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Title: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on July 06, 2017, 12:25:40 PM
It's time to vote on June's Writing Contest: Gangsters and Crime lords!

We got 12 entries this month - thanks to all who participated!

Please read through all of the entries in the submission thread and place your votes for your three favourite entries in this thread. You won't be able to see the vote breakdown until the vote closes, so spread the word for others to come and vote! We do ask that if you entered, to vote for someone else.

The key for the numbers of votes is this: 1-5 entries: 1 vote, 5-10 entries: 2 votes, 11-15 entries: 3 votes, 16-19: 4 votes, 20-25: 5 votes, 26+: 6 votes

Remember that the winning entry will be posted on the main Fantasy-Faction site in a few months.

(sorry for the delay!)

Good luck to all our entrants and thank you for taking the time to read the stories and vote! :)
Title: Re: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: Eclipse on July 06, 2017, 12:32:25 PM
Gangsters and timelords haha
Title: Re: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on July 06, 2017, 12:35:33 PM
Oh oops :-[ Fixing it now ;D

Edit: I wonder if m3m is showing up to give us the books ;D
Title: Re: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: Doctor_Chill on July 06, 2017, 06:13:20 PM
Gangsters and timelords haha

That sounds like some bad fanfic, I tell ya.
Title: Re: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on July 13, 2017, 02:00:41 AM
so, here i am, wading into creating the ebooks, and lo!  there are no spoiler tags!  all my parsing scripts blew up.  gotta do some tweaking!

what is going on, guys?!?  i've only been out of the contest a month!
Title: Re: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on July 13, 2017, 07:19:08 AM
so, here i am, wading into creating the ebooks, and lo!  there are no spoiler tags!  all my parsing scripts blew up.  gotta do some tweaking!

what is going on, guys?!?  i've only been out of the contest a month!

m3m Suggest you hold off giving us ebooks for now. The mods are still working through all the things that have gone wrong and gradually some are coming back. If you change your programme to suit it could need changing again. Also summoning is missing so hope you read this. ????
Title: Re: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: Henry Dale on July 13, 2017, 08:11:12 AM
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Also summoning is missing so hope you read this.
It's not like a bug, it's a feature!
Title: Re: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on July 13, 2017, 08:17:54 AM
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Also summoning is missing so hope you read this.
It's not like a bug, it's a feature!

HaHa, you're being picky because you aren't a special unsummonable anymore  :P
Title: Re: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on July 13, 2017, 09:09:53 AM
Also, am I the only one with this problem, or do you guy also totally fail to see the newest monthly contest, the one with the story generator.
It's not appearing anywhere and last time I went to it I had to go search in my own messages to find it.
Title: Re: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on July 13, 2017, 09:30:33 AM
Also, am I the only one with this problem, or do you guy also totally fail to see the newest monthly contest, the one with the story generator.
It's not appearing anywhere and last time I went to it I had to go search in my own messages to find it.

Nora, I replied there:
Nora, due to the forum problems ( >:( ) xia can't create sub-sections, so this month's threads are on the main "Monthly Writing Contest" section (down in the page, after all the monthly sections)


gradually some are coming back.
Where have you seen this? I didn't see anything come back...
Title: Re: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on July 13, 2017, 10:46:13 AM
Oh sorry Bea! With all this non tag business I must have missed your answer! That solves everything!! Thanks!
Title: Re: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on July 13, 2017, 07:27:41 PM
so, here i am, wading into creating the ebooks, and lo!  there are no spoiler tags!  all my parsing scripts blew up.  gotta do some tweaking!

what is going on, guys?!?  i've only been out of the contest a month!

m3m Suggest you hold off giving us ebooks for now. The mods are still working through all the things that have gone wrong and gradually some are coming back. If you change your programme to suit it could need changing again. Also summoning is missing so hope you read this. ????

pishaw!  i got this!

it's pretty easy to do a "if everything's working right, do it this way.  if everything's still wonky, do it the other way!"

hrm.  it's just a matter of finding time now.
Title: Re: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on July 14, 2017, 02:31:38 AM
Nora, I can't remember now, but some things that hadn't worked seemed to return, maybe hyperlink although that may have just been me getting it right for once. :-[
Title: Re: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on July 14, 2017, 09:07:54 AM
I think you mean Bea?  ;D
Title: Re: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on July 14, 2017, 11:12:19 AM
You're quite right. Sorry Nora, I think I'm going to hibernate for a  bit.  ;)
Title: Re: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on July 14, 2017, 11:18:09 AM
You're quite right. Sorry Nora, I think I'm going to hibernate for a  bit.  ;)
Oh this "northern centered" brain of mine ::)
I read this and thought 'I don't think she's supposed to hibernate in summer, unless it's because of it being too hot' ;D

And don't, we like you around lots 8)
Title: Re: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on July 14, 2017, 11:22:49 AM
Thanks ScarletBea, but I need to correct these brain freezes. ;)  And it was -7C at night this week ????
Title: Re: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on July 29, 2017, 11:04:12 AM
Argh!
Voting for a story I really like but isn't really 'gangstery' or another that I like less but a bit more on theme?

Oh well, this time I'll vote with my heart ;)

By the way: at the moment there is FIVE-WAY tie at the top!!! ;D
Please vote!

(and strangely, one story I also really liked has zero votes...)
Title: Re: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on July 29, 2017, 11:12:13 AM
(and strangely, one story I also really liked has zero votes...)

Ah, that must be mine xD

I haven't voted yet so I'll go ahead and help breaking that tie before long.
Title: Re: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: JMack on July 30, 2017, 01:01:44 AM
Voted!
There were several entries with really strong writing but which didn't feel like full stories. I chose ones that had full arcs to them (at least in my view), even though the prose in two I didn't vote for was so good.
Title: Re: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on July 31, 2017, 01:43:47 AM
Voted. A cold day's excellent entertainment. Thank you to all who wrote a story and, as always, hard to narrow down to final choices. ;D
Title: Re: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on July 31, 2017, 12:52:46 PM
Now it's just a 2-way tie, with another 3 following close by (but I think there are new ones, that came from behind to overtake some of the ones on the initial 5-way tie)...

Around 24 hours left...
Title: Re: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on July 31, 2017, 10:03:48 PM
Finally voted as well. Really struggled for the third place. There wasn't any strong stand-out for it, I was torn between well written stories that didn't really deliver enough on the theme, and a more theme appropriate one that wasn't as exciting... It was a very tough pick, I could have given them all 3rd place together.

I'm impatient to see the results tomorrow!
Title: Re: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: Lanko on July 31, 2017, 11:33:26 PM
Voted!
Title: Re: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: tebakutis on August 01, 2017, 02:20:15 AM
Voted!
Title: Re: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on August 01, 2017, 01:56:16 PM
Took a quick look at bedtime and hit the jackpot with results. Woohoo those are an unusual record. Two first places and three second places  :D Congrats Nora, Rukaio, Doc Chill, Jmack and Henry. That is splendid and my three votes are among you  ;D
Title: Re: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on August 01, 2017, 02:09:29 PM
Oh WOW, congrats to a lot of people!! And thanks to everyone for tying me in but no one short of God Emperor @Rukaio_Alter!

I voted for you man, and for Henry's cool cat story, and the Golden Shamrock! It was great too and I'm surprised it didn't steal the win!

edit : I'd like to point out that I was really torn between Teb's story and Rukaio's (and LightRunner too, very well written and engaging, but sadly the theme was just too faint in the story to beat these other two). Now I see if I'd voted for Teb instead, there would have been 5 seconds instead! Damn, what an even month!
I ended up favouring Rukaio's because there was more trepidation to the story. "Rounding Error" was very good, very well written, but too much like a nice, self contained chapter. Nothing dramatic happens to the MC, and it's pretty much "business as usual" for him, so I felt less compelling. I think maybe if the story had been told in the boy's pov instead, with that underdog approach who gets shot despite his best attempts at tempering the mobsters, it might have been the winner... But there is little else I can say in ways of critic. It was a very tough choice.
I totally get how we ended with things being as they are.
Title: Re: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: tebakutis on August 01, 2017, 03:15:58 PM
Nice job, everyone! And congrats @Nora and @Rukaio_Alter!

This month I voted for @Jmack, @ThiefofHope, and @LightRunner, though it was a hard choice. The way I see it, you can't go wrong with a crime caper involving squirrels (and a two-faced lady!)  I also chose The Shepherd because the worldbuilding felt really unusual (I liked that the default mount wasn't horses, and there were so many other interesting bits) and finally, I thought The Sanctimonious Saints was one of the best names for a crime group ever. It almost read like a fantasy version of The Handmaid's Tale?

I think this is the first time I've seen Thief in the contest (though I could be wrong?) so I hope to see more from them in the future.
Title: Re: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: JMack on August 01, 2017, 04:05:55 PM
Congrats, everyone! Really. What a really good month.
I voted for @Nora, @Elfy, and @Doctor_Chill.

I came so close to voting for Rukaio's and TEB's. The sheer bloody chaos of Golden Shamrock eked out the vote over the Princess. And I share Nora's POV on TEB's; really good writing and characters, but no real arc. I also want to call out NightWrite, who had interesting stuff and rich prose, but chopped off before 1,000 words when it needed a whole story arc behind it. Finally, as someone else said, ThiefofHope had a strong entry and we want more. @Feanor, props for putting it out there for the first time!
Title: Re: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: Lanko on August 01, 2017, 04:22:56 PM
Congrats for both winners @Nora and @Rukaio_Alter

I voted for you two and @tebakutis !
Title: Re: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: Doctor_Chill on August 01, 2017, 04:27:38 PM
Congrats Nora and RA! I didn't vote for anybody bc I forgot to vote, gah.
Title: Re: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on August 01, 2017, 06:15:36 PM
Bad Chilly >:(

Congratulations :D
I voted for @Rukaio_Alter, @Jmack and @LightRunner, with @tebakutis and @Doctor_Chill l following very close behind.

Very different approaches to the theme, it pleased almost everyone ;D
Title: Re: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: LightRunner on August 03, 2017, 03:24:29 AM
Congrats to @Rukaio_Alter and @Nora!

@Rukaio_Alter and @tebakutis's stories stood out the most for me, and I just couldn't bring myself to pick amongst the rest.

I definitely agree that we got a lot of different approaches to the theme, which was quite fun.

Title: Re: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: Elfy on August 03, 2017, 06:41:28 AM
Congratulations to the winners, well deserved. Thank you to everyone that entered, it takes guts. Thank you also to ALL the voters, not just the ones that voted for my story.
Title: Re: [Jun 2017] - Gangsters and Crime Lords - Voting Thread
Post by: xiagan on August 22, 2017, 08:26:54 PM
Congratulations to both of you!
I loved the theme and I'm glad we got so many awesome stories from it. :)

Dear nonvoter, if you need a proof that your vote matters, look at this poll! ;)