Quick Reference

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Basic scoring reminders

Dot Bullet (Lime Green) - F2U! Points Calculator
Dot Bullet (Lime Green) - F2U! Headshots must include the esk's nature feature OR some form of background (simple, abstract, partial, full).
Dot Bullet (Lime Green) - F2U! Batches should be limited to 12 or fewer submissions per upload.

Growth Points

Dot Bullet (Lime Green) - F2U! Growth Points go to each esk portrayed in artwork or writing.
Dot Bullet (Lime Green) - F2U! Animations and comics use the same base scores as other illustrations.
Dot Bullet (Lime Green) - F2U! Comics should be treated as batch uploads as long as they follow the requirements in the Points System.
Dot Bullet (Lime Green) - F2U! Sketches do not receive bonuses, but they will receive all additional points other than background points.
Dot Bullet (Lime Green) - F2U! Bonus GP applies to both artwork and writing.
Dot Bullet (Lime Green) - F2U! Content bonuses are only applied to the esk that owns the familiar, accessory, or magic power. 

Base GP

1GP sketches and/or line art

2GP for flat colored

4GP for shaded

2GP for DevArt icons (Artwork that does not exceed 100px in either dimension)

5-15GP sliding scale for 3D and crafts (includes 3D modeling)

0.5GP per 50 words of creative writing

Additional GP

+2GP if full body is depicted

+2GP if there is an abstract or minimal background (solid color does not count)

+4GP if there is a partial or simple scenic background

+6GP if there is a full scenic background that fills the entire space with foreground, midground, and background.

+1GP if there is a simple animation

+3GP if there is a moderate animation

+5-15GP sliding scale if there is a complex animation

Bonus GP

+1GP for Monthly Prompt submission

+10GP for Origin Prompt submission

New Growth Button+5GP for Conservatory

+6GP storytelling bonus for every 800 words of creative writing

+1GP per small familiar/swarm depicted

+2GP per large familiar/swarm depicted

+5GP per entire community of familiars depicted

+1GP per accessory depicted

+1GP per enchantment depicted

+5GP per elemental magic depicted

+4GP poetry that has a minimum of 100 words

Aura Points

Dot Bullet (Lime Green) - F2U! Aura Points go to the player every time they contribute to the game with original work or by commissioning others.
Dot Bullet (Lime Green) - F2U! Animations and comics use the same base scores as other illustrations.
Dot Bullet (Lime Green) - F2U! Comics should be treated as batch uploads as long as they follow the requirements in the Points System.
Dot Bullet (Lime Green) - F2U! Sketches do not receive bonuses, but they will receive all additional points other than background points.

Base AP

1AP  for sketches or line art

5AP  for flat color Illustration

10AP for submitting shaded illustration

5AP for DevArt Icons (100px or smaller in either dimension)

15-25AP for 3D, Crafts, and 3D modeling. Send staff a note if you think you need individualized scoring.

1AP per 50 words of writing. Written pieces that are under 50 words can be bundled together then scored as a single submission.

Additional AP

+1AP if there is a simple animation

+5AP if there is a moderate animation

+10AP if there is a complex animation. Send staff a note if you think you need individualized scoring.

+5AP if artwork shows an esk's full body (75% or more) - does not stack.

+5AP if artwork has an abstract or minimal background

+10AP if artwork has a simple or vignette background

+20AP if artwork has a full or scenic background

Bonus AP

+10AP for Monthly Prompt submissions

+50AP for Origin Prompt submissions

New Growth Button +20AP for Conservatory submissions

+10AP for every esk featured in your submission that belongs to another player. 
There is a 20 esk limit on this bonus.

+20AP for showing a NPC (one per submission)

New Growth Button +10AP for Wanderer Prompt submissions

+5AP personal art bonus for all non-commissioned artwork/writing. 

+8AP storytelling bonus for every 800 words of writing

+1AP for small familiar

+2AP for large familiar

+5AP for community familiar

+1AP for accessory

+1AP for enchantment

+5AP for elemental 

The Esk Interaction Bonus

Dot Bullet (Lime Green) - F2U! Any time you feature multiple esk characters in a single artwork or piece of writing you will be eligible to receive this bonus.
Dot Bullet (Lime Green) - F2U! You must include some context to show that the characters are in a shared space such as having some abstract color around them, shadows beneath them, or using a background or scene.
Dot Bullet (Lime Green) - F2U! This bonus does not apply to sketches.
Dot Bullet (Lime Green) - F2U! Esk do not have to be in direct contact for this bonus to apply, they just have to inhabit the same space. 

As of June 2018 the interaction bonus is just +10AP regardless of whether the esk belongs to you or another player!

For esk that belong to you or to other players: 

+10AP per esk that is in a shared space together with other esk or interacting with other esk
There is a 20 esk limit on this bonus.

NPCs do not count for the esk interaction bonus.

Player levels

Dot Bullet (Lime Green) - F2U! You are required to keep an accurate AP count and current player level badge in your Player Profile.

Newcomer 0AP

Lvl1 by Esk-Masterlist

All players start at 0AP
Able to participate in activities and earn AP.

Seed 100AP

Lvl2 by Esk-Masterlist

First-time-owners can unlock the nursery.
Eligible for Monthly Features

Sprout 300AP

Lvl3 by Esk-Masterlist

Unlock Uncommon Traits in the Energy Exchange

Sapling 500AP

Lvl4 by Esk-Masterlist

Unlock Nature Features in the Energy Exchange
Unlock Story MYOs

Bud 800AP

Lvl5 by Esk-Masterlist

Unlock Accessories in the Energy Exchange

Blossom 1200AP

Lvl6 by Esk-Masterlist

Unlock one Transformation
Unlock Familiars in the Energy Exchange

Shrub 1700AP

Lvl7 by Esk-Masterlist

Unlock rare traits and enchantments in the Energy Exchange

Tree 2500AP

Lvl8 by Esk-Masterlist

Unlock Mutations and Elementals in the Energy Exchange
Unlock one Transformation

Nature Spirit 4000AP

Lvl9 by Esk-Masterlist

Unlock Abnormal Transformations
Unlock one Transformation MYO
Unlock 1 additional Transformation MYO for every additional 1000AP



Dot Bullet (Lime Green) - F2U! You are required to sign your esk up for a biome before using them in the game. Comment here to sign up for a biome.
Dot Bullet (Lime Green) - F2U! You must place one of these biome badges into your esk's Character Tracker.  


Plains Biome by Esk-Masterlist

Includes grasslands, prairies, meadows, shrublands...

Developed Biome by Esk-Masterlist

Includes all areas of human development including farms, gardens, and suburban or urban areas...


Includes all deserts or primarily dry environments except for arctic or antarctic deserts...

Marine Biome by Esk-Masterlist

Includes all oceans, seas, and their shorelines. Also includes saltwater marshes and reefs...


Includes woodlands, rainforests, jungles, boreal forests, forested wetlands...

Polar Biome by Esk-Masterlist

Includes arctic and antarctic environments...

Mountain Biome by Esk-Masterlist

Includes all cliffs, alpine habitats, and peaks. Also includes rocky areas or formations...

Fresh Waters
Fresh Waters Biome by Esk-Masterlist

Includes all lakes, rivers, ponds, marshes, and bodies of freshwater...

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GalaxyTheStarWing's avatar

Where is the list of different "levels" or "types" of esk? Ex: Spirited, Blessed, etc.

Among-Galaxies's avatar
I have a list of Esk that I want to draw.  Must I always ask permission to draw them?  Even if the drawings are all gifts and not commissioned?
Caliki's avatar

It's generally advised to ask for permission before you draw someone's esk or write about them. However, many people have a disclaimer in their trackers that state that you can draw their esk without asking first!
Just look out for that c:
Alternatively, you can make a request journal or ask on our discord for esk to draw, there's always a lot of volunteers!
Among-Galaxies's avatar
Thank you for the information.  That helps a lot :)
AliArtz's avatar
I have a question about making an esk, is it possible to make a fully custom esk? (i.e. you decide the biome, the size, the boundary etc)
I would also like to know would it be possible for an esk from the marine biome and an esk from the fresh waters biome to visit each other?
Thank you!
Xaishi's avatar
Hi there!

Yes, it's possible to create an esk with everything decided by you!  When an esk performs a transformation to create a new esk, you have a ton of flexibility in deciding your esk's traits.  Boundaries come with some restrictions (creators have to transform new esk near their home boundaries unless they are abnormal, which lets them perform transformations anywhere), but this is still very open-ended.  You can read all about it here: Transformations

All esk are free to travel anywhere as they wish!  If an esk leaves its biome it will be weaker (its nature features will disappear unless the esk is an abnormal) but otherwise, any esk can visit any other no matter where they are in the world.

Let me know if you have any other questions!
AliArtz's avatar
Okay, great!Thanks for the link, I'll keep it on hand :3

Ah, okay! And is the esk in any danger if its nature feature disappears or is it just that its nature feature is no longer visible?
Xaishi's avatar
No danger since they're ghosts/spirits, it's just a cosmetic and story sort of thing. ^^
AliArtz's avatar
Great, thank you!
FlutterpieandOcs's avatar
hello if u cant find anyone to draw there esks and u dont know how to writing stories and etc, where can i find APs and Gps if i can't find no one to draw for or gift,and can't do poems and stories? 

ps( am a shy muffin )
Caliki's avatar
Hello FlutterpieandOcs!

I'm sure if you create a Request journal and submit it to the group, people will be very quick to give you their esk for art! Everyone loves to get art of their esk characters, me included! c:
Alternatively, you can try drawing the NPC's: www.deviantart.com/esk-masterl…

I hope this helps! c:
FlutterpieandOcs's avatar
LornWarbler's avatar
i have *another* question
are there any esks that don't belong to anyone for people to draw?
it's getting hard to keep asking people that rarely visit if i can draw their esk
if not, it would be a good idea to tbh
LornWarbler's avatar
aaa thanks so much!
Mystic-Wolf-Of-Snow's avatar
So question regarding the AP, since i dont have my own little esk and am doing art for others. Do i still count that AP as my own, or does the person who got that image count it as their own?
Nairo-Ryu's avatar
AP always goes to the artist/writer, so even if you don't have an esk you still collect AP for creating works of art of other peoples esk  : ) 
Mystic-Wolf-Of-Snow's avatar
Chameleonist's avatar
Question: If an area crosses between biome descriptions (i.e.: a cliff in the middle of a forest), under which biome would the esk be placed? Or would it just be considered part of both?
witherlings's avatar
You will pick one or the other, it's up to you :]  they can only have one though, not a combination.
Chameleonist's avatar
Okay; make's sense. Thank you~
josinator1's avatar
Hey, I'm just curious but, how do you get APs if you don't have an Esk? How do you participate in the game if you don't have a character tell a story with or for people to interact with? (this my first group I've iv ever joined so sorry if this is a dumb question)
witherlings's avatar
have you read the newcomer's guide?
it has some instructions on getting started: Newcomers Guide
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