Mystery Map Adventure Design Competition
Win $1,000 and have your adventure published!
We are very excited to announce the winner of
our Mystery Map Adventure Design Competition. Congratulations to Jobe Bittman
for his submission, “The One Who Watches From Below.” Look for it in stores
later this year! Thanks to everyone who entered – the submissions were
great and the competition was fierce.
Goodman Games is looking for authors steeped in the lore of pre-D&D
fantasy to help usher in the next generation of old-school adventure. We
are asking that you put your Appendix N knowledge to good use in creating
an adventure designed around finish the
Mystery Map. A panel of experienced dungeon designers will judge all
submissions. The best submission will be commissioned as a 5,000-word adventure
to be published by Goodman Games, at a payment rate of $1,000. The adventure
will be released as our Free RPG Day 2013 offering, to be enjoyed by thousands
of other gamers. There is only one winner, but strong second-place submissions
may also be commissioned for separate publication, at the discretion of
The basic idea: We would like you to finish the
Mystery Map, then outline an adventure based on your completed map.
Your completed map must use the rooms that are already designated, and
should be continued by your own design into the open space. Your final
map must be only one page in size. You should provide a digital copy of
your final map. Finally, your adventure should make use of the weird creature
in the lower corner of finish the
Mystery Map (the thing with six legs and the eyes on its flank – whatever
What are we looking for? We are looking for an exciting, playable,
well-written fantasy adventure that embodies the voice of DCC RPG. DCC
RPG is a game of pre-D&D fantasy, based on the pre-genre adventure
literature of Appendix N and the cultural voice of the 1970’s. DCC RPG
adheres to several basic principles whose goals are to conjure forth the
sense of wonder we all experienced upon first playing D&D. First, all
monsters and encounters are unique, never “from the book.” Second, magic
feels magical and highly unpredictable. Third, there is a noticeable
lack of the constraints of genre-based fiction. Fourth, adventures feature
strong visual elements in every scene that give the players a constant
sense of immersion. Finally, the scope of adventures crosses planes, dimensions,
space, and time wherever appropriate. Read DCC RPG and its published adventure
modules to get an even better sense of the game.
How to submit: E-mail your submission, adhering to the rules
outlined below, to email@example.com.
Deadline: All submissions must be received electronically by
October 31, 2012.
Submission rules: Please adhere to these rules in your submission:
The Panel of Judges: All submissions will be judged by a distinguished
panel of dungeon designers, who will collaborate to select the most worthy
adventure. The judges are:
Send your submission in an email. The body of the email should outline
your submission. The email should have only one attachment, which should
be the completed Mystery Map.
Your submission should be an outline of your adventure. Include a brief
summary of the plot and the encounters. Provide more detailed information
on the key encounters. Give the game stats for the weird creature with
six legs and the eyes on its flanks. Tell us how your adventure embodies
the voice of DCC RPG and Appendix N. Tell us how your adventure is memorable
to the players.
Your submission should be no more than 1,000 words in length.
You must include your e-mail address and phone number.
Finally, you must include and agree to the following sentence in your submission
(and it counts toward the 1,000 words): “I acknowledge that the ideas I
have submitted may be identical or similar to the theme, plot, idea, format,
or other element of material that Goodman Games has independently developed,
or that has or may come to Goodman Games from other sources, and I shall
not be entitled to any compensation by reason of the use by Goodman Games
of such similar or identical material.”
Send in your submission now. May the best adventure win!
Michael Curtis, creator of The Dungeon Alphabet and Stonehell Dungeon
Aldo Ghiozzi, game connoisseur and Free RPG Day organizer
Joseph Goodman, creator of DCC RPG
Doug Kovacs, DCC RPG cover artist and “visual voice”
Erol Otus, legendary TSR artist
Stefan Poag, fan favorite OSR artist
Harley Stroh, adventure writer extraordinaire