August 24th, 2016
|rsgamesmods||10:18 pm - We Want You!|For more info, please go HERE!
July 24th, 2016
|rsgamesmods||10:43 am - Check-in Time! Check-in Time! Check-in Time!|Check-in Time!!
Depending upon how you figure it, we're about halfway through the creation process, so it is now time for a quick check-in. Why do we do this? Well, in fairness to your teammates (as well as the Mods and the other Team), we need to make sure that everyone is still on-board. Teams must remain even and the best way to accomplish this is to keep in touch with people. Sadly, some people disappear. And while they might have perfectly valid reasons for dropping off the face of the internet, it can wreak a certain kind of havoc for The Games. Therefore, we are asking each participant to check-in.
Simply reply to this post with a fun fact/interesting tidbit
, and you're on your way! Your fun fact/interesting tidbit can be literally anything you wish; we just need something to entertain ourselves as people check-in. However, if you do not reply to this post by 11:59pm EST (like Toronto or NYC) on Saturday, August 6th
, we will be forced to escalate matters, taking drastic measures. Well, maybe not that
drastic, but it will involve email and maybe even PMs. We will haunt your journals. We will track you down like the
Mods we are. Eventually, if our hunting efforts fail and we do not hear from a participant, we will sadly have to consider them a drop. But we most most certainly don't want people to be dropped! We want everyone to stay in the Games! So please check in now, share some fun and positivity, and don't disappear on us!There is also an inter-team actvity going on HERE!
July 13th, 2016
|rsgamesmods||09:22 pm - Inter-Team Activity #1: Flash Drabbles and Drawbles|
If there is a time and place for everything, there is a time and place to work and a time and place to play. So now it is time to take a break from work (both real life work and writing/drawing for The Games) and play (even from trying to catch them all) and do something different. This is the time to stretch your artistic limbs and the place to get a little creative exercise. It’s also a great way to meet members of the other Team. And, and, best of all, it’s easy and short!
Introducing, micro fics and flash drawings!
Here is how it works:
Some people will create prompts and others will create flash drabbles (tiny fics) and drawbles (quick, fast drawings) based on those prompts. Prompts may be anything at all: words, quotes, songs, snippets, video, music, pictures, etc., but the micro-fics and flash drawings must be short, really short. Fiction should be less than ten sentences (okay, we won't hunt you down and kill you if you go over), and drawings must be simple and take you no more than a few minutes to complete. (Again, we're not going to time you, but the idea is not to spend a lot of time on this.) Get it? It's easy!
Anyone and everyone may leave a prompt or create micro-fic/flash drawing or both. But, as you probably suspected, there is a twist: Teams! (No, this is not a contest, just a way to get the Teams to interact more.) Team Time will leave prompts for Team Place and Team Place will leave prompts for Team Time. Mods and Non-Participants (people who wander in) can also play and can leave prompts for anyone. Basically, the rule of thumb is that you will leave prompts FOR people NOT on your team and respond to prompts FROM people NOT on your Team. Still confused? Please see below.
Rules and Guidelines:
1. Below are three different threads: one for Team Time, one for Team Place, and one for the Mods/Non-Participants.
A. Team Place Thread: Team Time (and Mods/Non-Participants) will leave prompts for Team Place in the Team Place thread and Team Place will respond to those prompts with flash drabbles (tiny fics) and drawbles (simple drawings). These flash drabbles and drawbles will be posted as comments to the prompt that was left for it.
B. Team Time Thread: Team Place (and Mods/Non-Participants) will leave prompts for Team Time in the Team Time thread and Team Time will respond to those prompts with flash drabbles (tiny fics) and drawbles (simple drawings). These flash drabbles and drawbles will be posted as comments to the prompt that was left for it.
C. Mods/Non-Participants Thread: Both Team Time and Team Place will leave prompts for the Mods/Non-Participants in the Mods/Non-Participants thread and Mods/Non-Participants will respond to those prompts with flash drabbles (tiny fics) and drawbles (simple drawings). These flash drabbles and drawbles will be posted as comments to the prompt that was left for it.
Anyone and everyone from any Team or group is encouraged to respond to the flash drabbles and drawbles with comments and kudos.
2. Prompts can include anything someone might find inspiring: words/phrases, snippets of poems/lyrics, pictures, songs, sounds, video, and/or whatever you please. They may be interpreted any way by the one reponding to them.
3. Any number of people can respond to a single prompt and individuals can respond to the same prompt more than once. At the same time, any person can leave an unlimited amount or prompts and create an unlimited amount of flash drabbles and drawbles.
4. Flash drabbles should be short (under ten sentences), but can run a little over. Drawbles should be simple, quick drawings. Both should be done quickly and spontaneously.
5. Theoretically, these micro-fics and flash drawings will be R/S, but they can also be about yourself, other Games participants (Keep it nice! We're all friends!), any HP character, original characters, or really anything at all. Crossovers are cool, and crack!fic and crack!art are greatly encouraged. The point here is to have fun.
6. Please be mindful of our younger participants as well as those who prefer to avoid things overtly sexual. Also, please be mindful of subjects (rape, abuse, violence, addiction, etc.) that can be triggers. Flash drabbles and drawbles can be of any rating, but please put "NWS" (and warnings for triggers) in the subject line of your comment. Prompts should be no more than PG-13. In fact, though we are not policing your muses, the point of this activity is fun, so please try to keep things fairly light, safe, and fun. This doesn't mean you can't be serious, sad, or somber, just be aware that dark, violent subjects and graphic sex is not for everyone.
7. There is no deadline/ending for this, but the faster, the better in terms of responding to prompts.
If you need a little more guidance lease check out games from previous years! HERE and HERE
June 15th, 2016
|rsgamesmods||03:11 pm - An Important Note From The Mods|
More than likely you’re all familiar with the horrific shooting that occurred at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. This tragedy took fifty lives and wounded countless more physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Pulse nightclub was more than a fun dancing spot; it was a safe space for the LGTBQIA community to gather and celebrate being themselves. Here at RS_Games, our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and their families. Though there are many issues at stake here: homophobia, Islamophobia, racial tensions, gun control, etc, we Mods want to make it clear that RS_Games and this community is and will remain a safe space for everyone, regardless of sexuality, gender, gender presentation, race, religion, ethnicity, nationality, age, geography, politics, language, education, career, lifestyle choices, or any other thing that might separate us. Instead, let these differences bring us together. We Mods love each and every one of you and want everyone to feel safe, secure, supported, and happy here. And if ever you don’t, please see one of us immediately!
|rsgamesmods||03:10 pm - RS_Collab Fest! |
Hey, we just wanted to let y'all know about a really fab fest going on! Many participants (including people from both Teams and a Mod) have worked together to create cool stuff, so please check it out.
art credit: epithalamium</lj>
June 3rd, 2016
|rsgamesmods||03:28 pm - Prompts Master Post|
Seek art from every time and place, in any form, to connect with those who really move you..
- Martha Beck
In the real world, nothing happens at the right place at the right time. It is the job of journalists and historians (and fanfic artists/writers) to correct that.
- Mark Twain(ish)
Below you will find a large selection of prompts to inspire you to create the perfect time and place for your art or story. As not everyone is inspired by the same things, there are myriad choices including quotations, images, and audio/visual pieces. These theme-based prompts are gathered from myriad places, but you need not be familiar with the original source material. Instead, just find something that speaks to you. Any prompt is available for any participant from either team. And they need not be used literally: symbols, metaphors, and other images speak as powerfully and eloquently as literal interpretations.
Everyone - whether artist or writer - must select a prompt to serve as the basis of their creation. You have between now and 11:59PM EST (like Toronto or NYC) on Friday, June 10th to select your prompt. Choose thoughtfully, but if you don’t make your selection by 11:59PM on Friday, June 10th, we will have to release the hounds, hunt you down like a fox, and force it out of you. And, trust us, it won’t be too pretty. The hound in question may not be Padfoot. Heck, it may not even be a nice werewolf like Moony.
In short, please don’t make us come after you. Most importantly, it’s first come first serve, so the sooner you choose your prompt, the sooner you can start creating.
In order to inspire a greater variety of art and story, we have implemented a cap of not more than three participants per prompt. Because there are many prompts to choose from, that number should not a problem from a statistical standpoint, but it does require that each person select their top five prompts. We promise that we will make every attempt in the world to give you your top choice. If your top choice in unavailable, we will assign you your second choice and so on. Statistically, it is highly unlikely that anyone will find that all five of their choices are taken, but should that happen, we will contact you immediately to work out a solution. And, as we mentioned before, this is first come/first serve, so prompts will be eliminated as we go along. An additional post will appear soon listing prompt closures.
In the end, you will only be creating a story/artwork based on a single prompt. If you are inspired by multiple prompts, more power to you, but keep in mind that only one will become the basis for voting. (The voting question is, “How well did the author/artists use their prompt?”) Your story or artwork need not totally revolve around your prompt, but it should still be present in some way. All that really matters is that you find your muse and tell your story.
As with the sign-up post, all comments are screened. Why? Because we want you to choose what YOU want, and not be influenced by the things that others are picking. Obviously, you are free to discuss your prompt choices (or the prompts themselves) with your teammates, but do not forget that the choice is yours and yours alone. When you’ve decided upon your top five prompt choices, please copy the information in the text box and respond to this post. You should receive a confirmation from the Mods within twenty-four hours, and may begin creating as soon as you wish. If, for some reason, you do not receive a confirmation within 24 hours, please email the Mods at firstname.lastname@example.org. Even for LJ newbies this might not come as a shock, but LJ is notorious for being difficult at the worst possible moments, and has been known to hide comments/not notify people of comments.
If you have any questions or concerns, please see a Mod.
Thanks and have fun choosing!
Please Note: This year we have both embedded videos (where you can watch the videos on this page) as well as a handy list of the A/V prompts with links (which take you to the host site - in this case, either Youtube or Vimeo). This link list is for participants who may have a slow internet connection, and/or trouble with the page loading. In this case, it is better to access the A/V prompts list from the main page as opposed to the link from this Prompts Master Post
Prompts #21, #24, #38, #41, #43, #46, #50, #52, #54, #55, #57, #63, #64, #65, and #66 are now closed. Sorry!
June 1st, 2016
|rsgamesmods||01:13 pm - Team Reveals!!|
What time is it? It’s time to find out what Team you’re on!
Where do you go from here?A quick note about the Team Communities: If the Main Community is the heart of the Games, your Team Community is the soul. It’s a place to make new friends and bond with your teammates, a place to discuss, share, and support one another. There will be games, ice breakers, discussions, and opportunities to share your work. And, in addition to being a fun place to gather, it’s the place where announcements will be made and questions will be asked - so it’s a pretty important place to be. And, this year, since many of you are new to LJ, it’s a great place to go for help with LJ questions.
The number one rule of the Team Communities is that it is a safe space. Negative comments about gender, gender presentation, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, age, political affiliations, health status, fanfic experience, HP opinions, lifestyle choices, or pretty much anything that might separate people from one another will NOT be tolerated. Please treat your teammates with kindness and compassion, and be respectful of their feelings and opinions. If anything makes you feel uncomfortable, please let a Mod know about the situation. We’re totally here for you!
You should already have received invitations to your Team Communities. If you did not see this in your email inbox, please curse LJ and then, depending on the version of LJ you are using (the new version or custom/old version), you have two options:
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Remember, LJ can be slow and have issues (and some of this actually does depend on your personal settings), so you may just need to be patient and/or contact a Mod if you’re really having problems. That said, please check out your new Teammates and then go have fun!
On to the Teams!!:
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