Interested in putting your designing skills to the test? Namco has begun a contest where players have a chance to design shields and the winners will be added to the game. Check out the information below.

From the press release:

    With death raining down all around, the shield you designed yourself could be the lucky talisman you need. Enter the design contest on Facebook today for a chance to make it happen.

    It’s time to step up and show the world the what you’ve got when it comes to heraldic flair, as NAMCO BANDAI Games announce the Dark Souls shield design contest, open to everyone from June 27th to July 28, 2011 on the game’s official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/darksouls.

    Taking part couldn’t be easier. Give it your medieval best to create up to three original shield designs using any of the three blank templates provided. Next, submit your heraldic works of art, then sit back and watch the votes stack up as fans in every corner of the globe admire your handiwork and choose their favourites. The final winners will be hand-picked by the Dark Souls development team at FromSoftware in Japan.

    The three winning designs, one for each shield template, will be made available as Dark Souls post-launch content, meaning three lucky winners will be able to stride into battle with their friends online proudly bearing the shield they designed, while every player will be able to carry the shields designed by their compatriots into battle.

    How to enter:

      ● Become a fan on the official Dark Souls Facebook page at www.facebook.com/darksouls

      ● Download the blank shield templates

      ● Create up to three original masterpieces of heraldic design

      ● Submit your finished designs via Facebook on or before July 13, 2011

    Fans will be able to vote for their favourites on Facebook throughout the competition, with voting open until July 20th to allow last minute entries time to gather votes.

    The top ten designs for each of the three shield templates as voted for by you will then go to FromSoftware for the final decision, with the winning designs being announced via Facebook on July 28, 2011.

    Each of the ten winners will receive a copy of Dark Souls signed by game director Hidetaka Miyazaki. The final 3 winners will see their designs brought to life for all time in the Dark Souls universe, and will receive a signed copy of the limited edition game plus their names in the game credits, ensuring immortality no matter how many times they die while playing.

    Sign up today for this unique opportunity to carve your name indelibly in Dark Souls lore and earn the envy and respect of legions of fans around the world. To read the full rules and enter the competition, go to www.facebook.com/darksouls.