I've been authorised by @Corwinnn
to post a contest to kick off the next round of circuit challenges - woot!
One of the prizes of the recent circuit challenge was some month-long premium features to give away but alas I couldn't decide who to give them to so I've decided to host this challenge and then give them away to the winners!
So, the challenge is thus:INTRODUCTION
As some of you may have noticed (but probably not), some of my recent cards feature flavour text referencing a number of recurring custom characters. Unlike some of the more industrious cardsmiths around here, I'm never going to make a full-fledged custom set but rather I've just been making a number of cards over time that return to this small pool of characters in the hopes that, collectively, they tell a story of sorts. THE CHALLENGE
Your challenge is to make a card of any kind (except planeswalkers) that either has flavour text that features one or more of these characters (the list is below) or where the name of the card includes the name of one or more of the characters or both. The flavour text can either be a quote from that character or reference the character by name.THE CHARACTERS
1. BJELDOR HAERKENLAER - http://mtgcardsmith.com/user/Animist/sets/12437
2. THAVRA VASH - http://mtgcardsmith.com/user/Animist/sets/12438
3. JIXXA SEDAI - http://mtgcardsmith.com/user/Animist/sets/12436
4. JULESSA OF VAERHOLT - http://mtgcardsmith.com/user/Animist/sets/12440
5. VOLKIR, PRINCE OF KROVMIR - http://mtgcardsmith.com/user/Animist/sets/12439
6. LORIUS OF THE REVELLERS - http://mtgcardsmith.com/user/Animist/sets/18886THE CRITERIA
So what exactly am I looking for? Well, the idea is you take a look through the sets that I've posted above to get a sense of what each character is like and to then make a card that features that character in a way that's consistent with the picture that I've painted of that character so far. The winners will be my favourite cards that I think capture each character best.
There are some pretty cool challenges on MTGCardsmith where cardsmiths are asked to make cards for a custom plane / set and the host has explained what the characters / factions / places are, etc. But the point here is that I won't give you that information - instead you have to piece it together from the cards that I've made so far. The fun for me is to see what sense you get of these characters just by looking at their cards. What colour of mana is this character associated with? What mechanics are they associated with? What sort of person are they? Who are their allies and enemies (check out all the sets I've posted above, as some characters will mention others - hint; Bjeldor and Jixxa are on the same side; they just don't much care for one another
). In some cases, I've already make a card of the character themselves, which should help.
Although the focus of this challenge is on flavour, of course I'm also looking for balance, creativity, realism and so forth - all the usual criteria.THE RULES
- Only one entry per cardsmith for each character (therefore 6 entries maximum)
- It's okay for a card to reference more than one character - just let me know which character you're entering it for
- You can make any type of card with any mana cost at any rarity as long as it's not a planeswalker.
- DON'T make a card OF the character - just reference the character
- You may edit or redo your entry until the end of the challenge.
- Cards must be created on MTGCardsmithTHE GUINEA PIG EXAMPLE
Here's an example made by @Corwinnn
using Bjeldor Haerkenlaer
Corwinnn's explanation was: "He seems like a strong leader of men. One who inspires others to fight with courage." And a lot of people liked the card, which is awesome!THE PRIZES
Each character will have three winners. Circuit points will be awarded as follows:
First place for each character will get one point.
Second place for each character will get half a point.
Third place for each character will get a quarter point.
In addition, each first place winner will get a month of premium features (three which I won in the previous circuit challenge and three that I'll be donating myself for a total of SIX PREMIUM FEATURE GIVEAWAYS up for grabs!)
Also, all the cards that I like, whether they win or not, will be added to the sets that I've linked above for their respective characters.THE DEADLINE
Sunday 23rd April THE OUTRO
Phew! Sorry this is such a long post but it's not the usual sort of challenge and I wanted to try to cover everything that you need to know. Any questions, just let me know!
I hope you guys enjoy this challenge. This will be my last contribution before I take another of my breaks from MTGCardsmith over the summer so I wanted to try and do something interesting. Have fun! :)