And now for the winners.
(To visit their entries, please click here.)
First of all, I'd like to remember Savvy for winning the mascot prize! From now MNR-TAN will officially overlook our main site, so go give him a look!
Next, we'd like to mention R4ndom for entering for the forum skin! Unfortunately, we couldn't install her entry, but we still want to thank her for her efforts!
And now the winner (member voting) for the Text - Script category
ENTRY NUMBER 4 with 2 votes wins the first place! Congratulations to yumeshojo!
ENTRIES NUMBER 3 AND 1 ties for second place with 1 vote each! Congratulations to chemistry and sukunahikona!
There were a total of 6 votes, but only 4 were legitimate. 2 votes were voided due to the lack of comment.
For Staff's Choice
ENTRY NUMBER 2 Congratulations to ebi0brain!
Here are the comments from part of the staff on the entries.
It was hard to pick. Each entry had something that got me and found interesting. Unfortunately, I had to come down to only one :/
I voted for 2. I remember discussing the idea of a story like that (= past heroine going to the future instead of future heroine going to the past) in a topic here in the forums and I thought it was well delivered. The idea of the butterflies was very sweet and that's what probably sold me ^^
If anyone might be interested, these are my comments on the other entriesSpoiler3 was the entry that battled for the final vote with 2. The story is simple but in the good way
to make an example, like Kimi ni Todoke and I'm a sucker for that. Simple but yet they deliver the feelings straight to you. It was hard to choose, really, but I had to :/
4 started very good with me (troublemaker heroine! protective heroine!), but unfortunately it lost me with the house-prison for supernatural people. It's not really the author's fault, I think it's just in a bad time because of all the media coming up with the whole campires/werewolves/insert supernatural mystical being here/similiar ideas and bombarding me with it. I'm sure I would have been able to enjoy it more were it in another moment.
1 had the premise, but didn't get through to me. I realise it'd be hard, but I was really hoping for some hint or indication to her forgotten memories.
MNR-TAN: so cute! I immediately loved the joystick-wand ^^
Staff mascot: teheheheh :"D
For all entries, I hope I'll get to read the rest one day 8D
And to the suggestion of adding a theme, it's a nice idea, though we will have to see if we'll do it again next year, partecipation in both entries and voting dropped from last year's ^^;
First of all, thank you all contestants for participating in the event!
We really appreciate all the effort, time and thoughts put into your entries!
It was a pleasure to read them all and they all have the potential to become great fan-made games 8D.SpoilerThe writing style isn't what I was looking for in writing because there are many members from different walks of life and from many different continents. I can't judge based on the writing style because I think each author has a distinct way of storytelling, so it wouldn't be fair to say "entry x is better than entry y because I can understand it better 8D"
no offense to other staff's judgment lulz. So I aimed for the originality of the plot and how much anticipation of further continuation could be built up from the passage. I guess if anyone cares what I do look for specifically, it's the "facts" (background story of the characters, the world setting...etc) that are present in the story. Think of it as something like, "if I were a game producer, which one would I choose to make into a game based on how much I've read from the proposals?" or "if I were a gamer and I read about these 4 stories in a magazine, which one do I want to play the most?"
I am a fan of mysteries so it was extremely difficult for me to decide between entries 2 and 3. However, when comparing between the two, I felt that if 3 could provide more information that could let me onto more speculation of the plot (but not to the point of spoiling the whole story yet), it'd be great lol.
I am interested in finding out the name of the tour guide at the end of the day lol.
Entry 1 also has the mystery element as well, but one of the staff has mentioned, the time lag of 7 years without much investigation from the heroine herself makes me wonder if she would live her life just like that (had the other guys that hold important pieces of her past never step in). However, the description of Jade's feature is really good, I can imagine how good looking he is hahaha. BTW, DO WE GET TO DATE LEON? CAUSE I HAVE A FEELING THEY'RE NOT RLY BLOOD RELATED LOL 8D.
Entry 4 is a really interesting entry because it is already well thought and fleshed out. It could be made into a game any day of the week lol. I think it'd be a great game for people who encounters the visual novel genre for the first time because the setup of the game has everything for everyone (guys wise lol). I think that if this was my first encounter, I'd choose entry 4 above all the rest.
I voted for number 2 because there are mysteries yet to be unanswered and I would really love to learn more about Skye's background as well as the reason why the world is such a "hell hole" lol. The part about paper butterflies is really touching, and I felt like I was watching a movie, the stars and the butterflies 8D.
The part that I had the most fun was this:
“No! If you had time to lounge at the Neutral Bar, why didn’t you come get me? If it had been your guitar, you’d have dropped everything and you’d have immediately come!”
I start walking again, faster than before, passing him. I can feel a hot tear welling up and then it slowly slides down my cheek. Angrily, I wipe it away.
“I gave them my guitar in return for you. But they just smashed it. And then they told me, if I’d ever set foot on their territory again, they’d kill you.”
I don't know why but I like how Skye's guitar just became nothing hahahaha.
Okay sorry, but I always like to see guys doing things that ended up as useless effort.
SPEAKING OF WHICH, IS KANE DATE-ABLE? LOLOLOLOL.
LOL THE MASCOT 8D.
To be honest, when I first received the entry from Savvy, I had a scream of surprise lol. I didn't expect to see such a dashing gentleman as our mascot lol.
if i were to design one, it'd be prolly something like an alien or something not from this world, so lulz it was a huge surprise to see such a good looking d00d.Anyway, I look forward to see him as MNR's logo for a year hahaha.
Moe's mascot 8D.
The only thing I can say is TEE HEE. TEEEEE HEEEEEE.
The MNR layout entry by r4nd0m looks really awesome, unfortunately due to technical error, it couldn't be implemented on the forum. Thank you nonetheless 8D!
TL;DR: OKAY I AM MAKING THIS TOO LONG SO ROFLCOPTER. I VOTED FOR 2 KTHX.
A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE MEMBERS WHO HAVE BEEN CASTING THEIR VOTES!
Without you guys, the staff will be having a very difficult time coming up with a winner that represents what the members think. Knowing what you guys think really matters to us, so we really appreciate those who have taken the time to read through all entries and vote for your favourite.
Also, thank you very much for the feedback, ebi0brain! We just started this last year, so we are still testing the waters.
To address some of the opinions and concerns:SpoilerAs usual, we welcome and encourage ideas/feedbacks/suggestions from all members regarding the MNR annual event 8D. So please feel free to post here or PM one of us about it. Don't worry, we won't judge you, we would prefer to have honest and direct opinions. But as litewolf is saying, the turnout rate is a big factor to determine whether we would continue the tradition, because we value our members' opinion and we try to reflect and address their ideas.
And to address one of the members who sent me a PM about her concern with the voting system (and I don't mean to put you on the spot), unfortunately, we can only count the ones with comments 8D;;; We, the admins/mods, think it is very important to establish and facilitate communication between members themselves and staff. Therefore, we hope that the members could provide some feedbacks to help those who worked hard on their submission (even the simplest comment would do 8D). The bottom line is that, if anyone feels strong enough to vote for a certain entry, then let's discuss why this entry compels you to do so more than others.
I hope I didn't intimidate everyone by saying all that, but if anyone wants to know why we have to emphasize this requirement - you've got it 8D.
This is really a tough one to decide, so here's my comments on all entrySpoiler
1. I found that it takes too long
about 7 yearsthat she didn't have any hint or clue on who she was. Even if the so called brother didn't tell her anything but there must be something unravel between that time, its just too sudden of development when she hit adult age that she could finally learn the truth of some partial of her past.
2. The ideas is interesting about a heroine that travel to the future, the butterfly scene is so touching. Many mystery yet to be solved on how the earth is dying but at the back of my head I keep thinking since it didn't state how many years to the future she gets thrown. Who's Skye? Is he a trap? Maybe he's one of my great great great grand son, that's sort of makes me go errrr....
Well in the epilogue, it makes it that the future she sees are sorta becoming a parallel world with the world she live in now.
3. I like the simple and down to earth story. The story itself is easy to adapt since it could happen in your daily life. It doesn't take any miracles just to make a day in your life to become something special, new environment, meet new friend could change your perspective on the world.
I really want to see more on the continuation on how her day unravel and what she will see on the end of her day.
4. The author is great on giving the details on how the story flows and how the character interact with each other. Unfortunately I don't really go for either troublemaker heroine or supernatural human beings. Its not the authors fault, the troublemaker thing is just making me thinking too much of reality on the gloomy side while I do want to enjoy a game where I don't have to worry about that. Also seeing all the media is having similar story about forbidden love between human and vampire or such makes the story lose its touch in the middle of the story.
5. Art from Savvy is adorable, I love the idea on how you use joystick pattern for the hat also joystick wand.
My decision...SpoilerA really tough and rough battle between entry no.2 and no. 3. Entry no.2 with its complexity vs entry no.3 with its simplicity. I really want to know if Kane is date-able on entry no.2 but I could really see its happening in my life with entry no.3, both really intrigued me on to follow what happen next.
It's hard but I choose entry no.3 since I like its simplicity and how I could relate more with the story better and making her an art students that sold me
Everyone did a great job, I hope you all have fun making it as I have fun reading it...
Please send your address for the prize to the following people:
Entry 4: litewolf
Entries 3 and 1: Nyororo*
Entry 2: akuram
Forum skin: Nyororo
*Since we have a tie and we only have one prize, the SRX cards will be shuffled and randomly assigned. We apologize for the inconvenience 8D;;