CastIron GM seeks worthy applicants

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CastIron GM seeks worthy applicants

HellFencer's GM Contest - Forum
Ad Closes: May 4 '12
Estimated Members Requested: 15

Hello all, you may recognize this title. I originally ran this event a few years ago on MW. There were outside influences beyond my control that stopped me from fully completing it (and actually drove me to leave the site). Things are much different for me now, and I have proper time, energy and funds to get this boat going down the river again.

Most of the details are below. I am accepting applicants for two weeks time (until May 4th). On May 5th I will release the list of keywords to applicants and start the 3-week countdown to May 25 when Round 1 will be due.

I am expecting around 8-10 applicants, but I know there may be more, so I would like to accept up to 15 (or close). This number is not strict, but much more than 15 could be an issue. The only real prerequisite here is that you can type, use grammar and like to make your own setting/NPCs/adventures.

Please see Rules for more details.

Game Description:

The Iron GM contest first originated on a local forum of players that live near me. It was a chance to demonstrate writing ability as well as how unique and crafty one is. Plus, its a whole lot of fun!

I hope to conduct this content in rounds. Round 1 consists of writing a setting. Round 2 would be to flesh out your setting with the NPCs and creatures that inhabit the travel-able areas (or a specific area, as detailing an entire world is too much for this scope). Round 3 would be to write a specific adventure set within your setting with your NPCs and creatures.

Round 1 will be very important, giving you the basis for the rest of the rounds. In round 1 you are given a list of 5 randomly chosen (and unique to you) keywords from which to craft your setting around. In round 2 you will randomly designate one of your keywords as the dominant trait. This trait must have the most focus in your NPCs and creatures. Round 3 will be as round 2, but you will randomly choose 2 keywords and they cannot be the same as the one chosen for round 2. These two traits must be the focus for your adventure.

An example of keywords: Ronin, Tyranny, Fairies, China, Berserk, Revolutionary War, Mamlukes, Cyborg, Libraries, Golem, Low-Orbit, Vizers, Wrestling, Anchors, Lulliputian, Sewers, and so on.

Entries should be broad enough that mechanics don't matter. It is acceptable to use preexisting information (such as the Forgotten Realms setting, or the premise of World of Darkness), though you are encouraged to be as creative as possible. All entries remain the intellectual property of their respective owners. I, HellFencer, will be overseeing the operation of the contest. Should I choose to, I may participate in the contest if time allows. I will also be responsible for the creation of a library of words (probably 1000 or more) as well as passing them out to participants. I pledge to be non-biased and completely random when passing these out.

If you hate your first set of keywords, you may ask for a second, but you must take the second set. There will be no duplication of keywords between participants. I will post what keywords everyone has.

"But who wins!?" you ask. Everyone that participates is given the right to vote for two entries. Your first vote is worth two points, and your second is worth one point. It is considered polite not to vote for your own entry. Those who wish to vote but not play may enter as Judges. Judges rate each story on a scale of 0-3. Voting will last for 5 days from the end of entry submission.

"And WHAT do I win?" you ponder. Well, considering is nice to actually win something, and I think I can afford it, I will be giving out giftcards. Please note that I will NOT be conducting anything having to do with the giftcards on MW. I will contact you outside of the forums to discuss it, as it is not my intention to break any rules set forth by the site (by advertising money and whatnot).

Lastly, considering how well your idea is liked, a game may just be run in its style here on MW!

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This is more "creative corner" than a "game advert". Still, I may be convinced to join in. And if nothing else, I could judge.

Also... don't offer actual prizes. People around here just enjoy the challenge of things. We're crazy like that.

Curious, very curious. I may throw my hat into the ring. I very much like the idea.
Would the participants be limited to a word count, during the first two phases? What criteria would the community and judges be evaluating each setting and adventure on?

Originally Posted by TanaNari View Post
This is more "creative corner" than a "game advert". Still, I may be convinced to join in. And if nothing else, I could judge.

Also... don't offer actual prizes. People around here just enjoy the challenge of things. We're crazy like that.
This is a game advert because this is setup much as a game is. I had no issues running it as a game in the past :P

Also, I feel like offering prizes this time around. I didn't have anything last time. I'm trying to do things differently this time :P

Originally Posted by Daxonwraithsong View Post
What criteria would the community and judges be evaluating each setting and adventure on?
I will post a thread concerning these details, exactly, when we get nearer to the judging date. However, I am currently considering:
  • Grammar, punctuation, spelling, general neatness of post
  • Use of keywords in interesting ways
  • Originality of entries
  • Usability as a setting / adventure

See the Rules and Templates for details about word counts. There is always a word count to reach and stay within. This ensures a certain level of detail with each entry.

I'm very pleased to see so much interest already.

Hmmm, I want to give this a try. I doubt I'll tough it out, but world crafting is always fun!

I'm inclined to keep my eye on this. I'm being noncommittal at the moment due to a few other games awaiting acceptance or not. I think you might have something here Hell, only time will tell.


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