Merry Christmas all, I’m back from vacation and, now that the whiskey’s worn off, am looking for things to do to entertain myself. If you are in the same position, then one thing you could do is to enter Paizo’s yearly RPG Superstar contest by creating an interesting new wondrous magic item and submitting it! I already submitted, and the deadline’s Dec 31, so you still have plenty of time. If you make the cut, there are subsequent rounds of submissions and eventually you get a module published. (Even late-round losers get solicited by other companies). So if you’re a budding RPG writer, give it a shot.
Hey, I just saw that the 2010 Game Chef competition is underway! You still have a couple days to throw together a complete RPG and submit it. It stretches from Sept. 11 to Sept. 19 and the rules are here. Best RPG put together in short order wins! Not as short order as the “24 Hour RPG” contest, but short. Even if you don’t enter, a lot of time the entries become freely available and are cool!
Every year, Paizo Publishing holds a RPG design competition, open to all who care to enter, called RPG Superstar. They have a set of prominent RPG designers judge the entries and winnow the crowd down to a smaller and smaller set of contestants. It’s like fantasy Survivor!
Anyway, one of the best parts is that the stuff the contestants create is there for the using on the Web site. Round One got us a mess of wondrous items, and rounds Two and Three will get us some cool monsters. In the end, the winner gets a gig writing an adventure for Paizo!
It’s a great way to generate interest, promote innovation in your customer base, and in general demonstrate that they are the anti-… Well, I was going to say WotC, but really about half the RPG companies out there seem to actively disdain their fans.
Anyway, it’s too late to enter this year, but those of you that harbor dreams of fame can plan ahead. And raid the excellent content – not just from this year but from RPG Superstar 2009 and RPG Superstar 2008 as well! Innovative! Fan-friendly! Consistent! Have we entered a second golden age of gaming, or what?
Like everyone else, I’ve been out of pocket for the holidays. But I’m back, and more gaming goodness is coming your way soon!
First, our gaming group will be running a short Savage Worlds campaign. One of our members (Bruce, our session scribe and Valash Not-Gurelle from our Curse of the Crimson Throne game) is having to travel on business most of the next couple months. As a result, weeks when he’s not in town you will not get a Crimson Throne session summary, but instead a “Empire of Ashes” summary, powered by Savage Worlds and run by Chuck. Exciting!
Second, I’m excited about the new RPG Superstar 2009 contest being held by Paizo, and I’ll be reporting on this year’s as I did on last year’s! And I’ve entered Round One with a wondrous item – let’s see how that goes.
Third, I’ve been reading a lot lately, and my curse from being a RPG geek for so long is that I always try to apply what I read to gaming, from the gaming-ready plots of World War Z to the world-building advice of Guns, Germs, and Steel… So I’m going to start installments of Books and Gaming (needs a better title). May as well fill the gap – AD&D 1e had a while bibliography of suggested reading. This has given way to “filmographies” for more recent games, or even “watch the TV show I’m based on” – or now with D&D 4e, whose inspiration is simply “touching myself while gold farming in World of Warcraft.”
Happy 2009 to all!
Congratulations to Christine Scheider of Neu-Isenburg, Hessen, Germany for emerging victorious in Paizo Publishing’s RPG Superstar contest! It’s well deserved, her entries were all bad ass! Check ’em:
As the winner, she’ll get a GameMastery Module published by Paizo. I’m eager to see it! In fact, they’re already listing it as a product – S1: Clash of the Kingslayers.