Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Iron GM contest at The Village

from edige23:

Once again we will be doing the IRON GM competition. For those of you not familiar with it, contestants are given a set of words and use those to write up an rpg idea.

Anyone on the board can enter. Entries need to be submitted by June 30th.

The basics are as follows:

This is open to people on the Village, or other people generally invited. If you know someone who might be interested—tell me. The contest itself is run off of this board, The Village. The address is If you’re not already a member you can join the board easily.

Each participant will get a set of five randomly chosen key-words like: Ronin, Tyranny, Fairies, China, Berserk, Revolutionary War, Mamlukes, Cyborg, Libraries, Golem, Low-Orbit, Vizers, Wrestling, Anchors, Lulliputian, Sewers, and so on. Everyone’s keywords will be different. 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. Keywords will be sent out individually.

Participants will then have until June 30th to come up with a setting, campaign outline or adventure that incorporates at least three of those keywords as central or crucial elements. Entries should be between 2000 and 3000 words long. All entries will remain the intellectual property of their author, or optionally the author may chosen to place under something like the Creative Commons license. No stats or mechanics are necessary.

Entries will be submitted to me ( and I will then post them on the Village Board—this will keep the entries relatively anonymous. You should note the keywords you’ve used at the start of your entry. Voting will be open through the 4th of July—with everyone able to vote for a first and second place entry. First place votes will get two points and second will get one point. Highest total points will win; in the event of a tie we can do a run off.

The winner of the contest will receive a $50 gift certificate to the online store of their choice (within reason).

If you'd like to participate, just send me a pm or e-mail and I will send you a list of words. Even if you only have a slight interest, go ahead and ask for a set of words in case it sparks your creative juices (or whatnot).