Greetings! It is my distinct pleasure as Cultural Officer to welcome to the first ever 10000 Islands Summer Olympics event. Throughout the month of June, we will be hosting a series of contests and events for Islanders to participate in focusing on a variety of different things, including NS Trading Cards, Issue answering and writing, regional recruiting, story writing, and more. It'll be a choose your own adventure with enough options where something will pique everyone's interest!
Contests will be completed on behalf of teams named after the three 10000 Islands Medal of Honor recipients: Alen, Fleeb, and Anime daisuki. Additionally, each team will have a team leader selected to increase morale and encourage participation and fun-having. Team ALEN will be led by THX1138, Team Fleeb will be led by Controlitia, and Team Anime Daisuki will be led by Kuriko.
In addition, every nation who signs up for the competition, is in the WA and endorsing Delegate Kuriko (or in TITO service), and is registered on the forum will receive a free Epic NS Trading Card from our regional card farm. A full explanation of the sign up process can be found here.
The Summer Olympics is designed to be a customize-able event for all of our residents, so events will be held on the forum, Discord, and on site so that everyone will have several different opportunities to participate in different events. Additionally, you can participate in all of the events or only some of the events - there is no pressure to participate in all or any of the events if you sign up. The goal is to allow a customizable experience for each participant. It's very much a "choose your own adventure" kind of thing. A full list of events can be found here.
The Summer Olympics are coordinated by Olympics Directors HumanSanity and Grea Kriopia. Questions can be directed to each of us via telegram. In the event of a dispute, contact the Olympics Directors immediately and they will have the final say.
Signing up for the main event is easy! Fill out this survey to sign up and be assigned a team. It contains a set of four random question and based on your answers to these questions, event organizers Grea Kriopia and HumanSanity will assign you to a Team (please allow 24 hours for us to get to your application, since we have to do this manually and have other NS and real life obligations).
When you are assigned to a group, you will be added to the points spreadsheet (see below) and we will telegram you to confirm your group assignment.
Additionally, if you have a forum account, we will give you access to the private planning area for your team so that you can participate in team planning, discussions, and spirit events.
Sign up begins May 25th but will continue throughout the event. So even if you're worried that you might be "late to the party", you can still join in for the later stages of the Olympics!
Teams will compete in different events and participation criteria in order to earn "points". The team at the end of the event with the most points will win.
Points for the event will be displayed on this spreadsheet in a live tally.
There are two kinds of points: Participant Points and Event Points.
Participation: one point awarded per nation for signing up for the event.
World Assembly: one point awarded if the nation is in the World Assembly and endorsing Delegate Kuriko or a member of TITO.
Forum membership: one point will be awarded if the nation is a forum member. An additional point will be awarded if you are a new forum member (meaning you had not joined the forum in advance of the competition.
After the Olympics Directors sort new sign ups into teams, they will also list the participant points on the Participant Points tab of the spreadsheet.
If something changes in how your participant points should be calculated at any time (e.g. you sign up for the forum or join the WA), then telegram HumanSanity or Grea Kriopia and we will update your points.
Lastly, all nations who earn at least one point in each category (Participation, World Assembly, and Forum membership) will receive a free Epic NS Trading Card
3.2. Event Points
Event points are awarded on an event-by-event basis. Sometimes they will be awarded for whole team effort. Other times they will be awarded for individual nations' efforts. It all depends on the structure of the event.
During the Summer Olympics, we will be running a variety of events and this Dispatch will serve as the authoritative and comprehensive listing of all of the events. We will hold two kinds of events: Team Spirit events and Competitive events.
Creating a Team Banner: Each team will be invited to have members submit designs for a Team Banner to be displayed on the nation of Team members (should they want to) to show their team spirit! This event is tied with the custom banners feature on NationStates. Team Banner selections are complete! Show your Team Spirit by displaying your Team Banner!
Banner specifications are: For best effect, images should have an aspect ratio of about 4:1, i.e. be much wider than they are tall. Maximum size is 1200x400 pixels. Please do not upload inappropriate images.
Creating a Team Playlist: Everyone has their own unique jams and music taste. Each team member will get to nominate 1 song to be added onto their Team's playlist by posting a Spotify link in the forum thread in your team's private planning area. Then, one of the Olympic Directors will add your song to the team playlist on the XKI Spotify account and publish all three teams' playlists for public listening.
Summer Olympic Spam Points: In each post, count up by one on your own team's point count and count down by one on one other team's point count. No "double posting" is allowed - but you may post again as soon as any other user has posted. The winning team will receive 50 points towards the final total. The runner up team will receive 25 points. The losing team will receive no points.
Summer Olympic Prolific Posting Contest: By default when you enter the Summer Olympics, you will be entered into the forum prolific posting contest! The winner will be the participant who makes the most posts in the month of June and will earn 40 points for their team. The runner up will earn 20 points, 3rd place will earn 10 points, and 4th and 5th place will earn 5 points each. Additionally, the winner will receive a free Legendary NS Trading Card and each runner up will receive a Epic NS Trading Card.
Card Collection Creation Event: The card set creation event will use the NationStates Trading Card system to challenge participants to create the best collection centered around the theme of nature. Put together an up to 50 card set on the theme by June 20th to be entered. The winning set will earn 40 points for their team, the runner up will earn 20 points, and any number of "honorable mentions" will receive 10 points each. Additionally, the winner will receive a free Legendary NS Trading Card and each runner up and honorable mention will receive a Epic NS Trading Card.
Issue Writing Contest: The Issue Writing Contest will encourage Teams to collaboratively work on a NationStates issue. Submissions are due June 25 and will be judged by Issue author and Friend of XKI Candensia. The winning issue will receive 50 points and any team that submits a well written and unique issue will receive 10 points.
Sixth Annual Hahiha Contest for Nation Creation: The Cultural Office has teamed up with Taco Island Charities to host the Sixth Annual Hahiha Contest for Nation Creation this year! Create a new puppet nation and move it into TIC Nation Creation Contest before June 3 and answer issues as you choose. Each day, the nation that is lowest in the WA census ranking will be ejected from the region and competition until a winner is crowned. Point and taco prizes are available for the top placing nations!
Resistance Olympics Version - Scooby Doo, Where Are You!: Participants will compete in Resistance, a game similar to Werewolves, as either the famous ‘Mystery, Inc.’ or Spies trying to undermine the investigation. Each member of the winning side will receive 10 points for their Olympic team.
10000 Islands Jeopardy: The XKI Jeopardy event will encourage Teams to brush up on their general knowledge of the 10000 Islands. There will be three matches, with the number of people per match depending on demand. I will preside over all three matches on Discord. The winning player will receive 25 points for their team, and the runner-up will receive 10 points. [ Dispatch ]
Short Story Contest: Participants will submit a short story up to 2500 words long involving the word mixture to be read by our judges. 1st place receives 50 points for their team, 2nd receives 25, and Honorable Mention gets 5.
Food Factbook Contest: Participants will submit a factbook centered around food and culinary culture in their nation. Factbooks will be due June 23 11:59 PM EDT. The winner will receive 40 points, the runner up 20 points, and each Honorable Mention receives 10.
Team Debates: Each debate will feature a two-person team representing their Summer Olympics Team arguing either for or against the resolution proposed for the debate. Debates will be hosted on the 10000 Islands forum and judged by guest judges. The winner of each debate will receive 15 points for their team.
Scavenger Hunt: On the forum, we will be hosting two different scavenger hunts for Olympic Points. First, we will be reactivating the Scavenger Hunt plugin to spawn Olympic Rings at random for individuals to find. Second, we will be strategically hiding Olympic Rings in forum threads to encourage deeper reading into the forum. Points will be awarded based on the number of Rings found, not just to winners, so even a little work will go a long way for your team!
Depending on their overall placement, each team will receive various NS Trading Card and Taco rewards.
The winning team will receive half a million tacos distributed evenly across all of the forum members on the team. Additionally, thirty random Legendary NS Trading Cards from the regional Legendaries collection will be raffled out to members of the winning team, with each team member receive a chance to win the raffle equal to the number of points they contributed to the team (maximum 3 cards per team member; for group efforts we will make our best approximation). Additionally, each member of the winning team will receive an additional free Epic NS Trading Card.
The runner up team will receive 100,000 Tacos distributed evenly across all of the forum members on the team. Additionally, ten random Legendary NS Trading Cards from the regional Legendaries collection will be raffled out to members of the runner up team, with each team member receive a chance to win the raffle equal to the number of points they contributed to the team (maximum 3 cards per team member; for group efforts we will make our best approximation).
For the last place team, five random Legendary NS Trading Cards from the regional Legendaries collection will be raffled out to members of the runner up team, with each team member receive a chance to win the raffle equal to the number of points they contributed to the team (maximum 1 card per team member; for group efforts we will make our best approximation).