Okay after a bunch of rounds of musical secret judges, we FINALLY have a winner. And we might as well get on with announcing that.
Technically it was a tie between her and MHD, however after the addition of a FIFTH secret judge who I shanghaied into breaking the tie in the first place, his rating put Mystic over the top.
Considering she wrote a damn book and apparently nearly died while doing so, I guess she deserves the win.
(I should mention, yeah there were ties between others, but they weren't in first place, so who gives a fuck because if you're not first, you're last)
So besides Mystic and MHD, other top ranking authors included Tim, Thara, Sherbet and Ogre. While they're all some of the more visible CYStians, other than Ogre, the don't usually write as many stories (Especially Tim and Sherb) so getting a good one out of them proved that they're not just within the "upper circle" for nothing.
Ryboi, Ben, elad, Cel, Flux were next in the upper mid tier. Ryboi probably is the most surprising out of all given his relative quietness. In fact he and elad both pulled themselves out of the SHAME pit to stand tall with the rest.
Chris, Mara, Maz, Mizal, Darius, 325boy, Yummyfood, DBNB, and Stargirl would be next on that lower mid scale. Mixed bag all around. Some of them like 325boy and DBNB did pretty good for their first entry ever while others probably could have done WAY better had they not succumbed to sloth. (Mizal) Maz probably did the best considering he pulled themselves out of Triple SHAME and can actually participate in contests regularly again.
Axxius, Abge, Ford, Digit, Enter, Lux, Ace, and Wizzy round out the lower tier. Still special mention goes to Lux who at least still scored in the double digits for her first contest. Ace, who managed to finally crawl out from the lowest level of the SHAME pit after years of being in there. And Ford who somehow managed to score higher than Enter and Digit. Though all three did pretty terrible.
Speaking of terrible...
Paradox, the lone outsider who entered the contest representing ALL his people from the land of KAE (The Kingdoms and Empires community) not only managed to come in last, but he also managed to achieve the absolute LOWEST possible score.
Truly a credit to his people and I bet they're all very proud of him. Lol.
As for the rest of you that didn't turn in shit, well you know where you lot are. You're stewing in the SHAME pit, with the rest of the losers. (Chef now being at the lowest level of that pit.)
Anyway, so a little extra info about the greater purpose of this contest.
First off as I said, this contest was planned to be our biggest one yet because I wanted to see how big of one we could pull off. 29 is more than we've ever had before and more than half of the prompts so I'm calling it a successful experiment.
Also this was a good example of how we're a self-sufficient and self-contained IF community that can easily have large contests with enough motivation. The IFaggots on the Intersexed Database can have their circle jerk contests where they praise all the gay and depressed games and delete all the negative comments so nobody gets triggered. We got our own contests with blackjack and hookers.
In keeping with this mindset, this brings about the secret judge thing. Originally I had the idea of Gryphon, Gower and myself judging everything, but then I decided that besides the fact of me not wanting to potentially read 50 stories, I'm just a little bit biased on what I like and chances are Thara or Cel would have won.
So to make this fairer and fun, I planned for a secret judge because you know how I like to have random elements happen during a contest.
Originally I was going to have Green do it since that would ALMOST be like me judging what with her being an extension of myself of course, but then she had school shit so I ended up going with Sent as a secret judge since he's fairly even handed individual.
Well all would have went to plan, but then Gryphon had shit to do and wasn't going to be able to finish all the stories in a timely manner, then he got sick and REALLY wasn't going to be able to. So falling back on Green who now was done with all her school shit, I asked if she could be the second secret judge. Unfortunately she had other shit to do, but she could do some of them.
Not ideal, but I figured I could take the half scores from Gry and the other half from Green and just use those to tally up the final ones.
Of course then shit started stretching out and everyone just wants this to be done with. Gry's dragging himself along like a deadman, and Green's just up and disappeared on a party bender so seeing that Ugilick had practically already rated all the stories I just asked him to be the fourth secret judge.
I originally had the idea to just have him give me his ratings for the stories Gry and Green hadn't done and I'd just take their scores as that "third column" like I was planning when it was just Gry and Green.
However, the contests that the IFaggots have do something similar to this shit. Judges don't have to read everything and they just rate the stories they want to read meaning you end up with a weird mish mash of ratings that skew oddly because of the inconsistency.
Well fuck all that, the whole point was NOT to be like that, so I just threw out all of Gry's ratings (and Green's lone rating) and used all of Ug's for consistency.
Now you might be asking, wait what happened to the third secret judge? Well that was technically me and I was only going to judge if there was a tie. Which there was as you well know, but the problem is Mystic wrote a fucking book and there was no way I was going to read through it tonight when I wanted to just get all this shit over with. Plus I probably would have been biased towards MHD so it wouldn't exactly be fair.
So that means I needed a fifth secret judge and I was planning on just press ganging this one into service based on if they read both stories or not. After scanning over who actually read both stories and DIDN'T rate them the same (Which wasn't many), I ended up picking Sherb as the fifth secret judge since he reads everything, tends to be fair and was one of the high ranking contest members so it was fitting he was the tie breaking judge. (He rated Mystic's one point over MHD's)
Anyway, this turned out a little more complicated when it came to the actual scoring, but after it was all said and done, I threw the biggest and most successful contest on CYS and I did it without having to read anything!
Mystic - In Moonlit Waters: 21 (+1)
MHD - Mission Sunshine: 21
Tim - Ranger: 20
Thara - A tale of a white lie: 19
Sherbet - Warden: 18
Ogre - Dark Night: 17.75
Ryboi - Fake it till you make it: 17.5
Ben - A graveyard smash: 16.25
Cel - What a terrible world: 16
elad - The Shmorps: 16
Fluxion - The SHAMEful dead: 15
Chris - The Thief and the messiah: 14.25
325boy - An unusual mirror: 14
DBNB - Blow my whistle baby: 14
Darius - Our last talk: 13
Mizal - The Protagonist is a Kobold: 13
Mara - Red Mirror: 13
Maz - Hyperborea: 12.5
Yummyfood - The wolves of the sea: 12
Stargirl - Vira and cupcake: 12
Wizzy - Visceral: 11.5
Lux - The Misfortunes of a Traveling Merchant: 11.25
MrAce - A city lost: 11
Axxius - Alpha Centauri: 10
Abge - The fables of namesake: 10
Ford - What?: 8
Enter - General Butt Naked: 7
Digit - The Naughty Nachos: 7
Paradox - The demon of Hurtgen: 3 (Lol)
You may now unpublish any of your stories to make whatever additions or changes to them. Or just delete them, if that's what you so desire.
Some of the various rewards, achievements, pointless points, commendations have already been handed out, but there might be more if some admin gets around to it.
Top 50%? I'm counting that as a win!
Anyway, congratulations to Mystic and everyone else that finished (and scored double digits). Also, since I entered this contest, I feel like I should read the winner. The 92K words look scary, but I'll finish it eventually.
Despite the fact I did not come close to winning, this was obviously still very fun.
A big congratulations to Mystic, she deserves it.
Really thought my story would be the longest since everyone seemed to be procrastinating for a while there, but then Ryboi and her showed up and blew me out of the water.
Knowing that EndMaster wasn't going to judge and that Gower will be one of the judges meant I immediately said goodbye to winning.
I still wrote out the story the way I wanted, and it happens to coincide with the types of stories End likes.
So I do hope you actually read my story at some point End. As you (and some others) have said, I think I'd be rated much higher if you were the one doing all of the judgings. A similar thing happened with my first story, with EndMaster enjoying it way more than the other ratings reflect.
Anyway, enough complaining from me, it is time to celebrate the grandest and most successful CYS contest ever!
For starters, a big thanks to the judges for going through all of those stories. That couldn't have been easy.
And also, a big thanks to End for holding the competition. Probably wouldn't have written my second story EVER if it wasn't for him.
General thanks and congratulations all around to anybody that submitted anything. You're miles better than the SHAMED. Finally, a big thank you to anybody that commented on the contest stories and gave feedback. I'm sure many authors appreciate it.
Gryphon being chucked out as a judge REALLY turned stuff around. He gave me a 7 (yet gave MHD a 5). I am sad :(
On the other hand, I figured out quickly Sent is the secret judge and he liked my story enough I suppose given the commend.
That leaves Gower I guess and I knew from the start I was fucked there. I'd love it if the judges could leave their final scores in this thread, as well as some comments potentially. I think everybody would like to know what they thought of their stories.
Gry gave MHD a 7. MHD pretty much had 7s from everyone except Sherb who gave her a 6.
Hmm, his comment on her story literally says 5/8. Now I'm confused.
I mean Ug and even Gower didn't have all their ratings match up with the ones they gave me. Gower for example had those wacky decimal place ratings which is why you have some stories with 14.25 and such.
I know, I was hedging on some of my scores, but I figured a few point-fives and point-two-fives wouldn't cause too many problems, and might even prevent some ties.
Yeah you're right MHD got a 5 from Gry. Meaningless now of course since I threw out his ratings but man oh man there might have been a major fuck up of declaring a winner had Gry not been dying of the plague.
Chants of STOP THE STEAL! and angry spammers trolling the site might have occured and that would have been downright wacky.
Took down Abby's since I know she said she was taking hers down.
Congratulations to Mystic!
Also to MHD and to everyone else!
EDIT: Thanks also to the judges, that was a lot of stories to read!
Well... at least I did better than the demon of Hurtgen. That was my only goal here really after everyone was done.
Whoa. Third place. Pretty neato for half a story. Good job, everyone.
I finally got my last 2 RPS choices.
Congrats to Mystic and the other winners! And congrats to everyone who submitted for making this CYS' biggest contest in history!
This is bonkers. I honestly thought Mission wouldn't even break top 5.
Congrats, Mystic and others! Here's to another fierce competition!
I'm very honored to have been the first second third fourth fifth choice for secret judge.
In all seriousness, good work to everyone who submitted for helping make this the most successful contest in CYS history, and thank you End for hosting it. Congratulations to Mystic!
As long as you're on the rankings list, regardless of score, remember that submitting something is better than SHAME.
Unless you're Paradox.
Wow just seeing it now! Well, congratulations Mystic!
At least I got double digits! Doesn't matter how low on the double digits, it's still a win for something written in one day! Also, congrats to Mystic for taking the win and to Tim and Sherb for their first storygames!
Congratulations to Mystic, MDH and everyone who submitted something.
Actually, I meant to congratulate Mahashian Di Hatti Private Limited, the second largest spice producer and seller in India.
Seriously, I did not expect to win, especially after reading a bit of several entries. In fact, after receiving the first review I thought I’d be lucky to even get in the top 3 due to an overuse of purple prose.
I'd like to thank the CYS discord for encouraging me to participate in this contest in the first place (and End for tagging me to join, and Mizal for advising me to lock in the prompt)! Thank you to the judges who had the difficult task of actually reading the storygames or throwing dice to generate random results. And thanks to my competitors for seriously making me doubt my writing ability at all times, because from the numerous strong entries I’ve seen, I really never thought I’d win.
Congrats, MHD! You wrote a really brilliant storygame and personally, I think you deserve the title of ‘winner’ too. In fact, I believe any of the top 5 rankings could easily win depending on who the judges were and their personal preferences (since they were all really compelling entries from what I’ve read so far and a lot of writing is subjective anyway). Well done, Tim, Thara, and Sherbet for top 5! And congrats to everyone who completed an entry, especially those who joined a contest for the first time!
After I complete some irl things, I’ll try my best to rate and review the storygames that have remained up. I meant to become much more active after the contest but lots of life-changing stuff seems to be happening recently.
And congratulations to EndMaster, who held the largest contest in CYS history! It had unexpected plot-twists, an ever-changing cast of judges, and it inspired the greatest influx of new storygames!
This once again proves how CYS is—and will always continue to be—the best writing site ever.
Thank you, Ugilick! Your comment is really helpful and I'll definitely use your feedback to improve when writing my next storygame.
Btw Thara, thank you for your review! I'm glad you seemed to enjoy the story, and the feedback is useful for me to determine what I ought to continue with future works. Also, I am looking forward to reading your storygame soon!
Oh, yeah, I will after about a week or so. Don't want to just take it down immediately after the contest.
Thanks for your feedback, by the way.
Thank you so much for hosting this Endmaster! I really enjoyed it even though I didn’t write what I wanted to write. I’m honestly shocked that I got 20th. I thought I would be more like 25th or 26th because of how rushed my story was.
Congratulations Mystic! You definitely deserve it. I haven't read your contest entry yet, but judging by your other storygames it’s going to be amazing. I’m looking forward to finding some time and reading it.
Just seeing this, GG guys. I did better then expected, now it's time to unpublish my peice of [email protected]$3!
No need, I've already saved the day.
Well I see 16 of the contest stories are still up. Ace and Ryboi's are still unrated in the greater scheme of things.
Apparently you only needed one more rating, so went ahead and rated it. Should be ranked on the nightly update.
@mizal it doesn't look like you're "getting" to it and it's been almost a full week already. Following the instructions you @mizal have given, I am now tagging and annoying @mizal.
@mizal in fact, you haven't done anything at all since you made that comment. You should get on it quickly @mizal.
Poor Ace. still needs 2.