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Get published! A community project.

Written by Expy - Published on December 5, 2009

Get published!

I am proud to announce Dungeon Mastering’s latest endeavour: the Get Published! project. This project will be community-driven. I commissioned artwork from Joshua David Design and will be giving the sketches to you, the Dungeon Mastering community, and asking for fluff and crunch to match the art.  50% of the book profits will go to the co-authors. Depending on the number and quality of the entries I expect the book to have both fluff and crunch sections and anywhere between 3 and 10 co-authors. This is a golden opportunity to get your name out there as a published RPG author and make a little money too!

Get published! project details

I would like this book to help DMs run great campaigns and tell even greater stories. It is my personal belief that roleplaying games are all about storytelling so I’d like to start the project by taking fiction submissions – short stories of up to 7,500 words. Here are the complete submission guidelines:

  • Send your short story to yax@dungeonmastering.com
  • No crunch – just short stories please. The crunch / D&D mechanics sections of the book will be tackled later
  • Maximum 7,500 words
  • Send your document as .doc / .docx (Word), .odt (openOffice) .pages (Pages), or PDF
  • Each story must integrate the artwork you will find below
  • Deadline for submissions is January 4th, 2010
  • That’s it. Let your imagination run wild.

Good luck!

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Written by Expy

Meet Expy The Red Dragon

Expy is the mascot for DungeonMastering.com and the real mastermind behind Expy Games. He likes to hoard treasure, terrorize neighbors, burn down villages, and tell white dragon jokes..

No matter how fearful the legends claim dragons are, they always end up being defeated in 5 rounds by adventuring parties they encounter. That’s what dragons are – experience points for the heroes in your Dungeons & Dragon party. And this mascot is no different, hence the name Expy.

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16 Responses to “Get published! A community project.”
  1. Swordgleam says:

    Sounds awesome! Count me in, assuming this swine flu gives up in time for me to be able to accomplish anything.

    Could you have running totals somewhere of the number of submissions related to each picture as they come in, so there isn’t one that’s totally flooded and a bunch that are abandoned?

    By the way, either I’m a robot or there’s a glitch with your captcha, as this is the second time that it’s taken me three tries to get past it.

  2. Swordgleam says:

    Upon re-reading it, it seems like you want the story to involve ALL the pictures. Is that so?

  3. Kolbold Minion says:

    Count me in for this one. By the way, the art is really quite impressive. I am somewhat of an artist, and I can fairly say that whoever created these is talented. The pictures capture emotion in a way not many other sketches can.

  4. Kolbold Minion says:

    Also, how mature sould these stories be? Who is the target audience?

  5. Yax says:

    @swordgleam: Yes, include all the artwork concepts in your short story.

  6. Yax says:

    @Kobold minion: target audience is mostly male, 18 to 45. Your typical D&D or fantasy fan.

  7. John says:

    The “short story” request is a little vague. Is this an extended intro to get players ready for the adventure, or a hypothetical party’s adventure described in narrative, or perhaps the history of the now-ruined city?

    Just trying to get a more thorough sense of expectations.

  8. Yax says:

    @John: It can be any of the storylines you suggested.

  9. Yeth says:

    First of all is it possible to get the artist’s comments on pic. nr. 2 – whats going on there, what was he thinking of when he did it – no pun intended.

    And secondly, what short of reference models are we aloud to take. I imagine wizards of the coast won’t be publishing it, so using Forgotten Realms stuff is out of the question because copyright issues(?).

  10. Yax says:

    @Yeth: I don’t want the artist or anyone to make suggestions about the art. I’d like eveyone to create something from what they see.

    As for the setting and reference, you are correct, we cannot publish copyrighted material or references.

  11. John Descy says:

    Aaargh! I didn’t see this earlier! :-(

  12. Swordgleam says:

    You still have time! It’s never too late. (Until it is.)

  13. Papaganoush says:

    Gah! I wrote down due Jan 14 came back tonight to look at the images and start my first draft – looks like i missed the deadline.

    Good luck to all who made it in on time!



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