Fantasy RPG Module Competition 2015

 

Fantasy Module Competition 2015

Australian Tabletop Gaming Network and Vault Games are very proud to present the first of what will hopefully be an annual tradition – The Fantasy RPG Module Competition.

Regardless of whether you have been penning your own adventures for decades or have never set quill to parchment before, as long as you have a passion for fantasy role-playing then this competition is for you!  Even if you can’t find the motivation to complete your own quest, we still need you to help evaluate and ultimately vote on modules submitted by everyone else AND you could still win prizes in the process.  How cool is that?

We will be accepting submissions up until March 18th. This should give you plenty of time to get writing, or perhaps sifting through previously written material.  Come March 20th a new page on the ATGN website will be presented where the top 20 modules can be voted upon by the general public.  Then, on April 12th at the “Yet-To-Be-Titled” Vault Games Convention in Brisbane the winners will be announced.

Shortly after the Vault Games Convention the team will be sitting down to play the winning module in a video recorded event.  This recording will be made available online for everyone to watch and enjoy!

1st Place wins a brand new Dungeons & Dragons ‘White Box’ (Which I reviewed a while ago here).  These really are a gorgeous collectors piece and worthy of any RPG enthusiasts collection. RRP $200

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2nd Place wins a brand new copy of the Pathfinder Core Book and an official Pathfinder GM Screen. RRP $75 and RRP $25

3rd Place wins a brand new copy of the Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition) (Which we also reviewed here). RRP $25

And for those reviewing and commenting on submitted modules in the official ATGN Forum (Here) we have weekly prizes of dice sets for the most constructive post. RRP $15 each.

This bring us to just over $400 (RRP) worth of prizes in total.  Not bad for our first year!

So, how do you get involved?  What do you need to do?  Well, that all depends on whether you are prepared to do a little writing and submit a quest in an attempt to score the big prizes and gain national infamy as a fantasy adventure designer or if you would prefer to simply download and play the works of others, commenting and rating their works on the official ATGN forums and go for the dice sets?  Perhaps a little of both?

Help us help the community by spreading the word.  Let your friends and family know, share this post on your Facebook Page and other social media.  We hope to turn this into an annual event that grows every year both in the number of contributions and the prize pool.

To get things started I have submitted my own Module.  I wrote this a few years back for the Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition system (Although it’s very easily adapted into other gaming systems).  While I’m obviously unable to win the competition myself I thought it might be nice to get the ball rolling, so to speak.  Head over to the forums to check it out and let me know what you think.

What is involved in submitting a module for the competition?  Check out the points below.  If you have any questions or queries, comment below or email them to us.

  • The ‘Module’ should be a quest designed for a ‘Fantasy Role-Playing Game’.  You can choose the platform, however, Dungeons & Dragons 3.0/3.5, Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition, Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition and Pathfinder are the most popular.  You are also welcome to include rules in your ‘Module’ for multiple systems.
  • The ‘Module’ should be a quest designed to be completed in a single session, ideally four to six hours.
  • The work submitted must have been created by yourself and must not be the work of anyone else.
  • The work submitted must not have been published or entered into competition anywhere else at any time.
  • The work submitted must not infringe upon any copyright (No using names from Lord of the Rings for instance).
  • The work submitted must not contain any racism, sexism or anything that might be considered offensive.
  • When including information from printed books, please consider the Open Gaming License and any restrictions that may be in place. (Paizo) (Wizards of the Coast)
  • The work submitted must be, as a minimum, in Rich-Text-Format so as to be easily readable by a number of word processor programs.  You may choose to include other formats.
  • Any maps submitted must not include copyrighted imagery.  Please ensure that these are easily readable. PNG format is preferable.
  • Entries close Midnight March 28th (Australian Eastern Standard Time).
  • Australian Tabletop Gaming Network contributors will then sort through all submitted modules and take into consideration any and all reviews posted.  The ‘best’ 20 modules will then be presented to the general public for voting.
  • The work should be submitted in email format to – rpgcomp@atgn.com.au
  • In the email please include the official title of your quest, the name you wish to have published with the quest (You may use an alias if you wish) and a brief description of the quest (A couple of paragraphs).  After we have checked over your submission it will be uploaded to our DropBox and then linked in our official forums along with the information you have provided.
  • You may submit more than one ‘Module’ if you wish, however, only one of your submissions will be included in the ‘best’ 20 modules.  More submissions may improve your chances of reaching those lofty heights.

 

Okay, so what if you don’t want to submit your own module but you’d love to download other people’s quests, play them and then provide us with your thoughts and feedback.  Your comments, feedback and criticisms will help us decide which modules make the top 20 cut.  Each week we will also be picking the ‘best’ review/critique posted and you’ll receive a set of polyhedral dice!

  • Modules will be uploaded to the official ATGN forums here where you can download modules via DropBox.
  • In order to be in the running to win a set of dice you’ll need to post a review or critique of a module you have downloaded and preferably played.
  • Each week a review or critique will be selected by ATGN contributors as the winner, starting Saturday January 12 and occurring each Saturday up until Saturday the 28th of March.

 

Pretty straight forward, huh?  There is no time like the present, so get cracking!

Oh and we had better include some extra legal jargon –

Entries are open to Australian residents only, including prizes awarded for review and critique of submitted work.

Australian Tabletop Gaming Network (ATGN) and the prize sponsor (Vault Games) shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever which is suffered (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) or for any personal injury suffered or sustained in connection with any prize/s except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law.  ATGN and its sponsor is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, either caused by the user or for any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilised in this competition, or for any technical error, or any combination thereof that may occur in the course of the administration of this competition.

All decisions made by ATGN or the prize sponsor in regards to the competition are final.  No conversation will be entered into and no explanation will be presented of said decisions.

ATGN and the prize sponsor shall not be liable for any loss of damage of equipment or the information stored upon it or attached equipment as a result of downloading submitted entries from the Drop Box website (www.dropbox.com) except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law.  You understand and agree that downloading any files from Drop Box are done so at your own risk.

If for any reason this competition is not capable of running as planned, including due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failures or any causes beyond the control of ATGN, which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or integrity or proper conduct of this promotion, ATGN reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, take any action that may be available, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the competition.

The competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administrated by, or associated with, Wizards of the Coast or Paizo Publishing.

All entries must be free from copyright and must be the entrant’s own and original work.  ATGN and the prize sponsor is not held liable should the entrant be engaged in such activities.

By submitting your work to ATGN you understand and agree to give them full rights to publish your work as they see fit for an indefinite period of time.  Your work may be edited prior to any publishing.  Your name (or the alias you chose) will be attached to the work as credit.  You may request to have your name removed from the work at any stage.

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