Contest August 2021 CaC: Top Cards (Results Are Up!)

Jabberwock

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

This month’s theme is Top Cards.

The top of the deck is an underexplored area of the game. Some effects let you peek at the top few cards, others let you rearrange them, and some—think Luxio SHF or Galarian Mr. Rime DAA—get a little more unusual. What other kinds of effects can you imagine?

For this round of the competition, you’ll design a card that cares in some interesting way about the top card or cards of either player’s deck. The parameters of this are pretty wide, but as a rule of thumb, as long as you’ve got the words “top card” or “top x cards” somewhere on your card, you’re probably good. That being said, don’t let the simplicity of the theme hold you back—as always, let your imagination run wild!

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!


Registration

  • To sign up, you must reply to the thread below by August 8th at 11:59 pm PST, specifying whether you’re in for the text-based or image-based category. A post like “In for text!” or “In for image!” is sufficient.
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  • 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.)
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  • 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, and we have a vibrant Discord community willing to help with any questions you might have.


Judging

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Text-Based
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  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
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  2. Wording
    Proper wording is key in designing any fake card. As official wording has changed many times over the years, try to ensure wording is correct for the era of card you choose. 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
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  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

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Image-Based
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  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
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  2. Believability/Playability
    Believability and playability are both integral to a custom card’s realism. 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
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  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
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  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
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  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! @Jabberwock will be judging image-based, and @PMJ will be judging text-based.


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 Pokémon cards against Trainer cards, since their uses in-game are so different.
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  • 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.
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  • If you edit your post, you’ll incur a deduction of 2 points from your overall score. 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.
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  • Participants who sign up but fail to submit a card by the deadline, if the category is full, will automatically lose 2 points for the next round (similar to losing 2 points for the current round for editing). If the category 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 avoid 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.
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  • The judges do not give feedback on entries before they are posted. However, you’re encouraged to seek out help from other members of the community! The forums are an acceptable place for this, but you may be able to get faster feedback in the Faking Community Discord server here.
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  • 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.
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  • Artists/illustrators are free to post in this thread, letting participants know that they are available.
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  • 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: August 24th (Tue.) 11:59 pm PST
Here’s a deadline countdown for convenience: [link]​

Anticipated Entrants


Image-Based:
  1. @AlphaLad
  2. @CrystalOnixPFVR
  3. @doofisconfused & @Vom
  4. @ggDerpyDerp
  5. @Nyan
  6. @Alolan Teddiursa
  7. @Charmaster:)
  8. @Nemes
  9. @EM-isthmus
  10. @Kavross
  11. @Mr. Sableye
  12. This could be you!

Text-Based:
  1. @Falling Skies
  2. @47bennyg
  3. @ShaQuL
  4. @DashKing
  5. @GM DracLord
  6. @FireLizard
  7. 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!
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Credit goes to @Nekoban Ryo, @Jabberwock, and @KnightofDust for the banner.
 
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doofisconfused

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Ooooh, I've never done a CaC before! Am I allowed to do both categories at once? If not, please sign me up for image.
I've only made one card (posted in the discord) and I made a Pokebeach account just to sign up, so it would be great to partner up with anyone!
 
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Jabberwock

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Ooooh, I've never done a CaC before! Am I allowed to do both categories at once? If not, please sign me up for image.
I've only made one card (posted in the discord) and I made a Pokebeach account just to sign up, so it would be great to partner up with anyone!
Just one — I've put you down for image. :)
 

Nyan

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In for image... it's been a hot minute since I've joined one of these but I hope I can manage an idea in time.
 

Vom

probably forgetting something
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Ooooh, I've never done a CaC before! Am I allowed to do both categories at once? If not, please sign me up for image.
I've only made one card (posted in the discord) and I made a Pokebeach account just to sign up, so it would be great to partner up with anyone!
I will be partnering up with doof for image!
 

Mick-773

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Unfortunately I have to pass for this time T_T. Some IRL stuff came up so I most definitely won't be able to make it for this month :(
 

Charmaster:)

Collecting, playing, & making family memories.
Member
You know what, as long as there are still seven open spots, please sign me up for image based. I'm not entirely sure sure if I have time make a card, but I can always drop out of I'm unable to make one. If the number of slots for image gets completely filled up (which I can't ever remember happening) and if someone else wants to participate, just let me know and I'll give my spot to you since I'm not entirely sure if I am going to make a card, but as long as almost half the spaces of open, I would rather sign up now than take the risk of missing out.
 

Jabberwock

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In case you missed it in the OP: we're doing things slightly differently now, in that we want you to reserve your spot early in the month. Please sign up by 11:59 pm PST on August 8th if you intend to submit an entry — or even if you think you might submit an entry. There are still plenty of spots open. :)

About 3 days left on signups!
 
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