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Topic Subject:AoEHs Age Toons Contest!
PhatFish
Mr. Beta
posted 09-04-17 03:22 PM ET (US)         
What's thiz? AoEH has a contest!?

Age of Empires Heaven's Age Toons Contest!


We haven't had any Age Toons in a long, long while. What better way to celebrate the upcoming release of Age of Empires: Definitive Edition with a nice contest, including real prizes for the winners? If you don't know what Age Toons are, they are basically AoE-themed jokes in the form of an image. Here's an example:



And you can find much more of them in our Age Toons Gallery.

We want YOU to create the most original and funniest Age Toon! And, since Meme's are basically (almost... lol) the same thing, we will allow them as well!

The contest starts today September 4th, 2017, and ENDS September 30, 2017 at 11:59 PM CEST.

Scroll down to read how to enter!

With REAL prizes? w00t!!!

Prizes


The lovely prizes were kindly provided by Microsoft (thank you!), and will shipped to you by yours truly. They are:

Winner (1st place): Custom forum title, Age of Empires Definitive Edition T-Shirt, free choice between between XL, XXL or XXXL size
2nd place: Age of Empires Definitive Edition T-Shirt, size depending on grand winner's choice (XL, XXL or XXXL size)
3rd place: Age of Empires Definitive Edition T-Shirt, size depending on 2nd place choice (XL, XXL or XXXL size)
4th place: Custom forum title
5th place: Honorable mention


Here's a photo of the official AoE: Definitive Edition T-Shirt you could win!



AWESOME!!! Wait, there are rulez?

Contest Rules


Follow these rules exactly or you will not be eligible for entering.

1. First of all, you need to sign up to our forums if you haven't already done so (it's free!). Anyone can enter as long as you are a forum member of Heavengames.

2. Post your custom created Age Toon/Age Meme image in this same topic.

3. Make us laugh! Make your Age Toon/Age Meme as funny as it can be! We won't judge your artistic skills, but make sure your image is original, creative, and of decent quality and any text clearly readable, and does not violate the CoC.

VERY IMPORTANT:


- Images may not be smaller than 100x100 pixels, and not exceed 1000x1000 pixels in size. Anything in between will be accepted as a valid entry.

- For image filetypes, the following are allowed: .jpg, .gif, and .png. Any other filetypes will not be accepted as a valid entry, so make sure you choose one of either three mentioned.

- Animated images are allowed.

- Your entry MUST be Age 1 themed. That means you can only use images, objects, materials or screenshots from the original Age of Empires/The Rise of Rome, OR Age of Empires Definitive Edition as the base for your Age Toon or Age Meme. You ARE allowed to use any other objects from other games however, be it Age 2 or Rise of Nations, Doom, Sega, Nintendo, whatever, as long as it's main theme is Age of Empires!

- Use a free image sharing host to upload your image, or here (free without registration), or upload it to your own server (if you have one), then post it here in this same topic using the IMG tags and the link to your Age Toon/Age Meme between them, or use the markup menu and select . Alternatively, you can post a link to your image, just make sure you put ENTRY: before the link.

- You can enter only ONCE. You are free to make edits to your Age Toon/Age Meme until the deadline which is September 30, 2017 at 11:59 PM CEST. If you edit your image after that we will NOT count it as an entry.

- Please, don't use/steal other people's toons/memes/entries. You will be automatically disqualified.

- The contest starts today September 4th, 2017, and ENDS September 30, 2017 at 11:59 PM CEST. That gives you little less than a month to make your entry. Why not longer? Well, we want to make sure you get your prize before the 19th of October, the release date of AoE: Definitive Edition, in case you are selected as a winner - so you can proudly wear the DE T-Shirt that day!

- Entries will be judged by our Staff members PhatFish, Fruktfisk and Suppiluliuma, based on 2 categories: Originality, and Most Funny. Both will count for the final verdict. The results will be announced shortly after the contest is over. We will add every valid submission to our Age Toons Gallery.

Some tips:


- Microsoft Paint is probably the easiest way to make an Age Toon. However image editing programs as Photoshop (not free) or Gimp (free) can give better results depending on what you have in mind.

- Use CTRL + F12 to take an in-game screenshot. It will be saved in your default AoE directory as AoE0001.bmp, which is usually something like C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires\

- You can use Turtle Pack to extract some individual objects from the game's graphical database (.drs). You can convert them to .bmp files which can be read by any image editing software.

- Alternatively you simply cut any (AoE) object you want after taking a printscreen (fn+prtsc) full screenshot of your entire desktop.

- See our Age Toons Gallery for inspiration.

- Here's The Meme Generator. Remember, be original.


OK, gotcha.

Entries


If you have posted your entry here, your forum name will be added to the list of entries. It will updated regularly.

1. Epd999
2. Doomfrost
3. Aracuan
4. Bassi
5. Anterior2
6. Sonictimm

Count me in!


Any questions related to the contest can be asked in this topic.

Good luck to all who enter, and may the best Age Toon/Age Meme win! WOLOLO!!!

YASSSSS!!!11

[This message has been edited by PhatFish (edited 09-25-2017 @ 03:50 PM).]

AuthorReplies:
Fisk
Champion of AoEH
(id: Fruktfisk)
posted 09-05-17 02:36 AM ET (US)     1 / 32       
I'm a judge? Does that mean I can't compete?

//The warrior of Isola

"I lack quotes that demonstrate Humor Intelligence or anything about me."

Pineapplefish
Cleidopus gloriamaris
PhatFish
Mr. Beta
posted 09-05-17 07:07 AM ET (US)     2 / 32       
Alright, I guess two judges would be enough
Fisk
Champion of AoEH
(id: Fruktfisk)
posted 09-05-17 09:36 AM ET (US)     3 / 32       
No nevermind I was just whining for the sake of it, and three judges make sense, put me back with the judges please.

//The warrior of Isola

"I lack quotes that demonstrate Humor Intelligence or anything about me."

Pineapplefish
Cleidopus gloriamaris
Epd999
Scout
posted 09-05-17 02:43 PM ET (US)     4 / 32       
Entry:



Version 2

Lost Empires Mod
Maybe it's only a fool who'll perilously journey out to what might not be there. But if you want to solve problems, you don't just solve the ones that are there, you find more and make more and go after the impossible ones.
The neanderthals never ventured into the unknown and they went extinct, so who are the fools?

[This message has been edited by Epd999 (edited 09-24-2017 @ 11:05 PM).]

PhatFish
Mr. Beta
posted 09-07-17 08:59 AM ET (US)     5 / 32       
Updated and added!
marcelomoura10
Clubman
posted 09-10-17 05:09 AM ET (US)     6 / 32       
I dont come here very often, but is it really necessary a full page of rules for a meme contest? This drives people away...let the market regulate itself.
Suppiluliuma
AoEH Seraph
posted 09-10-17 06:53 AM ET (US)     7 / 32       
Sorry marecelomoura, but free market and savage capitalism put Trump as prez. We have to learn from the mistakes of others.

The rules are quite simple, and we have real prizes. So no biggie there!
marcelomoura10
Clubman
posted 09-10-17 07:30 AM ET (US)     8 / 32       
Ok. I will not discuss that, I just wanted to give an outside point of view. But will be surprised if there are more than 5 entries, people don't like to read that much nowadays...unfortunately
PS: Believe it or not, you have a better president than I do (I'm Brazilian)....

[This message has been edited by marcelomoura10 (edited 09-10-2017 @ 07:37 AM).]

PhatFish
Mr. Beta
posted 09-10-17 08:57 AM ET (US)     9 / 32       
Better to answer any related questions one could have, and set simple rules so the playfield is pretty much even and things are clear to anyone from the get-go. If you can't be bothered to read then don't enter... this place isn't super active in any case. You should be happy we even have a contest!
marcelomoura10
Clubman
posted 09-10-17 11:05 AM ET (US)     10 / 32       
Phatfish, sorry, maybe I wasn't clear. My intention was never to enter the contest (I wish I had time for that), instead, I entered the link to laugh a bit with the entries.

Then, I saw that the week long contest had up to now only 1 entry (which is rated 6 out of 10 to me ). This is why I wrote me first message. In my view you should just let people send stuff, funny stuff. If it is 600x600, 350x1000 or he lives in Mars (who in the world wouldn't have a valid shipping address?) doesn't matter, the idea is to be funny and entertain the public of the site. If it is crap, let it be, it is funny sometimes too (in essence, memes are crap stuff by definition..hahaha).

Restricting it, means less views, less views will be less traffic for the site...

Don't take it as bad criticism, Im a big fan of the site and how it managed to keep alive with so little people around. I am a huge critic of the Definite Edition as well, not because I don't like it, but because I want it to succeed and I hope it will (as long as they change that horrible main menu background and put something similar to the original and dont make it two separate games old/new inside the same one)

I will be around, I still want to see the memes.

[This message has been edited by marcelomoura10 (edited 09-10-2017 @ 11:19 AM).]

PhatFish
Mr. Beta
posted 09-12-17 06:47 AM ET (US)     11 / 32       
I agree on some points and I've changed the rules slightly. Accepted max image size is now 1000x1000 pixels. Removed the contacting part which indeed is obvious. The theme will remain the same, this place is not AoK or Mars Heaven, this is AoEH!

On Definitive Edition, the main menu background might change. It does remind me of AoEO a bit. Im ok with it. And it is confirmed DE will have two modes (normal DE and classic), that won't be changed. I actually like this because some might prefer one or the other. Now you can choose between the best of both worlds.
DoomFrost
Clubman
(id: Cyrix)
posted 09-13-17 10:45 PM ET (US)     12 / 32       


My entry.
Aracuan
Clubman
(id: Oldroman)
posted 09-14-17 03:23 AM ET (US)     13 / 32       
Entry:

PhatFish
Mr. Beta
posted 09-16-17 10:12 AM ET (US)     14 / 32       
Entry added. Keep 'em coming.
Fisk
Champion of AoEH
(id: Fruktfisk)
posted 09-16-17 12:01 PM ET (US)     15 / 32       
Whoa, look at you guys going at it like it's the screenshot competition. I almost feel sorry that we won't be judging looks. Great entries all of them!

//The warrior of Isola

"I lack quotes that demonstrate Humor Intelligence or anything about me."

Pineapplefish
Cleidopus gloriamaris
Suppiluliuma
AoEH Seraph
posted 09-17-17 08:08 AM ET (US)     16 / 32       
Yes so far the entries have been great in looks and fun factor! noice!
DoomFrost
Clubman
(id: Cyrix)
posted 09-17-17 10:07 PM ET (US)     17 / 32       
I think the judges should join in, imho. I know you guys can't compete but that shouldn't stop you from making your own AoE toons.
Bassi
Clubman
posted 09-21-17 06:37 AM ET (US)     18 / 32       
My entry:

PhatFish
Mr. Beta
posted 09-22-17 10:55 AM ET (US)     19 / 32       
anterior2
Scenario Design Expert
posted 09-23-17 02:48 AM ET (US)     20 / 32       
My entry:



I tried to take the screenshot while the priest's walk animation was going but I was too slow.

StormComing (to me): "Seems like you're way under-ranked"

Check out my series of guides for the scenario editor in the link below! | Best Otto TR score

The definitive collection of my scenarios, along with my scenario editor walkthrough, recorded games, and much much more!
Suppiluliuma
AoEH Seraph
posted 09-24-17 07:19 AM ET (US)     21 / 32       
Hah! great job guys!
sonictimm
Clubman
posted 09-24-17 10:40 PM ET (US)     22 / 32       
My Entry: Pathfinding

It's 1050px wide, let me know if that's an issue
Edit: Squished it to 1000 wide.

Age of Empires: The Age of The Ring now available for UPatch.

[This message has been edited by sonictimm (edited 09-24-2017 @ 10:44 PM).]

chab
Clubman
posted 09-25-17 11:34 AM ET (US)     23 / 32       
@anterior: you can reduce game speed to very, very slow value if you want.
Last entry is great
PhatFish
Mr. Beta
posted 09-25-17 03:51 PM ET (US)     24 / 32       
Awesome work guys! Added.
PhatFish
Mr. Beta
posted 09-30-17 05:04 PM ET (US)     25 / 32       
The contest is now closed. Thank you all for participating! We'll announce the results and winners shortly.
Suppiluliuma
AoEH Seraph
posted 10-01-17 08:10 AM ET (US)     26 / 32       
Suppy please read the staff messages first! Edited.

[This message has been edited by PhatFish (edited 10-01-2017 @ 08:44 AM).]

Epd999
Scout
posted 10-01-17 02:49 PM ET (US)     27 / 32       
, what did Suppy do?

Post results early?

Lost Empires Mod
Maybe it's only a fool who'll perilously journey out to what might not be there. But if you want to solve problems, you don't just solve the ones that are there, you find more and make more and go after the impossible ones.
The neanderthals never ventured into the unknown and they went extinct, so who are the fools?
PhatFish
Mr. Beta
posted 10-01-17 04:25 PM ET (US)     28 / 32       
Yep, he did

The results are in, congratulations Anterior2! And thank you all for participating and making us laugh!

Anterior2, Doomfrost, Epd999 and Sonictimm, you will receive an e-mail from me shortly
Fisk
Champion of AoEH
(id: Fruktfisk)
posted 10-01-17 04:48 PM ET (US)     29 / 32       
Of course, just because the contest is over doesn't mean you can't still make your own AgeToons and post them on the forum or send them to us. We'll be happy to add any additional additions to our gallery. Feeling a bit inspired by all the great contest entries, I made this today:

//The warrior of Isola

"I lack quotes that demonstrate Humor Intelligence or anything about me."

Pineapplefish
Cleidopus gloriamaris
sonictimm
Clubman
posted 10-01-17 05:04 PM ET (US)     30 / 32       
Thanks for holding the contest!

Just for fun, have another:

Age of Empires: The Age of The Ring now available for UPatch.

[This message has been edited by sonictimm (edited 10-01-2017 @ 09:05 PM).]

Aracuan
Clubman
(id: Oldroman)
posted 10-04-17 08:07 AM ET (US)     31 / 32       

[This message has been edited by Aracuan (edited 10-04-2017 @ 08:14 AM).]

PhatFish
Mr. Beta
posted 10-06-17 09:47 AM ET (US)     32 / 32       
Lol, those damn HHA...
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