Contest April [Fools'] 2020 CaC! (Stay Tuned for Results!)

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  1. CardPone Electric Boogaloo!



    Welcome to the April (Fools') 2020 round of the Create-A-Card!

    This month’s theme is Stylistic Suck.

    Ordinarily the goal of a contest is to get first place, but it's April Fools' Day! It's time to do your worst job! Anyone can join, but act fast! These slots could fill right up!

    For this round, there are no restrictions on what Pokémon you can choose. Your goal is to get the lowest score you possibly can in every category. Give us the most unoriginal, poorly worded, unrefined, unbelievable, and aesthetically unpleasing card you can possibly whip up.

    This contest is unofficial; no scores you receive in this round will count toward any average scores related to other CaC contests. However, each entry will still be judged against official judging rubrics to ensure that you truly have made the worst card. You still do need to follow usual CaC rules, so you still need to include the CaC symbol (though a crudely drawn one is also acceptable this month); you still need to give illustrator credit, even if the illustrator is you; etc. This contest will continue until the end of the month! May the worst card win, and may the odds be every in your favor!

    This contest 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 the image-based fake, 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 horrible!


    • 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 10 spaces available for text-based entries and 10 for image-based, with the potential to increase the number of available spaces. 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

      Ability: Name
      Ability Effect

      [R][C] Attack 20
      Attack Effect

      Weakness: Fire (x2)
      Resistance: Psychic (-20)
      Retreat: [C] [C] [C]
      Pokédex Information

      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 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 should be a given. With the proper photo editing tools, let your imagination run wild! This can involve innovating new gameplay mechanics, blanks, templates, etc.
      Total: 15 points
    2. 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: 15 points
    3. Fonts and Placement
      Correct fonts are imperative when creating realistic fakes. Placement of text / symbols / etc. is also taken into consideration.
      Total: 10 points
    4. Believability/Playability
      Because this division of the contest is so image-heavy, the believability and playability takes a backseat here. However, it’s still worth a portion of the total points, so try to keep it in the realm of believable! Proper type (unless Delta-species), Pokédex information, and ballpark HP will be 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

    So that’s the point breakdown for this quarter’s Create-A-Card. TBA will be judging image-based, and TBA 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

    • 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 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 have an instant 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, contact myself or the month’s judges as 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.
    • 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, else it is considered art theft.

    Deadline: April 30th (Thurs.) 12:00pm PST
    Here’s a deadline countdown for convenience: [link]​

    Anticipated Entrants

    1. @FourteenAlmonds
    2. @ShaQuL
    3. @Nyan
    4. @DoubleAACE
    5. @Vom
    6. @The Ωmega One
    7. @Nyora
    8. @AlphaLad
    9. @steffenka
    10. @AshCo
    11. @Mora
    12. @PMJ
    13. @The Last Shaymin
    14. @KnightofDust
    15. This could be you!

    1. @SableyeGuy
    2. @P3DS
    3. @itsAdoggo
    4. @sandragon13
    5. @FireLizard
    6. This could be you!
    7. This could be you!
    8. This could be you!
    9. This could be you!
    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 @CardPone for the banner.
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2020
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  2. Nyora A Cat


    why is there a game i cant win here

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  3. FourteenAlmonds NTernetttt ERXploerer


    In for image.

    Edit penalty should be +2 points since the goal is to get the lowest possible score. Otherwise I'm just going to edit my post 25 times :p
  4. ShaQuL That's what I do, I clown on you.


    Finally a contest where I can join for image! Sign me up :p
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  5. Nyan Staring into space again...

    Chat Room Staff Member

    Drop me in for image. Expect me to suck.
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  6. DoubleAACE Professional Lurker


    In for Image
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  7. Vom back to the usual she-ra pfps

    Forum Mod Member

    Omg yes. In for image
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  8. CardPone Electric Boogaloo!


    Good observation, Almonds! I have no way of telling how many times you've edited your post, so this penalty doesn't stack. Feel free to use it to lower your score, though.
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  9. SableyeGuy Aspiring Trainer


    Can i do text and image? If so, that. If not, just text.
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  10. CardPone Electric Boogaloo!


    I'm still gonna leave it limited to just one category this month. Adding you for text now.
  11. P3DS UK VGC Regs Champ 2015

    Advanced Member Member

    In for text
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  12. AlphaLad Aspiring Trainer


    Sign me up for image
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  13. steffenka Miss Vaanjie


    I'm in for image :D
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  14. steffenka Miss Vaanjie


    So I had an idea and here we are

  15. AshCo Talks Too Much.


    I'm tempted to join this for image...Is there a limit to how horrible this thing can look? Like, could I make this MS Paint level bad?
  16. itsAdoggo yamperyamperyamper


    In for Text!

    Someone should just post a Yugioh card.
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  17. sandragon13 Aspiring Trainer


    I’d like to register for text, please.
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  18. CardPone Electric Boogaloo!


    You can do whatever you think is necessary to make the card look as bad as you can!
  19. AshCo Talks Too Much.


    Well in that case, I think I'll try and make the most god-awful looking card I can. Why not, sign me up.
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  20. CardPone Electric Boogaloo!


    Since sign-ups filled up so fast, I'm adding 5 more slots to image-based!
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