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Title: 21th Contest: It's my Job [Ended]
Post by: Lezard on 14:19:00 - 04/10/10
This contest takes place out of the game. The goal is to write a small essay while following specific rules.
There is a set of base rules that everyone must follow. Not doing so will result in disqualification. The tone of the text is totally free. It can be comic, tragic, written as a dialog or in verses... anything that comes to your mind.
There also are several fancy rules that you can decide to follow or not. Each optional rule followed will grand extra points to the submition.

Each participant will be awarded a score based on his text. The points will be awarded this way:
Up to 3 points for the respect of English grammar and syntax
Up to 7 points for style and originality
Extra points for each optional rule followed

In case of tie, the first text posted will win.

The contest will last until April the 30th at midnight.


Base Rules:

1) The text must be about one class in Estiah. It can be any tier of class, and the content is free, but it must revolve around one character class. For example, you may describe how people of the chosen class live their everyday life, what they believe or what they need to do to be accepted.

2) You must respect Estiah's Lore. Above all, you must understand what "The Curse" is and how it affects things, and your story must not describe events that break this rule.

3) The length must be between 600 and 1000 characters long. Spaces and line breaks are not counted, but all other characters are. If you are using Word as a text editor, you can see the character count in file -> properties -> statistics.

4) It must be written in English. Use automatic translators at your own risk!

5) You can only submit one text. You can do so text by posting it on this forum on the official "21th contest submission thread".


Optional rules

1) There must be a mention to an animal in the text (It can be a fictional creature such as a dragon) - 1 point

2) The text must be exactly 800 characters long - 2 points

3) There must be exactly 10 charm names hidden inside the text. By hidden I do not mean not referenced to as charm, but used in normal sentence with the name's original meaning. You can use style option (bold, italic, slightly different color) to make them stand out if you wish- 2 points

4) The text should be written without using the letter "L" (with the exception of the name of the class you chose) - 3 points




Rewards:

The top 5 winners will receive 50 Phoenix Feathers
Contestants 6 to 10 will get 25 Phoenix Feathers
 
The top 10 winners will also be awarded with a special title: "the Bard"
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Arimith on 14:36:46 - 04/10/10
600-1000 *characters*?!

Wow, these are short... (for reference, you're looking at about the size of Lez's intro here, everything before "Base Rules:")
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Wolfsoul on 14:38:49 - 04/10/10
I reaIIy reaIIy hate you now
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Retardedkitten on 14:42:00 - 04/10/10
4) The text should be written without using the letter "L" - 3 points

Any chance for switching to a letter not in a class name.
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Lezard on 14:44:46 - 04/10/10
4) The text should be written without using the letter "L" - 3 points

Any chance for switching to a letter not in a class name.

I'll make the name of the class an exception for this rule.
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Sparky on 14:44:56 - 04/10/10
4) The text should be written without using the letter "L" - 3 points

Any chance for switching to a letter not in a class name.
It's ok, Swayer is synonym of Slayer :D
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Slalderma on 14:53:25 - 04/10/10
4) The text should be written without using the letter "L" - 3 points

Any chance for switching to a letter not in a class name.
It's ok, Swayer is synonym of Slayer :D

Spayer.
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Arimith on 15:15:43 - 04/10/10
If I used, for instance "Sad Snowball" in my story, (considering there are charms called both "snowball" and "sad snowball") would this count for 1 or 2 charms named?

The other one is, what if I use the entire charm name but surround it with other characters within the same words? eg. "Nightmare/s"
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Forgetful on 15:31:19 - 04/10/10
i hope wooden sword of betrayal counts as one.
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Galad on 16:29:36 - 04/10/10
as asked in IRC, does it count as a charm name if you write a sentence like "He was very PERSISTENT, but couldn't find the cause for her DISEASE immediately"?
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Lezard on 18:05:25 - 04/10/10
If I used, for instance "Sad Snowball" in my story, (considering there are charms called both "snowball" and "sad snowball") would this count for 1 or 2 charms named?
One

The other one is, what if I use the entire charm name but surround it with other characters within the same words? eg. "Nightmare/s"
It's ok


does it count as a charm name if you write a sentence like "He was very PERSISTENT, but couldn't find the cause for her DISEASE immediately"?
No
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Tenotebo on 19:11:31 - 04/10/10
800 characters is only like 160 words :(

Also do enemy charms count as well, eg, Mind Focus?
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Toben on 19:37:24 - 04/10/10
Yeah, it's a really short character limit. I wrote two short (*I* thought they were short) vignettes, and the Inquisitor one was like 2000 characters and the Assassin one was ~1600. :(  Maybe after the contest I'll post 'em anyways so people can read 'em. I am clearly much too wordy for this contest, though. (like that's a surprise! :laugh:)

And writing it without the letter "L", well....I pretty much just gave up on that one completely.
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Azharh on 20:34:45 - 04/10/10
I just wove you guys !  :laugh:
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Joehai on 23:00:32 - 04/10/10
I just wove you guys !  :laugh:

I just appreciate you guys :P

So yeah, I already have a story with a single charm included so far: Lay Bare  ;)
(no not really, but I would be interested to read the story that would include this :D)
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Starwarskid on 00:20:06 - 04/11/10
Some questions, since I love playing with rules:

For example (NOT MY ENTRIES!!!):

1) To hit 800 characters, how are "characters" counted? If I count the length of this string, it is 89 characters.
If I define a "character" as an actual letter, minus punctuation, filler space, and newlines, it will be less.
Quote
Slayers!   W-T-F are they!!

horrors from   __outer_space__ !?        ?


Don't ask me...

2) Can you split a charm name by punctuation?
Quote
As I slew my opponent, I felt a sense of RELEASE. KARMA is a bitch, yo!

Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Merton on 00:40:30 - 04/11/10
I'm pretty sure a character is everything that isn't a space or line break.  My submission is 800 based on what Word tells me, though I did also have it count each paragraph and I added the figures up myself just to be sure (Word can be dodgy sometimes).
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Qiva on 00:48:01 - 04/11/10
Awesome competition Lez and Nip!

And that's quite a gauntlet Merton has thrown down with the first entry hehe
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Starwarskid on 01:11:51 - 04/11/10
I'm pretty sure a character is everything that isn't a space or line break.  My submission is 800 based on what Word tells me, though I did also have it count each paragraph and I added the figures up myself just to be sure (Word can be dodgy sometimes).

yea well, not all of us use word. My text editior counts by actual characters.
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Schutzengel on 01:20:58 - 04/11/10
I'm pretty sure a character is everything that isn't a space or line break.  My submission is 800 based on what Word tells me, though I did also have it count each paragraph and I added the figures up myself just to be sure (Word can be dodgy sometimes).

yea well, not all of us use word. My text editior counts by actual characters.
Ok send ur story to us so we can throw in the Word and check it to you!
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Merton on 01:43:14 - 04/11/10
There was a question about if you use the same Charm name twice does it count as 2 for the bonus rule or 1.

I use purity twice (in the same sentence). If that counts as 2, I'll need to alter my submission.  I just figured it was still TEN charm names.
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Gabbin on 03:14:18 - 04/11/10
Wait... does winner #5 get 75 feathers?
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Merton on 03:17:05 - 04/11/10
Here's where I pretend not to know Gabbin.   :P
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Schutzengel on 04:23:52 - 04/11/10
Wait... does winner #5 get 75 feathers?
It sounds fair to me!
Everyone trying to make something cool, but not the most awesome thing so they can enter in 5th place.
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Thatguy on 04:44:34 - 04/11/10
Love your submission Fenrir, it's awesome!
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Lezard on 12:30:14 - 04/11/10
1) To hit 800 characters, how are "characters" counted?
Anything that's not a space or a line break.
However, use the "W___T___F" at your own risk, since there are many points for style.

2) Can you split a charm name by punctuation?
As I slew my opponent, I felt a sense of RELEASE. KARMA is a bitch, yo!
Nope, it does not work.

There was a question about if you use the same Charm name twice does it count as 2 for the bonus rule or 1.
Charm names count only once. If you use "purity" twice, it counts as only one name.
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Narciss on 16:32:51 - 04/11/10
Interesting contest, ive just posted mine   ;)
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Shroud on 19:08:14 - 04/12/10
I love this contest. I hope I get inspiration to enter something though :)
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Azharh on 18:21:46 - 04/13/10
I just wanted to say : I'm a big fan of Freyajack's work here !  :laugh:
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Ender on 23:01:31 - 04/13/10
I just wanted to say : I'm a big fan of Freyajack's work here !  :laugh:

Count me in! I can imagine myself singing that in an old stinking tavern in Eclis.  :laugh:
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Qiva on 01:56:16 - 04/14/10
I just wanted to say : I'm a big fan of Freyajack's work here !  :laugh:

Count me in! I can imagine myself singing that in an old stinking tavern in Eclis.  :laugh:
+1
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Graven on 17:59:02 - 04/14/10
It's been asked but not answered - are mob charms allowable towards the optional rule count?
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Graven on 18:02:03 - 04/14/10
And do L's in optional charms disqualify the no L rule?
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Lezard on 14:56:10 - 04/15/10
It's been asked but not answered - are mob charms allowable towards the optional rule count?

Yes, they are.



And do L's in optional charms disqualify the no L rule?

They do.
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Graven on 16:34:21 - 04/15/10
Thank you, Lez  :)
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Cornuthaum on 21:28:22 - 04/20/10
Does the "No L" rule apply to the various class guild halls (such as haLL of sacrifice, sunfLare aLtar, etc etc)?
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Lezard on 11:25:12 - 04/22/10
Does the "No L" rule apply to the various class guild halls (such as haLL of sacrifice, sunfLare aLtar, etc etc)?

Yes, it applies to all that.

Be creative :)
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Azharh on 14:37:37 - 05/01/10
As the contest ends, I just wanted to say those submissions are really awesome. I guess Nip & Lez will now have a very hard time deciding who deserves to win...
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job
Post by: Lezard on 09:48:55 - 05/02/10
Indeed we will...
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job [Ended]
Post by: Lezard on 23:02:02 - 05/08/10
After weeks of intense meditation over the songs and poetry that reached his fuzzy ears, the Bunny God spoke!

Five great bards he has chosen, among many of those amassed to sing his greatness.
Hear! hear! For these brave minds were gifted by his grace!
-   Qiva
-   Quatscratch
-   Merton
-   Freyajack
-   Unclechan

But this is not over. Many knights and mages over Estiah were moved by these stories of romance, comedy and pride. Together, they decided to reward more of these men and women using pens mightier than swords:
-   Realstar
-   Eurydice
-   Gtxinsane
-   Pookie
-   Sparky

May these proud adventurers bathe in the mountain of Phoenix Feathers they deserved, and may they bear their new honorific name with pride.

To commemorate this impressive show of wits, every participant to this contest were graced with ten [Sweet Brownies] in addition to whatever they may have won.

May the Bunny God shine forever, and his devotees be praised for their hard work and perseverance!


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Reminder: All submissions can be found there (http://forum.estiah.com/index.php?topic=4623.0)
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job [Ended]
Post by: Sparky on 23:15:58 - 05/08/10
Congratulations to the winners and thanks for that great contest, it was fun trying to follow those rules too :D
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job [Ended]
Post by: Lezard on 23:19:40 - 05/08/10
And also... I gave +5 brownies for the poor Gothmogged who lost his place in the top 10 for having only 798 characters ;)
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job [Ended]
Post by: Fenrir on 23:58:23 - 05/08/10
Congratulations to all the winners, awesome contest and submissions.  :)

Also, would I be able to get the last 9 brownies transferred to my alt Whitefang, already have R3.had to eat one to make sure I couldn't get any more skills
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job [Ended]
Post by: Gtxinsane on 00:55:07 - 05/09/10
Awesome. Congrats to all the winners!
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job [Ended]
Post by: Unclechan on 01:39:48 - 05/09/10
Woo, I'll wear my title with pride.
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job [Ended]
Post by: Toben on 02:41:34 - 05/09/10
Congrats to all the winners!

All the entries were awesome, I have great respect for everyone who managed to write something entertaining without using the letter "L"!
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job [Ended]
Post by: Pookie on 02:48:13 - 05/09/10
Awesome to the max. I had a lot of fun writing my little story, and I'm glad you guys enjoyed it too. :)

Now my only question is, how many of those extra inventory slots are we allowed to have?  ;D
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job [Ended]
Post by: Merton on 03:39:31 - 05/09/10
Congrats to everyone.  Was mighty fun.  And in honor of this auspicious occasion I intend to spend my feathers on hookers and booze!


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No Ls!
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job [Ended]
Post by: Gothmogged on 04:09:57 - 05/09/10
Gratz folx.  I'm amazed that I even got close to the top ten with my stupid limericks and a (belatedly noticed) typo.

Thanks for the brownies, they were delicious!
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job [Ended]
Post by: Qiva on 06:12:25 - 05/09/10
I'm stoked!!!
I never win anything lol

Thanks so much Lez and Nip and congrats to all the other winners :)
Was a great comp!

Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job [Ended]
Post by: Larcent on 06:52:57 - 05/09/10
Congrats!
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job [Ended]
Post by: Azharh on 12:57:42 - 05/09/10
Congratz again to all winners and all contestants ! Those texts are really enjoyable and impressive !

I just have one question to Nip & Lez : do you plan to use those text for in-game content, or was it just a one-time-contest-thing ? (Yeah, I might be curious by nature...  ::))
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job [Ended]
Post by: Lezard on 13:38:14 - 05/09/10
It will probably remain a one-time contestt thing :)
Title: Re: 21th Contest: It's my Job [Ended]
Post by: Greytide on 23:48:42 - 05/27/10
 :( Well, I came home late after work and didn't notice the [Ended] at the end of the thread announcing the conclusion of the contest so I sat here for 3 hours writing an entry. Then when I couldn't figure out how to post it i realized the thread had been closed (for obvious reasons). So, now I have this otherwise useless story sitting here that no one will ever see but me. I started to just delete it, but maybe some one will get something out of it. It was within the rules and a few bonuses which don't matter at this point. But, the class was Champion. Figured this was as good a place as any to share. Next time I will check the dates lol.

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White-hot energy waves twist and surround my body. Untrained forms are weak and have no hope of presenting a counter force to my own.

I step in trapping your foot, preventing evasion and forcing an opening as you attempt to move away. Searing fists wrack your midsection, bending you over to grasp at ruined ribs. Numb fingers shiver and spasm as your Ironfuse Hammer descends to the ground. A sharp right jab makes you see spots before your brain even registers impact has occurred. Deciding on the throat, I send a spin charged fist beneath your chin producing a satisfactory crunch. On the same motion i extend my other arm backwards and bent, the force of the wide swing centered at the hinge point. Impact of Marfik form; a pin prick at the center of your chest makes the air stir behind you. The inner burst is agonizing as your organs seize and rupture in unison. It takes you a moment to recognize the paving stone of the arena ground against your face. Then, death.
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