Iron chef adventure challenge: AD&D collector cards

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The challenge: open a pack of AD&D (2e) collector cards, and use as many as you can (at least 1/2) to set up an adventure hook, encounter, or to stock one geomorph or small area full of rooms (using whatever geomorph or map you find online or devise yourself).  NPCs might be used as monsters, hooks, objectives, etc., as may monsters and items.  Do what you want, but make sure the thing on the card is somehow present.  I recognize that it would be pretty hard to integrate random things that could be from Dark Sun, Spelljammer, etc. … so you can go gonzo, or ignore some (up to 1/2 of the) cards.

The the first sixteen respondents I get will get a brand stanking new pack of cards to use (still wrapped! I won’t know what you’re getting!), because I am down to sixteen foil-wrapped packs of AD&D collector cards unless I open the second (shrink-wrapped) booster box (email me at mike period monaco at yahoo dot com).  If you have your own pack handy, or even a larger collection you already own (surely someone owns a mess of these still, despite TSR’s terrible marketing and the whole line’s ill-conceived nature), you can use them, but they must be, on your paladin’s honor, randomly selected.  No cherry picking.  What you got is what you got.

Your entry should include a list of the cards you used, and must be something I can read (hard copy, pdf, word doc, text, etc.).  Also, it should be as system-neutral as possible. After you get your cards and write up your adventure/hook/encounter/whatever, send your submission to me by snail or email, or post it on your own site.  I’ll recruit one or two judges from my gaming group.  I will try to scrounge up some decent prizes from among the gaming things I own but am not using, unless someone wants to donate a prize or two.

To recap, here are the rules:

  1. You email me your intent to enter the challenge, and note if you need a pack of cards (first come first serve) or will use your own.  I send you a pack of cards if applicable.
  2. You write up an encounter/adventure/location/key to a map using at least 1/2 of the cards (monsters, items, NPCs, etc.) in some way.   There are 16 cards per pack, so you need to use at least eight!
  3. Your thing needs to be system neutral.  OK to mention HD or CR, classes, etc., but leave out the massive 3e/4e stat blocks, Rolemaster skill lists, etc.
  4. Post your work online (send me a link!), or send to me.
  5. Judging will be by whoever I can recruit from among my gaming group, or as a last resort by me alone.  Judges’ decisions are final.
  6. There will be at least three winners (1st-3rd prize, plus possibly more if there is big turn out and/or great mentionables).  Prizes will be awarded from my junk, plus anything contributed to the contest.

If you have something you’d like to offer as a prize, let me know.  Free publicity for you, prize for an entrant, my job made easier, win-win-win!

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  1. Wild idea – could you open a pack for me and scan them? Might take too long to send them over the pond.

    • Can/will do! (May take a few days though)

  2. I’ll donate a big, nasty green banshee figure as a prize:

    • That is very generous. That banshee looks really cool.

  3. What a great idea… It’ll be interesting to see the results. I find that some of my best games are run based on random odd info that I try to fit together like that.

  4. I’m in. Contact info emailed under separate cover.

  5. I love this idea Mike. Im torn because I’d kind of like to do it as well but also like the idea of being a judge possibly.

    I guess my big question is whether or not you think you might use some of the adventure entries in our 5 DM rotation. If that is the case, I would rather just enter and leave the judging to you. This way I would only know my adventure and not the others.

    I am definitely interested in taking part though. I guess we can think about it for a couple of days and then discuss it before the game starts Wednesday.

  6. Well, I already have a pack, so there’s no reason not to do this. ;) Do you have a deadline for entries?

    • Deadlines…right. I’m thinking it would be some time in November, like the second week. Then take a week for judging — I’m thinking most entries will be electorinc but just in case I’d want time to make copies ofr the judges. So let’s say the tenative deadline is November 4, and winners announced on Armistice Day/Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11).

  7. Oh man. I am totally in. This is a lot like something I have been thinking about doing with Magic the Gathering cards for a long time (use them as random adventure seeds). I would need a pack of cards, but I pledge to use EVERY CARD if I am still within the first 16 who gets a pack. I am nothing if not gonzo as a DM, so this shouldn’t be hard.

  8. BTW, I am not sure how to email you to request the card pack – I can’t seem to find your contact info anywhere on here. Could you email me at and I will reply with address? I am totally willing to pay for S/H, or in lieu of that I could offer up a sweet prize… I have a few duplicates in my RPG collection, let me see… how about a copy of the AD&D 1e DM’s guide (revised edition, with the Easley cover of a cloaked figure opening a double door)?

  9. I’ll contribute a Zombie Fluxx.

    • Awesome, that’s very generous.

  10. Are there packs still available?

    • Yes, but I don’t know when I’ll be getting to the post office again. Scans ok?

      • Scans are okay!

  11. Is this still open? I am interested.

  12. […] can see the challenge here. When I got my cards, every one was a character, and they spanned from 3rd to 17th level across […]

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