FBG is happy to announce the second World of the Season Competition!
We want to recognise and promote the best community-created StoryNexus worlds, so we’re running the quarterly the World of the Season competition.
This competition is the Winter 2012 season. We’re looking for the best StoryNexus worlds to share with the world. To enter, you need to create an original StoryNexus world and reply to this thread with the world’s name.
The panel of judges will pick the World of the Season Winter 2012 from the entrants.
In addition to the three judges from industry and the Failbetter panel, we’ll have the winners of the Autumn 2012 competition joining us in judging.
Many thanks to the judges for offering their time and effort in helping us to judge the competition. The judges for the Winter 2012 competition are:
- Jon Ingold, author of award-winning interactive fiction All Roads and Dead Cities. Jon is also CEO of inkle studies, who make inkle writer and the Frankenstein iOS interactive novel.[/li][li]Caitlin Burns, transmedia producer and editorial lead at Starlight Runner Entertainment. Caitlin has worked on the transmedia aspects of titles like Tron Legacy, Avatar and Transformers.[/li][li]Dan Franklin, digital publisher at Random House Group. Dan produced the Night Circus game.
The Autumn 2012 World of the Season winners:
- Meg Jayanth (Samsara)[/li][li]Gordon Levine (Zero Summer)[/li][li]Caitlin Lill (Evolve)
And the Failbetter panel completes the judges.
We had a large and entirely splendid field of entrants for the previous competition, so we’ll be instituting a short list from now on. The Failbetter judges will create a short list of entrants, and then the short list will be passed on to the other judges.
Entrants will be judged on three categories: Writing, Game Design and Originality.
What we’re after
We’re looking for quality rather than quantity. To have a chance of winning, a world must be complete and playable, but it doesn’t have to be big.
The prizes for the winning world are:
- The creator of the winning world gets ‘Accredited Architect’ status. This means that Failbetter recognises the winner as a reputable and skilled creator. You’ll get a fancy badge showing your status when we get the profile pages live. It also opens the possibility of commissions and collaboration with FBG on things like Kickstarter projects. We’ll announce your new status on these forums. We’ll also give you the option of doing an interview with us about your world. If you want to do this, and we’re both happy with the results, we’ll put the interview up on the Failbetter blog.[/li][li]The winning world gets added to the list of promoted worlds, at least until the next season’s winner is announced, and possibly longer. The world also gets permanently added to the list of recommended worlds.[/li][li]Our art department, will draw a banner for your world! This will be a 655 x 150 pixels picture displayed at the top of your world’s StoryNexus interface, where the ‘welcome to the StoryNexus World Builders’ Beta’ banner currently is. You can ask for a particular subject, but final word on the banner rests with our artists.
Entries must be in the form of StoryNexus Worlds.
To enter, you must reply on this thread with a link to your world before midnight GMT on the 31st December 2012. You can enter multiple worlds if you like. You can re-enter a world that has been previously entered.
Any world that you enter must be playable, playtested, finishable (i.e. have at least one [GAME_END_EFFECT] event and/or a storylet that marks the end of an episode) and original. It can be an episode of a larger work, as long as what you submit is narratively coherent on its own. There’s no problem if your intention is to expand the work after the competition. It can’t be fan-fiction or set in someone else’s universe (including FBG universes). Your world must be written in English.
Your world must have at least 12 storylets, and at least 20 branches. There is no maximum size, but larger worlds aren’t necessarily better than smaller ones.
Worlds will be judged by FBG and any guest judges we appoint, and our word is final. Worlds will be judged on writing, design and originality. We’ll announce winners as soon as we can after closing.
This competition is subject to the rules covering all Failbetter Games competitions, which can be found here: http://about.failbettergames.com/competition-rules/
EDIT: just one winner this time round!
edited by Alexis on 12/17/2012