Save the world and tell us all about it at the IFCC 2018

BEFORE WE GO TO MARS

The Game Challenge 2018

11th of January - 22nd of April 2018

Perfect way to show your work around, meet new artists and win a ticket to IFCC!

Oscar Trejo Alcantara

The Before we go to Mars challenge is a great way to inspire yourself and make friends while working together on a fascinating project!

Leon Tukker

Join today or Dr. Bob will visit you the next!

Leo Haslam

PARTICIPATE WITH ANY NUMBER OF WORKS

All aspiring, rising and accomplished artist are cordially invited to participate in the 2018 edition where we will, once again, be reinventing Earth, biology, technology and the future of living in space. Submit your ideas for characters, vehicles/machines and environments and partake in populating one of the largest creative open spaces in the industry. Of course, there are a few guidelines to follow. Submit any number of works, in one or more categories. Have in mind that we won't pick winners in each category, instead we will look for the best works in general.

CHARACTERS

Humans, half-humans, quarter-humans, robots, walking computers...

ENVIRONMENT DESIGN

Interiors, exteriors, streets, factories, cities, woods, super tissue farms...

VEHICLES/MACHINES

Drones, dredges, flying drills (with brains and human arms of course)...

Before we go to Mars

So what's new with our dear Dr. Bob?

First - the Breaking News. Remember Boston Dynamics? After they've signed a contract or two with IASA, for some really huge projects, they've changed their name to Space Dynamics. The sad truth is that their creations won't see outer space any time soon. At least not as part of IASA's Space Program. Dr. Bob managed to break into their secret data. So all the designs they have been developing for years and years are now in wrong hands. Totally wrong hands. On top of that, with all this new information, Dr. Bob finally managed to locate their secret underground factory where they started building first 10 000 battle units for the Global Army. Now MeatBots are all over that place. Bad, bad, bad news.

The hard truth is that there are more MeatBots than ever and Dr. Bob has gone utterly bonkers. He started painting everything in - yellow! On the other hand, those few and a half humans that are still alive finally found a way to communicate with each other and it's almost certain that the Revolution is on its way. Actually revolution might be overselling it. Let's call it the Resistance. Yes, that's more appropriate.

The fate of the future has changed. Whether in your favor or not it is yet to be seen. Actually, Earth's future can be bright again if you decide to move your lazy art butt and do something about it. Joining this challenge is the most obvious choice of course. 

Join the challenge by following these 4 simple steps

STEP 1

Create artwork(s) with your favorite 2D or 3D tools, while following technical requirements (more info below)

STEP 2

Place your artwork inside BWGTM template and upload it to your portfolio page where it can be seen in full size

STEP 3

Publish it on Instagram or Facebook (mark it as 'Public') with these two hashtags: #beforewegotomars #doctorbobiscrazy

STEP 4

Come back here and fill out the form below so we can decide if your work will be listed with others in the finals

Simon Goinard, Before we go to Mars 2018

Visual Language

Every submitted piece should follow a predetermined visual standard regarding the final photo-treatment of the image. It must imitate a colorized or non-colorized vintage photo style, resembling photos that were made at the end of 19th century. Alternatively you could go for a Polaroid look and feel. Images must be as realistic as possible, even if they're painted (2D).

Examples of colorized old photos can be seen HEREHEREHEREHERE and HERE. Colorization doesn't have to be perfect, because, well, it never is. It's OK to make it obvious.

The reason for this aesthetic is the lack of available electrical power sources, so survivors outside the MRS don't have anywhere to plug in their computers and cameras. In very rare occasions they manage to steal some electricity from The Creator, which of course is a very risky activity. Limited as they are, they decided to learn how to make photos like their ancestors did, using a wet plate and other olden techniques. Some had old family cameras while others broke into pawn shops and museums. Some even found a storehouse with outdated supplies of 35 mm film. Not perfect but it works on grandpa's old camera. And there you have it. People always find a way.

Before we go to Mars Vintage Photo Look

How to submit your artwork

CHARACTER DESIGN

1. Download TGC/BWGTM template and place your portrait format image in it (1080x1920 px in RGB)
2. Follow the 4 Simple Steps from above and you're done

Need inspiration? Learn more about "Before we go to Mars" HERE.

Our suggestions:
Dr. Bob aka The Creator (well that's a though one, you should avoid it)
Inspectors (Dr. Bob's own investigators, mostly MeatBots but sometimes even humans, who always have tons of unpleasant questions for every Ghost, Mole or Nomad they meet)
Guardians (Dr. Bob's private army of nasty looking MeatBots, made of super tissue, electronics, animal and human limbs, prostheses, weapons...)
Working Units (similar to Guardians, built for light and heavy manual work)
LRRP Units aka Rangers (MeatBots, similar to Guardians only much lighter)
Drone Pilots (special class of Rangers, MeatBots or humans loyal to Dr. Bob)
Ghosts (humans, survivors who live in Danger Zones)
Damned (humans, traitors who collaborate with Dr. Bob's LRRP units and lead them to human settlements for which they receive food and medical help, but once they get too sick and are no longer of any use, their organs and limbs are harvested and ultimately used to create new Guardians, Working Units or LRRPs)
Moles (humans, preppers, usually living in small groups or alone, in the woods or under the surface)
Nomads (humans, always in search for Safe Zones, many of them are ex soldiers, they travel in groups or as individuals, equipped with various gadgets like weapons, small drones and special clothes/masks which protect them from the radiation)
MSR personel (mostly scientists)

ENVIRONMENT DESIGN
VEHICLE/MACHINE DESIGN

Fill out the form to participate

(if you have already completed 3 previous steps)

Prizes and other information

BWGTM 2018 Challenge Finalists

Various "Before we go to Mars" Concepts

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