OCT Guide: Hosts, Judges, and CompetitorsContents:
-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
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
Discussing the OCT Deadline FloodAlternatively titled “Why You Are Making the Judges Cry.”Discussing the OCT Deadline Flood3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
It has been my observation through participating in four OCTs, running one, and watching countless more, that a lot of people are in the habit of waiting until the last week (or even the last day) to submit all or most of their entry for the round. Now the last week is part of the time allotted to you, and it is understandable for you to be finishing up the last few pages during this time. What I am taking issue with are the folks who wait until the last week or so to submit 2/3s or more of their round.
There are several inherent problems attached to doing this. First of all, it is extremely frustrating for your opponent to have to wait the entire round to see your entry. Part of the fun of an OCT is seeing how other people interpret your character, and I cannot stress enough how much of a blow it is to a competitor’s morale when it seems like their opponent cannot be bothered to post their e
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.6 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.Judging6 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
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.A Guide to OCTs6 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
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
The Unpaid DebtI see you all have come againThe Unpaid Debt3 years ago in Concrete Poetry More Like This
Some new foes, some new friends.
One round now down,
And the next begins.
By luck we have those winners
Never bloodshed, never sinners
Who will find this time
It harder to win.
And others stand here now
With red hands and bruised brow.
Those who kill, those who still
Shoulder their fears.
And if by chance you manage
By some sort of strange advantage
To make it by with hands dry
Of blood and tears
Takers will I make you yet
For to fill your lodger's debt
From their hands, you understand
Something we will steal.
Be it a hair upon their head,
A vital organ- without dead-
A dream, a thought, an item brought
That taken, makes them squeal.
Come to me, once they're defeated
And speak to me the item needed
And from them, as again
I will make it mine.
Then you'll advance another round
One step towards your lost and found
So as before, and ever more,
Your fates must intertwine.
For EfN Contestants: The Judging Process:iconEscapefromNevara:For EfN Contestants: The Judging Process6 years ago in Personal More Like This
Because inquiring minds (read: contestants) might be interested, I thought I'd offer everyone a glimpse of how I'm going about judging the entries for EscapeFromNevara. Because I'm a shameless geek, I decided to explain it in terms of a nifty little acronym that doubles as a sickeningly bad pun. In short, if you're a contestant, I'm looking for what your entry HAS. Wtf is that?
Each of these can be broken down into component parts--lots of them. Probably too many to list, so the explanation below will by no means be exhaustive. Still, I think it is pretty thorough, so to clarify each of these...backwards...
The story section, for me, includes arc (including plot points), use/incorporation of the setting as a whole, and characterization.
Arc: A List of Important Questions
What is the story--what is included? Is it comp