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
Calculating troll age(I think i'm going to compose smaller journals for the fantroll thingy and putting them together at the end )More Like This
So the proportions for age is 13/6 = y/x, in which y is the age you want your troll to be and x is the amount of seeps
Earth age > Sweeps conversion
Equation: The conversion equation for earth age to sweeps is y x 6 = 13x . (So to find out how many sweeps a 19 year old troll is we multiply it (19) by 6 (114), and then divide it by 13 (8.7692307692307692307692307692308, or 8.9)
Explanation: Here we want to see how many sweeps your troll is. So lets say, we want to find out how many sweeps old a troll that's 19 earth years old. So the equation should look like this: 13/6 = 19/x . To cancel out the fractions, cross multiply (19 x 6) = 13x , or 114 = 13x. Then we just divide both sides by 13 (to isolate x), which leaves us with 8.9. A 19 year old troll would be approximately 8.9 sweeps old.
Sweeps > Earth age conversion
Equation: The conve
The Ascension Gate CompendiumWorld of Ascension GateMore Like This
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Legends of Ascension Gate
Every Story, One Volume
The Tale of Lucas Ritter
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Round 4: The Penultimate ChallengeHark, adventurers! Many challengers have succumbed to the pressures of the journey, and many others have fallen in battle. Out of 21 initial competitors, only these four remain:More Like This
:iconthemerrymarquis: :iconlotusleif: :iconwela-inomae: :iconkestrad:
It's time for the final pre-round scramble, where you'll choose the Place of Power you want to conquer for Round 4 and which one you will save for the final challenge. To keep your choice a secret until everyone has chosen, please send a group note or note Umbrascitor with your choice. You have two days to decide; if you don't choose a location by the time the round launches on Friday, you will be swept off to a randomly chosen location. (Or if you're feeling indecisive, you can ask for a random select too.)
Round 4 will begin on Friday night, and a journal will arrive with player positions and round instructions. The round will end at the end of the day on Sunday, November 24.
Round 2 Feedback - Group 2Xenon-ZMore Like This
Umbra: Link pages, please. Ahem....
This piece, as your pieces do, delivers its thrust with fun, complex, intriguing characters. The enigma that is Engie continues to unspin itself thread by thread, and the more we learn about him the more we want to know. Jayla is sharp as a dagger and Fritz's window into her mind makes her quite compelling. She's a little darker than we're used to, and we wouldn't normally expect her to be quite so reclusive, tucking away in a corner while the invalid boy does 96% of the work of getting them out of the cave, but the moments when we see her in action do well at showcasing her resourcefulness and spirit and Fritz's window into her psyche reveals some deeper layers than she shows on the surface. And Fritz's transcendent levels of awkwardness in talking to her made me laugh out loud. The conversation the two of them share over a sleepless night is quite touching, and we want to see them stay friends, which makes it all the
Zephyrus: Chapter two- Place of BonesChapter two: Part 1More Like This
Please see bottom for notes and warnings
“Do you see anything?”
Fritz closed his eyes, watching the white light ripple from his feet. It jumped about seven meters away, beyond their rock cover and outlining the vague shape of a spider-wolf.
Fritz nodded, pointing in the direction of the beast.
After a moment, he twisted his head around the rock, surveying the barren ground. Two volcanos, smoking in the distance, caged the valley of bedrock and bone. A stone coffin for the lifeless desert lying within.
It was the quietness that bothered Fritz. He’d grown so used to the forests, where the buzz of life sang inside him, that the utter silence, the complete stillness of the quarry, almost made him sick.
What more could he expect, from a Place of Bones?
That is, until a thought slithered through the air. Fritz was suddenly awash with the vision of a giant, pink sheep- prancing around the valley.
He spun around. The blonde boy beh
Character Reference: EngieGENERALMore Like This
Name: Emile “Engie” Lévesque
Age: About 18
Height: 4’3 (Sitting)
Weight: 92 Lbs
Build: Slender, Well defined arms, His legs are severely underdeveloped
Skin Tone: Pale, almost unhealthily so
Eye Color: Light Blue
Hair Color: Blonde
Wardrobe: Plain waistcoat, with white shirt and cravat underneath. Plain slacks, tailored to hide his legs. He wears a utility belt with many wrenches and bolts attached, and always keeps his aviation/welding goggles on hand. He also keeps a compass in the pocket watch pocket of his waistcoat.
Presence: Engie is proud. He holds his head high, and keeps a very serious, caustic demeanor. It’s hampered somewhat by his disability.
Defining Features: Engie keeps a single, longer lock of his hair in glass beads, located behind his right ear. This is the symbol of a scholar in Montefeath. He is paraplegic- his legs are completely nonfunctional and are only as wide as his bones. Because of how his clothi
Ascension Gate Audition Chapter: Fritz DevereauxThe snag of stone and rust screeched across the shadows in a dull, unimpressed scream. For a moment, the moonlight lit a gleam of interest on the sharp metallic faces, but when the doors rolled shut, they were doused once more in quiet disappointment.More Like This
They regarded each other, the thief and the room.
Beneath his boots lay the shattered ruins of silence. The dirigibles- cloistered around him, cold and lifeless in their gasless sleep- seemed to stare down at him with an air of bitter criticism. Somewhere in the darkness hundreds of empty wicker baskets swung above his head, disapproving not only of their solitude being disturbed, but by whom.
You’re to be our theif? Drawled the creak in ropes. Impress us.
Gloves hands fumbled in the darkness until it resolved with a click. It sizzled with a shushing hiss, and his shadow cowered in the growing flicker.
He lifted the lantern, diligently pretending the look on his face was of determination. Try me.
Zephyrus: Chapter One- Place of ShadowsPlease see bottom for notes and warningsMore Like This
This chapter has a Interlude that, while not required, I recommend you read. Links are at the bottom.
"Well, that could've been worse."
Fritz, shockingly, agreed. Any time your form of transportation doesn’t explode, things could have gone a lot worse.
In truth, most of what Fritz remembered from the crash was lots of yelling, and a high pitched noise that might've come from a dying animal, or from his own mouth, he wasn't sure. Everything else was a blur of Engie throwing his hands in the air and Fritz hanging on for dear life as the balloon fell from the sky, slicing tree tops and finally rolling to a halt in the middle of a conveniently placed grove.
When he opened his eyes, Fritz realized the wall he’d been clinging to had, at some point, become a ceiling. It left Engie hanging limply from his bindings and Fritz landing unceremoniously on his ass, but, as the engineer said, it could have been worse.
Knowledge is Out There, Grasp It!EDIT 2/13/14:More Like This
Due to a few concerns that I'm overgeneralizing through my use of the word ignorant, I wanted to amend some things:
1. This journal was not written out of a pretentious attitude, in fact it's quite the opposite. I feel the need to share knowledge, and I do whenever I can. I could never be upset with those who truly do not know where to start when it comes to enriching their minds.
2. This journal is not about lording knowledge above those who do not yet possess it.
3. This journal is not about bashing someone for the barriers that can impede or prevent their desire or ability to absorb new information.
4. I do not encourage people to "just Google it," that is why resources are listed at the bottom.
5. If you would like to contribute a resource, please link it in your comments.
I’ve been hearing the phrase “I don’t know what ____ is” a lot as of late and it’s been a little irksome, and here’s why: we are currently living in
ART: A Common Sense Guide To SurvivingI am an artist. I was born an artist it is in my heart, my soul, my blood. I did not wake up one day and say to myself, I think I will try painting, I was painting while I was learning to walk. My art, my talent, is very personal and very dear to me. I have spent thirty years in the art world. I have done commission work. I have participated in juried art shows. I have had art exhibits at various galleries. I have been a member of various art groups and associations over the years. I have been to art auctions. I have created art shows for local communities. I have taught art both in local school systems and privately. I am now an art agent and my passion is finding a communitys hidden artists and bringing their talents to light. Because my own art is such a driving and therapeutic force in my life, I have explored nearly every aspect of the art world. This, my friends and artists, is a brutally honest look at what I have learned from this life-long experience.More Like This
Advanced CHARACTER CreationMore Like This
Advanced CHARACTER Creation ~ for Fiction
Hero ~ Villain ~ Ally
There are three essential characters in every story. There may be any number of side characters, but in traditional Adventures, and Romances of every stripe (erotic or not,) the main conflict is usually, if not always, a TRIANGLE of complimentary opposites.
Translation: You could tell the whole story with ONLY these Three Characters; perhaps not with any real detail, but you could still do the entire basic plotline.
I'm sure you're familiar with the names Hero & Villain or Antagonist & Protagonist already. Those are pretty darn standard. However, always there, though seldom named is a Third character, the Ally -- the Companion to the Hero or Villain.
The Invisible Character: the Ally
The Ally's function is to be the Middle-Man, the nay-sayer that presents an opposing view t
Story Writing for BEGINNERSMore Like This
I want to write a story. I have a couple of ideas, but no idea what to do with them, or even how to begin! Help?!
-- Newbie Writer
So when you wanna write a story, where do you begin? With your PASSION!
Write what you KNOW & LOVE
What do you KNOW, really? What do you love to Do, to Study, to Think About, to Talk About...? Whether it's cave-diving, model trains, skate-boarding, sewing, horses, mythology, ghost legends, or particle physics your passion is where you will find your most unique and powerful work.
Make a list of all the things you know well and all the things you've done -- seriously! Mythology, history, any retail jobs you might have had -- anything you might have seen, done, or studied.
Sticking with your passions and your personal experiences also helps you make fewer MISTAKES.
Case in point, someone who has never kissed isn't going to be able to write a kissing scene as well as someone who Has. Worst of all,
The Secret to Proper ParagraphingMore Like This
Once you know what your characters and doing and saying, how do you get all that down on Paper without ending up with a huge confusing mess?
Putting the Story on Paper.
Everybody knows that when a new speaker speaks they get a new paragraph, right? In other words, you DON'T put two different people talking in the same paragraph. Okay, yeah, so anyone who has written any kind of fiction learns this pretty darned quick, (usually from their readers.)
What nobody seems to get is that the same goes for a new character's ACTIONS. Seriously, when a new character ACTS they're supposed to get their own paragraph -- even if they don't speak!
In short, you paragraph by change in CHARACTER -- not because they speak, but because they ACT. Ahem... Dialogue is an ACTION. In other words, the reason you don't put two different characters' Dialogue in the same paragraph is BECAUSE you don't mix two characters' Actions. Okay?
"Wait a minute,
Showing, Part OneMore Like This
If you've ever taken a class in creative writing, you've no doubt heard the teacher repeat the phrase, "Show, don't tell" over and over again. While there are few hardest rules in creative writing, this persistent little mantra might be the ultimate. Teachers and writers who write about writing spout it out all the time, but what does it mean anyway? After, isn't all writing really "telling" on some level?
It's best to view "showing" not as a single technique, but a summation of the most effective writing techniques. If we know anything about poetry, it's that the best poetry usually conjures specific and concrete images. Beyond language itself, images are the meat and bones of poetry. So goes most of prose as well. The prose writer has the added duty of creating situations and characters that seem real and believable.
Showing invites the reader into the world of out poem and story. If the reader can see, smell, taste, and feel the world through our writing, the reader is more