The Tyranny of King Washington - Creative Writing Contest

Win a season pass for the new Assassins Creed 3 DLC - The Tyranny of King Washington in this creative writing contest.

To celebrate the release of the new Assassins Creed 3 DLC Tyranny of King Washington we're having a creative writing contest.

UPDATE!
The winners of this contest have been selected!



Your task is to research the story line of the new DLC Tyranny of King Washington and craft a journal entry from the point of view of the crazed King Washington. Tales can feature the characters and historical events encountered with the game and during the appropriate time frame. Once you've crafted your entry, consider heading to the Writers Round Table for a peer review from one of our resident Justicars. After that, post a link to your blog entry in the official contest thread.

To participate, create a blog entry that contains the following:
- A story told from the perspective of "Mad King Washington"
- Be a minimum of 300 words in length
- Include a footnote that indicates your blog entry is for the GameSpot Assassins Creed III: DLC creative writing contest.

You can use the following videos to help assist you with creating your entry:
- The Tyranny of King Washington Trailer
- Evil Washington and the Power of the Wolf
- Assasins Creed 3: The Infamy

Prizing:
We will be selecting three (3) winners to receive the season pass for Assassin's Creed III: The Tyranny of King Washington. Getting you Chapter One: The Infamy, and access to the future episodes upon their release.

Rules and things you should know:
- You must be a GameSpot registrant
- Deadline to submit your entry is March 1st at 10:00pm PT
- Judging will be held in the GameSpot offices by resident Assassins Creed enthusiasts.
- The entry must be submitted in your blog space on gamespot.com or can be sent via email to community@gamespot.com.

For more information you can check out the Official Rules and Guidelines or ask your questions in the comments below.

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Assassins Creed III: They Tyranny of King Washington DLC Creative Writing Contest

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35 comments
JamesThePrince
JamesThePrince

Umm yeah too bad you can't get something that's really worth it.Like a figurine or some sort of awesome shirt or something! /: 

DragonbornBoy86
DragonbornBoy86

Assassin's Creed as a series is now dead and buried, I just wanna finish the last of this DLC when it comes out and then that will be it. I don't give a shit about a new Assassin's Creed 4 in Brazil, to what point and purpose will it serve just to make another new assassin? Even more what the hell is the point for them to have this contest when you have to PLAY the actual DLC or is it just what you know based on the original game story? Spare yourselves the waste of time in doing this it's not worth it unless you win a good amount of money or hell if you feel like it and are a writer, go and do it, I don't give a shit. It should have ended with Ezio in Revelations.

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

US only? Oh well, here is my essay.

I think it is a very good, but there is a major problem with it... basically, ACIII is a buggy mess!

The End.

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

Wait.... So we get a season pass by writing a story about the thing were getting the season pass for...... meaning we have to play it to know what it's about...? anyone else find this rather pointless?

RossRichard
RossRichard

Is it just me, or does this pic of George Washington look just like Al Bundy?

mstrchf12
mstrchf12

Sad that this is a US only contest. :( :(

JBStone1981
JBStone1981

And where is the official contest thread?

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Alright I just finished my entry. I hope I win and good luck to all those who enter :)

JBStone1981
JBStone1981

Are we limited to just one journal entry, or can we spread it out? 

KillerBill316
KillerBill316

Is that "season pass" specific to any version? PS3, PC, 360?

Chr0noid
Chr0noid

Wait, you want me to do something I would normally be forced to write in a boring English class, all in order to win something as inane as a DLC Season Pass?   Should have made it a cash prize or something.  Who the hell is going to do this for a SEASON PASS? 

IgotEpixx
IgotEpixx

"Dear Diary, I had the weirdest dream..."

SultaN-s
SultaN-s

I really wanna play this game. But I freaking can't play it for an hour without getting bored. I still haven't finished Haytham's chapters yet. God, that character is so awful.

DigitalDame
DigitalDame moderator moderatorstaff

@JamesThePrince Tell ya what, if you enter and win I'll throw in an AC2 figure ;) 

Mertyref
Mertyref

@DragonbornBoy86  It's not about the money, it's about sending a message!  Or in this case, a blog entry....

Btw story has been kinda sliding since AC II but still awesome games and im for one will play this shit through

PEACE

DragonbornBoy86
DragonbornBoy86

@punksterdaddy depends on what system you have it for, my 360 version is just fine, no real issues there. Most of those bugs were fixed in the last patch. 

DigitalDame
DigitalDame moderator moderatorstaff

@RPG_Fan_I_Am It's creative writing, you don't need to have played the game to get the gist of what the DLC is about. That's what the examples (the three videos) are for. To use them as sort of a launching pad to help stir any creative juices. 

ZOD777
ZOD777

@RPG_Fan_I_Am The season pass is for DLC, not the game itself.  Entrants should be people that already have the base game, otherwise, what would you possibly do with DLC for a game you don't own anyway?

JBStone1981
JBStone1981

Also, by "historical events encountered with the game and during the appropriate time period," are you referring to the time period of the main game, or just the DLC? 

DigitalDame
DigitalDame moderator moderatorstaff

@KillerBill316 If your entry is selected you will also be able to choose which platform (provided it's available). 

DigitalDame
DigitalDame moderator moderatorstaff

@Fo_Fai Well not every contest can suite everyone's fancy I suppose.

Vozlov
Vozlov

@SultaN-s You probably won't finish the game then if you manage to get to Conner. Haytham is the best character in the damn game. Such potential wasted.

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

@DragonbornBoy86 @punksterdaddy It is the xbox360 version I have and it is a mess!

I know they supposedly fixed it with patches. How else can you explain this though, it still doesn't play correctly? I can not complete the liberation missions in Boston as the character I need to recruit has vanished???

Then there is the issue of my caravan, it is stuck on the side of the road and although I saved it and killed the regulars, it won't go away!!

This is only two of over 10 different issues that I can remember at the moment. I am not having a pop at you, I just find this inexcusable from Ubisoft. They said it was developed over 3 years since ACII... that can't be true?

I know everyone is p*ssed at Rockstar about the delay of GTA V, I was too... but at least they take their time, just to try and get a game done properly. 

The same cannot be said of Ubisoft... Too eager to milk the cash cow of the Christmas rush of 2012 and to make sure their "Doomsday," tie in works, by using the date of 21st Dec 2012 all through the 5 titles.

There can be no other explanation as to why they released such a mess!?

The story is great, the game play is great, but the bugs are far too often. I bet I will have loads of people blindly defending AC III now? Before anyone does, tell me this...

...AM I WRONG?

ZOD777
ZOD777

@Synthia That doesn't clear anything up.  Which ones are available then?

DragonbornBoy86
DragonbornBoy86

@Vozlov @SultaN-s agreed you guys. Haytham wasn't annoying like Connor. But nooooooo! he had to fall in love with some Indian woman who kinda funny gets killed in both the original game and in the DLC. Either way she dies, and it's pointless, so why even bother with Connor? Charles Lee should have done us all a favor and just snapped Connor's neck, Bingo! The End. Or IMHO it should have been the end with Revelations with Ezio, Revelations was actually fun! This comes off way too much like hustling Mel Gibson in The Patriot.