Scoring & Standards guide





Art Scoring & Limits

There is a calculator for RC and EC that can be found HERE!


Read Art Standards to learn how the background levels are determined.

  • Level 1 Background: 4c
  • Level 2 Background  8c 

About Main characters | Art Standards

  • Adult ranebopet Fullbody:  2c
  • Adult ranebopet Headshot or bust: 1c
  • Hatchling fullbody: 1c
  • Familiar: 1c
    • You must own the familiar to claim on it.
    • However there are two exceptions
      • Seasonal events allow you to claim up to +10c on Non-Owned event familiars. ( Applies to: Chumbus, Hattowen, Sunnyfest, Eggster)
      • Prompts that require a familiar to be drawn will allow you to claim up to +3c for drawing the required familiars.


  • Thumbnails: +1c each (Up to 4 thumbnails per Scene | What are thumbnails?)
  • Moodboards: +1c
    (Only available for prompts that require it)


*NEW * Animation guide update!

Animation bonuses are applicable once per submission! this is a bonus on top of your regular scoring, so it can only be applied once.

Animation Tier 1 - Subtle Animation / Gifs: “Adding some life to your still images”

  • Submission Bonus +4c 
  • Your submission must include at least 1 of the following
    • Wiggle animation (Redrawing the line art for several frames to create a “wiggle effect”)
    • Minor or Face-only animation (Winking, blink, sticking tongue out, tail wagging)
    • FX/Background animation (trees shaking, lightning, magic, leaves falling, color / lighting changes).

Animation Tier 2 - Classic Animation: “Character Interaction”

  • Submission Bonus + 8c
  • Your submission must include at least 1 of the Animation Tier 1 examples and 1 of the following:
    • interactions between 2 animated characters (waving, high-fiving, talking)
    • Character action animation (walking, running, jumping, swimming, high-fiving)

Animation Tier 3  - “Telling a story”

  • Submission Bonus +24c
  • Your submission must include:
    • At least 3 unique scenes with animated elements, showing a “beginning, middle and end” to your story
    • At least 1 of the Animation Tier 1 examples 
    • At least 1 of the Animation Tier 2 examples
    • 10 seconds minimum, some looping, repeats, etc is fine. 
  • Animation Tier 3  Bonuses
    • +2c for audio / music backtrack (can be custom or stock).
    • +2c for Foley (animating sound to the animation, foot steps, lightning strikes, etc).
    • +2c for animated text intro (scrolling text, wiggle text, etc).

Art Claim Limits

  • Global character limit: The global character limit for ANY submission is 50 characters (prompts, general art, background art, doodle pages, etc) "Characters" includes ranebopets, familiars, etc. The 51st character and above in a submission does not count for RC.
  • Numbering: If your submission contains more than 10 characters (Ranebopets or familiars) you must provide a numbered version for easy counting. Make sure the numbered version clearly lables hatchlings, familiars, and grown ranebopets.
  • Character Doodlepages: A doodle page is defined as a page of 4 or more characters with no background. (“characters”  includes grown raneopets, hatchlings, and familiars) Please keep the character definition rule in mind, highlighted under Art Standards section below.
  • You can claim currency on up to 2 character doodlepages per month. check out the character limits below for the different kinds.

    • Same-character doodlepage  |  up to 20 characters each page. (Page of drawings with all same characters or repeating characters, with more than 2 drawings each) 
    • Different-character doodlepage | up to 50 characters per page. 
      (page of drawings that is mostly different characters with few repeat characters)


Writing Scoring

There is a calculator for RC and EC that can be found HERE!



  • 1c per 100 words (no maximum)
    • +2rc for each additional grown ranebopet with significant interaction
    • +1c for each additional hatchling or familiar with significant interaction

(Note. The main character in writing does not count for significant interaction RC)


Writing Standards & Extras


Writing is judged on word count and "Significant interaction"

    • A significant interaction is enough sentences of interaction with something to be considered significant. This is objective, but your character glancing, waving at, or sharing a few words with another character is not enough to be considered a significant interaction, it must be greater.


  • Story summary: +1c per sentence, with a maximum of 4 sentences:  Story summaries are a short and interesting blurb to get readers interested! Think of it as the text on a book jacket.
  • Review: +1rc per 100 words. Maximum +5c: Describe your workflow, struggles, changes you made, things you wished you included, etc.
  • Idea web: +2rc: Idea webs are visual diagrams that outline your thought process or ideas when writing. Must include a minimum of 3 ideas. You are free to use other brainstorming diagrams if you wish!



This section explains the different art terms used in ranebopets.

Main Characters

Main character - A submission must have at least ONE canon ranebopet for it to be valid. Often, at least one character in a piece must be owned by you. Together, these denote the “main character” of a piece. 
Main characters are defined differently depending on if your submission is done in writing or in art.

  • Art: The “main character” does NOT have to be the main focus of the piece, as long as they are visible/included in the drawing.
  • Writing: The "Main Character" is the focus of the writing. This is either the character who's POV we see from, or the character the narrator follows. 

Some prompts allow for main characters NOT owned by you. A prompt will state what kind of characters you can use in a piece.   - ie. the challenge prompts and general art can be done with non-owned Main characters. 

Extra character
- an additional character in the piece that can be claimed for RC.

Mascot - one of the group’s mascots. These are on the masterlist and can be added to any submission to earn extra currency. Sometimes they can be used in place of a main character if the prompt says so.

Hatchling - a baby ranebopet that has not been grown.

Grown - an adult ranebopet that is not a hatchling.

Canon ranebopet - an official ranebopet registered on the masterlist.

Non-owned - a canon character on the masterlist NOT owned by you. Check its giftart status before including it in a prompt.

Non-canon ranebopet - a ranebopet NOT on the masterlist (invented side character like a mother, brother etc) These can only be used or count for RC if the prompt says so.

Non-ranebopet character - Another type of original character, human, animal, etc. These don’t count for RC but can still be included in submissions.


Art Standards

Headshot/bust:   Art of the character from the head or chest up.

Fullbody: All or most or All of the character's body is showing. At least 3/4 of the body must be visible.

Backgrounds:  Backgrounds are a scene/environment for the character to be in.  These can be a full scene bg, or a platform/vignette bg. The piece's composition can be any shape (square, circle, etc)
If a piece requires a background, you can do a Lv1 or Lv2 background, but some prompts specifically require a Lv2. 

Piece size: Your drawings can be any size! Although background illustrations that are shorter than 300px on their shortest side will not qualify as level 2 backgrounds. (Pixel art and traditional art are exempt from this rule.)

What DOESN'T count as a background:
a flat color, gradient, shape, a pattern, pre-existing image or photo, or drop shadow.

*NEW* Character definition & Abstraction: Character art being claimed for currency (including within doodle pages) must be well-defined and cannot be overly vague or abstract versions of themselves.

The example below is just a general guide. Columns 1-3 in the example would generally count for currency, but 4 would not.
Character definition is a sliding scale and if we're stuck, we compare your submission to your other pieces of artwork to decide if it counts.  Ultimately it comes down to the moderator's discression, the artist's work, and the context of the submission. 


Level 1 Backgrounds

They have enough elements to feel like the character is in an environment, but are otherwise basic.
Terrarium/platform/object backgrounds count and so do abstract backgrounds, so long as it is clearly an environment, like example C.


Level 2 Backgrounds

They have at least ONE or more of the following...

    •  At least 3 background elements (ie. mountains, clouds, birds. The ground+sky don't count as elements)
    • Defined foreground/background/middle ground
    • Enough detail or composition consideration to be considered Lv2

    •   D. This background is a Lv2 background under the "3 Background elements" rule. (Tree, Mountains, Clouds, Flowers)
    •   E.  Lv2 background under the "Foreground + Midground + Background" rule.
    •   F.  This background is Lv2 under the "3 Background element" rule, but it would also fall under the "Detail/Composition" rule as well!


Art Extras


Thumbnails are fast, small drawings you do to plan out a piece. They can be as loose or as detailed as you like, so long as we can tell what’s going on in them. Their purpose is to help you, so do them in a way that’s most fun for you! Do them BEFORE starting on a piece, not afterwards!

We recommend thumbnails that are….

  • small enough to prevent you from fussing over tiny details
  • take you under a minute to draw each
  • done before starting on a piece, not afterwards

** Thumbnails are NOT the sketch of your drawing! *** in order for thumbnails to count for currency....

  • They can be as loose or detailed as you like but we must be able to identify what's happening in the scene
  • You must submit at least 2 different thumbnails with a piece. Thumbnails are for exploring options for your piece before you start, so you must have at least 2.
  • It must have background elements.
  • It must have a border of any shape. Rectangle, square, circle, a loose shape, etc. This can be loose/not perfectly straight (see examples below)

The different types of thumbnails...

Sketch thumbnails - Can be as loose or controlled as you like, so long as we can tell what’s going on in them.
Value thumbnails - have at least 3 values (ie. white, grey, black) They help you determine the lights & dark placement and lighting on a piece, and can take longer than sketch thumbnails.
Color Thumbnails - have color and value, and usually shading too.


Moodboards are an image with multiple images within. They provide inspiration and a jumping-off point for you to get started on your piece. They don't have to be tidy or organised so long as we can see the images. You can also screenshot a pinterest page.

Art moodboards have at least 5 images you’ve found online. They can contain art, photos, etc. You must make the moodboard yourself. You cannot use a pre-made moodboard you've found online.

Writing moodboards/Idea Webs are visual diagrams that outline your thought process or ideas when writing. Must include a minimum of 3 ideas. You are free to use other brainstorming diagrams if you wish!


Non-Applicable Techniques

Certain techniques do NOT count for RC, and they may invalidate your prompt or quest submission, requiring you to fix and re-submit. If you are unsure, you can always send your wip or thumbnails to a mod before you complete a piece.

    • Composition Recycling – Re-using a similar composition with minimal changes to get lots of RC. If too many elements are in exactly the same place for multiple pieces, we may consider it recycling. These pieces would not be counted as two different pieces because many BG elements are in exactly the same place. These could be used as comic panels, or submitted as one single piece- on this piece, you could claim RC for one background, and RC for each of the fullbodies.

    • To avoid composition recycling, try varying the perspective (looking from below, above, side on) time of day, color & lighting,  weather, and mood. You can have two pieces set in the same location but try changing the perspective, different elements, weather, etc.

    • Stamping - This is using brushes to stamp whole elements into your piece. If you do use these they will not count toward your background element count. You can use a leaf brush to make a tree, but you can't use a tree brush to add a whole tree.