Tournament 1

April 14th, 2012, 3:18 am

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Shown here is the tournament bracket that'll be used in the game.  We need 64 players to begin.

Author's Comments:

Reply Twentydragon, April 14th, 2012, 3:29 am

How This Works This game is meant to be very low-pressure.

To join, all you gotta have is at least one character reference (or drawn match, outlined below). The character can be from anywhere (with few exceptions; see below), as long as you're familiar enough with the character to write a good chunk of background detail and personality information (links also help).

Once we've got all 64 requisite characters, we'll start the actual tournament. It's a fighting-style tournament, and the results are actually randomly determined ahead of time. Authors may sign up for any match they wish to draw (provided it hasn't already been done), and they'll have to figure out how to draw the given outcome.

Between matches, authors will be allowed to post backstage events and drama.

This comic is meant to be fun and to provide an interesting challenge to its authors.

So with that, go forth and pick some characters to throw in here! =D

EDIT: RestrictionsOriginally I was just gonna bring this up when it happened, but I don't want to waste anyone's time after they've drawn up a reference page. So here are the exceptions to the any-character-you-like rule:

1. No nudity or intense gore. This is meant to be a family-approachable series.

2. Characters you know. You have to be familiar enough with the character to write up a bit of personality information and background detail.

3. Characters' owners may ask that their characters be removed from the game at any time before it starts. They need only do this once, and all characters they own and wish to remove are off-limits until they grant permission again.
Off-limits owners: Tezzle.
Off-limits characters: Louis Jasen Fixari (SPDark, Survivor Fan Characters).

4. Limit two from each place. That is, only two characters may be permitted from each individual work or series of works. Conjoined canons (DC Universe, e.g.) count as separate series.

So there you have it. The few rules to abide by when doin' up references. Now go forth!

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Reply Twentydragon, April 14th, 2012, 4:32 pm

A Little Bit of Competition For each MATCH anyone draws, authors and readers may each award the author who drew it one Bean. For the final match, the author who has the most Beans and wants to draw it will win the honor of drawing up the final, four-way match and will be allowed to determine its ending!

One more thing: all pages posted during a Tournament are regarded as canon, even for later tournaments. Keep that in mind as you move forward, and don't be afraid to draw on what's already happened!

Reply Twentydragon, April 22nd, 2012, 8:20 pm

Updating Bracket This bracket will be updated over the course of the character submission process. Contestant numbers will be assigned in the order of their submission (and should probably be visible on their attire during the tournament). Their positions within the bracket are determined randomly.

Reply Twentydragon, April 24th, 2012, 4:57 am

Character Submissions Addendum All right. Long story short: original and fan characters are preferred. If you use a copyrighted character, and they end up getting pulled, it will affect the tournament in progress. We won't retcon them out, but we will cease to use them.

User's Comments:

Reply lizard-socks, April 22nd, 2012, 8:09 pm

Two questions:
1. Anything in particular that you want on the ref sheet?
2. Can one person submit more than one character?

Reply Phenoix12, April 22nd, 2012, 8:14 pm

Well this seems interesting.
I might join
Also, does anywhere include our own fictional works?

Reply Twentydragon, April 22nd, 2012, 8:18 pm

1. On the actual image, please include the character's name and origin, their owner or copyright holder, and a height measurement for reference against other characters. In your following author comment, please include a brief description of their personality and background, along with links to the stuff they're from, if you've got those available.

2. One person can submit up to 64 characters for a given tournament.

Yes, as long as you meet all the other conditions above. Remember, only two characters can come from the same work/series.

Reply lizard-socks, April 22nd, 2012, 9:02 pm

March Madness, but without the March and with very relaxed madness? Count me in!

Reply The Gamer, April 22nd, 2012, 9:05 pm

Wait, I have a question, since I bit confuse here. Can we use character(s) that we made up from our work/series?

Reply Twentydragon, April 22nd, 2012, 9:07 pm

@The Gamer: I've actually already answered that question when Phenoix12 asked it, but here it is again: Yes, as long as you meet all the other conditions above. Remember, only two characters can come from the same work/series.

Reply The Gamer, April 22nd, 2012, 10:12 pm

@Twentydragon: Ah ok. Anyway, I would like to join in, please.

Reply MarioKong, April 23rd, 2012, 12:49 am

I wanna join! I can reuse Dimenumper from Mafia Game! He can have a bigger fish.

Reply Twentydragon, April 23rd, 2012, 12:52 am

@MarioKong: Indeed you can! But keep in mind that you probably won't have control of him the whole time, hence the need for descriptions and such.

Reply SPDark, April 23rd, 2012, 5:01 pm

Questions of my own:
1) What if you're fine with most of your characters being in this, but there are some you don't. Do you have to off-limits all of them?
2) Are you allowed entering a fan character, or is it just original characters from licensed and original works?
3) Will you determine who wins each match when all 64 characters have been entered, or as they fill up?
4) Censored swears, or no swears at all?

Reply KreeTheBasilisk, April 23rd, 2012, 6:03 pm

I don't want to step on anyone's toes, but I personally would not feel comfortable about drawing unlicensed characters. I'm fine with fan characters, but I don't think I can participate if it means I might have to draw a character that hasn't been licensed by their creator. :(

Ignoring that possible complication, I've accrued enough character ideas over the years that I could probably fill up a quarter of the slots without even trying, even with the limit. (Theoretically at least. It's not a realistic amount to enter) :P

So what is the setting? Is this one of those prefabricated landscape arenas with hidden cameras placed everywhere, a la The Hunger Games (but hopefully slightly less lethal)?

Reply Twentydragon, April 23rd, 2012, 6:18 pm

1. You can indeed wall off specific characters if you like. But the easiest and least complicated way to do this is to submit two characters from the same work. The rest would automatically be off-limits.

2. Fan characters are fine. Just make sure you've got a decent description and that you're okay with other people having control of your character.

3. Matches can begin to be drawn as they fill up. Once we've got a match ready to go, I'll create a chapter for the actual tournament, and references will continue to go into the Setup chapter.

4. Censored swears are fine.

You don't have to draw characters you don't want to. The entire process is entirely voluntary. If you do see a match you'd like to draw and would be comfortable with, just sign on up for it.

The setting is a modern Colosseum-styled arena. The center can be modified to fit just about any match concept or mimic any theme you like.

The rules of matches prohibit the killing of your opponent. If this happens, they get revived and advance, while their killer is disqualified and ousted from the game. It's a fight to the knockout.

Reply KreeTheBasilisk, April 23rd, 2012, 6:35 pm

@Twentydragon: What? I thought the matches were random, isn't that the point of tournaments? If I get matched up against someone I don't feel comfortable drawing I pretty much have to forfeit the match.

I'm not a huge fan of imposing copyright restrictions, and I've probably stretched "fair use" a bit too far myself, but importing characters without permission crosses the line for me. I don't want to encourage people to think that copyrights are meaningless.

Reply Twentydragon, April 23rd, 2012, 6:44 pm

@KreeTheBasilisk: The matches are indeed random. However, this is set up differently from other tournament comics in that each match is only drawn ONCE. If your character gets put into a match with someone you're not comfortable with drawing, you don't have to. If you see a match between fan characters or OCs that you want to draw, you may (just be sure to call it first).

If the owner of a character has an issue with what we're doing here, they can say so, and their characters will be pulled out. That said, I've talked to Nintendo about this kind of thing before, and they told me permission wasn't necessary: go for it. I can only assume other companies have similar views.

Fair Use allows for parodies, which Anyone's Game may be considered.

For added emphasis, this tourney is different from others you may have seen. All characters are available for all authors to play with. The outcomes of matches are determined randomly and given to the author drawing those matches so they can figure out how it would happen. Submitting a character does not lock your authorship to their fate, nor does it mean you have to draw everything they're involved in.

Hope that answers your questions and concerns.

Reply KreeTheBasilisk, April 23rd, 2012, 7:09 pm

@Twentydragon: As nice as it would make things legally, it doesn't really qualify as a parody.

If you've talked to Nintendo before, then that's Nintendo licensing their copyrights for fanart. This "opt out" system unsettles me, because copyrights already exist for licensing characters, they can't just be overridden like that.

All OCs are automatically covered by copyright. I love seeing fanart drawn of my characters, but that's only because I've given my permission as the copyright holder for other people to do that.

Reply SPDark, April 23rd, 2012, 8:23 pm

@Twentydragon: The walled-off question and the Fan Character question were sort of related in a way, as I want to wall off a character of my own and it's a series no one would submit a character for. Considering the semi-inaccurate way he's been portrayed so far, it's necessary.

ON THIS NOTE, Louis Jasen Fixari, also known as Twilight!Jasen, (who was in Survivor Fan Characters 7) is off-limits for the reason listed above.

Okay, now I'm interested in doing this, for some reason.

@KreeTheBasilisk: ^^; From what I understand, you can draw whatever match you want, as long as someone else hasn't claimed that match. Your character doesn't have to be in that match.

Reply lizard-socks, April 23rd, 2012, 9:22 pm

Re: licensed characters - copyright is automatic in the US. Although fanart is technically a copyright violation, copyright is never prosecuted by anyone other than the copyright owner.
So a sort of unwritten law has developed where fan works that AREN'T done for a profit are considered acceptable because the authors don't prosecute them (it wouldn't help them at all, and it would hurt their reputation greatly.)

Here's a great write-up: rt

"In short, the existence of fan work is a non-issue.
Selling fan work is an issue."

It's kind of like how people always go about 5 MPH over the posted speed limit.

Reply lizard-socks, April 23rd, 2012, 9:30 pm

Another thing: why is Jade between 58 and 59? Is this some sort of complex hashcode algorithm? :P

Reply Twentydragon, April 24th, 2012, 1:06 am

@lizard-socks: Her position was randomly determined. She was assigned position 58 in the bracket, but she's contestant 1. The numbers have been changed to reflect this (note the "1" is now gone).

And the complex algorithm is 2d8.

@SPDark: Top post updated.

Reply Phenoix12, April 24th, 2012, 8:07 pm

Sign me up so that I may do... things...

Reply SPDark, April 25th, 2012, 10:54 pm

What about characters that only work together? Would they not be allowed, allowed but separated, or allowed as one entry? If allowed as one entry, would they lose if one gets knocked out, or whatever the losing condition is, or would the remaining one have to go until it loses as well?

>.> <.< I was thinking about the Ice Climbers when I opened this up...

Reply Twentydragon, April 26th, 2012, 12:27 am

@SPDark: They'd be allowed but separated.

Reply Twentydragon, April 26th, 2012, 6:15 pm

@BluebottleFlyer: Just put it up as a page like you see on the next seven pages.

Reply Gardevoirlovr7, May 20th, 2012, 9:41 pm

How...? Hey, I'd like to add one of my characters to this, though idk how... Help!!!

Reply Twentydragon, May 20th, 2012, 11:49 pm

@Gardevoirlovr7: Now that you've been added as a co-author, just post your character reference as a page and honor the requirements I left in the top posts.

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