✗ Any ground rules I should be aware of?
pokemon_bigbang follows pokeprompts' basic posting rules, which can be found here.
✗ Why aren't original characters (OCs) allowed?
There are a few reasons we focus on canon characters only. First, there is so much to play with in the Pokemon verse already, even with the canon-only limitations, that we feel it's a big enough sandbox while still providing some structure. Secondly, everyone is going to be familiar with canon characters; not everyone will be familiar with original characters, and so this focus helps reduce confusion/explanation time/etc. Thirdly, it greatly reduces the chance of Mary Sue fics.
✗ Who counts as an OC?
Any character ever mentioned in any Pokémon franchise is considered a canon character. That can be anyone from a character as important as Cyrus, May, or Professor Oak to a character as inconsequential as an episode-of-the-day character, a person who shows up in PokéSpe for three panels, a trainer you encounter on Route 32, a specific Pokémon especially mentioned in a PokéDex entry, the red gyarados from the lake of rage, or an Officer Jenny growlithe.
✗ Are AUs allowed? What about crossovers?
AUs are definitely allowed! As for the latter, that depends on what you mean by "crossover."
✗ Why am I only allowed to sign up for one position (writer, artist, or beta-reader)? I know you explained, but I want a TL;DR answer.
Well, you asked for it.
✗ I'm an artist/beta-reader. Will I have full control over what group I join/what I choose to create/what I choose to edit?
Absolute complete 100% control! You'll choose which story you'll be working with at the match-up post (here's an example from big bang 2011). So no, you'll never have to work on something you don't want to.
✗ My friend and I already know that we want to work together coming into this! Is that okay?
Definitely! When the match-up post happens, just say who's already on your team (x writer, x artists, x beta-reader) so people know how many spots are available to be filled. This can work for any creative combo—writer-beta, writer-artist, etc. If you want to come into this with three of your friends and have a completely set group from the start, go for it!
✗ I want to pinch-hit!
Awesome! Just keep an eye out for the pinch-hit post to offer your services!
✗ Is it okay if I create art for my own fic (or vice-versa)?
Well, it's not like we can stop you...but the whole point of this challenge is to work with other people, not shoulder all of the work yourself.
✗ Can I begin the big bang with a fic I've already been working on?
We would really prefer if you didn't, since the purpose is to create one body of work within the three-month period you're given.
✗ Can I write multiple shorter works to reach the 10,000 word count?
The purpose of a big bang is to write one story of at least 10,000 words. If it's less intimidating to think of it as writing short stories and one-shots that are actually all different scenes which ultimately move towards the goal of telling one cohesive story, then that'd be acceptable, but the major point is to tell one story.
✗ Is it okay if I enter this piece into multiple big bangs or to other contests?
Please don't? It seems to defeat the purpose, somehow...getting twice the credit for one piece of work.
✗ How do drop-outs work?
Extreme extenuating circumstances aside (you can always drop for that), the simple version is that once you join a group, you can't back out. The biggest concern was have is that people will disappear and leave their teammates high and dry. Basically: if you post on the match-up post, you are announcing your intention to see the big bang through to the bitter end. You can't drop out after that.
✗ What happens if we reach the 10,000/15,000 word count by the deadline, but it's still a WIP/our entry isn't finished?
Well, first we make pouty faces at you for a while. We do have a protocol for WIP situations, but it's on a need-to-know basis because we don't want you shooting for anything less than a fully completed story of at least 10,000 (or 15,000) words. Don't sell yourself short—you can do it!
✗ Where are we allowed to host our finished work?
You can host your fics and art anywhere you'd like, as long as it follows these simple guidelines: