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[Apr 2017] - Scavenger Hunt - Discussion Thread
« on: March 31, 2017, 10:02:21 PM »
Scavenger Hunt!



This month I want you to write about a fantastical scavenger hunt.* Can be comedic but that's not a requirement. Would be cool to see if you'd manage to write a grimdark scavenger hunt or something similar unfitting. Be creative!

Rules:

1. This must be prose or poetry.
2. The story must contain a scavenger hunt*.
3. Prose must be 500-1500 words long.
4. Poetry must be 100-750 words long.
5. One story per person or writing team (not per account).
6. You will be disqualified if you exceed the limits, full stop. That's why they're called limits.
7. Your entry can't be published somewhere else before.
8. This is a writing contest, not a "I have written something like this ten years ago" contest. So if you happen to have a story that fits one of the themes, I'd like it to have a mayor overhaul/edit. Work for it. ;)
9. Please add your story's word count and, if you have, your twitter handle.
10. Please put your story in [ spoiler ] tags to make the thread easier to handle. :) You can find them above the smileys next to the 'youtube' symbol.

If you want so submit your story anonymous you can do so by sending it in a personal message to @xiagan.

Entry will close Apr 30th/May 1st, 2017 and voting will begin somewhere around the same time too.

All members are eligible to join. If you are not a member you can join here. Sign up is free and all are welcome! :)

The winner will have their piece displayed on the main Fantasy Faction website sometime in the next months.
Submitting a story counts as published. The author retains all rights to their work.

Please post your entry here.

Note: This thread is only for questions or discussing this month's writing contest. Good luck!


*This month's theme is (of course) NOT scavenger hunt, go to Xiagan's first post to get more details about how to find this month's contest's theme!

Edit:

The real theme for April is this:

Omens


('Dark Soul' by wyldraven on dev'art)


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An omen is a phenomenon that is believed to foretell the future, often signifying the advent of change. People in the ancient times believed that omens lie with a divine message from their gods.

These omens include natural phenomena, for example an eclipse, abnormal births of animals and humans and behavior of the sacrificial lamb on its way to the slaughter. They had specialists, the diviners, to interpret these omens. They would also use an artificial method, for example, a clay model of a sheep liver, to communicate with their gods in times of crisis. They would expect a binary answer, either yes or no answer, favorable or unfavorable. They did these to predict what would happen in the future and to take action to avoid disaster.

Though the word "omen" is usually devoid of reference to the change's nature, hence being possibly either "good" or "bad," the term is more often used in a foreboding sense, as with the word "ominous".
says wikipedia.
In a magical world, omens have a more dire significance and we think it's a neat topic for short story writing, because if you ask the question 'What could go wrong?' related to omens, diviners, foretelling and gods, the answer is usually: A lot.[/size]
« Last Edit: April 05, 2017, 03:50:01 AM by xiagan »
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Re: [Apr 2017] - Scavenger Hunt - Discussion Thread
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2017, 12:59:08 AM »
1. Would you please define a scavenger hunt? Do you mean like collecting chocolate eggs in your grandparents' garden at Easter is a scavenger hunt?

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Re: [Apr 2017] - Scavenger Hunt - Discussion Thread
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2017, 01:27:30 AM »
Yes Nora, you could do a scavenger hunt about collecting souls from the innocent in your grandparents garden.
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Re: [Apr 2017] - Scavenger Hunt - Discussion Thread
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2017, 02:08:31 AM »
1. Would you please define a scavenger hunt? Do you mean like collecting chocolate eggs in your grandparents' garden at Easter is a scavenger hunt?

2. Image failed!

It means collecting a list of different things, from different places, in a set time, to beat other individuals/teams doing the same thing. Usually for fun the items are really weird and have no connection, but sometimes there can be a theme that ties them together, such as different souls, as Eclipse suggests, but they would have to in different places or all around one town. Not just in church or the pub. ;D
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Re: [Apr 2017] - Scavenger Hunt - Discussion Thread
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2017, 08:10:38 AM »
It's a joke, albeit a weird one. Scavenger Hunt is an anagram for the The Gnus Cavern in an old scifi book - Heinlein or Ben Bova if I recall.
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Re: [Apr 2017] - Scavenger Hunt - Discussion Thread
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2017, 05:30:42 PM »
Well, this is creative theme!
I like the idea of the Grimdark scavenger hunt.
Sort of like those movies/stories where teams of people have to race or die, stuff like that.
Hmmm.

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Re: [Apr 2017] - Scavenger Hunt - Discussion Thread
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2017, 06:03:31 PM »
It's interesting to see how good writers read. ;)

From the low response rate and the scavenger hunt themed replies I guess that most of you do believe that the theme is scavenger hunt?!
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Re: [Apr 2017] - Scavenger Hunt - Discussion Thread
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2017, 06:11:21 PM »
It's interesting to see how good writers read. ;)

From the low response rate and the scavenger hunt themed replies I guess that most of you do believe that the theme is scavenger hunt?!
I was waiting for more people to fall into the trap ;D
Pfft, these "writers" ::)
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Re: [Apr 2017] - Scavenger Hunt - Discussion Thread
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2017, 06:41:57 PM »
It's interesting to see how good writers read. ;)

From the low response rate and the scavenger hunt themed replies I guess that most of you do believe that the theme is scavenger hunt?!
I was waiting for more people to fall into the trap ;D
Pfft, these "writers" ::)

well, as a write/reader I was having more qualms with "something similar unfitting" grammatically than with the theme...
I'll just let the day go by and focus on writing the... March story, before April one!
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Re: [Apr 2017] - Scavenger Hunt - Discussion Thread
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2017, 07:18:11 PM »
It's interesting to see how good writers read. ;)

From the low response rate and the scavenger hunt themed replies I guess that most of you do believe that the theme is scavenger hunt?!
I was waiting for more people to fall into the trap ;D
Pfft, these "writers" ::)

well, as a write/reader I was having more qualms with "something similar unfitting" grammatically than with the theme...
I'll just let the day go by and focus on writing the... March story, before April one!
That's probably a German-only term. ;)
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Re: [Apr 2017] - Scavenger Hunt - Discussion Thread
« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2017, 07:22:18 PM »
This entire clue hunt makes me feel both dumb and thick and unconnected to the forum lore. It's all entirely flying over my head.
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Re: [Apr 2017] - Scavenger Hunt - Discussion Thread
« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2017, 07:25:21 PM »
You can't learn lore by trying to find out clues that only make sense through known lore... xD
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Re: [Apr 2017] - Scavenger Hunt - Discussion Thread
« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2017, 07:27:15 PM »
This entire clue hunt makes me feel both dumb and thick and unconnected to the forum lore. It's all entirely flying over my head.
I won't think less of you if you don't want to play. That's why I made the possibility to opt out and ask me in a pm for the theme.
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Re: [Apr 2017] - Scavenger Hunt - Discussion Thread
« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2017, 07:28:44 PM »
Oh, and all you readers and voters (@Eclipse), you can play too if you want!
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Re: [Apr 2017] - Scavenger Hunt - Discussion Thread
« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2017, 07:33:24 PM »
This entire clue hunt makes me feel both dumb and thick and unconnected to the forum lore. It's all entirely flying over my head.
I won't think less of you if you don't want to play. That's why I made the possibility to opt out and ask me in a pm for the theme.

There is little enough reason to think highly of me anyway, I'm not so bright with such jumps in logics. Always hated logical puzzles or riddles. I don't recall ever finding a riddle on my own, at any level.
I limit myself to the odd crossword and target games, but stuff like "man comes home and calls hello to his wife, and she replies from her room, "hi honey, can you have a look at the microwave, there is chicken unfreezing, how long does it still take?". The man runs out of the house and calls the police because his wife is in danger - why?" goes waaaaayyyyy over my head.
So it's not even that I don't want to play, it's that I don't even understand HOW anyone deduced from your post that there were any clues to find in the first place, and understand nothing of what led Lanko to list 4 clues, and none of them are sparking anything in my mind in the way of ideas... Even wanting to, it's like all this has turned to chinese.  ???  ::)
So yeah, I'll send you a pm I guess! xD
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