Contest April 2021 CaC: Trick (Sign-Ups Open!)

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  1. Jabberwock #Jovimohnaeliackvid

    Forum Mod Articles Staff Member


    Welcome to the April 2021 round of the Create-a-Card!

    This month’s theme is Trick.

    April’s a good month, full of all sorts of tricks — at least for the first 24 hours. But even though April Fool’s Day is behind us, there’s no reason we can’t keep up the spirit for the next few weeks! After all, there’s lots of Pokémon with a few tricks up their sleeves.

    For this round of the competition, your card must contain the word Trick. This can be part of an attack name, part of a new mechanic, or something else entirely — you’re limited only by your imagination! Well, and the Wording and Believability scores: don’t forget that “Trick” itself already has an established effect.

    This competition has two sections, text-based and image-based fakes. For text-based fakes, all you have to do is create a card in text form and post it in here! For image-based fakes, you’ll need the help of some software to let your creations come to life. But one thing remains important between both of them: your cards must be completely original!


    • To sign up you must reply to the thread below. Make sure to include whether you’re in for text or image-based fakes!
    • You may register with a partner and work together on the same card. This way each member can use their different talents and combine their skills, especially if one of you is an artist and the other is a TCG player. (Feel free to post in the thread that you’re looking for a partner if you want one.)
    • We have a total of 15 spaces available for text-based entries and 15 for image-based. If you’ve never done an image-based card before, now is a great time to learn! PokéBeach has many card blanks and guides available for use.


    1. Creativity/Originality
      We’re all tired of effectless attacks! Without images, part of the intrigue with text-based fakes is the creativity of Pokémon Power / Body / Ability / attack effects. Let’s see something cool and new!
      Total: 20 points
    2. Wording
      Proper wording is key in designing any fake card. Try to ensure wording is correct for the era of card you choose as card wording has changed many times over the years. Naturally, grammar and spelling are also taken into consideration.

      Text-based fakers may format their entries any way they choose, but for those who are new or would like a guideline to follow, this is a simple formatting guideline you can follow:

      Pokémon – Type – HP50
      Stage 1 – Evolves from Pokémon

      NO. 000 [Name] Pokémon HT: 1’11” WT: 111.1 lbs.

      Ability: Name
      Ability Effect

      [R][C] Attack 20
      Attack Effect

      Weakness: Fire (x2)
      Resistance: Psychic (-20)
      Retreat: [C] [C] [C]
      Flavor Text

      Total: 15 points
    3. Believability/Playability
      Text-based fakes rely heavily on their believability. Think of your entries as if they were real cards. Try to avoid those 400 HP monsters which do 200 damage for [R]! Proper type (unless Delta-species), Pokédex information, and ballpark HP will also be taken into consideration. We will assume that your card is being created for the current TCG era unless otherwise stated, so if you are making a card for a previous era, you must mention this in your entry post.
      Total: 15 points
    Max Points: 50

    1. Creativity/Originality
      This is a given. With the proper photo editing tools, let your imagination run wild! Among other things, this can involve innovating new mechanics, envisioning new card interactions, and exploring exciting gameplay potential or other design space.
      Total: 15 points
    2. Believability/Playability
      Believability and playability are both integral to the realism of a fake. A card’s playability is its power level — try not to be overpowered or underpowered for the era you’re designing in! For believability, proper type (unless delta-species), Pokédex information, ballpark HP, and so on will be taken into consideration.
      Total: 15 points
    3. Wording
      Proper wording is key in designing any fake card. Try to ensure wording is correct for the era of blank you choose, as card wording has changed many times over the years. Naturally, grammar and spelling are also taken into consideration.
      Total: 10 points
    4. Fonts and Placement
      Correct fonts (which may change era by era) are imperative when creating realistic fakes — even for custom blanks, fonts in line with the convention can go a long way toward making them appear realistic. Placement of text / symbols / etc. is also taken into consideration.
      Total: 5 points
    5. Aesthetics
      Aesthetics is all about how your card looks as a complete whole. Aspects of this category include using creative and appropriate artwork, using neat or custom blanks, and overall having an appealing card creation. Additionally, you may not use existing artwork from the TCG for your cards. If you’d like to use Ken Sugimori stock artwork, you may do so, but it must be transformative in nature.
      Total: 5 points
    Max Points: 50

    And that’s the point breakdown for this round’s Create-A-Card! @mimsy borogoves will be judging image-based, and @PMJ will be judging text-based.

    We’re always looking for new judges. Keen to join the team? You can learn how to apply here.

    General Rules

    • The card you submit must be of a Pokémon — that is, not a Trainer, Energy, or other type of card. Occasionally, we open this up to other types of cards if the month’s theme warrants it, but otherwise it’s impossible to judge (for example) Pokémon cards against Trainer cards, since their uses in-game are so different.
    • For those entering image-based, you must include the symbol here on your card (such as the set symbol) or else your entry won’t be accepted. It was designed by the lovely Nekoban Ryo who continuously creates resources for the faking world and is a prominent faker himself. In addition, we do not allow any image-based entries that have been made using automatic, online card generators.
    • If you edit your post you’ll incur a deduction of 2 points from your overall score, and posting your entry again on a different post also deducts 2 points. When you submit, make sure you’re done! If you mess up the tags or have a similar coding disaster, tag or PM me to get it fixed. If you forget to credit someone, do so in a new post instead of editing.
    • Participants who fail to submit a card by the deadline, if the particular portion is full, will automatically lose 2 points for next round (similar to losing 2 points for the current round for editing). If the portion you have signed-up for is full and if you wish to drop out, you must do so with three days remaining before the deadline to not incur the penalty. Continuing to fail to post a submission in future rounds will result in a possible ban from the contest for a couple of months. Please keep a close eye on the deadline.
    • All CaC entries should not be posted elsewhere in the PokéBeach forums while the current month’s contest is ongoing. If you have a personal thread or gallery where you post your fake card creations, you must wait to post your CaC card there until the contest is complete and full judging results have been posted. This is to ensure that CaC judges can continue to give proper feedback both within the contest and in the forums.
    • Participants should only enter one of the two categories. This is to prevent the potential for an excessive influx of entries for our judges to manage.
    • Artists/illustrators are free to post in this thread, letting participants know that they are available.
    • All entries should meet the forum rules. You should always credit the artist, and never use someone else’s art without their permission — that’s art theft.

    Deadline: April 23rd (Fri.) 11:59pm EST
    Here’s a deadline countdown for convenience: [link]​

    Anticipated Entrants

    1. @Alolan Teddiursa
    2. @bbninjas
    3. @ggDerpyDerp
    4. @AlphaLad
    5. @Charmaster:)
    6. @FourteenAlmonds
    7. @Xiu
    8. @Nemes
    9. This could be you!

    1. @ɯoΛ
    2. @Falling Skies
    3. @Kangaflora
    4. @47bennyg
    5. @DashKing
    6. @FireLizard
    7. @bbb888
    8. @ShaQuL
    9. @Anime Psyclone
    10. This could be you!

    Bold names means I have seen your entry in this thread.

    Want to help advertise the contest? Just paste the code below for the banner in your sig!
    Credit goes to @Nekoban Ryo and @mimsy borogoves for the banner.
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2021 at 11:09 PM
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  2. Vom probably forgetting something

    Forum Mod Member

    Remember to fix your tag! It doesn't work because you are actually mimsy borogoves.

    also in
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  3. Falling Skies The Traveler
    Falling Skies


    In for Text, please.
  4. Alolan Teddiursa Aspiring Trainer
    Alolan Teddiursa


    Image please! I already know what to make for this contest!
  5. bbninjas Ready or Not!

    Advanced Member Member

    in! (for image)
  6. ggDerpyDerp Congrats! Your Dragonite evolved into MAGIKARP!


    The judge was a lad named Jabberwock
    But he was not from Hammerlocke
    He made a contest
    A card-making quest
    So image-based I shall unlock.
  7. TheFlyingPidove Wanted in Russia


    Sign me up for text-based please.

    Jabber told me that the first person to make a Trick pun will be disqualified. Or well, I like to believe he did.
  8. PMJ happy thoughts

    Articles Head Activities Staff Badges Staff Elite Member Advanced Member Member

    Friendly reminder that if you're making a text-based card, you need to include both Pokedex information and flavor text (where applicable) or you will lose points. Don't forget.
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  9. Kangaflora Aspiring Trainer


    I'll try Text again. I was pleased with my score last time.
  10. 47bennyg Hmmmm


    In for text.
  11. DashKing Aspiring Trainer


    In for text!
  12. Charmaster:) The Cube Master, Charmander fan, & Lapras rider.


    What if you make a pun and THEN sign in?
    I’m interested in joining but I’m not sure whether I want to do text or image based.
  13. Jabberwock #Jovimohnaeliackvid

    Forum Mod Articles Staff Member

    Pay no attention! It's a trick! Dx

    Gotta clarify this for everyone though, since I was asked through DMs: Tricky, Trickery, and related words are allowed, since they contain "Trick".

    If there's anything else I can clarify, don't hesitate to reach out. :)
  14. TheFlyingPidove Wanted in Russia


    Can a judge get disqualified?
  15. FireLizard Dragon shipper


    Back for text!
    This gonna be another cool contest.
  16. AlphaLad Aspiring Trainer


    I'll go for image
  17. bbb888 One Life. One Dream.


    I would like to enter for Text-based. I will announce that my Pokemon is Deoxys.

    A few months ago, I entered Turtwig's Poetry Contest on this forum and wrote a poem about Deoxys. The poem is by no means a foreshadow of my CaC entry, I am just using the same Pokemon.

    Also, I did not submit my Helioptile CaC entry because it was April Fools! :D
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  18. ShaQuL @KabutoKingTCG


    Glad this was already answered, I'd like to join for text (hopefully i'll make time to triple check my wording this time :|)!
  19. Kangaflora Aspiring Trainer


    Here's my entry. I had to think about the wording carefully before submitting it.
    Kadabra - Psychic - 90HP
    Stage 1 - Evolves from Abra

    NO. 064 Psi Pokémon HT: 4'3" WT: 124.6 lbs.

    ABILITY: Spoonful Trick
    If this Pokémon has any [P] attached, you pay [C] less to retreat your Active Pokémon. You can't apply more than 1 Spoonful Trick at a time.

    [C][C][C] Super Psy Flash - 70
    During your opponent's next turn, if the Defending Pokémon tries to attack, your opponent flips a coin. If tails, that attack doesn't happen.

    Weakness: [D] x2
    Resistance: [F] -30

    Using its psychic power, Kadabra levitates as it sleeps. It uses its springy tail as a pillow.

    I used the Sword and Shield wording for Kadabra's attack.
  20. Charmaster:) The Cube Master, Charmander fan, & Lapras rider.


    Ah yes, I forgot to confirm it, but I’m in for image based fakes!
    Now I just need to begin actual work on the card.

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