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  1. A contest focused on narrative delivery and integration, as opposed to the other similar contests, which focus only on level design. it's a play on my name. A common problem I've noticed in our community is the tendency to simply overlook or in the worst cases stomp on would-be developers who pour their effort into writing up big walls for their game, trying to sell its concept on some ambitious plan that's likely beyond their ability. Sure, maybe it is out of their league, but this also encompasses people who really may in truth be good writers, maybe in truth could make their game, if they had support and exposure, neither of which our community is exactly willing to provide. And it just doesn't help that it's all-around extremely hard to sell a game on story. The goal of this contest is not to have groundbreaking gameplay or a gorgeous set of assets, it's to deliver a cohesive, enticing narrative over the course of three chapters. Yes, three. A beginning, middle, and end. It simply makes more sense that way, and allows people to practice actual proper Fire Emblem design, too. FE isn't played in a vacuum, after all, your decisions have consequences. Single-chapter games take away from this factor. The absolute goal of this contest is just to give people a chance to make a name for themselves doing something closer to their forte, and it is my hope that it will serve as, as Circles puts it, an "incubation chamber" for fledgeling games that have otherwise struggled to get off the ground. Contestants will be judged primarily on narrative delivery, with auxiliary components such as graphics and gameplay regarded as a clearly-noted bonus. The use of "narrative" over "story" here is important: Narrative is the more inclusive term, it refers to things like lore, the world, and any part of the general idea of "story" that is told not through words. Games have a crucial leaning on overall narrative over just storytelling, because so much of the game will speak without saying anything at all. Thus, narrative integration with gameplay is judged most critically among a submission's components. Please read the rules carefully and feel free to ask for clarification if something is not clear. I will gladly answer any questions. Best of luck to all involved! Stay confident and know that renown is not out of your reach! Remember, the deadline is December 12th! You have 3 months, one for each chapter. Make them count! A Discord Server is available for all interested to communicate, discuss ideas, and/or seek help. ...also please, SF, please for the love of god do something about your posting thing. I had to rewrite this thing three times because it kept getting entirely deleted when I tried to undo, and there is no redo. please don't ever make me have to do that again. ;;
  2. Art by Avraxas Ragefest V: The Enragement Ring Read this for all the information you need to know OR you can watch the announcement video!
  3. Copy Paste... engage! Hello and welcome to the fifth SIXTH ever Mug Description Contest: Mug Shots! Back after a little hiatus... a big thanks again to Yoshi, our original host! ---- In this contest, the host will provide a short description, vague or detailed, describing what kind of mug the competitors will make. Today's descriptive word brought to you by our last winner and runner up, Bluid and risingSolaris: "Edgy" Further phrase provided by athenaWyrm. Here is your mug's description: "The most edgy cutest cutie around town™" Must have some type of jewelry. Color purple somewhere. Deadline: Monday, July 11, 2016 11:59pm PST... 2 weeks! ---- Just want to say, some very nice works by all who have participated so far! Lets make some cool mugs. ;) ...And, as always... Have fun! :D
  4. We will be using the same thread to both post entries and vote, the title will change when appropriate and the first post will be updated with the appropriate information on a week by week basis. Each week the winner will decide on the next theme, they may do this however they choose, but a theme must be decided before the deadline. All entries and themes must be appropriate for Serenes Forest Forums. Signature of the Week #2 Theme: Free Entries are due Saturday the 5th of March by 12:00 a.m EST Voting will open Sunday the 6th of February at 5:00 p.m. EST Voting will end Friday the 11th of February at 12:00 a.m EST Theme selection is due Saturday the 12th of February at 5:00 p.m. EST [spoiler=Entry Rules]1) Maximum entry size: 600x600 2) Minimum entry size: 200x200 3) All entries must be submitted before the deadline so voting may start in a timely manner. 4) 1 entry per person, you may change your entry as many times as you'd like before the entry deadline. 5) Please do not use pre-made signatures. 6) If you used any pre-made stocks be sure to give the appropriate credits. 7) You may only submit your own work. 8) We are not doing anonymous entries, entries should be posted in the thread [spoiler=Voting Rules]1) Only votes posted before the close of the voting deadline will be counted so that a winner may be chosen in a timely manner. 2) Please include a reason to why you voted for the entry you did, this is to help participants know what they're doing correctly so they can strive to continue their good work. 3) You may comment on any of the other entries, but only if it's constructive criticism, this is meant to be a fun competition no need to insult anybody's work. 4) You may choose 1 runner-up to receive partial points. (subject to change based on how many entries we get) 5) The signature you vote for will receive 3 points while the runner-up you have chosen will receive 1 point. 6) Please vote for the entry or entries you think are the best, not because the artist is your friend. Entries:
  5. This is a contest where the basic idea is that you can write up a story using any character from the three GBA Fire Emblem games. The winner of this contest will then get their story made into a romhack by me. RULES Characters can only be from the three vanilla GBA games. > Binding Blade, Blazing Sword, Sacred Stones You can crossover any or all of these games if you want to. You are allowed to work alone or in groups at a max of three people. You have to write a whole story. This means dialogue and all that, not just the general plot. Once you have written your story, you can send it to me by SF's pming. Any optional events not included in the story (IE. Village visits, Supports) can be handled by me and the winner(s) once they have been decided. You have a full week to submit your story: Saturday, December 6th. --- 1st Place: Their whole story will be made into a romhack. 2nd Place: Two short scenes of their choosing will be made into a romhack. 3rd Place: One short scene of their choosing will be made into a romhack.
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