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Pokémon Fanfiction Olympics [Cross-forum event]

bobandbill

Winning Smile
Staff member
Super Mod

Approved by sppf forum admins.

What is it?
To put it in short, the Pokémon Fanfiction Olympics is a cross-forum/cross-community fandom event celebrating the creativity and dedication of our fellow fans. For one solid month, the best authors of Pokémon communities across the internet will compete in a friendly writing challenge designed to jumpstart writing projects and form bonds between fans.

In English:
The Pokémon Fanfiction Olympics is basically NaNoWriMo but between multiple fan communities. Each fan community will form teams of runners and support. The runners (three writers chosen by their community) will serve as the official word count for their community. The support, meanwhile, will be every other member who chooses to engage in the challenge.

Everyone will have exactly one month—the month of February—to write as much as they can. As soon as midnight (EST), March 1 rolls around, pens are down, and the runners’ word counts are totalled and sent to the main committee for comparison. The community with the highest runner word count will be the winner for that year, although this is title is really for bragging rights only; ultimately, this is a friendly competition with more of an emphasis on productivity and cross-forum socializing than anything else.

Also, don’t forget that the support will have just as important role throughout this. First off, support is exactly what it sounds like: support for the runners. They’re the runners’ cheerleaders, and by participating alongside your forum representatives and being active in your forum’s branch of the event, they help maintain general morale all the way to the end. Moreover, if a runner realizes they absolutely cannot finish the month, they may step down, after which a member of the support team may step up to take their place. (Warning: Once a runner steps down from their position, they cannot step back up, so think carefully before doing so!)


How Teams Are Chosen/Rules
Team building (selecting runners and signing up support) varies on a community basis. It’s recommended (and likely) that the strongest writers of each community participate as runners. Please consult your forum mods for details on the team building process, or read on for details on the selection process.

There are only a handful of general rules to team selection and participation:

1. Those who participate in the event must be working on a piece of writing of some kind. This can be short stories/one-shots, chapter fics, scripts (plays/screenplays/comic scripts), RP posts, non-academic nonfiction essays—whatever you’d like. We just require that all items counted for this event be 1) written works (and therefore not art or programming) and 2) not written for your coursework. Sorry, those of you working on a thesis of one sort or another.

2. Assume you’ll be posting your work to one of your community’s forums after the event is over. That is to say, whatever you write must be written within your community’s rules for acceptable content. Please consult your community mods if you have any questions concerning your rules.

3. All runners and those who join the Discord must be able to join every community participating in the event. In other words, if you’ve been banned from one community, you are not eligible to become a runner, although you may join as support. This is to protect the other communities and to keep the event as drama-free as possible.

4. Additional rules may be added by your community mods, and how the event runs for your branch may be up to their discretion. Please don’t hesitate to contact your mods if you have any questions!


Check-Ins/Discord
In order to keep up with everyone’s word counts, your mods (so for sppf, bobandbill) will be running weekly check-ins. These consist of … simply asking how you all are doing and what your word count is. Only runners’ word counts will be recorded (to make sure your team isn’t struggling), but check-ins are periods when runners, support, mods, and non-participants can come together to bond, cheer each other on, and share progress.

To help with communication and to bond with fellow participants across all communities, we’ve also founded a neutral zone on Discord. Each community has its own channel, but there are also pan-forum lounge area, a pan-forum word war channel, a pan-forum writing challenge channel, and even a voice channel/channel dedicated to music. Runners, mods, and support are all welcome to join for the duration of the event. We also ask that those joining observe the rules of the server, outlined in its own rules channel, but otherwise, this is meant to be a fun, relaxed area for members from all communities.

To join, simply click this link: https://discord.gg/v5Eqxc3


Participants
This year, the following forums will be participating:

Canalave Library
Pokécommunity
Serebii

We wish all of our participants the best of luck!


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HOW TO SIGN UP

PM myself, stating your interest and plans (e.g. what you plan to write) as a runner or support.

If there's less than three entrants for runners, then the event doesn't run for sppf. If there's more than 3, then the runners will be picked by myself based on quality of your sign-up and time of submission (so slight preference to those who respond earlier). If there's a large influx of entries, I'll post to say sign-ups are closed.

If you have any questions, share them in the thread or PM me.
 

bobandbill

Winning Smile
Staff member
Super Mod
So yeah, this has been a bust. Some other people who had signed up (e.g. PC members and their staff) have been thinking on alternatives for a multi-forum collab event in place of the above. Some proposed ideas have been:

1. A book - or fic - club, but for every community, basically. It will be an opportunity to cross forum lines to give back to the fandom as a whole.
2. A game jam or other large-scale project, in which we basically work with PC's largest creative force (their rom hacking community) on something.
3. An affiliates list, in which we link to each other's servers. Minimal participation required, in other words.
For 1, the book club is where you'll be assigned to read and comment on someone else's writing from another forum. So for instance I get assigned to read a story from PokeCommunity, while the other person from PC will read my story, etc.

Reason two is more of a PC-centric thing (given sppf has rules against Pokemon fan games), so personally I don't think that's very viable for us.

3 is basically what it says on the tin.

Any other suggestions?

(Keep an eye out for another thread for our own sppf-only event, in the meantime.)
 

TheCharredDragon

#HelloLoki
Really? Kind of a shame since I was interested but well...this seemed a bit daunting. But as for the suggestions...

1: I like this idea the most. It's kind of like the review game but cross forum so that's nice.

2: Well, besides the obvious rule breaking(?), I doubt many of us writers know how to make fan games anyway.

3: Yeah, it'd be minimum participation, which would be handy considering most fanfic writers are uh...busy and don't actually update their own works often. But it'd be a bit of a shame.

So maybe both 1 and 3? Though 3 would probably be most practical for the reason I said.
 

bobandbill

Winning Smile
Staff member
Super Mod
Passing on: this event has been proposed to be reworked and proposed as follows by other people as the following: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WaeAMBH85ANGNXP1fQHmEPBermeGG6MzdzJhZrwuoqI/edit?usp=sharing If you have interest in a review-based event running between different forums potentially in June or October, or have feedback on it, please post.

The quick version:
How does it work?

In a nutshell, this is a system for getting paired with members of other forums and exchanging reviews with them, once every two weeks. Sign up, and you’ll be asked to put forward a fic to be dropped in the hat. Your organiser will then randomly pair these fics up, with priority given to fics from different communities, and ping each author to let them know who their partner is. From then, you’ll have two weeks to write a review for one chapter of their work, after which all the pairs will be redrawn and the cycle begins again. It’s assumed you’re going to be active for the next rotation, so if you need to drop out for any reason, please let the organiser know so they can take you off the list. You can check who’s participating in each rotation (and get a glimpse of who you might be paired with next time!) by checking the list posted in #members in the Discord.
 
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