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[Game over] CURSIVE - And the winner is...
I won’t make this short . It would be foolish to write a review on so much stuff and strive for conciseness. If you need just the results, Ctrl+F "coinfluence". No, seriously.
Everything in this post is my original, non-sarcastic opinion (well, almost everything. Not the bit titled Bluji, nope. I made a loooot of mildly sarcastic jokes there, for which I apologize to Blu in advance). I have tried my best to be objective and fail awesomely. Take nothing to heart as I have tried to mean everything in the best way possible.
I won’t be reviewing myself because… it doesn’t really matter. I know what I think about everything I’ve written, and I’d love to know what you think about them. I don’t want detailed reviews. I am okay with “that part with the laser sharks was awesome!” or “omg elephants u suk” or “peanuts on the oven melikey”.
Your R1 post Departure was one of the most convincing starters in the competition. Sure, it had a couple of rather grievous grammatical mistakes, but I glossed over every single one. One coin.
Your R2 post Love was Still Around was more on the weird side, and you did explain to me what you were aiming for. The endgame pun was, in my opinion, both comedic and ambiguous enough to be serious. This kind of double-meaning writing is always a joy to read, and shows certain ready humor in the writer’s arsenal.
I really do wish you had posted in the following rounds. Although you could do with a bit more work on your grammar, your grasp of storyline flow and poetic imagery is impressive. Keep it up, and hold onto that 1 Coin.
Sahara of Snow is a rhyme of a poem. It reads like a rhyme, it feels like a rhyme, and it does nothing pretentious or excessive. It deserves a Coin for being fun to read more than once.
Your R2 post was the somewhat hyped Dead Silence. I was originally going for this title myself! I am glad I did not since I couldn’t have pulled off a deader silence. The story begged for more logical investment, but the progression was sound, and the execution was stepwise. Have another Coin.
I do not like most of the posts from R3. Punch in the Past is a regrettable addition to the list of writings I only skimmed over once and decided not to invest much time in. Most of the submissions that round employed the humorous tone to much greater effect.
Thanks for sticking around with us Woggly. This competition has revealed the inner artists in many of us (though admittedly several of us have been flaunting them ages ago). Behind your Wagglerage and Squeaky Gaming, there’s a damn awesome writer, and I hope you keep working on this You. Have your 2 Coins and be proud!
Hey coolo. I hope you are reading this, since it means you are still around and haven’t lapsed into one of your prolonged hibernation periods yet. Your R1 Wasteland was a pleasant read, but I didn’t feel the message was conveyed well enough, or maybe it was conveyed a bit too forcefully.
Awesome effort, and post more next time! :D I am sure you can write well from what I have seen before, if you can just get over your laziness and constant needs for hibernation.
Hamuka Matata! This is the guy whose writings I’ve been looking forward to reviewing since almost every single one of them really astonished me. I knew hamsters grew up faster than us humans, but I didn’t know they could develop awesomer writings skills in the space of weeks!
Ode to Snow, your R1 submission was the only submission that didn’t really leave any permanent impact on me. It is a characteristic Hamuka submission with its half beige, half confused-exasperated take, but the poetic look just didn’t work.
Hanging by a Thread! If there’s something called a comeback, your R2 post almost drove every disappointment I had with your R1 post. Quick, snappy environment generation, a believable, no-nonsense hero figure, comedic elements that I half- believed, antagonists consisting of teens armed with BB guns that can spark the fear of god in law enforcers, an ending that oozed the same comedy style while introducing a weird twist… you sir, have shown us the definition of the classic Short story.
No, you totally deserve 2 Coins, and I’d have loved to have given you more on this.
Most R3 posts started off on a humorous note, and I daresay the granddaddy of these shenanigans is the good old (or should I say bad new?) B.L.E.N.D.E.R. This ain’t something I am buying for myself, but in exchange for these 2 Coins, I’d like you to deliver it to this list of addresses of people who’ve killed kittens in the last few hours.
R4 post… OMG long name I don’t wanna quote.KILL IT WITH FIREit mentions a tower defense inside! Jokes aside, I think it was a good effort, though it isn’t the type of game I’d play.
R5 involves some of the most hilarious posts in my FGF history, and your Theatre post is one of them. It gets a coin for a good middle portion, though the ending was somewhat lacking. Those damn adventurers >.<
The Gourmet Cooking Show didn’t waste a lot of time in building itself up, and despite the short startup before the action began, it was the first in a series of studio mashups and arguably did it better than a lot of better contenders. A Coin, though I doubt that this will cover all the medical costs… Oh well, more beaver for me!
No Cracked style post is complete without images, and no image is complete without a fitting caption. If R2 showed us that you write great short stories, R7 showed us that you are good at thinking of witty, minimalistic captions. I laughed at several of those captions, and nearly dropped these 2 Coins off my table by the end.
I will bundle your R8 and R9 submissions to avoid making this too long. Both of them were pretty good standalone short stories in the Hamuka style, but they didn’t quite meet the expectations. Hanging by Another Thread, despite title awesomeness, had almost nix to do with threads, which really, really put me off. Have Mercy Upon My Enemies was a good story, but it didn’t fit the Mercy motif well enough. Props for trying!
Combined together, they probably deserve a dual coin as neither of them completely satisfied me by themselves.
All in all, you get yourself a total of 9 Coins, and despite being tempted to tell you that it is a loan since I did nearly force you to join this, heck, you earned it, bro. I thought you were awesome with your enthusiasm, but I didn’t know you could channel it into art creation with such profeciency. Keep shining, hamStar.
OMG it is a lemma to my ultimate proof of the life, universe and- Oh wait, it is just plain old Lemma. I couldn’t imagine you in a writer’s capacity before this game… and while I like to think you wrote up everything via keypresses during one of your tourney games, that wouldn’t be giving you the credit you deserve.
Like Hamuka, your start was seriously lacklustre. There was nothing wrong with The Death of a Forest, but it felt bland, and almost unnecessarily stretched. It was a sincerely good effort, but not very amazing.
And again like hamuka, your short story practically blew me away. War-based fiction is not easy. Conveying the crudeness and brutality of war, the callousness of the common soldier and at the same time making loveable characters the reader can associate with is no common writer’s task. You excelled, you conquered and you stole my heart, along with 3 Coins. Bravo, my friend.
Bolt Blaster was a fine if tedious writing. I would definitely recommend for dog lovers, who probably have an idea of how dirty these creatures can get.
Do I like idle games? Yes I do. Do I like farming games? Ditto! You combined two of my favorite types of games, and though I found the description a bit lacking, I liked it enough for a well-deserved Coin (not Corn, sorry).
The Untitled Dialogue was unassuming, but it did its job well. It made me laugh quite a lot, and seeing how the whole dialogue round was about comedy, it was a successful effort on your part. Take 2 Coins.
While being 90% sure that the whole writeup was a parody, Cooking with Lem was breathbashingly, floor-rollably funny. From the very start, Gordon Bullsay really upped the ante for the rest of the participants. 3 Coins it is!
Greg could do with some of your tips on your blogpost. Seriously, some of these games do need a couple of badges, like Maverick and Polygonal Fury. Please no more Papa, though. Will you reconsider that choice if I give you a Coin?
Both your grabbag post and Sequel were vicious combobreakers on your journey to sure victory. Your grabbag adhered well to the motive, and the horror element was unmistakeable, but it was just not what I was looking for in a short story. The sequel to Prec’s amazing dialogue just didn’t live up to the mighty expectations generated by the original (and your own dialogue).
A whopping 10 coins, which probably means you don’t have to play those annoying secret levels on MoneySeize (provided you figure out how to exchange this with ingame coins…). Lem, you have impressed me and made me pride of having you as a buddy. Corny though it may sound, you are a writer extraordinaire.
Rifles? Check. Enough food to last me several months? Check. Barricading materials? Che- Oh, hey there. Sorry if I look a bit occupied. It’s just that I have been tasked with absorbing Prec’s awesomeness, and that can likely take quite some time. Prec, I could always sense the writer within you, and this competition has been effective in bringing it out in its full glory.
Like almost every other goddamn awesome writer, you pretty much flunked R1. Burn Down the Sky was intelligent and well-thought out, but it took abstraction to distracting extremes, mingled meaninglessly in ministerial minimalism and didn’t please my pleasure-seeking plastids.
But like almost every other good writer, you made a brilliant comeback with Swallowed Up by the Ocean. It was humorous, took a new angle with the story and really lived up to its title religiously despite, at least in my opinion, being a bit on the shallow side. You deserve these 2 Coins.
The advertisement round still feels like a fiasco to me, but of the couple of successful writers in that round, your name pops up in mind immediately. You broke away from the existing norm and wove a lovecraftian web of horror and treachery throughout your advertisement. If I need something advertised, I will be sure to give you a call. Take this Coin as advance payment.
Integral is the type of game I would play, and that’s of little surprise: it is inspired by some of my most favorite games of all time. The story was well-written, as always, but I felt that your gameplay description was lacking and a bit vague in some places.
Why is your dialogue still lacking a title? If you win this competition, and I am willing to bet some coins on that happening, you will win because of this. It embodies the essence of good dialogue-writing, with memorable characters, timeless comedy and humorous projection particularly from the AI. 3 Coins!
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I like finding out things about the Kongmunity, and your blogpost was both informative and an enjoyable read. I did feel it was lacking the Cracked atmosphere, and while humor was not compulsory that round, the list could definitely have been longer and more interesting.
Take an awesome Short Story. Tack on a deeply thoughtful and poignant ‘what happened in the future’ bit. Still Running has touched my heart, and I am sure it has touched those of many others. 3 Coins are the only thing that can try to compensate for your effort in further enhancing an already breathstopping story.
Your Grab bag was mostly on the meh side for me. The Letter archetype was very well used, and while not SS-quality, horror was definitely the predominant genre influence. But I don’t think the motif was done justice.
10 Coins! Heck, coins can’t characterize the amount of awesome you are, buddy, and despite the fact that you are likely to be my strongest competitor right now, I am proud of you, and happy for you.
Coco, firstly, congratz on staying with us this long. Your posts were seriously weird, at the risk of getting Beheslapped. No really, I was left wondering whether I could predict what you would come up with next on nearly every single round, and your posts were ¡fun! to discuss in chat.
Your R1 post was arguably the best effort from you, and the only one that used the literal meaning of Blizzard. It rhymed well, it conveyed an interesting story, though it didn’t bring me back to it. Take a Coin.
Starting from R2, most of your submissions were disappointing reads. April 6 is doubtless the best among these, with careful character development at least for Blizzard (though I felt he was quite a Marty Sue). The main character was an empty shell that reminded me a lot of Twilight for some reason.
R3, R6, R8 and R9 deserve to be clumped together as they constitute the brunt of what I call “Postposting”. They were uninspired, sometimes hastily posted and sometimes incompletely developed. Several of them, notable the last two, boasted sufficient potential and could have been developed into pleasant reading experiences. Friendly advice: Cut down on the action and work a bit more on the description.
Douglas’s Diaper isn’t a game I’d play. The description was lacking, replay value was brutally honest and I see no reason to praise what I didn’t enjoy.
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despite me not being on it as it carried the same tangy edge as your R1 submission. I read through it, and it was pretty Coin deserving in my opinion.
Although you’ve only got 2 coins, you deserve to be applauded for effort and perseverance. I hope you will not be offended by any of my criticism and realize that I have your best interests at heart. Keep writing!
I was really disappointed when you dropped out, and while I am sure there are sensible reasons for your quitting, it still doesn’t make me feel any happier. I wish you had stayed at least one more round, as R2 is the exact type of thing you excel at.
At the Matchmaker’s, as you can guess, must have impressed me, or I wouldn’t have worked on a sequel for it (even if I didn’t post it). It had the swing of a short story embedded in the lyrical march of a poem. Well-executed, and deserving of 2 Coins.
You got only 2 Coins, but that’s only because you didn’t post enough. I still have faith in your abilities. Keep growing and spreading happiness, you precocious plantling.
Start writing creepypastas. Or even better, write a full-fledged horror novel, ALA Lovecraft. You have his style in your blood, along with a tinge of weirdness that give all your stories a life of their own.
Your R1 post, Poem for a Dead Man, was okay. The story behind it was good (good enough for me to consider it for a sequel), but the poem was written in an almost haphazard way without much rhyme or rhythm.
Crooked Minds reminds me of a story you once wrote for TDaT. Which is strange since that story was driven forward while this seemed to be mostly a prolonged flashback. The main character does justice to the title, and I honestly felt like slapping him silly by the end of the narrative. Calculated, calm and cruel, Crooked Minds deserves nothing less than a Coin, but nothing more either.
From R3 onwards, you started focusing a lot more on your strengths, which IMO is a triumph on your part. New Vision was an advertisement with sinister subliminal messages etched throughout its length, and the effect was done adequately so that it didn’t annoy me or leave me wondering whether I’d really seen it. A Coin, again.
The Untitled dialogue and Mortimer’s Cooking Show dually constitute the darkest, most menacing writings during this run of Cursive. Both of them started off as apparently lightly humorous narratives, and ended with shivers running down my spine. Together, they earn 4 Coins in total, which I am not really sure how to split.
Your Cracked post was nothing special. You did do some good image captioning, but that’s really about it. The content wasn’t spectacular, and I frankly wondered a couple of times how this was related to Kong (except for the fact that it was posted in a Kong FG). A Coin for image captioning, not for post content.
Finishing in style, the Untitled horror story really doesn’t seem incomplete at all. It is richly mysterious, appropriately convoluted and has some creepy imagery (I still can’t push the professor’s body out of my mind. Ugh. That gave me nightmares). Cramming so much shock and awe into some of the most mundane protagonist characterization doesn’t even seem possible! You have excelled, and deserve your 2 Coins for this round.
Overall, you’ve hauled in 9 Coins from just seven rounds. You might want to try writing comedy next time too, which you seem to have cleverly avoided on every round where it seemed compulsory. I’m glad to have had you aboard with wonderful train of storycrafting, as you really brightened up my experience of the whole competition with our in-chat conversations. Thanks a lot, bro. You rock.
Where’d you go off to, Spec? You were a lively contender for this game, a livid source of inspiration for me multiple times, and it just seems weird that you would drop out after your rather good early submissions. Oh well, at least you added a lot of sunshine and spiders while you were around, which is all that really matters.
Your R1 post was actually pretty good, despite feeling rushed. I did have to read it twice to really grasp its inner beauty… and I am glad I did, as it was an inspiration for my Sequel post. A Coin, as royalty ;)
Love was Still Around, or was it? The first true infusion of craziness in the thread (lyrical craziness, not thick, creamy craziness like Wooneh’s) came in with this story, and it is amazingly well done. I’ve never seen a mental breakdown done so well. Imagery was spot-on, diary-writing was spot on… what else can I say. Have a Coin. No, this is not redeemable right now at any store anywhere but might be in the future. Who knows.
The rest of your posts were okay but nothing eye-catching. iSphere Nano was a bit on the funny side but not very coinworthy, Untitled dialogue was even funnier but I dunno why I didn’t really like it all that much, still gets 1 Coin and Meta Epic RPG had an awesome replay-value side but little description of gameplay. Take 2 Coins.
Well, that’s an overall haul of 5 Coins. You have a good sarcastic edge to your writing, a wide coverage of writing styles and interesting characterization (from what I saw R2). Keep writing, and hope to see more from you in the future!
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How serious were you when you joined this competition? :p Despite what others might say, I think you have made a fair effort to crawl out of that shell and put lots of interesting words on the screen. They weren’t the best bunch of words, sure, but there’s a niche market for everything (plus, I like insane writings)!
R1 post… Oh, isn’t that the one about Bestie? When I first saw Inferno (AKA First Visual), I expected it to be very uninspired and simplistic. It turned out that the poem was actually pleasant from a crazy reader’s perspective, though criminally simple. Maybe you can use this Coin to get Bestie some new heaters down there in hell.
You had a title collision with Prec, and despite not wanting to, I ended up comparing your story against his while reading. The subject matters are encouragingly different and your take, while suspicously similar to that bit from Finding Nemo, contains some semi-humorous elements that I liked. Not too much, but another good effort.
I will bundle the rest of your submissions together like I did in a couple of other cases. Salesbot was a reasonably good attempt, and I did have some fun figuring out Pizza, so props for that. I think the reason it didn’t really pop out to me is because everyone else was doing humor that round and my own submission was heavily concerning robots and robotic rebellions.
I laughed at your game description, though you did plagiarize a bit of Lou’s ideas off-thread :p Untitled dialogue was the worst of your lot of writings and felt like it was hurried through right at DL. Naughty Woony. All three combinedly earn you 2 more Coins, bringing the total to a respectable 3 Coins.
This platform has showed me that you can write well if you need to –or have a blue elephant threatening to murder your family if you don’t-, and I am glad to to be acquainted with another of your multiple talents. Keep that keyboard clickin’!
(Did you think you could really escape judgement too? Think again!)
Your R1 post, Poetry had a minimalistic feel to its beginning, though followed rapidly by a whole barrage of colors and vistas that almost blinded me for a second there. While I would have liked an interpretation or label of the sceneries to add character, scenery pron is always welcome. Have a Coin for making my possible most favorite round in the entire game.
Poetry. It takes intestines, bro.
On R2, I feel that you still had that rush of creativity, putting on my second favorite type of writing (and the only type I think I can ever do better at, lol). Short Stories was a bit marred by the fact that you didn’t link the song titles to the songs offsite, meaning I had to dig them up and listen to them in order to be inspited. Have a Coin anyway.
By the way, I feel you sort of cheated with all your deadline extension submissions to get more writing on the screen, so I am gonna ignore them, sorry.
R3 sucked for me since I am not the type to try to convince someone who doesn’t want to lend me their ear, and Advertisement really is just that. But hey, competitions are about trying new things, right? I liked the bit in your post where you extended the deadlines, so a Coin for that too!
Your R4 post rocks, period. It has amazing references and links, a practical, no-nonsense layout, sensible round description… did I mention amazing references and links? Unfortunately, while the layout and references were good, the actual post content was very depressive. I don’t really like beige tragedies, so no coin for you.
I love your characters from R5, Dialogue. The depth of Character One is insurmountable. The way he follows up his blah blah blah with a precisely timed (ONLY when ‘something happens’) ‘oh my god’… I’ll be honest, I cried at that point. It was awesomer than a 20 meter long laser-spitting shark highfiving a godzilla grizzly bear on fire while skateboarding in SPACE. 3 Coins. Don’t be shy.
(that above paragraph was sarcastic. I really didn’t enjoy Dialogue at all, lol)
R6 was supposed to be TV Programs, so I collected all my popcorn, cheese and soda before it started, but I was terribly disappointed. There were like only three paragraphs of instructions and when I follwoed them I didn’t get anything edible which sux. It was as uninspired as R7, where I didn’t really get the caption under the image of the beheaded aardvark.
Finishing off in style, Round 9 and 8, Grab bag and Sequels, were a powerful comeback from you. I didn’t expect anything less from a good host. I do feel the submissions that round weren’t as good as they might have been, of course, but there ain’t nothing you could have done about that. Good effort, and 3 Coins.
So… a total of 9 Coins! All jokes aside now, that’s how I feel the overall competition went (except Dialogue). Great hosting as always, Blu, and that’s another genre under your belt right there :D
“So AN,” you say nervously. “We are standing at the coinfluence of competition and declaration of the winner… could you please vote or something?”
To that I say,
Have at thee why of course! I will put together a brief point standings here for easy reference later. I may have miscounted somewhere up there. Please tell me if you notice anything amiss.
[ 10 ]
LethalMutiny (0, 3, 0, 1, 2, 3, 1, 0, 0);
Precarious (0, 2, 1, 0, 3, 1, 0, 3, 0)
[ 9 ]
SilentSand (0, 1, 1, ×, 2, 2, 1, ×, 2);
hamuka (0, 2, 2, 0, 1, 1, 2, 0.5, 0.5);
Bluji (1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 3, 1.5, 1.5)
[ 5 ]
Spector29 (1, 1, 0, 2, 1, X)
[ 3 ]
Woon1957 (1, 0, 0.666.., 0.666.., 0.666..)
[ 2 ]
occooa (1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0);
S_98 (2, X);
CalmWaters (1, 1, 0, X)
[ 1 ]
Behemoth542 (1, 0, X)
[ 0 ]
coolo2011 (0, X)
[ ∞ ]
AdeebNafees (IMRICH, DONTNEEDMONEY, I, L, O, V, E, U, 2)
Well, it is obvious that I should vote for whoever has the ability to throw the biggest party right now :p But there seems to be a very unfortunate draw. I have been broken between Prec and Lem throughout the competition, and had it not been for Prec’s Sequels post, I would have readily gone with Lem. So here’s the deal I am making with Blu:
- My vote will remain in a sort of stasis until needed.
- If either Lem or Prec is tied with someone else, the vote will count as a tiebreaker, pushing Lem/Prec to number 1 regardless of who they are tied with (unless they are tied with each other, in which case, read 5).
- If either Lem or Prec needs one more vote to tie someone else who is not Prec or Lem, the vote will count as an equalizer, tieing Lem/Prec in number 1.
- If BOTH Lem and Prec need one more vote to tie someone else who is obviously not Prec or Lem, the vote will count as an equalizer for Lem (decided by RNG, sorry Prec).
- If Lem and Prec are tied, I would love to have them both be declared winners. If that’s not possible, the vote will act as a tiebreaker for Prec (decided by RNG, sorry Lem).
- This algorithm is strictly the property of AN. It is patented and overrides any other algorithm regarding votes put forward henceforth in this thread. If someone starts a flame war about this whole thing, my vote counts as a vote for Bluji. Please don’t start a flame war Bluji.
Have fun guys!
It is not known whether AN Coins are currently redeemable at any store anywhere in the world. Hold onto them anyway JIC.