[img width=1000,height=206]https://staticdelivery.nexusmods.com/images/110/3060962-1517709575.jpg[/img]For a while now we have been thinking about new ways to increase interaction with you guys - our Nexus Mods modding community - through engaging and fun events that we can run (semi-)regularly on our site, and, moreover, support members of our community who are devoting some of their free time to engage other users.
In that regard, we have closely been following what two particular users, Excellentium and napoleonofthestump,†have been doing for our Skyrim and Fallout 4 screenarcher communities. For those of you who are not aware, Excellentium†is the originator of a community event he began running in February 2018 inviting screenshot artist from the Skyrim community to create and submit images centred around a specific artistic theme.
Excellentium has run over 15 of these events now featuring themes ranging from Wildlife (theme #10), to†The Riddle Of Steel (theme #11), and†Silhouette (theme #15). His continued commitment†has not only drawn many screenshot artist to partake in the events and submit amazing screenshots themselves, but it has also inspired another member of our community, napoleonofthestump, to pick up the idea and organise a similar event for Fallout 4 launching his first community theme called Venture Forth in September.
[img width=1000,height=562]https://i.imgur.com/GOoB5Sp.png[/img]Inspired by their joint efforts to engage our community, we are thrilled to announce that we are going to support their work and collaborate with both Excellentium and napoleonofthestump†on launching a†"Screenshot Community Event" based around a theme that is to be announced soon.
The idea is to bring the screenshot artist communities of Skyrim, Skyrim Special Edition, Enderal, Fallout 4, and Fallout 76 together for a joint event under one theme. This time around, we are making the event exclusive to the aforementioned games - mostly because these games are somewhat comparable in terms of base graphics and engine. However, depending on participation and engagement, we are more than happy to run similar events for other games, or even site-wide!
For this announcement of the event, it is only appropriate to let the two users who inspired it address the community:
A wise man called Albert Einstein once said; "Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution". I couldn't agree more, because I have always felt my imagination is my greatest power. I've also evolved tremendously since I started my screenshot hobby and I remember how inspired I was by others when I began. That's why I came up with the idea of doing themes here at Nexus - to give others, newcomers as well as veterans, different doors to open, strange paths to tread and new worlds to see... all while using their own imagination.
Last but not least, anyone entering the event by submitting at least one screenshot illustrating the theme is eligible to win one of three £25 Steam Gift Cards as a prize!††
A hot minute ago the good folk who spend the limited minutes, calories, and attention spans of their lives supporting the Nexus that in turn supports all of our creative gaming efforts approached me and my esteemed colleague Excellentium about some sort of screen-shot contest thing. Putting our heads together and working in a fine spirit of collaboration, we polished the notion up as shiny as we could and present it to you here. Competition! Tension! Fabulous prizes! Random selection! If you prefer the original low-key, no-stakes version of the Community Themes, fear not, we'll still be doing that regular as you please as a by-the-community, for-the-community thing. We're just trying something new here. Come for the chance to win a sack of loot, stay for the community creativity.
However, since we want this to be as inclusive as possible and encourage everyone regardless of skill to partake in the event, there won't be any "winners" per se. Rather, we will be giving out one of the prizes to a random participant in the event.
[img width=700,height=350]https://staticdelivery.nexusmods.com/images/110/64597-1552654489.png[/img]The other two gift cards will be given away to two randomly chosen participants from the jury selection consisting of 15 screenshots (one per participant) that we will pick together with Excellentium and napoleonofthestump.
[img width=700,height=350]https://staticdelivery.nexusmods.com/images/110/64597-1552655460.png[/img]That way everyone has a chance of winning a prize just by participating, but those who put in the extra effort to create exciting screenshots are rewarded with having better odds.
In the spirit of this very much being a community event rather than a competition, we will also be featuring one screenshot from every participant in a news post concluding the event as part of a "Community Selection".†
Stay tuned for the launch post coming up on Friday, 22nd March revealing the theme for the event and covering the rules and requirements for participation in more detail.
With all that said, we are looking forward to hearing your thoughts and seeing what screenshots you can come up with once the event launches!