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Third Annual Halloween Avatar Contest winners

The results are in and the judges have spoken in the Third Annual Halloween Avatar Contest on the StarBase118 forums! More than half of our ships participated in the contest and averaged higher percent participation of their crews across the board over last year.

Many thanks to FltCapt. Mar, who facilitated this year’s competition, and Chas Hammer of the Simming Encyclopedia alongside Alex Solvay of Blue Dwarf who both judged this year’s competition.

There are two main components of the scoring: theme originality and image quality. Crew participation then factors in proportionally on the score.

For theme originality, the USS Mercury came in first with the monstrous “Mercury Street,” followed by the Knights of the USS Excalibur.

For image quality, the USS Excalibur took top billing, followed by the USS Apollo’s Nintendo characters.

Excalibur flag, smallAnd now for our final scores. In second place, the USS Mercury with a score of 47.84/60! And our winner … simulated drum-roll, please …

The crew of the USS Excalibur, with a score of 55/60!

Many thanks to all that participated! The winning and second place crews will receive a forum badge in the coming days.

Halloween Avatar Contest 2012

Welcome to the beginning of the end of the 2012 Halloween Avatar Contest! This marks the second anniversary of the event on the UFOP:118 forums, and competition has been stiff as the graphics masters and ship cheerleaders across the fleet test their mettle. This time around, almost every ship has elected to participate with the following wonderful and creative themes: USS Apollothe crew (and various and sundry associates) of FireflyUSS Avandarcharacters from The Wizard of OzEmbassy — the Duronis II zoo; USS Mercuryhorrible mugshots; Starbase 118 Ops — black & white movie stars; USS TigerStar Wars characters. Check out the entries now, as they’ll only remain until the end of All Saints’ Day (November 1st). Who will win? Stay tuned!

Halloween Story Competition

If you’re reading this you probably enjoy writing Star Trek stories. Did you know that it was a Star Trek story that won the Flashback Week competition back on August? It was a fantastic story where a team who had crashed on a hostile Cardassian planet had to fight to survive, you can read the story here.

It’s October and Halloween is just around the corner, so it’s time for another story competition! OngoingWorlds is running a Halloween story competition for all roleplayers. As we all write stories anyway, why not combine the two? Create a spooky Halloween story for your roleplaying game and just submit it to the competition.

The kind of story we’re looking for will be heart-thumpingly thrilling, spine-tinglingly scary, and maybe just a bit stomach-churningly gory. Star Trek isn’t usually known for being scary, but I can remember certain episodes that have been really spooky, Neelix telling the ghost story in the Voyager episode ‘The Haunting of Deck Twelve‘ about creatures in the dark is perfect for a Halloween story!

If you think you can step up to the challenge and write something really scary, get typing and send us your story!

To enter the competition all you have to do is write a story about the characters in your roleplaying game (we don’t mind if it doesn’t fit into the current storyline of your game) and submit it to us using the form below before the 31st of October. The top 10 stories will be published online and credit will be given to the author and also to the game you’re in – which should hopefully help advertise your game to get new members.

This article was written by David Ball.

David has been a roleplayer for over 10 years, and is the creater of OngoingWorlds.com for people to write stories together. This is his second year running flashback week.

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