The thread to be used to post your storygames/discuss them. As a reminder, the storygame is technically due at 9am EST on June 1st, so as of now there's still about 11 hours left. Here are the entrants:
Cricket [Former Mystery Contestant D]
Leora [Former Mystery Contestant C]
QingBo [Former Mystery Contestant A]
WouldntItBeNice [Former Mystery Contestant B]
If you're on the list, please post a link to your storygame. We'll likely judge until the end of next weekend, (so till about June 11th), but it's possible we'll be finished judging by the end of this weekend.
Reposting initial thread post just cause.
Killa's Spring Thing Contest!
Theme: Bring me to Tears - Life can't be all sunshine and rainbows
Deadline for entering: April 1st at 12:01am EST
Deadline for submission: June 1st at 9am EST (In case someone feels like working in the wee hours of the morning)
As you may have expected, the focus of this contest is to produce something that makes people get the feels. The lower end of this scale would just be to make some characters have a real sad backstory, or to kill off poor Timmy the orphan. But you're all better than that. The better way to approach this would be to have tragic or bittersweet endings, however the tears don't have to be tethered to the ending.
The most important objective here is to make the reader sympathetic to your characters, as that's the only real way they'll care enough about them to possibly feel for them.
The genre doesn't matter, although for obvious reasons Romance is the easiest target.
Entry Requirements & Prizes:
You can post in this thread your intent, or you can PM me if you're shy. Keep in mind you will still be publicly flogged if you fail to complete a story. The PM option just allows for some surprises.
The entry fee is 100 points.
All those that submit a valid entry will get the fee back, plus 10 points for trying.
1st Place Winner will get an additionally 100 points for winning the contest, no trophy because I'm the poor admin, a Commendation, and a Featured Story if it's good enough to merit featuring.
2nd Place Winner will get an additionally 50 points and a possible Commendation, if it's good enough to merit one.
3rd Place Winner will get an additionally 25 points and a possible Commendation, if it's good enough to merit one.
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.
And just for kicks, you'll get a bonus 25 points if you somehow manage to make a story where the reader cries due to happiness, rather than sadness.
* 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 fee/bet per site member. No alternate accounts.
Cat2002116's Entry: NOTHING
Chris113022's Entry: Last Days
Cricket's Entry: Ineptitude
Curtain64's Entry: NOTHING
Digit's Entry: NOTHING
EbonVasilis's Entry: NOTHING
ericyopy's Entry: Vindicta
Fluxion's Entry: The Cottage
Leora's Entry: I Can Hear You
Mizal's Entry: Ancient Heart
MrAce's Entry: NOTHING
Orange's Entry: The Cliff
QingBo's Entry: NOTHING
SpartacustheGreat's Entry: Lone Star
WouldntItBeNice's Entry: Neon Genesis Evangelion
On mobile so no (EDIT: THERE IS NOW) fancy clicky link: chooseyourstory.com/story/last-days
This is not the story I intended to write, but it is a story.
Honestly, you guys had way too much fucking time as it is.
I didn't realize how long it would take to type and copy/paste on a phone. However I got it done even in a slightly unfinished form. Tried something different, at first i was going for sci-fi then decided to just stick to history. Guess I might be the one of the last, last minute contestants.
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I believe a couple of asshats just wrote "42," but that was a fun experience. If I remember correctly, my answer was something along the lines of cycles, cause and effect, action, and reaction, and tied together everything from Newton's laws to the physical features and climate of the land of a given early civilization influencing their deities. I think I finished by noting that the universe tends to favor symmetry, and noted the similarities between the shapes of a spiral galaxy, a whirlpool, and the yin/yang symbol. Got an A+.
Nope, that offer is gone. Should have taken it when she had the chance.
Well it's up to Killa if he wants to accept your story or not.
Until that confirmation, you'll be in the SHAME pit until further notice.
Well contest time is over and SHAMING time begins!
It was probably was the time thing. Personally when given more time to do something, I tend to slack off. With a shorter time slot, it puts more pressure on everyone. Although a 9 out of 15 return rate is still pretty good.
It is your fault, yes.
You're welcome. It's nice to get a second opinion and to have people back you up.
Finally read through all this bullshit. Sending the top 3 to Killa soon.
I thought he just wanted the top 3 right? I added a fourth place, but didn't bother with the rest.
With the extra time the judging is taking, I actually went back and read through the stories and decided I was probably a lot more generous with the ratings than I should have been.
As a result, I lowered my rating by 1 for everyone, except one of you since it's impossible to give out a zero.
Don't worry though, this didn't change any of the top 3 of course.