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  • D&D NEXT ADVENTURE CONTEST


    Click for more about D&DMany years ago, around about when D&D 3rd Edition came out, Eric Noah held an adventure contest. It has been archived right here, so feel free to check it out.

    D&D Next (5th Edition) is right around the corner, and I felt it would be fun to repeat the contest for the new, upcoming edition using the latest playtest packet. I contacted folks at WotC, who have agreed to this competition. Which is awesome of them! And it means those who are using the D&D Next playtest rules will soon have a whole bunch more free adventures to play with up until the game is released. I also managed to persuade some really awesome folks to judge this contest, including Paizo's Sean K Reynolds, Kevin "TimeWatch" Kulp and Keith "Eberron" Baker.

    So, here we are: Eric Noah's Morrus' D&D Adventure Contest #2! Your task, throughout the month of February, is to write an adventure. Feel free to look at the competition entries from 13 years ago to get an idea of what's expected.


    • UPDATE: due to the timing of the contest, you may leave out the previous Encounters request.
    • You can submit your entry in .doc, .rtf, or (preferred) .pdf format.
    • It MUST use one of the maps below.
    • It should be about 7,500 words in length, but we won't be too strict on that; if you can write an amazing adventure in 5,000 words, then that's fine, and if it's longer, I also likely won't complain. View the 7,500 words as a rough guideline.
    • It should use the latest D&D Next playtest packet. Unfortunately, if you don't have that packet, you're out of luck, as I can't share it with you. But if you did download it at the time, you have the necessary rules.
    • The deadline is February 28th, midnight GMT (or whenever that is in your time zone).
    • It should follow the format indicated below.
    • Nobody's trying to claim the copyright to your adventure, but you do grant permission to folks to download and use your adventure for free from EN World.
    • The winner will be chosen by the judges; runners up (one for each map) will be named. That means one winner and five runners-up.
    • The judges will judge on whatever criteria they wish. I will be one of them, and my personal criteria is "imagination".
    • A clarification on what you can include: you can't actually reproduce text and rules from the playtest packet, but you can reference creatures by name and the like. So saying "the room has 4 goblins" is fine, but copy/pasting the goblin stat block from the playtest document is not.
    • The grand prize will be my original print copy of the D&D Next Gen Con 2013 exclusive campaign Ghosts of Dragonspear Castle which I will personally run around Gen Con in August and get signed by as many people on a list you request as I possibly can (but if Mike Mearls hides from me, I don't promise to hunt him down THAT hard....) up to about a dozen people, give or take.
    • The winner and five runners-up will also receive PDF copies of Kevin Kulp's TimeWatch RPG (when it's ready) and Owl Hoot Trail.


    How to Submit

    You should upload your submission to the EN World downloads area in this category. Only the judges can download the entries (although all will be available eventually).

    Ensure your entry includes your contact details. How else do I arrange your prize with you?

    The deadline, as mentioned, is strictly February 28th, midnight GMT. Any files uploaded after that will be disqualified.

    Judging will take place throughout March. The winner and runners-up will be announced in April.

    Good luck!

    Format

    As mentioned above, your entry should be about 7,500 words in length, and in .doc, .rtf, or (preferred) .pdf format. It should include the following sections, though you can include others, and the order isn't strict.


    1. Name. You must give it an awesome name.
    2. Define character levels and credits (you, the author).
    3. Contact details. If your name and email address isn't there, I can't give you your prize.
    4. Preparation: note who the adventurers is suited for (e.g. a party of 4 7th-8th level adventurers) and any party composition recommendations, plus any other preparatory advice.
    5. Adventure background. Define the history/environment or other background elements leading up to the adventure.
    6. Adventure summary. Summarize the adventure with a DM's overview.
    7. NPC summary. List and describe any important NPCs. Note that stats go at the end of the adventure.
    8. The adventure.
    9. Wrap-up/what's next.
    10. NPC/creature/item/etc. stats.


    Maps

    Your entry must use one of the following maps. You can choose which one. These maps were all published by WotC, and are used with permission. The overall winner will be selected from the entire pool of entries, and then five runners-up will be chosen with one for each map.


    Temple


    Old Tower


    Volcano Fortress


    Secret Graveyard


    Haunted House

    The D&D Next Adventure Contest is not endorsed, authorized or associated with Wizards of the Coast or Hasbro, Inc.
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. EricNoah's Avatar
      EricNoah -
      Blast from the past - I love it!
    1. Sean Anderson's Avatar
      Sean Anderson -
      Just to clarify, each entry has to contain one of the maps, but does that have to be the only map used (i.e. can we supplement one with a second map of our own?) and/or can more than one of the above maps be used?
    1. Remathilis's Avatar
      Remathilis -
      Can we create/convert our own monsters or use some from the Crystal Shard Encounter's documents?
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sean Anderson View Post
      Just to clarify, each entry has to contain one of the maps, but does that have to be the only map used (i.e. can we supplement one with a second map of our own?) and/or can more than one of the above maps be used?
      Just the one map!

      Quote Originally Posted by Remathilis View Post
      Can we create/convert our own monsters or use some from the Crystal Shard Encounter's documents?
      You can refer to (but not reproduce) monsters from the Crystal Shard document; that said, my advice would be to tie it in in a non-mechanical manner because a lot of folks won't have that document.
    1. Remathilis's Avatar
      Remathilis -
      Quote Originally Posted by Morrus View Post
      You can refer to (but not reproduce) monsters from the Crystal Shard document; that said, my advice would be to tie it in in a non-mechanical manner because a lot of folks won't have that document.
      Gotcha. We're ok then on making our own monsters or converting them from earlier editions?
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Actually, that's changed; the Crystal Shard request has been withdrawn. The competition post has been updated accordingly.
    1. DLIMedia's Avatar
      DLIMedia -
      Is there any way to get the maps in higher resolution, or is what's provided above all we have?
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by DLIMedia View Post
      Is there any way to get the maps in higher resolution, or is what's provided above all we have?
      That's all I have, I'm afraid! They're the same copies used 13 years ago.
    1. Quickleaf's Avatar
      Quickleaf -
      Quote Originally Posted by Morrus View Post
      It should use the latest D&D Next playtest packet. Unfortunately, if you don't have that packet, you're out of luck, as I can't share it with you. But if you did download it at the time, you have the necessary rules.
      Ah, too bad, would like to have contributed to this, but looks like I'm out of luck. I just couldn't keep up with all the changes in the playtest documents. Are they still using tool/mount/gaming set proficiencies like in September? I don't know!

      Best of luck to everyone who is entering the contest though! ENWorlders have amazing creative talent
    1. dmgorgon's Avatar
      dmgorgon -
      Can the adventure make reference to a published campaign setting?
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by dmgorgon View Post
      Can the adventure make reference to a published campaign setting?
      It's probably best not to - even if only to ensure it's as widely useful as possible.
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