Get those eye popping trailer ideas ready, Avatars! This is your chance to show that Shroud of the Avatar is both the game, and community, that new players will want to experience next! The ‘Dawn of New Britannia' Community Trailer Contest kicks off today! You have until August 21, 2016 (11:59 PM CDT) to design a video trailer for all New Britannians to see and admire. Glamorous city districts, creative player-owned towns, luxurious housing, intense combat, majestic outdoor areas, and so much more is available to proudly show off. There’s a nearly infinite potential in creating a trailer that makes even the most hardy New Britannia cry in joy, and to want to share the video with others. Below are the details of this contest, including what you can win when creating an amazing video! Please only respond to this thread with general questions and interest in the contest. The Trailer Submission Thread is where you go to submit a trailer and to comment on submitted trailers. WINNERS & PRIZES Trailers will be judged by a team at Portalarium on the following merits: Keeping to the Shroud of the Avatar world (Only SotA footage, audio, or your own (free/non-copyrighted) assets) Overall originality and artistic flair (Don’t overdo it! Simplicity can work wonders) Diversity of in-game areas presented (Outside scenes, inside homes, dungeons, etc.!) Overall flow from opening scenes, buildup of in-game footage, and end scene Seamless transitions, consistency, and smooth gameplay throughout Will it make a fan shed a tear in joy? Brownie points here! Check out these great prizes for designing a great trailer! Grand Prize: $1,000 Store Credit, SotA signed t-shirt, Sword of Midras hardcover book, SotA COTOs coin, and a specially signed congratulations letter from Richard Garriott. 2nd Place: $500 Store Credit, SotA signed t-shirt, Sword of Midras hardcoverbook, SotA COTOs coin 3rd Place: $250 Store Credit, SotA signed t-shirt, Sword of Midras hardcoverbook, SotA COTOs coin All Other Submissions: Everyone else that submits an eligible and feature complete trailer will have theirs included in a contest playlist on the official Portalarium YouTube channel for proudly submitting their work. Final entries and winners will be mentioned and possibly shown in the upcoming summer telethon on August 22nd! Keep watch on the main website for details on the telethon. SUBMITTING A VIDEO Requirements: Resolution: 1920×1080, or 3840×2160 if everything looks smooth Runtime: 1-3 Minutes Assets: May only use SotA graphics, music, or your own (free/non-copyrighted) assets Quality: For optimal game recording quality, set all game settings to their max Scale back game settings if framerate drops consistently below 30fps Audio: Must have at least some music, sound effects as needed. Also consider how game sound effect levels are with the main music. You can also turn them off if you feel they are not needed. Contains a “Created by:” message somewhere at the end scene, as well as a Shroud of the Avatar logo either in this same scene or elsewhere. Your video must be shareable on YouTube. Submit your trailer in the official forum Trailer Submission Thread with a title, description, why you created it, and a YouTube link to the trailer. VIDEO RESOURCES There are plenty of tools out there to use to put together a gameplay trailer! Some online web suggestions would be Animoto.com, Flixtime, and Stupeflix. Production tools include Adobe Premiere, Cyberlink Director, and Sony Vegas. As long as the trailer adheres to the requirements listed in this contest announcement, you can use any software at your disposal. Example Videos (check out other games and ideas beyond just these! Also, be sure to adhere to the contest guidelines, even if you do not see a requirement in one of these examples): SotA Trailer SotA Trailer v2 Animoto Community (2015) There are many ways to create great trailers! We recommend you start by considering if you want any graphics at the beginning of the trailer to introduce it, as well as exit slides (including the necessary “Created by:” message in the end scene). One of the examples we provided above is a super duper fancy Animoto.com version, so don’t feel obligated to abide by that structure. You can download the SotA Media Kit that includes additional logos and items for your video. Ask the community for other tips and advice, such as how to reduce the appearance through transparency of the reticle, and adjusting of other in-game UI elements. While you are not required to save raw footage, we would appreciate you doing so in case we would like to reuse the footage in future videos. Please do not send raw footage until we ask. Poets' Circle and other community resources may also have game audio. Please ask for permission before using anything that is not official SotA music or your own work! THE RULES Since this is a skill based contest, a committee of judges will be formed at Portalarium, and any tie breakers will be resolved by the committee. Any concerns and disputes on who won must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not post in the submission thread or other public areas any disputes or challenges about the winners. Inappropriate/Vulgar submissions are prohibited and will result in disqualification. Submissions containing any of the following are considered inappropriate: Any disparagement of a race/gender/group of people or ideals Drug/alcohol abuse, sexual connotations, and other derogatory or disturbing imagery Graphical bugs, or otherwise depicting the state of the game in a negative manner Anything that would be a violation of the common Community Rules & Guidelines NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. MUST BE AGE 13 OR OLDER. ONE ENTRY PER PERSON OR HOUSEHOLD. THIS IS A SKILL-BASED CONTEST. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. VIDEO FOOTAGE CAN BE FROM ANY SOURCE AVAILABLE TO YOU, INCLUDING YOUR OWN GAME ACCOUNT AND THIRD PARTY SOURCES. ASK FOR PERMISSION WHERE APPROPRIATE. AFFIDAVIT OF ELIGIBILITY / RELEASE OF LIABILITY / PRIZE ACCEPTANCE AGREEMENT MAY BE REQUIRED. ALL SUBMITTED VIDEOS ARE ABLE TO BE USED AND COPIED BY PORTALARIUM FOR PROMOTING SHROUD OF THE AVATAR AS PORTALARIUM AND ITS PARTNERS SEES FIT.