Last month Square Enix introduced the Spooky Story Contest for players of FINAL FANTASY XIV with an active account. The winners were announced today, November 17.
As part of the Halloween events that recently took place in FINAL FANTASY XIV, the Spooky Story Contest aimed to have players with an active account (that is, those who had an active subscription during the registration period for the contest) submit original stories revolving around their FINAL FANTASY XIV characters. Needless to say, the story, in particular, had to be spooky, so to fit the theme of the season.
The contestants – at least in the European edition of the event–had to be residents of PAL territory countries, while residents of Spain and France were asked to follow more specific rules. Additionally, the story could not exceed more than 500 words and the submission had to include a screenshot of the character in question.
There were twenty selected winners across three language ranges (English, French and German), totalizing thirty lucky and talented fellows who now get to display their fashionable new accessories. You can check the complete list as well as their winning submissions on the official forums.
This year the Halloween event of FINAL FANTASY XIV, All Saint’s Wake, had players running an entertaining light party (formed of four players) dungeon, a themed Haukke Manor with no combat elements. Instead, were encouraged to mind their movements lest they’d get turned into pumpkins when spotted by enemies. In the instance, objectives such as “collect enough candy” were given at random for the party, who had to complete them in order to clear the dungeon, thus being awarded a currency specific to the event that would allow them to buy rewards. A minion, a stew, two orchestrion rolls, and a miscellany that when used would turn the character’s head into a giant pumpkin could be purchased from a vendor in Old Gridania. Furthermore, an exclusive Vampire’s Vest was awarded for completing the quest given by a special NPC, also in Old Gridania.
FINAL FANTASY XIV is available for Windows PC (either from Steam or from Square Enix itself), PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.