Hey all, I'm happy to announce a new event I'm looking at running in the future with enough interest
The point of this thread is to explain the concept of TM:ASF to you all and see if you would be interested in joining in.
What is All Star Fighers?
All Star Fighters is an event for people to design and submit characters from their comic and pit them against one another in a tournament. Matches would be pre-recorded and then posted for people to see the outcome. Please keep in mind that this is all just for fun and is a great way for the worlds of Tapastic to cross over and for Content Creators to bring their characters to life.
To give you a bit of a preview please check out an example of two test characters going at it, just for demonstration purposes the characters can only attack and heal: http://www.starryday.net/ArtBattleFlash/ArtBattle.html
(Refresh the page to start a new match - you'll notice that sometimes you can have very different outcomes and match lengths)
So how would I go about designing/submitting a character?
The great thing about the design process is it can be as complex as you want to make it. For those who have very little time or motivation all you need to do is include the very basic frames required for a character, tell me roughly how to distribute stats and you're good to go! A basic character will be created and then I work my magic and a character is created. Check out the sheet for the prototype character below to see the little required to create the character, and not even all of these have been used!
For those who want even less effort the idea of support characters to jump into the fray is being considered (they will jump in randomly and cause various effects). But watch this space on that one. EDIT. For at least the first time this event will be running Support characters will not be included however may be considered for future events.
For those looking to really flesh out your character you can do! There's a range of different action types from healing, to buffs, to even changing your characters form (eg. Super Saiyan from Dragonball Z or Trance form from Final Fantasy 9)! You can even change how likely a character is to act, even down to acting differently when they're lower on HP. Even if you have something specific that you're not sure is available by any way I'd love to see if I can accommodate you without being unfair.
The idea is to try and keep your character true to how they fight/act- even for those that aren't much of a fighter!
If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, or to let me know you're interested please let me know as lack of interest could unfortunately see the event not going ahead. If there's any comics you think might be interested but don't check the forum much or at all make sure to point them here!
Answers to some possible questions
Q. What's the submission date?
A. Submissions are not yet being accepted Just to reiterate this is currently only an expressions of interest thread to make sure there would be enough people wanting to join in. However in the mean time think of how your character fights in battle. If they do a specific move or action in battle then make sure to ask if it's possible. When it comes time for the official request of submission there will be a full explanation of how to create and submit your character
Q. So how long will it take for the process to start and for the event to begin?
A. There's still coding to be done and changes to be made, I need to also make sure that there is enough interest to even run the event. At this point I can only say watch this space.
Q. Can I submit several characters?
A. Sure! However if you wanted to submit several characters you'd definitely be expected to put effort into each. (IE. You couldn't do the basic level required for entry for all of your characters, at least not without a valid reason) However it's more than welcomed.
Q. Does my character have to be in a Tapastic hosted comic?
A. Yes, the idea of this comic is to bring forth the characters of Tapastic together. They can be background characters, or even characters still to come, just as long as I have a comic to reference them from.
Q. So what's the prize for winning?
A. Honestly? Bragging rights Perhaps some sort of digital trophy, however I want to reemphasize this is is for fun.
Q. So will this be available as something to play after?
A. I'm not saying there are no plans, but I'm saying it's not something that is definitely on the table.
Q. So what actually is the bare minimum I need to submit?
A. The correct poses (list to be provided at the time of launch for submissions). You don't need to provide me with anything more than that for a character that does nothing more than does a standard attack. Anything else is at my digression.
Q. What about backgrounds?
A. It'd be great to see creators also consider creating a background. Even if you only want to create a background then that's fine!
Q. Is there a specific style to draw in?
A. Nope, preferably your own! The idea is for characters to look as they would in their own respective comics.