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Banner Maker Competition
00:22:30 Jan 10th 07 - VU Admin:

We need a banner to use for advertising so that we can attract more players. The size of the banner must be either 468x60px (standard), 160x600 (skyscraper) or 728x90 (leaderboard).
The format needs to be either GIF, JPG, PNG or SWF (flash).

Max size of the banner is 60,000 bytes!

You have until Sunday evening (22:00 CET) to post your banners. You can post as many as you like.
Then we will rate them and the creator of the top ten banners will get 3 bonus turns each! So if you make five banners and get them all into top-10, then you will get 15 bonus turns.

Post your banners in this thread. If you do not know where to upload them, e-mail them to (don't forget to include your rulername).

The banners in the competition can be found here:

(Edited by VU Admin 1/10/2007 6:20:56 PM)

00:35:35 Jan 10th 07 - VU Admin:

Old banner for inspiration: Just copy and paste your banner in the text-box to make it visible in the thread.

(Edited by VU Admin 1/10/2007 12:55:50 PM)

01:00:23 Jan 10th 07 - Mr. Helikaon:

Edit: With re-sized lettering, obviously.

(Edited by Mr. Helikaon 1/10/2007 1:01:02 AM)

01:35:45 Jan 10th 07 - VU Admin:

The size of the banner must be either 468x60px (standard),
160x600 (skyscraper) or 728x90 (leaderboard).

02:41:55 Jan 10th 07 - Mr. Beggar:

he says to email it to him at if you don't know how to post it

03:27:04 Jan 10th 07 - Mr. Architect:

Yeah, there are programs for it, a few of em are Photoshop and Flash that I am framiliar with.  I'm sure there are others but I'm pretty sure those are about the most popular.  And if I had a decent computer with which to use them, I guarantee you I would make one of the best banners you'll see here...but I dont, my computers broken... its a sad day. :(

I like it Krum

04:38:51 Jan 10th 07 - Admiral Krum:

A good site for free fonts, go here.

Photoshop and/or Illustrator are the best tools to use when designing.

04:54:52 Jan 10th 07 - Admiral Krum:

Without going too far offtopic (kinda like it's becoming), Illustrator is used for designing vector based graphics, mainly for print.

But for the purpose of this contest, photoshop is the way to go.

16:39:29 Jan 10th 07 - Mr. Helikaon:

Nowhere near Venomz but hopefully quite clean and minimalist

21:12:26 Jan 10th 07 - Lord Spoon:

This is the .gif file. It lags a bit..

Here is an example of the .swf file, I can send it if you want..

Oh! Bugger- Forgot a border..

(Edited by Lord Spoon 1/10/2007 9:13:23 PM)

00:52:06 Jan 11th 07 - Admiral Krum:


06:55:32 Jan 11th 07 - Mr. Architect:

Can someone hell me how Spoon got his .SWF file to play in the Forum?  I made a pretty cool on I think in flash but I cant figure out how to post it in her and have it play...

07:24:53 Jan 11th 07 - Mr. Architect:

16:16:43 Jan 11th 07 - Mr. Rommel:

Sorry Surgeon, that banner isn't work safe. My boss walked in behind me while I was on break and didn't particularly like what I was looking at. (Had to tell him I was playing a game in my spare time instead of looking at porn)

16:31:27 Jan 11th 07 - Commander Firestorm:

There sorry i couldnt post it as a .GIF that was screwed up so just had to use this one.

(Edited by Commander Firestorm 1/11/2007 4:32:08 PM)

17:57:56 Jan 11th 07 - VU Admin:

A lot of ppls banners are too large! Max size is 60,000 bytes!

18:05:44 Jan 11th 07 - Mr. Venomz:

Firestorm xD

way to stretchy

19:50:17 Jan 11th 07 - Commander Firestorm:

Mr. Venomz

1/11/2007 6:05:44 PM
Firestorm xD

way to stretchy

If you dont maximise the page, then itll stay at its correct size, but because its a .swf file it will strtch itself to the size of your window. It works fine in other forums because they make you enter the width and height of the .swf but not with this one.

00:11:58 Jan 12th 07 - Duke Azaruc:

@eomer, there might be a copyright on these guild wars faces..

00:20:53 Jan 12th 07 - Mr. Beggar:

erm if those faces are from a different game, that just makes VU look like a retarded wanna be

00:24:20 Jan 12th 07 - Sir Senturu:

spoon that was good. but you need to make the letters darker. or they are too hard to read

00:29:27 Jan 12th 07 - Mr. Arzun:

Architech that is nuts! I love it!

02:11:04 Jan 12th 07 - Mr. Architect:

Thanks, I was wondering if anyone was ever going to look at it :P

02:55:45 Jan 12th 07 - Mr. Architect:

Here's another

I've given up trying to postit in the forum in working order so I'll just put the links for future reference.

03:02:12 Jan 12th 07 - Mr. Beggar:

ya know i think what really seperates VU from most online games like it are the fact that there is an actualy interactve map of the world. i think any banners should include that!

03:11:02 Jan 12th 07 - Ms. Crippled:

I have a terrible allergy to all that flashing and commercialistic "Join Now" "Click here" stuff. The work is very well done it's not that, it's just how you present the message.
The banner should be informative and provoke interest rather than disturbance and heart attack.

03:29:30 Jan 12th 07 - Mr. Architect:

@ Crippled

Can you be more specific as to what you would like to see more of?  The idea behind the flashing is that it would attract attention, but I dont want it to be so much that you get seizures from looking at it.  And as far as provoking interst what would catch your attention more?

@ Beggar

How would you suggest that we incorporate an interactive map?  Even if I were to use it it would just end up being a background and stagnant.  I think the 2nd one I made could use a new background, if you can tell me what you want, I may be able to fit it in there.

04:17:35 Jan 12th 07 - Mr. Dvsmasta:

Sorry.. here is the smaller size version =(
didn't notice it was 65k

18:47:21 Jan 12th 07 - Ms. Crippled:

Oh Mr. Architect, I was commenting on the subject in general. The ones You have made are harmonic to watch. On your last one the only things I could think of to improve is to make the restart a little softer, maybe a fade out - fade in or something. And regarding the message, You have done well too, i think that it would be good if you add a line about the social part of the game. Maybe "Rally your friends" or something.

19:32:42 Jan 12th 07 - Mr. Architect:

K, I'll see what I can do to put it in there when I get back from work later today.

08:53:39 Jan 13th 07 - Mr. Architect:

Is This a little more what you had in mind?


11:58:26 Jan 13th 07 - Mr. Woopie:

sorry architect...

DVS' s banner is still the best =D

12:07:40 Jan 13th 07 - Lord Spoon:

Krum's banner r00lz.

12:15:53 Jan 13th 07 - Lord Mielo:

DVS's banner is good for showing a little peak of the game ... so people will know it really is visual ... not a text based game (personally I think thext based are sooooo boring) and that would attract me to VU ... But Krum's banner is very pretty and it leaves you wondering what the game is all about ... So for the moment I would place both on the 1st place ... they have both different effect on people

12:35:28 Jan 13th 07 - VU Admin:

I've deleted the banners with the wrong size. There are currently 11 banners in the competition and they can be found here:

(Edited by VU Admin 1/13/2007 12:46:43 PM)

14:43:51 Jan 13th 07 - Duke Azaruc:

ok, I tried PS for the first time too now :p that explains the result ^_^

15:37:57 Jan 13th 07 - Mr. Fra Merluz:

It needs to show the following concepts (that differentiate altogether VU from the rest):

1- Free

2- Strategy wargame

3- real time

4- and most importantly...2 dimensions (MAP!!!!).

I dont know how to do the banner:)...but I would like my share of free BTs for this.

15:45:22 Jan 13th 07 - Mr. Dvsmasta:

Heh, i ven stripped the kingdom banners for that screenshot  ;)

22:34:24 Jan 13th 07 - Admiral Krum:

Another to add  to the mix

22:46:37 Jan 13th 07 - Duke Efrandor:

That's a good one Krum.

22:51:06 Jan 13th 07 - Sir Stirlin:

Krum has a good one

00:26:01 Jan 14th 07 - Ms. Crippled:

I liked it Architect =).

5- Absolutely most super important Social Game!!

01:18:14 Jan 14th 07 - Mr. Scientist:

Krum to win :D

14:38:35 Jan 14th 07 - Mr. Alvendez:

Krum nice 1 ;)

15:51:26 Jan 14th 07 - Mr. Smuff:

Avendez and krums are the best so far i think (Y)


21:15:17 Jan 14th 07 - VU Admin:

One hour left!

21:22:51 Jan 14th 07 - Admiral Krum:

I'm just curious Alvendez, did you draw that pic or is it from another game? I hope you drew it otherwise you'll have to use another. :(

good job though.

21:59:25 Jan 14th 07 - Admiral Krum:

22:01:08 Jan 14th 07 - Lord Spoon:

Lol- Last minute banner eh Krum? :)

22:01:54 Jan 14th 07 - Mr. Smuff:

is it ment to be all fuzzy?

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