Hi everyone! Welcome to the Create a World in 5 Cards contest! This contest is for both newcomers and vets of YMTC forums who are excited to build worlds with their cards, but don't have the time/stamina to go from zero to 249 cards all the time. Consider this splashy contest the 'short story' version of worldbuilding with cards!
Each round, show us a glimpse of a set/block/world in 5 cards, based on a provided criteria.
Your job is to communicating a tantalizing set with well-designed, flavorful entries each round. I'll judge each entry within 48 hours of the round's end to make sure the turnaround is fast-paced. Each entry does not need to be part of the previous entry's world, though there are bonus points for doing so, if able. Your entries will be rated on the following scale (with a total of 50 possible points per entry):
- Creativity (10): How fresh and new your idea is. New mechanics, new spins on old mechanics, off-the-wall designs and just fresh cards get you higher points here.
- Execution (10): Brevity is the heart of design. Your idea should have the least amount of cruft to execute it. The better designed and more poetically executed your cards are, the higher your score.
- Flavor (10): This score shows how flavorful each individual card is, as well as when taken as a whole. The more flavorful and top-down your designs, and the better they fit together creatively, the higher your score. Note: your cards do NOT need art to score well here!
- Fun (10): How exciting the cards look and how fun they are to play. The more fun they are and the more 'wow factor' they have, the higher your score.
- Overall (10): This final score is the gestalt of all the previous categories combined. This is also where I can give bonus points for exceptional effort, risk-taking, or entries that truly go the extra mile.
- Each contestant will create five cards based on the criteria provided.
- Each entry's cards must be from the same set.
- Different entries can be from different sets/blocks/worlds.
- You can provide any additional information you wish concerning your set along with your cards, but the cards should provide enough of a glimpse of your world setting by themselves. I love reading this stuff, but it's not a crutch for your cards: they should stand alone.
- While individual cards can come from previous contests, I ask that your entire entry not be previously entered in another contest.
- Art DOES NOT COUNT towards your score, but if you do decide to render cards with images, please attribute the image to the original artist.
Former WizO forum moderator, former art director for WOTC community projects, have designed multiple sets in my years complete with hosted live pre-releases, level 1 judge, and current judge for this contest and overall cool guy!
- Round 1: Design 5 commons, one of each color, that give us a glimpse into your world. Winner: chlnkeeyong
- Round 2: Design 5 cards: 1 of each rarity, and finally a Planechase plane for your world. Winner: theatog
- Round 3: Design 5 cards in another contestant's setting: 1C, 1U, 1R, 1M & 1 reprint (any rarity). Winner: elzaban_the_ethereal
- Round 4: Design 5 rares/mythics that each appeal to one of the five psychographics: Timmy, Johnny, Spike, Melvin, Vorthos. Winner: elzaban_the_ethereal
- Round 5: Design 5 cards that excel at one of the contest criteria: Creativity, Execution, Flavor, Fun. Winner: Theatog
- Round 6: Design a tight horizontal cycle (one card for each color, any rarity). Winner: Theatog
- Round 7: Design 5 exciting rare and/or mythic cards that sell your set. Winner: chlnkeeyong
Contestants & Standings (in order):
Design 5 commons, one of each color, that give us a glimpse into your world.
The focus is to introduce a world setting using the cards with least complexity. Your set's mechanics should appear here (if any), as well as be easy to grok and look fun to play (think Akrasan Squire). Vanilla creatures are great palettes for storytelling, so don't be scared to use them too!
The first round is open to anyone, and will close on 11:59pm, January 18th 2012. I'd like a quorum of 6 at least, so if we don't have 6 by that date, I'll keep it open until we do.
Alright! good luck to all contestants!