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[Jul 2018] - Games - Discussion Thread
« on: July 02, 2018, 09:45:28 PM »
Games


Pollice Verso by Jean-Leon Gerome (1872)

Games are incredibly important for us humans (and probably for other fantastical races too). For children they're safe environments to learn just about everything. For adults (who of course are so wise that they don't need to learn stuff through games or make-believe) games have entertaining, socializing and - depending on the game - lots of other values.

Panem et circenses. Hunger Games. Quidditch. Thud!
We find a thousand card or dice games in countless taverns; amphitheaters and arenas in fantastical metropolises; gods who use human pawns or humans who gamble with gods.

Your story has to be about a game. Doesn't matter if three copper coins, the MC's life or a civilization is at stake, if they play ball, cards or fight to the death.

Let the games begin and may the odds be ever in your favor!


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1. This must be prose or poetry.
2. The story has to be about a game (see above).
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 under the B.
Bonus rule: We consider voting in a contest you're taking part in a given. Others take time and effort to read the stories - you should do the same. A small community like ours lives from reciprocity and this contest needs stories as much as votes. 

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

Entry will close July 31st/August 1st, 2018 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.
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Please post your entry here.

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Re: [Jul 2018] - Games - Discussion Thread
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2018, 09:47:51 PM »
Sorry for being late, I needed to pull a @Lanko to show my support for a Brazilian win in the world cup. ;)
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Re: [Jul 2018] - Games - Discussion Thread
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2018, 10:04:11 PM »
Another great topic! Soooooooo many possibilities.
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Re: [Jul 2018] - Games - Discussion Thread
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2018, 02:00:29 AM »
Okay I have been stupid lazy regarding contests due to having so much else going on, but if I don't write a story for this topic, I feel like I should turn in my writing contest regular card.

I WILL DO THIS THING.


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Re: [Jul 2018] - Games - Discussion Thread
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2018, 05:21:03 AM »
The game’s afoot, the dice mid-air, so come and join us if you dare,
For fun, for profit, for wealth, for fame, it’s not the player who’s to blame,
The odds are long and chances slim, the game says only one can win,
So come and join us, play your best, but keep your cards held tight to chest,
Play the player’s what the wisest say, there’s nought to lose nor bet to pay,
But is the player not a game as well? With scores to keep and risks to quell?
And is the game itself a piece upon a broader, darker board,
Where unseen hands move players round, drawn by unseen cords?
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"Each time, there is the same problem: do I dare? And then if you do dare, the dangers are there, and the help also, and the fulfillment or the fiasco. There's always the possibility of a fiasco. But there's also the possibility of bliss." - Joseph Campbell

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Re: [Jul 2018] - Games - Discussion Thread
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2018, 08:02:06 AM »
 ;D

We had a feeling this theme would strike a chord ;)
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Re: [Jul 2018] - Games - Discussion Thread
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2018, 03:12:46 PM »
Does it have to be about the game itself, event happening within the game... a la a hunger game fight, or

Is a game theme permissible, like a story set in a stadium in midst of a football game. The game is the main theme setting, but the events happen outside the game.

?

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Re: [Jul 2018] - Games - Discussion Thread
« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2018, 03:27:54 PM »
Does it have to be about the game itself, event happening within the game... a la a hunger game fight, or

Is a game theme permissible, like a story set in a stadium in midst of a football game. The game is the main theme setting, but the events happen outside the game.

?
Rules: 2. The story has to be about a game.
Not: The story's setting is in a game.
 ;)
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Re: [Jul 2018] - Games - Discussion Thread
« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2018, 04:29:23 PM »
Does it have to be about the game itself, event happening within the game... a la a hunger game fight, or

Is a game theme permissible, like a story set in a stadium in midst of a football game. The game is the main theme setting, but the events happen outside the game.

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Rules: 2. The story has to be about a game.
Not: The story's setting is in a game.

Though as long as rule 2 is satisfied, of course the setting can be in a game.
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Re: [Jul 2018] - Games - Discussion Thread
« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2018, 09:45:44 AM »
Finding myself inspired by Winston Churchill 🙄😎

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Re: [Jul 2018] - Games - Discussion Thread
« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2018, 09:34:47 PM »
Halfway in the month... no stories yet?
I hope you're all writing ;D
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