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The customs marathon is back and this time we go global for a good cause

 

Two years ago, 40 C3 authors came together to produce more than 300 songs with one release every 8 hours for a whole month. The result was humbling: players, fans, authors and even family members helped us raise more than 7,000 dollars for the Make-a-Wish foundation! Now it's time to once again ask creators and players to come together to do something special, break barriers and help change the world.

 

Exit C3Thon, enter... Chart-a-thon!

The world of rhythm gaming is huge and full of amazing communities. This November, the biggest and most important communities come together for an unprecedented charity event. Chart-a-thon is a 30 day custom content marathon with the goal of raising as much money as we can for a good cause. Over the 30 days leading up to Christmas, authors from Audica, Beat Saber, Custom Songs Central (Clone Hero), CustomsForge (Rocksmith), Synth RIders and of course C3 will tag each other in and out to release new content. Our audience will receive a new release (singles, packs or albums) from a different author multiple times a day.

 

As for C3thon for every song you download that you would have downloaded even if you had to pay for it, we ask you to donate at least 90 cents to the cause that we will disclose soon. And of course, any additional donation is incredibly appreciated! This is a fully fledged honor system: if you can donate we’re infinitely grateful, and if you can’t you are free to download as many songs as you want. Every single donation though will help us reach a bigger goal and help people who need our support.

The following is extremely important: money goes directly to the charity's platform without us putting a finger on it. Donations are collected by the foundation itself using a third party platform. This is crucial to us: we will choose the organization from a specific shortlist because they have their own collection system and we are not involved in any way in that part of the process. You don’t have to trust anybody else with your money: we have no part in collecting donations at all, we are only here to raise awareness and ask for your help.

During the month of November up to the end of December (exact dates still to be finalized) we will release more information on the initiative, including some special events we have planned and we look forward to a huge turnout. We are also going to introduce you to the amazing group of authors who will sign up for this project with a passion that cannot be overstated. For now, just know that you should start saving up because we’re going to give you plenty of reasons to donate!

 

We aim not only to raise money for a good cause, but also hopefully start new great friendships between our communities and maybe even new collaborations, all the while making old and current games new fans!

 

If you're a player, stay tuned for more information on the event as we finalize details. If you're an author, contact the event organizer(s) for your community to start planning immediately!

 

We will also be reaching out to more communities, so if you have direct contacts with admins from other rhythm game communities or you're an admin yourself, do get in touch please!

 

 

- The Audica modding group (or Maudica) focuses on growing Audica, Harmonix’s latest VR rhythm game and community. Recently, one of the mappers from the community won a mapping competition to get their map officially in the game

- The BSMG (Beat Saber Modding Group) is a community devoted to supporting the growth of the VR rhythm game Beat Saber along with providing a platform where custom content can be built and creativity from creators can thrive

- Custom Songs Central is a charting collective founded in early 2018 producing content for Clone Hero

- CF, or CustomsForge, is a community born in 2014 devoted to Rocksmith 2014 Remastered custom content

- C3, or Customs Creators Collective, is a community born in 2013 devoted to full band production of mainly Rock Band 3 content

- The Synth Riders Mod Discord is a group that focuses on creating maps, mods and models for everyone’s favorite Synthwave themed VR rhythm game, Synth Riders. Three of the mappers from the community now officially help map for the game

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Awesome news. I think the C3 Make A Wish idea might have been the most fun thing this forum has ever done.

Last time, I suggested the idea of tallying pledges for songs *beforehand*, so that authors can get an idea of what songs would generate the biggest donations. Maybe that influences what they choose to work on if they know their work will generate more for charity.

For example, if somebody wants to author "The Heat Is On" by Glenn Frey, I'll personally donate $25 to the Make A Wish page along with a note expressly thanking the author. If somebody does "What a Fool Believes" by The Doobie Brothers, I'll make a $50 donation for just that song.

Maybe we could have a Google Spreadsheet that's open to everybody; if you want a particular song, you check the spreadsheet to see if it's listed there (if not, you add it), and you type in the amount of money you're willing to pledge to Make A Wish if *any* author chooses to do it for this event. Maybe it's a dollar...maybe it's twenty or fifty or a hundred dollars.

We'd still be working on the honor system, but this is all for a good cause, so if you make a pledge, you promise to live up to that pledge.

Or is this too much to maintain and/or an express violation of the forum's rules? No actual money would be changing hands, other than from "pledgers" and the charity itself. Thoughts?

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Thoughts?

 

Had always thought about that as well and especially to tie in nicely to an event. My naggings were as follows: what if it were a poorly authored custom and someone pledged quite a bit of money, would that be fair for either party? could you "choose" your author or at least have a say in it? Like, if an author signs up for one you want and you have the option as the requestor to reject or accept that author. I realize that could lead to other issues.

 

as an alternative or even in addition, what if there were auctions that were like "from" authors that an author could volunteer their services for "any song of someone's choosing" that fit their style more. so an auction for charity and the result is a custom that the requestor specifically will know the result. or a group of authors who are known well for their specific styles all author one or some together?

 

whatever the outcome, i think it's a great idea and if vetted out correctly, could result in some fun songs and more money towards a great cause.

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Had always thought about that as well and especially to tie in nicely to an event. My naggings were as follows: what if it were a poorly authored custom and someone pledged quite a bit of money, would that be fair for either party? could you "choose" your author or at least have a say in it? Like, if an author signs up for one you want and you have the option as the requestor to reject or accept that author. I realize that could lead to other issues.

 

as an alternative or even in addition, what if there were auctions that were like "from" authors that an author could volunteer their services for "any song of someone's choosing" that fit their style more. so an auction for charity and the result is a custom that the requestor specifically will know the result. or a group of authors who are known well for their specific styles all author one or some together?

 

whatever the outcome, i think it's a great idea and if vetted out correctly, could result in some fun songs and more money towards a great cause.

I don't think people making pledges should get to choose authors because it's very likely that there will be multiple people offering to donate for the same song (which is actually the point...to drive up donations or Make-A-Wish), and they may have different preferences when it comes to author. I'm presuming that the authors can figure out a way to decide amongst themselves how to dole out the "high request" songs for this event. As authors, you guys should obviously be able to pick and choose songs that *you* want to do, too...not to be forced to do something that doesn't excite you.

 

Your other idea would also work, I suppose...it's really up to you guys if you want to offer "collaborations-for-bid" or whatever. My only recommendation would be to keep it general; presume that there will be *multiple* people who want the same song, and instead of making it a bidding war situation, we want to try to capture *all* of the donation offers for charity, not just the winning ones!

 

 

 

 

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I don't think people making pledges should get to choose authors because it's very likely that there will be multiple people offering to donate for the same song (which is actually the point...to drive up donations or Make-A-Wish), and they may have different preferences when it comes to author.

...presume that there will be *multiple* people who want the same song...

 

I understand more. Let me present scenarios for what my thoughts were...

 

Scenario 1. Song gets added to a spreadsheet. Multiple people pledge bids. Authors decide who among them wants to work on it. Author or authors self assign based on preference. Song gets released. People complete the pledge.

 

Scenario 2. Song gets added to a spreadsheet. TWO people pledge bids. Authors decide who among them wants to work on it. Author or authors self assign based on preference. Song gets released. ONE person doesn't like the outcome. Pledge completed by one.

 

Scenario 3. Song gets added to a spreadsheet. ONE person pledges a bid. Authors decide who among them wants to work on it. Author or authors self assign based on preference. Song gets released. The ONE person doesn't like the outcome (for whatever reason). Pledge in jeopardy.

 

I think this works if people are okay with pledging knowing it's a good cause regardless of outcome. That SHOULD be the intent anyway, but just weighing the scope; it's just the way my brain works.

 

In regards to my other suggestion, it's not about song (that's taken care of with your suggestion), it's about author. So think of it as one of those bachelor auctions where people are bidding on an eligible bachelor, but instead of the bachelor it's an author. So some author might be known for creating country and heavy metal music, that would be the genres of the author you're bidding on. Once chosen, you get a country or heavy metal song of your choosing (within specified parameters like under 6 minutes, etc.). Since the person would likely be familiar with the author, the outcome expectation would already be set.

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Another idea that could link in with the pledges would be mystery boxes. To cut a long description short, someone pledges on a mystery box of an amount (for an example let's say $10) which could be hinted as let's say... a famous band from 30+ years ago. Others could include certain genres of music, difficulties on instruments or even a pack of songs. Obviously I'm just spit balling here but could develop into a cool concept if used effectively.

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As someone who doesn't chart and would be willing to donate for customs, I'd love to just be able to say, "If X amount of songs off this list get made, I'll donate X amount."

 

Just for the sake of giving a visual I'll throw around some numbers. So lets say I request 20 songs, and out of those 20 songs I'd pledge something like this.

 

1 song gets done = 2$

5 songs get done = 15$

10 songs get done = 35$

20 songs get done = 55$

 

None of the songs have to get made, but at least authors would know what songs people are willing to donate for.

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