And the results are in!
Winner: Mizal with "Ancient Heart"
Second: Leora with "I Can Hear You"
Third: ericyopy with "Vindicta"
Also Third: Orange with "The Cliff"
Votes were kind of split for third place, so they both ended up getting it. Ultimately it seems this contest failed, as none of the entries were particularly strong. For whatever reason, most entries went with the idea of following a person over their life, with their death being the sad part. That could of worked, but none of them really tied in any sort of reason for the death to be sad, like them dying before they were able to fulfill their dream or something. Them dying was just the natural end to that kind of story, so there wasn't a reason to feel bad in most cases.
There's not a whole lot I can say in terms of feedback. Lack of effort was more or less the cause of this not going so well. Perhaps the theme was just too tough, or maybe giving more time just backfired tremendously. WouldntItBeNice actually put in a good deal of effort, but they also had awkward prose and spent way too much time telling us what characters were like rather than showing us, resulting in a story that wasn't all that engaging.
Anyway, points will be distributed shortly. Everyone that submitted something will get their points back (even Cricket). Mizal will get the mandatory commendation, but I don't think we can justify giving more out givin the stories only earned around a five.
Hopefully the next contest can build on the failures of this one.
Reposting this in case others want to look through the entries
Chris113022's Entry: Last Days
Cricket's Entry: Ineptitude
ericyopy's Entry: Vindicta
Fluxion's Entry: The Cottage
Leora's Entry: I Can Hear You
Mizal's Entry: Ancient Heart
Orange's Entry: The Cliff
SpartacustheGreat's Entry: Lone Star
WouldntItBeNice's Entry: Neon Genesis Evangelion
My top 3 were:
And Orange was in 4th place
As far as ratings go:
Mizal, Eric, Chris - 6
Orange, Flux, Wibbons - 4
Leora - 3
Coins - 2
Cricket - 1
On another note, good thing the results finally came in, Cricket's story was coming dangerously close to getting unpublished for not meeting site standards.
Teetering on the edge of the SHAME pit there.
Nuts! Was gonna join the next contest if it was non-Epic... Only got one Epic in me (and it's not top 10 lol). Welp, am happy to beta-read any and all entries for the big one! A worthy cause! :D
I probably won't have that much time either the next few months or so, which is also why I didn't join this one. I might check it out though.
So a contest about fee fees was pretty much dominated by womyn. (Mizal, Leora and even Orange is sharing 3rd place)
Glad to see that CYS is more or less adhering to traditional gender norms.
Not like anyone cares but I'll be doing the same thing as Mizal, that is taking my story down and publishing an improved version of it. Probably not gonna be done as fast as her but still.
Also congrats people who won, you're all slightly less disappointing than the rest of us.
I wrote my story in roughly 3-4 hours and tied for third. I'm ashamed of myself and everyone else.
"No one got sad, or shed any tears, but everyone was left disappointed"
Cheer up, this turned out better than the Co-author contest.
I'll at least be able to take this "compliment" regarding my lame Brother's Grimm ripoff as consolation:
"The only real gripe I have about this is the extreme depression running through this story. I get that it's a theme, but damn was this story straight depression through and through."- RoyalGhost_007 in the story comments.
Oi, we got at least one proper game with effort put into that that was good and according to the theme.
Alright, so we had a fucking shit ton of time given out to everyone for this contest. Like, everyone had enough time to write a fucking huge story, with proof reading, branching and a bit of scripting.
What we've got is three of the top four stories, at least, were done in a matter of hours or a couple days at most, with the third one having literally nothing to do with the actual contest theme, which I remind you was so broad that it was one of three fucking emotions.
Someone fucked up this shit storm. Let's start assigning blame.
You? Just because you're king of the shit pile this whole thing was doesn't mean you're any less on the shit pile, Miz. Let's take the administration international and add an Irishman to it.
Although there was a lack of effort and rushing of many entries, I will say, my entry for this contest is the most complete I have ever written, even in its short form. Thus I will keep it on the site until I finish writing a revision because I need to at least put one of my works out there, even one that has a rough start. Also I guess I did not realize how difficult it was to write an emotional story, I need work on that.
Whenever that next contest starts, I am extremely determined to work like there is no tomorrow but what this has taught me is that when interested enough, I can write decently. I want to make sure that next time, I write a true CYOA. However congratulations to those who actually submitted an entry.
Yours was a true CYOA. It's biggest flaw was that it wasn't very sad, it was mostly just cool pirate stuff with a happyish ending. The only sad thing was letting the slaves die.