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HOW TO MAKE A TOURNAMENT OC by Tohluse HOW TO MAKE A TOURNAMENT OC by Tohluse
I really dont care about making this look pretty XD
Its just basic guidelines about how to make a proper and intriguing OC for tournaments. You dont have to follow this to the teeth (that is why they are guidelines)
I just put up examples so feel free to add anything else you would like. For the main personality feel free to choose more than one but just choose one for the add-ons or your character will be too complicated.
I actually made this after I made Sam and Mr. Jackson since a few people have been asking for help.

I also used this to make an example OC in under a minute
Name: Reever
Gender: Female
Personality: Calm, serious, intelligent, bad temper
Weapon: Tuba (used to hit people)
Likes: Rabbits
Dislikes: Milk
Strength: Attacks are powerful and do a lot of damage
Weakness: moves extremely slow because of weapon
Race: Human


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Please give me a link of your OC if you used this, I would love to see it!




(EDIT: If anyone wants to make a background for this it is 8x19 inches. I probably wont make one)
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Testsubject276 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
might need this later...
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EllinChan Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Im kind of new on deviantart and i want to know more about oc tournaments. I know that you fight in them with other oc´s. Could you maybe tell me little about it? @w@
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Broeckchen Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Let me help you out. :3

Basically, OCTs are a bit like artist tournaments.

First, you create an original character as your stand-in in the tournament (they don't have to be anything like you, though - they mostly serve to showcase your writing and design abilities). With this character, the artists (and sometimes writers and animators) enter the tournament, often by auditioning with a small comic or short piece of writing for one of a limited amount of free slots.

As soon as the participants are chosen by the judges of the tournament, pairs of them will be determined who face off each other. To do that, both opponents each create a piece of work in which their character in some way, shape or form encounters and ideally overpowers the character of the opponent. After the deadline for these pieces of work, called "Entries" has passed, the judges will try and determine which entry of every pair was the more creative, entertaining and well executed one, and it's creator will win the duel and move on to the next round.

Usually, OCTs have overarching plotlines and a predetermined setting that the entries take place in, as well as a canon just like any series or story. The interesting thing is that the winners of the battles influence the canon story with their entries - when you win a battle, the comic, animation or piece of writing that you created becomes what canonically happened at this point in time in the story of the tournament. This can lead to very interesting plot twists and to participants influencing each other even without direct interaction - for example, if an arena is destroeyed in the canon story of a winner, the next artists who want to set their fight in their might depict it as a bunch of ruins - and might use that to their advantage in their entries.

There are several goals OCTs are trying to achieve:
- they provide an opportunity to get plenty of practice for the participants
- they try to achieve an interesting overall story
- they train and encourage creativity and design and writing prowess in their participants
- they help getting used to working with deadlines (which everyone who wants to do art, animation or writing for a living needs to learn)
- and they help getting used to narrative media (for example: animators who only created small gifs of their characters standing still and breathing learn how to animate a coherent story, artists learn how to draw comics, etc)
- also, of course, they exist to let everyone participating in and watching them have fun! :3

I hope this was coherent and helpful. ^u^ I'd love to face off against you in an OCT at some point in time. ;3 Have a nice day!
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barbakki Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know I'm not in this conversation, but this really helps. Thanks!
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Broeckchen Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm just happy that I can help out, so don't worry about this. ^^ You're welcome!
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EllinChan Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :) <3
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Broeckchen Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You are very welcome! ^u^
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EllinChan Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
:) <3
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Hiroshira Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010   Writer
[link]

and

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^__^ it helped XD
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Songdog-StrayFang Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is hilarious. You win a cookie.
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Tohluse Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
Yaaaay 8D I like food.
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DragonsHave2Hearts Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
i will definitely try this.



i definitely will not choose vampire.
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Tohluse Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009
Awesome! >D
Send me a link to the OC when you finish please!
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scull207 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009   Photographer
I am going to be attempting to be creating of a tournament very soon, i hope much that you wouldnt mind if i gave link refering to this as a guideline perhaps? :)?
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Tohluse Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
Oh cool! Feel free to link it XD
That would be awesome!
Oh and send me your tourny account, I would like to check it out.
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scull207 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009   Photographer
VUNDERBAR! sank you! tank you very very very muchlings! >.> perhaps year subscription and more for winnnings of tournament to give incentives for people to enter..yes?
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Tohluse Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
Yes XD people loooove subs.
I'm making my own right now too and its going pretty well for not being open yet.
oh and if you want people to find out about your tourny send a note over a :iconoctfollowers:
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TorisLaCroix Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
hm... can i try to lend it? i making furry rpg in my world and i looking for good system you know
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Tohluse Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
Yeah~
Just tell me your characters when you finish!
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TorisLaCroix Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
kay
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superbi Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
Can I has a sonic screwdriver?
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Tohluse Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
:iconnouplz:
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superbi Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
DDDD: Why not!?
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Tohluse Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
THATS COPYRIGFHT MATERIAL MOFO
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superbi Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
SO, I STILL WANT ONE
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keoko-dono Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
:I vampires, werewolves, demons, and angels ar pretty played out..... WAY PLAYED OUT. Humans will always be played out lol XD


lol i guess i'll fav this oh great tournament oc master!!! :iconworshipplz::icontohluse: i need ur wisdom XD
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Hiroshira Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010   Writer
humans are allwayus around XD, how about a dwarf?
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Tohluse Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
I know! D< stop doing them people!

Oh god I HAVENT EVEN STARTED A TOURNEY YET orz.

Ahahahaha XD
Making OCs is really no problem for me... I guess thats weird huh?
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