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SUMMER READING COMPETITION

23 days ago
Commended by Mizal on 7/1/2024 4:41:07 PM
Hear ye, Hear ye. Would you like a trophy? A brand-new shiny award signifying your general awesomeness? A symbol of recognition to draw fresh admiration from your fans and envy from your friends? An icon of eternal glory in miniature, but still epic, form? Well, look no further than this SUMMER READING COMPETITION! In this SUMMER READING COMPETITION, you have three months, from 1 July to 31 September, to read and review as many stories as your hectic lifestyle will permit. The winner will be the person who gets the most comments featured by the Overlords who run this site (which will also earn you more Commendations and Points) during these three months. The person with the most commended comments come October will be awarded my happy-face trophy and the First, Second and Third place winners will also receive generous point bonuses. Everyone who takes part will inevitably benefit from more points and probably more commendations as well. You have nothing to lose but this opportunity to read a lot of great stories (and scathingly dissect the not-so-great) and perfect the art of smart and enjoyable reviews - unlike writing competitions there is no entry fee of points here! Just comment on this post if you’re interested in giving it a shot, read and comment as much as you can and in October, I’ll count up how many comments each person in this thread got commended and announce the winners for universal admiration and praise. No Pit of Shame here either, though there is an Abyss of Apathy I suppose... I would guess going for the stories with fewer comments and few or no featured comments would be the easiest way to get recognized and commended and the Admins will be on the lookout for worthy comments to feature. Give it a go and try posting a few comments, you might be surprised by all the commendations and points you get! Best of all, every person who has written a story or who writes a story this summer will benefit too by getting more feedback so join in the competition and help make things better for everyone! Even if you don’t win, every little helps and who knows? You might surprise yourself! :) Mod edit: Progress tracking thread here, all participants must keep a tally of their featured comments. Additionally we now have a rule: for a review to be valid for this, the game if it's not at least a 5/8 in length, needs an author that's alive enough to have at least logged in in the past four years. We're not giving out rewards for spewing your thoughts on the dregs of 2014 to the empty air.

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23 days ago

Compared to the Review Competition this certainly has a bigger prize pool, aha. Trophies are serious business! Still, reading is hard.

Procrastinating writing by reading, and procrastinating reading by writing, might be a good approach to take by those in the contest.

I think if I manage two featured reviews I might have a shot at first, second, or third (but happy to be proven wrong, aha).

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23 days ago

Alright I guess I'll do my part for the community.

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23 days ago

Here to cash in for my second throphy

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23 days ago

Here to stop Darius from getting his second throphy

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22 days ago

I hope Petros will kill you

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22 days ago

...in a coin-toss murder story? 

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19 days ago

I will do ten thorough reviews; don't think that anyone else will do this much. 

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8 days ago

This aged like milk

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23 days ago
Good start, in, in and in. Bouncing between reading and writing sounds like a plan :D

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22 days ago
Great to see so much participation :)

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23 days ago
There might be an additional prizes if I see some real effort put in and you guys making a real competition of this.

That does mean we'll be paying enough attention that you can't just copy and paste the "masterful as always" meme review or a variation, and if you try to churn through a bunch of 3/8 length games from 2013, you'll find out you're not as smooth as you think you are.

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23 days ago
But the problem with churning through 2013 is how would the mods know that you even did a review? I assume for a chance that your review gets noticed, and therefore commed, you'd have to review games that someone will actually see. Unless the mods have a button to see recent reviews placed or something.

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23 days ago

The mods are godlike and omniscient. They know.

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23 days ago

I agree with ya there, DB. 

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23 days ago

Reviews are your duty as a citizen of CYStia. You should be lucky the powers at be reward anything for something such a reviewing stories on a story driven community.

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23 days ago

The man speaks wisdom. Hear, hear! 

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22 days ago
Endmaster presses this button every time he visits your mom.

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22 days ago

0_0

Miss Mizal, you terrify me..... 0_0

...And I mean that in the most respectful way possible...

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23 days ago
This sounds like a lot of fun, I'm in.

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22 days ago

Count me in for this one! Always happy to sign on for more reading.

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22 days ago

I might as well do something with my summer outside of working. I'll give it a go.

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22 days ago

Sign me up as well.

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22 days ago

I will try this "reading" thing.

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22 days ago

Oh that's right... You can't 'read' :P

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22 days ago

I guess since I've already been making comments in here I will sign up too. Just don't expect me to get much reading done because every second of free time will be poured into the Crisis Contest and the remaining Thunderdome duels. :,)

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22 days ago
Those of you participating could make this a lot easier if you made a thread tracking the number of your featured reviews and the actual games.

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22 days ago

Okie! I will try and remember that!

(Or I'll have a post count on my profile)

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20 days ago

Well maybe this will be incentive to finish reviewing every story below a 4, though I'll be taking breaks and reviewing better stories to preserve sanity and avoid burnout.

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20 days ago

Count me in.

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19 days ago
Ok doke, so far we’re looking like this:

MODS
Mizal

PARTICIPANTS
Zake
DireRyse
Darius_Conwright
Suranna
MrAce321
DBNB
Ravenic_Virtue
Lallafa
Yummyfood
MiltonManThing
Axxius
Orange
Granolagoth
Beholman44
Petros
Noor
Mystic Warrior
Thfinalevent77

Anyone else interested can throw their hat into the ring at any time 😊

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19 days ago

I'm in!

 

Also I just had a comment featured today after this contest started. Does that count as one?

 

If not, being featured for the first time is still an accomplishment.

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19 days ago
Sure, I think they can be applied retroactively. Added your name to the list.

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19 days ago

Congrats!!! :D

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19 days ago

Congratulations!

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19 days ago
I would also like to participate in this. (^:

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19 days ago
Added you :)

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16 days ago
I'm in

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16 days ago
Added, anyone can join at any time and all their commended reviews since 1 July will be counted :)

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15 days ago
So many fresh and exciting new ways to compare bad stories to gruesomely detailed medical misery, looking forward to it.

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15 days ago

I'm in.

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15 days ago
Added

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12 days ago

Sounds like a great challenge, I'm in.

Guess there's no better way to start than to post a (hopefully) soon-to-be-featured review of The Reign of Terror

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12 days ago
Hi Mystic, glad to have you onboard :D I just read your review of Reign of Terror as well, it's really good! I feel like a student having his work analyzed by a uni professor! A lot of detail and really useful feedback.

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12 days ago
Why not? I've been doing some commenting lately and it seems to be going well, so I'll give it a try and keep doing it.
I usually haven't commented very often on stories on here, but now that I have incentive, I'll do it more often.

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12 days ago
Great, it's a good thing to do :D

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11 days ago
In order to keep this organized in a sane way, I've created a tracking thread for people to update with their featured comments: https://chooseyourstory.com/forums/the-parlor-room/message/30073 Also, not to step on Will's toes with this, but I added a new rule which I will edit into the OP on which games actually qualify for this. Since it seems we may need something stronger than a "suggestion" to avoid the 2/8 garbage from 10-15 years ago, and I don't want this becoming a thing anyone acts like they didn't know at the last second.

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yesterday
Heads up: there's a new story with two free spots for featured reviews just published and there's going to be a lot of new stories from End's Crisis Contest soon, so lots of chances to get reviews featured and bag those commendations for the chance to win points and a trophy :D

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yesterday
I think we are going to see a lull here as everyone suddenly realizes they need to start their contest story.

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23 hours ago
Mebbe and then a boost in Aug once they're finished :)