Here we are, a month away from Madness Day 2020 here on Newgrounds! September 22nd will mark the 14th (!!!) Madness Day celebrated on this site, and every one of them has been a tremendous show of force by the community. What's been incredible is that the enthusiasm remains after all this time, and this year we're going to try upping the ante with a prize pool for top entries submitted for Madness Day this year!
Paypal allows for a pooling of cash from donations and we're going to feed that 100% back into prizes. No 'admin' costs or whatever cutting into that.
We're counting submissions with 'madness day 2020' tag! The distribution of prize cash will be as follows:
EDIT; Incredible! The prize pool has pushed past 1200 dollars before we even got to September! I'm going to adjust these percentages.
EDIT v2 (9/4); DOUBLE INCREDIBLE. We're at $1661.90!!! I've readjusted the prizes to fit this enormous influx.
EDIT v3 (9/15); UPDATE; POOL ENDS MIDNIGHT OF MADNESS DAY. WE'VE ACCUMULATED SO MUCH DOSH THAT RUNNING IT PAST THAT SEEMS GRATUITOUS) Pool total $1,716.90
EDIT V5 (9/24): THIS MADNESS DAY WAS NOTHING SHORT OF MIND BLOWING. I was consistently amazed by how much you guys brought out your A game, my head is spinning. I have no idea how to pick the top entries this year, but I'm gonna do it. It's gonna feel like having 100 kids, and executing 90 of them in favor of your 'favorites'. It's gonna be brutal, but don't forget I love every last iota of energy spent towards the madness. POOL TOTAL $1816.90
1st - $400
2nd - $250
3rd - $150
4th - $100
5th - $65
6th - $50
7th - $35
1st - $200
2nd - $125
3rd - $100
4th - $75
5th - $25
6th - $25
1st - $100
2nd - $50
3rd - $25
4th - $25
total; 1800 (remainder under 25 to be thrown on the top of animation 1st place. further 25s will generate additional individual winners)
(Going to add more slots yet if more cash comes in, as well as an extra slot for the change. All this depends on the validity of the pledges.)
If we wind up pooling a huge amount of cash we'll squeeze in 4th and 5th places, and include entries for music, as well, by distributing the percentages downward a bit to include more people! I'm optimistic about how much we can raise for this!
I'll be adding to this pool myself, too. I've tossed in 200 bucks, and as I stream on twitch those donations will be put into the pool.
This is also a good time to announce I've put together an Etsy store! It's very small, right now. Only a tiny shred of my total body of artwork is worthy of prints and I've selected a few of them to sell. Right up until madness day, for every print I sell there I'll put six bucks into the prize pool!