Monday, August 20, 2012

Gimme Your Weird Adventures Contest


Back from Gen Con and ready to get to work on a long percolating idea: a companion to Weird Adventures.  To help lazy ol' me generate content, I’m turning to the time honored internet tradition of crowdsourcing--and sweetening the deal with a little competition.

Here’s what i’m looking for: give me your best adventure seed in the in the world of Weird Adventures.  Inspiration from the usual suspects (B-movies, pulp stories, comic books) is always appreciated, but whatever you think would work and highlights the fun elements of the setting. The seed can be for a sorter incidental

I want the entries in the following format:

Title: this should ideally be something pulpy and possibly hyperbolic.  The titles of the adventure seed boxed pieces in the book are good examples--and check out this old post on “weird menace” titles.
Tagline: a one sentence teaser like found on the contents page of some old pulp mags.
Set-up: a brief rundown of how the setting and situation of the adventure.
Highlights: a montage of the interesting/critical things in the adventure--important encounters, possible set-pieces, some evocative sensory fluff.

Ok, here’s a quick example:

“Burial On the Far Side of Hell”
An ancient plea brings the promise of riches and unimagined danger.
The Set-up: In a oddities museum, the PCs happen upon a Native mummy who puts out a psychic plea: “return me to my ancestral grounds for burial, and I'll show you the hidden riches of my people."  What the mummy does not know--and neither does anyone else--is that the road back now cuts through a dangerous stretch of badlands swallowed by a black dust elemental and crawling with black dust zombies.
Highlights: the fury of a malevolent storm; shambling,moaning zombies, all but invisible in the swirling, choking dust; an isolated town with desperate survivors are wholed up; a mad preacher fallen to worship of the demonic storm.

Easy! So give it your best shot. All of them I like will get included in the next Weird Adventures supplement (with full credit, of course), and everyone who’s entry makes the book will get a free pdf.  The best two entries will get either a $10 Amazon gift certificate or a hardcopy of Weird Adventures (whichever their preference).

All entries should be submitted by Monday September 17 at noon Eastern Time.  Email them to me at theinscrutabledr3 on gmail.

10 comments:

The Spooky Whisk said...

Good luck to all the contestants.

Johnathan Bingham said...

Sweet! I'll definitely have to take a stab at this one!

Tim Shorts said...

I put out the word and I think I have one or two cool entries.

Trey said...

@Whisk - Thanks! Like the new Halloween look.

@Johnathan and Tim - I look forward to your entries! Thanks for spreading the word.

Jeremy Duncan said...

Can we submit multiple entries?

Trey said...

You can. Let's say no more than three entries a person.

Porky said...

I'll definitely have a go at this. Bold move too - another layer of interaction with the material.

Trey said...

I look forward to your entry. Like I said, I'll be getting something out of this, but I also like it that it gets people thinking about their Weird Adventures and not just my Weird Adventures.

garrisonjames said...

Interesting what all I've missed. Maybe there'll be a chance to put something together for this as I get caught-up again...

Trey said...

All be interested in seeing what you come up with.