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meeple Announcing the 2012 RPG Geek 24-Hour RPG Contest! meeple

It's that time of year: time for a 24-hour RPG contest! As in the previous two years, we'll follow the traditional format (details below if you've not heard of this sort of thing before). If you remember last year's, the key difference is that the voting period has been extended to three weeks (to allow for voters having to read lots of entries, and to encourage more voting); other rules are the same.

There will be fabulous prizes for the three best entries, as voted for by the users! All entries will be added to the RPG Geek database, preserved for all time!


What's it all about?

The challenge is to design and produce a complete role-playing game in a single continuous 24 hour block of time. This is a strict time limit. As soon as you start, you have exactly 24 hours to do your work, and at the end of that time it's done and you should submit it.

There must be no advance preparation work. All of the work (designing a system, a setting, creating fiction, artwork, typesetting) must be done within the 24 hour block of time.

It must be original work. Don't use anything you've worked on previously. And definitely don't use anyone else's work (which means you'll have to think up of your own system).

It must be all your own work. You must not get any help (whether that be design, editing, production, or artwork) from someone else. The sole exceptions to this are:
that you can use public domain / Creative Commons art for your document
that you can include a small amount of public domain / Creative Commons text for mood setting only (any quoted text must be properly attributed, and must not be a substantial portion of the entry's text)
and that you may include this logo if you so desire (click on the image for higher resolutions):


By entering the contest, you consent to having your work loaded onto RPG Geek as a downloadable file. The preferred file format is PDF, but if you have other more creative ideas then that's probably fine too. If you can't create PDFs, send your document as is to Stelio and he'll convert it for you.


Why would I subject myself to this?

It's fun! It's an interesting challenge, and you're constrained to the same limits as everyone else. The time limit also ensures that you don't have to spend too much of your time on the project if you have a busy lifestyle.

There are also PRIZES for the top three winning entries, as voted for by you, the users of this site. The initial prize fund is 60 bag from my own earnings which will be split amongst the winners thusly:
30 for first place
20 for second place
10 for third place
All tips to this post will be added to the prize fund, with the prizes remaining in proportion (so 1/2 of the collected pot will go to the first placed winner, 1/3 to the second placed winner, and 1/6 to the third placed winner).

Check the first reply to this post for the latest update on the prize fund.

Further, all entrants will receive the perk of being added to the database as RPG designers and producers, with all that entails (including the option to wear a "GAME DESIGNER" badge, and free microbadges as detailed here).

Stelio will also pass on to the relevant entrants all bag gained for adding the game information to the database (typically 7 in total for the RPG and item submission, 1 for a new designer, and 1 each for relevant images).

All entrants (and Stelio for running the contest) will further receive an exclusive microbadge: mb. This is available solely through this particular contest. Any future contests run here will have their own unique microbadges. Collect the set!


Timescales

The contest is open for entries through to Tuesday 30 October 2012. Send your completed entry by e-mail to Stelio at 24hourRPG@stelio.net. I'll hang on to them until the end of the entry period.

All entries received before the end of 30 October will be valid for entry into the contest, regardless of whether they have been fully completed or not (we appreciate that 24 hours is a very short space of time to create a full RPG). That gives you three full weekends to find the time.

When the entry period has closed, I'll create database objects for all the entries and ask the designers to upload their files to the appropriate entry for other users to access. If any designer has not uploaded their file within a couple of days, I'll upload it myself (so that the voting doesn't get delayed) but will delete my upload if the designer eventually does get around to uploading it themselves.

Then when they've all been checked and sorted, the entries will be announced to everyone and I'll set up a poll for voting. The poll will use a single transferable vote system (which, briefly, means that you rank the entries in order of preference which makes choosing a top three more representative).

Voting will be open for roughly three weeks (a week longer than last year), after which the results will be announced and the prizes distributed! Party on!

After the contest, you may decide that you want to take your work, polish it up, and make it into something greater. Go ahead! We'd love this contest to inspire you to design.


Eligibility for Entry

All registered users of the site are eligible to enter the contest, unless they are running the contest (so that's everyone except Stelio then).

If you're not a user yet, but you'd like to enter, then sign up for an account! It's free and we don't ask any awkward questions! We're very friendly to new users, whether this is your first time here or you've been lurking for years.

Please: only one entry per person. If you're mad enough to make more than one, let me know which you would like to be considered for the competition.



For details of previous competitions, and all of the entries that were created, see:
2010 RPG Geek 24 Hour RPGs
2011 RPG Geek 24 Hour RPGs
2011 RPG Geek 48 Hour RPGs

For future updates and related posts for this competition, subscribe to: 2012 RPG Geek 24 Hour RPGs
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Current prize fund: 1170 bag

585 for first place
390 for second place
195 for third place

(At the end of the contest, I'll also add in however many extra are required in order to adjust the prize amounts to whole numbers. That additional float based on current tips is included in the prize fund listed above.)



Tippers in order of awesomeness:
d10-2d10-0d10-0 from Steve Dubya
d10-1d10-0d10-0 from dumarest123, Hida Mann
d10-5d10-0 from trevlix, sdonohue, sos1, Red Wine Pie, Narl, Martin Ralya
d10-4d10-0 from Luddite Slayer, andyl
d10-3d10-5 from regency_rhi
d10-2d10-5 from rabalias, edige23
d10-2d10-0 from lydon, Wired_Wolf, Badger242
d10-1d10-0 from wavemotion, Ausk, Vaklam, Scrowe, jasri, Unknown Ediology, shawnssica, schizoid, intrepideddie, AndersGabrielsson, bbonvallet, PiHalbe, lcx0r, LurkingMeeple, iuchiban
d10-5 from Shadow Hexagram, Steerpike, XendoBreckett, Gawain, GilvanBlight
d10-1 from MonsterMike, Rubric, TheEbonyTurtle, rednightmare, Munkwunk, RockMeAsmodeus, coffeeswiller, Mulligans
d10-0 from kurthl33t

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How is the 24 hour limit enforced? Just the honor system?
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trevlix wrote:
How is the 24 hour limit enforced? Just the honor system?
The Cthulhu honor system! Obey or go insane!!!
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Ooh, maybe I'll actually find time to participate this year.
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How is the 24 hour limit enforced? Just the honor system?
Exactly that.
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Huzzah for no required elements this year!

Not that I have an idea what I'll do without them.
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This sounds great!
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It must be all your own work. You must not get any help (whether that be design, editing, production, or artwork) from someone else.
Does this mean that, say, a team of two people can't work together?
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Ah, yes...been looking forward to one of these!
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Huzzah for no required elements this year!

Not that I have an idea what I'll do without them.
I have to say, I was kind of hoping for required elements for that very reason. That, and it's always fun to see what different people do with the same static elements.
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It must be all your own work. You must not get any help (whether that be design, editing, production, or artwork) from someone else.
Does this mean that, say, a team of two people can't work together?
That is correct. This is a contest of solo efforts.
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sdonohue wrote:
Huzzah for no required elements this year!

Not that I have an idea what I'll do without them.
I have to say, I was kind of hoping for required elements for that very reason. That, and it's always fun to see what different people do with the same static elements.
If you want me to come up with some elements for you, I can... devil
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Stelio wrote:
MasterGeek wrote:
sdonohue wrote:
Huzzah for no required elements this year!

Not that I have an idea what I'll do without them.
I have to say, I was kind of hoping for required elements for that very reason. That, and it's always fun to see what different people do with the same static elements.
If you want me to come up with some elements for you, I can... devil
I was prepared to jump at this until the devil-horns.
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We're working on a custom 2012 micro for this!

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Can a couple people team-up on this?
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Stelio wrote:
TheForgottenTaxi wrote:
SteliO wrote:
It must be all your own work. You must not get any help (whether that be design, editing, production, or artwork) from someone else.
Does this mean that, say, a team of two people can't work together?
That is correct. This is a contest of solo efforts.
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I guess I missed that. Thanks, Jon
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the elements where used in the 48 hour contest never in the 24 hour.
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Tip's in!

Now I just need to finish my adventure and figure out what I'll attempt for this...
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If you want me to come up with some elements for you, I can... devil


I'll be starting my 24 hours late on Oct 12. I will need your devilish required elements by then.
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Would love to give it another go but it really couldn't have come at a worse time. I really cannot see having 10 minutes spare, let alone 24 hours.
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Oh...how will I top Redneck the RPG?

I know, Anime Rednecks from Another Universe the RPG!

*is handed a note* Oh... can't use works previously designed. You sure about this?

*frying pan*

OUCH! Ok, ok! Geez...

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In other words, I think I am participating again this year. ^_^
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