3 weeks: 28 November to 1 January
"Wallpaper" size artwork contest.
Seasonal event in Phantasy Star Universe.
Submitted picture must have:
- 1. At least one Fictional character : This can be any NPC of any Phantasy Star game, meaning from Phantasy Star I to PSP:2. Any custom character (you, your friends, the event judges), or any monster.
- It must contain a reference to any of the seasonal events. There is no need for a specific lobby, you can think of anything you like; References from in-game or real life to your chosen seasonal event are both fine.
- Picture title and comment.
1024x768 or bigger, (max 1600px)
Up to 4 entries allowed per person
Register and upload your picture entries onto this website's gallery.
No nudity, vulgarity, or insulting other players.
Am I allowed to use a screenshot as a background, or does the whole picture need to be hand-drawn?
You can use screenshots as background as long as it does not represent the main part of the picture. Example:
Credit: Voxxy. Click for full size
Do I need to submit a picture in desktop wallpaper format, or can it be any size?
It can be any size as long as the largest dimension (length OR height) doesn't exceed 1600 pixels. However, desktop wallpaper size is prefered; 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratios. Example:
Credit: Yueri. Click for full size
Those examples don't seem to have any connection to a seasonal event, do they?
Of course not, since they are not entries of this event! The submitted picture must contain any kind of reference to any seasonal event to be accepted. You don't have to care about the theme too much as long as your picture is season-related, since the referencing has no score of it's own. However, if your picture really fits your chosen seasonal event, you might get extra points in the 'impression' category. Example:
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How can I improve my 'impression' score?
The impression score is given independent of the other scores based on personal preference from each judge. This gives the judges a way to express personal opinion and keep scores on technical points impartial. Personal perference will only provide 10 out of a possible 40 points.
Since it is purely subjective, I can't say how the judges will score in the impression category. I can only suggest that you try your best to create a good picture, then the judges will surely like it and get a good impression. You could also make it as unique as you think is good or have a funny idea. They might like that!
Seasonal event? Do I need to use a seasonal lobby from Phantasy Star Universe or something? Only PSU has seasonal events but the rules allow any Phantasy Star game to be referenced.
"Seasonal event" includes both in-game seasonal events and actual holidays. For example, if your picture could include fireworks as a reference to many actual holidays celebrated with fireworks (Tanabata in Japanese, 4th of July in the USA or the New Year in China). If you want to relate it with wedding cake season in PSU (in game season case), you can just put a cake in your picture like this.
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An entry will qualify as long as your picture clearly references some seasonal event. Since there is no scoring based on reference, it is not critical to make it the central theme of the picture... but if you do a really good job on it, it might help improve your 'impression' score!
Send additional questions to Arika on the PSO-World Forum!