A Guide to OCTsOriginal Character Tournaments are all over deviantart and keep growing in popularity, but not everyone knows what they are or how to participate in them. Since they're hosted by individuals and not actually affiliated with the website itself, there are no guides available to help explain how they work. Hopefully, this FAQ will be helpful to anyone looking to get involved in OCTs.
What is an OCT?
OCTs, or "Original Character Tournaments" are contests held here on deviantart in which you can pit your original characters against other people's characters in a comic-style battle-royale. To put it simply, it's a cross between an art competition and a storytelling contest.
OCTs can be hosted on someone's account, or they can have a tournament account of their own. OCTs are usually open to anyone with a deviantart account, although some are invite only. Information about who is eligible to audition will usually be clearly stated s
What Makes a Good AuditionThis is a guide to writing for OCTs. Every medium and genre of writing is unique and should be approached in a different way, but if you keep the following things in mind when you write for OCTs your audition and character will come across much stronger and be more likely considered for a roster position.What Makes a Good Audition7 years ago in Writing More Like This
Judges and your general audience alike are typically looking for three major factors when they read your audition: Interesting Characters, A Unique Plot, and Clarity of Storytelling. If your audition does not excel in at least one of these areas you will almost certainly be looked over when it comes time for judging no matter how slick and professional your art is.
I firmly believe that there is no such thing as a bad character. Any character, if presented well, can be interesting--be they Human, alien, psychotic, or cliché.
The trick you need to employ is treating the character in a way that supp
Some Thoughts.Tournament ObservationsSome Thoughts.7 years ago in Personal More Like This
Ive been in art tournaments of the DeviantART sort for a while, observing, competing and administrating ever since July 07. Doesnt sound like much, but I am assured by my friends that this makes me at the very least a Veteran in the Tournament scene. So! With that in mind, Id like to take this opportunity to bitch and whine about problems with tournaments Ive seen, and to praise to the high heavens innovation and whatnot in the various tournies that pop up from time to time. This is mainly to do with Tournament establishment and administration; have a gander if you like.
This was streamlined from Deathdog3000s list. Credit to her! And to my plethora of helpers at RoninRubbish and PCBCChat. Contribute and comment, please!
Be as Fair as Possible.
This should be self-evident. Obviously, your judges in particular should be totally free from bias, and preferably people known in the tournament s
OCT Advice from the PMOCT HostOCT Advice from the PMOCT Host5 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
OCT Advice, according to the PMOCT Host
I've been asked to provide some thoughts on how to create and manage an OCT. And, as with everything I do, I was unable to keep it simple. So, here are my (incredibly verbose) thoughts on the subject. Some of this summarizes things that I did that worked well for me. Others come from mistakes and lessons learned. Take this with a grain of salt! I am a highly structured and organized person. I write EVERYTHING down, breath spreadsheets and to-do lists, and keep about three or four calendars. What works for me may not work for you! Hopefully these thoughts will give you something to think about, but ya gots ta find your own path!
CREATING AN OCT
- Start with a Mission Statement
- Making Rules
- Define your Judging Criteria
- Balancing Environment with Freedom
OCT Guide: Hosts, Judges, and CompetitorsContents:OCT Guide: Hosts, Judges, and Competitors3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
-Qualities for a Good Host
-Qualities for a Good Judge
-Qualities for a Good Competitor
-General Tips for Running an OCT
-General Tips for Competing in an OCT
Believe it or not, being a host isn't as great as you might think. Being a judge is no better. Often times people create an OCT without putting forethought into what they're committing to, which is why so many OCTs usually end up abandoned or never getting off the ground.
Qualities for a Good Host
+While anyone can make a group and start up an OCT, here are a number of things you should consider before doing so.
-Time: Being a host requires having lots, and lots of free time. You may think that the biggest aspect of time is spent on judging, but that's far from truth. Hosts are constantly answering questions, making sure things are submitted to correct folders, posting updates, organizing events, planning, and dealing with members. The audition phase is by far the most taxing part of th
Definitions and AdviceFAQ||The Shortlist||The Wanted Ads||Latest Additions||Latest Updates||Upcoming OCTs:(A-M) (N-Z) (Fandom)||OC Leagues||OCTs in Progress:(A-M) (N-Z)||Completed OCTs:(#-H)Definitions and Advice7 years ago in Personal More Like This
Okay, OCT crowd. Huddle up.Folks. Folks. Come on now. You are killing me. Do you want to kill me? Is that it? Have I done something to wrong you? I survived evilcolonitis for this?Okay, OCT crowd. Huddle up.7 years ago in Personal More Like This
End, you old nut, what in blazes are you going on about? Off your medication again? Nah, I'm talking about the majority of Original Character Tournaments (OCT) here on DA. The fact that there is a glut of such things isn't what's bothering me either.
It's what some people are choosing to do with these tournaments that is just driving an icepick into my eye.
Here, let me impart this to you. Come closer. Do you want to know the secret to making an awesome artistic tournament? Okay.
SIMPLICITY. OH MY GOD. SAY IT WITH ME. SIMPLICITY SIMPLICITY SIMPLICITY.
This is what makes an OCT run smoothly. Simplicity. It is all you need to complement an interesting premise that makes people actively want to participate with their characters. You do NOT need a shit ton of gimmicks to make your contest mor
JudgingI have seen PLENTY of people running around bitching about judging in tournaments.Judging7 years ago in Personal More Like This
And me, being a pompous jackass, (and because I'm an actualy judge for Ebon Spire and Rydin and Rise), I think I'll bestow upon you, the salivating masses, how I judge entries for tournaments.
This is the big one. The money maker. Obviously in a tournament, you want to show your character beating your opponent, but just having a fight scene is normally not enough, I don't care HOW good your art is. If you have an engaging story that not only pulls us in but makes us want more, then you've done a good job. Keep us on the edge of our seats! Story is what wins a tournament, not art.
Being sporting is always a plus, and I've seen (firsthand) entries where the person BARELY shows their opponent, and focuses entirely on their own character. Not only that, but they would get their opponent's character's personality completely wrong, as if they didn't care.
This is a
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In my time on the internetz, I've often found great pieces of literature sullied due to the fact that the villain was misrepresented. Sure, it is interesting to create a mad scientist or something incredibly creepy like Slenderman, but there are certain ways to write for them that just heightens the creepiness, coolness, or annoyingness depending on the villain type. So, I've decided to create a little guide on how I write for villains. This is not the "correct way" to write for villains, nor is it the "ONLY way", it's just the way I use.
What type of villain? There are many different types of villains. There is your comic b
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There is no perfect formula for role-playing and there certainly isn't a formula for doing a fight scene right. Personally, I've found things that work and things that don't - I'll be expressing what I know of it from my own experiences.
In everything you do you want to make sure you express your character to their fullest. If a character is more than likely to sit down and take a beating for fear of fighting back then they probably shouldn't be pulling black-belt moves out of nowhere to punish t
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Betrayal."Very good Karl. You're learning very quickly." The red-haired girl complemented, sounding thoroughly impressed. "Thank you Rachel." The statue responded with a smile, lowering the violin he was holding. "I'm surprised I've learned this quickly After all, you did say it was one of the hardest instruments to learn how to play." Karl said, looking the violin over with a curious expression before directing his gaze to his instructor. The woman laughed a bit at this, as if it were a joke.Betrayal.6 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
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