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Sketches for Serpens - Graphics Contest

The alliteration was too much to resist, but actually this contest is about graphics, not drawing! To celebrate the completion of the Anguis Trigon PMs and thank everyone for their support as patrons and as players, we're going to be having a small contest. Even if you don't care about winning, I hope you join in just to have some fun with it!

Prizes will be awarded in multiple categories. The biggest category is for Character Profiles, where the winner will receive $25, but there's a bunch of smaller categories, as well. Rewards will be sent via Paypal, unless the recipient has another preference (gift cards maybe?). Once again, thank you to the Patrons, whose support is making this possible!

It may be important to note that I will be participating but I am not eligible for any prizes.

Winners will be determined by a semi-anonymous vote where each entry will be scored 1-10, and the person with the most votes in that respective category will be declared the winner. What does semi-anonymous mean? It means I will know who voted, but your votes will be anonymous to everyone else. This is to prevent trolling.

Rules:
  • All submissions must be entered by 11:59 PM on Saturday, December 12th, 2020.
  • An individual may submit multiple entries in a category, but only one per entity (ie, you may submit multiple Character Signatures, but each one must be for a different character).
  • An individual may work on graphics for entities that do not belong to them, with the owner's permission.
  • Submissions must fall within the maximum dimensions provided. Lesser dimensions will be accepted.
  • Additional details by category shown below.

Categories:

Character Profile - $25 USD​
Everyone starts with the same by-the-numbers application, but a character profile can be as distinct as the character it represents. A unique profile helps characters to stand out. This is where you can delve deeper into backstory, keep a thorough inventory, chronicle the character's adventures and relationships, or even have the profile go meta and have the character talking about themselves. Anything goes and the goal is to make a profile that fits your character and stands out. Your profile can be as many or as few posts as desired. This is the primary contest, and the winner for Best Character Profile will be awarded $25 USD.​
Guild Profile - $10 USD​
There may not be many guilds, but they should also be distinct and unique from one another. As with the Character Profile, anything goes, and the Guild Profile can be as many or as few posts as desired. In addition, you may submit Guild profiles in the temporary SFS forum for the broader guilds: Conexus, Fraternitas, Commercium, Arcanum, or Impraevitas. The winner for Best Guild Profile will be awarded $10 USD.​
Property Profile - $5 USD​
Property is brand new to PT, but I would love to see the threads for each home or guildhall or stretch of land to have its own character and style. Once again, anything goes, and this Property Profile can be as many or as few posts as desired. The winner for Best Property Profile will be awarded $5 USD.​
Character Signature - $10 USD​
Dimensions: 800 x 200​
The Character Signature can be configured for display from your Character Account, here. This will appear at the bottom of your first post on each page in a thread. It should match the character's persona and be an eyecatcher. Be creative: the only required elements are that it must fit within the given dimensions, and must include at least one of the character's names or nicknames. The winner for Best Character Signature will be awarded $10 USD.​
Player Signature - $5 USD​
Dimensions: 800 x 200​
The Player Signature can be configured for display from your Player Account, here.. This will appear at the bottom of your first post on each page in a thread. This is you, it's you stamping your mark on the page, so to speak. I won't tell you anything that needs to be part of this, beyond the maximum dimensions. The winner for Best Player Profile will be awarded $5 USD.​
Character Profile Banner - $10 USD​
Dimensions: 618 x 250​
The Character Profile Banner can be configured for display from your Character Account, here. It should fall within the given dimensions but otherwise the details are up to you. This is what people will see when they click on your username. The winner for Best Character Profile Banner will be awarded $10 USD.​
Thread Cover - $10 USD​
Dimensions: 2560 x 1386 (or 1200 x 650)​
Thread Covers can be set as banners when creating a thread; see the picture below. They are set up to auto-resize according to what the user is viewing on, with maximum dimensions of 2560 x 1386. These can be used to enhance your other profile pages, to set apart a particular writing arc, or designate a type of chapter. For the contest, you may submit multiple types of covers. The winner for Best Thread Cover will be awarded $10 USD.​
Family Heraldry - $5 USD​
Dimensions: 500 x 500​
Family Heraldry here refers to in-game families and their crests or coat-of-arms. It would be suitable on a shield or a flag. This can be for a PC or NPC family, including plot-central NPCs. For fun, you can try to describe the crest in traditional heraldic terminology. The winner for Best Family Heraldry will be awarded $5 USD; any entry may be canonized, even if it does not become the overall winner.​
Nation/City Flags - $10 USD​
Dimensions: 500 x 300​
Flags for nations and cities have largely been ignored or left ambiguous, but this is a chance to add some depth and flavor to the various locales around Araevis. Any established location is a valid choice for creating a flag. The winner for Best Nation/City Flag will be awarded $10 USD; any entry may be canonized, even if it does not become the overall winner.​
Group Insignias - $10 USD​
Dimensions: 500 x 500​
Group Insignias can refer to guilds, NPC organizations such as The Black Cats or TorBru Corp, or player affiliations such as the Heroes of the Black Portal. One established group insignia is the crest awarded to the members of the Trigon Coalition. Any established group is a valid choice for creating an Insignia. The winner for Best Group Insignia will be awarded $10 USD; any entry may be canonized, even if it does not become the overall winner.​

All in all, there's $100 USD up for grabs. Most importantly, though, I'm hoping everyone has fun with this! I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.
 
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