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Raze
July 11th, 2012, 23:10
I have [edit: make that had] 5 Steam keys for Divine Divinity to give away.

EDIT2: The contest is over. Thanks to everyone who entered and all who participated in the forum discussions.

Simply describe the game in 140 characters, or less.
If you can not contain your verbosity to within such a diminutive restriction, then use a few more characters… but then you'll have to do it in the form of a haiku or a limerick (I checked, there is no Nantucket in Rivellon), or something. Just be creative (and brief).

Email submissions to raze@larian.com, with 'Divine Divinity contest', or similar, in the subject. You can enter multiple times, if you wish, but only win once. In the event of similar submissions, the first received will be given priority. The contest will run through the weekend, with judging to occur Monday, and the winners announced late Monday or early Tuesday, and contacted by email with the Steam key.

I will confirm receipt of entries, but not by autoreply, so don't expect an immediate response. When the contest is over all email will be deleted, and only the addresses of the 5 winners will be kept.


EDIT: I've gotten a couple paragraph style descriptions, which wasn't really what I was aiming for. An example from a Russian contest to describe DD in 140 characters is "the bastard child of Planescape Torment and Diablo". I wanted to allow a little more flexibility, but still have a poetic / structural limit. Also, I don't want to read dozens of essays.

JDR13
July 12th, 2012, 01:49
It's divine.

...just saying. :)

Raze
July 12th, 2012, 02:24
OK, you get full marks for accuracy, but I'm not sure it scores very well on creativity. :)

EDIT: it does have kind of an understated zen quality, though...

Thrasher
July 12th, 2012, 03:11
Err, an RPG of divine creation?

Sorry...

Damian Mahadevan
July 12th, 2012, 06:46
An RPG that meets Diablo with Ultima. Err, i dont think it needs more description than that.

Pessimeister
July 12th, 2012, 07:39
Student: What is the meaning of Divine Divinity?

Master: It stands to reason that you can't play Divine Divinity if you don't have a PC.

Student: But isn't it already a tautology? I mean, a divinity by its very nature already implies the presence of the divine surely? Answer me that, Mr Clever.

Master: You're right of course, but best not to think about it too much. Lest our brains implode within the noumenal nature of things. Besides, I need to reload this Josephina battle one more time...

Probably not quite what you're after....so:

Divine Divinity. Combines Diablo II's combat with the virtual world interactivity of an Ultima and the witty banter of Baldur's Gate. Play it. Now.
(And record your victory in our character honour thread you lazy heathens!)

Konjad
July 12th, 2012, 11:44
How can I describe a game I haven't played? Those who can probably already have the game, so what is the point?

Fnord
July 12th, 2012, 12:31
I would have entered this contest if I did not already have the game. It is a great game, so anyone who does not already have it should try to find out enough about it to enter.

DeepO
July 12th, 2012, 15:35
How can I describe a game I haven't played? Those who can probably already have the game, so what is the point?
The best answer yet.

Along the lines of some others´, I´d probably say something about Ultima VII and Diablo having a baby which grew into a hippie, but I already have the game.

Raze
July 12th, 2012, 17:13
The demo for the old disk version of the game is still around...

But you're right, the premise of the contest is biased against those who have never played the game and are not interested enough to read any reviews or watch part of a playthrough on Youtube, etc. But then, how many people like that would want to enter a contest for the game?

Lots of people have just played the disk version of the game, so the point would be getting the download version, with widescreen and higher resolution support.

rossrjensen
July 12th, 2012, 17:27
Divine Divnity delivers dissolute dungeons. Especially the first and the last ones.

Menigal
July 12th, 2012, 18:27
It's just that good. In fact, I'm installing it right now. Why aren't you?

Lucky Day
July 12th, 2012, 18:31
When I first played Diablo 2 I said to myself, self, this game could be really good. You could take this engine and make an RPG out of it and then you'd have something. Low and behold Divine Divinity: the great little game with the stupid name.

Raze
July 15th, 2012, 20:02
There are only a couple days left to enter the contest.

I have not been flooded with responses, so if you have an inkling of an idea, give it a shot; you might just win. If you are reading this at work Monday morning, you can check sports scores and update your Facebook status later; a little creative exercise practically counts as professional development. ;)

Submissions will be accepted up until the winners are announced.

CountChocula
July 15th, 2012, 20:05
How can I describe a game I haven't played? Those who can probably already have the game, so what is the point?

I'm in the same boat as Konjad. Never played it, but it seems interesting. Really looking forward to Divinity: Original Sin as well!

Raze
July 15th, 2012, 20:25
FWIW, some of the submissions so far amount to "it's awesome", which I have to agree with, but which are not terribly specific to Divine Divinity. Even a little bit of research should give a basic overview of the game. A description wouldn't need to work in obscure trivia, or anything (though those who have played the game could make a reference to memorable moment, etc).

Igor
July 15th, 2012, 21:00
Guess I am in the minority to at the moment since I don't want to spoil myself yet and play games that are recomended to be memorable, yes I could describe how I happened to see on the shelf the cover art of the cd game for the first time and why it attached my attention in that special day even if I didn't owned a pc at all but is not about this here,anyway good luck to all the participants.

Raze
July 17th, 2012, 13:59
The contest is now over, and the winners will be contacted shortly. It was tough picking the 5 best, but here are the entries (shortest first):


B.B.
Disproportionately drawn dominatrix dungeon delvers destroying dragons defeating Demona doing decorous deeds demonstrating Divine Divinity! I'm surprised that I only got a couple entries using alliteration.


Pessimeister (RPGWatch forum (http://www.rpgwatch.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1061152639&postcount=6))
Divine Divinity. Combines Diablo II's combat with the virtual world interactivity of an Ultima and the witty banter of Baldur's Gate. Play it. Now.
(And record your victory in our character honour thread you lazy heathens!)


J.
Divine Divinity out-Diablos Diablo. Lively open world, engaging story, customize classes, the list goes on. Way ahead of its time, even now. and a second entry is worth mentioning: An in-game tip purposely suggested something which killed me. Troll level: Divine Divinity. I love this game.

I'm referring to Otho and his pigs…taught me the importance of the quicksave, that's for sure!


D.S.
Here is my entry in the traditional Japanese form of poetry - the Tanka. 5-7-5-7-7 syl format and way under the character limit :)

Thank you Larian
Rivellon is compelling
So many hours spent
Warrior or survivor
No, the wizard will save all


A.P.
I'm not exactly sure how to describe a game I never played,
So I'll give my input in the form of assumptions:
It looks like a 2D version of the Witcher, except you can't get laid;
or can you? I don't know, for it is something I never played;

Some say it is a copy of Diablo 2, same style and play,
But others says it's one of the best games ever,
a stunning music and a plot so clever,
a classic RPG, that you'll remember forever;
Who should I believe, which message should I get?
I reckon the latter, but I don't own the game yet…

But…
Such a repulsive cover, such an unappealing name,
yet so full of magic and so challenging and fun a game!
Or is it…? I'm merely judging by looking at a screenshot,
for this is a game I actually never bought;

Skeletons seem to have a sense of humour and undeads too,
Which is something not quite there, on Diablo 2
But I'll have to stop comparing both as of now,
And finish this poem with a nice clean verse;
It's a shame I don't know how…

Oh well.


I'll post some runner-up descriptions, as well, though unfortunately do not have any consolation prizes. There were other entries just as good (maybe even better), but I should probably have less runner-ups than winners.


M.M.
Divine Divinity: One of those rare gems that can end marriages.


T.P.
Divine Divinity is like good fantasy book. Everytime you get to it you find something new


D.O.
Simply put, one of the most underrated rpg's of all time. If it were a meal, Divine Divinity would be a bloody rare steak! With pie!


B.A.
A timeless classic that will never get old.
An hero's world for the brave and the bold.
So gather your wits and weapons my friend.
And into the halls of evil descend.
Alas for the wicked takes no rest
And nor shall we til we've completed our quest.



Thanks to everyone who entered and all who participated in the forum discussions.