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Hello,

This journal has been a long time coming and for that, we sincerely apologise. There are mitigating factors for this delay but, at the end of the day, they are excuses. So without wasting any more time, let's lay out our judging criteria for those who wished to know!

CRITERIA

Our judging is separated into two sections; Effort, and Storytelling. Effort is graded out of 5, while Storytelling is graded out of 10.

Here is the in-depth requirements for grades in Effort:

SCORE
:bulletblue: 5/5- The artist’s entry has demonstrated an absolute amount of effort based on their skill level.
:bulletblue: 4/5- The artist’s entry has demonstrated a great amount of effort based on their skill level.
:bulletblue: 3/5- The artist’s entry has demonstrated an adequate amount of effort based on their skill level.
:bulletblue: 2/5- the artist’s entry has somewhat demonstrated an amount of effort based on their skill level.
:bulletblue: 1/5- The artist’s entry has hardly demonstrated an amount of effort based on their skill level.
:bulletblue: 0/5- The artist’s entry has demonstrated no amount of effort based on their skill level.

What we look for in EFFORT:

• If there is no colour: Does the artwork still look “complete”? Are, based on the artist’s skill, the lines considered sloppy? Even with no colour, are there backgrounds, or some way of conveying the setting?
• If the entire entry is sketched: Does the sketching still allow recognizable characters? If the words are written, are they easily readable?
• If there is colour/or greyscale/pretty much a “complete” entry: Is there consistency in character designs? Do the colours add to the mood? Do they clash? Are backgrounds defined or do they tend to vanish?


As you can see, we don't give a separate grade for art skill levels. That would be unfair. So long as you have made your entry to best of YOUR ability, you will get the marks. We have had many people this round worry about disappointing their partners and bringing down their combined score average; please, don't! It doesn't matter if you are paired with someone who is above your skill level. So long as we can clearly see the effort put into your work, you will NOT bring down your combined score average.

Next up is Storytelling. This one is fairly self-explanatory! Here is the in-depth requirements for grades in it:

SCORE
:bulletblue: 10/10- The author’s entry was coherent, very intriguing, had very consistent characterization and was relevant to the objective.
:bulletblue: 9/10- The author’s entry was coherent, intriguing, had consistent characterization and was relevant to the objective.
:bulletblue: 8/10- The author’s entry was coherent, interesting, had consistent characterization and was relevant to the objective.
:bulletblue: 7/10- The author’s entry was coherent, somewhat interesting, had somewhat consistent characterization and was relevant to the objective.
:bulletblue: 6/10- The author’s entry was somewhat coherent, mildly interesting, had somewhat consistent characterization and was relevant to the objective.
:bulletblue: 5/10- The author’s entry was somewhat coherent, had somewhat consistent characterization and was relevant to the objective, with a few moments of unclarity in terms of the direction.
:bulletblue: 4/10- The author’s entry was somewhat coherent, had not very consistent characterization and was relevant to the objective, with a few moments of unclarity in terms of the direction.
:bulletblue: 3/10- The author’s entry was not very coherent, had not very consistent characterization and was relevant to the objective, with a few moments of unclarity in terms of the direction.
:bulletblue: 2/10- The author’s entry was not coherent, did not have consistent characterization and was  vaguely relevant to the objective.
:bulletblue: 1/10- The author’s entry was not coherent, did not have consistent characterization and was not relevant to the objective.
:bulletblue: 0/10- The author’s entry was incomplete, insufficient, or completely off the topic of the group.

What we look for in STORYTELLING:

• Did the story stay coherent and consistent in it’s entirety (based on the media used)?
• Did the story keep your interest as you read it? Where there parts which seemed to drag, or lose your interest entirely?
• Did the story reach its objective? Did it stray off topic a lot?
• Were the characters consistent and clear? This includes their trainer, their Pokemon, as well as the opponent.
• Was the use of Pokemon battling an interesting take?
• If there are words, are they properly spelled, and enhance the storyline?
• IF THERE ARE NO WORDS--Is a storyline still conveyed?
• IF IT IS SPLASH PAGES--can you still understand the story, just by looking at each of the images? Does the writing accompanying it enhance or take away from the images?

And that's our judging criteria! Much of it is common sense, but we hope this look into it will help future entries. Again, we sincerely apologise for the delay in releasing this.

If you have any questions concerning the criteria or R3, feel free to comment and we will get back to you ASAP.

I am taking this opportunity to remind everyone that you have just over two weeks to submit your R3! If you haven't already started, I would strongly advise doing so!
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couldhavebeenking Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Hey, just a small question of curiosity! Are we still strictly sticking to teams passing?
If so, what will happen in the case of someone dropping out? Will their spot be automatically filled by the person on the other team, or someone from the same faction who had the highest score yet did not pass?

Secondly, say you have A1, B1 vs A2, B2. A1 and B2 both score fifteen, and their partners score less, and as a result, one of the fifteen mark scorers is dropped from the tournament because of the average between the teams has backfired in their favour. I know a lot of people are concerned about this, and several people want the strongest members from each faction to pass, rather than the strongest team. Will their be exceptions made, or is it strictly-team-based judging?

I really hope this doesn't come across as aggressive because that is not my intention, I just know there is a lot of concern hovering round this round, and people are losing motivation to even complete entries because of this round's judging rules. Thanks for your time!
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biscuitcrumbs Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As it stands, we will be passing the teams with the highest score after their grades are made into an out-of-fifteen average. Everyone who is in this tournament at the moment already has what it takes to make outstanding entries, so we stress that anyone who feels discouraged really shouldn't do. As I mentioned in the journal, so long as obvious effort has been shown, it would be very hard to lose marks.

In the event of one person from a team not completing an entry, we will still mark the partner who DOES enter and give them the normal /15 mark, which will go up against the other teams average, should the other team both submit as well. To fill up numbers (since everyone submitting an entry is a very rare thing indeed), we will then pass the person with the highest score who did not initially pass. This will keep going until we make our R4 quota. Given that a handful of people have dropped out in the time R3 began, we still expect to have the highest scoring people pass onto R4, regardless of whether or not their team passed, while making up our R4 quota. We can't guarantee this of course, but that's how it's looking right now.

We understand that people might be concerned about this, so if anyone has issues with this method of judging (and if you know of anyone in particular), they should get in contact with us. If enough people come forward with concerns there's a possibility we might be able to rework how this round will be judged.
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couldhavebeenking Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Thank you ever so much! I will be sure to pass on the information and then cheer people on. I imagine people will feel a little more at ease with this explanation, so thank you.

I am also sorry that a lot of people are dropping out, I recognise it is discouraging as a moderator; but keep up the good work. SXL is a great tournament. :D

If anyone is still unhappy with how the judging is going, I will send them to note the group rather than continue to play the messenger. Thank you again for your speedy and coherent response!
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failefayce Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When you say "relevant to the objective", what exactly do you mean? Relevant to the objective of the round, i.e. the battle? Or relevant to the objective of the specific comic?
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biscuitcrumbs Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It would be relevant to the battle, and any other story specifics at the time (for example, in R3, inclusion of the weather issues).
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failefayce Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alright. Thank you for clearing that up.
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Hitaki318 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for posting! Even though most of it is common sense, it's helpful for me to have something to come back to as a sort of check list.
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TheNekoStar Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Let's do thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis!!!
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Akaikane Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
Thank you so much for updating this. It helps clear a few things up for me and my entry. :'D
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