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Lucidity Challenge 50—obfusc8 wins!
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Red text denotes changes to the rules from previous LCs.

Previous Challenges

LC   1 — TM and initiator: eMander (formerly ian1) — winner: -=JaSoN=-
LC   2 — TM: Magnus — winner: Q
LC   3 — TM: Q — winner: Bravsein
LC   4 — TM: Bravsein — winner: WritersCube
LC   5 — TM: WritersCube — winner: dimsya
LC   6 — TM: dimsya — winner: Queen SD
LC   7 — TM: Ysim — winner: Mugiwara
LC   8 — TM: Mugiwara — winner: Ysim
LC   9 — TM: Ysim — winner: Tundra
LC 10 — TM: Tundra — winner: ebilshrimp
LC 11 — TM: ebilshrimp — winner: Tundra
LC 12 — TM: HebrewB — winner: mattiasdavis
LC 13 — TM: Blue&White — winner: relV
LC 14 — TM: relV — winner: GHOSTIE11
LC 15 — TM: GHOSTIE11 — winner: unknownuser33
LC 16 — TM: Danielns13 — winner: rkr7
LC 17 — TM: Angelmouse — winner: pasQuale
LC 18 — TM: Magnus — winner: Amaryllis
LC 19 — TM: Amaryllis — winner: Dryalantha
LC 20 — TM: Dryalantha — winners: Shadow Dreamer and Amaryllis
LC 21 — TM: Shadow Dreamer — winner: probably Wyvern
LC 22 — TM: Danilens13 — winner: tosxyChor
LC 23 — TM: tosxyChor — winner: Wyvern
LC 24 — TM: Wyvern — winner: tosxyChor
LC 25 — TM: Rhewin — winner: Solaris
LC 26 — TM: Solaris — winner: Rhewin
LC 27 — TM: tosxyChor — winner: Rhewin
LC 28 — TM: Rhewin — winner: Siiw
LC 29 — TM: Siiw — winner: Rhewin
LC 30 — TM: Puce — winner: Wega
LC 31 — TM: Mimmo0 — winner: Limitles
LC 32 — TM: Limitles — winner: Nicklebrick
LC 33 — TM: Nicklebrick — winner: elnaureth
LC 34 — TM: elnaureth — winner: DreamSailor
LC 35 — TM: Ysim — winner: Koharo
LC 36 — TM: Rhewin — winner: HeadInTheClouds
LC 37 — TM: HeadInTheClouds — winner: Scipio Xaos
LC 38 — TM: Scipio Xaos — winner: Thorn
LC 39 — TM: Thorn — winner: Koharo
LC 40 — TM: HeadInTheClouds — winner: Wyvern
LC 41 — TM: Wyvern — winner: Thorn
LC 42 — TM: Thorn — winner: Wyvern
LC 43 — TM: Rhewin — winner: drd
LC 44 — TM: Thorn — winner: drd
LC 45 — TM: obfusc8 — winner: Thorn
LC 46 — TM: Thorn — winner: obfusc8
LC 47 — TM: Mew151 — winner: Rhewin
LC 48 — TM: Rhewin — winner: probably obfusc8
LC 49 — TM: obfusc8 — winner: drd

Introduction

As is pretty typical at this point, I didn't win the last LC, but I'm the highest-placing competitor from it that cares to host, so allow me to welcome you to Lucidity Challenge 50! Everybody loves "special" numbers, and 50 is certainly one of those! Get hyped!

The purpose of the LC in its current form is to serve as a motivator for good lucid dream practices, to create an atmosphere of both competition and cooperation, to create a challenge for lucid dreamers of all levels, and to provide fun to all participants. I hope that everybody gets to experience all of these while participating!

Challenge Structure

The LC will consist of seven weeks of lucid dreaming tasks, although the last "week" will have an extra day to make 50 days even. Yes, we're going back to the "classic" seven-week structure for now; after all, 50 is a "special" number! The tasks will generally increase in difficulty with each new week. Each task is worth points, and each participant will attempt to accrue as many points as possible via finishing the tasks in lucid dreams and normal dreams, having long lucid dreams, cooperating with teammates, and other means. At the end of the 50 days, the participant with the most points wins! He or she can host the next LC if he or she chooses; if not, hosting rights go to second place, and so on and so forth until a host is found.

Recent LCs have woven the tasks together with a silly story of the LC host guiding the participants through a fantastic dreamscape. I couldn't resist the cheesiness and did so as well. It's loaded with LD4all in-jokes and self-deprecation. Feel free to ignore it for the most part.

Scoring (placed in a spoiler for length) (minor changes from previous LCs)

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Teams (changed from previous LCs)

The idea of group work started as a behind-the-scenes activity during LC 37, was introduced into the LC proper in LC 39, and was continually revised until teams were introduced in LC 42. Unlike in previous LCs, not all weeks will have teams. When an upcoming week will have teams that require your input, a notice will be posted at least two days in advance. You will have until the week's tasks are posted to choose a team. Note that some weeks may have predetermined teams based on other facets of the LC. Teams will be discussed in more detail when they become relevant.

Legs (new to LC 50)

A seven-week LC can be a drag if you're stuck far behind. To mitigate this, the LC will have three two-week legs (with the final week not included in a leg). The winners of each leg will be the members who earn the most task points and bonuses within it (e.g., Week 1 task points will not help you win the leg of Weeks 3 and 4). The number of leg winners will be based upon the number of active participants and will be announced a few days before the leg's completion. Leg winners will get a small LC-based reward and will be taken out of the running to win future legs.


Sign-Ups

The LC traditionally needs 10 participants before it starts. We will start no sooner than Friday, June 19, unless we get 15 participants, in which case we will start as soon as possible.

When signing up, please quote the sign-up list from the most recent post containing it and add your entry to the bottom of the list. Your sign up should include your username, your personal goal worth 100 points when completed lucidly, and your character design (see the information after the story prelude in the next post).

Here are our current sign-ups:

Sign-Up List [Name — Personal Goal]
  1. Scipio Xaos — A Flight with Cardia
  2. Zaibatsu — Full LD on will
  3. Letaali — Revisit a dream that had a cool planet
  4. En'enra — Use water magic properly
  5. James_UK2008 — Visit another planet
  6. Coasty — Meet a specific Dream Person
  7. Mew151 — Play DDR Dream Mix
  8. Susan_Y — See the sky
  9. obfusc8 — I AM GROOT! (Treant transformation + growing branches and stuff.)
  10. drd — Summon and ride Smokey
  11. Koharo — Pull off 3 reality/death defying stunts
  12. Siiw — Successfully summon a big creature
  13. Eilatan — Looking for a good man.
  14. Lumessence — Open a portal to D-912 (that place you all call "real life")
  15. Jer — Fly into Outer Space
  16. Yanshuf — Summon a wood golem which heighs minimum ten meters
Current Scores

Scores can be viewed here.

Tasks

Week 1: Welcome to Elcedia
Week 2: Contrasting Climates
Week 3: An Animated Competition
Week 4: Thorny Hawk's Pro Skater
Week 5: LD4small
Week 6: Aaahh!!! Dream Monsters
Week 7: The Big Finale

One Final Thing…

I will read any dreams you want me to read. Feel free to post dreams here or in your DJ. However, I will have much to read. I will only read your DJ posts if you link them here and they are intelligible—the forum is not a text message. Also, if you do link a DJ post, please also summarize what you did for the LC in words. Not giving a summary or giving tasks numbers that require me to check what numbers correspond to what tasks only serves to slow down scoring, which is not what anybody wants.

As I say every time I host the LC,

May the best dreamer win!




Current LD goal(s): Get back into good LDing habits


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Prelude
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Prelude

As is recent tradition, the LC has a silly (read: inane) story stringing everything together involving the host maintaining the illusion of control over the participants. I'll tuck it behind spoilers to spare those who don't like reading drivel. smile

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Along with your sign-up, you should have a description (or a picture, if you're an artsy type) of a bipedal, anthropomorphic (or highly specific human) form you'd like to use throughout the LC. While you're not required to use it for almost anything, you'll earn 5 bonus points for each task you finish as your chosen form. For other transformation tasks, you'll earn this bonus by keeping morphic resonance; that is, your transformation is clearly just your character reshaped. For example, I used the following avatars in recent LCs to fit their transformation-based tasks, and all of them contain aspects of the form from the previous pictures—namely, the large horn, prehensile tail, and turquoise coloration.

          

The idea is to do something a bit more immersive by having you ditch your waking life body for fantastic feats, which should truly separate you from any preconceptions of dream control limitations brought on by being, well, you! You'll need to provide the following:
  • Name (if different from your LD4all screen name).
  • Species. What are you? It can be a real species that is humanized or a made-up species (in which case, describe it). If it's just you as another person, I need defined characteristics that clearly separate it from your waking-life self. Make it dreamlike!
  • Gender. I know some of you gamers out there play as members of the opposite gender. It's allowed here too.
  • Appearance. Do you have a certain color scheme? Do you have any unique markings?
  • Height. I need a height between 3 feet (91 cm) and 7 feet (213 cm). I give these bounds not to restrict your creativity but to make sure that you can actually interact with things during the LC. If you really want a ridiculously short or tall character, we can always look into making a fitting task for it, but let's keep it simple for now. I don't need you bonking your head on doorframes or struggling to reach things at a person's head level. tounge2
  • Picture (optional). If you have artistic talent or find a character creator online, show us what you want to be instead of just describing it!
  • Mindset (optional). Is there anything you'd care to tell us about your lucid interests? Perhaps your character already reflects some of them!
Whatever you decide to be, I hope you have fun with it, as the next seven weeks will have extra points for using your creation! If this isn't your idea of fun, don't sweat it! It's only worth 5 points per task, so you can definitely work around it!

EDIT: A note on this…
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Current LD goal(s): Get back into good LDing habits


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LC "OMG" 50 Signups! [Name — Personal Goal]
  1. Scipio Xaos — A Flight with Cardia
Welp.. here it is!

Name: Cornelia Xaos
Species: Catperson (Nya! )
Gender: Female
Appearance: Like a regular normal human.. if you ignore the big pink ears and tail. The ears kinda blend into the pink hair.. kinda... Maybe I'll draw her eventually. tounge2
Height: 172 cm! (Since everyone else is using metric I better too. tounge2 )
Picture: TO BE CONTINUED!!! Uh.. I mean... maybe there'll be one here eventually. tounge2
Mindset: Pretty much normal LDing endeavors.. Likes magic a lot.



Current LD goal(s): To Actually LD Regularly Again... Jeez...


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Scipio Xaos wrote:
LC "OMG" 50 Signups! [Name — Personal Goal]
  1. Scipio Xaos — A Flight with Cardia

CHALLENGER APPROACHING!
CHALLENGER APPROACHING!
I'll edit the rest of my details in later... I wanted to be first. Also I'm a little busy at the moment. tounge2

2-Zaibatsu - Full LD on will
This is my 1st entry...hopefully i'll offer a nice challenge to others



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LC "OMG" 50 Signups! [Name — Personal Goal]
  1. Scipio Xaos — A Flight with Cardia
  2. Zaibatsu —Full LD on will


FTFY



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PostPosted: Tue 16 Jun, 2015  Reply with quote

LC "OMG" 50 Signups! [Name — Personal Goal]
  1. Scipio Xaos — A Flight with Cardia
  2. Zaibatsu — Full LD on will
  3. Letaali — Revisit a dream that had a cool planet


Well, too bad it has to be bipedal and anthropomorphic. Pretty limiting meh Anyway! I guess the alien swordsman in my avatar will be ok. I was him in a non-lucid dream pretty recently.


Name: Letaali, for now. I don't know his name yet. His "class" is Ghost tounge1
Species: Alien.
Gender: Male.
Appearance: Made of rock/metal. In my dream it was not constricting; it was elastic and dark steel colored. No visible eyes, nose, ears or mouth.
Height: Tall. Lets say 2 meters.
Mindset: I love sci-fi and I love dreaming about cool, alien places. I think my personal goal makes that pretty clear too.



Current LD goal(s): Reach the Frozen Planet
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LC "OMG" 50 Signups! [Name — Personal Goal]
  1. Scipio Xaos — A Flight with Cardia
  2. Zaibatsu — Full LD on will
  3. Letaali — Revisit a dream that had a cool planet
  4. En'enra — Use water magic properly


I'm looking forward to participating in a LC again. ^^ I chose water control for my personal task because in every LD that I try to use water magic I end up controlling a few drops of water instead of huge waves. Water is my favorite element, so it would be really nice to be able to cast water magic in a dream. grin

I love the frame story, too. This will be my character:



Name: Voda (water)
Species: river snake // river dragon
Gender: f
Appearance: As in the picture. Dark gold/turquoise theme, battle armor, tail. What's not in the picture - more scales on her hands. There was no option for that in the creator.
Height (length): 285cm (with the tail)
Mindset: Best suited for swimming. Wants to transform into a winged river dragon. Dislikes fog and anomalous dream characters.

Edit: Chose to change my character, this is a final version.



Current LD goal(s): many


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PostPosted: Tue 16 Jun, 2015  Reply with quote

@Letaali: Well, human characters are allowed too so long as it's something special and not just your waking-life self, as I said in boldface. Sorry to kill your desire for quadruped dreams, but I really need you to have arms for some of the tasks!

@Letaali & @En'enra: Sounds like both of you have characters from outside of the LC on your mind. Hopefully you get a chance to experience them; I'm curious about what made them special to you!



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She was created for the LC, so I'm hoping that the challenge will make her special to me. ^^ I changed her name, though, since I don't think I would respond to "En'enra" in a dream.


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LC "OMG" 50 Signups! [Name — Personal Goal]
  1. Scipio Xaos — A Flight with Cardia
  2. Zaibatsu — Full LD on will
  3. Letaali — Revisit a dream that had a cool planet
  4. En'enra — Use water magic properly
  5. James_UK2008 - Visit another planet


Name: James (ugh, did yauja even have names? Unoriginal I know tounge2)
Species: Yautja
Gender: Male
Appearance: Scaly skin, black claws, shin/thigh/chest armour, a Biomask for enhanced vision modes, armed to the teeth with wrist blades and a shoulder mounted laser, dreadlocks and a face only a mother could love. tounge2
Height: 7 feet



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PostPosted: Tue 16 Jun, 2015  Reply with quote

We have five sign-ups so far, which is pretty good! I will say that I wasn't expecting to get a bunch of super-tall aliens. I honestly expected some animal people or some sorcerers/wizards… not that going against my expectations is a bad thing! Do what you want!

Again, if we have 10 participants, we'll start Friday afternoon ET to give people a one-week break after the last LC. If we get to 15, then we'll start sooner so that people don't get distracted or bail out.



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LC "OMG" 50 Signups! [Name — Personal Goal]

Scipio Xaos — A Flight with Cardia
Zaibatsu — Full LD on will
Letaali — Revisit a dream that had a cool planet
En'enra — Use water magic properly
James_UK2008 - Visit another planet
Coasty - Meet a specific Dream Person, god damn it, just happen already

Name: Arthur
Species: Archangel
Gender: Male
Appearance: Refer to my avatar. In short: Armor, wings, sword, all with a purple theme.
Height: My height, as this is an assumed state, something I would ascend to, not a different person. The armor and sword would materialize around me.
Mindset: Control. All I need is control. Arthur is the embodiment of power, control and knowledge. The Rightful King of the Land. Power itself manifests in his sword, all of the dreamscape bows to his command. His word is law. That is the fate that I want for myself. Just let me get into my dreams for a little while, let me assume this ascended state, and my mind will be bound by my command. The mindset of a conqueror. The mindset of the True King. That is Arthur's mindset.



Current LD goal(s): Visit The Palace, ascend to archangel status.
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Man, I was expecting way more characters that were clearly just whipped up in an instant for the sake of the competition, but people seem to be putting in a lot of effort! Heck, lots of people are describing certain mindsets they'll have with their character that they wouldn't have normally. Good on you for being so immersed!

We have six sign-ups right now, and if all of the people who told me they want to sign up do so, we'll have ten exactly. Starting on Friday is looking very likely.



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LC "OMG" 50 Signups! [Name — Personal Goal]
  1. Scipio Xaos — A Flight with Cardia
  2. Zaibatsu — Full LD on will
  3. Letaali — Revisit a dream that had a cool planet
  4. En'enra — Use water magic properly
  5. James_UK2008 — Visit another planet
  6. Coasty — Meet a specific Dream Person, god damn it, just happen already

FTFYA tounge2



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LC "OMG" 50 Signups! [Name — Personal Goal]
  1. Scipio Xaos — A Flight with Cardia
  2. Zaibatsu — Full LD on will
  3. Letaali — Revisit a dream that had a cool planet
  4. En'enra — Use water magic properly
  5. James_UK2008 - Visit another planet
  6. Coasty — Meet a specific Dream Person, god damn it, just happen already
  7. Mew151 - Play DDR Dream Mix

Name: Miu
Species: Pseudo Catperson
Gender: Female I REFUSE TO BE CONFINED TO YOUR GENDER ROLES, CISGENDER SCUM
Appearance: Hair is styled to resemble cat ears. Looks like a Mew, so pink hair with blue eyes and overall pink design.
Height: 147cm
Mindset: Exploration and meeting with other LC peeps.

Scipio, you stole my original OC character design! You will pay!

Anyway, I chose a Mew-like character because Mews are less than 3 feet tall most people see me as an actual mew in dreams anyway. I chose to go with a female transformation because it seems like an interesting transformation that also keeps me in a familiar human body. Also mostly because when I was imagining a humanized Mew character, it was easier to imagine a girl than a super handsome macho tough guy like myself.



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