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What kind of areas would you like to see the Pixel Slam cover in future events?

  1. Fitting RMXP standards and making all submissions public resources

    11 vote(s)
    47.8%
  2. Region maps

    14 vote(s)
    60.9%
  3. Spriting in a specific gen style

    12 vote(s)
    52.2%
  4. Tile prompts

    10 vote(s)
    43.5%
  5. Overworld characters

    10 vote(s)
    43.5%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Aki

    Aki Thread Author Time to play some jams aki

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    Pixel Slam Jam Pixel Slam Jam Discussion

    Discussion in 'Events and Competitions' started by Aki, Apr 27, 2017.

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    [​IMG] Pixel Slam Jam Discussion [​IMG]
    If you have questions about the Pixel Slam Jam, want to gush about someone's submission, have ideas about a theme, or just want to talk about an ongoing or past Jam, this is the place!

    A new Pixel Slam Jam is currently ongoing!

    History of Pixel Slam Jams

    • Pixel Slam #6 took place from June 1st - June 10th 2017.
      The theme for this Slam Jam was to design a new trainer class that specializes in a certain type of battle mode.
      The winners of the Pixel Slam Jam #6 are AlaguesiaAlaguesia with Circus Pokémon Trainer
      Rotation Battle Specialist, pedrohjvpedrohjv with Roulette Queen, AceTrainerGreshAceTrainerGresh with Inverse Battler, Makattack202Makattack202 with Inverse Maiden, and kirlialkirlial with Dance Partners - Double Battlers!

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    • Pixel Slam Jam #5 took place from April 14 - April 24, 2017.
      The theme for this Slam Jam was to design a new legendary Pokémon born from an already existing Pokémon.

      The winners of the Pixel Slam Jam #5 are Luka S.J.Luka S.J. with Wailestial, and HematiteHematite with Ascaleon!
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    (Pixel Slam Jams prior to #5 not listed here because they were before Relic Castle's reboot)



    What is the Pixel Slam Jam?
    The Pixel Slam Jam is a friendly competitive event where participants create pixel art based on a theme. The submissions can be spliced sprites or scratch work, just so long as it's pixel art style! The goal of a Pixel Slam Jam Event is to give the Relic Castle Community an excuse to sprite for fun without having to worry about any kind of restrictions that come with spriting something for a game project.

    After everything is submitted, the judges then give out a Pixel Slam Jam Badge to the entry/entries they feel utilized the theme best. Winners aren't chosen purely by technical skill, but also through their original design choices, and any backstory they put into their sprite; so even if you're just getting started with pixel art, we'd love to see you attempt the Slam Jam!



    How to enter:
    Whenever there is a Pixel Slam Jam underway, it will have its' own thread separate from this one. Just post your submission into the active Pixel Slam Jam thread, and you'll be entered.

    Rules:
    • You may only submit one pixel work per Jam, and it has to be a sprite you made yourself, for that Jam. Sprites made before the jam, even if they were made by you and fit the theme, are not allowed.
    • You're welcome to sprite in whatever software you like, and use any variety of pixel art style. Sprites do not have a color/size limitation, and they do not have to meet any standards of RMXP or other game making programs.
    • Only post your submission once it is finished. You are allowed to edit your post before the Jam ends, but edits should not be huge changes to the artwork you're submitting.
    • Collaborative entries are not allowed unless specified in the criteria for a specific jam.
    • When splicing from an unofficial source (Fan made sprites, this includes Pokemon from generation 6+) be sure to give credit where it's due
    • Critiquing any entries in the submission thread is not allowed. You are allowed to post your Pixel Slam Jam creation in feedback threads, or in the Relic Castle Discord if you want critique prior to actually entering the sprite. (It would be nice to mention that it's an entry, just to help the judges remain impartial)

    Judging and winning:
    • Because writing critiques lengthens the Award Round, critiques are opt-in. Your submission will not receive critique unless you specifically request it in your submission post. (You're allways welcome of course to post your work in one of the appropriate feedback threads)
    • A Pixel Slam Jam can have more than one winner. This usually isn't predetermined, but may occur when any of the following happen: A) The number of entries is high enough to justify it. B) The quality of entries is high enough to justify it. C) The judges pick a winner who already has won a badge from a past Pixel Slam Jam.​
    • After winning a Pixel Slam Badge, you are more than welcome to compete in future Pixel Slam Jams. However, you will not be awarded more than 1 badge.​
    • Judges usually consist of members of the Relic Castle Staff. If there are any special judges brought on for the event, they will be mentioned in that Jam's thread.​
    • Judges can enter a submission to Pixel Slam Jam for fun, but will not be considered during the Award Round.​

     
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  2. Fontbane

    Fontbane Cinnaboi member

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    Congratulations to Luka and Hematite! Between Luka's graphical skills and Hematite's design skills, I knew your entries would do well!
     
  3. artcanary

    artcanary pixel wrangler member

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    Congrats and great job to both of you guys!!! I really loved seeing all the entries as they came in and I really enjoyed participating, can't wait for the next one! ^o^
     
  4. Shipley

    Shipley Pixel Artist member

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    Congratulations! You guys deserve it!
     
  5. Hematite

    Hematite Definitely the Most Plot-Relevant Isorrioid member

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    OH, HOLY COW!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! :O

    I really appreciate the compliment to the technique! <3 I was worried some parts would be hard to read (especially the red patterns), so I'm really glad you think it came out well!! And I really had a lot of fun with the design, because I'm so used to designing Megas and evolutions - I've never given thought to a Legendary form, so this was a really new challenge for me, and the idea for Ascaleon as a punishment came about from the fact that the one thing Megas and full-time evolutions can't be is worse for the Pokémon, haha - it helped push me to design something really different from my comfort zone, and I'm so happy it paid off!!

    Having read the criticism, that's actually really good advice and I'll make sure to keep it in mind! The feet definitely do look a little too much like puddles, haha. The idea was just that they had circular segments, but I think the shading made them look really rounded, while I meant for them to be flat circles, not domes - I guess I was paying more attention to the lineart and didn't notice the shading affecting how the shape would be perceived! Kind of amusingly, one of the earlier concepts did have them melting into the earth, but that was scrapped and not what I was going for here! XP And the sand tail needing to be grainy makes a lot of sense! It does look a little too "clean" right now - looking at Pokémon like Hippowdon for comparison, sand usually would be represented with more dithering than well-divided segments! Thanks for pointing those out so I can keep them in mind for the future (and since a Fakemon in my game also has sand in its design, that will be very relevant when I sprite it, too)!!

    Congrats to LukaLuka, too!! Wailestial definitely also stood out to me as amazing - I love the color scheme, and the airship look is awesome!!

    (I don't think I've ever won an art competition before - I'm so immeasurably excited right now and thank you so much!! >w<)
     
  6. Shgeldz

    Shgeldz :eyes: socialmedia

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    Congratulations to everyone who submitted! I really enjoyed each and every entry, and those that added lore and WIP/design info even more so!
     
  7. LlamaMinister

    LlamaMinister Lazy Artist member

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    Congrats, guys! It was awesome seeing everyone's ideas and how they went about bringing their ideas to life. Now, time to wait for the next one.
     
  8. Luka S.J.

    Luka S.J. Flawless member

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    Thank you guys for the lovely new badge. In the sea of awesome pixel art, I feel incredibly honored to have been picked out for the badge. I wasn't really expecting anything major. Between the forum reboot, and everyone's contributions (and even those daily discussions over at Discord) I have to say that I feel really inspired to try and further brush up on the quality of stuff I want to post here. As a final statement; congratulations to HematiteHematite. The sprite and the concept behind this look and sound terrific, and it is a privilege to be sharing the #5 badge with you!
     
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  9. Urtzi

    Urtzi Rookie member

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    Congrats to both of you!
     
  10. Djaco75

    Djaco75 MasterMind member

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    Congrats to both! You did an amazing job and your artworks look amazing! Can't wait to see if you keep going for the next one!
     
  11. Domiok

    Domiok Local Goof member

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    Good job to everyone who participated. Y'all made some impressive sprites, and I enjoyed witnessing the creativity that you all demonstrated through the types of legendaries that you made.

    Also, thanks to the judges for the thorough critique! I'm sure that everyone who opted into it really appreciates the thoughtful review that you put into your comments.
     
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  12. TechSkylander1518

    TechSkylander1518 Wiki Dweeb member

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    Pixel Slam was a blast to watch! Everyone's designs and stories were really fun to see, I'd love to encounter any of them in a fangame!

    Congratulations to Luka and Hematite, you both definitely deserve it! I think you both went really outside of the box in your lore and designs, and it turned out wonderfully!
     
  13. Evan

    Evan in another life, Starrcasm starrcasm

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    Does the special battle mode need to exist in canon pokemon games?
     
  14. Aki

    Aki Thread Author Time to play some jams aki

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    It'd make things a hecka less confusing for anyone looking at your submission if it was something from canon...
    But if you want to it'd probably be alright to use your own style if it's explained thoroughly.
     
  15. Hematite

    Hematite Definitely the Most Plot-Relevant Isorrioid member

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    Aah, wow, congratulations to all of the winners!!! I definitely agree - all of the entries are amazingly well done! I couldn't make a Trainer sprite if my life depended on it, haha; these all look fantastic and, fangames aside, wouldn't even look out of place in an official game!!

    (I also think it's really nice that you chose several winners despite the low number of entries - they were all so high quality that I couldn't pick just one, and I'm glad you decided to reward everyone for that even though there weren't as many entries as last time, because it really was deserved and earned by all of the winners! C: )
     
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  16. Alaguesia

    Alaguesia The Magician of Oddities member

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    (and thats pretty much the summary of me logging in and noticing the badge, congratz to @pedrohjv@pedrohjv @AceTrainerGresh@AceTrainerGresh @Makattack202@Makattack202 and @kirlial@kirlial too, thats a long list of winners but personally I liked way too much all the sprites in this jam)
     
  17. Makattack202

    Makattack202 Edge Lord member

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    Here in our beautiful communist society, everyone's a winner!
    and i have a shiny new badge which means less fangames I have to play in order to get that neat custom bar thingy

    Nah really though, everyone's sprites were great. It's understandable that it was hard to pick a winner. Though I'll admit I especially liked @Alaguesia@Alaguesia's sprite. The theme and the general spriting was impressive, though that isn't to discredit anyone else's.
     
  18. AceTrainerGresh

    AceTrainerGresh Novice member

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    Wow, I was not expecting to actually get the badge.
    Congratulations everyone! All the designs were fantastic! ^ᴗ^
     
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