Hello, fight fans, and happy May! While Blogger Blitz: Black Sheep still lies in the distance, there’s a lot of work to be done in advance and this year the fans will be more involved than ever. If you missed the announcement for Black Sheep or you’ve stumbled upon this article and have no clue what Blogger Blitz even is. you can check out this article for the full story. However, as a reminder I’ll throw in the most important details here.
Blogger Blitz: Black Sheep is a competitive blogging tournament where a number of game bloggers will submit their favorite video game villains to compete in a series of random events. A panel of judges will read the posts submitted by each competitor and choose a winner. This will build up to a final battle between two potential champions, who will then become the winners of Blogger Blitz: Black Sheep and earn themselves some sweet, sweet bragging rights.
During the month of May, I’ll be accepting prompts from adventurers like you and combining them into wacky events for our villainous champions to compete in. This will take place in two main phases – the Event Submission phase and the Event Design phase!
The Event Submission phase is the one taking place right now. Any blogger can take part, and golly is it easy to take part. All you have to do is leave a comment at the bottom of this post. There’s no commitment, there’s no hassle, just however long it takes you to type a couple of words on your keyboard or smartphone.
“Okay, but should the comment say something specific?”
I’m getting there, no worries. Each event in the first round of Blogger Blitz: Black Sheep will be made up of two factors: a mundane activity and a gaming complication. To use some of last year’s events as an example, delivering mail is a mundane activity, but the presence of Cerberus, the three-headed hellhound, made that a lot more complicated. Setting up a blind date is pretty mundane but not when the eligible bachelor is a malboro, the venomous tentacled plant monstrosity of Final Fantasy fame. While your mundane activity should most definitely be something that can be summarized as a verb (to cook, to repair, to exercise), the gaming complication could be a character who is present, an object that must be used on the job or that makes the job harder, or even a weird phenomenon like an unusual weather pattern or exotic location.
One thing to keep in mind here: your activity and complication won’t necessarily go together, so don’t submit them as a single event idea. Because during the next phase of this process, things are going to get all jumbled up!
The second phase of the event creation process will take place on Twitter, so if you don’t currently follow me there and you want to be more deeply involved in the process, you’re gonna want to follow this link! Here’s how it works. On Twitter, I’ll be taking the various pieces of events submitted here on WordPress and trying them out in different jumbles. Does “cooking” pair better with “robot overlords” or “platformer power-ups?” What kind of event could be created out of the activity “hiking” and the complication “Falcon Punch?” I’ll pose these questions primarily in the form of polls, so you can quickly and easily vote for your favorite event ideas.
Once we’ve taken the event submissions and then designed them into the final events, I’ll randomly shuffle them and assign them to different slots on the first round tournament bracket. Then after the sign-ups in July, I’ll reveal which events were ultimately chosen and give thanks to those who submitted the component ideas.
One of my goals with Blogger Blitz: Black Sheep is to give everyone in the game-blogging community a chance to be involved. Sure, you may not have time to compete or judge, but you can come up with a cool event concept for those competitors and judges to engage with! It’ll add the element of randomness that make the Blogger Blitz so wacky and fun, and give even more people the opportunity to participate in this community-wide competition.
So now I turn the conversation over to you, adventurers! The Event Submission phase is now beginning, so leave a comment below with a mundane activity and a gaming complication that we can then use to design some fun events for our villains to compete in. I’ll leave the event running throughout the month of May, so if you can’t think of any ideas today feel free to submit at a later time. If you’re not following Adventure Rules and you want to keep up with everything Blogger Blitz, be sure to follow here and on Twitter so you never miss an opportunity to participate in the event. Thanks for reading, fight fans, and I look forward to seeing what you come up with!