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This may be a silly question, but what's Trolldown 2?
Anonymous

Here’s a handy dandy answer post for you! feel free to ask if there’s something not covered there that you’d like to know though! also my tags ‘the rare reply’ and ‘trolldown 2’ have a bunch of related asks in there where I’m answering these questions!

If the character dies in the tournament, is it expected of the author to kill off the character permanently?
Anonymous

that’s up to you! Nobody here is a big enough jerk to be like ‘NO THEY’RE DEAD FOREVER’ c’x

The only setting in which they are dead is in the tournament itself, if they lose a round to somebody. If you want your troll to be fine and dandy outside of it, that’s a-ok<3

I mean, if people /want/ them to be dead if they’re killed off that’s perfectly fine too mind you. They could probably come up with some really wicked ideas for things like ghosts, zombies, soul-bots.. rainbow drinkers… Now you’re giving me ideas, you stop that~

Is Trolldown 2 only open to trolls? What about other fanspecies/fankids?
Anonymous

Just fantrolls this time around!

We’ve actually loosened the restrictions a bit from the first trolldown. Originally the rules of the previous tournament banned even the higher caste trolls like tyrian, violet and purple-bloods with chucklevoodoo/subjug skills! This was supposedly to balance out the contestants’ fighting skills but we were like naaaaaah.

This time not only are all castes allowed, but there will also be some wriggle room for aesthetic mutations like funny eyes or weird teeth (or even teeth where they shouldn’t be, probably!)

Although we’re not letting in blood mutations, and that ties into plot, which is also why it’s currently fantrolls only!

-The whole event was (and still is, in keeping with the original creator’s plot) being hosted by the alternian empire, for members of the alternian empire!

It plays into their whole ‘the strong thrive, the weak die’ mentality. Young and young/ish trolls fight to the death for a high place in their society, or whatever gains they wish that the empire can provide. From what we know at least the actual imperial/fleet trolls are kind of dickish to other races/species and blood mutations seem to be taboo or a big deal. So yeah, it’s more of a setting thing.

For the record everyone involved back here are complete suckers for original species design and fan species though, so maybe next time! (if we get a next time, which hopefully would be a thing!)

Sorry I don't know if you got my last ask (tumblr tends to eat mine a lot so yeah) but I know almost nothing about trolldown. How would someone enter and how do they do it? It's comic-based? sorry yeah it seems super interesting I just don't know anything about it!
Anonymous

No problem! 

I covered this roughly for someone here! let me know if you need more info about it though!

Also, when we’re set and ready to take entrants, we’ll announce it all over the place to make sure everyone knows! It won’t actually be too long now in the big scheme of things.

Details regarding auditions will be set up and the entries hosted on a deviantart group, and that will be linked when it’s fully operational too~

on the previous topic of the stadium though, it has actually had a huge expansion on the details of what are actually going on inside it

previously it was essentially a biodome/greenhouse complex and no mention was made to whether trolls lived inside it or such during the duration of the tournament

this time it actually has a floor-map and areas like dorms and kitchens to give everyone more of an actual setting to get into!

in fact lemme give you floor plan spoilers:

Is trolldown going to be strictly comic only or is any form of storytelling media accepted?

crowtrolls:

altamaranempire:

comic only! 

not because there’s such a thing as better or worse media, but because it’s far more difficult to compare and contrast something purely written to something purely drawn ect. It’s much harder to make a fair judgement! 

(also, the original trolldown was comic format only, but it’s not that so much as the challenges of judging different media forms against each other- is an animation better because of art skill vs a piece of writing? or does the writing win out on storytelling? comics have a relatively even and comparable amount of most the aspects of making a good character driven tale that’s easy for readers to understand.)

erm, gonna have to disagree at bit with you there for a couple reasons.

It’s not terribly hard to pass fair judgement on comics vs written stories. Saying it is honestly shows a lack of experience or a potential bias towards how well a competitor can draw and execute a comic as opposed to their actual story. Not trying to rag on you or anything, but to be honest, that’s a pretty cruddy excuse. If you yourself have difficulty judging comics vs written media, it would be wise to gather judges that have more experience in that to help supplement your weaker points.

Art skill should not be a top priority when judging. An OCT is about a storyline that evolves and develops around the competitors. Focusing more on art instead of how well a story flows, how well the characterization is, and how well it responds to the prompt in a creative manner is honestly pretty elitist of you guys, intentional or not. 

You can argue that this gives entrants a chance to “Develop their skills” but if you’re not giving them a fair chance out of the starting gate to show you everything they can bring to the table, you’re putting them at a huge disadvantage. You even stated you would be judging art skills above actual storytelling.

Comics can fall flat on their faces. They are not inherently a “better” format to use. Yes, they may be easier to read, but if an OCT and a host is not willing to actually test their own abilities of judging with their fellow companions, that is a sign of laziness and honestly is a final turn off for me to ever consider competing in this OCT. And as a judge for a current multimedia OCT, this really peeved me off more than most people.

Have a nice day/evening/afternoon

Now let’s make this super clear right here, if I cared only for aesthetics above storytelling, I would have LOST the previous tournament! My opponent in the final round was several magnitudes better than me as a digital artist, and honestly I’m /still/ not at that ‘skill’ level today. It was made very clear by the judges that I won on storytelling.

So no I won’t change the rules that are already in place, but I do take offence to people making personal stabs at anyone taking part, judging or otherwise because they don’t feel that they personally can take part.

Being able to write a good plot is not only JUST as important, but I know first hand it can be MORE important than individual artistic ability. With the current rules, the playing field is open to those who can draw AND write. You don’t need to be a confident artist to take part, but you also don’t have to have massive writing experience behind you either. 

It’s a decent mid-lane, and yes people will be left out one way or another, the world is vast and people vary in many things including their tastes or opinions, but bottom line is that we’re doing this so that the community will have something to be excited about during this long gigapause, and people will have a change to interact as a community and grow as people, artists and plot-writers. 

All of the intentions of this tournament are aimed at helping the community. Any personal attacks are extremely poor form, and in future will simply be ignored so as not to spread nastiness in what should be a great time for the people of the fantroll community.

in all seriousness though, if you’re worried about your art not ‘being good enough’ for a comic based tournament, you should see this frame from my audition entry to the first tournament 

people put themselves down too much, you can do it!

Also taking part in something where you have to draw a lot is a great way to improve without even realising it!

compare to this panel from my final round! (although boy I had to rush the colouring here to make deadline OTL)

I’m not great at motivational words or anything, but basically, I totally encourage anyone and everyone to give it a go, for the adventure, experience, and just overall believe in yourselves<3

Is trolldown going to be strictly comic only or is any form of storytelling media accepted?

comic only! 

not because there’s such a thing as better or worse media, but because it’s far more difficult to compare and contrast something purely written to something purely drawn ect. It’s much harder to make a fair judgement! 

(also, the original trolldown was comic format only, but it’s not that so much as the challenges of judging different media forms against each other- is an animation better because of art skill vs a piece of writing? or does the writing win out on storytelling? comics have a relatively even and comparable amount of most the aspects of making a good character driven tale that’s easy for readers to understand.)

Trolldown 2 stadium page is done! 

This leaves judge-troll bios, the plot page and prizes page

Oh my, I see you are doing a second trolldown, it is getting me quite excited!! I have a couple of questions though: first of all, are you the only one who decides who has the better comics in each rounds, or will you be with other judges? And second of all, you mentioned that you needed 32 people to have 4 rounds. Wouldn't that be 5 rounds, as it goes like 32-16-8-4-2?

at the moment, it’s two people! that may change to more people, or less, but I’m not going to be going into detail on that, because I don’t want to risk people getting picked on or anything if someone gets through and not someone else and they think it’s judge —-’s fault ect ect! 

Whoever gets through a round will get through on how well their art/storytelling/comic overall compares to their opponent’s. That’s all there’s ever gonna be to it! The judge/s are a vague and ominous presence over proceedings.

and yes, you’re actually right! consider that a small error there, it would indeed be 5 rounds, or 3 rounds, a semifinal, and a final! That’s the number of contestants that the original trolldown went with and it seems like a good amount! if you want to go over that you have to start doubling much larger figures (e.g. 64, 128) and it’d be much too much. So unless there’s an absolutely unreal turnout of applicants, it’s 5 rounds and 32 contestants would be accepted yep!