17 minutes ago
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.