… so take action and finally work on that character!
This Activity is over!
It ran from March 1st 2013 to May 9th 2013
This activity is open to everyone – non-Guild members as well !
Who doesn't have a pet they've had for ages, but that just seems to be sitting there? And while you've always had a story in mind, you just haven't found the motivation to make everyone else see how special it is. Or maybe you have finally gotten your dream pet and are bombarded with inspiration. Then again, maybe your have no idea what to do with your pet at all. Lets work on our pets together, to finally overcome your laziness or get some direction into your thoughts !
If you would like to participate, please send a neomail to Jane with the name of the pet your would like to work on in the coming weeks.
Entering. Even though you can enter with more than one pet, I would suggest against this as some challenges will be more time consuming than others.
Disqualified. Yes, you can indeed get disqualified if you fail to complete a challenge in the annointed time unless you excused yourself beforehand. You will then have the next challenge to catch up (but you would have to complete two challenges in the time of one). If you fall more than one challenge behind, you will be removed from the list. Though of course you could still complete the challenge privately, your progress will no longer be listed. This is to prevent you from being lazy. If you still are, well, then we can't help you.
Challenges will be added Thursdays and will last one or two weeks – depending on the difficulty. Should a Plot start while this event is ongoing_ some challenges might be extended.
Any Progress should be displayed on your pets petpage. Feel free to work ahead if you're on a roll!
Content: Any written content should be created exclusively by you! Any art displayed on your petpage that relates to challenges should be made either by you or specifically for you! Meaning you can get a custom image of your pet done by a friend or someone else – as long as they made it for your pet (so no adoptables unless custom). Give credit where it is warranted!
Challenge 1 will run from February 28th to March 7th 2013
Create a brief character Profile for your pet (ex: Name, Age, Origin, Likes, Dislikes & anything else you can think of).
By now, I hope you have all thought about where you are going with your pets character/story, so head over to DTI or JN and try out different future Customizations.
Read up on the Guidelines !
Challenge 2 will run from March 7th to March 14th 2013
Write and/or draw a reference for your pet. The description should be a few sentences long, it should decribe your pets looks and even character traits if you want. If you decide to only make an image reference, please be sure to follow the guidelines.
We will be getting to story-writing sooner or later, so for yourself, create a mindmap with different story ideas or a plotline if you already know where you want your pets story to go. There are many different ways to create a story, so think about what writing style would work best for you – diary? retelling of their story in a conversation ? comic strips ? a good old fairy tale ? or maybe even a screen-play ?
A Story can be told in many ways.
Challenge 3 will run from March 14th to March 21st 2013
Write/create a prologue for your story, or some kind of introduction. If you're doing something art related like comic strips instead of planning to write a story … do that.
After this Challenge, I will also be removing all participants who haven't actually … participated. So if you are behind on a challenge, I suggest catching up quick.
Challenge 4 will run from March 21st to March 28th 2013
Give your pet a spiffy pet-lookup ! Feel free to use premades and customize the look-up to fit your pet – like changing colours, adding images and text. Maybe you role-play ? Or stick a short summary of your pets story on it ? Or just want to let an image speak for itself ? Anything goes ! (well, anything allowed).
If you use premades, be sure to leave credit, even if you change the code around to suit your taste!
Challenge 5 will run from March 28th to April 4th 2013
The hard part is starting: Write Chapter One of your pets story. Be it diary entries, novel or conversations – write at least 2000 words. In case you are only planning to write a short story: write that ;D
If you are making comic strips (which I haven't actually seen anyone do) make at least 4.
Be sure to stick to one writing style, keep track of your tenses and diversify phrasing (said, replied, yelled etc.); there are many words to make a story more lively. Avoid too many repetitions: try out synonyms !
Edit April 4th:Concerning last weeks challenge: I realise it was a lot of words, if you have less, that is okay. I understand that most neopian stories are on the short side. The challenge was more about getting you all to write it all out if you lacked the motivation.
Challenge 6 will run from April 4th to April 18th 2013
Yes, you have two weeks to complete this challenge. Your assignment: create a pet page ! While you are free to use premades and templates, please customize it to fit your pet. Change colours, add your own background images – the works !
Remember – all the rules still apply: give sufficient credit, whether you use someones codes or you got gifted art !
I also cleaned out the list of those not participating. If you can't find yourself anymore think I made a mistake deleting you, drop me a mail !
Challenge 7 will run from April 18th to April 25th 2013
Write the next chapter of your pets story. No worries, no word count this time!
Make/Get a picture displaying a scene in your story. This can be a part you have already written, or something later in the story. Read up on the Guidelines for image rules.
Challenge 8 will run from April 25th to May 2nd 2013
Make a button for your pet's page.
Go the extra mile: Where do you want to go from here ? There are a lot of things you can still do. Continue writing your story, entering your pet into the Beauty Contest or try for Pet Spotlight, even Site Spotlight ! Drawing images to illustrate your pets story, or making short profiles for secondary characters. Be creative !
I would also appreciate any feedback you can spare. This is the first time I tried something like this and I know it's imperfect. If you missed something that should have been here, or you have any additional ideas how to make this activity better, please drop me a mail !
Maybe there will be an Action is Character II ;D
Also, if you don't make a button for your pets page you will be thrown from the list *radical*
I wanted to thank you all for participating in this activity, and I hope you had fun! As I mentioned, I would appreciate some feedback ;d
And remember: just because the challenges are over does not mean you are done! Keep working and improving.
edit: Wow;; only like 2 people have buttons. People weren't very vigilant with the last few challenges *frowns*
Guild Members will receive imaginary points in the imaginary point system.
For every challenge you will receive that many points (Ch1 is 1p, Ch8 is 8p).
However, if you fail to complete them on time, the count will start over
(late on Ch4, you will receive what you have (6) and then start Ch4 with 1).