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June is Noob Threshing Month!

one month ago
Now this is the Law of CYStia -- as long as literacy stands; And the Noob that types well may prosper, but the Noob that shitposts be banned. As the comments that girdle the branches, the Law judgeth day and night -- For the strength of the Site is the Writing, and the strength of Writing the Site. Well we've had a lot of newbies pop up here in the last few months as well as returning olbies. Things have been pretty weird out there and so in recognition of that we have welcomed and coddled these refugees from reality. But CYS has never been a soft cuddly place full of hugs and puppies. It's a harsh unforgiving wilderness where the only ways to gain merit and recognition are by clawing your way to the top, ripping out the jugular of anything that stands in your way-- --yeah usually it's just an ordinary sloth, but picture something more intimidating I suppose if that helps. Uhh, sure. And occasionally you must even do battle against your fellow CYStians, drag them to the top of the ziggurat and carve out their still beating hearts to please your gods. This is one of those times. Unlike normal contests, this one will just be for new writers on the site. That is, for anyone who's joined in 2020, but also for anyone who's been here however many freakin years but doesn't have a published storygame yet because...well you know. That darn SLOTH, it's a menace! So any entrants don't need to feel intimidated; except for those brief moments you manage to be entertaining, you're all at around the same level, in the same place of being a lesser being. Unknown, unappreciated, and held in vague contempt when your betters even think of you at all. But by simply stepping up (and over the mangled corpses of your fellow noobs) you can change all that. THEME: Welcome to the Jungle (Any genre or setting. You will be judged in part on the theme, but it's a pretty broad one with many ways to interpret it.) DEADLINE: July 5th 11:59PM Central Daylight Time RESTRICTIONS: Storygames should have an overall word count somewhere between 9k and 40k words. (You can view this when you go to read it by hovering over the Play Length number with your mouse.) PRIZE: The usual pointless points and TRIUMPH, GLORY and SMUGNESS. Maybe a few Steam bux depending on how poor I am once July rolls around. Oh and although this is a contest for newbies, we're still playing by big boy rules and it's a good time to introduce you to them: Minimum 25 point entry fee to join. (This will be refunded upon successful completion and publishing of a qualifying game, plus a small bonus depending on the amount bet.) If you're brand new, you can literally just create three blank storygames and then read and rate one other person's game to get there. (If you've dueled your 15 free newbie points away, well now is the time to apply hard work and GUMPTION to get some more. But I'll actaually give anyone who enters 5 points if they can simply read this far and message me the original source of that poem on top of this post.) Once you join, you're locked in. You must produce something capable of passing minimum site standards before the deadline, or else you shall be tossed into the pit of eternal SHAME to be laughed and jeered at by your fellows who actually managed to follow through. So when you do submit an intent to enter, edit lock your post immediately afterwards by posting something in reply to it. If you see someone who has forgotten this all important step, go ahead and help them with it. There will be no take backsies here. Finally, there are a few members who don't technically qualify to enter, but because of their exceeding specialness, I shall make an exception and allow them in. That would be @Chanbot, @SpartacustheGreat, and @Micropen. Well anyway, fight well and have...fun.

June is Noob Threshing Month!

one month ago
Obvious theme song is obvious.

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one month ago
in for 125

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one month ago
Edit lock

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one month ago
I'm in for 126

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one month ago

I am really looking forward to the culling to come.

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one month ago
Shhh, don't scare them.

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one month ago
Just a few notes for newbies: Make sure you create the actual storygame at least a couple days in advance of the deadline. People sometimes wait till the last minute to start pasting their pages over from somewhere else and then are disqualified because the site has a 48 hour wait between creating and publishing a new game. I'd recommend taking a couple days to familiarize yourself with the editor if you've never used it before, while thinking about your plot and branches. Then jot down some notes or an outline. That will leave you a full month to write and then a couple of more days for last minute testing and editing. Be mindful of the length when coming up with your plot of course: it's really easy to underestimate how much work these are and how out of control branches can get if you've never written one of these before. The 40k maximum is for your own protection. Also, I've made a thread here for any questions or requests for feedback or anything like that as the month goes on. If you've never really done much on the site that might be a good place to introduce yourself too.

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one month ago

In for 50. Also how do you edit lock???

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one month ago
'edit lock your post immediately afterwards by posting something in reply to it.' In other words, what I just did.

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one month ago

Ok

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one month ago

I'm in for 50

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one month ago

Edit locking

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one month ago

I'll join

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one month ago

:)

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one month ago

no thanks

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one month ago

I'm in because miz is making me.

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one month ago

edit lock

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one month ago

I'm good to go for 127 points.

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one month ago

Now it is done...

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one month ago

In for 28

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one month ago

And now it's edit locked

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24 days ago

Would it be ok to raise my bet by 9972, or is it too late now/would that put me too far in the negative? Going in the negative might encourage a little less procrastination, and actually getting something done on top of the whole pit of shame thing.

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24 days ago
I'm afraid not. Only the Chaos contest has ever let people make bets that insane. You'd be betting more points than anyone on the site even has.

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24 days ago

Ah saw the chaos contest so thought it was possible, worth the try at least.

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one month ago

25 Down

Been a member for 7 years and haven't done anything, so I think I fit this contest nicely.

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one month ago

Lock

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one month ago

I'll put down 50 points to join.

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one month ago

Lock

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one month ago
I think this would be a great contest for @Negative2 to join, since he's been allowed to return but hasn't yet done anything to redeem himself for the emoness and cringe of his old account. In fact, I'm gonna have to insist.

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one month ago
In for 25. I might actually finish something that I started today. And the plague means tons of free time (that gets divided b/w steam, netflix and sleep).

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one month ago
Lock

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one month ago
I expected more writhing and whining. Perhaps you really have changed. Hopefully you've changed enough to actually finish something for a contest, because I suspect Endmaster will just use it as an excuse to ban you again if you fail.

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one month ago
Well, I made a WIP Thread for some good old motivation so the chances atleast right now are looking pretty okay.

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one month ago
Who ARE all these people?

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one month ago

It seems CYS has a lot more peasants quietly working in the fields than any of us realized.  I imagine quite a few of them jumped at the chance to ascend despite the risks involved.  After all, wouldn't you?

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one month ago
I was wondering how the statistics would shake out. It seems the average newbie joining has had an account for two-four years.

Slasher with a whopping ten years I believe is the winner, but that Pikachu person comes pretty close to that.

Tmanaking I see online a lot, I believe he's a relic of a time that was more friendly to anime avatars.

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one month ago

There was a time where anime avatars were more acceptable? Honestly I've been too busy keeping my head down to know that. Though I can't lie it's nice knowing I'm not too far off the average age of accounts in this contest. 

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one month ago
Yes but that was during the reign of the Bad Mods. We don't talk about them. ...well actually we do. A lot. But not in my contest thread.

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one month ago

Ahh one of the most beautiful trainwrecks. Eh it's just a character from one of my favorite shows, though if it helps me build an identity here i guess that's a perk. I just think she's a great character.

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one month ago
It's been 3 years since @Pineapplekitty was invited to a contest, so it seems like it might be time to invite again.

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one month ago

I'm in. 

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one month ago

EDIT LOCK

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one month ago

Oh yeah, I'll put in 30 points to join. 

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one month ago

I'll join

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one month ago

locking

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one month ago

Am I useless enough to qualify?

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one month ago
Yes!
Congratulations!

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one month ago

Huzzah!  In for 100 (plus my only trophy..).

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one month ago

*Turns the key*

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one month ago

Is it even possible to lose those trophies?

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one month ago

Last time I gambled away my points, it disappeared after a day or something. 

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one month ago

That makes sense I suppose.  Well, best of luck.

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one month ago
Yup. Trophy gone.

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one month ago

I'm poor, but I want to live knowing there's a looming threat of an eternal pit of shame. Take 50 points, please.

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one month ago

Lock

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one month ago

Uh... sure I guess, gotta start sometime ya know?

50 ON RED!!

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one month ago

NO WAIT ON BLACK!!

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one month ago
Gives me an idea, what are the odds of betting on these entrants?

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one month ago
Just stop

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one month ago

Well, you've got three basic categories here:  the true noobs, the lurkers, and the specials.  True noobs are wild cards, because we don't have much of an idea of their skills.  They could be professional writers, or twelve year olds with chosen one mentalities.  The lurkers have been here quite some time and still haven't finished anything.  On one hand, they have a pre-established pattern of failure, but on the other, they could have more experience than the true noobs. And the specials are the ones Mizal let join despite not technically meeting the requirements.  I'll let you draw your own conclusions about them.

Now, my question is, are we betting on who's going to come through and finish something, or who's going to win?

June is Noob Threshing Month!

one month ago
I am actually in bed slowly dying as we speak so I'm not agreeing to anything that makes me mess with points right now. However, you may use the Writing Workshop contest chat thread as a place to discuss the failings and merits of the entrants based on whatever info you can glean, and make predictions based on that. That will show them for not having questions.

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one month ago
Please don't die.

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one month ago
I don't understand where these people are all coming from.

I'm starting to worry now that some of them may finish their stories, and then I'll have to read things.

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one month ago

I was wondering about that myself, and I kinda think it could be because a lot of these guys were just intimidated by some of the normal contests on this site.  Having a contest just for noobs takes some of the edge off, creating the illusion that there's nowhere to go but up.  That's completely false, of course.  There are plenty worse things than being an unknown, but they don't know that yet.

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one month ago

Being scum of the earth isn't that bad...

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one month ago
Get out of the thread unless you're entering.

But hey I'm glad it's working out for you, because it's a fucking feat all right letting your place in things become lower than Serpent's.

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one month ago

I'm in for 50 points. 

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one month ago

Edit lock. 

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29 days ago
Not sure how well a deer would survive in a jungle, but good luck...

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28 days ago

I'm in! Time to be more productive! 

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28 days ago

Also I don't know the source of the poem so I can't get my five free points, BUT I do remember this poem.

I'd actually love to know the source cause I remember hearing it in high school and occasionally I still vaguely think about it but I have no idea where it's from. 

June is Noob Threshing Month!

28 days ago
Hi, my name is Mara and I will be one of the judges in this contest. This is my scorecard:

1-10+ Style
1-10+ Length
1-10+ Re-playable
1-10+ Technical
1-10+ Theme
1-10+ Enjoyment
-10-10+ Errors
1-10+ Personal score

80 is the maximum score.

If any of you have any questions regarding my scoring, please ask.

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28 days ago

Hello, if possible can I get some clarification on the style part? 

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28 days ago
Writing style. using good metaphors if you make repetition of some words . The flow and the pacing. The narrative in general.

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28 days ago

Okay that makes sense, thank you for answering.

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28 days ago
English isn't Mara's native language, but she's one of like, maybe three people who takes the time to read every new story published on the site and think about it enough to form an opinion. So between myself and her and Orange (the token nice judge) I figure we've got a good range here even if I don't wind up bringing anyone else in.

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28 days ago
The other judge lined up is @Orange, if anyone wants to ask her what her main criteria is. There possibly might be one or two others, depending on how early July is looking for them and how many entries there are. I'll just say that for myself, the main element I'll be looking at is the quality of the prose and how polished the whole thing is. Adherance to theme and amount of branching are other big factors.

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28 days ago

i will joni

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28 days ago

Now that's what I call promising.

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27 days ago

I would like to join this. Hopefully, an imminent deadline would push me to complete a storygame.

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27 days ago

Edit locked. 

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27 days ago

Famous last words. 

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26 days ago

Hi everyone! I apologize for posting this a bit late but here is my scoring. There are 100 points maximum:

30 points- prose or writing style

10 points- theme

20 points- grammar/spelling 

10 points- branching

30 points- interesting story

 

June is Noob Threshing Month!

23 days ago

In for 25

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23 days ago

Edit lock.

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23 days ago

@mizal, what's your criteria?

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23 days ago
Just scroll up a teensy bit and read things.

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22 days ago

Oop, my bad.

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11 days ago
Is it too late to enter this? I'll bet 35.

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11 days ago
Done and locked.

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11 days ago

I'm joining. Betting 25

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11 days ago

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7 days ago
And then on July 4th, End unpublishes all of his stories, submits his entry, and then after he wins, republishes his old stories with correct dialogue punctuation.

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7 days ago

I think I heard that the official arbiters of punctuation are actually going to be changing the formal rules of punctuation so that they are in line with Endmasterian punctuation.

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7 days ago
This just shows how far his influence reaches. Eldritch Abomination that he is, should we be surprised?

(How have you been, Gower?)

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7 days ago

As we all know, they only had three choices. 

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2 days ago
My entry isn't gonna happen gg