Contest January 2021 CaC: New Year, New Type (Sign-ups Open!)

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  1. Jabberwock #Jovimohnaeliackvid

    Forum Mod Member


    Welcome to the January 2021 round of the Create-A-Card!

    This month’s theme is New Year, New Type.

    It’s a new year, and we want to shake things up a little! There have been 11 types in the TCG’s history, but each Pokémon is usually only represented by one or two, corresponding to its VG types. Let’s change that!

    For this round of the competition, you’ll choose a Pokémon (any Pokémon you like!) and assign it a TCG type not usually used for its cards. Then make a card — of that type — out of that Pokémon!

    We anticipate some questions about what’s viable for this round of the competition. Check the FAQ at the bottom of this post first, and then feel free to ask!

    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

      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 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! @Jabberwock 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 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: January 31st (Fri.) 12:00pm EST
    Here’s a deadline countdown for convenience: [link]​

    Anticipated Entrants

    1. @CardPone
    2. @bbninjas
    3. @PMJ
    4. @ggDerpyDerp
    5. @Nemes
    6. @IggyKoopa849
    7. @Yaginku
    8. @The Last Shaymin
    9. This could be you!

    1. @Falling Skies
    2. @Vom
    3. @DashKing
    4. @Adam Ryder
    5. @47bennyg
    6. @Shinxed3
    7. @AshCo
    8. @P3DS
    9. @ShaQuL
    10. @Stalltar
    11. 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, @Jabberwock, and @CardPone for the banner.
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2021 at 3:31 PM
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  2. Jabberwock #Jovimohnaeliackvid

    Forum Mod Member

    As an overview in more detail, the intent of this theme is that you choose a Pokémon and assign it a type it cannot have under normal TCG typing rules. As an example, take Yanmega. [G] and [C] are both off-limits, because Yanmega is Bug-type (which defaults to [G]) and Flying-type (which defaults to [C]). Any other type would be fair game, but some might get you more Creativity and/or Believability points than others.

    FAQ (to be expanded as we receive more questions):

    • Isn't this just Delta Species? Yeah, you can think of it that way, and you can submit a Delta Species card if you want. The intent was to be non-restrictive — especially for image-based fakers, you shouldn't feel hindered by the available Delta Species blanks.
    • Can I submit a Fakemon / custom form of an existing Pokémon? How about a custom type? Good questions. Usually we allow both, but since the intent of this round is to get you to reimagine an existing Pokémon as a different existing type, we're going to ask that you save Fakemon and custom types for a future round.
    • Can I submit a Pokémon using a type it's technically had in the TCG if that type doesn't follow "normal TCG typing rules"? For example, a [G]-type Snorlax or a [F]-type Torkoal? Yes! Just because PCL sometimes violates their own rules doesn't mean they're not rules. Under those rules, Snorlax would always be a [C] Pokémon and Torkoal a [R] Pokémon, so for the purposes of this contest you could certainly make a [G] Snorlax or a [F] Torkoal, even though PCL has already done it.
    • Can I submit (for example) a [N]-type Sceptile, even though its Mega Evolved form is Dragon-type? Yeah. Technically, Megas are the same Pokémon, but that's a big "technically", and they're far enough removed from their base forms that this is justifiable.
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2021
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  3. CardPone Delta Species is best species


    Count me in-diggity-in for image!
  4. bbninjas Ready or Not!

    Advanced Member Member

    in! (for image)
  5. PMJ happy thoughts

    Articles Head Activities Staff Badges Staff Elite Member Advanced Member Member

    I'll be judging text, but winning image. In.
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  6. Falling Skies The Traveler
    Falling Skies


    In for text, please.
  7. Jabberwock #Jovimohnaeliackvid

    Forum Mod Member

    I totally forgot to do a formal introduction post, but yeah! We have a new judge!

    As a reminder, since we haven't had new judges in a while — from judge to judge, we try to keep a lot of things consistent, especially around wording and (for image) fonts and placement. However, some things are at least somewhat up to a judge's interpretation. Where one judge might say "I'm not gonna dock for this", another might make the dock.

    Anyway, all this by way of saying, do your best as in any contest, and if there's a particular area of judging you want to ask about, odds are they'll be willing to clarify that for you.

    It's exciting for us to have new judges — y'all give PMJ a warm welcome! And best of luck to all of you this month. :)
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  8. ggDerpyDerp Congrats! Your Dragonite evolved into MAGIKARP!


    Count me in for image! or don't, i guess...i'll still submit something
  9. Vom she ra stan

    Forum Mod Member

    in for text
  10. CardPone Delta Species is best species


    Might I remind everyone that Omnium just got a giant update with lots of support for Delta Species. ;)
  11. DashKing Aspiring Trainer


    In for text!
  12. Nemes Aspiring Trainer


    In for image :)
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  13. Adam Ryder Aspiring Trainer
    Adam Ryder


    In the text-based please
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  14. 47bennyg Hmmmm


  15. Kavross Aspiring Trainer


    Would making a base pokemon a type that it gains when it megas still fly? Like making a dragon type sceptile for instance.
  16. Shinxed3 Get Shinxed bro


    In for text!
  17. AshCo Breaking za law, breaking za world


    In for text, maybe this one won't be as much of a dumpster fire for me. Lol.
  18. Jabberwock #Jovimohnaeliackvid

    Forum Mod Member

    Yeah, I'll allow it. Technically Megas are the same Pokémon, but that's a big "technically", and they're different enough that a [N]-type Sceptile (for example) seems justifiable here.
  19. IggyKoopa849 Aspiring Trainer


    I'd love to join for images! How do I submit my card, though? It's my first time here.
  20. Jabberwock #Jovimohnaeliackvid

    Forum Mod Member

    The forums' image-hosting capabilities are infamously clunky, so you'll want to find an external image-hosting site (Imgur,, etc) and upload it to that. Then you can click the little painting-looking icon in the toolbar to the top of the reply box, and embed an image using its URL.

    Lmk if there's anything further I can clarify about that. :)

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