Win Larry’s Lucre!!!

December 21st, 2008

Well we promised you more than one holiday related contest and at Figment we’re not ones to renege on our promises.  So here’s our second holiday contest!

As you may have noticed, several of us who work on Figment have formed our own fake bands and earned some lucre, but as Industry Heavyweights we can’t spend it, so we figured…why not give it away!

In the holiday spirit, Larry has decided to be the first to offer up his lucre as the prize for a holiday contest of his own creation.  So how do you win Larry’s lucre?  Well it’s quite simple, all you have to do is create an album celebrating a non-traditional holiday.  Been dreaming up a concept album about Secretary’s Day?  Wanna sing about your love of National Talk Like A Pirate Day?  Well here’s your chance!

To enter you must follow these rules:

1.  You must be registered Figment user.  If you don’t have a Figment account yet, please create one.  This contest is open to Figment users worldwide.

2.  Create a non-traditional holiday album or EP (i.e. an album about Secretary’s Day, National Talk Like A Pirate Day, Groundhogs Day) on Figment for one of your existing group or a new group, and release it.  Please remember not to use copyright or trademarked images or characters when creating your fake album/EP.  If you do we will ban the album and disqualify it from contention.  We would also appreciate if you would refrain from using offensive material (no racist, sexist or pornographic images or language) in the creation of your album/EP.

3.  Post the name of your group and their album/EP  as comment to this blog post by no later than 12:00 pm EST on December 31, 2008 and it will be officially entered!  No albums/EPs that are not listed as a comment to this blog post will be considered.

Larry will be judging all of the entries and picking one lucky winner to take home all of his lucre earnings!  So get on the stick and create your non-traditional holiday masterpiece!

Spreading Some Holiday Joy!

December 17th, 2008

The votes are in and the Figment editorial staff has picked…little drummer boy drum roll please….“A Dark Demented Christmas” by Reign of Sin as the winner of the Figment Holiday Album Contest!!!

Reign of Sin "A Dark Demented Christmas"

So what made this the winner?  Well, it was the whole package – the overall theme, great album cover, and great song titles.  In short, we thought it hit every note perfectly.  Without a doubt it’s a Christmas album that Reign of Sin would record.  We’ll be mailing out a copy of “The DC Vault” by Martin Pasko to Figment user DarkImmortal and depositing 500 pieces of lucre in his Figment account.  So congratulations!

All in all, we had some great entries.  It was really hard to pick the Top 5, but here are the 4 runners up.  In second place was “Sub-Prime Santa” by Welcome to the Depression.  Talk about an album that was topical!

Welcome to the Depression "Sub-Prime Santa"

We’ll be depositing 400 pieces of Lucre in Figment user smi23le account for that lesson in holiday debt – so Merry Christmas!

In third place and earning an award of 300 pieces of lucre was the comedy album “It’s Christmas in…IDAHO!!!” by Coyote McGee from Figment user makemlaugh2003, and laugh we did!

"It's Christmas in...IDAHO!!!" by Coyote McGee

Earning a fourth place nod was “A Hard Rock Christmas” by Disciples of Perdition.  Although the album cover left a little to be desired (we did get a kick out of the clip art look of it though), we loved the song titles – especially “Do You Fear What I Fear”.  C’mon that’s classic.  So Figment user John-Mrk, be on the lookout for 200 pieces of shiny new lucre in your stocking this year!

Disciples of Perdition "A Hard Rock Christmas"

And last but certainly not least, we awarded 5th place and 100 pieces of lucre to Figment user Surrealmod for the album “Rev. Roman’s Disturbingly Familiar X-Mas Songs” by Reverend Peter Roman’s Rock Band.  Although this album had a very realistic looking album cover we felt the songs left a little something to be desired.

One that barely missed the cut was O’Blivion’s “Snowfall’s Hush”.  There was a quite a bit of debate over the album, so in the spirit of the holidays we’d like to award Figment user overground a special runner’s up lucre reward of 50 pieces of Lucre.

We’d like to thank all of the contestants in this year’s Figment Holiday Album contest for taking the time to create their holiday masterpiece.  It’s not to late to cast a vote on who you think is the best by buying/listening to any of the albums that were submitted.  You can either check them out in the comments section of our original blog post on the contest or in the case of the winners click on their album cover or the links provided above.

We’d also like to thank the good people at Running Press Books for supplying a copy of “The DC Vault” by Martin Pasko as part of the grand prize.

Happy Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus and Merry Christmas to all of you!!!

Holiday Album Contest

December 1st, 2008

Well it’s that time of year again…the holidays!  Aren’t you excited?  No?  Well, start getting excited, because here at Figment we’ve got some great holiday contests planned.

The first contest is our Holiday Album Contest!  That’s right, time to create that syrupy contractual obligation album chock full of those lame holiday songs .  Here are the rules:

1.  You must be a registered Figment user (with an account).  If you don’t have a Figment account yet please create one.  This contest is open to Figment users worldwide.

2.  Create a holiday album or EP (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus) on Figment for one of your existing groups or a new group, and release it.  Please remember not to use any copyrighted or trademarked images or characters when creating your fake album/EP.  If you do we will ban the album and disqualify it from contention.  We would also appreciate it if you would refrain from using offensive material (no racist, sexist or pornographic images or language) in the creation of your album/EP.

3.  Post the name of the group and their album/EP here in the comment box of this blog post by no later than midnight EST on December 12th and it will be entered!

The Figment News editorial staff will be selecting the Top 5 finalists and the album/EP receiving the most #1 votes will be awarded the grand prize.  We’ll be judging the entries on a number of criteria including the album artwork, description and song titles.  The runners up will each receive lucre prizes as follows – 2nd place 400 pieces, 3rd place 300 pieces, 4th place 200 pieces and 5th place 100 pieces of lucre.

So what is the grand prize you ask?  Well, we were looking for something that captured that sense of imagination and creativity that epitomizes Figment and in the end we could find no better example of that than the newly released book The DC Vault by Martin Pasko.

The DC Vault is a Museum-In-A-Book™ featuring rare collectibles from the DC Universe.  The book unlocks DC Comics’ most fascinating secrets and deeply buried treasures, presenting a colorful array of historic and never-before-published memorabilia, including early sketches, covers, memos, press materials and much more.  From a working reproduction of a 1942 Junior Justice Society of America decoder, to a series of Public Service Announcements starring Superman and Batman, to the original cover pencils and cover inks for Wonder Woman #63, this dazzling chronicle contains more than 25 plastic-encased archival pieces for readers to pull out and examine – all while learning about the artists, writers, and world-famous superheroes that make up the DC Universe.

So the grand prize winner will be receiving a copy of The DC Vault courtesy of Running Press as well as a lucre prize  of 500 pieces of Figment Lucre.

We’re looking forward to spreading some holiday cheer, so get to work on your holiday masterpiece!