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17 October 2011 @ 09:20 pm


It's been about two weeks and since no member has commented saying that they'd be interested in a final challenge (which is a little bit sad to be honest, but not all together unexpected) it looks like it's time to just close down this community. I'd like to express my sincerest gratitude to any and all members that participated in this icontest (be it through submitting and/or voting) for your support. Even though I wasn't a moderator here that long, I'm really going to miss this place. If ever I or another mod decides to re-open the community, you will hear from us, but for now this is good-bye.

If you are still looking to make video game icontest entries, please check out the following (mostly active) affiliates:

adventawards - an icontest dedicated to the movie Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
ff_awards - an icontest dedicated to the entire Final Fantasy series
icon_tournament - a last icon maker standing community featuring one-on-one battles
pokechallenge - an icontest dedicated to the entire Pokemon series
pokenav - a Pokemon based land community where you join/compete as part of a team
sh_challenge - an icontest dedicated to the entire Silent Hill series
talesoficontest - an icontest dedicated to the entire Tales of... series
title_awards - an icontest where you use the provided title(s) to make your icon
vgicontest - an icontest dedicated to all video games

And of course, I'd love to see any of you CLAMP fans over at clamp_icontest!
 
 
04 October 2011 @ 05:57 pm
Ok, I've kept you guys waiting far too long (a month flies when you're putting off making a difficult decision) but honestly I was really feeling the strain of a dying icontest community (in general, not just my own) and I needed to step back and think about how it was impacting my ability to mod, as well as my interest in continuing to do so. I understand the attraction of 20in20/challenge communities, but I also don't want LJ to lose all its traditional icontests, because they're two very different things and we need both of them!

However, with all things considered, I don't think that the icontest community can handle the 'strain' of having three more icontests running and I honestly don't feel I can handle the pressure of trying to keep three icontests alive during such slow times. I've decided the best thing to do is to close two of my communities: game_abc & mixnmatch_itest and focus all my attention on the remaining one: clamp_icontest. While I had high hopes for both and considered many other options before finally resting on this decision, Game ABC has a much smaller fan-base and Mix 'n Match Itest is just still too new for either to warrant the measures needed to increase their activity. It seems less risky to stick with the one that has been around the longest and had the highest participation levels overall throughout, plus it will always be my first <3

That said, I'd be more than happy to run a final challenge (some sort of icon set, I already have a few ideas) and give this community a proper send off... but only if there are enough members willing to participate, as I don't want to waste anyone's time. Leave a comment here if you're interested. Otherwise, this is goodbye (unless you happen to be a CLAMP fan, in which case I'd love to see you over there) and I do thank you all for the fun times while they lasted! Of course, there is always the chance that things will pick up again and I'll find a way to re-open (or perhaps a former moderator will return and want to try their hand at running things) but for now this is where I leave you or in the words of Barney Stinson:

"I can't be with you" *BOOM* "...right now" *creak*
 
 
23 August 2011 @ 05:29 pm
I'm grateful that the reminder and extension helped us get almost enough votes, just one short of minimum, but I'm still hoping for a better turnout next time!

Thanks to everyone that participated by submitting and/or voting, especially if you did both, but extra kudos to Week Z's winners:

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Banners can be requested at custom_banners or cb_overflow. Cards can be claimed here at tcg_exchange for those that participate.

Sorry for keeping you waiting, but there won't be a challenge this week after all. It's just that the stress did not end with the weekend and I still have a lot of things on my mind... *fingers-crossed* things should be back up and running by this weekend.
 
 
21 August 2011 @ 01:41 pm
I haven't forgotten about posting a new letter, it's just this weekend has turned out more hectic than anticipated and I'm trying not to be stressed out by both real life and online commitments that all need my attention >.< I may not be able to get that post up until later tomorrow night, depending on how things go, so my apologies.

In the meantime, our voter turnout is very low at the moment and we're going to need some more participation to avoid an extension. If you haven't already done so please leave a comment with your choices at this post by later tonight Sunday, August 21st at 10:00 PM EST. Thanks to those that have already voted and in advance to anyone else that is able to cast their ballot, your
participation is appreciated!

ATTENTION: Voting has been extended until Monday, August 22nd at 10:00 PM EST due to a severe lack of votes, please participate if you are available and haven't yet cast your ballot!
 
 
20 August 2011 @ 09:28 am
Ideally a few more entries would have been appreciated, but seeing as this challenge has already been running for two weeks, we're moving forward regardless. We received 2 zesty icons for Week Z, thanks to everyone that was able to submit! Due to the limited number of entries, please only vote for your one favourite icon (1st choice) and remember not to vote for yourself or break any other rules.

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You have until Sunday, August 21st Monday, August 22nd at 10:00 PM EST to cast your vote and no late votes will be accepted afterwards unless an official extension is announced, so please vote by then. A post will be made roughly twelve hours before this if we do not have enough votes so please participate if you are able (especially if you entered to be fair to the other contestants) as every last vote does make a huge difference.

This week's letter should be posted later on tonight when I get home from work asap
 
 
 
18 August 2011 @ 05:43 pm
The letter Z's deadline is almost upon us and we currently have way less than the minimum required number of entries, we'll need at least five icons in order to hold standard voting, as there will be no further delays/extensions. So if you have a chance, and haven't already, please submit an icon or two at the submission post by tomorrow night Friday, August 19th at 10:00 PM EST. Thanks to everyone who has/will enter, your participation is greatly appreciated.
 
 
13 August 2011 @ 09:33 pm
So yah, hi, I'm back. On Tuesday afternoon my computer decided to crash and didn't want to start up again. After a good deal of running safemode, doing diagnostics and even attempting system restores, it became clear that while my harddrive was fine my operating system had somehow become corrupt and needed to be re-installed via a factory reboot >.< Fortunately a friend from work who majors in computer science was able to come by yesterday and do some stuff I'm not 100% sure I understood to access my harddrive with his own OS, retrieve my files and back them up before re-installing Windows to eliminate the risk of losing everything I didn't already have saved externally :)

Anyway, now that my computer appears to be back to normal (although with that odd new-car smell) we can get back on track. I've decided to treat this post as a reminder and move the original deadline until next Friday because of the lack of both mod presence and entries thus far... plus the fact that I already have so much else to catch up on this weekend.

The letter Z has 1 zealous entry at the moment, so more are definitely needed and appreciated. Those interested, please submit an icon or two at the submission post by Friday, August 19th at 10:00 PM EST. Kudos to those who already have and thanks in advance to anyone else that is able to participate.
 
 
09 August 2011 @ 10:07 am
Sorry for the delay, yesterday was rough >.< Thanks to everyone that participated by submitting and/or voting, especially if you did both, but extra kudos to Week L's winners:

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Banners can be requested at custom_banners or cb_overflow. Cards can be claimed here at tcg_exchange for those that participate.

This week's letter is Z, you have until Friday, August 12th at 10:00 PM EST to submit your icon(s) at the screened post.
 
 
07 August 2011 @ 09:29 am
ATTENTION: Don't forget to vote for Week L's icons here by later tonight at 10:00 PM EST. We still need a lot more votes to meet the minimum participation requirement and avoid an extension!

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This week's letter is...

Z

Z Characters | Z Games | Z Words

And the featured visuals are:

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Please use the following format for submission. Include the icon, url, source (video game the icon came from), and how the challenge letter relates to your icon. You may submit up to two different icons and your submission should look something like this:

Your Icon:
Icon URL: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v205/wildmagic/yamamurasadako_gameabc.png
Persona 3: FES // G is for Game ABC

[any additional information or credits]

Community icon by korenchkin

Icons are due by Friday, August 12th 19th at 10:00 PM EST. Best of luck to all participants!

And remember that each icon you enter earns a set number of cards for TCG Exchange if you choose to participate there.
 
 
06 August 2011 @ 09:04 am
I wanted to get this done last night, but kept receiving that '500 Varnish Error' and then fell asleep waiting for LJ to cooperate ;-;

We received 5 lovely icons for Week L, thanks to everyone that was able to submit! Please vote for your three favourite icons in order of preference (1st, 2nd, 3rd choice) and remember not to vote for yourself or break any other rules.

And remember that the vote you cast earns a card at TCG Exchange if you choose to participate there.

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You have until Sunday August 7th at 10:00 PM EST to cast your vote and no late votes will be accepted afterwards unless an official extension is announced, so please vote by then. A post will be made roughly twelve hours before this if we do not have enough votes, so please participate if you are able as every last vote does make a huge difference.

This week's challenge will be posted later on when I get home from work.