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Story Telling Time

Discussion in 'Community Events' started by Wauspaus, Jan 1, 2017.

  1. Wauspaus

    Wauspaus Active Member

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    Hello everyone,

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    With 2017 freshly started I thought it would be a good thing to start it off with an additional event. For those who have been watching my livestreams, I have been announcing I would be releasing a Story Telling event. Now with the new year being here I thought it be a good time to get on with it. Most people that know me know I love stories, I love creativity. So for this reason I am doing a Story Telling Time forum competition/event.

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    Criteria:
    - Your story needs to have at least 1 screenshot taken (preferably during Puny Bash #promo ) on Event Area 2 on Arkadia. It may contain more screenshots (not all need to be on Event Area 2).
    - A story needs to be told in writing with the screenshot. This can be 1 screenshot with a story written with it or perhaps even several screenshots made into a "comic" type of story telling (with text balloons).
    -You are allowed to tinker with the screenshot in Photoshop/GIMP etc to make it tell your story more accurate.
    -It needs to be a story, a screenshot with some random lines in it just to enter the contest for voting purposes isn't allowed.
    -First come first serve, meaning that sometimes you have an amazing story and someone else had exactly the same idea but posted it first. This means you can't enter the contest with your story (this to avoid copy/paste with minor changing)

    The contest and judging:
    I don't want to be the only judge on something like this, mainly because there will always be doubts wether it was fair or not. For this reason the contest goes as follows;
    -People have until Sunday February 12,2017 to submit their stories in this forum thread.
    -After February 12, 2017 submissions will be closed and voting starts in a new thread.
    -People who submitted a story have to vote for their favorite story which isn't theirs. This is done by replying to the new forum thread at that time with the name of the storyteller in it, preferably also with a reason :).
    -I will also have 1 vote in this.
    -Voting stays open until the end of February, after which voting will be closed.
    -People who entered the contest but didn't vote will have their stories excluded from getting any prize.
    -Once the votes are accounted for prizewinners will receive their prizes somewhere during March.

    Prizes:
    First place: A set of Adjusted Pixie armor Male FULL SET
    Second place: Sandrunner Mk II (L)
    Third place: A NIP P2
    Fourth place and onward: Some weapon, Ark-0 or PLP-0 (and prey I got enough)

    I hope you guys like the contest and will be participating in it. It will run over a long period of time, this is to make sure people have sufficient time to make the story exactly as they want to. Obviously every event has its flaws however I hope I have been accurate enough with the rules , I am not perfect but also not really willing to change the rules because of someone finding some technicality to exploit.
     
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  2. Wauspaus

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    Here is my submission, it was a spontaneous thing in Arkadia Chat - don't think I can take all the credit for it.

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    Edit: Re-reading the criteria for the contest, this one probably doesn't count. I guess it was a good start.
     
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  6. Wauspaus

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    Hello Sijtje,

    It's an attempt that matters :). However yes, it doesn't qualify because it doesn't match the criteria :)
    Keep it up though, let those juices flow and a story might roll out
     
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    BUMP, lets hope some creative writers will be joining in soon :)
     
  8. KingFlo

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    So here is a story I told yesterday at the Puny Bash :)
     

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    True story told to me by my grandpa:

    When my grandpa was young, our country used to be under control of foreign soldiers (we lost world war II).
    His Family was very poor, his father died during the war and his mother had 7 children to feed.
    They got a hint that an american supply depot was to be shut down and the soldiers were handing out the supplies to the people.
    So then my grandpa and his brother went there.
    His mother told them to bring some bread and some flour and stuff like that. But when they got there, they saw these nice brand new shovels standing around. So they said to themselves "why taking flour when we could have some new shovels?".
    They took the shovels and brought them back to their place. They proudly showed them to their mother. She, however, wasn't that happy with shovels, as she had children to feed. She yelled at them, took their shovels away and started to hunt them around the village, beating them lightly with the shovels whenever she found them.
    In the end, she stopped being mad at my grandpa and they were laughing together about the "theft" of shovels.

    END
     
  10. Wauspaus

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    Thanks for the story Kingflo :). Let's hope more will follow.

    Second place prize has been added, was finally able to get my crafting on and make a Sandrunner Mk II which is going to be the prize for the second place winner :).
     
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    Thanks to Dar Odrade the Adjusted Pixie set is now complete :D
    So all 3 prizes for the contest are there, complete and ready to be handed out. Still waiting for more stories though
     
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    My story finally finished :)
     
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    It was a day like any other day in Celeste Quarry. Sun was high on the sky but it was still little bit cold, it is still more than a month left until spring, or something like that, you never know with this planet. Climate is kinda weird here. I was walking around, listening what people are buying, selling. Besides hardworking colonists trying to make few peds from their loot I couldn't hear anything useful that will keep my attention. Last Oratan invasion was repelled and except those brainless prospectors there is not much enemy activity on planet surface. Well, I could check whats new in the auction terminal, I am not in a mood to buying stuff but nothing wrong in checking prices.

    "Psssst, hey gardener" - I heard a female voice.

    I look around, there was nobody in close proximity to me except 2 ladies who were busy by gossiping and laughing. I approached to them and asked:

    - "Excuse me for interruption, ladies, but did you just few seconds ago calling my name?"
    - "Huh, you wish" - one of them replied and started to laugh so loud I was thinking the riggers must have heard that. The other one didn't laughed so hard, she did something else. How should I put it, before I approached them she was eating a fruit, and after my question that fruit was all over my armor. That girl is aiming good, dang it.

    Everyone started laughing at me so hard so I run to teleport and left that place. That was so embarrassing experience I thought when I heard same voice again.

    "Hey, gardener, do you hear me?"

    There was nobody around this time. Crap, am I hearing voices now? That fruit didn't hit my head that hard and I was wearing my helmet anyway. I ignored that voice this time worried about my mental health.

    "I have some proposition for you, gardener, meet at this location" - my personal computer receive coordinates - with note that message arrived from unknown channel.

    Hm, maybe nothing is wrong with me. Apparently only me can hear this voice via my armor communicator, I could go there to see why would someone want to meet me in private and what proposition is in question. I have no enemies here and almost no personal treasures so doubt anyone would want to kill me or rob me. Except maybe Oratan but they aren't that subtle.

    Another message arrived and it was via usual channels. It was another audio file.

    "Open your mind, gardener old,
    don't trust everything you've been told,
    there is more then just mine, craft or kill,
    your secret wishes we can fulfill.

    We know that you like plants to grow,
    not all land here is sand and snow.
    Grow things that people want to buy,
    you can profit with markup high.

    To achieve that we meet and talk,
    We will appear under darkness cloak,
    We have stuff that you need,
    smuggled from a far, earth-born seed.

    We Smugglers are a noble breed,
    glad to help to those in need,
    we bring seed for your backyard,
    you bring your smile and a ped card"

    What a terrible excuse for song. No wonder why Smugglers are out of the law. They should be put against a wall and shot, this attempt was a crime against poetry. But, to be honest, I do thought about how cool would it be to have some vegetable seed I left on earth and try to grow it here. tomatoes, cucumber and many other vegetables and varieties. I was curious would that be possible to grow them here. Well, I will soon find out provided those dark ones are not too expensive.

    I arrived at designated coordinates and there was no one there. Funny. I was waiting for a minute or two when from nearby tree a silhouette approached me.

    - "Sorry, gardener, I must make sure you are alone. You have your ped card with you?"
    - "Straight to the point, huh, I am ok with that" - I replied - "I have, what kind of seed do you have?"
    - "Nothing fancy, only dozen tomato varieties, 10 seed from each. Interested".
    - "Sure, lets trade."

    We traded and before I was able to check seed in more detail Smuggler disappeared. Well, at least I wasn't robbed, or killed.

    It was still daylight so I found one desolate location and made a small greenhouse from stuff I had in my storage. All was done in few hours, to be honest it was ugliest greenhouse I have ever seen, Miluca Timber for construction, some hides to the bottom, manufactured long screws and many other junk I collected during last few months. When finished I was satisfied with my work, dark was near so I headed to the forest 100 meters from greenhouse location to my prepared shelter to sleep.

    Tired from work I fall asleep fast. I was dreaming about tasty tomatoes I will eat in few months, Black Krim, Stupice, Sun Gold F1 was just few of many varieties I bought from Smuggler. But alas, dream was not uninterrupted. Sounds of roar and breaking stuff was coming from my greenhouse, I put my armor on fast, turn flashlights on and run toward my new garden. Well, my new ex garden to be honest.

    Everything was destroyed, parts of greenhouse everywhere with animal tracks all around. Gallard tracks, Carabok, Monura, like almost half of Arkadia fauna has attacked my greenhouse, and ate my planted seed. I was furious, took my knife and started to track that unusual pack of animals. If I can't have my garden I will have their skins for retribution.

    "Gardener, by now you should know,
    you are not first who wanted plants to grow,
    to the many like you we sold seed,
    and seen on that seed how Gallards feed.

    We forgot to mention that to you,
    but for peds we thank you,
    looking forward to strike more deals,
    poor Gallards will need more meals

    Ha ha ha ha"

    Dang it, now even Smugglers are laughing at me, this is so frustrating. I have become object of joking for half of a planet, not fun. Well, at least I can release my anger on those Gallards and Caraboks, tracks are more and more fresh. Suddenly I was starting to hear voices and gunfire. I climb on top of small hill and saw people sweating and killing animals. And there was a lot of animals.

    I run towards them and yelled: "Did they ruined your gardens too?"

    One of them looked at me confused and asked: "I am sorry, what did you just said?"

    - "Nothing, nothing" - I replied - "Why are you hunting those things here?" - I asked diverting attention from my initial question. Wasn't in a mood to be mocked here too, that would be too much.

    - "We are having community event here. These things eat everything".
    - "Yeah, tell me about it" - I mumbled for myself.
    - "We are hunting/swunting them" - he continued - "highest TT loot will be rewarded by event host, 3 prizes for first 3 people. Even if you don't get a reward it is fun social event. Some of us that are lucky enough can even find some fruit lying around".

    Nice indeed. Maybe I will not find exact animals that ruined my dream but I will get some sweat and skins of their evil brethren. They should curse the day when they mess with my garden. Instantly I calmed down, put my knife away and took my VSE tool.
     

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  15. Wauspaus

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    Alright then :) Admission time is over. Seeing as so few have entered I will contact people ingame about the voting to bring it out in this topic, don't think it be worth creating a new topic atm for the voting process :). So those who entered, please put the name down of the person who's story you liked the most (it can't be your own)

    Keep in mind, Louise Ranavolana Brooks her story is not in the thread. It can be found here
     
  16. Gardener

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    I vote for Louise Ranavolana Brooks story. It was really fun to read, I enjoyed it. To be honest, I was expecting some ultimate catfight at end combined with Slack beg for mercy. Didn't expecting main character to appear dead, but still, even if tragic, really great story. :)

    P.S. cultural/religious importance of common dung to pirates bought me. :)
     
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    I vote Gardener's story. Was nice to see a somewhat different backstory as a reason to hunt punnies :p
    Plus, making a poem about things you do in EU, was pretty creative imo
     
  18. Louise Ranavolana Brooks

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    I vote for Gardener's story :)
    Those nasty women who mocked and assaulted him when he asked a polite & reasonable question.
    Was not at all fair - I bet they were fat ugly man hating lesbians :(
     
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    Well it seems Kingflo wasn't able to cast his vote.
    Atm it seems Gardener has gotten 2 votes, Louise 1 got 1 vote.
    Which means place 1 and 2 have been chosen. The problem is with placement 3 and 4, since there is a tie between Azra and Kingflo.
    To determine who gets to have third place I will use my vote (so not for the entire contest, only for third and fourth place), which is going to Azra.
    So congratulations guys. Too bad there weren't anymore participants, however I did enjoy everyones story :)
    So rankings are as followed:

    First place: Gardener with a full set of Pixie adjusted (M)
    Second place: Louise with a full TT Sandrunner MkII
    Third place: Azra with a full TT NIP2
    Fourth place: Kingflo with a full TT PLP-0 (consolation prize)

    This contest was setup to allow people to do something different and but still compete, in different ways then the game allows us atm. I was hoping for a bit more enthusiasm. So even though I loved the stories that were submitted a lot, I was a bit sad about the low outcome. That being said means that this contest won't be repeated.

    Thank you those who participated and definatly for the kind words ingame in regards to this contest :)
    For now I am just going to stick with PFEU hunts/races and Puny Bashes ! :D

    wzzls

    Waus
     
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  20. Louise Ranavolana Brooks

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    My effort was the first time I have ever set out to write a story.

    I was surprised how much I enjoyed doing this, and also surprised as how it developed – it developed a life of its own & took off, in directions I neither anticipated nor planned (obviously straight from my subconscious or maybe my id wrote it – God only knows what a psychologist would make of it & me.

    And, that I actually get rewarded for having fun is pure win.

    Thank you Wauspaus, I am over the moon to win a Sandrunner MkII. It is a vehicle I coveted & here I get one in effect for free. And thank you for giving me the opportunity.

    I am sad though that so much cost & effort went to setting this Story Telling event up, and yet the response & voting was so lacklustre. Everybody has a story to tell, people should have had a go.

    I am sad there will be no more Story Telling events, yet I cannot blame the organisers for this.

    But this will not stop me – now I have started I have ideas in my head I would like to put into words, eventually

    Hey, like the rollicking adventures of a Pirate or maybe all of them – with the Pirates Birthday being a bit like the Horses Birthday (yes I have a thing about pirates) and all Pirates are officially born on 29th February, so their mental age is one quarter of their actual age.

    Maybe a Operetta was written roughly about this concept?

    Another idea would be to do a graphic story based on a Country music song (I do love country & Western music).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgAvHo6vpe4 Actually rather sad & serious – actually I don’t think I could do it justice.


    Once again, thank you organisers & other contestants too – I enjoyed reading all the stories
     

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