So far, I believe I have 7 contestants., and 10 packs still available. For contestants overseas or who really don’t want the cards, I’m willing to scan a pack’s worth of cards (selected randomly from my 1992 factory set) so if you were on the fence for that reason, you’re covered. In fact within reason this method will let me open the contest to a lot more than 16 participants. Within reason — I’m not scanning all weekend long.
A few emailed questions I should answer for everyone are:
Q: How long does a submission need to be?
A: No minimums as far as I’m concerned, and really shorter is better. You can refer to the cards for more detailed descriptions of NPCs or whatever, although you should at least summarize what’s there (“Daggins, a halfling fighter who is searching for his thieving cousin who stole his birthright” would be better than “Refer to card 144”) In fact my ideal adventure would be one page of key and one page or less of map, but I don’t want to squash anyone’s creativity either. If you go on for pages and pages, that’s OK too.
Q: Does it have to be for D&D?
A: Only in the most general sense of fitting a fantasy RPG. GURPS, TWERPS, MERP, BRP, Rolemaster, FATE, Fudge, Savage Worlds, Unisystem, d6, d20, a retroclone, any edition of D&D, whatever. The best adventures will fit into any system. You can leave out all mechanics if you want.
Q: Is there, like, a deadline?
A: Oh, yeah. Let’s say your entry needs to be postmarked/emailed/posted online with notification to me by November 11th (Armistice Day or Rememberance Day for most of the world; Veterans’ Day for the US; those freakish Belgians have yet another name for it). Judging will begin when I have all the entries in, or the 11th, whichever comes first. Winners announced the following week.
Q: I was told there’d be prizes.
A: Yes there will. Already several people have offered prizes up and I am perusing my own mathoms for decent prizes. What I’d like to do is give first prize, first choice at the list, and then down the winners roll until we run out of prizes. So hey, you might come in 17th, but if no-one else wanted my WRG 7th ed. Rules, it could be yours! The prizes other people have offered so far are pretty rad though — a classic mini painted by Scottsz, a game of Zombie Flux, a 1st ed. DMG … these are some nice swag. and make me want up up my own contribution.
So there’s still time to enter, and I for those of you who are still patiently waiting for your cards to be sent or scanned, I plan to do this weekend, & apologize for my foot-dragging. It turned into a really busy weekend, even with Monday off.