However, we're going to "kick it up a notch", as they say. The regular free trial lets you play the game, however with restrictions, such as level caps, etc. Nevrax, the developers of Ryzom, was nice enough to give me a handful of trial keys that give full access to the entire game and editor for one month, to give away here on the site. So we're going to have a little contest.
It's going to be a Ryzom screenshot contest. There will be some guidelines and categories (which I will list below) and the winners will receive a code to try Ryzom with no restrictions for a month.
So here are the basic rules:
- The screenshot must be of Ryzom or Ryzom ring material. You can find one online to use, or you can sign up for the free trial, go in-game, and snap a screenshot yourself (a better idea that gives you more creative control!).
- Photoshop or image editing IS allowed. You can add effects, word balloons, captions, cut and paste characters from other screenshots, etc. However the screenshot must remain at least 70% original Ryzom material from the game.
- You can only enter a screenshot into one category. You can enter multiple categories, but you must submit a different image for each category. There is no limit to how many screenshots you can submit.
- Screenshots will be judged by me alone, based on a variety of factors such as originality, creativity, humor, skill and the purposefully vague "cool factor".
- Screenshots should be no larger than 1600x1200
- Submissions should be sent to cad.contest (at) gmail.com, and you MUST write the category you are submitting to in the subject line.
- All entries must be received by 12pm (noon) EST on Friday, November 3rd. I will try to have the winners notified by Friday evening, in time for the GameDay on Saturday. The winning screenshots should be posted here next Monday.
- Any entries not following these guidelines will be burned and urinated upon.
- Comedy: Pretty straightforward- make me laugh. Either just a visually funny screenshot, or funny through dialogue, captions, or other creative means.
- Action: A screenshot that shows some sort of awesome action. A fight, a pose, something. Humor is, as always, welcome, but the core element of the screenshot should be something action-y.
- Photochopped: The best use of image editing. Be it combining elements of screenshots, adding effects, or whatever. The most skillful use of editing wins here.
- Dramatic: The most dramatic pose, most dramatic lighting, most dramatic scenery, dialogue, etc.
- Ring Use: Coolest use of the Ryzom Ring editor.
The GameDay will be from 5pm EST - 8pm EST. More details in the official thread.