Breed a Triple Visible Matchmaker descendant - but with a Twist!
Closing Date for Entries has been set as: 1st March 2013 at 12.00 PI time
Matchmaker sat in his old-fashioned kitchen having breakfast with his wife Miss Matched and a large group of his children. He was in a particularly jovial mood, and the twinkle in his eye didn't go unnoticed by his wife. "What plot are you cooking up this time, Match? Is it a new contest?" she asked, knowing his moods only too well. Breaking into a grin Matchmaker winked at her. "You've guessed it! No matter how wonderfully colourful this family is, and I do love you all dearly, we are really very short of triple visibles in this household. But I am loathe to be involved in a large breeding project myself, I don't have the energy and work has kept me away from home for too long. So I've decided to give four of my sons - Sketch, Outline, Squiggle and Doodle - the task instead."
"What task is that, Daddy?" piped up little Still Life, her big green eyes looking at her father in anticipation.
Matchmaker smiled at his diminuitive daughter. "They'll be going to the big lights of the city to find out what the latest fashionable colours and patterns are, interview some starter Earthie mares, do some research to figure out their Sgenes, then bring home a few for the project. Meanwhile I can put my hooves up and relax. Delegation - wonderful thing."
Miss Matched gave a snort of derision. "I hope you know what you're letting yourself in for, dear. Wouldn't it be better if you sent Heartbreaker? He's got the highest intelligence in the family."
"Nonsense," Matchmaker said dismissively but not unkindly, although a nagging voice in the back of his mind told him his wife was probably right. "I'm sure the boys can cope admirably. It's just a few starters with Sgenes they need to find. I mean, how hard can it be?"
Two weeks later Matchmaker's sons stood before him with a bevvy of Earthie mares from the city bearing suitcases and other assorted luggage. Giggles, snorts and whinnies could be heard as the newcomers cast their eyes over the Matchmaker stables and family, chattering excitedly amongst themselves.
"Boys? How many mares did you bring home? I thought we agreed it would be just a few?" Matchmaker asked them with faint alarm at the prospect of housing all these ladies, although the Matchmaker stables were capacious.
Sketch spoke up a little sheepishly. "There are twenty-five mares here. We really couldn't whittle the number down any further."
Matchmaker raised his eyebrows at the number, but smiled good-humouredly. He'd been young once, himself. "Hmmm. All right, well, let me have the Sgene documentation then we can get started with planning."
"Uhhhh I think there's something you should know, Father," Doodle said tentatively. "We.. uhhh... had a slight mix up on the way home."
"How slight?" Matchmaker said sternly.
"Errrmmm... we don't know exactly which Sgenes these ladies carry other than what slots they have Sgenes in." Squiggle blurted out, shame-faced.
Matchmaker stared at each son in turn in disbelief. "I see. Well you've just made matters far more difficult for the contestants - but I expect they'll enjoy the challenge. Very well, let's get started. You're all grounded for a month, though."
Aim of contest - to breed a descendant of Matchmaker who is triple visible (TV) for either Leg/Hair/Body Sgenes or Face/Hair/Body Sgenes (limitations to Sgenes are specified in Post #3 below) and who must include a City Girl in its pedigree.
Summary of Important Thread Posts below:
#2 - Terms of Contest, Instructions, How to Enter, Making the Final Entry, Sgene Restrictions
#3 - City Girl links and pictures, Sgene information
#4 - Matchmaker Stud information
#5 - FAQs and Prizes, as well as two QV free breed test studs
#6 - Contest participants, their chosen City Girl and Stud
#7 - Mini-contests
#8 - Winners and prizes
#9 - Extra post just in case!
Terms of Contest:
TV Pony Entrants:
1. Must be pure Earthies, 0.0% IB.
2. Must be direct descendants of Matchmaker (long-lined breeding welcome).
3. Must include a City Girl in their lineage (see Post #2 below) for which a 10K entry fee is payable.
4. Either male or female acceptable.
5. Must be triple visible (searchable) for either Leg/Hair/Body or Face/Hair/Body (acceptable Sgenes detailed in post #3 below).
6. Colour requirements: Should be pleasing to the eye! Muddy ponies won't attract the winning prize.
7. May carry other Sgenes, but should not have any other visible or 'invisible' Sgenes, that is, ones that are searchable.
8. Winning pony will come to live at the Matchmaker stables. My decision as to the winner is final.
The Contest Instructions
Please read very carefully - all questions welcome in this thread. I'll add to FAQ if need be.
How to Enter:
1. Bid 10K on your City Girl of choice and also post your name in bold in this thread that you intend to enter the contest and which City Girl(s) you are bidding on. Anyone who doesn't follow this instruction will have their bid rejected. Be careful in your choice as you can't change your mind once I have accepted your bid. First come, first served though.
2. Devise a plan to breed a triple visible descendant of Matchmaker using starters you have genned yourself or bought. You should not use any DVSO, or other double visible/triple visible or triple carrier Earthie you may own that already exists in your stable. Please use single visible or double carrier starters only. Your plan must include your City Girl as one of the starters in the pedigree. The other details are up to you.
3. At some point during the contest, breed one of the offspring/descendants in your pedigree to one of the 4 Matchmaker studs provided (you can do this more than once). Again be careful which stud you choose as you can only breed with one of them. The Studs available are detailed in Post #4 below.
4. Your goal is to breed a stunning triple visible Matchmaker descendant with EITHER Face/Hair/Body searchable Sgenes OR Leg/Hair/Body searchable Sgenes and with your chosen City Girl also included in their pedigree.
Making Your Final Entry
You've finally bred a triple visible, now what? Post his/her picture in the thread along with a link to his/her profile. You can enter up to 3 triple visible ponies.
Closing Date As in previous contests with Matchmaker, the closing date isn't fixed at this point due to the length of time required to get a triple visible pony. The end point for this contest will be announced later on, I would expect the contest to run for several months. This is NOT a first past the post contest, enough time will be allowed for several triple visibles to be entered.
UPDATE: This contest will close for entries on 1st March 2013 at 12.00 PI time.
Restrictions on visible (searchable) Sgenes allowed in final entry:
No Rainbow Hair.
HDapples and Freckles are fine if you want to breed for them.
FAQ are listed below in Post #5.
Throughout the contest there will be small mini-contests popping up according to the whim of Matchmaker! Keep your eyes peeled. These mini-contests will be open to official entrants only.
Forty-one City Girls (and counting!), all Earthie double carrier Starter mares, have arrived from distant lands. Each mare carries two Sgenes. They carry either a Body/Leg, Body/Face, Hair/Leg, Hair/Face or Body/Hair combo.
Body Sgene can be: Paint, BodyFade, LDapples, PColorize
Leg Sgene can be: Socks, Stockings, Faded, Okapi, SColorize
Hair Sgene can be: Stripe, MStripes, QStripes, HairFade
Face can be: Star, Blaze, FaceFade, FColorize
No City Girl carries two Colorize Sgenes.
No City Girl carries any of: Rainbow Hair, HDapples, Freckles, Tips, ZigZag.
Each City Girl is up for 10,000 PG bid. This is the contest Entry fee and is designed to deter those looking to get freebie ponies to sell on. Funds will go towards contest prizes.
Closing Date to enter this contest: 31st August 2011 at 17.00 PI time.
All City Girls have been taken, no more entries possible now, good luck everyone!
Jambi (Body/Hair) - Owned by Carrisky
Vicenza (Leg/Body) - Owned by Calomel
Bernie (Body/Face) Owned by LNS
Beverly (Leg/Hair) - Owned by NightFlyer
Varna (Hair/Face) - Owned by runeshard
Jinan (Body/Leg) - Owned by Spring and Autumn
Riga (Hair/Face) Owned by WyckedOne
Roseau (Body/Leg) Owned by Malovane Dawaki
Victoria (Body/Hair) Owned by Arilian Princess
Esna (Body/Face) - Owned by ShadowPanther
Valletta (Hair/Leg) - Owned by Aeris84
Suva (Body/Leg) Owned by hardwired
Monaco (Body/Hair) Owned by Nahala
Lima (Hair/Face) PalliativeReaction
Bern (Hair/Leg) Owned by LvSoulFriend
Canberra (Body/Face) Owned by Eoko
Paris (Body/Face) Owned by Sleipnir
Muscat (Body/Face) Owned by ~Aurora~
Darwin (Body/Face) Owned by Zoot
Yerevan (Body/Face) Owned by Kiara~
Exeter (Body/Face) Owned by Chessy
Lusaka (Body/Hair) Owned by Hotaru13
Sanaa (Body/Hair) Owned by RayDragon
Ankara (Body/Hair) Owned by MooBoo
Ottawa (Body/Hair) Owned by harrowin
Dublin (Body/Hair) Owned by Glitter Paw
Amsterdam (Body/Leg) Owned by Little Bumble Bee
Tashkent (Body/Leg) Owned by PaintdGryphon
Fez (Body/Leg) Owned by mistresslaw
Munich (Body/Leg) Owned by yruvian
Stirling (Body/Leg) Owned by Starwind
Caracas (Hair/Face) Owned by ca_pierson
Minsk (Hair/Face) Owned by MGS
Sofia (Hair/Face) Owned by darkmoore
Tokyo (Hair/Face) Owned by kokiri3
Kwekwe (Hair/Face) Owned by Chaotic Gamer
London (Hair/Leg) Owned by Origami_Dragon
Apia (Hair/Leg) Owned by Aholland
Vienna (Hair/Leg) Owned by Mintaka
Havana (Hair/Leg) Owned by Punxz
Jaipur (Hair/Leg) Owned by the_lost_one_lucky
Four sons of Matchmaker (all triple carriers) have been provided as a choice of Stud for your TV project. You must use ONE of these studs to breed with a mare of your choice. Here are the studs (each of whom has a single visible Earthie mother). All carry Tips and either PColorize or Zigzag (inherited from Matchmaker):
#1: Sketch - Carries ZZ and Okapi (test breed proven by Punxz).
#2: Outline - Carries PColorize and Faded(testbreed by Eoko)
#3: Squiggle - Carries ZZ (testbreed by Origami_Dragon) and Freckles (test breed by ~Chaos).
#4: Doodle - Carries ZZ (testbreeds by Kokiri3) - and Freckles (testbreed by darkmoore).
All available for breeding at 0 bid to pure, non-inbred Earthies only (even for testbreeding purposes.). Please choose ONE stud only and post in the thread your choice. You can have unlimited breedings with him over the course of the contest.
Q. Can I bid on more than one City Girl?
A. Yes, if you think your choice might be taken by someone else, but it is first come, first served on each one. I will only accept one bid per user (not account).
Q. Can I breed my City Girl to a Matchmaker Stud?
A. No. You should only breed one of her children/grandchildren.
Q. Do I have to breed a City Girl's descendant to a Matchmaker Stud?
A. No. What you must do is make sure you've included both the Stud and the City girl in your triple visible's pedigree.
Q. Can I breed to more than one Matchmaker Stud during the contest?
A. No. You must choose one and work with your outcomes from that. You should post which stud you've chosen in the contest thread so I can officially note which one you're using. No need to name your chosen Stud until they are all adults and you're ready to breed to one. At that point you should post your chosen Stud and that choice will be binding, you can't change your mind after that.
Q. Can I buy double carrier or single visible starter Earthies for the contest?
A. Yes, but they must be starters. As long as you include your City Girl in the breeding lines, that's fine.
Q. How many breedings can I have with my chosen stud?
A. Breedings are unlimited.
Q. Can I breed more than one of my pedigree line to my chosen Matchmaker Stud?
A. Yes, this should help you with colour breeding, but be careful not to introduce any in-breeding! That would disqualify your pony.
Q. Can I buy a double visible Earthie to breed into my Matchmaker lines?
A. Nope. You must breed any DVs you need from scratch.
Q. If I have DVSO earthies around that I have bred, they are fair game to mix in, yes?
A. No, sorry. This gives you an unfair advantage over others who don't have the same resources. You should not use any DVSO, or other double visible/triple visible or triple carrier Earthie you may own that already exists in your stable. Please use single visible or double carrier starters only for this project.
Q. Can I test breed to the Matchmaker Stud to establish his Sgenes?
A. Yes - Earthie mares only though, please. And you must stick to your chosen stud only.
Q. Can I disclose in the Contest thread or via PM/IM information I have found out about which Sgenes a Stud carries?
A. Yes! You may help each other in this way if you feel so inclined.
Q. Can I share a QV tester stud with others to help them test out Sgenes carried?
A. Yes, if it's for Sgene testing purposes only, then that is fine.
We now have 2 free test studs for you to use if you want to test your City Girls out when they're adults:
Many thanks to kokiri3 and the other one belongs to me. Both are impure and inbred and it is strongly suggested you release any test offspring unnamed.
Q. Do you know exactly which Sgenes each City Girl carries?
A. Of course!
Q. Can I breed my City Girl to a free stud to discover her Sgenes? Can I name and keep her offspring?
A. You can breed your City girl to any pony you like to discover her Sgenes, because she isn't part of Matchmaker's bloodline (and you bought her, she's yours!). You can name and keep those ponies if you really like them. However please don't use any of them in the contest bloodlines or else your final entry will be disqualified. But for Sgene testing only, that's fine.
Q. Can I put my breeding project on my sub?
A. Yes. Just let me know your sub's name so I can keep track of genuine entries. Also if you change your account's name.
Q. What are you looking for in the contest winner?
A. Triple visible (or searchable) Sgenes in either Hair/Body/Face or Leg/Hair/Body slots, can be colorized or not, and the end result should be an attractive mix of colours - no muddy ponies please! I assess every visible colour when making my decision as to who will win. My decision is final.
Best Triple Visible Descendant wins:
1 million PG
Items to the value of ~50K.
Swag of snacks (to be announced, (20 each of 5 non-store varieties)
Participation prizes for all TVs entered (one per user):
Since you were so motivated as to spend months attempting this challenge, you deserve a reward for producing at least one TV!
Item(s) to the value of ~15K
Swag of snacks (10 of 5 non-store varieties)
Official contest participants and their chosen City Girl (Chosen Stud to be added later)
Doodle Sketch Outline Squiggle
MooBoo - Ankara - Outline
Mintaka (sub Alnitak ) - Vienna - Sketch
ca_pierson (sub cass_pierson) - Caracas - Doodle
The_Lost_One_Lucky (sub Drakona Kiz) - Jaipur
PaintdGryphon (sub City Girl Tashkent) - Tashkent - Sketch
darkmoore (sub darkmoore quests, Matching Sofia) - Sofia - Doodle
RayDragon - Sanaa - Outline
Chessy - Exeter - Doodle
Starwind (subs Aeschwine and Arientari) - Stirling
mistresslaw - Fez - Sketch
kokiri3 (sub Gene Factory) - Tokyo - Doodle
Glitter Paw - Dublin
MGS - Minsk - Sketch
Zoot - Darwin
Punxz (sub EmoPunxzProjects) - Havana - Sketch
harrowin - Ottawa - Sketch
Little Bumble Bee (sub Heaven) - Amsterdam - Sketch
~Aurora~ - Muscat - Doodle
Sleipnir (A lot of subs! XD) - Paris
Origami_Dragon (sub Aramina) - London - Squiggle
Kiara~ (sub Amatheiya) - Yerevan - Outline
Aholland (Aholland Trips/quads) - Apia - Sketch
yruvian (sub Eranor, Ashingtai Keep) - Munich - Doodle
~Chaotic Gamer~ (~Chaos~) - Kwekwe - Squiggle
Hotaru13 (sub Hotaru13 TVSOO) - Lusaka - Squiggle
hardwired - Suva - Sketch
Nahala - Monaco - Squiggle
LvSoulFriend (sub LvSF Projects) - Bern - Doodle
Eoko (sub Prince Arthur) - Canberra - Outline
Palliative Reaction - Lima
Malovane Dawaki (sub The Marsh Marchers) - Roseau - Sketch
Arilian Princess - Victoria - Sketch
WyckedOne (sub Wycked1'sWhiteKnight) - Riga - Doodle
Aeris84 - Valletta - Sketch
ShadowPanther - Esna - Sketch
Spring and Autumn (sub Koshchey) - Jinan
runeshard - Varna
LNS (Dancing Jello) - Bernie - Squiggle
NightFlyer (sub Sound and Fury) - Beverly
Calomel - Vicenza
Carrisky - Jambi
green = 1 entry; blue = 2 entries; red = 3 entries (limit)
koklri3 - Catch A Match, Picasso, Fabergé
darkmoore - City Lights, Isabella
Chessy - Winterberry Sundae
Punxz - Snowflake Cake
Origami_Dragon - Cinnamon Swirl, Autumn Dreams, Chile Cocoa
#1 Word Grid of City Girl names (ended 28 September 2011)
#2 Halloween Lotteries (31st October 2011)
#3 Leap Year Baby contest (29th Feb 2012)
#4 Matchmaker Maxout contest
#5 Give Me Sons!
General Mini Contest Info & Rules
1. Closing dates always given in the contest rules.
2. If you win a prize in a mini contest then you're automatically excluded from winning a prize in the next contest. You can still participate if you want to enter for fun, but you can't win a prize. This is to give everyone a chance to win something (exception: Halloween and Christmas general contests).
3. Any questions, please PM Matchmaker.
Mini Contest #6
Halloween Breed a Monarch Matchmaker Descendant (Everyone is eligible for prizes)
Winners and Prizes!
Here is my own TV project using one of Matchmaker's triple carrier daughters, Face the Music (who carries ZZ, Tips and FColorize according to my test breeds), and a City Boy named Dunmovin who carries Paint and Star.
My eventual aim is a TV approximately like these test breeds from my other project starters. The TV will have colorized BFade, MStripes and Blaze.
It remains to be seen whether I can actually achieve this goal with Dunmovin's colours thrown into the mix!
And.... ready to go! Post any progress, questions, etc here.
MooBoo - Ankara (City Girl) :))
Can't wait to try this!
Mintaka is entering. (I'll be working from my subaccount Alnitak however.)
Bid accepted! Good luck! Let us know how you get on and anything you'd like to share about your breeding strategy.
Great to see you here, Mintaka! Let me know which City Girl you've decided upon once you do.
This is going to be just a game for me I had such a hard time choosing a city girl! >.> You've given too many options
*chuckles* Wasn't sure how many people might enter - I had quite a lot entering contest #2 awhile back. It was amusing genning the starters - goodness knows how the colour combos will come out in breeding! Will be very entertaining to watch.
I wanna play! Darkmoore. I bid on Sofia.
Friends are like stars - you may not always see them, but they are always there.
I have a question - are we able to breed city girl with an earthie male that is a TC (Triple carrier)?
Bid on Jaipur
My male is going to be sketch.
Also, Are we aloud to start now? Or do we wait for them all to grow up?
You can start now, it doesn't matter
RayDragon's going to join in ^^
I've bidded on Sanaa
T'was Vienna. Took me a bit to decide, really, but I think I can work with those colors. (Also, I prefer leg genes in this case, only because I like more of them then face ones. ...)
Generation length doesn't matter, right? I fully expect to keep the colorations decent, I'll have some work ahead of me. Thankfully, since I only need him in the lines somewhere, and Vienna in the lines somewhere, I have some room to work a little if length doesn't matter. I can use lenght for color fixing/gene set-ups. (Which will be the hardest part, likely, if my chosen stud decides to be ZZ and I decide on a lower recessive body gene. e.e ...)
PaintdGryphon intends to enter the contest, and I've bid on Tashkent
This sounds like a lot of fun!
I'd love to play, ca_pierson and I'm bidding on Caracas!
ca_pierson's questing account. If you see a pony you want to have, PM me on ca_pierson and we can talk. Cass' Mailing List
Yes - but you must have bred that triple carrier yourself from starters. No cheating by buying one!
You can start planning your triple visible pedigree and genning any starters you need, or buying starters on the market. If the starters you buy are already adults you can begin breeding those. It's up to you how you organise your time. But you won't be able to breed with a Stud till 27th August nor breed your City girl into your pedigree until she's grown up.
I bid on Exeter, think I''ll be using doodle as the stud. :3
Chessy is joining in!
Generation length isn't an issue. The fun will be in what genes are carried and how that affects the overall appearance of your final pony, so you might need a fair few generations to iron things out.
*gets buried in bids*... am heading over to do some accepting now.