Challenge The OC Story Dueling Circle...Come and showcase your OCs!! Important info! Pg 52

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  1. SabyneAmberle Jedi Master

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    (Quickie disclaimer: If this belongs elsewhere, let me know. Since I cannot edit the Subject on the OC Alliance, I thought it might be easier to start a new thread for the Challenge)

    Welcome one and all to the OC Dueling Circle! Here for your reading pleasure, our competitors shall compete for great honor!

    Here are the Rules should you wish to step into the Dueling Circle and prove yourself:

    1) The only stories accepted either a)Are written using only OCs or b)Are stories featuring Canon characters, but primarily driven by OCs

    2) Every competitor is to be treated with utmost respect. Flaming WILL NOT BE TOLERATED!

    3) If you wish to help out, let me know!

    Now, here are the rules for the Challenge:

    1) Approximately every other week there will be a Challenge posted in this thread, generally in the post following this one. Competitors will have one week to write a fic based upon that theme. You can write in any time period (Before/Saga/Beyond).

    2) No fics/links are to be posted on this thread. Competitors are required to PM me with the link to their stories on their respective boards. Once the submission window closes, I will put up a post with that links to that Challenge's submissions for voting. (Why this rule? Hopefully to keep things running smoother and less cluttered in this thread.)
    **UPDATE: I am considering permitting fics to be posted here. I'll be testing this for the first couple Challenges to see if it works out. So help me out by participating!**

    3) The voting period will run for about five days, during which you PM me to cast your votes. I will be keeping track of the votes received, and at the end of the voting period, I'll announce the winners. One fic from each Board will be chosen as a winner.
    3b) I will participate in this Challenge, but I won't be voting with everyone else. However, if there is a tie, I'll cast the tiebreaking vote.
    UPDATE: To clear up any confusion, you cannot vote for your own fic. Try to find someone else's you like, rather than voting for yours.

    4) What will the winners get? You will receive considerable honor...plus amongst the three of you, you will come up with a topic for the next Challenge, which I'll give you time to decide on. Once you do, PM it to me and I'll have it ready for the next Challenge. Note that failing to do this will result in me (and anyone assisting me) arbitrarily assigning a new Challenge.

    *Also, note that rules are subject to change as the Challenge goes on...in which case this post shall be updated accordingly.*

    That's it. Have fun and write ferociously!

    EDIT: Clarified a few things.
  2. SabyneAmberle Jedi Master

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    All right, I've decided to dedicate this post to the past and current Challenges. Every time we have a new Challenge put up, I'll update this post to reflect it. I'll also be posting links to the past Challenge entries, with winners designated with a bold letter before the entry.


    First up, Challenge #1, contributed by CommanderConrad!

    The Death Scene

    Write a fic (any length) in which at leaast one of your OCs dies. It can be natural causes, illness, or injury.

    Fics
    A. In the Service of the Chancellor
    B. Whisper a Prayer
    C. Out of the Depths
    D. Birth of the Sith Vampire's Code
    E. Birth of a Rebellion
    F. Order 66


    Challenge #2, Contributed by Jedi_LineWalker:

    Have an OC, or group of OCs, assist a canon character in some way, big or small, without the canon character knowing they've had the help.

    Fics

    A. Stories They Would Never Tell
    B. A Gift of Gimer
    C. All in a Day's Work
    D. The Last Command


    Challenge #3, submitted by Commander_DWH:

    First Impressions: Have your OC make a memorable first impression on someone, be it good, bad, or any reason that something would be particularly noteworthy.

    Fics

    A. Seeking the Light
    B. The Bounty Hunter
    C. Meeting the Boss
    D. The Holocron of Shakkr'sh
    E. Another Day at the Office
    F. Weapons of Choice
    G. Yellow - An Excerpt From the Life of Lord Octavius Nyro
    H. Enigma
    I. The Rebel ARC Trooper


    Challenge #4, submitted by Livi_Wan

    Write an event from the Star Wars movies as if your OC was a witness to it. Say, if they were in the Outlander club when Anakin and Obi-Wan were chasing Zam, or a spectator at the Boonta Eve podrace.

    Fics

    A. An Honest Clone's Work
    B. Destruction
    C. The Once and Future Queen
    D. Old Wounds
    E. Recollections
    F. The Battle of Geonosis


    Challenge #5, submitted by the_wandering_shadow:

    Your OC is to come from a long line of prestigious... somethings. Well, you fill in the blank. They can be from a family of Jedi or Sith, bounty hunters or smugglers, kings and queens or politicians. Whatever you can think of, even if it's something less grand; perhaps someone from a long line of peop/>/>/>/>
  3. DarthIshtar Jedi Grand Master

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  4. SilSolo Jedi Knight

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    Kewl... I think I'll try this one. Does death include the transition from humanity into my current state?
  5. SabyneAmberle Jedi Master

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  6. talkingbanana Jedi Master

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    I can't kill my main OC, he's not ready to die yet. :p

    This is a great idea, but I think I'll wait for the next challenge. :)
  7. emimar Jedi Youngling

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    I'd do a story for this if I had time (and my computer at home was working!) but I've got some uni work to do, so I can't unfortuantely. I do have one suggestion, though. I know you don't want people to post their stories here, but you might get more response if you did let them do that - or you could run it in conjuntion with my forum at Jedi Girl. I need people to post there and the forum is about Original Character stories, but that's up to you if you want to do that. Here's the link to it, anyway.

    Jedi Gardens

    Do you have the link to the site you originally posted this challenge on? I'm always looking for new sites to affiliate mine with, so I'd be interested if it's one I've not come across before.
  8. DarthIshtar Jedi Grand Master

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    I have a story in which all my OCs keep dying. Does that count? It's a Jedi Purges AU.
  9. SabyneAmberle Jedi Master

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    OK, mass-response time!

    talkingbanana: If you don't want to participate in this one, you don't have to. This isn't a long-running competition, where points are kept track of. After each Challenge, everyone starts from scratch, so you can jump in at any Challenge!

    emimar: Hope you get the computer up and running soon! We miss you! Anyway, the reason I'm reluctant to let stories be posted here is I don't want to have judging swayed unfairly by having some stories available before others. I may try it out to see what happens for the first Challenge or two, but I just want to make the judging fair.

    Here's the Forum for the Challenges on the other site:

    Mandalore's Dueling Circle

    The only difference is this Challenge will extend to all Boards (Before/Saga/Beyond), not just KotOR. I'm not sure how we could go about linking this with your site, but I'm sure we could work out something.

    DarthIshtar: That would work just fine.
  10. emimar Jedi Youngling

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    I have tried typing my stories directly on to the boards, but you always run the risk of it crashing that way before you finish - then you loose everything you've written. I hope my computer can be fixed, otherwise it'll take me a long time to get a new one. Luckily my cousin knows how to fix them.

    Kinghts of the Old Republic looks good. I'll try submitting my Wookiee Wars Trilogy there as it's in that time period, and I'll put a link to it on my site anyway. Any site that deals with Original Characters is welcome at SWCC.

    I know what you mean by not wanting the judging to be swayed - perhaps instead of having a new challenge every week, maybe every two weeks would be better, but that's just a thought.
  11. SabyneAmberle Jedi Master

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    emimar: I'm hoping to have Challenges every other week, that way we allow for judging and deciding for the next Cahllenge. If it still gets too hectic, I'll allow for more time.

    And as a quick note for everyone: Feel free to post your stories in their respective boards before judging begins. After all, only the votes garnered in this thread will count, not any comments left for a story.

    And I'm still gonna try posting entire stories in here. It may make for some long posts, but it might be easier than links.
  12. DarthIshtar Jedi Grand Master

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    Will pm you now that I put the wrong thing up!
  13. Lusa_Thul Jedi Knight

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    I'm really tempted but, due to the fact that I'm almost done with my fic and I don't want to reveal the fates of any of my characters, I'm gonna sit this one out! I'll try my hand at another one, though! :)
  14. DarthIshtar Jedi Grand Master

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    Aww, you could just kill an OC in a vignette. I've done that a few dozen times...
  15. Jedi_Linewalker Jedi Master

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    To make sure I understand this correctly, we post our story in the appropriate thread (Before/Saga/Beyond) and then post a link to it to you in PM, and its judged here?

    I'm interested in participating, just making sure I understand how it works
  16. DarthIshtar Jedi Grand Master

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    That's the impression that I get.
  17. SabyneAmberle Jedi Master

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    Yep, that's how I'd like it to work. I've kicked around the idea of posting stories in this thread, but I'm concerned about post lengths...after all, who wants to read through a page that takes 15 minutes to scroll through?

    I just had a thought, so I'll do it this way. If you have a shorter fic, you can either post it to its board and PM me the link, or you can PM it to me and I'll post it in here. (You can still post it on its board if you PM the story directly to me) If your fic's longer, just PM me its board link. That should (hopefully) make things easier, both on me and on readers.
  18. Lola64 Jedi Master

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    I think this is a great idea.

    It'll give those who haven't maybe introduced an OC yet to layout background for that character without distracting a reader from their main plot.

  19. CommanderConrad Jedi Master

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    I'm having trouble which one I want to kill off. Naturally, some would have more interesting deaths than others.
  20. Jedi_Linewalker Jedi Master

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  21. SabyneAmberle Jedi Master

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    Commander: I'd say choose the one(s) whose death(s) would be most interesting, then build a story around that.

    I'll take this moment to wish everyone the best! And that I hope someone posts one for "Before". I'd hate to be the only one writing a "Before" story. :B
  22. DarthIshtar Jedi Grand Master

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    I started with several main characters and they're all going to DIE!
  23. SilSolo Jedi Knight

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    I've turned mine in. If you don't want to kill your OC's from your already-posted stuff, I think you can create a guy/girl and write their interesting death.
  24. emimar Jedi Youngling

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    Yes, you could do that. I do have a story where a couple of my characters died, but that was written a couple of years ago now and I'm not going to post that one. I'll take part in the voting on this, I think, because it'll be a way for me to have a look at the stories of other authors who I might have missed because there are so many on here.
  25. SabyneAmberle Jedi Master

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    You make a good point there, emimar, and I think that's another reason why I made a thread like this. IMHO, it seems OC-driven stories don't get the same readership as stories that are Canon character-driven. I think this is a great way to get more people to read OC stories.

    Sure, it's small right now, but it'll only grow from here...I know it!
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