2021 The Liberty Gala Event
DefenderVision is born out of a desire to grow and continue popular "Vision" style events that have in the past included RaiderVision and the original concept of FRAVision made by the Founderless Regions Alliance. FRAVision was first hosted in 2012 and was originally created by Wopruthien, who has graciously given us permission to begin this new iteration of the event.
Even though this style of event has taken place in many different forms throughout the last decade, the history and sentiment behind it are important and deliberately preserved in the logo for this year. The event was created to be open, fun, and competitive as it brought together players from across all of NS, and it is our hope as organizers to replicate this same experience for all who wish to participate.
FRAVision placed a strong emphasis on cultural exchange in meeting new players and exploring new regions via regional forums (an experience difficult to replicate in modern NS), so we'll do our best to facilitate these same values despite the change in platform. DefenderVision will be hosted in this Gameplay forum thread and a DefenderVision discord channel in The Liberty Gala discord.
This event, as with its predecessors, is open to anyone and everyone so we hope to see you all there!
What is DefenderVision?
As already mentioned, DefenderVision and its predecessors come from a concept based off of the real-life Eurovision Song Contest.
Participants can submit songs on behalf of their region made by individuals, in a group of individuals, or as a whole region to be judged in one large song contest. Winners will receive individual awards in addition to bragging rights/event notoriety. This event is independently hosted as a part of the wider 2nd year event of the Liberty Gala festival which will have more information released in the coming weeks.
Regardless of whether music is your thing, you're for sure to see some talented and typically hilarious entries over the next few weeks!
How do I submit?
The event will progress in three stages: submissions, judging, and then awards.
Submissions are open from October 6 to October 20
You may only submit one song per person. There is no limit on how many songs can be submitted on a single region's behalf, but regions should remember that having votes in their favor split between several entries can hurt their odds of winning during the judging period. For this reason, we now offer a players the option to flag their entries as "non-competing".
You can submit any sort of song you like. It can be a cover you sing of a real song, you can write an original work, or it can be about...anything! Writing lyrics related to NS is another fun and popular option. It's your choice!
Also, you can sing, but you don't have to sing. Simply playing an instrument is a valid entry. Don't be afraid to get creative and take advantage of the artistic license!
If you do make an audio submission, the song must be hosted in whatever way we can listen it. Youtube or a reliable online mp3 host is recommended. If you're not sure how to do this, feel free to contact event coordinators for assistance. Text submissions can be posted in any readable format.
Not sure what to submit? Check out these past examples!
"Ursibae", a Nicki Minaj Superbass parody by Numero Capitan https://soundcloud.com/numero-738990012
"Because I Got High", a Afroman parody by Big Bad Badger https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErNYfPOxUDs
"Dear Mr Delegate", a lyric parody of Pink's Dear Mr President by McMasterdonia viewtopic.php?p=37323449#p37323449
How to Submit
Participants, please post the following form in either this thread or the DefenderVision discord channel to enter themselves into the contest:
All submissions will be posted on this thread if not already done so. Anyone who submits will also be allowed to vote in the judging period.
Judging will take place from October 21st to October 27th.
Once the submission phase is over, all contestants and the group of regional representatives will vote on their preferred songs in a designated discord voting channel for DefenderVision. Regional reps will be offered to any regions explicitly invited to the event, and regions may choose to forgo a rep if they so desire. These regional representatives may vote however they desire.
Judges will rate their top 5 songs in order of preference, awarding their favorite 12 points, 10 points, 8 points and so and so forth. There will also be a poll held in the event discord to select a crowd favorite for all the event attendees.
Awards, you say?
The results and awards ceremony will take place on October 28th
The following are historic awards given to the first, second, and third place ranked entries in the contest:
First Place Entry - Whole Note Award (Gold)
Second Place Entry - Half Note Award (Silver)
Third Place Entry - Quarter Note Award (Bronze)
Winner of Public Poll - Crowd Favorite
The following awards are given, and all winners will earn the right to a neat award image that they can wear in their signatures.
That should be everything! Don't hesitate to ask any questions below and brainstorm with your friends to come up with some truly unique! It's always exciting to see what people come up with and this is no exception