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Nominations are open! You can find the tag set here.

Before we start nominating, some preliminary information!

Character Nominations
This year, you are able to nominate characters and character combinations! This means the following:
  • Character A - A fanwork where Character A must be the focus;
  • group: Character A & Character B - A fanwork where the gen relationship of Character A and Character B is the focus;
  • group: Character A/Character B - a fanwork where the shippy relationship of Character A and Character B is the focus. You are also free to nominate group: Character A/Original Male Character or group: Character A/Original Female Character.
Matching is "OR" this year, meaning that you match on a tag. If you nominate Character A and Character B as separate tags and request them, your creator is obligated to include only one of them. You are also required to offer two character tags. Please keep these two facts in mind when nominating characters and character combinations!

Crossover Fandoms
Crossover character combinations are eligible for this year as a trial run. There are some basic rules though so that I don't cry a lot.
  • When nominating a crossover, the fandom is Crossover Fandoms. I have already nominated Crossover Fandoms into the tag set so please use that spelling. Not nominating a crossover into this fandom will mean that nomination will be rejected;
  • Nominations can be for gen fic or ship fic;
  • Nominations are to be written like this: Character A (Video Game 1) & Character B (Video Game 2) (or Character A (Video Game)/Character B (Video Game 2);
  • There is no limit of the number of characters that are in a tag set, short of AO3's character limit;
  • All characters in the crossover combination must be video game characters.
Series of Games
This year the test for whether a game is part of a series and should be nominated as one is as follows:
  • Is the game marketed as being part of a series (i.e. a trilogy, games set in the same world etc etc);
  • Are the games that make up the series part of the same continuity or different continuities?
  • Is there a significant crossover of characters between the games?
Feel free to comment to discuss! At the moment:
  • Dragon Age (Video Games) is the correct tag for any nominations for Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age II, and Dragon Age Inquisition;
  • Final Fantasy games are separate to each other, except for the ones that are explicitly in continuity with each other
  • Kingdom Hearts is a separate continuity from Final Fantasy;
  • The Star Ocean games can be nominated separately;
  • I am open to discussion for the Kiseki series (Trails in the Sky, Trails of Cold Steel etc);
  • I haven't made up my mind about Avengers Academy (Video Game) as I don't know anything about it, so if you want to nominate it please tell me about it in the comments!
Now have at! Nominations run until 1 July 2016.

Date: 2016-06-19 09:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] galerian-ash.livejournal.com
When trying to submit my nominations, I got the following error:

"The tag Fou-Lu/Mami is already in the archive as a Relationship tag. (All tags have to be unique.) Try being more specific, for instance tacking on the medium or the fandom."

I got the same error on everything, except for the non-canonical pairing tags. So I'm guessing it's some sort of problem with AO3, maybe due to the fact that the textarea is titled 'character'? If memory serves, it's usually 'freeform' for exchanges that are open to both characters and pairings. But I know next to nothing about running exchanges on AO3, so I'm just guessing here! For all I know it's me who managed to mess up somehow, apologies if that's the case ^_^;

Date: 2016-06-19 12:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] galerian-ash.livejournal.com
Gah, upon reading the post again I see that it says "group:" quite clearly. I guess I must've assumed you were just emphasizing it here; not that it was something that needed to be included when nominating. Sorry about that, and thanks for explaining!

Fate/Stay Night

Date: 2016-06-19 05:43 pm (UTC)
sirvalkyrie: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sirvalkyrie
I have questions regarding this canon. One do you want it grouped together or split up? The second is if I can nominate Ayaka Sayjou. She was the original protagonist in the early stages of Fate/stay night before she was replaced with Shirou. She has appeared in some minigames but I'm not really interested in those appearances. She has been later used in a few other things as well as a "what if" trailer made for if the older version of Fate/stay night was used. Can I nominate her in groups either under Fate/stay night or crossovers?

Re: Fate/Stay Night

Date: 2016-06-19 06:25 pm (UTC)
sirvalkyrie: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sirvalkyrie
Would it be alright to list her in optional details? There would be prompts related to other characters as well and it would be in the context of Fate/stay night.

Date: 2016-06-19 10:58 pm (UTC)
john_egbert: Delicious. ((FNV) Yes Man *Wild Card*)
From: [personal profile] john_egbert
Excellent! I'm very excited.

Do you have any opinions/guidance on the state of Fallout and Silent Hill's series-ness or not? They're both in that sort of weird limbo where some games have minor connections between characters and plot and such, where others are completely out there on their own with little to no connection at all.

(Personally, I'd prefer to nom them separately, but I'd figure I'd run it by the the mods & community first in case others disagree.)

Date: 2016-06-20 02:20 am (UTC)
john_egbert: No grave can hold my body. ((FNV) Courier Six *Rise*)
From: [personal profile] john_egbert
Excellent, ty for the quick response! :D I really appreciate it.

And if Fallout is good for separate nominations, then I think Silent Hill definitely should be fine; other than the shared town setting (which... even that isn't actually all that consistent), they're way less interconnected than the Fallout games. (The protagonist of 3 is the infant daughter of the protagonist of 1 all grown up, but there's no shared characters other than that connection and 1's protagonist only shows up as a corpse; there's a minor character in 4 who's briefly mentioned as being the brother of the protagonist of 2. Other than that, IIRC, everything is completely separate character-and-plot wise.)

Date: 2016-06-22 11:06 pm (UTC)
larissa: (FFVIII ☄ ⌈Squall ; lost in time⌋)
From: [personal profile] larissa
If you nominate Character A and Character B as separate tags and request them, your creator is obligated to include only one of them. You are also required to offer two character tags.

Sorry, I'm having some trouble wrapping my brain around this! Can you give an example of how this works out when it comes to requesting?

Date: 2016-06-23 03:23 am (UTC)
larissa: (FFXII ☄ ⌈Ashe ; captured moment⌋)
From: [personal profile] larissa
That's more clear, thank you! I appreciate the detailed explanation.

Love Live! School Idol Festival

Date: 2016-06-23 03:10 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
This mobile game is part of a multimedia canon, with a better known anime. Both have the same main cast.

Is it possible to nominate, and request game-exclusive characters?

Re: Love Live! School Idol Festival

Date: 2016-06-23 10:57 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Thank you for the quick answer! <3

Date: 2016-06-30 04:47 am (UTC)
sirvalkyrie: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sirvalkyrie
Code: Realize and Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ are the same game. The shorter is the official tag on AO3 and the second is the full title.

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