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Model for Scenario Submission


Scenario Submission Talk

**** Venture-Lieutenant, Canada—Ontario aka Feegle

Does one of these exist somewhere? Or is it perhaps fair to assume that the first couple of pages of published PFS scenarios is a good model?

The only thing I can find on the boards is this post, from roughly eighteen months ago.

I guess I'm looking for formatting advice as well as a level of detail. If the pitch for an existing scenario were available for viewing, I think it'd help a lot.

Qadira *****

There is not "clear" public format sent that I know of. Following the guidelines is the only way I know. My take is they get a gajillion submissions and retain but a few. So try to get is as close as you can to PFS scenarios on your own.

We have one for NeoExodus (jp@chapleau.us for details), but Paizo has not shared one publicly.

JP

Paizo Employee ** Developer

There is no standard expected format, but an author's ability to convey the meat of an adventure, her writing ability, and mastery of hooking the reader early are more evident in some pitch styles than others. Knowing what makes your words and ideas shine is part of what we're looking for in freelancers.

I currently have no plans to make public any open call submissions, whether rejected or accepted.

Silver Crusade **

Mark Moreland wrote:

There is no standard expected format, but an author's ability to convey the meat of an adventure, her writing ability, and mastery of hooking the reader early are more evident in some pitch styles than others. Knowing what makes your words and ideas shine is part of what we're looking for in freelancers.

I currently have no plans to make public any open call submissions, whether rejected or accepted.

How long does it usually take to get a response on a submission? I sent one in about four months ago, and other than the standard message that it has been received, I have heard nothing.

**** Venture-Lieutenant, Canada—Ontario aka Feegle

Mark Moreland wrote:

There is no standard expected format, but an author's ability to convey the meat of an adventure, her writing ability, and mastery of hooking the reader early are more evident in some pitch styles than others. Knowing what makes your words and ideas shine is part of what we're looking for in freelancers.

I currently have no plans to make public any open call submissions, whether rejected or accepted.

Thanks for the reply, Mark. I suspected not, but it never hurts to ask. :)

One last clarification question - would the background to the adventure be considered "fiction"? I'm specifically thinking of the opening page or so of most published PFS scenarios, where the setting and larger situation is detailed out for the GM. It's not technically part of the adventure, and it's rare that the characters get everything that's in there - but without it, a layout of the adventure might seem a little... disjointed?

Personally, I'd err on the side of including it, but trying to keep it to a minor portion of the submission, since it's the adventure that's more important to the pitch itself. Would I be wrong in this?

Paizo Employee ** Developer

in 750 words, you need to make each one count. If something that isn't in the adventure is vital to understanding the adventure concept or the events within it, then it should probably be explained in the pitch, but every adventure is different. When I read a proposal, I want to be able to see if you included the right information and when you left things out in favor of more important information. That's part of the test.

As for turnaround time, right now I'm severely behind in reviewing submissions but every one I've received will get the same consideration. If you've written for Pathfinder Society (or another Paizo product) in the past, I might look at it briefly to see if it's worth assigning sooner, but in general one submitting should be patient and wait however many months it takes before you come up in the queue.

Grand Lodge ****

Doesn't really follow protocol, but I think one of the writers should develop a Pathfinder Society scenario based purely from this awesome illustration by Michael Komack.

Silver Crusade **

KestlerGunner wrote:

Doesn't really follow protocol, but I think one of the writers should develop a Pathfinder Society scenario based purely from this awesome illustration by Michael Komack.

Why write a scenario? That is what happens when Kyle Baird is GM....

Grand Lodge ****

I'd be jealous, if I wasn't rolling a will save for a fear effect.

Grand Lodge

Andrei Buters wrote:

Doesn't really follow protocol, but I think one of the writers should develop a Pathfinder Society scenario based purely from this awesome illustration by Michael Komack.

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THAT is awesome. The Reckoning has come to the Grand Lodge...

I am weaving together a (non-PFS) campaign that uses pathfinder scenarios with modules and home-brew adventures. THAT just became the end fight for the game.

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