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General / Re: I Found Out What #SWAG Means!
« on: June 21, 2013, 01:50 pm »
You guys are so clever!

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Editor's Corner / Re: Editor Voting [Thunderleaf]
« on: June 21, 2013, 08:14 am »
His reviews aren't entirely up to snuff, but I have faith that they will improve over time and that he'll find some underrated game makers out there.

Yes.

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RPFG's, Groups, Contests and Forum Games / Re: Write Away
« on: June 20, 2013, 10:42 pm »
1843 words on my story, and I had 545 this morning. If we have until December, I might just send it to a publisher. xD

It's been changed to September.

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RPFG's, Groups, Contests and Forum Games / Re: Write Away
« on: June 20, 2013, 04:01 pm »
Updated.


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Editor's Corner / Re: Editor Voting [Thunderleaf]
« on: June 20, 2013, 11:48 am »
Can you send me a copy of the test so I know how good a 91% is?

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General / Re: I think I just had inception
« on: June 20, 2013, 11:44 am »
When you think about it, the movie Inception is an inception with itself. It's planting the idea in your mind about inception.

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The Bunker / Re: Write Away [Future Plans Listed]
« on: June 20, 2013, 11:20 am »
There should be a Write Away directly after another, since the entry time is really long.

There will be; and the time to write will be much shorter (I just wanted to warm users up to the idea).

I'm thinking about a different writing assignment next time. Do you guys have any favorites out of this list?

-Memoir
-Satire
-Fiction (No themes)
-Poetry

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RPFG's, Groups, Contests and Forum Games / Re: Write Away
« on: June 18, 2013, 04:31 pm »
Not very daily then is it :D

Eh, not at the moment. But I will post the days that I missed, so you'll get a bunch of new tips at the same time!

It will feel like Christmas!

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General / Nudge
« on: June 18, 2013, 04:28 pm »
Chances are, it won't be done in time. I'm focusing a lot of my attention on Write Away and the ACT.

But I want you to know that I've made a lot of progress, and I plan on releasing it one of these days. Sorry for all of the delays.  :'(

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RPFG's, Groups, Contests and Forum Games / Re: Write Away
« on: June 18, 2013, 04:25 pm »
Are we allowed to combine two themes in our story?

You can.

I'll update all of the new contestants in a day or two. I have company at the house.
I'll also be posting my "Daily Tip" of the day later on in the week.



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RPFG's, Groups, Contests and Forum Games / Re: Write Away
« on: June 17, 2013, 11:33 pm »
So there wouldn't be any eliminations or anything, you'll just choose the best ones, make them the winners and the competition would be over?

Yes.

Each one will receive constructive criticism, a grade, and a place in Sploder's future library, another project I'm embarking on.

December first? We will have forgotten ahout it by then. Not a lot of hype.

I'll consider changing it. Let me get out the old agenda.

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RPFG's, Groups, Contests and Forum Games / Re: Write Away
« on: June 17, 2013, 10:33 pm »
Just curious, but what is your definition of fantasy: Are you saying, like, elves and dragons fantasy, or a more broad definition?

I don't remember using fantasy as a term in the guidelines. I did use fiction, however.
Fiction is the broadest term of them all. That can include elves and dragons.

It's really whatever floats your boat.

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RPFG's, Groups, Contests and Forum Games / Re: Write Away
« on: June 17, 2013, 10:27 pm »
I have a question, how many rounds will this competition have?

It's ongoing, and each competition is standalone.

This is one complete contest. The next contest will be a different challenge. Does that make sense?

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RPFG's, Groups, Contests and Forum Games / Re: Write Away
« on: June 17, 2013, 09:48 pm »
Is it okay if I copy-paste a description and edit it from an RPFG? I have permission from the creator and players to write about it.


Do not post your descriptions here. You don't want others to steal your ideas!
Just PM me, and I will log it.

If you have permission to do so, then I will look at it.

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The Bunker / Re: Write Away [Future Plans Listed]
« on: June 17, 2013, 09:34 pm »
In the future, after this contest has made its rounds, I will archive all of the stories written.

I will make a sub-category under "Personal Exhibition" designated as a "Sploder Library" with bios of the authors and private links to their stories.

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RPFG's, Groups, Contests and Forum Games / Re: Write Away
« on: June 17, 2013, 09:31 pm »
Updated.

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RPFG's, Groups, Contests and Forum Games / Re: Write Away
« on: June 17, 2013, 05:31 pm »
I think I'll be in.

Does love count as friendship? I'm thinking about writing a story about an RPFG here. ;)

Sure! I'm not too terribly picky.

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RPFG's, Groups, Contests and Forum Games / Re: Write Away
« on: June 17, 2013, 05:22 pm »
Reserved.

You may start posting. You do not have to have a title for your story, or even a story yet. Just let me know if you will be participating.

Thank you.

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RPFG's, Groups, Contests and Forum Games / Re: Write Away
« on: June 17, 2013, 05:18 pm »
Reserved.

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RPFG's, Groups, Contests and Forum Games / Re: Write Away
« on: June 17, 2013, 05:18 pm »
Contestants___________________________________________________________________

MyOwnNoob
Alonessix
tobestertobes
Spidapig
Jmc10
Prince Daydream
Pink Fedora
NPC
Princess Windeh
Minjaze
Thebluefire2011
flid
vpopsiclev
PotatoMash
boredgame
Princess Matty
Mr. Black Hole
Rubber Ducky
Him
Poke579
mshaafay
Sree



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RPFG's, Groups, Contests and Forum Games / Write Away
« on: June 17, 2013, 05:18 pm »
Write Away

Intro________________________________________________________________________________
No good writer, despite how effortless they make their craft seem, is born that way.  Every good writer encounters trial and error.  Reaching the glorified state of being a “good” writer might take months or years. 
It’s incredibly hard to translate the thoughts on your mind to a blank piece of paper.  Sometimes, you know what you need to say, but you might not know how to say it. 

Writer or not, I sincerely hope that every contestant has a phenomenal time writing their own masterpieces. 
I have a few goals for this contest.  I hope…
•   Every contestant improves upon their usage of the English language.  Good grammar and good writing typically goes hand in hand. 
•   This contest breeds intellectual thought and discussions. 
•   This inspires participants to constantly improve their writing.  No one is perfect, and we all could strive to reach a higher standard.
       o   If you have more ideas bouncing around your brain, don’t fret.  There’s a good chance that future contests will be held. 
Best of luck on your entry!  Before you enter or start writing, make sure you read the guidelines (listed below). 

Guidelines__________________________________________________________________________
Your challenge is to write a piece of fiction.  It should be based on one of the themes listed below:

          (A) Friendship
          (B) Revenge
          (C) Addiction
          (D) Hope
 

Your fiction can be loosely based on these themes.  It does not take away from your score.  It’s ultimately up to you, the writer. 
Your fiction should have a minimum of 1000 words. 
I will be “grading” each work on a rubric.  The rubric is as follows.
•   Grammar and Mechanics: Does the work “flow”?  Or is it rough and choppy?  Does the writer make little to no grammatical errors?  Does the writer avoid being overly-wordy? 
•   Characters and Plot: Is the plot memorable?  Can the reader empathize with the characters? 
•   Imagery and Style: Is the imagery indelible (not easy to forget)?  Does it help the reader to envision the location, situations, and/or characters? 
A more in-depth rubric with point values will be posted closer to the deadline.  This rubric is subject to change. 
Each contestant will have until September 15th to submit their entries.

Restrictions__________________________________________________________________________
As a moderator, I am using my very best discretion in this contest.  I know inappropriate language occurs in the real world, and some writers utilize such for realism as well as perfecting slang in dialogue.  I am fine with such language.  Just don’t try to make it every other word, as that can detract from the plot and the reader’s attention, rendering it distracting and annoying to read. 
With that being said, I am not allowing excessive drug use (glorified in a positive manner) or sexually explicit content.
Plagiarism (the act of stealing someone's words and promoting them as your own) is not tolerated. 
If your story contains any of these traits, your entry will be rejected and you may be banned from entering future Write Away contests.   

David’s Weekly Tip_____________________________________________________________________
June 17th
One of the guidelines on the rubric asks for “indelible” imagery.  What does that exactly mean, anyway?  Imagery is a description of your characters or the environment that they are residing in. 
There is forgettable imagery and indelible imagery.  Indelible imagery is hard to forget, making your characters and environments all the more memorable. 
An example of forgettable imagery:

He was tall and ugly with black eyes.

Those are some pretty common adjectives (describers) used often in daily life.  Let’s see if we can expand upon that description a little bit with a metaphor or two. 

He looked like a tall glass of water.  A stiff breeze might have blown him away.  He had a remorseless laser-gaze that he often used.  His eyes were empty, as if they were made out of coal.

Because the reader doesn’t actually know the man that I’m describing, I used coal as a way to describe his eyes.  Coal is black and inanimate, which describes more of the man.  Most readers have undoubtedly seen coal in their life at one point or another, and they can picture what this character looks like.  Hopefully this helps! –J.L 

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The Bunker / Re: Write Away [Opinions Needed]
« on: June 15, 2013, 10:55 pm »
That blows.

It's driving me crazy. Driving me wild.

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The Bunker / Re: Write Away [Opinions Needed]
« on: June 15, 2013, 10:36 pm »
https://www.google.com/search?q=definition+of+idiocy&rlz=1C1ASUM_enUS535US535&oq=definition+of+idiocy&aqs=chrome.0.57j0l3.3550j0&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

 :P

Final draft finished. The thing that frustrates me about fonts is that I can't justify stuff, so I'll have to do that manually at some point.


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The Bunker / Re: Write Away [Opinions Needed]
« on: June 15, 2013, 09:47 pm »
I have no idea.  Find the most professional though

Comic Sans it is.

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The Bunker / Re: Write Away [Opinions Needed]
« on: June 15, 2013, 09:33 pm »
I can't change the font (to Georgia).

Can anyone help me out?

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The Bunker / Re: Write Away [Opinions Needed]
« on: June 15, 2013, 09:21 pm »
They're completely fine, just different to what I thought they might be. My brain will have to work harder, but this seems good. I'm gonna start working on it tomorrow probably, because its nearly 11pm. Btw, when are you going to release it?

Tonight or tomorrow night. I don't want the Soldiers to have too much of an advantage.

I'm really happy for this and I hope you guys like this.

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The Bunker / Re: Write Away [Opinions Needed]
« on: June 15, 2013, 05:44 pm »
Are those the actual themes this contest?

They were going to be. Do you approve?

As I said, it doesn't have to completely revolve around the storyline, and it can be as loose as you would like.

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The Bunker / Re: Write Away [Opinions Needed]
« on: June 15, 2013, 03:37 pm »
Looks pretty good. I say you go for it!

By the way, will there be any prizes?

Yep, quite a few.
I need to list and a clause about plagiarism, too.

Give me a sec. 

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The Bunker / Re: Write Away [Opinions Needed]
« on: June 15, 2013, 03:26 pm »
Write Away
Intro________________________________________________________________________________
No good writer, despite how effortless they make their craft seem, is born that way.  Every good writer encounters trial and error.  Reaching the glorified state of being a “good” writer might take months or years. 
It’s incredibly hard to translate the thoughts on your mind to a blank piece of paper.  Sometimes, you know what you need to say, but you might not know how to say it. 

Writer or not, I sincerely hope that every contestant has a phenomenal time writing their own masterpieces. 
I have a few goals for this contest.  I hope…
•   Every contestant improves upon their usage of the English language.  Good grammar and good writing typically goes hand in hand. 
•   This contest breeds intellectual thought and discussions. 
•   This inspires participants to constantly improve their writing.  No one is perfect, and we all could strive to reach a higher standard.
       o   If you have more ideas bouncing around your brain, don’t fret.  There’s a good chance that future contests will be held. 
Best of luck on your entry!  Before you enter or start writing, make sure you read the guidelines (listed below). 

Guidelines__________________________________________________________________________
Your challenge is to write a piece of fiction.  It should be based on one of the themes listed below:

          (A) Friendship
          (B) Revenge
          (C) Addiction
          (D) Hope
 

Your fiction can be loosely based on these themes.  It does not take away from your score.  It’s ultimately up to you, the writer. 
Your fiction should have a minimum of 1000 words. 
I will be “grading” each work on a rubric.  The rubric is as follows.
•   Grammar and Mechanics: Does the work “flow”?  Or is it rough and choppy?  Does the writer make little to no grammatical errors?  Does the writer avoid being overly-wordy? 
•   Characters and Plot: Is the plot memorable?  Can the reader empathize with the characters? 
•   Imagery and Style: Is the imagery indelible (not easy to forget)?  Does it help the reader to envision the location, situations, and/or characters? 
A more in-depth rubric with point values will be posted closer to the deadline.  This rubric is subject to change. 
Each contestant will have until December 1st to submit their entries.

Restrictions__________________________________________________________________________
As a moderator, I am using my very best discretion in this contest.  I know inappropriate language occurs in the real world, and some writers utilize such for realism as well as perfecting slang in dialogue.  I am fine with such language.  Just don’t try to make it every other word, as that can detract from the plot and the reader’s attention, rendering it distracting and annoying to read. 
With that being said, I am not allowing excessive drug use (glorified in a positive manner) or sexually explicit content.
Plagiarism (the act of stealing someone's words and promoting them as your own) is not tolerated. 
If your story contains any of these traits, your entry will be rejected and you may be banned from entering future Write Away contests.   

David’s Daily Tip_____________________________________________________________________
June 15th
One of the guidelines on the rubric asks for “indelible” imagery.  What does that exactly mean, anyway?  Imagery is a description of your characters or the environment that they are residing in. 
There is forgettable imagery and indelible imagery.  Indelible imagery is hard to forget, making your characters and environments all the more memorable. 
An example of forgettable imagery:

He was tall and ugly with black eyes.

Those are some pretty common adjectives (describers) used often in daily life.  Let’s see if we can expand upon that description a little bit with a metaphor or two. 

He looked like a tall glass of water.  A stiff breeze might have blown him away.  He had a remorseless laser-gaze that he often used.  His eyes were empty, as if they were made out of coal.

Because the reader doesn’t actually know the man that I’m describing, I used coal as a way to describe his eyes.  Coal is black and inanimate, which describes more of the man.  Most readers have undoubtedly seen coal in their life at one point or another, and they can picture what this character looks like.  Hopefully this helps! –J.L 

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