Here are the finalists for the Director’s Cut category.
Here are the finalists for the Director’s Cut category.
Here is the list of players whose excellent pictures in the Director’s Cut category have earned them Honorable Mention. Here’s what we mean by Director’s Cut:
These captures emphasize an individual player’s own interpretation or feeling about the game, its values, and the experiences it affords. Those who have submitted these captures have taken the role of stage director and other Guardians usually play a part in their scene. There is often dialogue in the scene or commentary about it to help reveal the “Director’s” intention.
I’ll let these screen caps speak for themselves, since they usually include chat dialogue.
The Winner is….
Heiress. Her Volcano Road battle with the Salamader has the drama and beauty to take first place. The Phoenix Censer and an Ultimate Game Card are hers as prizes. Congratulations!
Check out the December 1st (group 2) Blog Post to see pictures of both of these winning entries.
Moronsnail. The Wraiths make this picture. They are a particularly mortifying breed of Monster. Not just ghosts, Wraiths are spirits whose appearance portends a person’s death. Good thing we have healing potions, right? The goggles are a lovely addition to the picture. They make such a great reference to the early days of mechanized travel: cars, motorcycles, and even airplanes. What an exciting time for the world, when distances were suddenly small and people once so far from each other, suddenly so close. Kind of like the Internet today.
Taropie. All the players have completely different clothes, except of course for the helmut. Different yet the same. Just like people, if you will forgive a little fancy–it’s good to be an independent and free individual, but also good to recognize what we share, what makes us all the same. The formation in this picture is perfect and the use of the spears to connect all the players together is really artful. Another beauty from Taro.
Heiress. This screenshot could be hanging in the East wing of the US National Gallery of Art on the mall in Washington, DC between the Franz Kline exhibit and Stuart Davis. Look at the player outfits, the background to the left, and the flight of the arrows. This is of course not even to mention that darned giant salamander with the fire spear. Nicely Done, Heiress.
Kkeijit. The colors in the picture are so rich and they provide a very nice background to the scene. By isolating the Dragon’s head, as it dips down to threaten the four Guardians, we see great the detail of it’s snout and the cold blue of its eyes. The Guardian is equipped with the brilliant Mirror Shield, and is facing down the enormous beast before him. A picture of courage as well as style.
Here are the 1st four “Action Caps” finalists, will one of these be the winner or runner-up?
Copycat. In this screen capture you get a real sense of the Puppet Guardian’s orientation to detail and artistry. This is a place that has no effect on items, gold coins, dice, monsters or anything else. It’s just a place to explore and yet the details are so rich. And Copycat inserts herself into the frame with very nice balance.
Djiya01. Why is this so appealing? Because it seems like two good friends together smiling, dressed up, and celebrating something. How clever of Djiya that they are both seated on the fallen basilisk, but who cares about the monster? This is about friends.
Moronsnail. Snail is one of the first to celebrate the apprentice. Plus he captures the basilisk as it is just beginning to fall.. great command of screen cap technology. Not to mention the participation of so many players, each one adorned in vagabond rags. Hurray for the Apprentice!!
Taropie. There’s a lot going on here. And that’s the beauty. Imagine being a game designer sitting around a table saying how do we show a lightning attack or a freezing attack. Then look at the capture, especially the detail in the lightning and how it reaches out from the source. Taro really has something exciting here.
Lisa. Great choice for background and a shot that gives a detailed view of a talented player. Nice Composition overall.
Moronsnail. Great detail in this shot. It’s not easy to capture all this action. When you see this picture, you can understand a lot about the game. It’s also one of the Apprentice-themed captures.
Sing_yabuki. The gryphon is a tough opponent and this picture shows why. The Guardians in this shot both have really fun outfits.
I hope you all have been enjoying the Beta release of Magical Rooms! Exploring such a web of rooms that grows exponentially must be captivating. I wish you good luck in your attempts to connect with people and expand your network.
Magical Rooms is a creative way to express yourself, build a unique sort of social network and defeat a multitude of item-dropping monsters! No two rooms look the same, just as no two players are the same. Endless opportunities await in the Magical Rooms labyrinth!
For everyone who went to the Wacky Wednesday Costume Contest, I don’t have to tell you how great the costumes were. I did my best to preserve a few screenshots to show everyone who missed it, but they don’t show quite how amazing they were.
To explain the contest, the goal was to create the most wacky, funny and silly costume possible. Both the quality and number of costumes at the event were really impressive, especially since I know the timing wasn’t very good for a lot of you. At the in-game event everyone was lined up and given a chance to strut their stuff in front of the crowd to show off their costume.
To accommodate the many Asian players who couldn’t attend the event, the prizes were split between people who entered in-game and people who entered via the forums. In total 12 people entered via the forums and 25 people entered in-game. The prizes were handed out back and forth between in-game and forum winners, with the top prize going to the best overall between both categories.
There were three in-game winners and two forum winners, plus a raffle prize winner. The winners were as follows:
Lunatiq — 1st place overall — 1st place in-game winner — Rain Ring
moronsnail — 2nd place overall — 1st place forum winner — Stag Emblem
Mint — 3rd place overall — 2nd place in-game winner — Snake Vase
nutiki — 4th place overall — 2nd place forum winner — Fairy Robe
Chrissy — 5th place overall — 3rd place in-game winner — Fairy Headband
Raffle winner — Jrog — Helmet of the Underground
Keep your eyes peeled for the next event around the corner, Puppet Guardian’s First Thanksgiving. You had better start getting your cowboy, pilgrim and native american costumes ready. The event will be posted and announced here and on the Events board of the forums, so keep up with both of them to get all of the news.
As everyone who attended last week’s Trick or Treat with the New Moderators knows, I’m going to be running events and contests for everyone. The first one was pretty simple, just to test the waters, but now we’re cranking things up a notch.
Wacky Wednesday Costume Contest
Coming up Wednesday, November 10th, is the Wacky Wednesday Costume Contest. The contest takes place at 9 PM EST downstairs in the basement. If you don’t know what time that is where you live, just check here. Your goal is to look as silly and weird as possible. I know, it’s hard to look silly when you’re a little puppet with a goofy nose, but I believe in you guys. The prizes include the much sought after Rain Ring, which is the only way to cause damage with a sapphire. Also up for grabs is the Stag Emblem, which can be used to create a ton of different poison-imbued items. There are several other exclusive prizes available, so go check out the full event page here.
Epic Screen Shot Contest
While you’re waiting for that, get started on your entry for the Epic Adventure Screenshot Contest! In this event, your goal is to capture a scene of what Puppet Guardian represents. This event also includes a Rain Ring as a prize and the Phoenix Emblem, which is similar to the Stag Emblem except that it is used to create fire-imbued items. There are also several other fire themed items up for grabs, so get your friends together and get started already! The deadline for submissions is Sunday night EST.
The recent fashion contest winner inspired me to look into the Gryphon. This ancient mythological beast, one of many you have to conquer in this game, is a combination of the two most noble animals, the lion and the eagle. Both these animals are at the top of their respective chains because they are amazing hunters with keen skills. In order to beat this beast, you’ve got be just as skilled or more. The third tower, where you will find this winged king, houses a jungle. In the jungle there are leopards. These leopards are always looking for a nice meal so don’t let them take a bite out of you and take away your life points. You’ll need them all when you face the mighty Gryphon. Take some healing items and bring friends. Maybe that way you can avoid becoming Leopard food.
In some traditions, the Gryphon is an animal that embodies both the earthly and the divine. We can see how the game’s creators kept that in mind when designing their version of this menace. Coming at your from the air and from the ground, the Gryphon is a hard one to beat but that’s ok because learning to fight this monster is excellent training for things, scary things, to come in the succeeding towers.