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Next Big Theme IX
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1- General information
2- Theme concept restrictions
3- Rules and tips
4- Approved entries
Start: Sunday, July 8th
Submission Phase: Sunday, July 8th - August 5th (for regs) and July 29th (for staff)
Workshops: Saturday, July 7th and Saturday, July 21st
Theme Making Workshops: Sunday, July 8th and Sunday, July 22nd
Staff Selection Phase: Monday, August 6th - Friday, August 10th
Showcase Phase: Saturday, 11th August - Tuesday, August 14th
Final Voting Phase: Wednesday, August 15th - Tuesday, August 21st
Winners Announced: Wednesday, August 22nd
What is NBT?
- “NBT” stands for “Next Big Theme,” and is a Survivor theme creating contest in which one theme will be selected to become an official theme.
- This edition of NBT has a twist- read below for more info.
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- Like past NBTs, NBT IX has a specific schedule of phases and events, which include:
- Theme making workshops, in which staff will walk you through the theme-making process;
- The submissions & playtesting phase, where competitors submit, playtest, and make edits to their themes;
- The staff selection phase, where Survivor staff will select a number of quality themes that are worthy of advancing to the finals;
- The Showcase Phase, where each finalist theme is assigned a day in which it’s hosted for each Daily Deathmatch game;
- and The Voting Phase, where everyone votes for their favorite theme. The theme with the most votes wins!
- For this NBT, we’re trying 2 NEW THINGS:
- A Staff v Staff section, in addition to the regular NBT submissions, staff will submit their own that anybody can vote on, they will have different dates and deadlines to follow;
- Concept restriction, competitors will be restricted to 10 concepts this time around, you MUST use one or more of these concepts in your theme: (next page)
- One player has a special ability or mechanic that rotates every round;
- Players are benefited if attacked multiple times;
- A recreation of a game show;
- Players have to avoid obstacles or traps rather than fight each other;
- Players' rolls are rolled in PMs instead of in chat;
- Dead players still have the ability to influence the game;
- Survivor with board game mechanics;
- Players work together to reach a common goal;
- The player who completes a goal in the least amount of rounds wins;
- Players can earn multiple attacks per round.
- Your theme won’t be accepted if it doesn’t make use of one or more of these concepts.
See the next page for contest rules and theme-making tips!
General NBT Rules
- Submitting: Users submit themes by PMing a member of room staff (%, @ or #) with the link to the theme. If no staff members are on, PM the theme to a voice and they will (hopefully) pass it to us when they next see a staffer.
- Submission limit: Each user can only submit one theme. Do NOT submit multiple themes with multiple alts; doing so will lead to a permanent disqualification from future NBT contests and a ban from the room.
- Replacing/Removing themes: If you are unhappy with the theme you submitted, you can always PM a staff member to remove or replace it; just make sure to re-submit under the same account.
- Staff declining themes: Staff members have the right to decline themes if they feel that the theme does not meet the necessary guidelines.
- If your theme is declined: If your theme is declined, it isn’t the end of the world, work on the theme and make it more suited for Survivor (We will usually tell you what to fix) and we will accept it, otherwise you can submit a different theme.
Tips/Guidelines for Creating Themes
- Creativity is key. If we feel that your themes “steals” key aspects of other themes and is, in general, unoriginal, the theme will be declined.
- The name of your theme is surprisingly important. Short and catchy names are always better than long and bland names. Having a strong name for your theme actually goes a long way, encouraging users to join when it is hosted.
- In general, the length of games should not be an issue, so as long as the theme is enjoyable and interactive, otherwise it will become unbearable to play/host.
- Your theme must come with a document explaining the theme, preferably using Google Docs. The document should explain everything that needs to be explained, preferably keeping it short if possible.
- Here is a helpful checklist to make sure your theme follows the guidelines.