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THE HOLLY CONTEST.

  

This was an experiment, thought up by ArynChris, that we've done the past five years, and we rewarded the experimenters with Hollies. So, we're going to do it again this year. To sum up,

 

Those who collect the most Waterhorses, adult or frozen, in 2019 will receive a Holly egg come Christmas.

 

Why only Waterhorses, and not other commons too? It's an experiment to see if we can make them harder to find in the cave and AP.  It's worked well in the past, so can we make waterhorses rarer? This year we decided to put up a poll and let everyone else choose this years Dragon and thank everyone that voted.

 

Note: There are a couple of changes this year. The date the contest will end has been moved up, to ensure that we get all scrolls checked and initial batch of winners time to choose their winning Holly in time. We will put minimum limit of dragons required to be eligible as a winner, to ensure that at least some effort is put into this. We also are taking applications for Mods.

 

To update your totals: If you post again with your current total before December, we'll update your total in the second post. This is entirely optional. We will arrive at the correct total for everyone; that is why we have Total Checkers.

 

To donate: PM either the Holly Contest account or any of the hosts with access to the account. Please remember to include the dragon you plan on breeding your holly with, and let us know if this is strict, suggested, or free choice.

 

How total checking and prize distribution works: If you've donated, you will receive a PM in late November asking you to check in and confirm your activity and donation. This is the start of the endgame for the contest.

As soon as the contest ends, the verification process will begin. Over the next few days, available moderators and total checkers will take a look at the Waterhorses on the competitors' scrolls to make sure they are from 2019, and report the total to the other verifiers. Once this process is over, we will post the results in the thread and begin to distribute the prizes.

Not all winners will hear from us immediately (prior contests, winners were dealt with in small batches like fifteen or twenty.) Winners are then given the list of Hollies, and told to select a certain number of them in order of preference, from which we will give them the highest available-- or they may choose to decline the Holly and receive an Alternate Prize. If you are a donator, we will contact you to tell you where your egg is going.

Once all the Hollies are distributed, there will be a short break and then we will contact those who requested the Alternate Prizes instead.

 

RULES:

COMPETITORS:

1. You may join at any time in the year before the contest ends. Remember to post a link to your scroll or group when signing up.

2. Only Waterhorses collected in 2019 count. Waterhorses you already have count if and only if they were laid/caught on or after January 1, 2019.

3. The contest will end at different times based on the number of players. Please see the timeline post below to see. All Waterhorses must be grown up or frozen before the end date. We’ll post a definite end date in mid-November.

4. Please either have your scroll sorted automatically by breed name (or legacy breed), or all of your 2019 Waterhorses in a group. This makes it a lot easier for total checkers at the end of the year! (It's a big job!)

5. Only frozen hatchlings and adults count, not eggs or growing hatchlings.

6. Waterhorses must all be ALIVE and NOT ZOMBIES and NOT WILD at Christmas time, when we go through and double check everyone's numbers.

7. If you change your forum name during the contest, please PM the contest or post in the thread to let us know. Reasonable effort will be made to find those whose names have changed, but if we can't find you, we can't send your prize

8. There will be a minimum amount of dragons needed to be collected, players will need to collect at least 15 Waterhorses.

9. You may obtain the Waterhorses in any way that does not violate the TOS. They may be bred by you, caught off the AP, found in the cave, or traded for. ArynChris, creator of the contest, clarifies on this matter:

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The contest is not meant to be "a level playing field."

It is meant to measure your dedication to the goal of obtaining a holly, so that we know we're breeding for someone who will keep the dragon for all the years to come. And along the way, to turn a single super common into something less common and/or more valuable. By creating market demand, we pull into our secondary cause all the forum traders of dragcave, who will start treating the super common as a commodity instead of a pest and clear the cave with us. As they do, it will become tougher and tougher to hunt them... to breed them... to trade for them. The contest becomes more challenging as the year goes on, not less. It's a test of dedication.

 

In other words... how badly do you want a holly?

DONATORS:

1. You may donate at any time of the year before the Holly distribution starts.

2. You may make special rules for the recipient of your egg (eg no freezing) but these are not sanctioned by the contest, and will not be noted anywhere by the contest. The contest is not responsible if the recipient chooses not to follow your rules, and you are obligated to give them their egg whether they agree to the rules beforehand or not. Think of them more as "requests" regarding the egg's future than rules.

3. Be prepared to hold your egg for a day or two if the distribution process runs longer than breeding season. We will do our best to get it all sorted out before then, but please be aware that this is a possibility.

4. It's not mandatory, but if you could post your donations in this format, it would be very much appreciated!!

The 2019 Holly Offspring from (Holly's name here) and his/her mate (mate's name), from (your name)! The 2018 Holly Offspring from (Holly's name here) and mate of choice, from (your name)!

 

DONATORS AND PRIZES:

 

 

First place gets first pick of the Hollies, then second place, and so on.

 

There will also be Alternate Prizes, which will be nice, non-Holly eggs given to the winners who decline the Holly prize.

Note: Last year we elected to change Runner-Up Prizes into Alternate Prizes, for declining Holly winners only, since we had so many Holly winners last couple of years and due to the relative difficulty in distributing Runner-Up/Alternate Prizes. However, if we have a low number of donations we may go back to the Runner-Up system. <- Changes need to be made here?

Everyone is welcome to contribute to the pool of Alternate Prizes with donations.

 

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12 competitors -

 

21st December - Donors with unpicked dragons will be messaged to let them know.

17th December - Deadline for replies - you can still reply until the 21st, but people below you may be prioritised.

14th December - Everyone gets messaged to pick their dragons. Dragons will be assigned based on place in the contest, not who messages first.

10th December - Contest ends, total checking begins.

1st December - Donors get messaged, activity check


 

12 - 24 competitors -

21st December - Donors with unpicked dragons will be messaged to let them know.

17th December - Deadline for second group replies - you can still reply until the 21st, but people below you may be prioritised.

14th December - Second group get messaged. Dragons will be assigned based on place in the contest, not who messages first. Deadline for first group.

11th December - First half of players get messaged. Dragons will be assigned based on place in the contest, not who messages first.

5th December - Contest ends, total checking begins.

26th November - Donors get messaged, activity check


 

24 - 36 competitors -

21st December - Donors with unpicked dragons will be messaged to let them know.

17th December - Deadline for third group replies - you can still reply until the 21st, but people below you may be prioritised.

14th December - Third group get messaged. Dragons will be assigned based on place in the contest, not who messages first. Deadline for second group.

11th December - Second group of players get messaged. Dragons will be assigned based on place in the contest, not who messages first. Deadline for first group.

8th December - First group of players messaged.  Dragons will be assigned based on place in the contest, not who messages first.

3rd December - Contest ends, total checking begins.

23rd November - Donors get messaged, activity check

 

36 - 48 competitors -

21st December - Donors with unpicked dragons will be messaged to let them know.

17th December - Deadline for fourth group replies - you can still reply until the 21st, but people below you may be prioritised.

14th December - Fourth group get messaged. Dragons will be assigned based on place in the contest, not who messages first. Deadline for third group.

11th December - Third group of players get messaged. Dragons will be assigned based on place in the contest, not who messages first. Deadline for second group.

8th December - Second group of players messaged.  Dragons will be assigned based on place in the contest, not who messages first.

3rd December - Contest ends, total checking begins.

23rd November - Donors get messaged, activity check

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Key:

Name: Current reported total

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DONATORS AND PRIZES:

Winners may choose from:

The 2019 Holly Offspring from Pudjj Thuwed and her mate Frigustian, from Ruby Eyes!
The 2019 Holly Offspring from Whose Blues Now and his mate Die Freude, from Ruby Eyes!
The 2019 Holly Offspring from Lovely Amazon's Birthday Gift and mate of choice, from Ruby Eyes!

 

All donators are very appreciated. :)

First place gets first pick of the Hollies, then second place, and so on.

~Alternate Prizes~

2019 holiday or non-holiday offspring from Winya and non-Holly mate of choice, from Ruby Eyes!

 

MODERATORS:

ArynChris (Creator)

@osean (Co Prize Distribution Overseer & Moderator)

@Irilandra (Co Prize Distribution Overseer & Moderator)

 

Moderators have access to the project account and are responsible for updating the thread, as well as other special responsibilities listed.

 

Moderator applications are currently now open.

 

TOTAL CHECKERS: 

 

Total Checkers will help the moderators verify the participants' totals once the contest ends.

 

Total Checker applications are currently now open.

Please note that you cannot participate in the contest if you are a Total Checker.

 

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HALL OF FAME

The top collectors of the 2012 Holly Contest, for collecting the most BBWs!

Rare_Hunter21: 746

aiyouxian: 686

Kukuru: 601

coltzen: 598

celis: 588 (Declined prize)

TheLittlePurpleDragon: 577

sunsteps88: 572 (Declined prize)

Limn: 533

simkim: 533 (Declined prize)

sciencegeek: 518 (Declined prize)

Warrior57: 288

As well as top runners-up Lavaedra, Ioma, sanderj, and Kanaye, who received Hollies because of the winners who declined!

In total, the top collectors, runners-up, and general competitors collected approximately 9,100 BBWs!

 

The top collectors of the 2013 Holly Contest, for collecting the most Spitfires!

AzureMist: 1,785

plumeriarose: 1,297

mysterrie: 1,209

RulenneClarissa: 870

rexreen: 704

Storm skyflyer: 636

Merion: 603

Rascal: 555 (Inactive at Christmas)

Lady_Dragonrider: 522

tetra: 499

Kurane: 480

Stargirl17: 436

pisceslion: 425 (Inactive at Christmas)

Sir Barton: 415

XxShadowWolf13xX: 415

owned by toys: 390

TroupeMaster: 373

Caileh: 372 (Declined prize)

Mordeth: 369

cerulean_skies: 365

rubybear: 362

Hasekerstin: 356

Arkenidae: 319 (Inactive at Christmas)

FyoraSilverwolf: 317

Lightchaotic: 288

_smoczyca_: 278

Wahya: 262

Snelly: 259

Deranged Pegasus: 256 (Inactive at Christmas)

eevee_em: 241

Angel_Princess: 214

Ha-Ki: 209 (Declined prize)

Vampiresswolf: 207

As well as top runners-up 7Kiran7, circeramone, Azura, Hawkster, Firstborn Dragon and Fire-Ice, who won Hollies because of the winners who were inactive or declined!

In total, the top collectors, runners-up, and general competitors collected 20,022 Spitfires!

 

The top collectors of the 2014 Holly Contest, for collecting the most Purple Dorsals!

mysterrie: 1,934

plumeriarose: 1,896

Mycatranch: 1,243

Sir Barton: 1,115

InugamiZERO: 1,070

daba555: 846

Woof123Albinos: 817

gilraen: 725

Angel of the Inferno: 694

owned by toys: 534

StarGirl17: 439

sorenna: 435

circeramone: 392

PiccoloRose: 378

FyoraSilverwolf: 372

titanium: 351

AtlanaSabelle: 337

shelbell: 334

Deranged Pegasus: 263

Ioma: 250 (Declined prize)

negloves: 220

Angel_Princess: 216

Firstborn Dragon: 214

Husker: 212

banban007: 206

ahreada: 201

The Dragon Keeper: 197

dragonchic: 196

amthystfire: 191

Deinosaur: 176

nocturnalbunny: 174

Puppyloverdog10000: 172

Omosky: 160

Kurei Chitsu: 156

tjsweepers: 155 (Declined prize)

AquaBlueRain: 149

Azhure: 145

Tiga: 143

dragonstar32: 125 (Inactive at Christmas)

Wahya: 119

SMence: 111

StarLaDragon: 109

hmarjolijn: 101

RecycledHeart: 94

Skyal: 94

warriorjames: 87

lionpriestess: 85 (Inactive at Christmas)

Raven13dragon: 74

Rina: 73

Firedda: 67

Glyndlamir: 62

Jumbofluff: 55

iSammiSam: 53 (Declined prize)

yaquiidru: 53

_smoczyca_: 52

Rhaegal3370: 52

Oasis: 50 (Inactive at Christmas)

As well as top runners-up Beckster, LadyNova, morningglory17, rihannalexis, DangerDragon, and zaverxi, who won Hollies because of the winners who were inactive or declined!

In total, the top collectors, runners-up, and general competitors collected 19,966 Purple Dorsals!

 

The top collectors of the 2015 Holly Contest, for collecting the most Flamingos!

Mycatranch: 1167

Sheriam: 992

owned by toys: 552

beefcake: 533

ahreada: 495

LadyC: 489

Stormphoenix42 : 448

AltanaSabelle: 414

Dream_Thief: 390

Ansela Jonla: 369

Mlu: 284

Phenri: 262

Gnora: 261

Wahya: 258

banban007: 245

TheShadows: 200

Daeron: 196

evangeline5432: 178

Rhaegal3370: 156

katzie: 155

amthystfire: 154

sorenna: 145

StarGirl17: 140

Xasora: 136

FyoraSilverwolf: 132

MissHell23: 130

Lurhstaap: 127

Zerhai: 124

Deranged Pegasus: 120

erastes: 117

Angel_Princess: 116

Chalkboard: 115

The_Imago: 111

circeramone: 97

_smoczyca_: 82

AppleMango: 78

Jascuty: 78

ForNarniaMC: 76

Angel of the Inferno: 72

Wiz: 71

Raven13dragon: 67

predatorfan4ever: 64

In total, the top collectors, runners-up, and general competitors collected 11,206 Flamingos!

 

The top collectors of the 2016 Holly Contest, for collecting the most Storms/Greys!

Mycatranch: 1301

owned by toys: 1024

AppleMango: 965

Dream_Thief: 579

InugamiZERO: 546

ahreada: 488

chrispy: 398

topaz08: 334

sorenna: 247

LadyC: 222

Xasora: 211

Zerhai: 210

PiccoloRose: 209

~X~: 205

Dilys: 202

Ansela Jonla: 196

Wahya: 194

PixelShark: 170

Terrafreaky: 165

katzie: 152

Tigerkralle: 148

predatorfan4ever: 143

Labcoat: 135

Lurhstaap: 120

Clya: 114

winter_tea: 100

In total, the top collectors, runners-up, and general competitors collected 10,315 Storms!

 

 

The top collectors of the 2017 Holly Contest, for collecting the most olives!

owned by toys 2437

InugamiZERO 1193

Shopfront 984

Beefcake 885

Javamom 721

Banban007 581

Gryphites 359

Sylvanaria 297

Aventurine 286

Topaz08 279

Goldensunrise 235

Zeditha 197

Labcoat 175

PrincessLucy 165

Terrafreaky 163

Dalek Raptor 153

Spring_dragon 152

Wahya 150

Zerhai 147

Wingedcat 136

In total, the top collectors, runners-up, and general competitors collected 11,512 olives!

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BADGES & BANNERS:

 

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And we're always looking for new ones, too!

 

NEWS

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2019 Contest BEGIN

2019 thread is live!

 

We are currently taking applications for Moderators / Scroll Checkers

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-screams- WATERHORSES! Finally :D

I'd like to join please!

I will link my group as soon as the first adult is put into it ^_^

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Have no idea if I'll actually remember to keep collecting Waterhorses throughout the year, but I'd like to give it a try!

 

I'm signing up with this group: https://dragcave.net/group/82153

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Lol, seems like I'm the third highest so far! This is exciting :D

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