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RESULTS ANNOUNCED! [Writing] The Zoo Heist - Win a Tan Octopus! (Event Thread)

NB: I planned this event to, basically, get rid of all the items Hohum traded to me in return for the Coloured parrot. This event is in no way sponsored by the Ocean Masters.


Your task is to write a comedy-based story, 500-1000 words, detailing a robber's attempt to steal two animals from a zoo; An octopus, and an elephant. The story can be told from any perspective, there can be any number of characters and twists, but there are a few restrictions:

- The robber MUST be unsuccessful. This can be as comical as you feel it should be; an octopus could suffocate him for all I care, but he must not succeed in his attempt at a heist.
- The story must be related in no way to pirates.
- Do not include expletives of any kind. Mildly violent conflict is fine though, as long as it does not consume the whole plot.
- There must be NO dialogue of any kind, only description (An interesting twist; since this is comedy, I'd like the expression 'Actions speak louder than words' to be applied in literal form, here.)

Things to note:

-It's COMEDY. I want to LAUGH. Entries will be judged half on writing merit, and half on pure l0lness.

-Post in the Entry thread. Entries posted in this thread will be disqualified. Questions and comments about the events are to be posted here.

-Unless a totally overwhelming amount of entries are received, I will be the ONLY person reading and judging, so do not be on the edge of your seats for results.

Closing date for entries is the 6th of February 2009 at 11.59.59PM, Game Time.

Prizes!: (Bear in mind I had no control over said prizes; I received the items from the 'Trading a Stick for a Coloured Familiar!' event)

1st: A Tan Octopus, named 'Cunning Stunt'.
2nd: An Unnamed Purple/Red Black Elephant.
3rd: Blue/Green Crossed Spears furniture item (New)

I will award a single honourable mention (read: 4th) as I see fit.

Let me conclude by wishing you all good luck, with the hope that there is a hot contest for prizes!
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Re: [Writing] The Zoo Heist - Win a Tan Octopus! (Event Thread)

Does spelling and grammer matter? Will entries with too many mispellings be disqualified?
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Re: [Writing] The Zoo Heist - Win a Tan Octopus! (Event Thread)

I won't disqualify entries with bad spelling and grammar, but I will mark down for entries which I find difficult or stressful to read.

Basically, please try to punctuate/write your entries properly.
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Re: [Writing] The Zoo Heist - Win a Tan Octopus! (Event Thread)

Dude, you are awesome. What a fantastic idea. I know so many players that would sit on their octopus because they actually have one but you are deciding to give it away to any player that can write ye a good enough story. I think it's a fantastic idea and thank you for being such a nice player. I wish there were more players out there like you.
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Re: [Writing] The Zoo Heist - Win a Tan Octopus! (Event Thread)

 
I won't disqualify entries with bad spelling and grammar, but I will mark down for entries which I find difficult or stressful to read.

Basically, please try to punctuate/write your entries properly.

What about intentional misspelled/ungrammatical silliness? <_<
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Re: [Writing] The Zoo Heist - Win a Tan Octopus! (Event Thread)

Thanke Geologist! I hope many mates enter so ye (and the rest of us who read the entries) get some good laughs. Great way to give away yer prizes while still having fun.
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Re: [Writing] The Zoo Heist - Win a Tan Octopus! (Event Thread)

I don't see any need for that, unless you're writing it in the form of a diary entry. If this is the case, please state at the top of the entry that any misspellings or grammatical errors are intentional.

EDIT: Addressed to Thalatta. Clearly GreenTail types faster than me <_<

Thank you all for the positive feedback, too :)
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Re: [Writing] The Zoo Heist - Win a Tan Octopus! (Event Thread)

 
Dude, you are awesome.

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Re: [Writing] The Zoo Heist - Win a Tan Octopus! (Event Thread)

 
 
Dude, you are awesome.


I wish I hated you so I could say something bad about you to counter all the nice things people are saying about you.

But alas, I cant.

Awesome idea. : = )
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Re: [Writing] The Zoo Heist - Win a Tan Octopus! (Event Thread)

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Re: [Writing] The Zoo Heist - Win a Tan Octopus! (Event Thread)

EDITed because the previous poster's edit now makes this post irrelevant.
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Re: [Writing] The Zoo Heist - Win a Tan Octopus! (Event Thread)

 
Dude, you are awesome.
Jus' sayin.

Keep up the good work. Hopefully I'll do better in this event than the sailing bakeoff :-)
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Re: [Writing] The Zoo Heist - Win a Tan Octopus! (Event Thread)

 
EDIT: I see Jackarius has posted chatlogs. Seriously, if you have a problem; send me a PM or a tell ingame, rather than cluttering my event thread. Your chatlogs show absolutely nothing besides my attempt to settle this reasonably.


I don't see where you gave him permission to post those chatlogs either.
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Re: [Writing] The Zoo Heist - Win a Tan Octopus! (Event Thread)

Can someone submit more than one entry?
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Re: [Writing] The Zoo Heist - Win a Tan Octopus! (Event Thread)

 
Can someone submit more than one entry?




Only one entry per pirate, please. Edits will be accepted right up until the closing date for entries, though.

And Jezzebel; I did not give him permission, nor did he ask.
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Re: [Writing] The Zoo Heist - Win a Tan Octopus! (Event Thread)

Bumped because people aren't likely to see this on page 2.
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Re: [Writing] The Zoo Heist - Win a Tan Octopus! (Event Thread)

I'm just here to do a number of things. Thats normally why people are anywhere, right?

1) I entered your contest - Woot!
2) Bumping, despite the fact it is already visible in-game in-the Events column (congrats!)
3) Saying that this is undoubtably the fourth contest I have ever entered
4) Saying that this is undoubtably the most fantastic contest I have ever entered. My comedic styles and literateness go taken for granted sometimes.
6b) SUPERSTARSAM, you are a LEGEND.
Sub-Section C12 Paragraph 8) Holy crap that was some good sailing. And a lot of whistles. I mean in your siggy. On U-Toob.
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Re: [Writing] The Zoo Heist - Win a Tan Octopus! (Event Thread)

A reminder to anyone thinking of entering:

There are now roughly five days left before I close this for judging, so get writing, if you want to enter! <3
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Re: [Writing] The Zoo Heist - Win a Tan Octopus! (Event Thread)

Hey, does it HAVE to be below 1000 words?
I can probably cut some stuff out, but I'd rather not.
I got about 1200 right now.
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Re: [Writing] The Zoo Heist - Win a Tan Octopus! (Event Thread)

 
Hey, does it HAVE to be below 1000 words?
I can probably cut some stuff out, but I'd rather not.
I got about 1200 right now.

Change all instances of "not" to "-n't", "is" to "-'s" and use the thesaurus to combine adjectives into one better word. If that doesn't help, cut out the sex scene. Ahaha.
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Re: [Writing] The Zoo Heist - Win a Tan Octopus! (Event Thread)

 
Hey, does it HAVE to be below 1000 words?
I can probably cut some stuff out, but I'd rather not.
I got about 1200 right now.


Sadly, yes. An entry could be the most flawless thing ever written, but if it's 1000+ words, I can't consider it for judging. All entries are tested with This word counter before reading, and will not be read if they are over 1000 words.

Any entries posted with more words than 1000 will receive a warning PM from me, but only if they're posted at least 24 hours before the date. I have also seen one entry without a pirate name. :(

Take Guppygurl's advice, too. :P
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Re: [Writing] The Zoo Heist - Win a Tan Octopus! (Event Thread)

I'd just like to bring attention to the fact that I have no idea when judging begins/entry is forbidden/falling over becomes illegal.

No, seriously. When do you start judging? 'Roughly 5 days' was in a post some days ago - but, meh.
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Re: [Writing] The Zoo Heist - Win a Tan Octopus! (Event Thread)

I wrote in the OP:

 

Closing date for entries is the 6th of February 2009 at 11.59.59PM, Game Time.


Judging begins the moment I wake up after that time period :)
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Re: [Writing] The Zoo Heist - Win a Tan Octopus! (Event Thread)

Thankee.

I wish me luck!
Oh, and everyone else. Yeah.
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See yaz tomorrow.
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Re: [Writing] The Zoo Heist - Win a Tan Octopus! (Event Thread)

No more entries or edits are now accepted. Good luck to everyone, I should have the results ready by Wednesday.
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Re: [Writing] The Zoo Heist - Win a Tan Octopus! (Event Thread)

I totally forgot to enter!!!

Well either way thanks for a selfless, creative, giving, and fun event!!
Good luck to the winner!!
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Re: [Writing] The Zoo Heist - Win a Tan Octopus! (Event Thread)

 
Take Guppygurl's advice, too. :P


Who?
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Re: [Writing] The Zoo Heist - Win a Tan Octopus! (Event Thread)

 
 
Take Guppygurl's advice, too. :P


Who?


Me.....Lithomaniac.

I did. lol
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Re: [Writing] The Zoo Heist - Win a Tan Octopus! (Event Thread) JUDGING IN PROGRESS.

I wish everyone who entered this good luck in it :) (Including myself XD) And to the winner, good job!
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Re: [Writing] The Zoo Heist - Win a Tan Octopus! (Event Thread) JUDGING IN PROGRESS.

Aye, good luck, mates :-) And thanks again to Geologist!
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