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In case any of you haven't seen this yet 
1st-Oct-2005 01:44 pm
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http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/dd/20050930b

I have no chance whatsoever but I'm still going to try. I think it's every obsessive DM dream to one day work for Wizards.
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1st-Oct-2005 05:49 pm (UTC)
Shit, sign me up. I remember telling my HS Creative Writing teacher (back in the day) that I wanted to write for TSR... when it was still TSR, lol. Granted WoTC sucks the big one, but writing for them would be ub3r 133+ bad ass.



~Ray
1st-Oct-2005 05:50 pm (UTC)
psst! The less people who know about it, the less entries and the better chances of being accepted! ;p

Actually I don't think I'm going to enter. Most my adventures fall victim to various cliches, and are designed for the specific group and situation I'm DMing. They don't generalize very well.

Good luck to everyone who does try though :)
1st-Oct-2005 07:43 pm (UTC)
I'm seriously considering, but probably won't. Most of the adventures I write now are part of an ongoing campaign; creating a one-shot is going to be something of a stretch for me. And I'm not as familiar with 3.5 as I am 3E, so that would be another issue to work around. :(

But it's an ongoing basis, so there's no deadline!
1st-Oct-2005 10:23 pm (UTC)
Do not submit an adventure involving the destruction of children or helpless persons, cruel mistreatment of animals, excessive gore or violence, descriptions of Satan or Satanism (boo!), or game versions of real-world figures. Explicit sex, the encouragement of substance abuse, offensive language, and bathroom humor should not be used.

Especially that first one I dislike. Personally I find sick twisted parts of role-playing to be the best. We emulate the best and worst of life via role-playing and it shouldn't be PG-13. Life is not PG-13..... life is XXX. Midieval times was a disgusting sick, peverted twisted time where nobles and church quarrelled over poligamy and insest.... well they each won one battle, and then nobles got to rape their cosins (sp?). Bah to wizards. They put out some decent stuff, but I hate the delusion of PG-13.

Yes I understand marketing.
Yes I understand the idea of target audience.
It doesnm't mean IO have to like it.
2nd-Oct-2005 11:05 am (UTC)
The 1st level scenario I'm writing touches at least three of those topics in the initial read-aloud!
2nd-Oct-2005 01:37 pm (UTC)
:). good beans. I don't think its possible to have any sembl;ance of a mature game without touching these themes.... Most of which epitomize the concept of evil (in the classic D&D terms).... alignments are dumb, but it seems contradictorty.

You sir. rock. Which themes?
2nd-Oct-2005 09:48 pm (UTC)
There is a (hopefully) recurring NPC loosely based on UK TV presenter Daisy Donovan, who has such a sweet smile that she gets aways with saying hideous things. She makes an allegation about the size of the rats in her cellar being down to them being half-orc which neatly covers sex, cruelty to animals and bad language.
3rd-Oct-2005 03:33 pm (UTC)
While I don't completely agree with it, I think Wizards is just making the game safe for younger audiences.

Maybe they should have adventures with M ratings, lol. ;-)
3rd-Oct-2005 05:32 pm (UTC)
I don't think it has much to do with marketing or target audiences, as such.

D&D has come under a lot of fire over the years. I believe that at the moment it's generally grudgingly accepted by the right- barely. Any mention of dead babies, mutilated animals, Satan-worship, drugs, sex, cursing, etc., and you've got conservative Christian parents jumping all over the game, telling their children not to play it, telling you to tell your children not to play it, newspaper articles on "Is D&D Evil?", and so on.

As far as "bathroom humor" and "game versions of real-world figures" goes, that's just common sense. They don't want those things in their game because they're dumb, and as schlocky as WotC is they hold themselves to a higher standard than that.

It stands to reason, further, that if they don't want something being published by their company, they don't want it on what amounts to job applications, either. Basically they're telling you that if you can't keep yourself away from the aforementioned things that they're not going to publish anyway, you need not apply.
2nd-Oct-2005 01:06 am (UTC)
If only I could be a freelance game designer from PA. I'll still apply anyway.
3rd-Oct-2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
What? Work for the evil, soulless corporation that routinely shits on a page and calls the result content?

Yeah, I haven't started yet, but I intend to invest some time in the project. Damn them.
4th-Oct-2005 06:37 pm (UTC)
heyyy... the guy in charge of that was my dm at the gencon rpga open final... :)
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