|The Build Up Your Gang forum story game has been an icon in the GTAForum community for well over 5 years now. We are proud to present Build Up Your Gang once more. The concept of this is not hard, you simply pick a Gang and one of its Asset you then write stories for that gang and asset. You will receive $$$ for the stories you write. Better stories means more $$$ (no one said length was a bad idea either)|
We hope you’ll take part in the fun
The BUYG Staff
|1. If you cannot come up with a complete thought please dont bother posting what you have at all. Just save it in notepad or word or something and come back with a complete story.|
|2. In addition to rule 1, please don't post half of a story and say you will be back to update it later as this can cause confusion to those that have to grade your stories.|
|3. To make it easier on us please check your spelling and grammar carefully as it makes it harder for us to read and grade them with multiple errors.|
|4. Please refrain from "flaming" other members as this will get this topic one of those neat, but unneeded, locks.|
|5. Most importantly if you need any help or assitance with writing/brainstorming/developing stories or if you feel the need to comment on the thread then please contact me with your opinions/expressions/concerns/problems. In addition to this if you feel that rule 4 had been broken please contact us before taking any action yourself.|
|6. Conversation is allowed in the topic. But refrain from going off topic.|
|7. NO DOUBLE POSTING, just edit your initial post.|
|8. We the BUYG Staff reserve the right to ban you from the topic if you break any of the rules. No exceptions.|
|9. Please refrain from cluttering up the topic, any questions regarding purchases, gang wars, cash, story count, ect. please PM me with all your questions.|
|1. DO NOT use weapons that your gang doesn't own and the same goes for vehicles. However keep in mind that when you purchase something for the gang anyone that is in that gang can use that item now.|
|2. The vehicles listed in red can only be used after a total of 20 stories have been written within your gang. You cannot use these vehicles before that condition is met.|
|3. If all of your gangs' properties have been occupied, you can buy more land for your gang. If you want a property in a city where you already have properties, it will cost $200. If you want to expand into a new city, it will cost $350. You may not purchase land that is already owned by another gang.|
|4. If the entire gang is idle for a week then so become their assets and their assets will look like this (|
|5. You can also take over property but it will cost you triple($600) what it would for a regular property. Also needed is the consent of the person who owns it and if no one owns it then you need the consent of the member of the gang who has been there the longest. Half the money will go to the gang the other half will just be taken away.|
|6. As of 5/31/08, if you decide to switch gangs, your old story count will be bracketed ( ) and you will start afresh with a new story count. The bracketed story count will be the sum of all your story counts from all the gangs you've joined, and the bracketed story count is used for bonuses such as the Multiple of 5 bonus, etc. See this post for more details.|
|These guidelines and rules have been brought to you by the BUYG Staff. |
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Build Up Your Gang
|1.) The gang that was attacked must form some solid reason (in an official post, in total character) about who they believe did it and why or how they're going to retaliate. This will be a Declaration.|
|2.) The two gangs meet with someone assigned to make all the formalities, write down what assets can't be blown to hell, what characters they don't want dying, anything agreed upon. But, at the same time, the other person must agree and get another favor in turn. Say if The Haitians don't want a specific drug-factory destroyed, the Cubans must accept it and not have one of their assets destroyed in return. Each gang is given a total of FIVE REQUESTS before the war begins. The lead characters will automatically be safe from being killed or from serious injury (unless agreed upon before the war starts).|
|3.) They go to war in their next story (that's right ONE story per person per gang), a panel of judges (The BUYG staff) will judge on a combination of four things: |
1. Who writes the best story
2. Whose is the most reasonable
3. Who plotted theirs out strategically
4. Who made the clearest victory within their story
If it's close, the decision will be given to an independent source for the tie-breaker.
|Any current gang wars (pending or in process) will be listed below|
|So ya wanna be a |
Hmm riiiight. I just thought seeing as my stories are so fantastic and all I'd write up a little quide for the new comers, maybe some of the veterans but generally we all write pretty well.
Um I don't advise that any teachers on the board try to use it in their classes. Without permission of course. See copyright ^^
|Step 1: Storyline - research key elements. Use tried and tested ideas. We've all seen the occasional gangster flick, so remember the sort of stuff you see in that, then come up with your own elements. I drew alot of inspiration from The Sopranos and GoodFellas which makes sense seeing as I was writing for the mob. Make it interesting but don't make up a heap of unbelievable bullsh*t. For eg. 'I pulled out of the parking lot and 50 niggaz with AK rocked up and started attacking me" is not going to win you any awards. Remember to plan the story to at least a few chapters ahead. Make sure you have all the key events planned for a while, then you'll be able to write to a plan and not run out of ideas.|
|Step 2: Location - Visualise the location you're writing in. For example in the story where my characters attacked a Triad convoy I (in San Andreas) looked for a good place to do it that made sense. I drove around Venturas figuring out routes for the characters to travel, I went and looked at the layout of Caligula's, where the other casinos were, I looked at maps of the city for pieces of writing.|
|Step 3: Typing - Always use Microsoft Word, or an equivalent to it, when writing your stories. It checks spelling and grammar and is easy to correct things. It also acts as a back-up if anything ever goes wrong. Here's what could go wrong when not using it:|
Now that is shocking.
|Step 4: Layout - I found that the best way to do it is to have all action sequences in separate paragraphs. For example when going from one day to the next, leave a space between paragraphs. |
Put speech onto a new line unless it's the same person talking e.g.
"So anyway he says he wants to whack this guy," Jason said. "And that he reckons he'll do it soon."
Oh, just a note by the way, with speech brackets " " the correct way to portray a sentence is, "insert writing here," he said. The comma goes before the close speech bracket and the fullstop after he said or any other suitable adjective. When using a question mark or exclamation mark at the end of the dialogue, the following word, unless it's a proper noun, should start with a lower case letter. E.g.
"What are you talking about?" he asked. [or] "What are you talking about?" Mike said.
Don't use he said, she said all the time either. Stuff like he asked, she replied, Joe shouted, Jane yelled. Put adjectives to describe the way they said it, or what they're doing as they say it. e.g.
"F*ck that," he said loading his gun. "Are you joking?" He replied, shocked.
Don't simply do a "I went here and did this, afterwards I did that. He did that so I did this" kind of storyline. Elaborate! Description is the key to a good story. Describe everything, it adds to the imagery and allows the reader to visualise the events of the storyline. And! You get more money for it too!
Um so yeah. Just doing my part to try and help.
Remember! Quality over quantity. A descriptive, short story is often better than a long, boring one lacking in description.
Brilliant new signatures, simply copy the coding for your chosen signature and paste it into your signature space in your control panel. It has a link to connect the picture to the first page of this topic.
All credit goes to Deuce Deuce who created these for us to use, thank you. Also, thanks to skimask101 for helping design the last two, with the help of Deuce Deuce.
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Edited by Build Up Your Gang, 29 July 2008 - 09:50 PM.