[Closed/Judging] Writing Contest: What's Your Story? - Vol. I

Wednesday, Aug 26 at 18:47

Welcome to Horse Reality's first writing contest!

Well well well, what do we have here? A crime! A criminal degree of incomplete backstories in this game has been detected, and here are our three convicts: Gisela, Joseph, and Mia are three of Horse Reality's NPCs (non-player characters). As Horse Reality grows, we plan on adding more NPCs to the game and they will become increasingly important. But we don't know them very well yet. That's quite scandalous, and it's precisely where you come in!

We're on the search for the backstories of our three NPCs above: Who are they as a person, why have they chosen their respective job, where are they from, what challenges in life did they overcome? Have you ever wondered how Gisela takes care of all those horses in the retirement home? Or who Joseph's boyfriend is and how they met? And what about Mia, how does she manage to keep up with her four-legged and two-legged children? Now you can finally share your ideas with us!

The winning entries will be added to the official Horse Reality lore: The backstories you come up with will become part of the NPCs' in-game profiles and their Wiki entries. On top of that, there will be monetary prizes.

For the first edition of this contest, we have selected three NPCs that already have an in-game profile and exist in our game world. Once we add more NPCs to the game, we may hold further contests to find their backstories.

But for now - let's write the adventures of Gisela, Joseph, and Mia! Get out your pens and notebooks, let your imagination run free, enrich our game world, and win neat prizes in the process!


πŸ‡ How to participate πŸ‡

All entries need to be posted in this forum thread for the contest. You are allowed to edit your entry post until the contest closes. Please only post entries in the thread, and any questions or comments under this news post.

We will not accept entries sent to our socials or to us privately/via the contact form as they will get promptly eaten by whoever receives them - don't hold it against us, that's just how hungry we are for your creations!

You can enter the contest until Saturday the 26 of September 23:59 HR time (12 AM CEST).
We will announce the winners as soon as possible after the contest has closed.


🚨 Rules & Conditions 🚨

By posting your entry, you agree to these rules:

Rule 1 - One entry per player per NPC
Every player is allowed a maximum of three entries: one entry per NPC. This is an across-server contest, meaning that both .nl and .com players compete for the same first prize. If you have one account on each server, you can still only submit one entry per NPC.

Rule 2 - Your entry must be written by you
You may not use other people's intellectual property and you may not claim it as your own if you are not the one who made it. If we find anything is copied, not written by you, or obviously taken from other fictional or nonfictional characters, you will be disqualified.

Rule 3 - Transfer and reservation of rights
By participating in this contest, you agree to give Horse Reality the rights to use this backstory for whatever purpose, with or without crediting you, forever. We reserve the right to make changes to the backstory and to translate it. If an NPC only receives entries that do not meet our standards, we are not obligated to use any of those.

Rule 4 - Mind our game rules
Creative freedom ends where the official game rules begin. See our game rules #6, esp. #6.4, and #7 about sensitive topics, sexually explicit or violent content, swearing, and cursing.


πŸ’° Prizes πŸ’°

3x First prize: 20.000 DP + your backstory will be added to the official Horse Reality lore
6x Second prize: 12.500 DP (3x for .com, 3x for .nl)

There will be three first prizes (one per NPC) and six second prizes (one per NPC per server). This is because the NPCs are the same for both our servers, and we can only add one backstory for each of them. Across both servers combined, the one best story for each NPC wins a first prize payout. The second prizes will be runner-ups for stories which stood out but didn't end up winning a first prize.

If an NPC only receives entries that do not meet our standards (see the rules above and our judging criteria below), we will not pay out the prizes for that NPC.

One player can win several prizes. Meaning that, if it so happens that the same player writes the best stories for all three NPCs, those three will be added to the official Horse Reality lore, and the player will receive 60.000 DP. But we really hope that prizes will be spread out more between many talented authors with amazing stories! :)


✍️ The Task & Judging Criteria ✍️

We want to be able to use the backstories you come up with for the in-game profiles & Wiki entries of our NPCs. Your entry should include:

🌱 An introduction: Who is this person, and what is their daily life like?
🌱 Their history/backstory: How did this person become who they are now? Why do they do what they do? What has their life looked like so far?
🌱 Their work: What is their work like? What do they enjoy about it? What challenges do they face, and how do they deal with them?
❗ Word limit: 800 words maximum per NPC
❌ Don't add artwork

Consistency: Below you will find a mini-profile for each of the NPCs. We expect players to weave together character histories and make sure that the information corresponds to what we provide you with - granted, with a lot of creative freedom! Your stories need to make sense for the character, for Horse Reality, and for real life, too. If you choose to use the first-person narrative, the way the NPC talks about themselves should reflect their character. Bring them to life, make their personality show through your writing!

Relevance: The character's backstory should have shaped who they are. Their character and the events in their past must line up. We want to know more about them. What happened to them? Where did they come from? Who are they today? What are their goals and passions, their fears and struggles? What is their outlook on life?

Creativity: We want this contest to be fun! Your ideas are what counts. A great writing style is a plus, but being creative is more important to us than perfect writing or grammar skills.


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πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ¦³ Gisela πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ¦³

Gisela is the owner of the game's retirement homes on all continents, where she provides loving homes for unwanted and old horses. She is an older woman from Germany, around 65 years old, and retired herself. She is a kind and loving person, a bit like a caring grandparent. But that is all we know about her! What did she do before becoming our beloved caretaker? Does she have a husband? A wife? Kids? What is her last name? How does she manage such a big retirement company, while still providing all the horses with the love they deserve? So many mysteries surround Gisela's past and present, we hope players will be able to shed some light on them!

Name: Gisela … - find her last name!
Gender: Female
Sexual Orientation: Unknown
Age: Around 65 years
Height: 180cm (5’11”)
Family Background: She is from Germany, but details about whether she has family there - or elsewhere - are unknown.
Personality: Kind, loving, nurturing


πŸ‘΄πŸΌ Joseph Glen πŸ‘΄πŸΌ

Joseph is the owner of North-American Wildlife Park in the Sonoran Desert area. Over the years, he's built up quite a large herd of horses on his land and decided to transform the place into a wildlife park. He's an experienced guy who has done this for quite a long time. He still loves his work and cares greatly for his home and herd, though it can be tiresome. Joseph wants the next generation to learn and care about horses as much as he does, and is a genuinely wholesome guy. However, how did Joseph buy his land? Where do the horses come from? Why did he do all of this? Who is his boyfriend? Do they have a family?

Name: Joseph Glen
Gender: Male
Sexual Orientation: Gay
Age: Early 50s
Height: 198cm (6’6”)
Family Background: He lives with his boyfriend in America, but where they or their families come from, or whether they have children, is unknown.
Characteristics: Wholesome, knowledgeable, gentle


πŸ‘©πŸ½ Mia Brown πŸ‘©πŸ½

Mia is the owner of the Australian Wildlife Park, where the Australian Brumby roams the land. She is a single mom of two children, one is two years old, the other's age is currently unknown. Mia is a warm-hearted person who loves both her kids and herd of horses equally. Though she is always busy taking care of her household, she also checks in on the herd on a regular basis. She has a positive attitude and is full of energy and ideas, but her eyes are always a bit puffy from tiredness. How does she manage it all? Does she have any further family members living in Australia? What are her plans for the future? What are her children like?

Name: Mia Brown
Gender: Female
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Age: Mid-40s
Height: 165cm (5’5’’)
Family Background: She is a single mum with two children (one is two years old, the other's age is unknown), they live in Australia but are partially of Asian descent. It is unknown if she has further family living in Australia.
Characteristics: Warm-hearted, humorous, dynamic


That would be all for now - the contest is hereby officially open! Have fun, and should any questions pop up, please let us know in the comments below. We're looking forward to reading all your entries!

Your Horse Reality Team

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