Golden Items

2021 Golden Icon Nominee Submissions! (Deadline September 15th!)

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Hello everyone, and welcome to the 19th annual GWJ donation drive!

This year, we'd again like to invite the community to provide suggestions for the golden icon selection. Once we've got a good handful of choices, we'll set up some polls, and the icon with the most votes wins!

Here are the current year's golden icons for your reference. If your suggestion is too similar to an existing icon or to a custom donor icon, it may not end up in the final vote.

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The golden icon has to be relatively small (49 pixels wide x 20 pixels tall), so simple is best. Icon suggestions need to follow the Code of Conduct. Please avoid anything political, religious, or culturally appropriative. Also, pretty much anything that has to do with Covid-19 or covidiots will be immediately denied. Let's keep things positive.

Lastly, I'm afraid we'll have to decline any suggestions for a golden D20 this year — we're saving that for next year!

Thanks so much, everyone! I'm looking forward to designing the winning icon from your suggestions and votes!

Stay tuned for the Official Donation Drive post coming soon.

Edit: Since the submissions have slowed down, I'm thinking we'll wrap up submissions and be looking to send out votes for the next Golden Icon for 2021 by September 15th! On September 30th, we'll reveal the top nominee and I'll get started on the design!

Comments

I thought it was an owl wearing a sleeping mask.

Since this is the 19th icon, I suggest a Go board (which is a 19 x 19 grid).

7 was indeed a companion cube.

I can only see it now that I know what it is.

LastSurprise wrote:

I can only see it now that I know what it is.

I have to actively try to see the cube, and even then it morphs back to the Mononoke mask every few seconds.

Moving on from last years dumpster fire, here's my positive themed suggestions:

Torch (with flame)
hope and strength

Spaceship / rocket
challenge and explore

Sunrise
a new day and new things

I really dig the Sunrise idea.

Confirming that we are not able to do a chair because space is, in fact, an issue.

Amoebic wrote:

Confirming that we are not able to do a chair because space is, in fact, an issue.

A campfire.

Why? It's one of the most common images (or maybe tropes?) across games of all types and in all formats and media. It's the symbol of respite and camaraderie, the one thing any weary adventurer and common traveler yearns to see on the road. Whether we travel alone or with others, a campfire provides time in the evening to simply rest and relax in companionship with others.

I'm a major lurker on GWJ (though I hope to change that in the coming months), but this site, and the podcast especially, has always given me that feeling of sitting a campfire with friends.

Even though it likely won't fit the size constraints, a lighthouse.

Antichulius wrote:

Even though it likely won't fit the size constraints, a lighthouse.

Maybe a link to merphle's post within the Name that GAME Thread might help this make sense to people.

Hrdina wrote:
Antichulius wrote:

Even though it likely won't fit the size constraints, a lighthouse.

Maybe a link to merphle's post within the Name that GAME Thread might help this make sense to people.

Yeah, and we are still adding to that list!

Anyhow, I think the only decent idea I've been able to come up with is a rainbow as goofy as that would look in in gold.

We've got a master sword, what about a hylian shield?

Antichulius wrote:

Even though it likely won't fit the size constraints, a lighthouse.

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Hrdina wrote:
Antichulius wrote:

Even though it likely won't fit the size constraints, a lighthouse.

Maybe a link to merphle's post within the Name that GAME Thread might help this make sense to people.

That sad spreadsheet I surreptitiously started was surpassed by AUs_TBird's amazingly annotated archive of all Name That GAMEs.

Also, I bet a nice, tall, majestic, golden lighthouse could fit the size constraints if we flipped it horizontally. Yeah, that might look good.

I get 3 votes, right?

1) Golden Webcam
2) Golden Headphones
3) Pheonix

Those are all just so great I couldn't choose one.

Reminder that if you want to get any suggestions in, please post them here by end of day today! Looking to post and distribute the voting survey for the next golden icon starting tomorrow!

Ok, I'm going to throw another one out:

A semiconductor chip

any way to fit a hug into the icon?

Mantid wrote:

Ok, I'm going to throw another one out:

A semiconductor chip

That would be a good idea but we can't find one to put in the icon.

More seriously, a chip is actually a nice idea.

Tycho the Mad wrote:

any way to fit a hug into the icon?

I've always been a fan of the "arms hugging a heart" version of this

Pink Stripes wrote:
Mantid wrote:

Ok, I'm going to throw another one out:

A semiconductor chip

That would be a good idea but we can't find one to put in the icon.

More seriously, a chip is actually a nice idea.

I like it, however I'm concerned it'll become the zelda mask/companion cube of 2021. (will we have to explain that it's not a golden graham, or a cinnamon toast crunch square, or an ancient tablet?)

Amoebic wrote:
Pink Stripes wrote:
Mantid wrote:

Ok, I'm going to throw another one out:

A semiconductor chip

That would be a good idea but we can't find one to put in the icon.

More seriously, a chip is actually a nice idea.

I like it, however I'm concerned it'll become the zelda mask/companion cube of 2021. (will we have to explain that it's not a golden graham, or a cinnamon toast crunch square, or an ancient tablet?)

Huh, I thought it was a rectangular spider!

Well, considering it's an icon for people who have been donating for 19 years, they should be able to recognize an Intel 8088 when they see it.

My vote for an icon is for a pineapple with sunglasses. It doesn't really mean anything. Well... Ok, so the pineapple is a historical symbol of hospitality and sunglasses are cool. Also I like pineapple. These thoughts brought to you by a pineapple snowball.

Okay, submissions in. Thank you all who participated! You can all now go vote for the next icon here!