This is a contest about making smileys that look medieval (think knights, fair ladies and violent kings). It's OK to make them pseudo-medieval, like a knight using a computer. But bright ideas are shown with a torch, not a light bulb, and so on.
If this contest becomes popular, other themes will follow.
1. NO STOLEN ART!
Images must be created by Elftowners and posted here by the original artist. Which means, no matter how much you might like a particular image on somebody's house, you are not allowed to add it here. This includes random images from the net too. MAKE YOUR OWN DARN IMAGES, DON'T STEAL THEM AND TRY TO CLAIM THEM AS YOUR OWN! That makes us angry, very angry indeed.
If you use another image to create your smiley, you must explain this when submitting it, and you must be allowed to use the other image (it can for example be another submission to this contest, see 5.).
The smileys should be 25 pixels high and in PNG format. They should look good on any light background, but possible also on dark backgrounds.
3. Submit as much as you want
All members can submit as many smileys as they want.
4. ALL IMAGES MUST BE UPLOADED TO ELFTOWN!
To upload many images at ones, you can use the feature 'Upload a folder of images' that is shown on your house.
This feature allows you to upload one, multiple images or zip-files to a wikipage. <URL:upload_zip.html>
Once you click this link you can follow the instructions. See also uploading images.
5. Freedom to the smileys!
By submitting the smileys to this contest, you agree to that they are free for anyone to use anywhere. Others are allowed to use and to modify the smileys. But no one can take away that you made the smiley.
All smileys with enough (it depend on how voters there are) votes will be used on public emotions and all smileys with less enough votes will be published on medival smileys. Your name will always be associated with the smileys and you have unlimited bragging rights. If you get 3 or more smileys on public emotions, you'll get a Masters of Building badge (or the appropriate upgrade).
Voting will take place on this page with a multivoting poll.
15th of May 2008. Submissions are welcome afterwards, but it will be much harder to get enough votes then.
8. Wanted smileys
Here are some suggestions, but of course there are more. Try to make emotions not already made!
Happy, angry, crazy happy, in a hurry, loving, no clue, saint, money loving, studying, bright idea, starving, eating, authoritarian, frightened...
Place submissions below this paragraph. Put all your smileys with a link to your Elftown house and a name for the smiley. Make sure to have an exported Elftown house if you want a chance to get credit if the smiley is used somewhere else.
1. [Zab] - Happy swordsman. (I just wanted some image to be on the page. >_> it looked empty)
2849) Which medieval smileys do you find useful? (Administrator: [Hedda])
Number of voters: 106
2008-03-10[Mikie9191]: I took the liberty of adding a small title-picture thingy to this page. If anyone doesnt like it feel free to take it down and I'll consider myself repremanded.
2008-03-10[The Scarlet Pumpernickle]: it says the size under "format" up near the top... and I think the image is cute, but I'm not on town council so my opinion doesn't mean anything. :P
2008-03-10[Mikie9191]: Yeah it says 25 high but no width. Anyway it doesnt matter I got an answer (25x40) so I'll work to that. Im glad you like the image, although I have to confess its only there because its almost unrecognisable as a flag at 25px high.
I realise now that they must be much more simplistic.
2008-03-10[Calico Tiger]: Mikie, when you click the word Mood in the upper right corner of the page, where you'd normally upload your own mood images (or choose one of those that already exist), it says on that page what the max dimensions for moods are :)
2008-03-10[Mikie9191]: Ahhhhh... I seeeee
2008-03-10[Hedda]: [Mikie9191] Nice title image? As it's not submitted to the contest I feel like I have to ask you: Is that image also free for everyone to use, with or without the collection of the smileys below?
2008-03-10[Hedda]: You can use any width you want. Of course a 4711x25 generally will look pretty stupid though... Maybe a 200x25 for a battlefield smiley
2008-03-10[Hedda]: doesn't look that bad. I don't know what to use it for though.
2008-03-10[Calico Tiger]: It would make for good banners for advertising the page (like in the calender message on mainstreet that advertises it, as one example).
2008-03-11[Mikie9191]: Im glad you like it, and yeh Im happy for anyone to use it. Ill try to throw up just the flag at the other side of the text in a while (edit:done - that one might be of some use, maybe).
I was going to do a series of flag moods with various symbols on them (no text at the side), but when I reduced the size they looked like a load of crap. Strangely, that actually doesnt look too bad shrunk down. Maybe I'll make some alternative versions and enter them in.
2008-03-13[Hedda]: [Mikie9191]: Very nice castle! I can't think of a time to use such a smiley though.
2008-03-13[Mikie9191]: Thanks! it could be a "at home" smiley? lol
2008-03-17[Lady Ice]: i had another sad coat of arms. but I cant get the transparency to look right. maybe its just my computer. does it look okay to you?
2008-03-17[Hedda]: It's impossible for me to see what is.