MAIN EVENT - All guilds welcome to participate.
Greetings, Guild members. It's my pleasure to speak to you under happier circumstances than the last time we met.
Now that the ninja assailants have been apprehended and it's safe for the Ambassador to move about freely, it's finally time to honor our Iaponese representative with the festivities that had been intended for her in the first place—and to show our appreciation for those who assisted in the capture of the agents. We don't ask that you entertain our Ambassador this time around. No, this time we ask that you
The Hunters Guild, with the help of the Avalodge's proprietress Manisha, has put together quite the array of activities for this event. Outside there will be plenty of activities for the more boisterous sorts, with many of our native sports on display for those who wish to partake. Should you grow tired or would like to take a break from running about in the sun, the Avalodge offers a decidedly cool atmosphere to relax in, with plenty of food and drink to go around and soothing music to listen to as you relax in the company of your fellow guests and accommodations. Once the night falls I hear there will be a bonfire started outside for those who wish to try their hand at storytelling.
For those that wish to come and participate, all I ask is that you please do try not to get too rowdy. This is
Ambassador Ayami's party, and we would very much dislike it if something happened to go awry.
That said, I shall leave it to fellow Guild Leaders Cassidy and Solstice to explain our events in greater detail.
Yo, Explorers Guild First Mate here! Yeah, yeah, Robin's tellin' us to keep it cool, but where's the fun in havin' a party without the party? Doesn't sound like much fun at all, so I took the liberty of settin' up a lil' bit of friendly competition to really get this party goin'.
It'll be between the three Guilds. The best teams participatin' in each event will rack up points for doin' good in 'em, and the Guild with the most points at the end of the day will take home... no, it ain't a trophy, I'm talkin' about braggin' rights! Though, if you're really outstandin', I guess you could get some kinda shiny medal for that. But anyway...
The first event'll be an ice sculptin' contest. The Avalugg and Cryogonal that work at the Avalodge donated some ice blocks for us to use. They're not huge, so we can't do anything too fancy with 'em, but if you're packin' Ice moves, you could probably give those blocks a bit of a Bulk Up, if y'know what I mean. Carve 'em into whatever you want, 's long as it's nothin' vulgar. Maybe stuff a lantern in there if you can, should light it up real nice. The best sculptures will earn the most points for their Guild.
Outside, we'll have a few sportin' events. Ol' Rowanhardt was nice enough to lend us some of his gear—balls, bats, n' racquets and the like—so anyone wantin' to do that can play badminton, cricket, or soccer. Heck, you could even make up your own sport if you wanna, 's long as you got a point system for it. Play hard and rack up those points, but... try ta take it easy on Ro's equipment; we don't wanna deliver his stuff back in pieces.
Next up, we've got bobbin' for apples. We'll have a tub of water set up. You'll lean over it—no hands if ya got 'em, and none of that Psychic stuff, we don't want any cheatin'—and try to grab an apple in your mouth. Fastest 'mons to pull one up will get the most points, but I figure it'd be kinda hard to do it slow since, uh, this water's pretty cold.
Robin mentioned somethin' about music, I think? We could turn that into a contest, too. Show off your dancin' skills, by yourself, with a partner, whatever, but make it good. You could even toss in a special technique or two to add a bit of style to your moves, but just try not to wreck anythin' while you're doin' it.
And last but not least, probably when the party's winding down a bit we'll go gather 'round the bonfire outside and have a storytellin' contest. Like pretty much everythin' else, we don't want nothin' too mature, but aside from that, you can go nuts. Tell scary stories, or tales of old explorations, or some funny thing that happened to your buddy last week. We even got a couple a' them Iaponese masks if you wanna liven up your storytellin' a bit, too; make it real authentic-like.
After that, the Guild Leaders will all total up the teams' efforts, and the one that wins gets the braggin' rights for bein' the best party Guild. So alla y'all Explorers do us proud and show those Hunters and Researchers who can party hardest 'round 'ere, yeah!
It looks like this party is shaping up to be quite the affair! For those of you who would like to come, but wouldn't prefer to spend the time with the more, shall we say, enthusiastic
party-goers, we have a few smaller activities being held inside. If anyone would like a festive change in appearance, we have some volunteers who will be doing face-painting. For refreshments, the party is well supplied with a wide range of Andalusstian and Iaponese drinks, all crafted by skilled locals and all available for patrons to taste-test—though we'd like to ask teams to please keep under-age members away from the alcoholic beverages.
If you would rather enjoy the party atmosphere but still contribute to dungeon exploration preparations, a small team of Researchers headed by yours truly will be working in the far corner of the Avalodge gathering samples and conducting studies on the properties of Nevermeltice. Having chests lined with Nevermeltice would be very helpful for preserving dungeon finds, especially for the duration of our stay in Geoda. Any help in this regard would be greatly appreciated.
Of course, teams are more than welcome to simply show up and enjoy the party on their own terms however they'd like. None of these events are by any means mandatory, so please don't feel pressured to participate if you'd rather not. This function is meant to allow others to relax and enjoy themselves, not force anyone into doing something they feel is outside their comfort zone.
*Members who rank in placing may choose a reward from a lower rank if they prefer (ex. 1st place choosing the 2nd place reward).
All teams that submit an entry before the deadline, whether in a collaboration or standalone, will automatically be eligible for a standard reward.
This item allows members to add an additional color of their choosing to one of their Pokemon in the form of markings. It cannot be used to color the entirety of the Pokemon another color, and designs should refrain from covering 50% or more of the Pokemon's body. Designs should not be vulgar.
Third Place entries will receive body paint and the winner's choice of either one Iaponese mask or one paper lantern Tool.
A hand-crafted mask commonly used in Iaponese plays and performances, representing a demon or evil spirit. *This item can be customized with Star Coins or a customization voucher, but you cannot change the colors at the start like you can with Guild-issue templates.* (However the base shape may be changed freely at the start to fit the head of the owner if needed.)
A lantern carefully constructed with thin, high-quality paper. A small candle rests in its center, casting light that is visible even in far-off darkness. Allows the use of Follow Me. (The paper's design may be set by the owner upon receiving it.)
Second Place entries will receive body paint, their choice of the mask or lantern, and a sketch of the teams from cailas-moon
First Place entries will receive body paint, special Medal accessories, and full art of the teams done by ChillySunDance
A super shiny golden medal earned for pure awesomeness. *sparkle sparkle*
RULES AND GUIDELINES
Welcome to PMDU's first anniversary, everyone!
First off, we'd like to thank you guys for sticking by us for all this time, a whole year! It sounds like such a long time and yet it flew on by before we knew it. Lots of art and writing was made, we found folks—some old faces and plenty of new ones—to share our stories with, and made a machine to log it all! That's quite something!
But, as most of you are aware, things aren't perfect in the group's dynamic. We here in the admin team have been listening (and are still
listening) for ways to make the group a much more enjoyable one to participate in, this contest being the first of hopefully several pushes in this new direction. Yes, you read right, a contest!
Here, we're aiming to celebrate both our members and the group's core tenets in something of a change of pace! While there will be chances for members to be in the spotlight later down the line, we feel like we should start this trend with a bang rather than rolling it in on a trolley, so to speak.
Now, don't pout quite yet if you can't paint a Mona Lisa or write like Shakespeare! Our judging criteria is centered more around members' stories being a cohesive work rather something that only dazzles upon first inspection. Judging will be broken into two placement categories—art and writing
—and will be based on the participating members' ability to execute in three key pillars: character, community, and consistency.
There may be more than one of your team's species in the group, but their personality, their character
is what makes them unique and sticks in the minds of readers! Judges will be looking for entries which show a member's command in expanding upon or playing with their team's personality, virtues/vices, or personal history in the context of the contest prompt without interrupting the story's flow or leaving the reader confused as to who they really are!Community:
This wouldn't be PMD Unity
if we were all in this alone, right? As such, submissions interacting with other members through collaborations and/or cameos will be given favor over those that do not. Members who manage to tie these efforts with the first criteria will be looked upon especially favorably, but is is not mandatory.
For those of you that would still like to try for this but without as much social interaction member-wise, the Atlas has a search function that will allow members to find any teams that don't require permission for cameos. Members should still credit these teams in the descriptions of their submissions, but outright asking isn't necessary.Consistency:
No deadline crunches here! All entries will have to remain of the same quality/style through the entirety of the submission to be looked upon favorably by the judges. Doing something in full color? You'll have to make all of your pages full color. Writing 2,000 words for each activity? You can't scribble out one sentence transitions for the last few pages. Members will have to pace themselves, their resources, and their stories in order to do well in this category! NEW: The second place and third place ranks have been expanded!
Instead of one winner for each per medium, we now have one first place, two second place, and three third place winners per medium. Good luck to all participants!
1.) As usual, only teams shown participating
may receive rewards for the contest.
2.) FOR COLLABS:
The "Consistency" clause will mainly be used to evaluate entries which have teams that belong to two (or more) collab partners. The greater the discrepancy between the apparent level of detail between each collab partner's contribution, the less favorably the submission as a whole will be seen in the eyes of the judges.
2b.) Winning teams will be judged by just that: teams. Separate teams, even within the same submission, will be judged differently
, so it's possible for one team to be placed first while the other goes unranked in a collab of two teams. Make those interactions count!
2c.) In the case where all the participants in a winning collaborative submission have been determined to have contributed to a sufficient degree
, the item rewards for the place will be cloned for each participant's team. Drawn rewards, however, will only be of ONE of said teams.
3.) FOR HYBRIDS:
The "Consistency" clause also applies here; large gaps of detail between the two medium halves will be looked upon unfavorably.
3b.) Hybrid entries will be judged in the category in which they are most prominently done.
The contest will be running for 30 days, ending at 11:59 PM GMT-0 on October 19
. Entries should contain a link to the participating team's official application(s), and should be submitted to the Contests folder here in the group. A slot on the Atlas will be opened up likely sometime within the next few days, but entries submitted there will not be verified until after the deadline. However, if you still have not registered your team on the Atlas, please do so as soon as you can so you can be eligible for contest participation.
Thanks for sticking with PMDU through this past year, everyone. Let's continue to make the group an awesome place for the years to come!
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