The prince formerly known as Arthas obviously has issues. Even as the Big Bad Lich King, he’s playing second fiddle to Deathwing in the recent WoW buzz about Cataclysm. (I mean, really, which is cooler, a dragon the size of a skyscraper who can crack the earth itself, or a fallen undeadish prince with identity issues and virtual feuds with Ozzy Osbourne?) Is it any wonder why he might be feeling a little lonely and ignored?
Arthas needs some TLC.
As you might remember, I got my grubby little hands on a copy of his biography, Arthas, Rise of the Lich King, which wound up bring a pretty good read, even though the titular character isn’t my cup of tea. So, it’s far past time I pass it along to someone else who might want to give it a whirl. I’m sure the prince himself would approve of spreading his message of death, doom and destruction, at any rate.
So, in the fine tradition of bloggish contests established by none other than the one and only Big Bear, I’m going to try a little something other than drawing a name out of a hat to find a new home for this lovely, er, brooding hardbound novel.
If you’re interested in getting your hands on this very lightly used book (I read it once and have taken very good care of it), all you have to do is engage in a little exercise and cross your fingers.
I want you to convert me.
Show me what class and race I should play World of Warcraft with.
With a hundred words or less and at least one screenshot (and up to three), or concept art, as the case may be, make your case about what I should be playing when Cataclysm comes knocking. Whether it’s a Worgen Druid, a Blood Elf Warrior or plain old Gnome Warlock, anything goes. What do you think I should play as? (Assume I’d be starting it from scratch, with no fairy godmother twinking me.)
Pretty much anything goes, from snarky “you should be a Human Mage because you’re a bloviating windbag” to thoughtful “you like X so you should play as Y”. A caveat, though: sex doesn’t sell around here, and neither does profanity.
Please send your text and graphics to my bloggish email, silverwings.art at gmail. I’ll take entries for the next, oh… two weeks or so, so if you get your entries in before 11:59 PM (Blizzard standard time) on September 8th, you’re set. I’ll run things through my Judging Grinder of Doom and post a winner hopefully by the end of that week. (I’ll contact the lucky one for mailing information at that time, so don’t sweat sending any of that sort of thing with your entry.)
I reserve the right to do something nice for any entry that I find particularly notable. (Which usually means doing some sort of art, as might be noted in my Mini Portfolio.) It’s not guaranteed, and it may take a lower priority after other art projects I have going, but I do enjoy crafting the occasional bit of WoW fan art.
I also reserve the right to post the winners and notable entries, but if you object to public display of your brilliance, just let me know in your entry and I’ll keep your work under wraps. (It won’t affect the judging.)
Tally ho, then, and good luck!
Oh, and if nobody enters, well… I’ll find a way to break the news to Arthas. (And in fact, if you don’t want the book, feel free to send along a consolation note to the prince. I’m sure it’ll brighten his day.)
Edited to add:
Mama Druid asked a good question down there in the comments:
Would you play if the winning argument, well, wins you over?
To which I answered:
To answer the question, well… how about a solid “maybe”. I would *like* to, but finances might get in the way. If I have to buy the original WoW, TBC, Wrath *and* Cataclysm to get to play the winner’s suggestion, well, that’s an uphill battle. If I can just buy the base game and go to town, well, maybe $20 is worth playing WoW for a month to get a couple of articles and loads of screenshots out of it, right?
That said, whether or not I will actually wind up playing the winner’s suggestion is completely irrelevant for the judging. It might make for some fun articles, to be sure, watching me struggle with something I’m unfamiliar with, but for the sake of getting this Arthas novel a new home, let’s just leave it at “that would be a fun follow up”.
So don’t sweat it; this contest is all about the entries. Make your case for what I should play, and that will be enough. Though, if I do wind up playing it later, I’ll be sure to credit you and write some articles on it.