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 Nominations continue over here and will until 11:59pm EST (or realistically later) on July 1. Please get your nominations in! We are very close to beating our personal best for nominations, so let's see if we can do that!

There have been some updates to the rules and they are as follows:
  • Minimum duration of a vid has been reduced from two minutes to one minute;
  • Maximum requests and offers has been increased to 10, as every year we up it to ten anyway and might as well formalize it;
  • The requirement to complete a work if you default after the deadline has been changed from "must" to "may" - this is to allow discretion as it may be that something unexpected came up for you and you had to default.
Also, this is an idea I've been considering for a while, but what are your thoughts on an "NPC account" that you can gift works as well, in circumstances where the prompts for a fandom aren't for what you want to create, or you are the only person requesting this fandom, or you want to do one type of media and all the requests are for another type. Creation would be restricted to fandoms and tags in the tag set. Thoughts?

Finally, if you had to be defaulted by me at deadline either last year or the year before (that is, I had to hit the default button for you at deadline), to participate this year you are required to complete your assignment by the time signups close. Please, if you are in this category, finalize your previous assignment and email me a link when it is done. Thank you!

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

Before we start nominating, some preliminary information!

Character Nominations
You are able to nominate characters and character combinations! This means the following:
  • Character A (video game title) - 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", meaning that you match on a tag. If you want Character A and Character B in your gift, nominate them as a group. If you nominate each of them separately your creator only has to include one of them. Please keep that in mind when nominating!

Crossover Fandoms
Crossover character combinations are eligible. 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: Group: Character A (Video Game 1) & Character B (Video Game 2) (or group: 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);
  • Fallout can be nominated separately;
  • 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!
If you are considering nominating a game that could be a series, or could be a tie-in, please drop a comment below so that I can hash it out with you first!

Now have at! Nominations close at 11:59pm EST on 1 July 2017, though the post for tag set cleanup could be a bit later on the 2nd because I have a concert for video game music at around that time.
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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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Heads up! The current plan (which is, of course, subject to change depending on what you guys want), is that the requests will be made visible on Sunday. Signups will continue until the following Sunday, the only difference is that for that week requests will be visible.

Any problems, let me know!
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Nominations are closed, with a whopping 155 games/series nominated! Check out its beauty!

Signups will open on the 4th, and I invite you all to look over the tagset and identify any wayward characters that have wandered across from one canon to another.

Also between now and 4 July everyone is allowed to request one additional character to be added to the tagset!  The one condition is that the character must be from a game already nominated.

Thank you, and watch this space for signups!
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 Just some outstanding queries!
  • Both Final Fantasy VII and Compilation of Final Fantasy VII have been nominated - any objections if I merge these together and keep it "Compilation of Final Fantasy VII"? Resolved; all FFVII characters are now in Compilation (even if AO3 hates Shinra and I had to manually add the Turks!)
  • Dragon Age - my initial thoughts are to combine these nominations together for consistency, as issues like what timepoint you take Anders (and from the nominations themselves, Cullen) from is probably better left to optional details, but I'd like to hear more from people who are interested in offering and/or receiving the series  - Resolved, Dragon Age has been split off into individual games.
  • Dragon Age Inquisition - Male Lavellan is a Male Inquisitor, do you really want both tags? - Resolved.
  • Knights of the Old Republic 1 & 2, and The Old Republic - are these part of a series? Or are they separate games just set in the same approximate time period? - resolved.

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Nominations are now open for this year's exchange and will remain open until 11:59pm EST on 1 July 2015! The tagset is here. Games that are eligible can be found on the profile of this year's exchange.

In regards to series, my current thoughts are to group by series (aka, things like Dragon Age would be grouped as Dragon Age series). That said, that may not be what you want! I'm open to suggestions, so feel free to leave a comment if you'd prefer something else!

Please keep an eye on this comm, as I may need to seek clarification about characters and games.

Otherwise I look forward to seeing what you nominate!

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