Category Archives: Challenges

Geek Quiz ♯15: Video Games

So, last week I asked for suggestions on what quiz themes you guys would like to see and Skoul suggested video games, so that’s what we’re doing. We might do another one next week as well, because I have more questions than just the ten for this weeks quiz. Of course, if you have any suggestions for quiz themes, feel free to suggest them in the comments below.

As per usual, 10 questions with a total of 20 points to get. The answers will be below a jump from the post whilst on the main blog page, so if you don’t want to be spoiled, take a look at the questions on the blog first. And obviously Don’t Post Answers In The Comments.

1. What year was the original Pacman game released? (1)

2. In what game did Luigi first appear? (1)

3. What name was Amy Rose known by in her first appearance in the Sonic franchise? (1)

4. How many Legend of Zelda main series games have there been? (Not including re-makes and games where Link is not the main character). (1)

5. What is the name of the villainous religious cult from the Halo series? (1)

6. What was the first Pokemon ever created? (1)

7. In the Mass Effect series, what species is Garrus Vakarian? (1)

Bonus: What distinction does Liara T’Soni hold in the first game of the series? (1)

8. Name the playable character from Portal (1)

Bonus: Name the two robotic playable characters from the Portal 2 co-op (1)

9. What is the best selling games console of all time? (1)

Bonus: Name the rest of the top 5 (4)

10. What si the highest selling video game of all time, across all platforms (Console, PC, Mobile etc.)? (1)

Bonus: Grand Theft Auto V is currently the highest selling game on which 4 consoles? (4)

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Character Design Contest ♯112- Be A Pal-adin

So, onto our next Fantasy RPG category contest, this time covering the “tin can” classes. Your task is to create a character that fits into any of the fighter classes. So that’s Barbarians, Knights, Paladins, stuff like that. So make sure your inventory is filled with the strongest armour,  the mightiest swords and the stoutest of shields. Physical strength is the order of the day here, so leave your traps and spells behind and get creating.

As per usual, no limits on entries this week and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges that I am hosting: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warnings. Only post characters that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

Geek Quiz ♯14: The World Of Tolkien

Last week I stepped out of my comfort zone with the quiz, to allow all of you Trekkies out there to have a quiz all to yourselves. But this week I’m back in my element. Armed with A Guide To Tolkien, the internet, my personal collection of his books and my eclectic memory, this week I have devised a quiz on everyone’s favourite fantasy world and its author. Have fun.

Also, if you have any suggestions for themes for the quiz you can suggest them below, or we could go back to doing non-themed mixed quizzes like the first few that we did on the blog.

As per usual, 10 questions with a total of 20 points to get. The answers will be below a jump from the post whilst on the main blog page, so if you don’t want to be spoiled, take a look at the questions on the blog first. And obviously Don’t Post Answers In The Comments. We had a week off this rule last week because I know jack about Star Trek, but the rule is back in force.

1. What do the initials J. R. R stand for? (1)

2. Which University was Tolkien a professor of English Literature and Language at? (1)

Bonus- Which other famous author was a colleague and  literary group member of Tolkien’s at this university between 1925- 1954? (1)

3. What does Melkor mean in the language of the Valar? (1)

Bonus- What does Morgoth mean in Elvish? (1)

4. Who was the first “King under the Mountain” of the Dwarves of Erebor? (1)

Bonus- Which kingdom did he rule previously? (1)

5. What are the four primary areas of the Shire collectively known as? (1)

6. Name the three “breeds” of Hobbit. (3)

7. What is the more recognisable name for the creatures known in the language of the High Elves as the Valaraukar? (1)

8. Which of these creatures of Middle Earth and the Undying Lands was created first? (1)

a) Spiders                       b) Trolls

c) Ents                           d) Eagles

9. What is the capital city of the kingdom of Angmar? (1)

10. Name the 5 Istari (5)

Answers below the jump. They mustn’t peek precious, no they mustn’t.

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Character Design Contest ♯111- A-Mage-ing

I was talking to Vectorman316 the other day and he suggested doing a series of contests themed around fantasy RPG classes, since we haven’t done them before. Pretty neat idea if you ask me, I don’t know how I didn’t think of it before. So that’s what we’re going to do. This weeks class is the Mage, because it is the best class (who doesn’t want magic?). So your quest, should you chose to accept it, is to create the best Wizard, Warlock, Druid, Magi, Sage, Summoner, Necromancer or Magician you can. You must show proficiency in Heromachine wizardry to truly excel in this task, so make sure your mana is full and equip yourself with your most powerful tools, such as a good staff and a spell book containing such enchantments as the Masking Spell, and set forth. You must have completed your mission by the highest moon of the seventh day, to prevent the prize from falling into hands of your enemies.

(Incase you haven’t noticed, I’m having way too much fun with this).

As per usual, no limits on entries this week and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges that I am hosting: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warnings. Only post characters that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

Geek Quiz ♯13: Star Trek

Okay, I’ve caved in, you can have a Trek quiz. This one’s going to be interesting because I haven’t really ever watched Star Trek (don’t hate me) so all of my information has come from either various websites (both official and fan wikis) and stuff I picked up from friends who do watch the show. So if my answers aren’t 100% accurate, feel free to let me know, this is the one time I’m giving you free reign to put answers in the comments, so long as you give me a reference I can check to make sure you are right, then you get any points you would have got if I had known what I was talking about. So… this’ll be fun.

Also, if you have any suggestions for themes for the quiz you can suggest them below, or we could go back to doing non-themed mixed quizzes like the first few that we did on the blog.

As per usual, 10 questions with a total of 20 points to get. The answers will be below a jump from the post whilst on the main blog page, so if you don’t want to be spoiled, take a look at the questions on the blog first.

1. Name the creator of Star Trek (1)

2. Which Star Trek book is titled after one of the original ideas for the series name? (1)

3. How long after the original Star Trek series is Star Trek: The Next Generation set? (1)

4. What colour was originally used to identify members of the Science Division of the Starfleet? (1)

Bonus: What was the speciality insignia that the Science Division crewmembers of Federation Starships had in their insignia patch? (1)

5. What is Khan’s full name and who played him in his two original appearances? (2)

Bonus: How many times do Kirk and Khan actually meet in person in The Wrath Of Khan film? (1)

6. Which characters appear in the most Star Trek films? (3)

7. What was the villain of the first ever episode of The Original Series? (1)

Bonus: What was the title of the episode? (1)

8. In which episode do the Borg make their first appearance? (1)

Bonus: How many episodes of TNG did the Borg appear in in total? (1)

9. How many actors have portrayed Spock in the TV series and films? (1)

10. Name the founding members of the United Federation Of Planets (4)

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Character Design Contest ♯110- Mech me some Robots

So, this weeks challenge is to create some sort of robot. Not a cyborg or mech-suit that is worn by a human, a mechanical automated machine controlled by an AI or simple program. It can be a utility robot like R2-D2 or a war machine like the Sentinels, humanoid like Optimus Prime or non-humanoid like GLaDOS. Just make sure it’s awesome.

As per usual, no limits on entries this week and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges that I am hosting: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warnings. Only post pictures and images that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

Geek Quiz ♯12: Justice League

Last week we did the Avengers, so obviously we had to do one about DC’s premier super-team. Have fun…

As per usual, 10 questions with a total of 20 points to get and don’t post answers in the comments, just your scores. The answers will be below a jump from the post whilst on the main blog page, so if you don’t want to be spoiled, take a look at the questions on the blog first.

1. Who was the villain in the first ever issue of The Justice League Of America? (1 Point)

Bonus- Who/ what was/ were the first villain/ villains the original Justice League line-up teamed up to fight against? (1 Point)

2. What inspired DC comics to use the word League in the title of their super team (over resizing the then defunct Justice Society of America title)? (1 Point)

3. Which of these was not a spin off book from the Justice League? (1 Point)

a) Justice League Europe                  b) Justice League Detroit

c) Justice League Task Force           d) Extreme Justice

4. When was the JLA/ Avengers crossover published? (1 Point)

5. In which comic did the Justice League first appear? (1 Point)

Bonus- Who was the villain? (1 Point)

6. What was the name of the teams teenage “mascot” from their first appearance in November 1960 to issue 77 of The Justice League of America (December 1969)? (1 Point)

7. Name the original line-up of the Justice League as per the 2001-2004 Bruce Timm animated TV series (including which iteration of characters if there has been more than one person to take that secret identity in the comics cannon). (7 points, 1 per correct answer)

8. Which of the men to have taken the identity “Green Lantern” has never been a member of the Justice League? (1 Point)

9. Where is the Hall of Justice located? (1 Point)

Bonus- Who designed it? (1 Point)

10. When did the original Justice League of America comic series (the one that started with issue 1 cover dated November 1960) end? (1 Point)

Bonus- How many issues did this run include? (1 Point)

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Character Design Contest ♯109- Aquatic

For this weeks challenge, I want you guys to create something with an underwater theme. It can be something that lives underwater, something that was designed to go underwater or just an underwater scene. Hopefully, you have enough scope here for some excellent creations, so lets sea them. Sorry, bad pun.

As per usual, no limits on entries this week and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges that I am hosting: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warnings. Only post pictures and images that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

Character Design Contest ♯108- Be Romantic

So, Valentine’s Day is this Saturday and, whether you have someone to share the day with or not, it’s always nice to celebrate love, so that’s what we’re going to do for this weeks contest. I want y’all to be as romantical as possible with your pictures this week, I won’t be any more restricting than that (other than obviously stay within the site rules, so nothing explicit please).

As per usual, no limits on entries this week and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges that I am hosting: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warnings. Only post pictures and images that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

Character Design Contest ♯107- Vehicles

Ok guys, this week I want you to create some form of powered transport system (i.e. no ridden animals). My only rule is, no space-craft (that’s a contest for another time), but you can do any terrestrial transport you can think of otherwise. Oh, and just to make it a bit more interesting, you know the vehicles section in the companions category? Yeah, you can’t use it, except for minor parts (i.e. wheels). Have fun.

As per usual, no limits on entries this week and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges that I am hosting: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warnings. Only post pictures and images that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.