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Want To Win Free Stuff? Join Our Sandbox Contest

Posted: January 10th, 2010, 10:36 am
by Mike
Do You Like Winning Free Stuff? Join Our Contest!! Signup for our newsletter to be informed of future contests!!

NOTE THIS CONTEST HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO Monday Jan 18th 8pm EST (24 hours past previous deadline).

Consider Helping Us:
We're in the Top 100 For Mod/Game of the year and please consider voting for us because if we win we'll be able to have even more competitions and prizes and perhaps even some free community goodies! If you haven't voted TWICE please go to our profile and do so. Just click on the image below and follow the instructions please.

The Contest:
We're so excited and happy to be in the top 100 that we decided we'd do something special for our community, a contest where you can win free games! Thanks to our awesome sponsors Bluewolf72 and CDV Games we have three copies of Divinity II: Ego Draconis to give away. Be sure to go support them! Read more about the game's awesome features including being able to play as a dragon! NOTE: This game is NOT kid friendly. Kids should seek parental permission.

Image Check Out Bluewolf's Awesome Game News Twitter (Can Contain non Kid Friendly Content)

Copy Of Divinity II: Ego Draconis
Your credited work being seen by the tens of thousands in the Sandbox community and used in many schools and colleges across the world which certainly doesn't hurt your resume.
VIP forum tag.
A special place in our hearts.

How To Win:
The contest will have three categories, Best New Sandbox Logo, Best Teeshirt Design, and Best Sandbox Promotional Video. The winner of each category will win a game key to Divinity II: Ego Draconis. Entrants have until Monday January 18th 8pm EST. All submissions become property of Platinum Arts LLC though if your content is used you will be credited.

By entering you verify that you created the work yourself. You can use other people's work for aspects of your content as long as it is properly licensed and used in an original way. Logos and Teeshirts should be entirely your own though public domain and certain Sandbox content can be used with proper permission to supplement your original design, though certain other situations might be acceptable, please ask in this forum. Make sure you submit the license for any content that you use. Videos can use other people's music, models and other content as long as the proper license(s) and permission(s) are included. You also agree that you are either legally an adult in your country of residence, or that you have obtained permission from your legal parent/guardian Do not submit content without parental permission and understanding.

You can enter as many times as you want and win more than one category. The winners will be selected by Mike, the Project Lead of Sandbox and the results will be posted within the next day or two though Mike and Platinum Arts reserves the right to take longer if content is in question. Game Keys will then be e-mailed to the winners. If anything regarding this contest is unclear, please reply in this thread.


These rules are subject to change though the general concept and guidelines will remain the same. Platinum Arts does reserve the right to edit, revise and clarify these rules to accommodate special circumstances and situations were not did not anticipate. By submitting to the contest you accept this condition and that Mike has final ruling on this contest. The rules should be properly revised and set by Friday so consider reading this over again before submitting.

Categories - Please Do Not Use The Old Sandbox Logo (top left of this page) in any of the submitted media since it is being replaced.
When you are ready to submit your content please read over these steps:
Make a new thread in this forum when posting your content:

To hide the Sandbox Hud including the FPS, crosshair and editing info use the command /hidehud 1 and hidehud 0 to get it back!

Best New Logo: The goal is to create a new logo for us to replace our current one at the top left of this page (512X512 is a good size and be able to scale down to 165X165 and smaller): ... =Main_Page

The logo should also look good at a small resolution. We prefer the image to be in the .png or .svg format. Beyond just artistic quality, the winning logo should also capture the spirit of Sandbox, which includes being able to easily create whatever your imagination holds. Also it should intrigue people and interest them in learning more about Sandbox.

Best TeeShirt Design:
We'd love to have some teeshirts and other merchandise and we are looking for a nice design! The design must fit a PNG image that is 10" X 10 " set at least 200 DPI though you don't need to fill all the space, just make it look good within those dimensions. A front and back are possible. You can download a template image with the specifications here (make sure to save it as a png): ...
Also please check the extra tips especially: ... aspx#extra

Entries should have on the back of the shirt and potentially on the front. Mentioning that it is a free game maker is also a good idea. Additionally if possibly try to design it so that it can work on both black and white shirts. Top entries will be those that catch attention and will entice people to check out Sandbox. You are certainly able to have creative free reign but try to keep it kid friendly. Remember the idea is to capture people's attention and interest, and to get them to come to the Sandbox site.

Best Promotional Video:
We're looking for good trailers, commercials, and funny commercials to help people learn about Sandbox. Ideas for trailers could be showing off the ease of use and the beautiful maps and various gamemodes. Hardly any video has even been done yet on the excellent maps Cavern and rpg_snow. Also our development version of the sidescroller has received a lot of updates and should be considered showcasing.

To record the actual commercials Sandbox has an in game movie recording option, type /movie to start recording and /movie to stop. As a note the filesize can increase quite quickly since the videos are uncompressed. Also you might want to try the last free version of Fraps, though it doesn't record sound: For editing virtualdub is a nice choice (and apparently you can record with it too) Windows MovieMaker also seems to be another popular choice and it is included with XP and up I think.

For commercials you have free reign as long as it is relatively kid friendly. This is an idea I had for a commercial that you are certainly willing to play with. It features vintage infomercial kitchen type setting with a zombie as the character on screen responding to the narrator:
"Depressed? Got the blues? (zombie nods) There is one fix that is sure to cheer you up, cookies! (zombie looks up with a happy grunt) Have you ever dreamed of owning your own stack of soft warm delicious cookies? (lots of happy grunts) Now is your chance! For the low price of voting for Sandbox, your cookie dreams can come true! This is a limited time offer, get your cookies while they last!" and the zombie can be shown going after the cookies and biting them and whatever other randomness.

Final Message:
Thanks for your interest and support of our project! We are very excited to see your entries and we hope to have more contests like this in the future so sign up for our newsletter to keep posted! Good luck!

Re: Want To Win Free Stuff? Join Our Sandbox Contest

Posted: January 10th, 2010, 2:03 pm
by siimvuss
I think im in :)

couple a questions tho...
How long should the vid be?
Where do I upload it?

Re: Want To Win Free Stuff? Join Our Sandbox Contest

Posted: January 10th, 2010, 2:09 pm
by Eagle
I'm up for this, I will do the Logo and T-shirt designs.

Vickie ;)

Re: Want To Win Free Stuff? Join Our Sandbox Contest

Posted: January 10th, 2010, 2:21 pm
by Mike
The video can be as long or short as you want. Please upload it youtube to show it off and make sure the title starts with Platinum Arts Sandbox Free 3D Game Maker (though if this is a problem we can talk) and that is the first part of the details. The original compressed video file you need to please upload to sendspace or a similar hosting place for me to get. Thanks for your interest! Take care.

Re: Want To Win Free Stuff? Join Our Sandbox Contest

Posted: January 10th, 2010, 2:49 pm
by Drago
I am in too

Re: Want To Win Free Stuff? Join Our Sandbox Contest

Posted: January 10th, 2010, 6:09 pm
by PizzaLover101
I'll do the video, but is the game a download or disc?

Re: Want To Win Free Stuff? Join Our Sandbox Contest

Posted: January 10th, 2010, 7:59 pm
by GR1M
I'll do my best.

Re: Want To Win Free Stuff? Join Our Sandbox Contest

Posted: January 10th, 2010, 11:15 pm
by Obsidian
PizzaLover101 wrote:I'll do the video, but is the game a download or disc?

It is technically considered a download, and is managed via Steam, a digital distribution service. You'll need a Steam account in order to play the game, however it is free to create an account. The game is associated with your Steam account and not your computer, so if you login on another computer you still have the ability (and the legal right) to play your game.

Re: Want To Win Free Stuff? Join Our Sandbox Contest

Posted: January 11th, 2010, 10:53 am
by Mike
Just as a note you are more than welcome to bounce ideas off of me so that you can improve your contest entry in terms of what I'm looking for. Best way is to stop in our chatroom so we can chat about it. Thanks and take care!

Re: Want To Win Free Stuff? Join Our Sandbox Contest

Posted: January 11th, 2010, 11:12 pm
by Mike
I'm thinking about extending this contest to Monday the 18th, 8pm EST so that people have the weekend + Martin Luther King Day. What do you guys/gals think? Does this help anyone? Take care.
PS Bump :D