my points T^T

December Contest

14 days ago
I have a crazy idea, and it involves reading stories. (Or writing them, even.)

December Contest

10 days ago

That'll take too long to reach 100 points though

December Contest

14 days ago
If anything, we should charge you double!

December Contest

10 days ago

That's too much T_T

December Contest

8 days ago

There's nothing stopping you from just taking the idea and running with it without entering the competition ... I think. 

December Contest

8 days ago
Weak

December Contest

15 days ago

I thought that someone would take 34.. x'D

December Contest

15 days ago

I'm tempted; I just don't know what this 'edit lock' is...or if I'm even up for it.  I wouldn't want to take up a slot and not follow through.

December Contest

15 days ago

Edit lock is replying to your own post after you make your choice so you can't change it.

And taking up slots and not following through is probably what most are doing in this thread anyway.

December Contest

15 days ago

Thank you for the response; I'll give it a try.  It doesn't seem anyone else has claimed the number.

December Contest

15 days ago

16) A horror romance

(assuming I'm still allowed to enter due to my negative points) 

December Contest

15 days ago

Edit locked

December Contest

15 days ago
Confirmed

December Contest

15 days ago

34) The protagonist is the village whore. But she's also a witch!

I'd like this one, please and thank you.

December Contest

15 days ago

Edit locked.  (Hopefully this is all I have to do.)

December Contest

15 days ago

You also have to:
Requirement: Post a thread in the Writing Workshop and update twice a week on your progress.

Just in case you didn't notice that part.

December Contest

15 days ago

I saw that, but I'm not sure how detailed the update has to be, or if there's a specific format for it.  (Also I think it said you're supposed to make the thread after you have been confirmed.)  But thanks for the reminder. :D  It's better to tell someone something they already know rather than have someone miss out on information.

December Contest

15 days ago
Cinfirned

December Contest

15 days ago
I'd be interested to see 23 and 24 done by two different people.

December Contest

15 days ago
Agreed.

December Contest

15 days ago
Two concerns regarding 21:

(1) What counts as a ballad? I've been working on a Halloween/horror story collection and would love to put this in for this. George R.R. Martin stretched the definition of song pretty good, I was wondering if I can do that with ballad. One of the synonyms found in the definition is saga, and my story would definitely fit that definition since it is a sort of Tales of the Crypt kind of collection of stories within a larger story.

(2) What are the points here? Are these the things you gamble with rock paper scissors? And how would I pay them? If so I'm gonna go read a bunch of stories today and gain the points necessary.

December Contest

15 days ago
Historical ballad structure is AABA form. However, it's morphed over time. For our purposes, it will be the same as the ballad contest from last December. It has to rhyme. And it has to tell a story. Go down the News forum until you find the ballad contest thread if you want more detailed information.

End takes the points. You can go negative.

EDIT: This one has to rhyme because all the best ones from the last ones did.

December Contest

15 days ago
Ah, well thanks anyway. Sadly my story doesn't fit. Maybe next time.

December Contest

15 days ago
Probably couldn't have entered an already in progress story anyhow.

December Contest

15 days ago
If I can go negative maybe I'll consider doing number 1. If no one else wants it, I think I might be able to write something regarding a Neanderthal and human meeting. Got a small idea brewing.

December Contest

15 days ago
NekoCat is now 200 points in the hole so I guess they're allowing that this year without the usual requirements re: your eternal soul.

December Contest

15 days ago
Lol that's a steep price. Well whoever is in charge of it sign me up for Homo Neanderthal v Homo Sapiens, assuming I don't have to forfeit my soul.

December Contest

15 days ago
@EndMaster #1 for Fluxion

December Contest

15 days ago
It used to be the price for wagering points you didn't have was that you wouldn't get them back unless you actually won the contest. This was mostly a trap to catch people who couldn't read and so unsurprisingly no one who fell for it ever managed a win. (Or to produce an entry at all really, unless I'm forgetting someone...)

December Contest

15 days ago
The last December contest might be helpful regarding ballads.

Points will be deducted by an admin once your entry is confirmed.

December Contest

15 days ago

Also, shameless plug for that poetry prompt thingy I hosted about ballads. 

December Contest

15 days ago

Updating the list

Contest Participants So Far:

AzBaz 27

BlueThread 5

Chanbot (Ford) 14

Crash 16

Crescentstar 10

Digit 32

Doodled 15

Ebon 28

Fluxion 1

Malk 11

Mizal 17

Mynoris 34

Nekocat 3

Ogre 8

Orange 31

P1 7

Resistor 19

Romulus 22

Sentinel 25

Spartacus (coins) 9

Steve 4

Stillwater 6

December Contest

15 days ago

I think we have a solid amount of people who will actually turn out a story this time. I expect the battle to win will, consequently, be closer than the last couple contests. 

Good luck to everyone.

December Contest

15 days ago
It's interesting to me that this is so popular, while when Endmaster hosts a contest, all these people on the forum who claim to adore him show exactly where they draw the line with that. It turns out the answer is 'when requested to actually write a storygame'.

The prizes were MUCH higher, there was no entry fee or risk of SHAME and the competetition was almost non existent. That children's story took me less than five hours and represented the easiest 200 points I ever made.

Losing 100 for a chance of 25 is much less exciting, good thing these prompts are so interesting.

But maybe the entry fee and SHAME etc really are what's required to motivate people, not prizes alone.

December Contest

15 days ago

I'm just glad to see the SHAME system works despite James bitching and moaning whenever I suggested it should be implemented over here.

December Contest

15 days ago
Maybe secretly many people enter just so they can enjoy being shamed.

December Contest

15 days ago
That was Negative's entire gimmick.

Ford's too I'm pretty sure.

December Contest

15 days ago

In my defense, I just got back. :)

December Contest

15 days ago

For me I just wasn’t quite in the mood to write a children’s story, not an inclusive story. I’m sure I could, but the allure was virtually nonexistent for me. 

Writing about my favorite historical figure, on the other hand, gives me quite a lot of motivation. That, and it seems that these contests are more official, and therefore carry more bragging rights.

December Contest

15 days ago
'I like to write about Greeks, particularly Alexander, but none of that gay shit please, it just doesn't appeal.' --EbonVasilis

December Contest

15 days ago

To be fair, Alexander was Macedonian.

December Contest

15 days ago

Also, he might not have been gay at all, and the people he was speculated to be gay with probably won’t be in the scope of my story.

December Contest

15 days ago
Also to be fair, I just remembered pedos were explicitly banned as protagonists.

December Contest

15 days ago

Any possible relationship in my story will not feature a pedophilic protagonist. Among the possible relationships of Alexander’s that could be considered pedophilic, none of Alexander’s partners were pre-pubescent. (Or if they were, please provide evidence)

Let me emphasize that my story will barely extend past pubescence, so any sexual relationships that might happen will be between him and someone of similar age.

December Contest

15 days ago

Ahh shiat Morally perverse :P

December Contest

14 days ago

Do all paths in the story have to follow the prompt, or just the majority of them?

December Contest

14 days ago

I'm looking forward to read this one.. A whore witch sounds very intriguing. 

December Contest

14 days ago

Well I'm not sure I can do it justice, but it was the one that jumped out at me that wasn't already taken.  I haven't even got to the witch part yet; I'm doing the smaller paths first.

December Contest

14 days ago
Your prompt is a protagonist description. Your protagonist can’t be a witch whore in some paths but not others. How would that make any sense? Bam! A wizard did it! Protagonist is actually a sleepy German Shepherd Dog!

December Contest

14 days ago

Maybe a whore develops into a witch on some paths. but on others she doesn't.

Alternately, maybe being a witch just isn't paying like it used to.

December Contest

14 days ago

Alternately, maybe being a whore just isn't paying like it used to.

December Contest

14 days ago
We might need an economic analysis.

December Contest

14 days ago

The pay usually rises proportionally to inflation, but the job tends to suck more when people get older.

December Contest

14 days ago
That’s plainly not the prompt.

December Contest

14 days ago

Or maybe the witch develops into a whore because witchcraft doesn't provide strong enough spells and she becomes a whore to tap into whore magic as well.

December Contest

14 days ago
I was just assuming you gave everybody STDs and the villagers didn't understand what those were.

December Contest

14 days ago

That would be an interesting take on it.  Though why they would think she would curse herself could be a puzzle.

December Contest

14 days ago

She could take the Typhoid Mary approach: being immune to the disease herself but spreading it to others.

December Contest

14 days ago

Most people are neither a whore nor a witch as a child, though I suppose either could be debated.  I'm starting with the character young and exploring some early paths.

December Contest

13 days ago

Prompt 18

December Contest

13 days ago

Ohhhh. This was the one I would've chosen had I not chosen something else.

I wonder what you'll make from this! :D Another historical theme taken

December Contest

13 days ago
Confirmed

December Contest

13 days ago

I'm looking forward to this one.  There's something enchanting about the hanging gardens.

December Contest

11 days ago

Is it too late to enter?

If not, could I have prompt 7) An arrogant prick of a man, a godless heathen, but not quite an outright cunt, you find yourself on the periphery of hell. True to your nature, the only reasonable option left is to kill the god of the underworld and fight your way to FREEDOM!

December Contest

11 days ago

edit lock

December Contest

11 days ago
Confirmed

December Contest

11 days ago
Good luck, although I feel like you probably deserve a double helping of SHAME if you manage to fuck up a prompt like that one.

December Contest

11 days ago

Thanks. Yeah, I'm surprised it was still there. Seems like one of the easier ones.

December Contest

11 days ago

I suppose 'easy' depends on who is writing it.  Some styles and subjects just come easier to some folks than others.  But I guess that's kind of an obvious thing to say.  I just know I wouldn't have done well with that prompt.  Then again, a lot of people probably won't like what I'm doing with the prompt I DID choose, so there you go.

December Contest

11 days ago

Well there's still time to write about Atlantis with prompt 13 if anyone so desires.

December Contest

11 days ago

I'll take #6, the Jack and Jill one.

December Contest

11 days ago

Edit lock

December Contest

11 days ago

I was wondering if anyone was going to take this one.  It seemed one of the odder ones to me.

December Contest

11 days ago
Confirmed

December Contest

11 days ago

Updating the list

Contest Participants So Far:

AzBaz 27

BlueThread 5

Chanbot (Ford) 14

Crash 16

Crescentstar 10

Digit 32

Doodled 15

Ebon 28

Fluxion 1

IAP 33

Jeffrey 30

Malk 11

Mizal 17

Mynoris 34

Nekocat 3

Ogre 8

Orange 31

P1 7

Resistor 19

Romulus 22

Sentinel 25

Spartacus (coins) 9

Steve 4

Stillwater 6

December Contest

11 days ago
Ok, so only 21 entrants so far. Not too bad for 5 days into the contest, but a little lower than the 31.5 average entrants into the past few contests.

Based on historical averages for contests, so far we can expect just 9 completed stories from this one so far.

December Contest

11 days ago
-100 points is four times the incentive though.

December Contest

11 days ago

There's always SHAME

December Contest

11 days ago

I'll take the puzzle, mystery or riddle game. Be warned that I will probably take plenty of creative liberty with the word "mystery."

December Contest

11 days ago

Edit Lock: Can I still enter if I don't have 100 points? I mean, negative points is possible, right? 

December Contest

11 days ago
If there's not a scraggly goatee and an aqua and green van, it's not a mystery.

December Contest

10 days ago
Confirmed

December Contest

11 days ago
I'm probably going to regret it since I don't have that great of track record for actually finishing things, but I think I can do something with #33.

December Contest

11 days ago
Edit lock.

December Contest

11 days ago
Good luck with that!

December Contest

11 days ago

Even more wonderful people :D

December Contest

10 days ago
Confirmed.

I have high expectations. Glad someone picked this one.

December Contest

10 days ago

Hey, last time there was mention of an early bird prize. For people who didn't submit their stories last minute. Is that in place for this contest, or is that a no-go on reward for submitting early?

December Contest

10 days ago
The last contest was Berka's.

December Contest

9 days ago

I'm a week late and have no proof I'm a decent writer, but I do have more than 100 points for some reason.

I'll take 19 (protagonist is a literal dragon). Surprised no one took that because dragons are AWESOME.

December Contest

9 days ago
Confirmed

December Contest

9 days ago
Might need some more prompts at this rate.

December Contest

9 days ago
Meh, nine left. And both the viking ones are still there, so no one has any right to complain all the good ones are gone.

December Contest

9 days ago

To be fair, seven of those are shit. Perhaps adding a smattering of more would encourage a few more entries, plus piss off everyone who hasn't started yet and sees one they'd prefer up for grabs.

December Contest

8 days ago
It does seem like there's been less interest in the historical prompts. But we seem to mostly lean to fantasy and sci-fi here so I guess it's not surprising.

December Contest

8 days ago

Not this beautiful bastard. Just got to introducing the Black and Tans, bitches, and people are already getting brutalized.

December Contest

9 days ago

I thought it just meant that only 34 people could join.  If 36 had been interested, would more prompts have been made?

December Contest

9 days ago
Possibly, but only if they had all gone out within the first 24 hours or so. Since it's been up for a number of days and nine or so are still left, I won't be making anymore. It's not fair to people that came beforehand at this point.

Things that come to those who wait... the things left by those who got there first.

December Contest

9 days ago

Well, I figure first 48/72 hours to make way for people who just couldn't get logged in on time.  But what you say makes sense.  All in all, you seemed to have picked a good number of prompts.

December Contest

8 days ago

Updating the list

Contest Participants So Far

Fluxion 1
Nekocat 3
Steve 4
BlueThread 5
Stillwater 6
P1 7
Ogre 8
Spartacus (coins) 9
Crescentstar 10
Malk 11

MysteryParticipant 12

RoyalGhost 13
Chanbot (Ford) 14
Doodled 15
Crash 16
Mizal 17
Frank 18
Resistor 19

Eric 21
Romulus 22
Sentinel 25
AzBaz 27
Ebon 28

Mr.Ace 29
Jeffrey 30
Orange 31
Digit 32
IAP 33
Mynoris 34

December Contest

8 days ago

Can you explain what you mean by "dragon-in-chief" in #20? I'm not that well-versed on TvTropes.

December Contest

8 days ago

Funny you should ask, I was curious and can now half certainly say it is one of two things:
1. Bad guy serving a less dangerous bad guy.
OR
2. Less dangerous bad guy who has a more dangerous bad guy serving them.

Look I was mostly skimming and the article was really long. Here is a Link.

As a fun fact, there are lots of ways to go about doing this, so the prompt likely gives a lot of room for creative liberties. With that said, just figure out if the dragon in chief is the more dangerous person or the less dangerous one (since I somehow failed to figure that out >->).

December Contest

8 days ago

This is what the laconic is for.

December Contest

8 days ago
Claim it Brad! It can be a dragon, dragon-in-chief!

December Contest

7 days ago

Haha; if only.

December Contest

8 days ago

Hmm interesting...

Guess I don't know what a dragon-in-chief is then. However I would say laconic sounds better, being one word and all. Yeah that's it!

December Contest

8 days ago
Your definition and his link are the same.

December Contest

8 days ago

Ah I get it now. Yeah I was just being an idiot. Times like these I wish I was an admin for them useful editing powers. >->

Now I know a new word at least.

December Contest

6 days ago
By the way, this is the bar for whether or not you are a disappointment. That was done in about four hours, which includes planning; scripting; and writing. The bar is very low. Don't trip.

You are all capable of better. Happy writing. And stay out of the pit.

December Contest

5 days ago

*struggles climbing the bar*

December Contest

5 days ago
do...do you think the bar is vertical?

December Contest

5 days ago

21) A Halloween or horror ballad.

I am a little late to this because I have not been checking the website lately when I should have. But I am here now and since I didn't participate in the original ballad contest, (and most of the prompts are taken) here I go!

December Contest

5 days ago

EDIT LOCK ACTIVATED

December Contest

5 days ago
Confirmed

December Contest

5 days ago
Sentinel and Malkalack's inability to read and follow the instructions in the OP is a disgrace to the Lair, just gotta say.

December Contest

5 days ago

I just gotta say, it's really weird being this far in with the contest and I haven't banned Negative at least twice yet.

December Contest

5 days ago
Hmm yeah it is pretty weird he hasn't come back with an alt to try and join yet, I wonder if that means he finally offed himself.

December Contest

5 days ago

Don't expect a fully fledged story, this hobby has taken a back-seat to producing, but ahhh I have too join I'm to tempted and don't want to get my prompt taken.

13) A society on the verge of a Golden Age experiences a cataclysmic disaster.

December Contest

5 days ago
Confirmed

December Contest

3 days ago

Entering as soon as I get the points.

December Contest

3 days ago

I'm pretty sure you can enter even if you don't have 100 points. It'll just take you down to the negatives.

December Contest

3 days ago
Correct

December Contest

3 days ago
12) The world just keeps kicking you in the dick. Your house burns down. Your daughter dies of typhoid. Your whore wife runs off with a British privateer. Things can't seem to get worse, so you head to a tavern in downtown Port Royal to drink away the last of your money before you hang yourself. Only . . . it's June 7th, 1692 and your watch just hit 11:30 A.M. Shit is about to get real.

Mystery participant has this prompt. Mystery participant will be revealed at deadline. If mystery participant fails in duty, End and I will personally skewer the whoreson.

December Contest

3 days ago
inb4 cysid writes a storygame

fr tho has to be someone lesser than bucky who can write a storygame there aren't really that many options. who would take bucky skewering them as a threat?

December Contest

3 days ago
He said End will help with the skewering. I'm presuming Bucky's role will just be to hold them down and maybe spread some cheeks.

December Contest

3 days ago

Oh shizzles that's scary

December Contest

3 days ago
Yesss, pirates vs earthquakes is happening! Can't believe no one grabbed that one before now.

December Contest

2 days ago
Mystery participant is getting the unfair comfort of not doing twice a week updates. absolutely barbaric. I can't believe the judges would allow this.

December Contest

2 days ago

Lol.

December Contest

7 hours ago
"Mystery participant?" okay.

Anyway, this was my second choice of a prompt. I really am surprised it wasn't selected earlier.

Good luck, whoever you are!

December Contest

3 days ago

29) A story set in an Australian penal colony.

December Contest

3 days ago

Edit lock.I shall win.

December Contest

3 days ago
confirmed

December Contest

3 days ago

Was not much left. Lol should have seen this earlier.

December Contest

yesterday

Updating the list

Contest Participants So Far

Fluxion 1
Nekocat 3
Steve 4
BlueThread 5
Stillwater 6
P1 7
Ogre 8
Spartacus (coins) 9
Crescentstar 10
Malk 11
MysteryParticipant 12
RoyalGhost 13
Doodled 15
Crash 16
Mizal 17
Frank 18
Resistor 19

Comply 20
Eric 21
Romulus 22
Sentinel 25
AzBaz 27
Ebon 28
Mr.Ace 29
Jeffrey 30
Orange 31
Digit 32
IAP 33
Mynoris 34

SHAMED so far

Chanbot (Ford)

December Contest

yesterday
To all entrants,

If you ask nicely, I will be willing to help with minor scripting issues. Emphasis on nicely and minor.

December Contest

yesterday
give me a script that makes the use of an item refresh the page bitch

*pls

December Contest

yesterday
Any page or a specific page?

December Contest

yesterday

any page

the future is now, old man!

December Contest

yesterday
Could probably give you a way to do it, but I don’t think it’d be worth it. You’d need scripts on every page.

December Contest

yesterday
actually I'm just gonna give it. Item script: $DEST := "@P" + $PAGEID

Bucky's scripting advice confirmed useless

December Contest

yesterday
Ugh

December Contest

yesterday
To all entrants,

I won't help anyone with scripting. :^ )

BD will gladly help anyone with scripting regardless of how big or small.

I hear Morgan is a decent programmer herself, she could figure stuff out. Could be as helpful as me though.

and uh, if you need an item to refresh the page, Bucky has you covered.

you can't expect me not to take the piss here

December Contest

yesterday
I drop out.

December Contest

yesterday
I can't say I'm surprised, to be honest.

December Contest

yesterday
I'm still gonna write the storygame and finish it around the deadline.

December Contest

yesterday
uh huh

December Contest

yesterday
@Endmaster Looks like the easiest prompt possible that literally anyone could write a story about even while using their other hand to chug paint thinner is up for dibs again, if you edit the OP.

December Contest

yesterday

Yeah, might as well.

December Contest

21 hours ago

Why?

December Contest

yesterday

hold it right there.

I may be an amateur and I may be new, but I, too, request entry.

I'd like to enter for prompt 20: The protagonist is a (trope) dragon-in-chief.

December Contest

yesterday

editlock

December Contest

yesterday
Confirmed

December Contest

yesterday
You could have entered without having 100 points just FYI, you would have just gone in the hole. I'm impressed by the amount of blind, rapid clicking you seem to have done today however, pro tier points reaping right there.

December Contest

20 hours ago

yes, well...

the school-based and everything else categories usually have an end game link in two pages or less. very low-quality content in those ones...

December Contest

7 hours ago

We're talkin about Ford, right?

December Contest

7 hours ago

Who?

December Contest

7 hours ago
hah. back in my day a few hundred points was minutes worth of actual reading and took a mere hour to gain. Getting a thousand still isn't very impressive unless someone beats my record (2.2k in a month [1k in ~5-7 days]). The trick is to have no life and a good soundtrack to keep you going. These days there's not as many 3-word games but I still think I could get 1k in a week or less from rating games.

December Contest

7 hours ago

Decided you didn't like your Quaylon5 name?

December Contest

7 hours ago

a. not mysterious enough

b. admin or no, it's creepy to look at people's ip addresses

point still stands though, who's ford?

December Contest

7 hours ago

Yes, because now that I have access to your IP, I’m totally going to be bothered to track you down in real life and murder you in your sleep.

You could have easily been one of the many trolls/spammer we got on this site trying to sneak back in. There’s one guy who does that for every contest. Need to check the noobs that just suddenly show up announcing they’re entering.

December Contest

7 hours ago

that seems like a moot point. couldn't someone easily just use an onion router and sneak back in? though i suppose you'd see a new IP address each time they logged in if that was the case, with no consistency.

December Contest

7 hours ago

Our spammers/trolls usually aren't that intelligent. Lol.

December Contest

7 hours ago

oh, that makes sense. i guess thats why ip bans are still used on other websites too lol.