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meeple Announcing the 2019 RPG Geek 24-Hour RPG Contest! meeple

Okay, I'm a day early. This is supposed to start on October 1st. But hey, let's get a jump on it. I'm too excited to wait. I've run this contest the last three years. Here's to four!

It's that time of year: time for a 24-hour RPG contest! As in previous years, we'll follow the traditional format (details below if you've not heard of this sort of thing before). For those that enjoy creative constraints or thematic challenges, there is an optional random theme generator.

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

Pass the word around the site. Go forth and spread the word of 24 hour RPGs, that we may have many interesting entries.

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 robbbbbb and he'll convert it for you.

Optional Random Theme Generator

Many people find it more interesting to work under an additional thematic constraint; often this helps spark creativity, or to give you direction in which to initialise your thinking.

The tables below are optional. Use them as you like. You may want to roll once on each, or to pick from one and roll on another. Perhaps you might roll multiple times on a table, or not at all. You may indeed roll and decide you don't like what you get and discard it or re-roll. It's all up to you.

I've deliberately kept the entries rather vague so that they may be interpreted in multiple different ways. For example Craftsmen / Illumination / 19th Century may inspire you to write about steampunk inventors in the Wild West, Victorian wizards seeking arcane knowledge through esoteric means, or samurai achieving illumination through swordplay in the Tokugawa shogunate.

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Animals
Artists
Businessmen
Children
Craftsmen
Criminals
Families
Leaders
Objects
Outcasts
Places
Rulers
Scholars
Servants
Soldiers
Strangers
The Dead
The Religious
Travellers
Visionaries
Theme
Absolution
Apotheosis
Desire
Despair
Disaster
Duty
Faith
Glory
Greed
Hate
Honour
Hope
Illumination
Loss
Love
Madness
Power
Revenge
Terror
Wrath
Period
Weird
Fantastic
Mythic
Stone Age
Bronze Age
Iron Age
Classical
5th - 10th Century
11th - 13th Century
14th - 15th Century
16th - 17th Century
18th Century
19th Century
1st half of 20th Century
2nd half of 20th Century
Present
Near Future
Far Future
Extreme Future
Time-Travelling


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 four winning entries, as voted for by you, the users of this site. The initial prize fund is 500 bag from my own earnings which will be split amongst the winners thusly:
200 for first place
150 for second place
100 for third place
50 for fourth place
All tips to this post will be added to the prize fund, with the prizes remaining in proportion (so 40% of the collected pot will go to the first placed winner, 30% to the second placed winner, 20% to the third placed winner, and 10% to the fourth 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!)

robbbbbb 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).

If we get someone to help Robb with the microbadge, then all entrants (and Robb for running the contest) will further receive an exclusive microbadge. This is available solely through this particular contest. Any future contests run here will have their own unique microbadges. Collect the set! (Anyone want to take on Microbadge creation?)

Timescales

The contest is open for entries through to Tuesday, November 12th, 2019. Send your completed entry by e-mail to robbbbbb at rminnema@yahoo.com. We'll put them up on RPGG after they're submitted.

All entries received before the end of 12 November 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 six 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, 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 me 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:

2018 RPG Geek 24 Hour RPGs
2017 RPG Geek 24 Hour RPGs
2016 RPG Geek 24 Hour RPGs
2010 RPG Geek 24 Hour RPGs
2011 RPG Geek 24 Hour RPGs / 2011 RPG Geek 48 Hour RPGs
2012 RPG Geek 24 Hour RPGs
2013 RPG Geek 24 Hour RPGs / 2013 RPG Geek 48 Hour RPGs
2014 RPG Geek 24 Hour RPGs
2015 RPG Geek 24 Hour RPGs

Good luck. And may The Force be with you.
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Total entries received: 17

Call of Coothulhu, by cocuzzi
A Cat Had Nine Lives, by taen
Dievas, by purplewurple
Elsewhere, by spleen23
Fast Food Battle Royale, by tdphillips
Field Report, by dumwytgi
Fluffy!, by Mebririth
A Gothic Story, by RandolphCarterKadath
The Hellhound Lovers Ball, by ctimmins
Leadtown, by Inkwan
Luftstalag 13½, by robbbbbb
Nightmare Rescue, by Wired_Wolf
Out of Time, by chuckdee68
Privates, by Mixula
S.E.L.F. Team Six, by vestige
Survey the Stars, by adularia25
Volstead Vigilantes, by sdonohue

Current prize fund: 6500 bag

2600 geekgold for 1st place
1950 geekgold for 2nd place
1300 geekgold for 3rd place
650 geekgold for 4th place

Tippers, in order of awesomeness:
1024 from Munkwunk
1000 from sdonohue
1000 from vestige
600 from wysire
542 from robbbbbb
500 from Bifford
400 from jasri
350 from regency_rhi
300 from Mulligans
100 from Badger242
100 from bobcatt
100 from brumcg
100 from dumwytgi
100 from carlc
35 from carlcovatto
24 from purplewurple
24 from Vaklam
20 from mawilson4
12 from chuckdee68
11 from taen
10 from ZOMBIFIED ed
5 from Dazooz
5 from Kezle
5 from Birmy
5 from Inkwan
128 from submissions
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Yay!
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...124 to run fleeing from the mountain. ...125 to use a rope to climb the steep cliff. ...126 to quickly cast "summon stairs." ...127 to dodge under the falling rocks.
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So excited for this!
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And the donations are rolling in. Thanks for the support, everyone.

One of these years I'm just going to abscond with all of the GeekGold and waste it all on hookers and blow. You've been warned.
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waste it all on hookers and blow
This seems like a good title.
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I've been waiting for this.
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I can't imagine me getting anything useful out in 24 hours.
I'd still be waffling over which font to use.
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bobcatt wrote:
I can't imagine me getting anything useful out in 24 hours.
That's never really bothered most of the rest of us.
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Awesome! I hope I can find the time and inspiration again.

1d20 + 1d20 + 1d20 = (5) + (17) + (12) = 34
Craftsmen, Power, 18th Century

1d20 + 1d20 + 1d20 = (10) + (9) + (17) = 36
Outcasts, Greed, Near future <-- I like this one!

1d20 + 1d20 + 1d20 = (12) + (13) + (20) = 45
Rulers, Illumination, Time-Travelling
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1d20 = (5) = 5 Craftsmen
1d20 = (18) = 18 Revenge
1d20 = (12) = 12 18th Century


could have sworn I've seen this movie...

1d20 = (13) = 13 Scholars
1d20 = (15) = 15 Love
1d20 = (8) = 8 5th-10th Century

Not-quite-dead Poets society?


1d20 = (4) = 4 Children
1d20 = (18) = 18 Revenge
1d20 = (16) = 16 Present

Stranger Things 5 - Endgame
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I definitely want to join this.
Man. Must make time.
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Really? During the month I'll be running a Kickstarter?

Ooh, maybe an RPG about Kickstarting an RPG!

But if I used that, I'd have to start designing now. Not a good time. Stupid brain. No more ideas until there's time.
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How about:

1d20 = (1) = 1
1d20 = (13) = 13
1d20 = (19) = 19

Animals, Illumination, Extreme Future

Or:

1d20 + 1d20 + 1d20 = (5) + (7) + (6) = 18

Craftsmen, Faith, Iron Age

Or:

3d20 = (19 + 20 + 17) = 56

Travellers, Wrath, Near Future

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Well, for once, those are very, very different choices!
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I was a judge last year and it was a lot of fun !

Nice to see there are so many creative people here on RPGG ! cool
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robbbbbb wrote:


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.

They even made a movie about this.


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Won't be entering, but I'll be excited to read entries and vote. Good luck everyone!
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Munkwunk wrote:
Really? During the month I'll be running a Kickstarter?

Ooh, maybe an RPG about Kickstarting an RPG!

But if I used that, I'd have to start designing now. Not a good time. Stupid brain. No more ideas until there's time.
I've always played that rule pretty loose. If you've got an idea you don't have to start working on it right that instant. Feel free to hold that idea and start work on it some other time.

I have an idea for an entry that's been percolating in my brain for the better part of a year. If I get a solid block of uninterrupted time in the near future I might whip up an entry.
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placeholder 1d20 + 1d20 + 1d20 = (5) + (19) + (5) = 29
Craftsmen, Terror, Bronze Age

Obviously I need to learn how to use the Die Roll feature correctly.
What the heck could I do with such a combination?
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bobcatt wrote:
bobcatt previously rolled 1d20 + 1d20 + 1d20 = (5) + (19) + (5) = 29 (placeholder)
Craftsmen, Terror, Bronze Age

Obviously I need to learn how to use the Die Roll feature correctly.
What the heck could I do with such a combination?
You're the one dude who decided to start working with iron. Now you've got to deal with the current status quo while not getting murdered by people who are really good at making sharp things with bronze.

777 would be an impressive result if this were a slot machine but I've got no clue what to do with Families, Faith, and Classical.
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777 would be an impressive result if this were a slot machine but I've got no clue what to do with Families, Faith, and Classical.
Ooh, I do, that's a good roll!

But will go and do my own...
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1d20 = (18) = 18 The religious
1d20 = (8) = 8 Glory
1d20 = (16) = 16 Present time

Thoughts are arriving....

Down, thoughts, down! Your time has not yet come.

Update: life has decided to get in the way this year.
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Our first submission is in. I'm waiting for it to clear moderation and then I'll add it to the list of entries in the second post.
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I have begun. It'll probably be hot garbage and the memetic quality that would be apparent if I mentioned my theme right now will have probably left our collective consciousness by the time voting begins but those are risks I'm willing to subject others to.
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