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Community Creativity Contest and Prizes #2 - Short Story Edition!

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Rules
1. Must be less than 7,500 words.
2. Must be grammatically correct throughout.
3. It must be written by YOU.
4. Must be descriptive with some emphasis on setting for the sake of our level designers.
5. Must be as realistic as a zombie apocalypse can be. That means no mutants or weird science fiction stuff.

The NMRiH community has created some great fan fiction in the past and continues to write some amazing stories to this day. It was these stories that inspired us to create the universe surrounding our mod. Now it’s up to you to help us expand our universe. For NMRiH canon see our http://www.nomoreroominhell.com/?p=media#story'>story section. And for some inspiration see what our community has written in the http://www.nomoreroominhell.com/forums/index.php?showforum=30'>fan fiction forum!

A few things to note when writing for our canon:

  • Zombie outbreak started in 2010 somewhere between the months of July-September.
  • The majority of our maps currently take place in New York. Although you may use any location in the world you wish.
  • We encourage you to make up characters rather than use ours.
  • Animals can not become undead. If infected they will die. Human Zombies only.
  • There may be fast runner zombies and slow shamblers only. (of any age) No alternative zombie types.



Submissions go to contact@nmrih.com

Contest deadline September 12th 11:59 PST

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There may be fast runner zombies and slow shamblers only. (of any age) No alternative zombie types.

Just a few questions regarding this.

1. Presumably we can only send one story submission? Not a whole butt load of different stories?

2. Is it any particular writing type? Third person narrative or from a first person perspective?

3. The set of notes left aside regarding how the story is, the last one, No.5 mentioned NO special Zombie types. Does this include other potential enemies that are not necessarily "Zombie". Examples of what I mean include Natural Wildlife (Dogs, Bears, Sharks etc) or otherwise crazed or hostile Humans, Aka Looters, Rogue Cops or Military Death squads?

4. If I were to submit a Story, would it be a requirement to have it written using a US Dictionary or can be it be a UK Dictionary? I say this, because of differences in spelling with the two dictionaries.

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We don't have zombie animals in our game so I would imagine those are a no go. But I don't see why you can't have looters, marines tryin to kill whoever, etc. I also doubt it's a requirement that you have to stick to the US dictionary...write in whatever way is most comfortable to you...besides your terminology and spelling give your work it's own flavor man. If I am wrong on any points I'm sure Dmang will clarify.

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First or third person narrative is fine. If you wanted to include something like wild dogs or whatever, that is fine in my opinion. Only one story submission per person.

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Joe will win 100%. But anyway, this contest means another month without release :(

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Joe will win 100%. But anyway, this contest means another month without release :(

If you wanna learn C++ and help out ssba with wrapping up the code, you're more then welcome to. We only have one dedicated programmer, so give us a break lol

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3. The set of notes left aside regarding how the story is, the last one, No.5 mentioned NO special Zombie types. Does this include other potential enemies that are not necessarily "Zombie". Examples of what I mean include Natural Wildlife (Dogs, Bears, Sharks etc) or otherwise crazed or hostile Humans, Aka Looters, Rogue Cops or Military Death squads?

4. If I were to submit a Story, would it be a requirement to have it written using a US Dictionary or can be it be a UK Dictionary? I say this, because of differences in spelling with the two dictionaries.

3. As long as animals don't become zombies you are free to have them within your story. Human enemies of any (realistic) type are fine.

4. I don't care either way.

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Since you said any age, we can include kid zombies?

Is there a limit on how much descriptions for mutilation we can do to the zombified children, or what?

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Since you said any age, we can include kid zombies?

Is there a limit on how much descriptions for mutilation we can do to the zombified children, or what?

As long as it isn't all we read about :P

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I'm going to give this a go, do the dead start to walk or is it an infection?

As in, if someone just dies of a heart attack will they come back as an undead?

Oh god damnit, just looked at Joes stuff and I'll never win :(

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It is an infection, specifically a cocktail of two foreign organisms in the body. Read over our backstory documents to get a feel for the atmosphere of the United States and the world to the events going on.

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Submissions go to nmrihmod@gmail.com

nmrihmod@gmail.com :P

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Quick questions:

1.) Are we permitted to use real locations/place names?

In other words, can we name-drop a well-known building or place or even have the story take place there?

For instance, if the story took place in New York City, would we be able to use Trump Tower? Or if it was in Philadelphia, would we be able to use Wells Fargo Center (76ers Arena)?

I'm just not sure if you guys are concerned with (or constrained by) copyrights, trademarks or any of that legal stuff, at least in terms of this contest.

2.) Are zombies actually called "zombies?"

Does this take place in a world where the idea of a zombie apocalypse is completely foreign (something like in movies where the general population has no idea what is happening)?

I'm leaning towards the answer being 'yes' since the letters that comprise the backstory hint at a kind of confused reaction to the outbreak by scientists, whereas if this happened in real life, people would be calling it a zombie outbreak within hours because of the intense cult interest in that kind of scenario. Just looking for clarity, though.

3.) Is there such a thing as too much profanity?

Not that I plan on having four-letter-words every sentence, but generally speaking, I find that people use profanity rather casually these days, whether it be in normal conversation or in the heat of battle.

Thanks in advance for your respose(s). Cool contest, good luck to everyone entering =)

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1.) Are we permitted to use real locations/place names?

Well we aren't selling or making any profit off of this so copyright doesn't come into play.

2.) Are zombies actually called "zombies?"

If you saw humans come back from the dead what would you call them?

3.) Is there such a thing as too much profanity?

Whatever you feel comfortable with. They are your characters.

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So they do actually die first and come back, it's not like the Rage Virus...

Well since they eat people you could call them ghouls. And since it's a rived corpse, you could call it a revenant. Zombies are traditionally enslaved by someone. Someone should set their story in the Caribbean and have a superstitious character constantly complaining that people are misusing the term ;)

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One more question - hypothetically, if someone submits this and is chosen as the winner, does he/she waive all rights and ownership of the intellectual property of the story to NMRIH? Besides the stuff that deals with NMRIH canon, of course. I only ask because I've grown to really like my story and am actually considering developing it into something bigger (novel/screenplay). Sorry about all the legal questions, just a little paranoid about it because of some bad experiences.

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One more question - hypothetically, if someone submits this and is chosen as the winner, does he/she waive all rights and ownership of the intellectual property of the story to NMRIH? Besides the stuff that deals with NMRIH canon, of course. I only ask because I've grown to really like my story and am actually considering developing it into something bigger (novel/screenplay). Sorry about all the legal questions, just a little paranoid about it because of some bad experiences.

I purposely left that out of the contest rules because we have no intention of using it other than featuring it in our soon to be E-Book and artist interpreted map. If this were an art or level design contest it would be different.

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So is the deadline 11:59 PM PST? Every reference for this contest just seems to say 11:59 PST and that's it.

I've been slacking and just started actually writing out my entry last night, with plans to finish it today.

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I might extend it a week. Been getting a steady stream of submissions today.

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Oh, come on, guys. I am sure they have some GOOD stories posted. How do I really think I can type a good story within an hour and a half? I thought I could do this. I think I am such a hot-shot. I actually figured the pressure would give me ideas, but I have to type in this fucking part of the house with my mom always wanting me to fuck her and on the moment of her saying "she's a gay bitch, and will burn in hell" just silenced me. I wish that fucking bitch will also burn in hell. Though I know I'd win in a fight against her, I wish I could punch and kick the fucking shit out of her and not ever know or hear she actually did shit her old fucking olden ass and views. If they extend it, then yay, but so far, she talks so fucking much. If there's a new reason for me to feel so much pain, it comes from my dear fucking mom. Everyday, she makes me want to blow my brains out. THAT'S A HARSH FEELING, as you may already have heard from me. Of course, I don't want to do that. I would rather hope my body just blows up instead. I am sorry you must read this, but this, so far, is my apology if I don't send in the pleasure of making a story to NMRiH. Now that I actually started, I realize that it can be really fun, but with HER in the background. Someone needs to pay her back the pains she inflicts or is a part of. I know sure as hell she uses dad to get me to do work. She can't say it herself. If I knew the truth, I will speak the truth like it is. That's what she doesn't understand. She just grew-up-differently. I just believe if you have such a hatred for some people and happy to say they will burn in hell, then you will burn in hell by your vicious heart upon them. The bible believes otherwise. I don't care if I go to hell... if I can just chop off her head, that would be great, but in inspiration of Eminem, hopefully my hatred for mom will go away as I attempt to type a story... in one hour. It is true pressure could help, but I am disappointed in myself. I hate doing this to people, but that's also doing this to myself.

I actually have an idea. It turned about the recurring idea I had in my mind for a long time for this contest story. The sad thing is I have 5 minutes to write the other 2-3 quarters of the story that will actually have the details and such? I've been trying to be done with the beginning so I just don't cut into the place itself my story will revolve around. I'll turn one in without the dead-line, but I just need another hour past 11:59. I am such a lazy person.

She is such a fucking twist. From one thought to the other. Now she's all nice. Mom, you are a psycho. I am sure most people will not see much of what's going in how I feel. It's so much that I question myself, but I'm sick of her and how secretive she is. Now that I am in THIS ROOM, she comes in. I HATE IT when she's revolving behind me back and forth "looking for the mouse-toy for the cats" and I finally, for once, decided to look at her and that's what SHE TRULY DOES: she gives me a quick glance into my eyes. Fucking bitch. I wish she would keep her eyes to herself and learn not to give a fuck to tell me across the house "talking to dad": "and you know she said 'don't roll your eyes at me'" Do I have to have someone tell me how bad I am with being bothered at people's reactions? I never had anyone roll their eyes at me! I never told them anything. I sure rolled my eyes a lot on her. MY HEART AND LIFE... FORGIVE ME, YOU ALL, FOR NOT BEING ON TIME WITH THIS STORY... I BLAME EVERYTHING ON MY MOM FOR HOW SUPPRESSIVE SHE IS ON MY HEART! AND MY LITTLE BROTHER! I HATE SLEEPING IN THE SAME ROOM AS HIM. I HATE SEEING TWO-FACED FACES; I AM RATHER LIVING WITH 10 PEOPLE IN THIS HOUSE, NOT 5! I hate them so much for "knowing something about me" and I don't ever get to know! It makes me want to scream. So I let you know: some of me writing all this, for how guilty or not I am of a person, I feel likle I am on Char in Starcraft II trying to type up a good story. How the FUCK do I learn in school or do anything new with my new life as of these years? I CANT. I either must have a job that keeps me from home or join the military and neither I really want besides money that belongs to me SO I CAN BUY MY OWN GROCERIES. I FEEL ENSLAVED BY THEIR RULES. I TELL YOU NOW AS SAID ON FACEBOOK MANY TIMES: I CAN'T EXERCISE AT HOME, IN THE BACKYARD. THESE FUCKS I DEAL WITH ALWAYS GOTTA ASK ME QUESTIONS. IT HURTS ME ... OH SO HURTS ME SO MUCH I DON'T DO IT, WHEN THEY ASK ME! DAD NOW BUYS SO MANY FUCKING CHIPS, AND HE EXPECTS TO LOSE MORE WEIGHT? OH WAIT, MAYBE HE WANTS ME TO GAIN SOME! MOTHERFUCK, JUST GIVE ME MY MONEY THAT BELONGS TO ME AND I'LL BUY MYSELF FOOD! I GUARANTEE I'LL BE EATING MORE WHEN I GET MY MONEY! I MISS THAT MONTHLY $40... I DOUBT YOU ACTUALLY GAVE ME $60 A MONTH!

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So far in spite of my troubles lingering behind everyone, this night is regrettably BEAUTIFUL! It is the coldest night so far since summer started and the MOON IS GLOWING! What a perfect day for No More Room in Hell writing contest to have a deadline! It would feel SUBLIME if I actually did it on time. I want to take a walk first before I finish it, but gee, I already saw so much. I can have that later. I am still trying to finish it. It's too ridiculous that I started at 10:30 pm while all these great people already sent their's in.

lol I'm not gonna win. I am finished. Whatever idea that was was my grand idea for a setting my mind stuck to. I couldn't imagine anything else. I just kind of wish I wasn't so lazy. I didn't form the general idea the way I wanted to, but I got the idea in clear enough. The details are after October 10 comes in.

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