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Valhalla Calling: Adventure Designers Wanted
Valhalla Calling is the newest and most awesome contest from Kobold Press. If you have an idea for a Pathfinder Roleplaying Game or AGE System adventure that you’d love to design and see published by Kobold Press, write and submit a 400-word pitch for a 32-page adventure.
A panel of industry professionals will pick five finalists from these submissions, and the voting public will choose the winner from among those five. That person will hear the call to Valhalla, which will come in the form of a design contract to write a 32-page RPG adventure module.
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I'm really, really, really looking forward to reading these pitches!
Well, why wait? You have your first submission = )
Wolfgang Baur wrote:
Maybe you could post the number of slots remaining here too - as a way both of informing prospective pitchers, and raising the profile of the competition. :)
Not sure I want to raise the profile of the competition too much; there's already a community of people who are likely to submit something.
Fortunately, people who are already familiar with how Kobold Press authors turn into Paizo designers and staff will understand that winning Valhalla Calling is a huge step up for a freelancer.
I expect the first wave of submissions to hit after the weekend, and then another bunch after the Thanksgiving holiday. I'll definitely update with that news on the Kobold Press site.
And we're at roughly 51 submissions, so over the halfway mark. There's 9 days left until the December 20 deadline.
With just 50 competing submissions, someone stands an excellent chance of picking up this publishing contract and getting their work out into the gaming world. Could be you!
Just to make sure I understand this correctly. Placing the adventure proposal in Midgard is optional, correct? As I currently understand it, it's quite possible to write an adventure that doesn't necessarily assume a specific setting.
The rules are very clear: placing the adventure in Midgard is an option you have, but it is absolutely not a requirement.
Submissions of generic, any-fantasy-setting adventures are absolutely fine, and Kobold Press continues to publish a fair bit of setting-free material (like the Monsters of Sin series).
If one were to win this contest, would it make them illegible to participate in RPG Superstar?
The adventure wouldn't be a hardback with your name on it, and you wouldn't be working full-time for the industry (I believe those are the 2 things that make one inelligible), so you'd be fine. It would just be a professional credit under your belt, and the chance for other publishers to eye your writing abilities.
And in addition to that, the deadline for this competition is 2 days after the Superstar deadline.
So, it's not possible to win Valhalla Calling contest before Superstar. You are eligible for both even if you win the VC contest.
Christina's right, though, winning it would be a great credit that would likely get you work at other publishers.
Wolfgang Baur wrote:
Heh, that's what I figured. Unfortunately I'm just one of those people who sometimes need to have things spelled out twice.
Anyway, thanks for the confirmation. :)
Any chance we might see a smple submission to get an idea how to write up the proposal?
The options are intentionally fairly wide open: this is not like a Wondrous Item, which has tight formatting requirements. Instead, you need to sell the premise of the adventure as a writer and as a designer in your own style. Everyone has their own theory on how to do this, but I'd point you to a couple possibly relevant resources:
Hope that helps!
Valhalla Calling: Last Call!
For more information, take a look at the contest rules
It looks like the finalists are up and I'm among them!
Mine is "Seventeen Steps of the Dancing Master"
Also, we have "Poisoned Winter" by Michael Lane,
"The Cursed Collection of the Archmage Moor" by John "Ross" Rossomangno,
"Hangman's Hill" by Heine Stick,
and "The Crown of Charon" by Sersa Victory.
Good luck Jeff and Ravenmantle! Five really strong pitches.
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