Spring Ceramic DM™: WINNER POSTED!


Spring Ceramic DM™: WINNER POSTED!

It's time!

The last winner, Sialia, is providing her artwork instead of competing. Worship her. As a result, we'll be needing at least eighteen people (sixteen contestants and two alternates) interested in trying their hand.

Ceramic DM involves crafting the best short story you can from 4-6 judge-selected pictures. It's like wrestling greased pigs on ice while making up haiku, and it's great fun. And self-induced torture. But almost all fun.

A few rules, shamelessly cribbed from our venerable leader Alsih2o:

- Treat the illustrations as if they were the illustrations for your story. Using an illustration as a piece of art inside the story ("He slid the photo across the desk") should be avoided.

- Spelling, grammar and punctuation count.

- With more contestants, length becomes a lot more of an issue for the judges. Please keep first round entries under 5000 words, 2nd and 3rd round entries under 6000 words, and 4th round Final entries under 7000 words.

- Creative use of photos gets considered favorably.

- Once it is posted, no editing.

- The illustrations will be numbered. Please indicate by number where they belong in your story, or link to them with hypertext.

- 72 hours from the post of the illustrations for you to post your story. Times will be using the timestamp on your posts, no credit for turning anything in early, disqualified for 1 minute or more late (c'mon, you have 72 hours!!)

- An adventure is acceptable, as is a story, but applicability to the d20 3e genre (fantasy or otherwise) is the rule.

- Here's a link to the Winter competition, so you can see how things went.

The competition will open late this week. Judges are myself, Arwink and Maldur.

Let the battle begin!

Quicklinks to Photos, Stories and Judgements:

Use these to avoiding wading through all the discussion between stories.

First Round

1 Pictures - Alish2o vs Cool Hand Luke - Judgement

2 Pictures - Macbeth vs Thullgrim - Judgement

3 Pictures - Berandor vs Drose25 - Judgement

4 Pictures - Mythago vs Orchid Blossom - Judgement

5 Pictures - Tzor vs Zhaneel - Judgement

6 Pictures - RangerWickett vs Speaker - Judgement

7 Pictures - WanderingMonster vs BardStephenFox - Judgement

8 Pictures - NiTessine vs Francisca - Judgement

Second Round (Winners of First Round competitions)

1 Pictures - Alish2o vs Macbeth - Judgement

2 Pictures - Mythago vs Drose25 - Judgement

3 Pictures - BardStephenFox vs NiTessine - Judgement

4 Pictures - Zhaneel vs RangerWickett - Judgement

Third Round (Winners of Second Round competition)

1 Pictures - Macbeth vs BardStephenFox - Judgement

2 Pictures - Mythago vs Zhaneel

Final (Waiting for Third Round completion)

Macbeth vs ?

Related Links:

Ceramic DM Contests

Ceramic DM - December 2002

Ceramic DM - January 2003

Ceramic DM - March 2003

Ceramic DM - April 2003

Ceramic DM - June 2003

Ceramic DM - August 2003 (Spycraft & Modern themed)

Ceramic DM - October 2003

Ceramic DM - January 2004

Ceramic DM Inspired stories without the time limits.

Ceramic DM, the home version

Kiln-Fired Ceramic DM

And finally ... Instant Feedback a thread that has commentary on the stories, where the judges won't see it and possibly become "biased".
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As a person who graduated from the Snoopy School of Short Story Writing (I've think I've gotten better) I would like to apply for a position in the contest. (Should the picture involve a person in armor with lightning in the background I reserve the right to start my story with the cliche "He was a dark and stormy knight." :lol: )


I'm probably too late to even be an alternate, but count me in nevertheless.

And then, I'm moving a few time zones closer :)

ETA: I'm ... 8th? Woohoo? Well, if I'm really in, I'll be out for roughly 1 1/2 hours, so don't be mad if I don't answer during that time :)
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We're considering raising the number of contestents, since there are already about 14 people who want to play. Details as we have 'em!


Boy, I would like the chance to go up against Macbeth on this one, but I have a fever today and I have some travel to begin setting up some site-to-site VPN's coming up soon. I don't think I can commit on this one.

Piratecat, if you have a lack of alternates (unlikely), then I can fill one of those spots. It's not that I won't have net access on the road (I am setting up VPN's) but I am not sure on my time availability.

Good luck to everyone!


BSF, if we do in fact raise the number of entrants, I don't see any reason why we shouldn't schedule around your business travel. Please don't feel that should necessarily stop you from entering!


I would like to give it a try though I've never done it before. Just so I understand, you have to write a short story based on or including the pictures?



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Growl... this is what I get for not checking for 24 hours. *sigh*

I'm up, if you increase the number or being an alternate if the number stays at 8.



Zhaneel, I've put you up, and I've moved over the other people from the other thread too. Just confirm if you're in, folks!

Thullgrim, you've got it; write a story based on or including the illustrations. The more a photo is an integral part of the story, the better you're doing. Take a look at the old thread linked above for examples.
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