I’m always interested in amateur game design competitions, and the One Page Dungeon Contest is one of my favourites. Submissions are now open for the 2014 iteration of the event so I thought I’d give it a mention on the ol’ blog.
What’s it all about? Participants create a complete role-playing-game dungeon within the space of a single sheet of 8.5×11 paper. The general idea is to make the adventure compatible with any game system; so the best approach is to speak in generalities rather than specific rules. For example, explaining an encounter as “three rugged warriors wielding sharp blades” is better than “1d3 fourth level fighters wielding +2 long swords.”
There are a few other rules and restrictions, but something to take note of is that all submissions are put under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license. I am a huge fan of Creative Commons licenses for RPG materials (as can be clearly seen), so having dozens of mini-adventures made available to the public seems like a pretty awesome idea in my books.
This year’s deadline is April 30, so if you’re interested in participating then get cracking! I have already started on my adventure, tentatively titled: Escape From Redstone. It’s based on an outline I made for a Labyrinth Lord proposal waaaaay back in the day, and I thought now was as good a time as ever to revive it.