Create A Survival Guide Blog Contest : Now Complete!

Congratulations to the winners and participants of the Create A Survival Guide Blog Contest!
We received 127 entries!
Each and every one of you will find a custom contest token on your member profiles.

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Blog Contest : "Create a Survival Guide"

Contest by OliverFrenchie, Supernova, Zatharel, Sam


After a long night of caving, Steve decides he should head back up with his vast pouch of resources. As he crosses a rickety ridge, he falls off the edge and gets knocked out as he hits the floor. When we wakes up, he finds that all of his resources have disappeared apart from a Book and Quill. With no wood or tools to try and escape the cave, he sits down and decides to write a survival guide for other travellers that may stumble upon it, so that they wouldn't make the same mistake as he did.

Your goal is to create an original "Survival Guide" through the use of text and images created solely by yourself, showing any, some or all features of surviving in Minecraft. This includes building an efficient base, acquiring powerful gear and fighting the endless hoards of mobs.

You may use image editing software (Photoshop, GIMP) to create graphics in order to entice your readers but you must primarily use text in order to illustrate your points. This can be text within an image graphic or text being inserted in the PMC text editor.

Rules & Notes

1. Judging Criteria

1) Concept and ingenuity

One of the most important factors in this contest is the originality and uniqueness of your guide - try to come up with a guide for something that no one else has thought of, it does not have to be a generic "How to Survive Your First Night" or "How to Make a Survival House".

2) Quality and presentation

You will be judged on the quality of your writing and the presentation of your idea. For higher marks, your guide must be easy for anyone to follow.
Clearly lay out your blog and consider using images, videos and concept art to help explain your guide if you want, but keep in mind that any images used that do not directly aid the content of the story will be discarded from marking.

3) Structure and cohesion

To gain top marks you must ensure that your guide is well-thought out and shows clear structure with no grammatical mistakes. Your writing style and fluency plays a big part in the marking and the judges will be on the lookout for entries containing little other than perfection.

2. Ideas must be original and for this contest.

Do not use images, text or videos created by other people. This includes but is not limited to commissioned thumbnails/images, videos or music.
Do not use existing ideas created by other people or yourself in a previous blog. Your guide must be new and original for this contest.
You may use both images and videos to help you illustrate points, however the majority of marks are awarded based on the written instructions and guidelines.

3. One entry per person.

Each user will only be permitted to submit one blog for this contest. You may edit your one entry as long as the contest is still running. If you decide to change your submission at any point, you are free to do so. However, you should not delete your original entry. Instead, use the "update submission" button to save the changes.

4. The contest will run for three weeks.

Post dates must be made after today's date, November 20th, 2015 @ 12:00 PM EST. The contest will end about three weeks from today, on December 13th, 2015 @ 12:00 PM EST Posts submitted after this date will not be accepted.

5. Take your time and have fun!

Remember, you have weeks to do this. You don't need to put something up right away - and even if you chose to, you're allowed to update your submission as many times as you want before the final close date of December 13th, 2015 @ 12:00 PM EST.

All of the normal rules of the site still apply in this contest.

Do not rush yourself to get something in immediately. This contest is not a random drawing - the submissions are judged by a panel of judges. It will not help you to submit anything less than fantastic, so take your time. If you notice that other users have submitted something better than yours, edit and update your own submission to make it even better!

Submit a blog like usual but check the box indicating it's for the contest.

1st Place

2nd Place

  • A Contest Themed, Silver, Pixel Art Trophy for Member's Profile Trophy Case.
  • Profile Featured on PMC - 1 Week.

3rd Place

  • A Contest Themed, Bronze, Pixel Art Trophy for Member's Profile Trophy Case.
  • Profile Featured on PMC - 1 Week.

All Participants

  • A Contest Themed, Pixel Art Badge/Medal for Member's Profile Trophy Case.

Phase #1: Entry Period : ~3 weeks

This is the time that everyone has to create and submit a contest entry. During this time, judges are reviewing entries, anonymously voting and disqualifying those that don't meet the contest requirements. The PMC community is doing the same by giving diamonds, feedback, etc.

Phase #2: Review Period : 2 days

After submissions are closed, judges get 2 additional days to review late entries and cast their final votes. Their votes are heavily weighted in an algorithm that includes the community's votes and activity to determine the finalists.

Phase #3: Finalists Calculated : Judging criteria

After the finalists are calculated, judges begin anonymously rating each entry based on the criteria listed above on a scale of 1-10.

Once the site detects that all judges have cast their ratings on all finalists, the winners are announced.

Judges will be encouraged to participate, but will be disqualified from winning prizes.
  1. Masq
  2. Art Dei Tech
  3. Ludicrous
  4. Chron
  5. planetblox2000
  6. Zatharel
  7. Ash
  8. OliverFrenchie
  9. hobo joe

Legal Terms

By participating in the event, participant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules and regulations and the decisions of are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this event.

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