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We are into my second favorite period of the exchange: signups! You can find the sign up form here. You are required to request at least three fandoms (and up to 10) and offer four fandoms (up to ten). You must offer two tags for each fandom. Requests are visible from the beginning, so you can offer confident in what will be requested this year!

As for tags, this year, things are a little different. We are matching on relationships and characters, and therefore matching is on OR. What this means is that if you request a fandom and request two tags in the fandom (such as group: A/B, and A), your artist/vidder/writer only has to include one "set" (in this case, either A/B, or A on their own). Please keep this in mind when signing up!

Finally, if you were asked to complete a story between last year's due date and this year's signups and have not, you are not eligible to participate.

Now have at and merry signupmas! Signups close 18 July.
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Nominations are (mostly) closed!

You can find the tag set here

Signups are not until July 4 and so the next few days are to make sure that the tag set is correct and all names and fandoms are spelled correctly. Please look at the tag set and see what is there, and whether it is all right!

Also, for between now and July 4 you can comment to this post with a character or relationship tag you would like added to the tag set and I will do it. The tag must be for a fandom that is already in the tag set.

Thank you, everyone, and I look forward to seeing your signups on the 4th!

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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.

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Nominations begin on June 19 and this year there is the potential for changes. One of the things that was suggested to me was the ability to nominate for relationships, and I never really got the opportunity to ask you guys what you thought about that.

There are three models for discussion this year, and I'd like to hear your thoughts as to which one you'd like us to use in 2016. They are as follows:

Model One: Nothing Changes
  • Tags are for individual characters.
  • Each fandom can only be requested once.
  • Matching is done on AND.
Model Two: Duplicate fandoms
  • Tags are for individual characters
  • Each fandom can be requested twice, but you must have three unique fandoms.
  • Matching is done on AND.
Model Three: Relationship nominations
  • Tags can be for individual characters, platonic relationships, and romantic relationships
  • Each fandom can only be requested once.
  • Matching is done on OR.
Regardless of what is chosen, you will still have to request one tag and offer two tags.

Other things for discussion:
  • Crossover pairings - do we want to do them or not?
  • Should fanvids remain as an option to choose?
Also a reminder: if you have been asked to complete a story prior to signing up this year, this is your third and final reminder. You have until 4 July 2016 to complete your story and email me with the link.
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 Welcome to Press Start, a gift exchange for video games, for fic, art, and vids. For this year, the AO3 community can be found here.

The schedule for this year is:
Nominations: 18 June - 1 July
Tagset Cleanup: 1 July - 3 July
Signups: 4 - 18 July
Assignments go out: About 20 July
No Penalty Default: 1 September
Posting deadline: 9 September
Story reveal: 17 September
Author reveal: 24 September
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Anything you really liked about this exchange that you want to see happen again next year? What about new things you'd like me to consider for next year? Now's your chance! I can't guarantee that all suggestions will be implemented, but they will all be considered.

This post is open until nominations next year.
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All creators should now be revealed!  It's a touch early, but I wanted to make sure I had internet as I'm currently overseas.

Please feel free to continue browsing and commenting on the collection, especially if you're one of the people who have yet to comment on your own gift!

A suggestions post will be going up in the near future (hopefully in the next day or so, depending on whether I have internet in Kyoto or not) for things you'd like to see next year, or things you'd like to be kept for next year. Keep an eye out for it!


Sep. 19th, 2015 02:04 pm
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 We've beaten the final boss and now our reward is a revealed archive!

There are 39 works in the archive, three being art and 36 being fic. Please go forth and enjoy! And don't forget to comment!

If there are any problems with your gift, please send an email to press.start.mod[at]gmail.
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 The current plan is to reveal all stories at 12:01am EST, 19 September! This is of course subject to revision as there are two assignments outstanding.

Please make sure that all of your edits are in by that time!

Edit: We have a countdown!
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The deadline for submitting stories, art and vids has now closed. If you did not seek an extension from me before the due date, you have been defaulted.

If you do not have a gift, there are three possible reasons for this!
1. Your creator defaulted and you're one of the pinch hits below;
2. Your creator sought an extension and your gift will be uploaded in the next few days; or
3. Human error has meant that I missed you.

Please feel free to email me at press.start.mod[at]gmail if you do not have a gift and want to know what's going on.

Now for pinch hits! We have three new ones, and I am going to repost PH7. The archive will not go live until all participants who turned in a gift receive a gift. Please comment below with the number of the pinch hit you want, and your AO3 name. All pinch hits are due 11:59pm on 17 September.

Pinch Hit 7: Star Ocean: The Second Story, Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth, Bastion - TAKEN )

Pinch Hit 9: Ghost Trick, Hotel Dusk, Kentucky Route Zero, 80 Days - TAKEN )

Pinch Hit 10: Another Code: Two Memories | Trace Memory, Compilation of Final Fantasy VII, Sweet Fuse: At Your Side, Pokemon, Silent Hill, Ghost Trick, Dangan Ronpa, Kid Icarus: Uprising, 999, Ib - TAKEN )

Pinch Hit 11: The Witcher, Thief, Dishonored, Dragon Age II, Mass Effect - TAKEN )
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First up, the due date for all fanworks is 11:59pm on Saturday 12 September! This is in EST. If you do not have a fanwork up by that time, you will be defaulted.

If you need an extension and you don't already have one, please email me at press.start.mod[at]gmail before the due date with your AO3 name, who you're assigned to, what progress you've made, and when you need the extension to. While you are not guaranteed an extension, the more information you give me about your progress, the more comfortable I am that you will complete your assignment and I won't have to send your recipient out to pinch hit.

Pinch Hits
We have one pinch hit still outstanding. If you're an artist and you are familiar, or can become familiar with Bastion, Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth, or Star Ocean: The Second Story/Second Evolution, please consider picking this pinch hit up!

More pinch hits will go out once the due date has passed.

AO3 has a "drafts" option where you can upload a draft version of your assignment and it is only visible to you. If you have done this, please change it from draft to final by the due date. You are able to edit your work after the due date, but I need to see what you've done to make sure it meets the specified minimum requirements.

Not really a mod announcement, but if you're finished and looking for something to do while waiting for the 18th to roll around maybe you want to prepare an additional fanwork!. These will not become assignment work, so you can be assured that they will always be a treat for the recipient.

Otherwise keep battling on!
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Hi all! The no penalty default deadline has passed. This means that if you default after this date, and someone defaults on you, then you will not be sent to the pinch list.

If, however, you pick up a pinch hit, and then you are defaulted on, then you will be sent out to the pinch hit list.

To that end, one new pinch hit! And reposting our current outstanding old one. Please comment with your AO3 name and which pinch hit you would like.

Pinch Hit 7: Star Ocean: Second Evolution, Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth, Bastion )

Pinch Hit 8: Sweet Fuse: At Your Side, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Hakuouki, Bioshock Infinite - CLAIMED )

Stories are now due at 11:59pm EST on Saturday 12 September 2015, because I have an unexpected work commitment. The archive has been updated accordingly.
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Two more pinch hits behind the cut! Please comment with your AO3 name if you are interested in picking either of them up! All comments are screened.

Pinch Hit #5: Thief, Dishonored, Pokemon, The Evil Within, Skyrim, Tomb Raider, The World Ends With You, Life is Strange, Dangan Ronpa, Final Fantasy XII - CLAIMED )

Pinch Hit 7: Star Ocean: Second Evolution, Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth, Bastion )

We also have one pinch hit outstanding, so please have a look at it and see if you could pick it up!
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There is a new pinch hit, with details behind the cut. Please comment with your AO3 name if you're interested in picking it up! All comments are screened.

Pinch Hit 5: Deadly Premonition, Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Pillars of Eternity, Radiant Historia, Tales of Graces, World of Warcraft, Xenosaga - GONE. )

We also still have two other pinch hits outstanding. Please keep in mind the no penalty default date is fast approaching!
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The no penalty default deadline is fast approaching! It is at 11:59pm EST on 1 September.

In this exchange we are doing things a little differently. After the no penalty default deadline, I will be uploading all pinch hits that happen around 1 September to the comm at 6am EST on 2 September 2015. If you default on your assignment by 11:59pm EST on 1 September, and have picked up a pinch hit by 6am EST on 3 September, your pinch hit is considered your "official" assignment and you are considered to have not defaulted. This means that if someone defaults on you, you will go out for pinch hit, and all the rest that goes with completing an assignment.

If you default after the no penalty default deadline then you're considered to have defaulted on your assignment. The above only applies if you default before 11:59pm on 1 September.

If you are looking at your assignment and you can't fulfil it for whatever reason, keep 1 September in mind. Perhaps a pinch hit might be a better match for you!

To that end we have two pinch hits outstanding!

Happy fanworking!
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It's come to my attention that there are still some placeholder letters. Please take care of this as soon as possible if you have a placeholder letter up, as your writer is undoubtedly waiting very eagerly to find out what you would like so that they can start!

Also a reminder that we have two outstanding pinch hits. Please have a look to see whether you can fulfil any of these participants' request dreams!


Jul. 29th, 2015 06:04 am
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One of the more invaluable services in any exchange is a beta! While it is not necessary to have one in order to participate, betas can help by casting an eye over your work and giving opinions, making suggestions, or cheering you on in the dark hours of "oh God this is due in two hours and I have scrapped everything I did before".

If you are able to beta, please comment below with:

Your AO3 name:
Fandoms you can beta:
Media you can beta (Fanart/Fanfic/Fanvid):
Things you love to beta:
Any restrictions/things you cannot beta:
Your email address:
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A spreadsheet of all prompts currently requested can be found here. It took longer than I anticipated to finish it, and I'm sorry for that! Any problems or errors let me know!

Also, we still have a few pinch hits outstanding. Please look over them and see if there are any you can pick up!
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Assignments are out! Thank you to those I contacted asking to adjust their character offers, especially given how prompt the responses were.

A spreadsheet of prompts will go up in the next day or so, but in the meantime there are four initial pinch hits. Please look at them carefully and see whether you can write for any of them! If you are, please comment to this post with your AO3 name and which one you would like to be assigned to. All comments are screened.

Pinch Hit 1: Tales of the Abyss, Star Ocean: The Last Hope, Final Fantasy XII - GONE )

Pinch Hit 2: Tales of Graces, Tales of Vesperia, Vagrant Story, Castlevania, Final Fantasy XIII series, Magna Carta: Tears of Blood, Skies of Arcadia - CLAIMED )

Pinch Hit 3: Atelier of Dusk series, Atelier of Arland series, Wild ARMS 3, <s>Suikoden III, The Legend of Dragoon, Omega Quintet, Final Fantasy Type-0, Dangan Ronpa - TAKEN )

Pinch Hit 4: Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Mass Effect, The Talos Principle - GONE )
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 With 34 participants!  Matching is underway, and is currently on "AND" matching for characters.  If you have not received an email then you have a person to write for, and there will be a handful of pinch hits coming out once I have responses from people I have emailed.  Assignments will also go out at that time.

I'm excited, you guys!  This exchange is going to be great.

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