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Wow! How many years has it been since I put up a journal? Well, you can tell it is something very important to me then! Right now, we are running a kickstarter for the sequel to our hit visual novel, Rising Angels: Reborn. If you want to help out IDHAS Studios, please donate to the cause!

For more details, here is the link! www.kickstarter.com/projects/c…

If you missed playing the original, RA: Reborn... www.idhasstudios.com/?page_id=…

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It has been a long, long day of misery and woe for me, but at least there is one bright spot in the day! Time to announce our winners for the contest. The reviews will be a little late coming due to my being at home for less than two hours a day, but we can announce the winners now at least!

Before I get into this, I want to thank everyone who participated. This project meant a lot to me. Dreams of the Skies holds a very dear place in my heart. To have people participate in this contest is something that I can't express into words. All I can say is thank you so much and I hope you continue to support our work as we move forward.

Art Contest:
A common thing I noticed in this category was a lack of theme. In the end, theme was the determining factor between first and second. Third and fourth was also an incredibly close race. I mean it was decided by a hair. Hours were consumed debating 3rd, whose art was clearer and had a slightly more artistic impact, and 4th, who was the only person to nail the theme perfectly. Honestly, if I could have split 3rd and 4th, I would have. The final decision came down to my assistant. When we release the review this weekend, we will get into the exact debate that went on.

1st Place:
Ugly-Ink
IDHAS CONTEST by Ugly-Ink

2nd Place:
Alt3rArt
Shadows of past present and future by Alt3rArt

3rd Place:
silverlynx69
Dream of the Skies Contest by silverlynx69

Writing contest:
Writing was very easy to determine first. While I absolutely adored every entry in here, 1st was grammatically sound and had wonderful emotional impact. The theme was easy to see as well. 2nd and 3rd had a close contest similar to the art's. Emotional impact was what tipped the scales here. I personally loved Hope, hell I was very interested in reading what would be an interesting series, but Happy had that emotional factor that swayed the other judges.

1st Place:
Shadocchi
Wingnettes
Untouchable

The world is screaming.
     It won't stop.
Silver-red specks of metal and feather down fall like rain. Everything is a mess of noise. I'm flung forward and met with a punch from the front seat. Headlights tear through my vision and a hand reaching out towards me fades away in the light. Everything shudders and begins to squeeze in together. The seat crumples and forces me back to crush my wings.
Falling sharp, the rain turns to blood. The seats weep red. My mother, my sisters, my wings, myself all mesh together in red screaming noise and bright headlights that burn into my eyes. I want to fly but I can't move so much as my legs. I want to call out but the ground is falling.
     Stop the car.
The sky rushes.
     This...
Clouds streak lines upwards, blue and white fade into night. I'm not an angel anymore; I'm a piece of paper, a snapped pencil, a colour running thin.
The w


2nd Place
Don Jones
www.idhasstudios.com/dots/happ…

3rd Place
Marley Jones
www.idhasstudios.com/dots/hope…

To those who won, you should be receiving messages from me shortly. The review will be posted up sometime this weekend; I'll post it here as well as on my site.

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The IDHAS Dream of the Skies Anniversary contest is over! I will be posting links to the entries tomorrow. Reviewing will conclude on the first and we will post the winners then. We ended up receiving 5 art entries and 3 writing entries, which is more than I thought we'd have last night!

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Four years ago, a small English visual novel was released by a no-name man with little to his name other than fleas and a scanner from the early 90s. That first pathetic visual novel, that first drug into the world of VN creation, were the humble beginnings of one of the most egotistical EVN makers to plague the world. As we sit on the anniversary of that first game and the upcoming releases of some of the most ambitious projects imagined, I think it is time for a little celebration of how far we've come. With this, I'm happy to announce the start of the Dreams of the Skies 4th anniversary art and writing contest!

For those of you who have never played Dreams of the Skies, shame on you. You can download the story from here. www.idhasstudios.com/?page_id=… The story is only around 30 minutes to an hour long.

Plot: Tobias is a 23 year old one winged angel. He's lived his whole life shunned by the angelic society for being a freak and by human society for being the member of a society that nearly destroyed itself ten years ago in a war that engulfed angelic society. However, all of that is about to change. Following an ancient legend, Tobias is about to regain the wing he never had and claim the heritage that was denied to him. All it will take is one simple thing, murder.

This contest is two sided, a separated art and writing contest. I'm not an artist myself (the orignal version should highlight that), but a writer. Both writers and artists are welcomed in this contest.

Theme: Past, Present, and Future

Prizes, what you all are interested in! Both the writing contest and art contest have identical prizes. Now, I'd like to give out more than large cash prizes, so if there are any donations to our contest, I'll welcome them. If the winner doesn't have Paypal, I'll send your winnings via DA points, though I have no idea what you could do with 16,000 pts.
First place: $200 USD via Paypal
Second place: $100 USD via Paypal
Third place: $50 USD via Paypal
That's right, there is a whopping $700 of prizes in the pool, making this the largest contest IDHAS has ever ran.

Deadline: October 25, 2012
Results announced: November 1, 2012

Judging: All pieces will be judged on creativity, originality, and plain old awesomeness (writing will also be judged on grammar). All pieces will be reviewed by the dynamic IDHAS trio: Chief Editor Komi and his two bumbling assistants. Depending on the number of entries, we might include a fan vote in there as well.

Art contest rules:
1. You must have 1 Dreams of the Skies character and 1 non-DotS character. It can be your OC or a fanart. For the DotS character, you can use any character from either the original or remake.
2. Proper credit must be given to all characters!
3. You must include the theme in some way, shape, or form.
4. You can submit up to two pieces for both contests total. Meaning you can put two in the art contest, two in the writing contest, or one in each.
5. Keep it under XXX rating. IDHAS has never been a family friendly studio, but let's keep the smut out of this one. You can toe that line, just don't cross it.
6. Also, for the your submission, you need to mention out my contest in your artist comment section and provide a link to this journal.
7. All entries will get featured in a later journal. Not so much a rule, just something to note.

Writing contest rules:
1. See above
2. Length must be between 1,000 and 10,000 words.

Characters:
Tobias, our protagonist: www.idhasstudios.com/DotS/tobi…
Josh, the sidekick manipulating everything behind the scenes: www.idhasstudios.com/DotS/Josh…
Winy, the victim of a cruel fate and future: www.idhasstudios.com/DotS/Winy…
Kat, the nerdy best friend trying to stop it all: www.idhasstudios.com/DotS/Kat.…
Qrinz, a character who was worked out after the original and replaced by Kat. Qrinz did get a graphic retooling, but long after her role had been replaced: www.idhasstudios.com/DotS/Qrin…
Doc, an evil character egging Tobias on from the fabled unreleased version 4: www.idhasstudios.com/DotS/Doc.…

As always, I'm here to field any comments, questions, or concerns! Remember, have fun!

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