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Contributor/Editor Style Guide

The following is a guide for writers and editors to ensure a consistent style across all FiveShards articles. Exceptions may be made when necessary, but these general guidelines should be followed whenever possible.

 

Title Format

When writing articles in a named series, a colon—instead of a dash—is to be used to separate the series title from the subtitle (e.g. Future Tech: Goremastered.) Series titles and subtitles should be avoided for one-off articles that are not part of a running theme. Try to keep titles concise. If editing an article and changes need to be made to the title, consult the author and make suggestions, but do give weight to the author’s opinion.

 

Featured Image

If you have an image prepared for your article, then email it to fiveshards@gmail.com and an editor will upload it as your featured image. Make sure the image is cropped/re-sized to 400 x 264. If you do not have an image prepared, simply suggest a card image at the top of your article text and your editor will provide it.

Try to avoid using images that have recently been used for other, unrelated articles.

 

Teaser Text

Important: With the new theme we use, we no longer use the “more” tag. Teaser text is entered in the “excerpt” field underneath the post body. If you use “more”, your teaser will be broken!

The “excerpt” field may not appear in your dashboard by default. If not, make sure it is checked in the “Screen Options” menu at the top of the page.

Since we now use excerpts, teaser text will no longer appear in the body of your post for any reason. If you’d like to repeat the teaser in your post, you must include it in both the body and the “excerpt” field.

Teaser text is to be written in the third person and should be no longer than two lines.

 

Body

Decklists

Fiveshards uses a standard, uniform format for posting decklists. The following example can be copied and pasted into your article:

Deck Name

Champion: Champion Name

Troops (Total Count)

4x First Card
3x Second Card
2x Third Card (Gem name(s))

Actions  (Total Count)

2x First Action
4x Second Action

Artifacts/Constants (Total Count)

2x First Artifact
4x Second Artifact
4x First Constant
3x Second Constant

Resources (Total Count)

11x First Shard
10x Second Shard
4x Third Shard

Reserves (15)

4x First Card
4x Second Card
4x Third Card
3x Fourth Card

When adding new items to a list, use a line break (Shift+Enter) to prevent it from creating a new paragraph between cards.

Sub-headings are not set in stone. You may combine Actions, Constants, Artifacts, etc. together or separate them and move them between the first and second column as you wish. Just try to keep the two columns similar in length.

Link all cards if possible, even if they have already been linked higher up in the article. Always use the full, proper card name and don’t forget any gems included.

 

Card Linking

Linking a card using the TCGBrowser plugin allows readers to hover over the card name to see an image of the card, and click through to visit the TCGBrowser page for that card. Link all first occurrences of a card—subsequent uses may��be referred to in short-hand and shouldn’t be linked unless part of a decklist.

 

Capitalization

Things to capitalize: complete card names (Burn to the Ground), shorthand card names (Inquisitor, Droo’s Walker), shards (Sapphire), deck names (B/D Control), factions (Ardent/Underworld), specific gems (Major Ruby of Destruction), PVE talents (Learn Spell: Telekinesis), charge powers and spells (Soothsaying), Hex.

Things not to capitalize: races (orc, shin’hare), card types (basic action), classes (rogue), gem grades when used alone (minor gems), game phases (end phase), zones (graveyard), keywords (lifedrain).

When typing a player’s name, honor their original in-game spelling and capitalization (e.g. DeckOfManyThings, Future, nononsense.)

 

Font Style

Italicized text is the preferred indicator of emphasis. Bold is for intensity (as if you’re shouting) and all-caps is for peasants.

Italics are also used for keywords (lifedrain).

 

Punctuation

Dashes and semicolons: A semicolon can only be used to link two independent clauses—that is, each string separated by a semicolon must make sense as a complete sentence. If either string forms a sentence fragment, then a dash should be used instead. The dash style favored by FiveShards is the “em dash” (alt+0151) which is used without spaces before or after.

Examples:

Vanguard of Gawaine is an excellent aggressive threat—difficult to block effectively with inexpensive troops.

Xentoth’s Inquisitor is considerably versatile; you can re-gem its major socket in reserves to suit a specific match-up if your primary choice is ineffective.

Apostrophes: Many writers are tripped up on when to use apostrophes, so here are the typical rules: Use apostrophes only for contractions (he’s, don’t, we’re, etc.) and possessive cases for common and proper nouns (e.g. “a troop’s defense”, “FiveShards’ Shard Cup series”, “jadiimjedi’s Fishing Master deck”).

Do not use apostrophes for pluralization (decks, phases, cards, orcs) or possessive cases for pronouns (its, his, theirs, etc.).

Its = possessive case for “it”
It’s = “it is”

There = “over there”
Their = possessive case for “they”
They’re = “they are”

Double-spacing: Adding an extra space after a period or colon is an old habit for many writers trained to type over a decade or two ago. However, this practice is unnecessary with modern word processors and fonts, so we prefer to avoid it. If double-spacing is second nature, you can mass-delete them by clicking outside of the text entry field and using ctrl+F for your browser’s Find (the built-in WordPress Find feature is incapable of searching for double spaces.)

Videos

Video content is to be embedded into the page using the “embed” tag. For video-only posts, include a short description above the video.

 


 

More will be added to this page as common errors and questions are identified.


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