And here is that fabled triple post!
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. 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:
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.
Proper credit must be given to all characters!
You must include the theme in some way, shape, or form.
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.
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.
Also, for the your submission, you can either post it on here, PM me, or send it to my e-mail, email@example.com
All entries will get featured in a later blog. Not so much a rule, just something to note.
Writing contest rules:
Length must be between 1,000 and 10,000 words.
Tobias, our protagonist: http://www.idhasstudios.com/DotS/tobias.png
Josh, the sidekick manipulating everything behind the scenes: http://www.idhasstudios.com/DotS/Josh.png
Winy, the victim of a cruel fate and future: http://www.idhasstudios.com/DotS/Winy.png
Kat, the nerdy best friend trying to stop it all: http://www.idhasstudios.com/DotS/Kat.png
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: http://www.idhasstudios.com/DotS/Qrinz.png
Doc, an evil character egging Tobias on from the fabled unreleased version 4: http://www.idhasstudios.com/DotS/Doc.png
As always, I'm here to field any comments, questions, or concerns! Remember, have fun!