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Show Me The Planets Contest Results

I realized at some point late yesterday afternoon that I had a contest to wrap up today.  It has been a busy week.  Winners had to be picked, prizes arranged, and a post had to be written.

The first two were relatively manageable when compared to the third.  I always forget what a minor pain it is to move things from email to my hard drive and then back up into WordPress while making sure I do not lose anything along the way.   You would be surprised at the number of ways you can mess that up when shepherding a pile pictures along the way.

In the end there were 43 images submitted by 19 different people.  Thank you all for participating!  Here is the list of those who sent in pictures, in order of when I received them.

All of you adhered to the rules, so far as I can tell, and a good percentage of you managed to follow the instructions.  I did not penalize anybody in any way because they didn’t rename their screen shots so I could identify the owner or because they decided to branch out to file formats beyond .jpg and .png.

I did save off all entries that were not JPEG into that format, just for the sake of size.  Some of you are running at 2560×1440, which makes for a sizable .png file.  I do not believe that picture quality was compromised in anyway way.

I was interested to see what people would choose to submit.  Some of you went right to the heart of the matter.  I have a number of entries that are just planets.  Others chose screen shots where planets were a looming presence, watching over our actions in space.  And they do flavor the game and give a sense of scale to what we are doing.  Have you seen a titan next to a planet or a moon?  It is so tiny that you can zoom out until it disappears and the planet will barely have changed size on your screen at all.

Cormorant Docking - Trails On

One of my favorite early EVE screen shots

So it is time to get to the winners, and all the entries, right after the cut.

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Show Me The Planets Contest Reminder

My contest to give away a Mystery Code from the EVE Online Second Decade Collector’s Edition has just a few more days to run.  You can find the full rules and other details here, but in brief, you have until Saturday to enter.

The latest entry I have is from Kirith Kodachi, and it really puts the emphasis on showing me the planet.

State Protectorate station over Eha III

State Protectorate station over Eha III

So far I have entries from:

  • Alikchi
  • Ripard Teg/Jester
  • Robyn Aurilen
  • Jack Holt
  • Kirith Kodachi

Which means that the field of competition is not all that big.  If you enter now, the range of choices is still small enough that you could easily stand out and win… with the right screen shot.

I am still waiting to hear from Mark726 of the EVE Travel blog who, the last I heard, was paralyzed by choice in attempting to narrow his options down to just three entries.

Show Me the Planets Contest – First Entry

So Alikchi sent me a screen shot less than 15 minutes after yesterday’s contest announcement went up, giving him at least the “firsties” honor.  It was a shot ofa Moros blazing away during the “Shoot Blues, Tell Vile Rat” op in UMI-KK in September of 2012.  It even comes with a kill mail to mark the eventual death of the dreadnaught during the event.

Moros Blazing Away

Moros with guns lit

I always post the first entry I get, both to prove that somebody actually entered and to give people something of an “over/under” measure when it comes to their potential entries.  This is now the benchmark.  You should ask yourself if your entry is better than this one.

An EVE Online Screen Shot Contest – Show Me the Planets!

I’ve been down this road before.

I have something special to give away.  Here, somewhere on my desk, is a Mystery Code from the EVE Online Second Decade Collector’s Edition.

The Mystery Code

Not at all like my desk

CCP gave me a copy, for free, after I had already purchased one for myself.  I gave away some of the bits and pieces to friends, but I held back the Mystery Code because I wanted to have a contest.

According to the CCP web site, the Mystery Code :will grant owners special benefits related to future CCP products and events” including:

  • 1 x PLEX
  • New and exclusive “Phanca” Cybernetic Arm
  • Exclusive “Templar MkII Prototype Fighter” for EVE: Valkyrie
  • More Mystery Code content will be announced soon!

Essentially it sounds like your account will be flagged to get some additional goodies at some future date.  And hey, a PLEX.  Gotta love that.

So I am having yet another screen shot contest.

How To Enter

Take a screen shot or dig through your old EVE Online screen shots.  The only restriction is that the shot must have a planet or a moon somewhere in view.  A spherical battles tation large enough to be mistaken for a moon is an acceptable substitute.  Example shot:

Buzzard and a Planet

More examples here.

You don’t have to have space ships or stations or titans or nebulae to be considered… but I can’t say that such things won’t help your chances.  Just have a planet or a moon.

Rename that screen shot to something I can associate with you.  Your character name would be good.  Append a digit if you are sending more than one picture.

Send your screen shot(s) to wilhelm2451 [at] yahoo [dot] com with the following information:

Your in-game character name:

A brief description of the picture: (ship types pictured please, other details if you can, actual system/planet would be awesome)

Attribution information: (Who should I say took the shot, link to your blog, corp, MySpace page, whatever)

See, simple.

Now for the fine print.

The Rules

A little less simple.

Entries must be your own screen shots.  Use of promotional material from CCP will disqualify you immediately.  We’ve all seen them…  well, I’ve seen them because I really like pictures of spaceships…  so don’t bother.  And the internet has tools for searching on that sort of thing… don’t make me get out the tools!

Use of the work of other people without the express written consent of Major League Baseball… or the person… is also forbidden.  Implied oral consent isn’t good enough.   Just be good and use your own screen shots, okay?

If I have already linked to or posted a screen shot of yours on EVE Online Pictures, you may not submit it for this contest.  Sorry.

You may enter up to three screen shots.

You must submit your entry via email to wilhelm2451 [at] yahoo [dot] com.  The subject of the email should say something like “EVE Online Contest” so I can find it easily in the spam folder if Yahoo happens to have taken a dislike to you, your domain, or your country.

You can send me a link to your entry via email if you prefer, but your entry should be obvious from the link.  If you send me a link to your EVE album in  Imgur or Flickr or whatever, I’ll probably browse through it, but I won’t pick an entry for you.

Your picture should be in .jpg or .png format.  If you send me a .bmp, I will likely convert it to one of those formats before posting it.  If you send me a picture in a format that PaintShop Pro cannot open or a corrupted image, I will send you a notification that your entry is invalid.

You can ask for clarifications or further information in the comments section following this post, but all entries must be sent via email to the address specified.

You must submit your entry Noon Pacific Time of Saturday, March 1st, 2014.  That will be 3pm Eastern Time or  8pm (20:00) UTC. which happens to also be in-game time in EVE Online.

If you are a winner, the Mystery Code will be sent via email to the address you used to enter the contest.   If you really, really want the physical card, I will drop it in the mail to if you provide an address.

The code and card are unused, but I make offer no warranty on what CCP will actually give you when you enter the code.  I just believe what the web site tells me.  There is a rumor that, if you enter a Mystery Code, you also consent to let CCP Guard sleep on your couch if he happens to be in town.

The winner will be announced in a post on Firday, March 7th, 2014.  The winning screen shots will be posted on this blog.  All screen shots submitted will, over time, be posted, with attribution, on EVE Online Pictures.  Unless your picture is crap.  I won’t be posting crap.  Don’t send me crap.

A second place prize of 100,000,000 ISK will be awarded to the runner up in the contest if there are at least 10 individuals entered.  I reserve the right, at my discretion, to toss some ISK to pilots submitting other worthy entries.  Not as much ISK as second place, but some ISK is better than none, right?

While I may consult with others to help winnow down the field of entrants, the winner will be decided by me and me alone.

Any questions, ambiguity, or disputes will be resolved by me alone and all decisions will be final.  There is no appeals process.

Azeroth Travel Poster Contest – Reader’s Choice Edition

Last weekend I posted my picks in the Azeroth Travel Poster contest.

This weekend I promised to post all of the entries, which you will find after the break below. (17 pictures makes for a long post, so I thought it might be best to not overwhelm the front page.)

In addition, I added a poll at the end of the post so that you can pick your favorite entry.  We will see how far my own picks vary from people reading the blog.

The entries are presented in alphabetical order by file name, which was how they got uploaded and I was too lazy to change it.

I did number all of the entries and used the same numbers in the poll at the end of the post to help people like me who cannot retain simple data for more than six seconds.

Anyway, on to the entries…

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Azeroth Travel Poster Contest Winners

The time has come to announce the winners of the Azeroth Travel Poster contest.

First, I want to thank everybody who entered.

I miscounted on my last post, but my final audit puts the total number of entries at 17 from the 13 people listed above.

Selecting a winner was not easy.  There were a number of contenders vying for my attention, each with their own strengths.  But in the end, I had to choose one winner.

And the winners of the Azeroth Travel Poster contest are…

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The Azeroth Travel Poster Contest is Now Closed to Entries

I should have posted this yesterday, but I’ve had a cold and that has delayed a number of things.

The final total is 16 entries from 13 individuals.  I will now spend the next week figuring out who has actually won.

Not an easy task.

But I will have it figured out by Sunday, November 13th, at which point somebody will get a code for a sparkle pony.

In the mean time, here is an entry from James.

Visit the Beautiful Hinterlands

He chose a stylized look which works pretty well.

Azeroth Travel Poster Contest Update – More Entries

A quick reminder and update on the Azeroth Travel Poster Contest.

First, there are now 14 entries in the contest from 12 different individuals.  Tesh was the only one to use up his full three entries.

And there have been some great interpretations of the travel poster idea, including pictures inset within pictures and an Azeroth travel poster displayed in a different game.

A sample poster with inset pictures

But if that sounds like a lot of competition, do not give up hope.  Some people entered just to enter.

Probably not a winner...

And some people who entered are not eligible win (like my mom), for one reason or another.

Still, there were good entries from that group.

Fly Ironforge Air to Sholozar Basin

This even borrows what actually used to be the Delta Airlines motto, “We get you there,” which one would assume was a given from a company selling transportation.   But if you’ve ever flown Delta through Atlanta, you probably wonder if they dropped that motto when the FTC demanded they add “eventually” or “some day” to the end of it to comply with truth in advertising regulations.

So there is still room for more entries if you want to win that sparkle pony, and plenty of time to enter!

You have until Noon Pacific Standard Time on Sunday, November 6, 2011 to submit your entry.

The First Entry in the WoW Travel Poster Contest… For Real This Time!

My nag on Monday got at least one person going, as we now have an official entry in the WoW Travel Poster Contest.

Yesterday afternoon, Jazzy sent me this (click to biggify):

Blue water, white beaches... goblins carefully out of sight

This pretty much what I gave as an example, a beach in Tanaris.

I might have chosen a spot that pulled the palm tress in closer.  And, given the tropic topic, I might have gone with “Visit Sunny” or the ever popular “Visit Exotic.”  Also, I would have turned off names… you can see them above the crabs when you zoom in close.

On the flip side, the fonts are clear, and I very much like the way Tanaris was written out.  The subject is a nice beach.  I feel like it might be some place like this:

I put this picture on my credit card

And there is a very nice soft focus effect.  It isn’t cranked up to the “Kirk leers at Yeoman Rand” level (you need special lighting for that), but it is noticeable and it works.

All in all, a very solid entry.

And, more importantly, Jazzy has a sparkle pony headed her (his?) way unless you can do better.

I would like to thank Jazzy for the entry and apologize for holding that entry up for public scrutiny.  My hope is that this will get a few more people going on entries.  And, if nothing else, Jazzy will get a couple extra points toward getting at least one of the companion pet codes for being first.

The First Entry in the WoW Travel Poster Contest…

Has yet to make an appearance.

It has been a week since the contest was announced and I have nothing in my in-box.

Really?  Does everybody already have a sparkle pony?

Nobody wants me...

I know the reach of my blog is pretty small, but for the EVE Online screen shot contest I ended up with over 100 entries and gave out prizes to many winners.  And the Travel Poster contest even got a mention in Tipa’s Daily Blog Roll… which might be a commentary on the reach of both of our blogs.

Anyway, the field is still wide open and I am going to give this horse away even if I only get a single entry.

Go read the rules and create your entry.  Time will run out eventually.