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Break! (The Contest)

one month ago

I'd like to run a contest starting now through August 16th. The general theme is “Break!”

Using one of the provided prompts is not required, but if you wish to claim one reply with the number you wish to select, the prompt, and edit lock your post. Please double check that no one else has taken the prompt you want.

If you choose to make your own premise, it should revolve around a “break” of some sort, literal or figurative, as a key element of plot or setting. Something, someone, somewhen, or somewhere should be broken or breaking. Reply, “freeform” and edit lock your post.

As far as I know, there's no penalty for entering and then failing to produce a valid storygame. No pressure! But please don’t take a prompt from the list with no intention of making a storygame with it, as others might have wanted it.

Deadline: August 16th, 2020 at 11:59 P.M. Eastern
Entry Fee: None!
Rewards: It’s a mystery! Mizal will dole out rewards as she sees fit.
Minimum entries required: Five valid entries that meet site standards.


Prompt List:

1.  A woman goes on a journey to seek healing for a broken heart, and meets several eccentric characters along the way.

2. A sealed, domed city traps select citizens inside while keeping the rest out, but no one knows why. When someone close is taken into the dome, a reporter vows to break in and discover the truth.  

3. Two lovers are separated by a rift, able to send messages to each other but unable to cross over themselves.

4. A chronic rule-breaker seeks to change high-school for the better.

5. A vassal kingdom has just broken the treaty keeping the peace, and all ambassadors sent to the traitorous kingdom have not returned.

6. Aliens of diverse backgrounds come together to challenge the most secure financial facility in the galaxy.

7. A busy single with little time for love finds hope for romance on her daily coffee break at a local shop.
 
8. For years, Jewish revolts have been returned with severe and brutal countermeasures by Roman forces, blood running in the streets. But for now, the fighting has ended. Will you work with your Roman oppressors and negotiate for peace, join the Jewish zealots in a battle for freedom, or flee with the Christian sect through the mountains? (Historical, ~66-70 AD)

9. A rookie trains and competes to break a world record while dodging assassination attempts.

10.  Strange things are happening all over the universe, as if dreams and imaginings are manifesting. It seems the higher-ups don’t want anyone investigating these breaks in reality…

11.  A person wakes up in a deadly, maze-like building and is given 24 hours to break out.

12. Shards of the broken planet are held together by the mages, while the elite live in floating cities. But someone is assassinating the mages, one by one…

13. A normally by-the-book officer receives a strange object that allows him/her to break the mind-barrier and enter people’s memories and dreams in order to track down a serial killer.

14. An explorer finds the entrance to an ancient temple, but breaking in will not be simple.

15. A prisoner of war resists attempts to break his mind, body, and spirit while plotting escape.

16. Merlin breaks the rules of time by living life backwards. The first page is the ending of the tale, and choices trace back to the start.

17. A codebreaker works to intercept and decipher enemy messages in time to stop horrific events, but must be careful not to arouse suspicious.

18. A woman in rehab for a broken leg is recruited to be a spy – but she’ll have to use someone else’s body.

19. A person seeks to break the caste system and rise through the ranks by killing others and taking over their identities.

20. For millennia, Extra-Dimensional Authority officials have worked to change the multiverse by entering different worlds through “The Mesh” to alter them from the inside. But after one job leads to horrific consequences, an EDA officer is approached by rebels wanting to destroy The Mesh.

21. A car breakdown on an isolated road leads to a night in a mysterious cabin.

22. A starving, shambling zombie seeks brains to dissect – not just to eat, but in hopes of finding a cure.

23. A storygame that frequently breaks the fourth wall

Break! (The Contest)

one month ago
I WANT SIX!!! SIX. Also, Can I write more than one story, please?

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one month ago
Locked

Break! (The Contest)

one month ago
How is judging going to be handled?

I don't know if claiming prompts is necessary, since using them in the first place isn't necessary. Anyone could go with an original plot that just so happens to fit a prompt someone else already took.

Some of these look pretty good though, and the theme itself is a nice and open one on its own. I'm not committing to entering just yet but I know I'll probably break and do it anyway once I have some IRL stuff sorted out.

Break! (The Contest)

one month ago
Name dropping the theme was unintentional.

Break! (The Contest)

one month ago

Ninjapitka is going to help judge, and I'll ask 1-3 others (for a panel of 3 or 5) based off who would rather enter or judge. Basic things like creativity, writing, theme appropriate, etc.

Break! (The Contest)

one month ago
Can I write more than one entry?

Break! (The Contest)

one month ago

If you think you can do two games, sure, though I'd really recommend just doing the second as a normal site entry and not part of the contest. I don't mind if you claim/use one of the other prompts for a regular story, I can always post more if people prefer the prompts and they run low.

 

But if you want to enter it officially, that's fine, too. 

Break! (The Contest)

one month ago

10

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one month ago

Locked

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one month ago
Ok fuxk it gimme 21

No, freeform like my favorite Undertale RPs.

Break! (The Contest)

one month ago
*throws Pokeball*

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one month ago
*throws cowbell*

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one month ago

I think I'll go ahead and enter this competition. Freeform.

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one month ago

Locked.

Break! (The Contest)

one month ago
Good luck!

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one month ago

I love a lot of these prompts but I think I'll take prompt 13.

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one month ago

Locked

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one month ago

Looking forward to it!

Break! (The Contest)

one month ago

Well heck. If Digit's rejecting 21, I guess that means maybe I can whip something out.

Break! (The Contest)

one month ago

And... it's official.

Break! (The Contest)

one month ago

Freeform

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one month ago

A

Break! (The Contest)

one month ago

I'm going to bump this thread a bit...

Just want to point out here that this contest is operating on a razor-thin margin here, by which I mean this:

Minimum entries required: Five valid entries that meet site standards

Yes, seven people have thrown their hat in, and if all seven of us manage to produce a story, then no worries.

But if this contest sees the same percentage of no-shows as most in CYStia.... Just sayin' that more participation would be a nice thing to see.

Break! (The Contest)

one month ago
It runs till August though, no one even has to think of it until the end of July.

Break! (The Contest)

one month ago
I offered to write more than one But Camelon is not happy with that So I hope everyone else made their game.

Break! (The Contest)

one month ago

? Not happy? I said you could if you wanted to.

Break! question

one month ago
Can I write a story for one of Mizal's contests, then expand it to enter into this one? It would be at least double in size.

Break! question

one month ago

Normally contest entries can't be re-used for a different contest, from what I've seen, even if you modify them. But since Mizal's is a speed write, I'm not personally opposed to you expanding it for this if Mizal allows it.

Break! question

one month ago
You'll be the one getting the recycled story so it's up to you. Just keep in mind you're setting a precedent for others to do the same thing if you okay it though.

I'll just say that personally, unless it's a total rewrite, reusing anything prewritten seems kind of against the spirit of things. There are infinite stories to tell, and there's plenty of time still for this one.

Also personally, there's nothing I loathe more than going back and trying to expand something from a contest. I've never pulled it off, I just don't want to look at it ever again by that point. This doesn't seem to be an uncommon feeling so you may not even want to anymore once you're done with the first version.




Break! question

one month ago

Good points. O.K. then, no recycled contest stories.

Break! question

one month ago
Well, great I discovered that before started to write as I was about to use one of my mini-stories for Break game in Mizals. I don't know if participate in Mizals now. Because waste 7 days in a story that is not going anywhere except to a speed writing is a total waste of time if I can reuse it in the real contest.

Break! question

one month ago
*sad*

But okies I'll just start this one I have the idea for and see how long it takes and then decide where to put it.The contest in this thread or the newbie contest I should be more serious about it, but there's still a long time and I have plenty of ideas. I just want to do another small one for practice first before I try an epic.

Break! (The Contest)

one month ago
I guess I'll go ahead and officially enter this. I have two old ideas that would be a good fit, I just need to see which clicks the most when I start writing it.

Later of course, because mid August might as well be forever from now. Like that's got to be at least one or two new major global disasters away.

Break! (The Contest)

one month ago
Hmm when you put it that way maybe I'll just kms instead.

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one month ago

12.

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one month ago

Lock.

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one month ago

Great. :) 

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one month ago

I've been in a gigantic writing slump, but I recently got into a CYOA mood haha. Hopefully, this will be a kick in the butt to write something worthwhile. :D This means I have to review how advanced editor works though. T-T

Break! (The Contest)

one month ago
I haven't done one of these in a while. If 20 isn't taken (does not appear to be so), I'll try to produce a sub-par quality CYS.

Prompt 20. BTW what is this "freeform" stuff?

Break! (The Contest)

one month ago
I shouldn't, I really shouldn't, but locked.

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one month ago
Nvm on the freeform thing. I have this habit of reading paragraphs backwards and skipping sentences altogether. This leads me to edit lock stupid questions from time to time.

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one month ago

There's no word requirements or anything? ( 0_0)=3 You just make it as you please? That's what I'll assume...!

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one month ago
Most contests don't have word count requirements, that was just a thing I included for the newbie one to make sure we got serious efforts and to prevent certain common noob behaviors. My specialty is starting games four hours before deadlines, but I really don't recommend it until you've had lots of procrastination practice. The need to be rated highly enough to meet minimum standards usually prevents this, anyhow.

Break! (The Contest)

one month ago

Mizal! You should join eventually! Don't worry, I'll prepare the pom poms in advance. :D

Break! (The Contest)

27 days ago

What the hell... I'll join. Freeform.

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27 days ago

Lock.

Break! (The Contest)

23 days ago
Fuck it. Freeform.

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23 days ago
Locked.

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23 days ago

Glad to see so many people breaking down and joining.

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23 days ago
Ha. Was that intentional?

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23 days ago

...maybe a little.

Break! (The Contest)

11 days ago

number 16 looks epic, I'm going to give this a try.

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11 days ago

Cool! It will be ineresting to see a 'backwards' CYOA.

Break! (The Contest)

3 days ago

The deadline for this is less than two weeks away. How's everyone doing with theirs? How many haven't started yet? ;)

Break! (The Contest)

3 days ago

Mostly done, just a few final loose ends to wrap up.

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2 days ago
"How many haven't started yet? ;)" That would be me but I can probably shit something out in the next couple of days.

Break! (The Contest)

2 days ago
I started mine today actually!

Feels good being ahead of the pack.

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2 days ago
Cameron, I'm following your advice and rewriting the intro. This was a good idea anyway because now I can explain more things about the universe. Originally this wasn't going to be the first story in the setting so I didn't plan for a way to work all that in. Now there are computers you can read from to help.

Break! (The Contest)

2 days ago
I only have written 25k and is pure garbage. I don't know if I will dare to publish this crap or not.

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2 days ago
Might as well, it's Pit O Shame any other way...

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yesterday

There's over a week left for proofreading or finding a beta reader. Your concepts are always really interesting, and I'm glad you picked the heist prompt - had you in mind when I came up with that one - so please do share it. Your stories are never boring.

Break! (The Contest)

yesterday
I think you will be disgruntled by the fact that I don't follow the heist route at all. The text says break into a place of tremendous importance with the help of other aliens. And that is key part of the game but there is not a heist or anything illegal.

Break! (The Contest)

yesterday
Well actually it says "most secure financial facility in the galaxy". I think most people would read that as a bank robbery or something along those lines, but I suppose prompts are more like just suggestions anyway.

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yesterday
Lol, You know me I am terrible at thinking like most of the people. I change it for a race , and a virtual reality show.

Break! (The Contest)

16 hours ago

Breaking away from the text of the prompt is totally in the spirit of this contest. ;)