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Contest Resistance 2 Clan IIC

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#1 Bill Bullet

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 07:33 PM

So there are quite a few talented writers on this forum and I think they all deserve some recognition, so this thread starts the first Golden Pen Event!

The event, which starts Sunday July 19th at 00:00 EST will last till Saturday July 25th 13:00 EST.

First place wins their choice of EITHER the Mauler Pack (valued $80 USD) or the Highlander IIC Pack (valued $80 USD).

Second prize wins the Mech of their choice from the New Reinforcements Pack.

Third prize will be awarded to a "Fan Favorite" who's submission garners the most "Likes". They win 30 days of Premium time.

THE RULES

1) Submissions MUST be original content only. Reposts of previous content (either yours or someone else's) will not be allowed.

2) Your story must be LESS than 2,500 words

3) Your story must take place within the MechWarrior/BattleTech universe, but can be from any period in said universe up to and including the Dark Age.

4) You MAY use real people/events, for example: An account of a battle between the 4th Tau Ceti Rangers and Robinson's Rangers Brigade. However, you must indicate as such at the beginning of your story with the tag <<The following is based on real people and events>> There is to be no name and shame or personal attacks. Persons included in such a story WILL be contacted to verify this.

5) All submissions must be made BEFORE 13:00 EST on Saturday July 25th. NO EDITS CAN BE MADE AFTER SUBMISSION.

6) Points will be detracted for consistent poor grammar and spelling.

7) Submissions must be posted to the separate thread marked THE GOLDEN PEN EVENT which will be started by me.

Other rules may be added as I think of them, so please check back on this thread regularly. Posts submitted before a rule change will not be affected by the rule change unless specifically stated.

Prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the event no later than a month after the winners are announced. (barring horrific financial losses on my part like homelessness, but in that case I won't have internet for y'all to yell at me)

Edited by Bill Bullet, 19 July 2015 - 12:58 AM.


#2 Thom Frankfurt

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 10:20 PM

Wow. That's cool, Bill. I'll kick some ideas around just so I can contribute something.

#3 Bill Bullet

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 11:04 PM

Spread the word!

#4 Gorgo7

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Posted 19 July 2015 - 04:23 AM

Nice Bill!
You sir are a prince!

#5 xX PUG Xx

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Posted 19 July 2015 - 03:59 PM

Top notch Bill, this is the sort of Community event PGI should be encouraging.

Kudos good sir, kudos :D

#6 Gorgo7

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 01:08 PM

*Bump*

#7 Thom Frankfurt

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Posted 23 July 2015 - 05:04 AM

No work till Monday. Well I hope anyways, will find out in the next hour or so. I'll finally have a chance to flex my creativity... Eh, we'll see.

Well... that didn't happen. Will try to cram something in before time runs out.

Update: Post in the works, having to stop and take kid to hospital.

Edited by Thom Frankfurt, 24 July 2015 - 01:02 PM.


#8 Thom Frankfurt

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Posted 24 July 2015 - 06:06 PM

Wow. Some of you guys are a tough act to follow... And I couldn't help but notice a whole lotta Hunchback love going on.

#9 Bill Bullet

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Posted 24 July 2015 - 06:08 PM

No doubt shameless pandering to my favorite Mech....I love it!! lol

#10 Bill Bullet

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Posted 24 July 2015 - 06:18 PM

DUE TO SOME CONFUSION ABOUT EDITS, I HAVE CHANGED THE RULES TO ALLOW EDITS TO STORIES UNTIL THE DEADLINE EXPIRES ON SATURDAY AT 13:00 EST. ALL THOSE WHO HAVE POSTED STORIES SO FAR WILL BE INFORMED OF THIS CHANGE VIA PM.

EDITS MADE AFTER 13:00 EST ON SATURDAY 7/25/15 WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION.

#11 Escef

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Posted 24 July 2015 - 08:11 PM

Wish I'd learned of this when there were more than 13 hours left.

Can I do 2500 words in 13 hours? Yeah, I think so. Would it be good? Probably not... Hmm...

Edited by Escef, 25 July 2015 - 12:59 AM.


#12 Peiper

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Posted 24 July 2015 - 09:25 PM

Just found out about this via MWO's facebook page. Wish I'd had more of a warning. I would enjoy this challenge!

#13 Bill Bullet

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Posted 24 July 2015 - 09:44 PM

View PostEscef, on 24 July 2015 - 08:11 PM, said:

Wish I'd learned of this when there were more 13 hours left.

Can I do 2500 words in 13 hours? Yeah, I think so. Would it be good? Probably not... Hmm...


Can be less than. Quantity does not always equal quality.

View PostPeiper, on 24 July 2015 - 09:25 PM, said:

Just found out about this via MWO's facebook page. Wish I'd had more of a warning. I would enjoy this challenge!


My fault, I only posted it in the Fan Fiction Forum, the Community Event forum, and even in the Daily Whine. lol :P

#14 Peiper

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Posted 25 July 2015 - 12:08 AM

View PostBill Bullet, on 24 July 2015 - 09:44 PM, said:

My fault, I only posted it in the Fan Fiction Forum, the Community Event forum, and even in the Daily Whine. lol :P


Not your fault, just wish I'd heard earlier. I tend only to look at the announcements and dev sections, or I'd be on here hours every day! Should have been in the announcements section, IMO.

#15 Juodas Varnas

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Posted 25 July 2015 - 04:13 AM

Oh man, i wish i could write!
Which i can't.

But good luck to all participants!

#16 CyclonerM

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Posted 25 July 2015 - 04:27 AM

Am i still in time?! :o I only discovered this interesting contest thanks to facebook.. Tell me i am not late :D

Luckily, i already have some chapters written..

#17 White Bear 84

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Posted 25 July 2015 - 04:42 AM

Damn, I would have been so keen for this if I knew about it sooner!

#18 Thom Frankfurt

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Posted 25 July 2015 - 08:49 AM

Unfortunately RL had it's way and continued to bar my way from jumping in on this. Maybe next time....

That being said, I want to say that I'm glad that there was such a turn out and that I'm pleased that there are such great writers floating around out in the MWO universe. Very entertaining stories and I'm looking forward to reading the ones I haven't already. Thank you Bill for starting this and thank you everyone for offering such gems a delight to read.

Hopefully this will happen again soon.

#19 Jakob Knight

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Posted 25 July 2015 - 11:01 AM

Hmm. Looks like RL chose the wrong time to grab be away from MWO. Missed this completely. Next time, maybe, if I can dust off the old prose and get the inspiration machine running again.

#20 Thom Frankfurt

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Posted 25 July 2015 - 12:59 PM

Totally. I approached this with one idea in mind, but that one idea sprung out ideas like a hydra heads... Actually had something half way typed out and scraped it for another idea entirely. But didn't get a chance to put idea to script. If anything this contest has given me several different post that I can use elsewhere, so it's not a total loss.





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