~ ZEJ Statistical Contest ~ The Statistical Contest has returned for a second iteration, but this time, Shadow has turned over the reins to me. At this point, we're not entirely sure how the Statistical Contest's future iterations will be run... but for now, the ground rules are the same. The character that is made must follow the theme, must be turned in to both myself and Shadow (the latter for purposes of base stats and MP Costs), and obviously, you really need to have fun with it. The purpose of the Statistical Contest (as is stated above in Shadow's quotation) is to revitalize the statistical facet of ZEJ. It's the first step in a process that we hope will both bring in newcomers to the 'stat scene,' as well as a tool that will allow veterans to hone their skills. That said, we don't want anyone to feel discouraged by placement! I can't stress this enough. Please don't remove yourself from the competition because you feel 'inadequate' in this sort of a scene. There is always room for improvement, and Shadow's descriptions of the profiles are a part of that. Hopefully we get a few more entries this time; please don't hold back, guys! As has already been discussed over IRC, there is a theme that has already been brewing... but it's time to release it publicly. Without any further fanfare, let me introduce to you, ZEJ Community, the second iteration of the Statistical Contest... Iteration 2: Freeform to Statform Conversion... With A Twist As I have mentioned to a fair few people, the theme this time is going to be the conversion of an existing ZEJ Freeform-styled character into a statistical profile. The catch? The character cannot be one of your own creation. So, therefore, there will be a heightened amount of collaboration between two members - the original creator of the profile and the person doing the conversion - to create these characters. Obviously, with that in mind, you should probably ask for some permission from the creator before you 'borrow' their character for the purposes of this contest! One thing that Nate (The Kakuzato) has asked of me is whether or not a character from a freeform roleplay that never made it past the profile thread is eligible for this contest. My answer is yes, as it will expand the pool of selectable characters, and hopefully inspire some more creativity. Also, characters from this iteration of ZEJ are allowed, including those from Inactive Roleplays, so long as their roleplay or profile can be found on http://www.zejroleplaying.org . I also ask that people 'stake their claims' on characters in this thread. If you intend to do a certain character for this contest, I'd appreciate it if I could get a running headcount going of who plans on doing what profile. So, post below! If you could, please include the original roleplay or the freeform profile sheet (if applicable, since some RPs don't utilize profile sheets). Makes my job a little easier. 1. The Meta: As there is no designated 'style' that the characters must fall under (as per the original theme of 'the Pacifist'), there won't be quite as strict guidelines that every character must follow. Obviously, you will want a cohesive 'playstyle' outline for the character, since you would not be making a character that specializes in monstrous physical strength into a mage-type. Therefore, primary judging will come from how well the individual followed the original 'archetype' laid out by the original proprietor of the character. Staying true to your selection is very important, here! Apart from that, judging will obviously come from how well-constructed the character is, from a statistical perspective. Additional Note: As a clarification to those who have not seen the word 'meta' thrown around in this context, it is basically a blanket word that describes the strategy or how the character functions within the 'rules' laid out. Mobius best described it as "In video-games, meta-game refers to intricate data of a game’s outer workings and how these rules or information may affect the outcome in-game." [sup][Source][/sup] 2. The Level: Any level can be chosen for the purposes of this contest. Though the last iteration restricted users within the first Job Promotion (which, theoretically, takes place at Level 10), this time, let your creative juices flow and seek any horizon you would like. Gist has stated that she intends to do a Level 20-some character, which should be very interesting, but don't let that intimidate you. As before, a perfect Level 1 character can easily 'win' this contest over a flawed upper-level character. If you do intend to create a character above Level 10, keep in mind that you will need to deal with Job Promotions. 3. The Deadline: I'll set aside the date right now. Friday, August 23rd, 2013 is the date on which I will no longer be accepting the final iteration of the profiles. This can be made flexible if necessary, as I would rather see quality profiles than shoddily-made, rushed ones. That said, ten days is plenty of time unless you find yourself running around (or wasting your time, depending). Now that all of the formalities are out of the way, let the games begin! Please post your intended conversions and their respective profile (or roleplay) below!