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30 April 2010 @ 10:12 am

Welcome to Hoodland!

Please read this post first if you are thinking of joining.

You can comment to this post with any questions you may have that you're not sure where to ask. You can also send a private message (PM) to either of the two mods: jagnikjen and wastingyourgum.

How it works

Hoodland is an ongoing competition with games and challenges based around the three series of the recent BBC show "Robin Hood" (2006-2009).

The competition is between Team Outlaws and Team Leather.

Each round of competition lasts about three months. The current round is running from Monday May 3rd to Monday 26th July.

Games and Challenges

Each week one challenge and two games will usually be posted.
Challenges start and finish on Mondays, usually around 5-7pm GMT (1-3pm Eastern Daylight Time) and are open for two weeks (so there are usually two challenges running concurrently). Challenges are things like writing short pieces of fanfiction, designing icons, etc.

Games will be posted twice-weekly around the same time as the challenges on Monday and then at roughly the same time on Thursday. They will usually be open for one week. Games are things like crosswords, trivia, anagrams, etc.

All entries to games and challenges are made as comments to the original post. (These comments will be screened so only the mods know who entered what).
All challenges and some games will require voting to determine the best entry. Voting will usually take place from Monday to Sunday.

(It's not mandatory but will be very useful for some games and challenges if you have an account on an image hosting site like photobucket - we will accept graphics by email however.)


You earn points by participating in activities.

Games will be a minimum of 10 points for participation and 30/20/10 for first, second, third when the game requires voting.

Challenges will be a minimum of 20 points for participation and 50/40/30 for first, second, third.

Points may vary depending on the difficulty of the game/challenge (higher difficulty = more points, lower difficulty = less points).

Five points will be given for casting a vote for each challenge or game that requires them.

You can also earn points if you provide an idea for a game or challenge that gets used or if someone else joins hoodland and lets us know that you recommended it to them.


You must take part in at least 33% of the games and 33% of the challenges (i.e. at least 1 out of every 3 challenges and games). Voting does not count as taking part.

If you are unable to take part for any length of time for any reason please get in touch with one of the mods. If you do not participate (and we haven't heard from you) then the mods will send you a polite "Where the hell are you?" message. Continued non-participation will result in you being removed from the hoodland comms and you may lose your position on your team to someone else. (You will of course be very welcome to reapply at any time.)

We know that's harsh - take it up with the Sheriff... Joining and then not taking part is not fair to your team mates and may be denying somebody else the chance to play.

Want to Join?

The application post is here.

Please let us know your age, which team you'd prefer to be on (if any) and which timezone you're located in.

Please note we can't always put people on the team they'd like and may ask you to join the other team. If you don't want to, just say so and we'll keep you on the list until a position comes free on the team of your choice.

Once you are assigned to a team (Outlaws or Leather) you will receive five community membership invitations: to hoodland, hlnottingham, hlsherwood, hllocksley and finally to your team comm, teamoutlaws or teamleather. (You can view your invitations here).


hoodland This is the main community. In here you will find all information and reminders/updates. You must join and watch this community once you are invited.

hlnottingham This is the challenge/task community. You must join this community. Watching it is not a necessity but is highly recommended otherwise you may miss the start of a challenge!

hlsherwood This is the games community. You must join this community but again watching it is not a necessity (although it is highly recommended for the same reason).

hllocksley This is the socializing community. In here you can talk to everyone in the community about whatever you want. Anything goes! As long as it's not too obscene/mean/rude. Starting discussions is highly encouraged. You can also post anything you entered into a challenge/task (like fic or graphics) here as long as the challenge/task has finished. There is a general free-for-all spam post on Fridays, hosted by roh_wyn.

teamoutlaws This is the team community for Team Outlaws. If you are accepted into Team Outlaws you will be invited here. You have to join and watch this community. Your team leader is kegel84.

teamleather This is the team community for Team Leather. If you are accepted into Team Leather you will be invited here. You have to join and watch this community. Your team leader is mai_shiranui. Your co-team leads are roh_wyn and applebeing.

NOTE: In the team communities you are allowed to talk about anything you want. (We recommend the first thing you should do is introduce yourself to your new team-mates!) The mods should be posting alerts and reminders for games and challenges but if you see something go up that the mod hasn't seen yet then please feel free to post it yourself. You are also allowed to ask for hints on any games you're having difficulty with UNLESS the game/challenge post specifically says NO HINTS. Running your own activities in the team community is also allowed. However, they will not be worth any points and are just for fun. Anyone can run one in their own team.

And finally,

Signature Tags

Sig tags are small banners to go at the end of your posts. Generally they will say your name and team. If you choose to use one please make sure that the maximum size is 300x150.
rochvelleth: RH - Outlawsrochvelleth on April 30th, 2010 06:48 am (UTC)
I have a question :) Don't I always?

You know how in the last round the possibility that you might get points for providing your team with helpful posts containing information, ideas about how to go about playing a game, etc? Is this now scrapped? (I can understand why it would be, of course!)
rochvelleth: RH - Oopsrochvelleth on April 30th, 2010 06:49 am (UTC)
Oh wait, this seems to be covered in the NOTE I just scanned over. *fail*

Do we get points taken away for asking stupid questions? :)
WYG: John S3 seriouswastingyourgum on April 30th, 2010 07:13 am (UTC)
Please - the sums are hard enough without both teams going into negative points... ;)

No, no points for cheer-leading, strategy etc. We expect you to do that as a matter of course and for no reward other than the gratitude of your team mates...
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applebeing: Guy poutapplebeing on April 30th, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)
It's when your team-mates finely craft pictures of Scary-Eye Man Will bringing you roses, you ingrate!
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rochvelleth: RH - John and LLJrochvelleth on April 30th, 2010 10:32 am (UTC)
This is how I think it should be FWIW :)

And thank you for the post generally, because it's helpful being reminded of the rules. And wow, you're so organised. Of course, I knew you would be ;)
WYG: Smugwastingyourgum on April 30th, 2010 10:46 am (UTC)
You think I'm organised?

You have no idea the amount of work jagnikjen has put in to the Game and Challenge schedule!
jagnikjenjagnikjen on April 30th, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
aw shucks...my pleasure

Just trying to live up to the standards already set, but I hope you all enjoy what I have in store for you...

*evil chuckle*
alesh101: little john-railisealesh101 on April 30th, 2010 08:16 am (UTC)
Thanks for the refresher on all the rules, etc.
mai_shiranui: RH ~ Team Leathermai_shiranui on April 30th, 2010 09:36 am (UTC)
It's great that you posted this. It gives people a good idea of what is expected from them :)
gk_rowena19: count /marian squeegk_rowena19 on April 30th, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
thanks for posting this! yay we are going to have a new round next week!!
novindalf: [rh]; marian&guy; peeping tomnovindalf on July 25th, 2011 03:54 pm (UTC)
Don't think my post went through just now...

I wanted to know if it was way too late for me to still join?
Kegelkegel84 on July 25th, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
We are just about to finish Round 6, but you can join of course so you can take part in Round 7. :)

Just comment at the application post. :)
novindalfnovindalf on July 25th, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks very much!
agathons_fan: Haven - Audrey&Nathan Blueagathons_fan on October 16th, 2011 05:30 pm (UTC)
Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I just tried to join the hlsherwood community because I didn't get an invitation for that comm. I figured I'd just post this as an fyi in case you are wondering who was requesting access. Thanks. :)
shinysparks on October 16th, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
Hi! I got it (LJ must be having a brain fart, cause I swear I sent them all. LOL!) Are you missing any of the others? If so, just request membership and I'll approve them straight away! :)
agathons_fan: Haven - Audrey&Nathan Blueagathons_fan on October 16th, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
Lol. Its ok. I believe I got all of the others. Thanks :)