Hi everyone and welcome to our 12 Days of Christmas Competition. =)
Remember, even if you've coming into the competition late, you can still pick up points from the previous days. All creative challenges are still worth their full points value, and the trivia questions are still worth most of their value.
As we previously mentioned in the main competition blog for this month, I'll be posting a new blog each day with a set of challenges. While each day will be different, every day will have at least 1 trivia question, and 1 creative challenge. With all of the challenges, you'll collect points just for having taken part and having had a go. Obviously you'll be getting more points in the trivia contests if you actually get it right, and there'll also be bonus points awarded in the creative challenges for people whose efforts are particularly memorable. Being so bad that they're good qualifies as "memorable", so don't worry if you're not at drawing if an art challenge rolls around. ;)
So without further ado, here's today's challenges!
In the old days, it seemed like almost every anime series owed its existence to an original manga, or an original game. In the last decade, we've increasingly seen a shift towards series inspired by light novels, or created out of whole cloth. But there are a few series out there with more odd backgrounds. Your challenge today? Identify for me a series which began not as a commercial product, but as a free web-novel or web-comic.
Trivia answers should be PMed directly to me, and not posted in this blog. You only receive 1 chance to answer each riddle, so be sure of your answer before sending it in!
Correct responses to today's trivia question receive 5 points, less 1 point for every 2 days after this is posted (ie. 4 points from Day 8, 3 points from Day 10, 2 points from Day 12)
Incorrect responses to today's trivia question receive 1 point. Yes, that's right, you get points just for taking part!
For today's challenge, I'd like you to take a shot at creating a otaku themed holiday gift wrapping paper. You can take inspiration from whatever you'd like, and create it however you'd like. As always, we're looking at your ideas and not your skill. It can be as simple or as detailed as you like, but be aware that overly basic attempts (eg. a stick figure drawing of a character with a Santa Hat) might not be considered as being "a reasonable go". If any are posted in this thread which we feel are too basic, we'll let you know.
Creative responses should be posted directly to this blog. Unlike the trivia challenges, you may modify your entry as many times as you like, or until the system no longer lets you edit it anyway.
Creative challenges are challenges of creativity and not of skill. Points will be awarded based on your ideas more than on your skill at executing them (ie. don't worry if you can't draw or write well, you can still get big points!)
Memorable responses to today's creative challenge will receive between 3 and 5 points (at our discretion)
Anyone who has "a reasonable go" at today's challenge (again, at our discretion) will receive 2 points.
If you have any questions about today's challenges, please post them here.
The points totals to date will be posted alongside tomorrow's challenges.
Good luck everyone!