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  1. Good afternoon everypony! First of all, I need to issue an apology for taking so long to get these contest results posted. In my defense, I've been super busy with job hunting (a long, frustrating process), but that still doesn't excuse how ridiculously long it has taken to get these up. With that out of the way, let's get to the contest results themselves! Sadly, we only had 4 entries this time around, so all four of them place in the contest and will be ranked here. Thankfully, the entries themselves were all very enjoyable, and I highly recommend everyone to check them out! I want to give a big thank you to the folks who were kind enough to take the time to write fics for our contest and also displayed a lot of patience with the judges (especially myself) in getting the results up and posted. I'll contact you all personally when I know who will be doing your art prize. With that said, let's begin. Winners First Place: Compersion by Etolia If there was any fic more worthy of first place than Rainbow Shells, it was Compersion. Etolia offers readers a sweet, sad, romantic, and compelling fic featuring Buffy, Viola, and Azura struggling to make a very unusual kind of relationship work. Yes, in case you were wondering, this fic is indeed about a polyamorous relationship, and before you think that raises a red flag, no, it's not about being "sensual". This fic actually approaches its subject matter quite maturely, dealing with the struggle that goes into making such a relationship work for all parties involved. It's a sequel to Setting the Rift and is largely about Viola and Buffy, but with a pretty fair dose of Azura thrown in there as well. All are wonderfully characterized and Buffy is absolutely adorable through and through (as she should be). Overall, this is a truly worthwhile fic and most deserving of getting first place and your time to read it if you get the chance. Wonderful job Etolia, and congratulations on your well-deserved win! Second Place: Rainbow Shells by Silver Letter Returning to Poniverse once more, Silver Letter gives us a super solid fic starring Pixel Wavelength and Buffy as they take a vacation to Sweetie Shores, as well as Azura as she follows their exploits in the midst of DJing for her radio show. This was probably the most fun fic out of all of our entries and offers some great shenanigans from Pixel, Buffy, and Azura all around. As usual, Silver Letter's characterization of Pixel is spot on and offers readers the chance to see her further grow, not to mention it's always fun seeing the perspective of an older character like her (remember, she is middle age after all, with a husband and family) as opposed to most of the other Poniverse mascots, who range from late teens to young adults for the most part. I found Azura to be particularly enjoyable as well since we get to see her working as an actual radio DJ for most of the fic, something which most of the other entries largely did not offer, and his handling of dialogue in these scenes is masterful, it very much sounds like a behind the scenes look at an actual radio DJ. This fic's got sand, surf, and ponies in the sunshine having fun and learning valuable lessons, what more could you want? Definitely worth a read a most certainly worthy of second place! Third Place: Radio Station Dilemmas by John29 The third place winner of our contest gets a special shout-out for the extra efforts he went to in putting this fic together. John29 made a lot (and when I say 'a lot' I mean A LOT) of edits to his fic in the course of submitting it to our contest and I commend him for all the hard work and time he put into making his fic as good as he possibly could. The fic itself stars Azura Peavielle, PVL's mascot, in the midst of solving a mystery at a radio station involving herself, the Mane 6, Spike, and Discord. While a bit repetitive at times, the fic overall is very enjoyable and has some very solid characterization, of both its sole OC and the show-canon characters. A very solid fic all around, I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in Poniverse mascots, and once again, great work John29, thank you for all the hard efforts you made. Fourth Place: Apocryphal thoughts by Shadowboltwriter Our fourth place winner features Wordplay and the rest of the mascot team embarking on an adventure to protect Equestria's Internet! While definitely an ensemble fic, all the same Wordplay is most certainly the main character, and in it we see him dealing with some feelings of angst and inadequacy, uncertain of the larger role he plays in Poniverse besides being good at roleplaying. While a little rough around the edges as far as spelling or grammar goes, this is a fun and brisk read, and most definitely worth your time. Give it a read if you get the chance, and a big shout-out to Shadowboltwriter on the enjoyable fic!
  2. Well then, now that I have your attention, let's begin! Anyways, the Poniverse Fimfiction group (which you can find and join by clicking here if you haven't already) has not been very active in quite some time, and we at Poniverse are dead-set on fixing that. As such, we've decided to launch as our next fanfiction contest, Poniverse Mascot Summerpalooza 2.0!!! Yes, once again we will have a fanfiction contest centered around the lovely mascots of Poniverse in which you will have the opportunity to leave your mark on Poniverse canon, only this time we actually have some canon established for them already for you guys to reference and look up in the course of writing! Below you will find all the rules you need to know: (1) Entries submitted to this contest must feature one or more of the Poniverse Mascots (Pixel Wavelength, Buffy, Viola, Viridian Meadows, Nova Blast, Wordplay (and twin sister Fair Dice and older brother Road Map), and our newest mascot, Azura Peavielle) in a starring role. Stories may fall into any genre and cover any subject the author desires, but in order to qualify as eligible for Poniverse canon, must fit into already existing canon. Existing canon may be found here in the Poniverse Mascot Canon folder and here on the Poniverse Networks Tumblr. But aside from that, go crazy and have fun! Be it a silly slice-of-life story to tell about one or more of the mascots, or a rollicking adventure, or a romance, or whatever, go for it! Whatever the fic, we will accept and judge it, so long as it features these characters. Now, in addition to canon for these characters that already exists, our staff has put together personality profiles for each character, which you will find below. These profiles do not provide background information about specific events or anything in these mascots lives, just some information about their personality traits and characteristics. You don't even have to follow them to the letter if you don't want to, but preference will be given in judging to fics that more closely follow these profiles. If you have any questions about something you'd like to do with a character, feel free to PM me or another member of our staff about it. Disclaimer: As these mascots are intellectual property of Poniverse.net, judges reserve the right to ask for minor content changes from submissions from finalists. Poniverse Mascot Profiles Pixel Wavelength: Pixel Wavelength, Poniverse's overall, benevolent alicorn OC mascot, is a complete and total sweetheart: generous to the core, friendly as heck, super motherly as well. She's that friend you can call at 3am in the morning crying and she'll come to your house with food and a hug. She's pretty naive, though. She's also not very adventurous, preferring to stay home and work on creating better technology. She's a bit of a 'mad' scientist, you could say, in the same vein as Twilight. She's very scientific, certainly. She wants to make the Equestrian version of a computer that can work with all species of pony! In fact, within our own crazy Poniverse canon where computers apparently exist in Equestria, she also happens to be the Princess of the Internet, something I'm sure ya'll could do some very fun stuff with in your writing. Buffy: MLP Forums' mascot, Buffy is an absolute bundle of fun. She was based off of Shift, who designed her. So she will sometimes speak in CAPS LIKE THIS. Kind, adoring, would do anything for a friend. She's not really a voice of wisdom by any means, but she still gives her opinion anyway. She's a blabbermouth, and loves to chat (since, you know, forums and all!). She's a huge fan of watching shows and getting into heavy (but friendly) debates about them with the ponies around town. On a sadder note, she tends to feel lonely quite often, which is a big reason why she makes her voice so loud. She wants to be heard, to feel important and noticed. Viola: Pony.fm's mascot is an uptight musician, who specializes in violins. She is quite the social luminary, and comes from a family full of musically talented ponies. She has a personality and exhibits mannerisms in the same vein as Rarity, including the manner in which she speaks. She is a bit snobbish when it comes to ponies trying to befriend her, but outside of her tough (seemingly mean at times) exterior is quite the caring pony. She is loyal to her friends to the very core. She's definitely the straight man of the mascots - rolling her eyes at puns and boorish or uncouth behavior. Still, she's always willing to help out her friends and give them advice. She's quite good at it! Viridian Meadows: Equestria.tv's mascot loves to gather her friends up for late night movies. She loves to crack puns and jokes (much to Viola's dismay at times), and is very much the jokester of the group. She can be quite the sassy pony too; quick with comebacks and always the one to break the silence. She's very confident and sure of herself. Sometimes, she run her mouth and fail to be careful in what she says, and that can be a bit of an issue. She's a budding filmmaker. Nova Blast: PoniArcade's mascot, Nova Blast was named after his parent's favorite arcade machine. Nova Blast was raised by video games - he practically lives and breathes them. Especially as a video game creator. Despite this, he was never a 'nerd.' Like Viridian, he's cool and confident. Suave. The one who has a group of mares and stallions swooning over him. Nova tries to think of himself as this too cool to touch dude, but he's very much a dork at heart. He loves his friends to the core, even if he doesn't always show it. He's not one for hugs or 'I love yous,' but he does care a lot. He just has some trouble expressing himself. Wordplay: Leave it to the roleplayers/world-builders to have most a story for him. Pony Roleplay's mascot Wordplay is actually the only mascot with siblings, an older brother named Road Map and a younger sister named Fair Dice. Wordplay is a bit shy, but is a strong writer and D&D player. He is the quietest among his friends, but don't think lightly of him; he has a very sharp tongue, and can get irritated easily. He's a perfectionist, and has a bit of trouble when it comes to sharing. He also happens to be a colt-cuddler (for those of you not in the know, that means he prefers stallions over mares), and we do ask that this trait of his not be changed, though it is not, I repeat, NOT necessary to bring it up in any fic about him, and the same can be said as far as any of the mascots love-lives or sexual preferences are concerned. Wordplay is the stallion depicted in the various artworks, and is the storyteller and RPer of the family. Fair Dice is his fractionally younger twin sister, and is far more interested in the mechanical aspects of RPs, with resolution systems, min/maxing, and so on. The little-seen Road Map is the much older brother who spends his time in the basement running massive, overenthusastic wargame scenarios such as the War of the Sun and Moon, or the Fall of the Crystal Empire. And painting all those miniatures. Can't use unpainted miniatures, you know! That would ruin the experience. Azura Peavielle: Our newest member of the Poniverse Mascot family is none other than Azura Peavielle (the mare on the right in the above pic), Ponyvillelive's mascot designed by none other than Petirep himself of Rainbow Dash Presentsfame. Ponyvillelive, as you may or may not know, is the network of brony radio stations, and one of the more recent additions to the Poniverse family. So it can be assumed that Azura's special talent or job is tied into radio work somehow; for example, perhaps she's a DJ! But the good news with Azura is that, unlike our other mascots, she has barely any canon to speak of. She's got her cutie mark, her design, and some appearances in our Tumblr, but that's about it. So writers can especially go crazy with Azura and come up with all sorts of stories for her; be it an origin story, how she came to work with Poniverse, or something else entirely, be our guest and go for it! We just want to get something of a canon story, background, and character established for our lovely little Azura. (2) Entries should be no longer than 30,000 words. We'd prefer that all entries be one-shot fics, but if the author requires multiple chapters for their fic, that's fine, so long as the fic does not exceed 30,000 words and is complete upon entry. (3) Entries cannot exceed a Teen rating. We will not accept any Mature rated fics, whether they be Gore fics, Slash fics, Clop fics, etc. That's not to say that you can't enter scary fics, but our group has a strict policy of not accepting Mature rated fics. If any Mature rated fics are entered, we will not read or review them. (4) Fics can be submitted to the contest in the folder titled Mascot Summerpalooza 2.0 Contest Entries. (5) Contestants can enter no more than 1 submission of their own work (and please, do not enter any other author's work into the contest, even if you're doing it for them; if they'd like to enter the contest, they can do so themselves). (6) Entries will be accepted until Friday, August 5, 2016; after that date, we will accept no new submissions. We hope to announce the contest winners in the middle or towards the end of August, although that time-slot may change depending on whatever real life demands may arise in the next month. Unlike our usual 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place format, winning entries will be selected based on the best fic for each of the respective mascots. Don't let that stop you from using multiple mascots in a fic, cause if a fic's well-written enough, there's certainly no reason it couldn't qualify as the best fic about 2 or more of the mascots. Just do whatever you feel is most manageable. Once the winning entries have been selected, special prize art commissions will be awarded to those writers of the best entries for each respective character; you will find additional details about these art commissions below. In addition, as usual, all winning entries will be featured on MLP Forums, our Fimfiction group, and in the next Poniverse newsletter, along with reviews published for each one. Finally, and perhaps most exciting of all, the winning entries for each mascot will be accepted as official Poniverse canon for these characters. We hope you all enjoy this contest as much as the last one, and hope to see some wonderful entries that help us to celebrate summer and continue to expand Poniverse! So get to it writers, and show us what you've got up your sleeves! I'm sure many of you have some very interesting stories in mind for each of these characters, and can't wait to see your ideas in action. If you have any questions about the contest, do not hesitate to post them here or to PM me, and feel free to share this contest prompt with any friends of yours here on MLP Forums, Fimfiction, or any other pony site you can think of! Have a pleasant day, everypony, and happy writing one and all! Art Commission Prizes Seven winners maximum (one for each mascot, although it is possible for peopl to win for more than one mascot) will receive free art commissions; these pieces will be 1-2 character full art pieces with a basic background, and may be whatever the winners desire, whether it be cover art for a fic, or just art of an OC. The following artists will work on these commissions: Sadatrix, Core-MLP, Numzie, icyfire888, ButteredRoses, Tyzain, and Tinkk611. Be sure to check out their art and DA profiles by clicking on their names! Once again, have a wonderful day everypony, and best of luck one and all!
  3. Disclaimer: this follows by no means any established canon about any of the mascots of Poniverse. This is only written by my own amusement, so if you love it, I will love you back, and if you don't love it, I will give you a patient smile and ask what should I do to make it better, m'kay? c: It was the beginning of a new day, and things seemed to look positive and bright for anypony around. The fillies were running around, the colts and mares were opening their shops, getting for a new day of business. As the light of dawn crossed through the trees, it started to touch somepony's face, and thus bringing her away from her slumber... "...Just 5 minutes more, and then I will get into it, please..." That was none other than Viola, the always lovable musician pony. Just like she said that, her promise was met, and after 5 minutes, Viola got up and starter putting her hair in the style she loved the most. After she was done, Viola looked at the mirror and started talking to herself: "Don't I look simply divine?. Now, Buffy still won't come around for at least in a couple hours, so I can use this time to practise my music for a bit..." As soon as she finished that, she streched her hooves for one brief second, and moved on near her favourite instrument, the violin. She carefuly removed it from its box and started playing it, and at the same time she started making a subtle whistling. In her own words, it "helps to keep concentration early on". It's a beautiful day outside, without a doubt. Birds are singing, flowers are blooming. On days like these... "IN THE NAME OF EVERYTHING I LOVE AND RESPECT, HOW THE **** COULD I DIE LIKE THAT?!?!?!" That sudden scream made Viola drop her violin to the floor, and it caused it to break its strings, specially due for how fragile they normally are. While normally she doesn't get angry, that one thing was something that truly pulled Viola's inner anger, which made her to open the door quite violently and to mumble something as she went outside, onto her Neighbour's residence: "..ponies like him should be burning in hell" Viola recognized that voice immediately, as only one pony would scream at such high volume for something like a death. She quickly rushed to the door to the buiding that faced hers, and started to hit the door quite hard. "NOVA, I KNOW YOU ARE THERE. I HEARD YOU SCREAMING OVER YOUR DEATHS AT YOUR VIDEOGAMES, SO YOU BETTER OPEN YOUR DOOR" After that hard knocking, a few seconds passed... and nothing happened. She waited a minute more, until she got tired of waiting, and was about to start to knock again. But, just as if her prayer was heard somewhere, the door opened slowly, revealing a light coated pony, along with his bright orange mane. "Oh hai there. You should know by now that I like letting people wait before tasting this stallion, y'know? Not that it's a shame to admit..." Nova Blast had always had that sort of personality. He was by no means evil or nothing like that, but he always thought of himself as "too cool to touch", which leads him to be the way he shows himself. Evidently, Viola wasn't in the right mood to argue with Nova about that, as she had more important problems to take care of at that point of time, specially as her mind was busy at that moment... Oh my celestia, you are so dead Nova, I am going to rip... calm down, Viola. Don't lose your mind. Take a deep breath and then think again about what you are going to say... Ready? Then let's go... "Nova, darling, I know that as much as I enjoy your presence around here, your constant screaming has lead me to some... accidents. Namely, your last scream made me lose my concentration, and my violin has payed the price. So I thought that, maybe, you had something to say?" Nova noticed that Viola was wearing the violin on her back. In that same second, Nova quickly used his magic to move it near him, much to Viola's dislike. "Come on Violy, this has an easy fix, y'know? Just give it to me and you will have it sorted out in less than what it takes me to beat a side scroller with my eyes closed" Viola couldn't avoid but blush slightly at that nickname, which he always uses whenever referring to her, with both a smile and a bit of anger. Both Nova and Viola have always had a long historial of bickering between them for almost everything, but that didn't kept them from having a strong friendship, even when they didn't showed it to each other that often. "Can I at least walk inside while you do your "magic"? Not that I don't trust you, but you know..." Nova knew that her worries were founded, so he just nodded, which was a positive signal for her, which lead to her coming in. Even after all this time, this was the first time that Viola had seen Nova's house from inside. Yeah, they have met before in other places and such, and even he made a visit or two to her house, but she never had the chance to see how did Nova's house looked like. Maybe this was some sort of "destiny" thing, although she could only focus on having her violin repaired in time at this moment. "Nova, can I ask how long will it take you to fix this? Again, not doubting about your skills or nothing, but I don't have all day." Nova simply pulled a small tool and pulled the strings away. In less time than she thought, it was fine and perfect for use, thing that actually left her completely confused. "Violy, Violyy, Violyyy... You should know by now that I know what am I doing. I use this small tool oftenly when the cables of my controllers get broken and such, and seeing that your strings are no different from my cables, it should do the same job... which it looks like it did" Viola was actually impressed at that. Sure, she was a bit angry that Nova was comparing the strings of her instrument to some... cables from a video console controller, but she saw by herself that she was in no position to argue about its effectiveness. Either way, she took the string of the violin and put it again on it. After that, she started to play something on the violin, which sounded clean and pure... in fact, it sounded more clean and pure than anything she ever played before! Whatever Nova did made the violin's strings capable of producing much more pure sounds than what she could have never imagine. "N-Nova! I don't know what you did, but this is incredible! My music sounds so pure now... I cannot thank you enough for this!" The anger that she formerly had was long gone. What Nova did truly made her happy, and even Nova seemed to enjoy the new sounds of her violin, specially with its new sound. For all of its flaws and criticisms against video games, Viola always admitted that they helped Nova to have a surprisingly good taste for music, along with a good knowledge of it, which worked in tandem with his skill as a video game creator and the music being an important part of it. Sure, it may not be as good as somepony's knowledge if they actually studied about music, like her, but that didn't made it less impressive. In that moment, Nova approached Viola and heard once again the notes that she played. "You know, Violy? Maybe you could try playing some different notes, not that I doubt about your talent, but I would like to see if something can work. Here, let me see if I can..." In that same instant, he grabbed Viola's hooves and moved them slowly, along with the violin's bow, until they were in a slightly different position. For many ponies, this would not make a difference at all, but Viola knew what he wanted her to do, and she played the same song as before, although this time it gave a better sound. She wanted to argue against that, specially seeing how she was properly taught in the art of music, while Nova just learned by hearing videogame tunes, but he somewhat found an harmony on her tunes, so she let it pass this one time. "See, Violy? I know what I am doing, after all, for a reason everypony likes to have me around" Even after this show of kindness, Nova was still the same silly pony as before, always showing the best of his confidence, while kindly flipping his hair with his hood, which actually managed to crack a laugh out of Viola, which caused Nova to laugh back at her. Even with their wars and battles and such, they enjoyed each other's company. With all this dandy stuff and all that, she just noticed that she only had 30 minutes left to prepare herself for when Buffy comes! "Oh god, Buffy will be coming soon! I'm sorry Nova, but I have to leave, I'll see you later, I guess" She immediately got up and ran back to her house, although Nova noticed that with all the hurrying, she forgot her violin on his house, so he followed Viola without her seeming to notice him just to give her back the violin. Viola didn't tend to close her door with key, so Nova just knocked as he came in, while trying to speak to let her know that he was no stranger. Even if he has been at her house before, it was always a mysterious place, seeing how he was not used to her "organization", vastly different from his house. "Violyy... Just for your information, I am Nova. I just want to give you your violin baack, because it seems that you forgot it at my houseee.... Just sayiiingg...." He put the violin back at her room, and gently walked outside, although he got interrupted by a cloud of water vapor. In the middle of that cloud there was a weird and not commonly seen Viola, with her hair watered down while she was cleaning it and such,, although with a towel over her head, keeping most of her hair under it. She was getting ready for Buffy's coming, as they were going to take their morning breakfast, just like they did for a while already. Viola was actually going to hit Nova with a random bottle under the assumption that it was going to steal something, until he noticed that he wasn't a thief and it was just Nova. Then she stopped right on her track and looked at him annoyed. "Nova?!?! What are you doing here?! Do you even known the most basic rules?! A gentlecolt would never present himself in such an uncouth way!!" In that same instant, her towel fell from her head, leading to the show off of her hair when it was totally free. This was truly something strange, as Viola rarely showed her hair without her recognizable hair style, although this "watered hair" had some sort of charm to Nova. He didn't knew what it was, and he couldn't mumble a word for the life of it. "V-vio.. y-you ha-hair.. It looks so.. so.." "So beautiful..." That last sentence went unheard by Viola, so she just picked off her towel again, and put her hair back to its prior state before continuing talking. After Nova explained how did she forgot her Violin at his house, he wasn't as mad at him anymore, and she just smiled as she rubbed her head in a forgiving manner. "Heh, yeah, sorry darling. But I bet you would react the same if I suddenly came to your house and I caught you at the shower, or wouldn't you?" Nova suddenly smirked a bit and quickly hide the subtle red on his cheeks with his hoof, before coming with his confident self to answer Viola's question "Hah, I bet I would love it, ponies like my company, and I cannot reject the love, y'know Violy?. Wait, I mean... No! Of course I wouldn't! You are sneaking at my house! But the love though..." He was about to speak again, but then he knew that the more he talked, the more he would mess things up, so he simply answered with a "Maybe not that much". Viola just smiled and had a sudden red shade on her cheeks before quickly going away, just before Nova could notice it. For a few minutes, they just were staring at each other, just smiling, and even if they were only a few minutes, for them they looked like hours... hours that neither of them wanted to end. But as the minutes went on, neither of them noticed that Viola left the faucet open, while it was still dropping water, although thanks to Viola's habit of not letting the faucet to drop a lot of water, it was a very slow flow, which left a tiny pool at her bathroom. "O-oh Celestia! I got distracted and I forgot about this!" Viola quickly ran and closed the faucet, but she ended up slipping afterwards thanks to the water pool. In that moment, Nova went and helped her to get up, although he pulled her a bit too hard, and their faces ended up a bit too close... Nova was the sort of pony that didn't tended to show this kind of things, but this was one situation where he had a hard time hidding them, so he simply showed a slight shade of red on his face "Sooooo....." Viola, on the other hand, wasn't doing much better. When she first got up, she didn't thought that she would end up like this with Nova, which, unexpectedly, caught her by surprise, and her face also showed a shade of red. "Sooooooo.....?" He hardly knew what to do on this situation. He would normally try to be the confident one and the brave one, but again, he was put in a situation where this wasn't as easy as it sounded. "Sooooooooo..." Not too long later, Buffy knocked on the door, while playing with her scarf. She was ready to go with Viola on their morning breakfast, which has been a tradition between them for a long time. But as the minutes went on, she didn't seemed to reply. "Hmm, I wonder what will be that silly pony doing..." She knew perfectly that Viola never closed her door with key, so she just knocked in and walked through. She observed that the main room was still covered in vapor, which meant that it wasn't too long ago since her last shower, so she kept looking for her, until she spotted her silhouette, being shown by a bit of light. Buffy then approached the corner and started to see Viola, although she was not ready to see what she was about to witness.... "Hey Viola, what are you do.... WHAT IN THE HOLY NAMY OF, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!?!?" She inmediatly saw something, something that she would have never expected o her entire life. Viola and Nova were still in the same position as they were minutes ago, but they were, they were... They were kissing each other. Not a big kiss like those that she saw in her trash movies, but it was a kiss, a genuine kiss, which was the absolute last thing that she expected to see in like... ever. "B-but h-how is t-this possible.. i-i cannot process..." Viola and Nova got distracted from their kiss as soon as Buffy started to malfunction, and they simply stared while still holding their hooves, although Viola spoke first. "Uh..." Nova then continued what she was going to say, seeing how Buffy was about to explode in some way. "We can explain this..." Buffy was still speechless after what she just witnessed. Again, nobody would have expected neither of them kissing each other, so this came as a surprise to her, expecting to just have a nice breakfast with her lovely friend Viola, but coming to see how did she kissed Nova Blast, the Nova Blast. "Okay... I don't have nothing against what you just did or anything like that, buut... Can I ask for an explanation, please...? I think that I wasn't simply ready for this kind of thing..." The end...?~
  4. Goooooooooooood morning, everypony! Well, it's the second weekend of September. You know what time it is? YES! Wait, I mean, no, well, actually technically yes but that's beside the point. It's time... to announce the winners of the Poniverse Mascot Summerpalooza Contest!!! OK, sure, not sure what you need the football gear for but please, continue. Yes, after an extensive judging period (and seriously, thank you all for your patience), I and the other judges have finally reached a consensus on the winning fics. There was some stiff competition to be sure, but we are confident that the fics we have chosen are the best of the bunch, and (for the most part) perfect for Poniverse canon! Before I continue, as always, I want to thank everyone who took the time to write and submit entries for this; we enjoyed all of these fics and really appreciate the effort it took to put them together, and ended up with a very fair number of fics as well. Without further ado, here are the winners of the Poniverse Mascot Summerpalooza Contest! Well that's... special. Winners Terms and Conditions by Fahrenheit Our best overall entry by far, Terms and Conditions is a wonderful ensemble fic featuring all of the Poniverse mascots (with the exception of Wordplay and his siblings) as they meet each other for the first time and embark on a nutty adventure together. As with Fahrenheit's past work, the group interactions are splendidly written, with characters bouncing off of each other smoothly and interacting with each other in a realistic manner, the setting and story itself wonderfully inventive, unique, original, and creative, and chock full of splendid humor through and through. It's most definitely a fun read worth anyone's time to sit down and read, a very clear-cut winner and wonderful origin story for the mascots as a group itself, and the best written fic for not one but two Poniverse mascots, Equestria.tv's Viridian Meadows and Poniarcade's Nova Blast. Thank you very, very much for the wonderful read Fahrenheit and congratulations on your double win, you most certainly earned it! Summers of Change by Silver Letter Winning for Poniverse's alicorn Princess of the Internet herself, Pixel Wavelength, Silver Letter's Summers of Change is both the longest entry of the contest overall and provides us with a backstory most suitable for Poniverse's leader. While admittedly it will need to undergo some revisions in order to more smoothly fit into Poniverse canon, as is it's already a very solid fic which gives the reader a wonderful idea of just how somepony like Pixel could come to play such an incremental role in building and running something like the Internet in Equestria. It also provides her with some nice characterization and personal history, even adding ponies from her background important to her besides any of the Poniverse mascot themselves, who do not actually make an appearance. This is a Pixel Wavelength backstory through and through, and its focus on her and her alone is exactly what a character like her needed in our canon. Wonderful work Silver Letter, congratulations, and if you haven't checked his fic out yet, do so, it's most definitely worthy of a read! Setting the Rift by Taialin Compared to the other winning entries on this list, Setting the Rift is very different from the others in its feel, with the possible exception of Summers of Change. Winning for Pony.fm's musician mascot Viola, Taialin's entry gives more of a look into the origins of her personality more than her special talent itself, and it works very, very well. It's a sad and somber fic that I'm sure most readers will agree actually has some real-world parallels even, but also a hopeful one that gives the reader an idea of how a pony as reserved as Viola could come to join a group as sociable and interactive with online communities as Poniverse. Definitely worth your time, this fic was the clear-cut winner for Viola, and we at Poniverse all thank you very, very much for writing and entering it, Taialin. Ogres and Oubliettes by Kolth Our sole entry starring Pony Roleplay's mascot Wordplay (along with his older brother Road Map and twin sister Fair Dice) was thankfully a wonderful fic in its own right and probably would have one for the character even if other entries had been added for him. Given that roleplaying itself is very different compared to some of the other Poniverse mascots' areas of interest, the fic actually does a great job of not just giving Wordplay a solid backstory but also giving the reader an idea of where exactly he fits into Poniverse and how his joining it comes to be. It's also got some very entertaining roleplay segments to boot that even non-roleplayers will be able to understand and enjoy, as well as some very humorous commentary about roleplaying through the characters' interactions with each other. A winning entry through and through, Ogres and Oubliettes is a fun read anytime and most definitely worthy of Poniverse canon. Creation of a Mediaverse by SFyr Our final winning entry is distinguished in one very odd regard; it actually cannot be accepted into Poniverse canon. This was something that I and the other judges struggled over very much, but given Terms and Conditions acceptance into Poniverse canon already, there was simply no way we could make this one work alongside that one. However, that does not take away from its quality in the slightest! Winning for MLP Forums' very own lovable mascot Buffy, SFyr's Creation of a Mediaverse was another ensemble fic just like Fahrenheit's Terms and Conditions, and is an origin story for the Poniverse group. While it is not the canon origin story, it's a delightful read all the same; the characters' personalities are spot on, their interactions with each other are delightful, believable, and entertaining, and Buffy, its primary star, especially stands out, her characterization is spot on and exactly what we want out of her. I cannot emphasize enough how much this fic deserves to be read despite not fitting into our canon, and hope as many of you as possible will do so (as you should with all of these entries). Thank you very much for your winning entry, SFyr, and many congratulations! Well, that's all the winning entries folks! We've finally got some canon established for our lovely Poniverse mascots, which means that we'll be able to continue to build upon them throughout different areas of Poniverse as well as incorporate into future contests, both on Fimfiction and elsewhere. Once again a big thank you on behalf of all of Poniverse and its staff to all the authors who took the time to write and enter fics; they were all enjoyable to read, and we hope you will all continue to write and improve your craft so that we might see you all in future fanfic contests. Enjoy this bit of news to open up the second half of Season 5, everypony, and hope you all enjoy the upcoming new episode! Have a wonderful Saturday! Brakes not included :comeatus:
  5. Sorry, couldn't help myself, what with 'Murica Day right around the corner. It's in my DNA ya'll!!! Anyways, now that I have your attention, bronies and pegasisters of Poniverse, lend me your ears! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z59AnkxekfI OK, ew. Man, ya'll take things so literally sometimes. Anyways, good afternoon one and all, on this gorgeous summer day! I hope your summers are all going well so far. Seeing as it's summer, a time for merriment and revelry galore, Poniverse itself has a rather exciting event for you all. It's... another fanfiction contest hosted by the Poniverse Fimfiction group!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uQ76qrlK78 Shut up. :okiedokielokie: OK, I know, I know, "Batbrony, we always have fanfiction contests around here!" Well I'm happy to announce that this is not just any ordinary fanfiction contest. Nope, no sir, this contest is actually going to leave an impression on all of Poniverse as we know it. How, you may ask? Well it's quite simple really. For this contest, we would like you, any and all of our lovely members of Poniverse, to write stories about mascots! No, not those mascots! I'm talking about the Poniverse mascots of course! For those of you who don't know, Poniverse and each of its websites (MLP Forums, Pony.fm, Equestria.tv, PoniArcade, and Pony Roleplay) actually all have mascots of their own. The sad thing is, though, these mascots have no stories of their own. No backstory, nothing really fleshing them out as characters. So, rather than just come up with some stories for them ourselves, we'd like you, our beloved members, to make some stories of your own. Below you'll find all the rules you need to know: (1) Entries submitted to this contest must feature one or more of the Poniverse Mascots (Pixel Wavelength, Buffy, Viola, Viridian Meadows, Nova Blast, and Wordplay) in a starring role. Stories may fall into any genre and cover any subject the author desires, but we'd especially love to see backgrounds for the mascots fleshed out. Maybe an author has a story about how the mascot got their cutie mark and came to love what they love, or even how somepony like Pixel Wavelength became an alicorn in the first place! Maybe someone has a story up their sleeve about all the mascots meeting each other and forming a band of thick-as-thieves friends. Maybe you just have a silly slice-of-life story to tell about one or more of them, or a rollicking adventure, or a romance. Whatever the fic, we will accept and judge it, so long as it features these characters. Now, the characters aren't going to be total blank slates; that'd be kind of unfair asking you to work with characters with nothing to go off of but a few pics of them and nothing else. Thankfully, our staff has put together personality profiles for each character, which you will find in the spoiler tag below. These profiles do not provide background information about specific events or anything in these mascots lives, just some information about their personality traits and characteristics. You don't even have to follow them if you don't want to, though preference will be given in judging to fics that more closely follow these profiles. If you have any questions about something you'd like to do with a character, feel free to PM me about it. Disclaimer: As these mascots are intellectual property of Poniverse.net, judges reserve the right to ask for minor content changes from submissions from finalists. (2) Entries should be no longer than 25,000 words. We'd prefer that all entries be one-shot fics, but if the author requires multiple chapters for their fic, that's fine, so long as the fic does not exceed 25,000 words and is complete upon entry. (3) Entries cannot exceed a Teen rating. We will not accept any Mature rated fics, whether they be Gore fics, Slash fics, Clop fics, etc. That's not to say that you can't enter scary or even sensual (to a certain extent) fics, but our group has a strict policy of not accepting Mature rated fics. If any Mature rated fics are entered, we will not read or review them. (4) Fics can be submitted to the contest in the folder titled "Mascot Summerpalooza Contest Entries". (5) Contestants can enter no more than 1 submission of their own work (and please, do not enter any other author's work into the contest, even if you're doing it for them; if they'd like to enter the contest, they can do so themselves). (6) Entries will be accepted until Sunday, August 9, the last day of BronyCon 2015; after that date, we will accept no new submissions. We hope to announce the contest winners in the middle or towards the end of August, although that time-slot may change depending on whatever real life demands may arise in the next month. Unlike our usual 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place format, winning entries will be selected based on the best fic for each of the respective mascots. Don't let that stop you from using multiple mascots in a fic, cause if a fic's well-written enough, there's certainly no reason it couldn't qualify as the best fic about 2 or more of the mascots. Just do whatever you feel is most manageable. Once the winning entries have been selected, special prizes will be awarded to those writers of the best entries for each respective character, which will be announced as the contest gets underway. In addition, as usual, all winning entries will be featured on MLP Forums, our Fimfiction group, and in the next Poniverse newsletter, along with reviews published for each one. Finally, and perhaps most exciting of all, the winning entries for each mascot will be accepted as official Poniverse canon for these characters. We hope you all enjoy this contest as much as the last one, and hope to see some wonderful entries that help us to celebrate summer and continue to expand Poniverse! So get to it writers, and show us what you've got up your sleeves! I'm sure many of you have some very interesting stories in mind for each of these characters, and can't wait to see your ideas in action. If you have any questions about the contest, do not hesitate to post them here or to PM me, and feel free to share this contest prompt with any friends of yours here on MLP Forums, Fimfiction, or any other pony site you can think of! Have a pleasant day, everypony, and happy writing one and all! MAJOR UPDATE #1: Any writers who were interested in Pony Roleplay's mascots, I have an update for you all. Pony Roleplay has some new information about their mascots, which you will find below (as well as above underneath the spoiler tag below Wordplay's original personality profile). Art may be forthcoming in the future, but for now if you have any questions about their appearance or what pony species they are, or any other questions about them you think might be important, send a message to Fhaolan (who runs PRP) and he should be able to help you out. Wordplay is the stallion depicted in the various artworks, and is the storyteller and RPer of the family. Fair Dice is his fractionally younger twin sister, and is far more interested in the mechanical aspects of RPs, with resolution systems, min/maxing, and so on. The little-seen Road Map is the much older brother who spends his time in the basement running massive, overenthusastic wargame scenarios such as the War of the Sun and Moon, or the Fall of the Crystal Empire. And painting all those miniatures. Can't use unpainted miniatures, you know! That would ruin the experience. MAJOR UPDATE #2: Mascot Copyright Disclaimer, PLEASE READ!!! Authors of winning entries will be required to sign a formal agreement that transfers intellectual property rights for the use and publicly available free publication of the fic in its entirety to Poniverse.net in order for their entries to be fully accepted as Poniverse canon and claim their prizes. Poniverse's intellectual property rights will not include the ability to publish the stories for sale or monetize the stories beyond publishing them in a publicly available format on any of Poniverse's websites. MAJOR UPDATE #3: Mascot Contest Prizes!!! As of today, Poniverse is officially offering a total of $300 USD cash prizes for the Poniverse Mascot Summerpalooza Contest! $50 USD will be offered for the winning fic for each mascot character, coming out to a total of six $50 prizes altogether, and will be offered as cash or used at the winner's request to purchase non-cash prizes.
  6. Pony.fm has a beautiful genre index. But, while randomly selected track covers are certainly nice to look at, they lack... flair. The QA team agreed that a consistent cover to represent each genre would ultimately create a more uniform branding. Now, a few days ago, Dawn Rider put forth the idea of getting an offical Pony.fm mascot, which received a lot of support from the rest of the team. But when the question became whether one pony could possibly encompass the diversity of every single musical genre, RayFriedh had this to say: The idea resonated with the QA team, so in direct response to user feedback, Pony.fm will have a "genrepony" mascot representing every genre on the site. Ray was all too eager to hop on the job of creating a whole bunch of original characters to be Pony.fm's genre mascots, and his first concept is already up! Please head over to his forum thread to see the full picture and provide all the feedback you can - even if all you have to say is a simple "this is awesome just the way it is!" The ponies he creates will become an integral part of Pony.fm's design and branding, so this is a prime opportunity for everyone to get a say in part of the site's future.