Writer Mapping Contest

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Dear friend,
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I pen this letter with great pleasure and delight, for I have grand news to share. Our kind and generous keepers have put out a call for the most talented of artists, architects and writers - an opportunity we must not miss! They should like us to fashion a brand new world, in image and in word, and allow it to inspire our fellows.
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Can you imagine? A brand new world! Ours to mold and shape into greatness. And yet, the joy does not stop there, for they've also offered a generous recompense for our efforts. Treasures familiar and new - building blocks to use for our ventures grand or small.
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Are you with me, friend?
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Yours Truly,


ABOUT:

In case our verbose little friend was not entirely clear, we are hosting another contest! This contest is the first of many things we have planned for you in the honor of Golden Week - so expect a week-long celebration in addition to a challenge to your skill and creativity.

This mapping contest is a merger of two things that go together hand-in-hand when it comes to RPGs: mapping and writing. Please be sure to read the instructions closely, as your participation will involve 2 parts.

RULES:

To participate, your entry must contain the following:

1) Your Entry Map

2) Write-Up inspired by another map

You may use any RPG Maker for your entry. Only one entry per participant, please.

ENTRY MAP:

- Map must be minimum-sized for the maker you're using (ex. for VX-Ace, that would be 544x416, while RMXP would be 640x480), posted as an image (no videos this time, please).

- You may use any legal material you have permission to use, with appropriate credits.

- Your map can contain characters, objects and so on.

- You can use editor mapping or parallax mapping.

WRITE UP:

- The write-up should be a short piece (1-2 paragraphs) inspired by a map that another participant made.

- You can write poetry, prose or a story/plot synopsis.

- If you are one of the first participants to post an image, you may wait and edit in your description after more maps have been posted.

PRIZES:

Top 3 entries will be receiving a resource pack from our forum store.

Grand prize winner will be receiving a resource pack, as well as a choice between a copy of RPG Maker or another resource pack.

A secret winner will also be chosen and will receive forum store credit.

DEADLINE:

Wednesday, May 6th
 

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Awesome contest.

Although I will not be entering I wish everyone who does good luck, and I look forward to seeing these entries and hopefully being inspired for my own personal projects. ^-^
 

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So we can use XP to map? I read that correctly? if so... Score!

Although I'm afraid I don't understand this part: 

The write-up should be a short piece (1-2 paragraphs) inspired by a map that another participant made
if this is the case... then who is the first participant going to write about?

Edit: I'm a speed-reading idiot.
 
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excuse me, may I ask how to take picture of map?  really don't know that.
 

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Yeah, another contest!

Going immediatly to work on something^^ 
 

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I suppose I'll participate. Just for the fun of it. Not really expecting it to go either way for me, just want to try it 

@zales: function + print screen i think. then open paint and control + V to paste. Save, then put in photo bucket. Finally, post it here
 
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I suppose I'll participate. Just for the fun of it. Not really expecting it to go either way for me, just want to try it 

@zales: function + print screen i think. then open paint and control + V to paste. Save, then put in photo bucket. Finally, post it here
I think it's Control + Print Screen. I, at least, don't have a Function key at all... o_O
 

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I've been pretty busy with RL junk, but I took some time out to do a quick RTP map with a couple parallax edits:



Based off of Pink Guy's "The Exile"

Walking through an endless path of sand. Neither the desert or land made by man.

A lone vagabond marching without fear or hesitation, for his exile was done for a reason.

To save one's pride? Or to be Hell's guide?

None may know the reasons for why, however the man believed in something extraordinary on the other side.

None believe that the far reaches lies large bodies of water, except for the exile who will not falter.

He heard a traveler call this land the sea.

To find water in the land of death? Won't one first run out of breath?

Purposely exiled to prove them wrong, he set forth, knowing the journey was nearing a close based on the unknown fauna before him.

"Was this not foolish? Would you discard society to find the one thing you've rarely seen in abundance?" A voice had spoken, as the exile's eyes grow heavy.

"A large amount of water that won't grow our dying crops or save the thirsty? I want to see this cruel joke with my own eyes." The exile simply replied.
 
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Okay, so I tossed together a silly little thing. Everything's RTP, except the Minotaur, which is one of Marquise's contributions in the Community DLC.

I call the map "The Maze"

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7syyAkJltVAOEN5QlVDMllfMWM/view?usp=sharing
 
I'd post the image itself, but Google Drive is being a bit of a female dog about it. Link should work, though.
And I'll edit with a write-up when there're more than three entries.

Okay, so the writeup... Going with Cintronics' piece.

"And here we see a specimen of the Common Lush, displaying its predilection for straying far from its natural habitat to indulge in its proclivities in peace; a casual, comfortable seat in a soft spot, following a gradual decline into intoxicated unconsciousness. The Common Lush is a fascinating creature; capable of remarkable feats of engineering in preparation for indulgences, as is witnessed by the presence of a well-raised tent, a meticulously encircled fireplace laid out so as to remove any risk of accidentally causing a bushfire. There's even evidence of some notes written prior to his departure from the waking world. Let us have a closer look, shall we?

It seems our friend has a penchant for writing fiction of some sort. It appears to be centered around the relatonship between a 'Starship Captain', his 'Science Officer' and the... Oh, myyy."
 
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I'm gonna enter, but first I'll wait to see what else comes up in the contest.
 

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Here's my entry, The Final Day. I read the rules carefully and there was nothing that said you couldn't redo your map, and I didn't want mine to be a parallax. I was rushing to get in, so my map was really bad.



As for the writing, this is my story based on ☠Hazardous's map:

Bennett was Ralph’s very best friend. They had known each other since they were little, and now, Bennett was becoming quite nervous, as Ralph had gone missing over a week ago. One day, as he was about to start searching, Bennett received a letter from Ralph, saying that he was relaxing in the middle of a volcano. Bennett quickly rushed to the place, only to find Ralph peacefully sitting next to a boiling stream of lava. He was surrounded by skeletons, rocks, and columns.

Upon asking Ralph about the skeletons, Bennett learned the volcano had nothing to do with them. He began to wonder what had been responsible for them, and left the volcano. A day later, he returned, and saw Ralph in the same position. Bennett was about to go back, when all of a sudden, he saw a monster lurking in the shadows! He warned Ralph, who seemed too absorbed in relaxing to care. Just as the monster leapt for Ralph, Bennett pulled him to the side, and it landed into the lava. Ralph realized what was happening and thanked Bennett for saving him. The two return home, always ready for new adventures.
 
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K, I'm in.

I'll edit with the map in a while and I'll get on with the story after some more maps have been added.

Map's here:



The resources used are by Celina, Makapri, Ayene-chan on DA, Mack and Soramani Blog. Also, Enterbrain.

Not to mention someone else. Someone very important. Many thanks to that person and may you have the best time of your life.
Story's here. Based on the map by MrPinkman9x9 or Thejesse081 for those not profficient in maths and/or unable to get the Breaking Bad reference.

[SIZE=12pt]It had been many years since Rolland crossed those deserted lands to perform a trade, but it was time again. In those years, so many things had happened...[/SIZE]

[SIZE=12pt]His childhood friend, the person he knew from the days his father used to trade in that kingdom, had grown into a royal guard. There was also an uprising when the heir to the throne left his father among the goats in the stables to be rammed to death. It was noticeable the effect it had on the fearful and displeased plebeians and even on the newly crowned king himself, as he forbid goats afraid that somebody could end him the same way he ended his father.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=12pt]Unfortunately, Rolland was unaware of this prohibition and onward through the lands he kept going with his trustful goat alongside.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=12pt]It was in the early stages of a sandstorm, when he was crossing a impoverished village when he met somebody, a person he never thought to meet. His good old friend Thaddeus, but that made Rolland worry as he was being escorted by two heavily armored guards.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=12pt]They stopped moving and looked into each other's eyes.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=12pt]-Rolland, it has been a rather long time. How come that, in eight years, you haven't visited this parts until now?[/SIZE]

[SIZE=12pt]-My father died, Thaddeus. I am now working as a trader, and you should know that wherever there's a good trade, one must go. -He answered trying to hide the fact that he made a last visit years ago.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=12pt]-I do understand, but it makes me wonder, you know? How much did you consider me a friend? Never read a letter from you, never heard of you, never. Anything in eight years. Why?[/SIZE]

[SIZE=12pt]-Time is unforgiving, both for me and you. I had tasks to take care of and you had a fair share of troubles to take care of.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=12pt]-You mean the rebellion? -Thaddeus asked, obtaining a clear "yes" from Rolland.- If that's the case, I wonder why did you bring a goat. Or is it that you never heard the laws the new king made? Goats are forbidden, Rolland, and I have the right to take you to jail and even execute you if I decide to do so.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=12pt]Rolland stood there, wondering what in the three plains of existence did that mean.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=12pt]-But, you know, I won't take you to jail. I'll let you go through...if you make me a promise. Promise that whenever you finish your trade, you will return. You and your companion are the only hope for this lands. The stubborn tyrant sitting on the throne took a very important person for all of us...and we will make him suffer the same way he made his father suffer. Promise me that.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=12pt]With a look of pride and duty in his eyes, Rolland looked at Thaddeus and said "I promise". That was the last time they would be known as normal people and not as heroes of an entire nation.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=12pt][/SIZE]
Nobody said it had to be a serious story.
 
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It's been a while. Now here's something I cooked up with the RTP. No people or anything fancy, just a map.



I'll do Warpmind's minotaur pic:

Eric, the hero of Hanford City, has endured many trials after his entire village was sacked by the nefarious Lady Crispa. In his latest exploit, he was tasked by a resistance group calling themselves The Yacht Club to retrieve the Fruit of the Loom from the Minotaur's Warren. Having done similar quests dozens of times before, Eric accepts without second thoughts believing a simple "fetch" quest won't hurt anyone (except for the critters one meets on the way to the thingy, but whatever). Little did he know of the true challenge that lies ahead.

The labyrinth was an uneventful walk through winding corridors and ladders that are not even supposed to be a puzzle. For each certain step, Eric knew he will reach his prize soon enough and be done with this task... until he met the eponymous Minotaur of the Warren. "Before you claim the treasure behind me, o bold adventurer, a test of skill and power you must take!" Eric replies, "Then I shall have this test! I am not afraid, for the power of the Ancient Hanes is my strength." The Minotaur sagged its large bovine head, not in defeat but in disappointment. "Perhaps you were misled," it said... "You speak to the wrong Minotaur. I am here to test your skills in the Power Of Love!"
 
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I'll admit, I'm a bit busy to map these days. So I took one of my older works. 
There are some characters by sithjester in there that I edited myself... Everything else is edited RTP and was made in the editor

I'll write my story once I see a few more maps. Write me a good story fellas!

For my story, I think I'll use TherainED's map. 


After a long three days ride, Cecil arrived at the capital. Though he was hot and tired, Cecil did not

break a sweat. He couldn't. For the longest time he had been preparing for this moment, and nothing

was going to stop him from seeing his objective through to the end. He stopped for only a moment when

he overheard the crier shouting to the mob. "The one they call Blackheart was seen in Aracio to the

North! He is dangerous, and may be traveling with a companion! If you see him..." He did not care to

hear the rest. Cecil knew perfectly well who he was. "Did you think anyone will notice you without your armor?"

for a moment his hand reached for his sword, but he then recognized the voice, and regained his composure.

"You shouldn't sneak up on me, Melissa." He said. "it might get you killed someday." She snickered at the thought,

and began to walk alongside him. "What the hell are you doing out here, Cecil? This is Lylian territory now." ,

"I know that." Looking around one couldn't tell. The people were blissfully ignorant to the fact that their home

was being occupied by enemy forces. As long as no-one made a fuss, the soldiers would leave them alone.

"The knight is here, Melissa. The one that killed Caius." as they walked Melissa noticed a patrol walking towards them. 

"So what do you intend to do?" She asked, as she reached for the knife strapped to her back. Cecil turned his direction

to face the patrol, prepared to fight if necessary...

"I'm going to avenge my King."
 
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  • El Capitán:




"So... you're trying to go there, huh?. I can see you have a lot of courage, eh. I will tell you where is it, but careful you must be, as the road will be almost impossible for you to go across.

You have to go to the north, where the ice giants live. It's more likely for you to die by the cold than the ice giants, I must tell. Firstly, you have to walk through the Forest of Echoes, where you can hear distant screams of sorrow and pain... those are illusions, I warn you. If you're there enough time, you will suddenly feel dizzy and will start to hear the echoes of your own thoughts. You will have to remain sane and try to exit there quickly. Just when you get out of there, you'll have to climb Death's Peak. Of course, if you can climb that. This is the part where everyone dies. Not trying to be negative, but... Ah! I'm just warning you.

Anyways. If you reach to to the top, there you will find The Shrine. Two beautiful woman statues will guard it, and even if they are just statues, you will feel they're looking you. Put your sword in there, and then, adventurer... you'll gain inmortality.

How do I know all of this?

Well, I died just when I was to put my sword in there. If you reach the top, you will see my bones right there."

... And he dissapeared.



Credits to: Celianna, Enterbrain.
 
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Legit question time: Are we able to edit and re-submit our entry if we see something wrong with it before the deadline as long as it's the same map?
 

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@TherainED: You forgot someone in your credits. ;)

@thejesse081: I would prefer that no changes be made to the maps, as it could affect the writing. If you really have a terrible error you absolutely have to fix, put it in a spoiler under the entry. :)
 

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@Lunarea Totally understandable. I was thinking about putting some shadows in places that just really just look like they need shadows, but eh. No big deal. I'll live with it. 
 

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