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    Contest Judges
  Sat Dec 18, 2010 8:08 am
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HBGames Holiday Contest 2010

Week 1: Fine Arts Challenge




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Main contest thread is here.


One important aspect of game-making is the development of not only art, but music and story as well. Games can be made out of anything from poems to daily life situations. Things like these can make or break a game and are often overlooked.




What are the challenges this week?
Participate in challenges pertaining to fine-arts which coincide with one of the three themes!

I can't make music and art?
There are other ways to gain points like participation points (critiquing others' work). But give it your best anyway-- you can't improve unless you try, and some points are better than none!








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This week's challenges are:

  • Painting, Digital Art, Vector Art, or Detailed Drawing, involving theme. Non-animated. Score based on impressiveness, visual quality/mastery of skill, color use/lighting, adherence to theme, picture content. Points Possible: 25 per artwork

  • Quickdoodle involving theme. Non-animated. Score based on impressiveness, visual quality/mastery of skill, color, adherence to theme, picture content, and technique.
    Points Possible: 1 point per sketch

  • Music which elicits tone or "feel" of one of the three themes. No loops or long repeating melodies. Song must be at least 90 seconds. Score based on impressiveness, audio quality/mastery of skill, composition & "emotion", adherence to theme. Possible points: 25 per piece

  • Pixel Art, involving theme. No upscaling; color limit: 32 colors. Non-animated. Must be original. Score based on impressiveness, visual quality/mastery of skill, palette use/techniques, adherence to theme, visual content.
    Possible points:
    • 100*100: 15 points
    • 300*300: 20 points
    • 500*500: 25 points

  • Pixel-made sprite, involving theme. No upscaling; color limit: 16 colors. Non-animated. Must be original; no templates. Must have at least 4 significantly different frames (ex: a walking animation with 4 directions). Sprite can be in any pose. Score based on impressiveness, visual quality/mastery of skill, palette use/techniques, adherence to theme, visual content.
    Possible points: 10 points

  • Short Story or "Epic Poem" involving theme. Note: the quality of the writing will be rather harshly judged; it will be expected that you fully revise & edit it many times before submitting. It should be something worth reading. Can be funny or serious; adult content allowed, but don't be prolific with it. Obvious word-padding will get big negatives. Score based on impressiveness, mastery of skill/technique/style, content originality/creativity, adherence to theme, character quality, emotion, and lack of punctuation/spelling/grammatical errors.
    Possible Points:
    • 1000 words: 15 Points
    • 1500 words: 20 points
    • 2000 words: 25 points

  • Poem involving theme. Note: the quality of the writing will be rather harshly judged; it will be expected that you fully revise & edit it many times before submitting. Meter will also be judged; must sound nice. Must be of decent length; haiku or very quick/simplistic poetry not accepted. Can be funny or serious; adult content allowed, but don't be prolific with it. Score based on impressiveness, mastery of skill/technique/style, content originality/creativity, adherence to theme, character quality, emotion, and lack of punctuation/spelling/grammatical errors.
    Points possible: 15 points


Again, every submission must relate to at least one of the three themes.








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You are expected to submit quality work. We may or may not accept submissions depending on what you turn in. Forum rules apply to contest. Best submission of this week earns 10 bonus points. Second place earns 5. Remember to critique.




What are bonus points?
Bonus points are points awarded for certain accomplishments. These include: best submission of the week (staff pick), and best submission overall.

What are participation points?
Participation points are an alternative solution to the participating in the contest. Instead of having a contest board with all the submissions posted together, you instead post in the corresponding board: art goes in art board, music goes in music board, etc. When posted, members are allowed to critique your work which allows them to earn participation points if their critique is well thought out.

What defines a good critique?
A good critique is a critique that is around a few good sentences that not only go in depth in explaining what, but also bring up new, solid points as well. This includes leetspeak and spelling. Make sure to sound educated when giving a critique.

Can I submit as many submissions as I want?
Yes. And you may also submit for the same challenge as well.








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Please submit works in the corresponding boards: art with visual art board, pixel art in pixel art board, etc. Make sure to post links of the submissions here in this thread. Use Sub topic icon when submitting. Failure to abide may result in submission being void. Once submitted you may not change the submission. Do not make separate threads for WIPS and submissions.












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My question was not answered what do I do?
Post in this thread and ask.


Are there any other alternatives?
You can PM Venetia or bacon and we will answer it as soon as possible.

When does it end?
Tuesday, December 28th. Days were added in consideration for Christmas Eve and Christmas.


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    Daxis
  Sat Dec 18, 2010 9:48 am
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if i'm making a language for the project, and i want it to be critiqued (such as in the literary section), then would that be a valid points grabbers whatever thing?

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    bacon
  Sat Dec 18, 2010 6:39 pm
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if its not in one one of the challenges then no
also remember things have to relate to the three themes
which would be rather hard in language making x:

oh wait, you mean if people critique your language will they get points?
the answer is also no you have to critique submissions

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    Venetia
  Sat Dec 18, 2010 9:03 pm
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Daxis wrote:
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if i'm making a language for the project, and i want it to be critiqued (such as in the literary section), then would that be a valid points grabbers whatever thing?

I don't understand what you mean by making a language.
You mean like ... You're writing a story and the characters have their own language, or ...?

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    Daxis
  Sat Dec 18, 2010 9:52 pm
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Venetia wrote:
Daxis wrote:
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if i'm making a language for the project, and i want it to be critiqued (such as in the literary section), then would that be a valid points grabbers whatever thing?

I don't understand what you mean by making a language.
You mean like ... You're writing a story and the characters have their own language, or ...?


yeah, sorta. I'm constructing an entire language for some of the scenes there, and I thought I can like post up what i've got so far and get critcism on it.

I've been thinking about making languages for fun for a while, and the contest seemed like a cool idea to get some crit on what i've got. I'll prolly be posting something up eventually, i just thought i'd get some points for doing it now.

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    bacon
  Sat Dec 18, 2010 10:40 pm
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you dont get points for others critiquing you, they get points x:

and honestly if it doesnt fit the themes then I cant really do anything

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    Daxis
  Sat Dec 18, 2010 11:07 pm
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oh no i wasn't trying to get points by others critiquing me, i was just asking if it can be a part of the fine arts thing

but if not, well then too bad, yeah. started on short story and stuff like poem already anyways.

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    bacon
  Sat Dec 18, 2010 11:40 pm
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yeah im sorry its just that unless it fits the themes then we just cant no matter how cool it is and whatnot. o:
and something like that cant be put into themes

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    Jason
  Tue Dec 21, 2010 12:49 am
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So instead of making a thread in each subforum for different things, can't I just make one thread and include everything?

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    Venetia
  Tue Dec 21, 2010 5:13 am
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well diff people critique diff things ...

if you write something, post in lit analysis. if you do a painting do visual analysis.
if you do a lot of paintings then you can cram them all in one thread in visual analysis,
but if you did a poem AND a song, you'd have to do 2 sep threads.
b/c while i know a lot about writing and art, i dont know much about music, so you'd want music people to crit you instead of me.
see?

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    Glitchfinder
  Wed Dec 22, 2010 3:46 am
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I'm not sure everybody realizes that submissions are supposed to be linked here. I see one submission that I know is a submission, and it doesn't seem to have been linked into this thread.

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    Daxis
  Wed Dec 22, 2010 4:26 am
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for short story, is 2000 words the max? can it be several instalments, will they count as one entry or different entries?

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    regi
  Wed Dec 22, 2010 4:41 am
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Oh no, 2000 words is the minimum. It can be as long as you want (just make sure you don't submit us a novel). Remember, though, quality is more important! Don't add in garbage just to reach a number count.

You can post several installments for others to critique, but don't submit until you have compiled them all (it will only count as one entry).


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    bacon
  Wed Dec 22, 2010 7:48 am
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Glitchfinder wrote:
I'm not sure everybody realizes that submissions are supposed to be linked here. I see one submission that I know is a submission, and it doesn't seem to have been linked into this thread.

its a WIP thread I assumed because it hasnt been linked o:
if not then oh well unless its linked i cant do anything
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\ALSO EVERYONE PLEASE DO SOMETHING THIS IS A SUPER EASY CONTEST WITH LOTS Of LEEWAY O:!

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    Glitchfinder
  Wed Dec 22, 2010 8:03 am
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bacon wrote:
\ALSO EVERYONE PLEASE DO SOMETHING THIS IS A SUPER EASY CONTEST WITH LOTS Of LEEWAY O:!


I'm waiting for the scripting session to start before I get started on my own stuff. Until then, all I can really do is comment. (I have basically no artistic talent, and my writing skills aren't exactly up to snuff, compared to a lot of what this forum has. Then again, I might as well try writing something tomorrow, just to see if I can. I hate writing to conform to a topic)

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    bacon
  Wed Dec 22, 2010 8:07 am
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i also want to mention that anything is better then nothing. Think about it, even if its not super swell any points are better then no points. If you are on the fence, do it. Please. Any participation is good participation.

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    Glitchfinder
  Wed Dec 22, 2010 8:18 am
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bacon wrote:
i also want to mention that anything is better then nothing. Think about it, even if its not super swell any points are better then no points. If you are on the fence, do it. Please. Any participation is good participation.


All right. I'll make a point to set aside at least a few hours tomorrow to work on something. I'm just rather busy at the moment working on a big project to help bail a friend out of a tight spot, and it's on a schedule... so... yeah. I'll have more time when it's done. (And it isn't for school or anything. It's actually something else altogether)

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    Juan J. Sánchez
  Wed Dec 22, 2010 8:29 am
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Where exactly do you post your submission?


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    Glitchfinder
  Wed Dec 22, 2010 8:49 am
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Where exactly do you post your submission?


Depends on the submission type. It gets posted wherever it would normally belong. So if you wrote something, it belongs in Literary Analysis, while if you painted something by hand, it would belong in Visual Art Analysis, etc.

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    Venetia
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remember you can just like doodle or assemble silly shit using web graphics or write a poem about how the internet glistens on my avatar

honestly this is the most free-form contest that will ever exist and there are going to be 1 assload of prizes here so it is pretty likely you will get something just for doing some creative shit during a vacation!!!

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    bacon
  Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:02 pm
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Listen guys, we still dont have anything. If we dont get any submissions or not a decent amount by the deadline,we are going to end the contest. We are not going to continue a month + long contest if we arent going to get any submission. It really is not that hard, the deadlines are reasonable along with the challenges.

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    Juan J. Sánchez
  Fri Dec 24, 2010 9:37 pm
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Come on, guys. It's Christmas. Where's your moderator's Christmas spirit? :D

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    Perihelion
  Sat Dec 25, 2010 5:54 pm
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It's really a shame about the lack of participation. You guys put a lot of work into this. You know what? I'll make something.

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    Glitchfinder
  Sat Dec 25, 2010 10:33 pm
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I'm going to be writing something just as soon as my relatives decide that they've outlasted their welcome and should go home. It's been a busy week.

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    Perihelion
  Sun Dec 26, 2010 5:23 am
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Hey, I've got few questions. How stringent are you being with the themes? Are the dimensions on the pixel art fixed, or could I do, say, 200x50 or something as long as the area is roughly the same? Also, if I did a triptych, would that count as three entries or one?

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    bacon
  Sun Dec 26, 2010 6:37 am
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Themes: As long as it fits one of the three themes then I really dont care. It just has to be clear that your piece fits one of the three themes

Dimensions: Its fine

Triptych: It depends on the dimensions but yes

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    bacon
  Mon Dec 27, 2010 6:52 pm
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There is one more day on this and no one has posted their link on this thread~

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    Glitchfinder
  Tue Dec 28, 2010 12:39 am
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Well, I figured that I should submit something, since I at least know how to form a sentence properly, most of the time. Anyway, go here to see my submission for this week. I don't think I'll make anything else, and I'm fully aware that writing is the harshest category here for judging. However, I'm also aware that some points are better than no points, and that we need some entries if I want to get to the scripting challenge.

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    Alypt
  Tue Dec 28, 2010 4:40 pm
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Whoops, Almost forgot to post the link on this thread. Here's my entry.
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    bacon
  Tue Dec 28, 2010 11:05 pm
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cmon guys we really need some stuff ~
last day to turn stuff in

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