Greetings young Lords
Today is our Birthday! Since it is our 5th one, we are Royally celebrating it for 5 days!
Some of you might be new and do not know this, but before Royal Road became a website for original content, we used to be a translation community. So when we celebrated our 5th birthday for the first time, it was by counting when initial members of this community got together. Before we even started using this platform, or the domain before this one, or even the one before that.
Since we had a major pivot from year to year, each time we calculated our 5th birthday from a different starting point. Mainly because it is fun. But alas, next year we will be breaking that tradition, as this is the 5th year since our last major pivot when we were starting to mainly and fully focus on original content.
We are happy to have gone through this journey and growth with you, our loyal readers. Royal Road has been trying to be your path to finding the best fictional stories written by wonderful authors from our community, connecting readers and authors for 5 years. We are dedicated to continue giving you that for years to come!
Please note that the main avatar picture has been changed to match the celebratory mood, courtesy of Shunnedanon and adsterhappy. While the cover art was done by Whisper.
Do comment to show off your celebratory avatar.
We will be kicking off this year’s celebration with a contest:
Character Design Contest
You need to design a character. It could be a side-character you’ve never described from a story you’ve written before, or it could be something brand new.
Write about the character’s looks, what they wear and what equipment the character holds. What the character specializes in, which abilities they have or the skills they trained in, what they love and hate, strengths or weaknesses, or even race.
The character’s backstory and motivation, what sets them off in the world and what their goals are.
Try using sites like 16personalities.com for a personality test, roleplaying your character and answering the questionnaire in the character’s voice to try and understand for yourself what type of character it is. Write it down in your own words.
All participants will receive participation achievements and exp.
However, the characters that win most creative, or most ridiculous, or most emotional rewards will receive more unique achievements and higher exp.
As for the overall top winner by the judge’s pick, he or she will receive an achievement. Also the winning original character description will be drawn by a professional artist. (The winner can choose to have the drawing done for another character of their choice).
- Deadline: November 5th [ended]
- 3,000 words max
- One character per person
How to participate:
Write the character description, in whichever format you want, either as a story or an interview with your character or even by filling in a character sheet.
Overall, you can only use up to 3,000 words. If the character description is written as a story, submit it to Royal Road, and then send a link of the chapter in this form
If the description uses a different type of format, you can upload it to gdocs and send us the link via the same form.
Royal Road Writing Month event: Writathon
Starting from October 31st, you have until the end of November to participate and win one of the Writathon challenges.
Assuming you wish to start a brand new story, you do not need to complete the story to win the challenge, you just need to either write 35,000 words or 55,555 words at least.
If you wish to enter the contest with a story you are already writing, then the challenge is to *complete* the story with at least an extra 55,555 words from where it began at the start of the challenge, until the end of the month.
Submit your fiction, and add [participant in the Royal Road Writathon challenge] in the description.
Once your submitted fiction is approved, paste the link here and mention which challenge you have chosen, the 35,000 words or the 55,555 words one.
Once you pick your challenge, you can't change it. Those that win are those that complete the challenge they set out in the beginning. Everyone that wins, gets an achievement.
35k Writathon: Top 3 fictions with the highest favorite count from the start of the challenge will get a 3-month author premium.
55k Writathon: Top 5 fiction with the highest favorite count from the start of the challenge will get a 5-month author premium, and the top-ranking fiction gets a professional, commercially usable cover art (willing to reallocate the budget for something else the author might want).
To remind you: Last year’s winner of a similar challenge was The Dungeon Traveler by alstonsleet
Who has published his story on Amazon, got an audiobook and is now working on his second book.
Be next year’s success story.
Deadline: November 30 at 23:59 EST.
Solve the mystery, find the cake [ended]
It is the 5th celebration again, and as if this is a running theme (it is) we’ve lost the celebration cake this year as well!
I can’t believe it happened again! How can we have a birthday celebration without a cake?
To remind you, last year we lost the key which opens the door to where the cake and other party props are hidden. It was only with the help of the heroes that the celebration was saved in the end. It seems that we need your help again!
Last week, The royal road staff and some volunteers met up for our second staff annual meetup. We spent a week together in Prague. Toured the city, and played board games together. And in preparation for the birthday celebration, we baked a cake!
It is a magical cake that adds prosperity and growth to those that use it for celebration. But after, we all flew back to each of our countries by the end of the day on October 30th. I discovered that I did not have the cake with me! The staff is tired and jet-lagged and can't really focus on figuring out what happened to the cake.
I tried tracing back our steps, to see if I can find some hints, but it is not clicking for me. Maybe you can help me out with this?
Try figuring out what each staff member or volunteer that was with us in Prague’s keyword is. Hopefully, we can read their brains and find the answers we seek.
Wing decided to go shopping on the last day as her plane was the last one to take off. She couldn’t find anything she really wanted to buy. But she was craving some round, chocolate-filled, sweet food.
Figure out what that food is, and you might find the hints you seek in order to find the cake and save the party.
Hint: This sweet is Wing’s favorite food, so it is a somewhat running theme on the site. If you still can’t figure it out, you can still ask her directly.
Kana: Kana was the first to fly back to his country, afterall he didn’t need to wait for a plane. He is a dragon, he just needed to spread his wings and fly. Like all Dragons, Kana likes to hoard stuff. Figure out what Kana likes to hoard, to find out what he knows about the cake.
Hints: you can check the emojis on the forum for suggestions.
Nemanja does not want people to try and read his mind, so he divulged his secrets immediately. He says that he’s almost sure that no one has the cake, that the only way to save the celebration is to bake a new one...
But almost sure isn’t enough! Please try and figure out a solution to this predicament.
Last year, our staff meetup was in Italy and Oinos was kind enough to host some of the staff members. There, we drank some fine beverage that he had brewed himself. In Prague, he didn’t bring his own drinks and instead bought beer. What is Oinos’ drink of choice?
Hint: Language, Language, Language.
He likes listening to music, but his favorite kind isn’t mainstream. So he’s required to listen to them quietly or to use some interesting piece of technology that doesn’t let others hear the music he is listening to
Hint: Lone is a sloth, he stays up for 30+ hours straight to write, and then uses his sloth powers to sleep for a long, long time. What he is looking for is something comfortable, to put his head-on.
If you followed the links and answered correctly, you will get a page that explains to you how to bake a magical cake. This has now ended, but since we couldn't find the original cake, those that baked a new cake saved the party.
Note: If you managed to help us save the party, you will get an achievement badge so that the whole world may know of your heroic actions.