ARTISANAL CONTEST - Achaea Online Help

6.23 ARTISANAL CONTEST

Note: Bardic/Artisanal winners can be seen and entries submitted at:
http://www.achaea.com/artbard/

People of Achaea! The Artisanal Fellowship of Scarlatti do invite you all to
share the power of your creativity and imagination throughout the land! To
honour and acclaim your wisdom and artistry, we have decided to encourage
the fine arts by holding a quarterly writing and visual arts contest. The
winner of this competition will be ascribed rank within the artisnal orders
in our Fellowship, as well as receiving a healthy reward of the currency
known as Credits.


Rules
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Bardic entries must
1 - be original works (literature, history, poetry, or philosophy.)
2 - be in written form. Words only; no recordings.
3 - be distinctly Achaean*, within the proper mythology, culture and
    worldview.

Artistic entries must:
1 - be completely original artistic works, done by you only. This means no
    clip art, no stock photos, no pre-fab or pre-drawn models, 3d or
    otherwise. You didn't make it from scratch, you don't use it in your art!
2 - be distinctly Achaean.
3 - not be collages.
4 - cover any Achaean subject (history, portrait, map, etc.)
5 - be black and white, colour, 2d, 3d, whatever. (yes, Alaiea!)


Completely Original
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Every part of your piece must be original to qualify. Clip art is not
original, even if you fix it up with Photoshop or some similar tool. Stock
photos, pre-fab/pre-drawn 3d models, and the like are also not original.

For artistic pieces, a written explanation may be beneficial.

What if it isn't original? If it's not entirely original work, then the
entry is eliminated. You also stand a good chance of experiencing in-game
repercussions if plagiarism is detected, up to and including loss of your
character.


Distinctly Achaean
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- using the name of something Achaean (city, race, etc) is not enough.
- creating a work that corresponds in great detail to in-game Achaean
  descriptions is probably quite enough. (Yes, Gabrar!)

We ask - "Does this faithfully depict, in a reasonably detailed manner, an
Achaean scene (one not likely to be found elsewhere)?" If yes, then it's
very likely to be distinctly Achaean.

If the scene could probably have been anywhere, then it's probably not
"distinctly Achaean."

Just any old warrior will probably not make it. Just adding the name of a
city or house doesn't make it uniquely Achaean. Bewinged Atavians with runes
on their armour and weapons and tattoos on their bodies, or even acting out
Achaean abilities - this is more likely to be convincing.


More on "Distinctly Achaean"
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This is on a spectrum from
- "totally obviously Achaean" (top end), to
- "has elements that are likely Achaean" (somewhere in the middle), to
- "could really be anywhere: nothing especially Achaean about it" (bottom
  end).

The lower a piece is on this scale, the lower its desirability.

Things near the bottom will likely be eliminated, even if high quality.
Things near the top will likely win something even with lower quality art.

Everywhere else in the spectrum is a judgement call. "Achaean-ness" is
weighted in there with quality.


Collage
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If it's a collage, it will probably be eliminated, likely without in-game
repercussions.


Entry Submission
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All Bardic (written) and Artisanal (visual) entries for the contest must be
submitted through the online forms available from:
http://www.achaea.com/artbard/. Your character is assumed to have created the
work in-role. This character will be the one to receive any forthcoming
reward.

Regardless of how many characters you play on Achaea, you may only submit
ONE entry toward the contest per quarter.

The contests will be held once every (RL) three months. The closing date for
each contest will be midnight GMT on the last day of the month (judged
according to the time the submission is received). Contest results will be
announced after the closing date, usually, but not always, within a week or
two of the end of the judging period.

Formats
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To submit a Bardic work, you must use the online submission page listed
earlier (http://www.achaea.com/artbard/). The system requires you to cut and
paste your work into the submission form provided. You can add appropriate
formatting after you have pasted into the form, before clicking on 'Submit.'
Remember to fill out all the form fields!


How To LOSE with your BARDIC Entry - Guaranteed!
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Just copy and paste from Microsoft Word. If you have smart quotes anywhere,
then you'll be disqualified instantly!

Just use notepad, wordpad, or any other text editor. Or use Writer from
OpenOffice.Org, which is free and comparable to M$ Word.

Or learn how to disable smart quotes in Microsoft Word. Look here: Tools ->
Autocorrect Options -> Autoformat As You Type, and then make sure the box is
UNchecked that says "Straight Quotes" for "smart quotes".)


Artisanal Submissions
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To submit an Artisanal work, you need to use the same submission form. You
may submit .jpg, .gif, animated .gif, or Flash formats. The total size of
your submission must not exceed 500K.

In either case, submitting an entry is a very serious step. When you submit
an entry, you are saying:
- that you were the original creator of the material, and
- that there is no material in your submission that is copyrighted by anyone
  else.

If you submit material that you didn't create yourself, or that has been
copyrighted by someone else, your character or characters will be shrubbed.
You may also have BROKEN THE LAW: submitting someone else's copyrighted
material (or any intellectual property) may be a violation of US and
International law. ORIGINAL WORKS ONLY!


Rewards
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There are 3 levels of success in the contest. One winner, up to three
creditable runners up, and any number of minor merit awards. A character may
only enter once per contest. Success in a the contest brings with it the
following rewards:

Winner     : 4 points and 600 credits
Runners up : 2 points and 300 credits
Merit      : 1 point  and 150 credits

The winning (and runner up) stories will be displayed on the Achaea website
shortly after the prizes have been allocated to the characters who won. The
names and titles of the winning works will be entered into the Book of Bards
in the Hall of Bards in Delos.

Each time you hit increments of 4 points in the Artisanal contest, you will
gain a new rank in that Order, as well as some credits. That is in addition
to the credits you get for being the winner, runner-up, or merit contestant 
see above).

There are 7 ranks. Your current rank is displayed in your HONOURS. The rank
titles are as follows:

Artisanal:
1 - Associate        - 100 credits
2 - Fellow           - 200 credits
3 - Master           - 300 credits
4 - Artisanal Master - 400 credits
5 - High Master      - 500 credits
6 - Laureate         - 600 credits
7 - High Laureate    - 700 credits


Copyright Notice
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All submitted works of whatever nature become the sole property of Iron
Realms Entertainment, LLC, with all copyright assigned to Iron Realms
Entertainment, LLC.

NOTE: The reason for this is that we wish to be eternally free to display
winning works on our website. If you still have a problem with this,
consider that the only works that will win are ones that have something to
do with Achaea, and you couldn't sell those anyway. We don't mind you also
posting the art or stories on your website however.