Design A Horrible...
It's been quite a while since we had a competition. We've seen a lot of changes in the industry, as well as changes here at The Dungeons and Dragons Archive. But we'd hate to see the creative juices stagnate. So here we are.
In this competition, you will design... whatever you want. That's right, we're not going to restrict your writing to any one type of entry; you are free to create whatever your heart may desire. The only three stipulations we're placing on this competition are:
1: The entry must fit into the category of one of the D&D Archive's resources. Thus, it must be an adventure, a campaign setting, an encounter, a location, a class (core class, variant core class or prestige class, it doesn't matter), equipment, a feat, a race/creature, a magic spell, a psionic power or an NPC.
2: While the entry must be one of the above, it must also somehow incorporate a second example from the above categories into it. Thus, it can be a location that includes an NPC, an NPC that includes a new spell, a campaign setting that includes a new feat, etc.
3: In the spirit of this time of year, we'd very much like to see a horror theme, so the entry must have a general theme of scariness. For a good score, this theme should show through in an obvious way. For example, simply presenting a new undead monster is not a general theme of scariness, no matter how scary the reader's ideas of how to use that undead monster might be. Presenting a new NPC that stalks and murders people in order to stitch the victims up into a new undead monster, though... well that sort of speaks for itself, doesn't it?
Please note that a larger entry will not necessarily score higher than a smaller entry. We're looking for quality, not quantity. It's just as likely that a 1,500 word entry will score as highly as a 32,000 word entry, so long as it's interesting and well-written. At the same time, however, don't make an entry so simple that it wastes the judges' time. An entry that is only two feats, one requiring the other as a prerequisite, is technically allowed under the letter of the rules, but is not likely to score very high on its own.
This competition includes no optional elements. Anything that requires a stat block (NPC, monster, trap, etc.) must utilize the full stat block. As per usual, the rules used in this competition are to be D&D 3.5 compatible and should be drawn from the core rulebooks (Player's Handbook, Dungeon Masters Guide and Monster Manual), Expanded Psionics Handbook, Unearthed Arcana, [url="http://www.d20srd.org/"]The SRD[/url] and material from The Dungeons and Dragons Archive.
Submitting Your Entry
Please submit your entry directly to this thread. Participants are encouraged to enter their submission well before the deadline. While a subsequent entry may be inspired by an earlier entry, the scoring takes into account originality, and the earlier entry may well score better simply as a result of being submitted first.
The judge for this competition will be Fixxxer. Questions about the competition can be asked and will be answered in the Questions thread. The judges will provide such answer as they deem appropriate. Anything not prohibited in the above instructions is permissible.
The competition will run through the entire month of November. Entries will be scored and feedback (if any) will be provided [strike]before the end of December[/strike] whenever the hell I get around to it. The winners will be announced in this thread.