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Competition Score up to $500 by designing RPG Codex' Corporate Branding (Logo & Business Cards) Competition

Discussion in 'News & Content Feedback' started by DarkUnderlord, Aug 17, 2015.

  1. DarkUnderlord Professional Throne Sitter

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    As we continue to send our representatives to various game conferences, we find more and more that people expect such a prestigious gaming magazine as the Codex to have formal things, like business cards. Also they want letters from us on "our letterhead" to prove our credentials before they'll let even us in the door.

    lol

    To date, we have made do with a motley collection of hastily-assembled bits and pieces that, coupled with a few referrals from a game developer or three, have usually gotten us in.

    However, life on the Codex is about to change. Previously we have lol'd at such requests but it is actually something we need as we continue to send our representatives to such official functions and events. Also it would look cool.

    To that end, we are holding a competition. The goal is simple, design the RPG Codex "Corporate" Logo and Branding (I say "corporate" because that's the function we'll be using these in, the website will pretty much remain the same). Officially, we need the following:
    1. Business Cards
    2. Letterhead
    3. Logo and Banner image for Twitter
    4. Logo and Banner image for Facebook
    You can have a shot at designing one element or the whole lot.

    Business Card and Letterhead Details

    The following details need to be on the card:

    RPG Codex > doesn't scale to your level
    rpgcodex.net
    Some kind of "fine print" line like "RPG Codex is owned and operated by Greg Martin Enterprises Pty. Ltd." (or words to that effect).
    ABN 59 115 337 534 (ABN = Australian Business Number)
    Post: PO Box 308, Kent Town SA 5071, Australia
    Email: something@rpgcodex.net
    Twitter: @rpgcodex
    Facebook: /rpgcodex

    We may go for personalised cards for some staff which also means:
    Name and job title: Infinitron, Beg Auditor
    Possible room for phone number

    Cards should be CMYK with a 3-5 mm bleed (for printing)
    Letterhead should be sized for international standard A4 paper.​

    Competition will remain open until such time as we get something awesome. Multiple entries are desired. And in the event someone comes up with something cool, but it's someone else who takes that idea and really nails it, we will split and / or award additional prizes as required to maintain fairness.

    All entries submitted are on the basis they are original works and full rights to use the winning images as we see fit are granted to the RPG Codex. /legalese

    We're putting aside $500 USD for prizes, split roughly as $125 in each category. But as we said, how that ends up being paid out will depend. If one person manages to cook up something awesome for the lot, they will be richly rewarded with the whole stash.

    So let's see what you can come up with so that the RPG Codex can continue to maintain it's position as a prestigious gaming magazine.
     
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  2. taxalot I'm a spicy fellow. Patron

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    Codex 2013 PC RPG Website of the Year, 2015
    So that's it ?
    That's what being done with my supporting money ?

    Spending it on frivolities rewarding a stupid logo and a business card ?

    Don't lose your soul, Codex, you already lost my money for the next year :rpgcodex:
     
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  3. GlutenBurger Cipher

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    As a factory floor lackey, I had no idea people were still using business cards. I figured they'd be activating some sort of iPhone interlock nowadays. I have never been more disappointed with my corporate overlords.
     
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  4. Gondolin Arcane

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    We need frivolities in order to keep pestering developers. While going mainstream is depressing and yuck, think of the look on a convention official's face when he is handed a card reading: "Doesn't scale to your level".
     
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  5. DarkUnderlord Professional Throne Sitter

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    Also if we don't spend it, I have to pay it to the Government as tax (yes, the Codex is a taxable entity).
     
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  6. GlutenBurger Cipher

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    Don't most hobbyist websites make an overall loss, though? No tax to pay if there's no profit to be had.
     
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  7. DarkUnderlord Professional Throne Sitter

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    Ignoring KickStarters (money in = money out) and advertising revenue (which under agreement, goes straight to Taluntain to cover server and hosting costs - we're fortunate that we're mostly covering the bills ignoring the odd upgrade here or there), the Codex makes about $3k a year "profit". If we don't spend it sending people to extravagant overseas game conferences, or offer it as rewards, I do have to pay tax (28%) on that amount.

    Officially if it was a hobby I wouldn't have to pay anything but I gave up trying to keep the Codex as a "hobby" when we started funnelling tens of thousands of dollars through the PayPal account on a regular basis (to which PayPal wanted a rather large amount of paperwork "on company letterhead"). It became easier to declare the Codex as "officially" run by Greg Martin Enterprises at that point.

    So business cards and letterhead do come in handy for things like that. And it's coming up more and more as we do send people to extravagant overseas conferences.
     
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  8. Haba Harbinger of Decline Patron

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    Time to add RPGCodex to my resume then.

    How does "Executive Creative Director" sound?
     
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  9. Black Arcane

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    What's wrong with this one?
     
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  10. Kz3r0 Arcane Sad Loser

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  11. mastroego Arcane

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    Money?
    Seriously, you should pay in brofists.
    Competition would be fierce and lethal anyway. Probably more so.

    Dis gonna be gud, anyway.
     
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  12. Kalin Unwanted Dumbfuck Zionist Agent

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    Trolls and multi-headed dicks hitting ass and leg are all fine and dandy in casual settings, but for truly serious business situations there is no compromise: you need our good chap Humanophage to properly convey the prestigious nature of the community. Nothing will ever beat his monocled, tophat-wearing and sometimes Cthulhu-morphed eagle:


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    :obviously:
     
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  13. Infinitron I post news Patron

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    DU didn't mention this explicitly, but note that Twitter and Facebook logos have to be square shaped, not rectangular banners or anything else. Like the current one:

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    It doesn't animate when printed. Unless you have some holographic business card. Also mandatory:
     
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  16. Zed Codex Staff Patron

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    great entries so far
     
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    If only we could animate paper...
     
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  19. Ludo Lense Self-Ejected

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    I have a genuine question. Under which nation's law does the RPG Codex fall under? Is it as simple as Dark Underlord is the owner thus it falls under Australian Law?
     
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  20. LeStryfe79 President Spartacus Patron

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    Damn, it's hard for me to imagine what the hell Codex even means. Maybe it's a d20 where every side is a 20 or a 1.
     
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  22. LeStryfe79 President Spartacus Patron

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    I've got it...

     
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  23. mondblut Arcane

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    Sellouts.

    This is ok for an official logo:

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    Eh, Ill give it when I have some time.
     
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