Welcome, one and all, to Quest Givers Anonymous, a Hearthpwn Custom Adventure Competition! This is the Submissions Thread, where you enter your entries you've worked hard on. We are currently on Wing Four.
Do not hold any discussion here.
If you were looking for the Discussion Thread, head on over here.
You may also find it useful to ask a question or two on the Hearthpwn Discord. The mods are there and can try to answer any concerns you may have.
For those who have been playing Hearthstone for a bit longer, you may remember "Adventures", the singleplayer experience that preceded the Dungeon Run-based content we have now. Newer players may also recall the singleplayer content released alongside Knights of the Frozen Throne; that is an Adventure.
Quest Givers Anonymous gives you the opportunity to show off your card creation skills on a much larger scale. Over the next few months, contestants will:
Follow an outline based on the Blackrock Mountain adventure. Create two boss decks and a final boss deck for each wing. Each wing will take up a phase and each phase lasts 2 weeks. The fourth and fifth wings have 3 bosses and a final boss, instead.
A boss deck entails a mixture of cards found in-game, some custom-made cards, and, most importantly, the Boss' Hero Power.
Furthermore, Adventures have rewards! As such, for each boss, there will be card rewards for a player who defeats a boss.
Hopefully, this quick overview gives you an idea of what to expect going forward. Other more technical questions will be addressed in the FAQ section below.
Once again, there are two challenges:
One of your showcase cards must not use any keywords, but must be a minion.
Galakrond's Awakening is a little different from past adventures where only the Heroic fights have you play as a base hero with a deck you construct yourself. Some of you (I think mostly just me) have already had a few boss fights where your hero is replaced with a special one. As such, one of your boss fights must incorporate this mechanic. Furthermore, this alternate hero will be automatically showcased (along with its Hero Power) as a 4th card. If it up to you if you want to make a special deck for the player to use in this fight.
This is a posting tutorial for the website imgur.com. If you use another website, the process will be similar.
It is recommended you use hearthcards.net to create your cards. Save the generated card to your device.
Upload the image to imgur.com. You do not need an account.
After your image is uploaded, many links will be generated. Find the "Direct link". It will have a .jpg or .png at the end of the link. Copy the link.
On your hearthpwn post, find the "Insert/edit image" button:
Paste the direct link. This is recommended but not mandatory: You may choose to make the image smaller by changing the image dimensions.
Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly am I making?
You will be making an entire Adventure singleplayer expansion.
The number of bosses and card rewards are the same as Blackrock Mountain.
In Blackrock Mountain, there are:
For the Neutrals: 6 commons, 2 rares, no epics, and 5 legendaries. For class cards: one common and one rare for each class.
I have to follow the reward structure of Blackrock Mountain, but do I have to follow the exact order too? For example, Wing One has a neutral, a Rogue common, a Priest rare, etc. etc.
No. You can reward players with your cards in any order you want, so long as the class-neutral and rarity ratios stay the same, and you follow how each boss rewards one card per victory.
How do I present my creation?
You entire submission goes in the Submission Thread.
The Boss' portrait and Hero Power go in a spoiler. Boss decklists must be listed under the same spoiler. Use a separate spoiler for each deck. If your boss deck has any custom cards, they must also go in the same spoiler.
For each wing, you may present up to three cards outside of a spoiler. (Each wing will usually have either five or six cards.)
Furthermore, you are allowed a short paragraph introducing your Adventure, or continuing where you left off in future weeks.
In the past, due to a large number of entries, we'd have a public poll and a percentage of that phase would move on, while the rest were eliminated.
The public poll takes place in a separate voting thread, just like in a weekly competition.
Depending on the number of entries, we can continue to do that, or, if people prefer and there are fewer entries, votes will instead be accumulated throughout phases and no one is eliminated.
Am I allowed to work on future wings before a Phase starts?
Yes, but, there may be a challenge or an extra requirement thrown your way which might force you to redo some parts.
Am I allowed to work with someone else?
Yes. You may work with one other person provided they have a Hearthpwn account. You will need to inform the moderators before you team up.
Do I have to make heroic versions of each boss' Hero Power and deck?
No, but if you do, they need to be under a spoiler.
Some bosses have special mechanics, like starting with a card. How do I denote this?
Simply state that the boss does in its decklist spoiler.
Do I have to state which boss has a class challenge?
Do I need to introduce a keyword?
Do boss decks require at least one custom card?
No, you can have a boss deck with no custom cards at all.
Am I allowed to have additional fancy graphics in my submission?
You are allowed a single, simple banner. In the past, several talented individuals were able to dazzle voters with their artistic and photo manipulation skills. While the moderator teams wants everyone to compete to the best of their abilities, it was decided by the previous moderator team to not allow too many additional graphics. We will honour that decision. Whether a banner is allowed or not is up to the discretion of the moderator team. An example of an acceptable banner can be found here.
The exception to this rule are the dialogue boxes that pop up during Adventures and other singleplayer content. You may have a reasonable number of them, if you choose to add them in.
I have some ideas for extra things! How do I implement them?
"Bonus" or "secret" battles, sort of like the cow king: You can have bonus battles, but you may not break from the number of bosses you are supposed to do for that wing. For example, Wing One in Blackrock Mountain has 3 bosses. You may do two bosses and then one bonus battle, but not 3 bosses and an additional battle.
New heroes (like Arthas), card backs, etc.: You can add as many additional non-card rewards as you want. For the most part, these do not affect any technical aspects of this competition. These must be place under a spoiler, however, as having many of these would fall under having too many fancy graphics.
What are the real-life rewards?
You will earn the special silver card creator border and, as per tradition, you may accept an interview from the mod team that gets posted on the front page. Lastly, a small bundle of packs will be in order.
The Competition Process, as stated above, is slated to be one wing per two weeks with a voting period of 3 days, leaving a total of 11 days for card creation. Five wings will take a total of 10 weeks. This is a tentative estimate and the moderators will be continually monitoring the flow of the competition.
Phase One, Wing One: January 4th — January 16th Voting period: January 16th — January 18th
Phase Two, Wing Two: January 18th — January 30th Voting period: January 30th — February 1st
Phase Three, Wing Three: February 1st — February 13th Voting period: February 13th — February 18th
Phase Four, Wing Four: February 18th — February 29th Voting period: February 29th — March 1st
Phase Five, Wing Five: March 1st — March 14th Voting period: February 14th — March 16th
Discussion Topic Rules
As usual, we have a few basic rules. They're the same as the rules in a Weekly Competition, so most of you should have no problem here.
You are allowed to submit only one entry.
After your submit, you may only make minor edits to your submissions (spelling, grammar, etc.). Please PM a fan creations moderator if you have questions regarding an edit you are not sure about.
You may not delete ANY posts you make in this Submission Topic, not even accidental ones. Please PM a fan creations moderator if you make a mistake in your submission.
This thread is for submissions only. Any discussion of the competition must take place in the discussion topic.
These are the rules about your Submission:
Your card cannot be Golden, have a hearthcards.net generated backdrop, or any major photo editing done to it.
You are allowed to post in this Submission Topic only once, only to submit your one entry.
Accompanying the image of your card, you may offer some minimal additional commentary to explain its design, balance, and/or other qualities. Flavor text is also welcome.
You may not plagiarize. An immediate qualification is the punishment for this offense.
You must host your card on a image hosting website.
Fun and even humorous entries are perfectly allowed, but "troll" entries will be disqualified. If you're worried that your card may be misinterpreted as a troll card, contact a moderator before you submit. Emote-related cards will be considered a troll entry.
We reserve the right to classify cards as "troll" entries as we deem necessary, even if the reasoning is not explicitly stated in the rules.