WELCOME TO THE RODNEYS!

What are the Rodneys? Great question. They are the name of the awards for our Gamehole Con game design contest. If you look at any of our annual logos, you will see an armored fellow squaring off against some foe. At Gamehole Con command central, we have always called that guy, Sir Rodney. So, "The Rodney" will be the name of the physical award given to the winners of our game design contest.

There will be three separate awards handed out this year at Gamehole Con 2017. They will crown the best submission we receive is each of the three following categories - RPG Adventure (any setting), RPG Adventure (DCC Rules) and Board Game (Dungeon Crawl Simulation). The parameters for each are below.

There is a separate award for the best DCC (Dungeon Crawl Classics) RPG Adventure.

The Board Game design contest will be run through The Game Crafter's website.

Prizes

The winner in each category will receive the following prizes:

  • $100 cash
  • a hand crafted award created by Albion Swords with their names inscribed on it
  • the right to display the following on their winning game product:


The rules for each respective contest are as follows:

RPG Adventure

  • All adventures must be received by no later than September 9th, 2017.
  • All submissions are to be emailed to mike@gameholecon.com
  • These are Designer / Author Awards, not publisher awards. This means that the actual author / designer must submit the adventure and the awards will go to the authors / designers. 
  • The author will retain all ownership and rights to the work. 
  • All submissions must be original and previously unpublished works.
  • In the event of co-authorship, the award will be inscribed with up to two designer names.
  • Any artwork included in the adventure must be your own, commissioned by you, licensed to you, or in the public domain.
  • Contestants are welcome to submit multiple entries to this contest. Each entry will be judged separately.
  • Your entry must be submitted as a PDF.
  • The total length of your RPG adventure submission cannot exceed 10,000 words.
  • While art is encouraged, it is not required.
  • A legible and useful map(s) are a requirement. Map quality will be included in the judging criteria.
  • The entries will be judged based on Overall Presentation, Logic, Playability, Unique Design Aspects, Map Quality, Organization, Syntax and Readability.
  • The adventure can be in any setting using any rule system that the author desires. However, if the author uses rules system that is particularly obscure or a system that contains unusual mechanics some care should be taken to point this out and explain this to the judges in the submission itself.
  • Whatever rule set you use, you must expressly state which one you are using and then must follow it.

DCC Adventure

  • All adventures must be received by no later than September 9th, 2017.
  • All submissions are to be emailed to dcc-rodneys@goodman-games.com
  • Your adventure should reflect one or more of the core themes of DCC RPG. Utilize the game’s unique rules mechanics, and give players a reason to remember that this adventure plays best under the DCC rules system.
  • While this should go without saying, but DCC Rules must be used for all aspects of each entry.
  • These are Designer / Author Awards, not publisher awards. This means that the actual author / designer must submit the adventure and the awards will go to the authors / designers. 
  • The author will retain all ownership and rights to the work. 
  • All submissions must be original and previously unpublished works.
  • In the event of co-authorship, the award will be inscribed with up to two designer names.
  • Any artwork included in the adventure must be your own, commissioned by you, licensed to you, or in the public domain.
  • Contestants are welcome to submit multiple entries to this contest. Each entry will be judged separately.
  • Your entry must be submitted in MS Word.
  • Your submission should be no more than 1,000 words in length. The 1,000 words is not expected to be a complete adventure, but instead a query or "pitch." In those 1,000 words you should submit an outline of your adventure that provides a brief summary of the plot and the encounters. You should provide more detailed information on the key encounters. Your submission should explain how your adventure embodies the voice of DCC RPG.  It should also set forth how your adventure is memorable to the players. The winning submission will be commissioned as a 10,000 word complete adventure. The final commissioned adventure will be published in a 16-24 page format, so you can review existing DCC RPG adventures of that length to get a sense of what can be accomplished in a single module.
  • While art is encouraged, it is not required.
  • A legible and useful map(s) are a requirement. Map quality will be included in the judging criteria.
  • The entries will be judged based on Overall Presentation, Logic, Playability, Unique Design Aspects, Map Quality, Organization, Syntax and Readability.

Board Game

See complete details here

The following is merely a summary of the Board Game Design Contest criteria as this contest will be run through The Game Crafter's site. For full details including how the judging will work and how to actually enter a game into the contest, please click here.

We’re looking for a modern recreation of a dungeon running classic board game. Titles like Dungeon!, Hero Quest, Descent, and Warhammer Quest could all be your inspiration. But you are also welcome to build a card game dungeon crawler like Munchkin, or something completely original. You also don't have to use a fantasy theme. You could just as easily set up your adventurers to be looting the bays of an abandoned space ship, or go Indiana Jones style looting ancient artifacts. Just give us your best door kicking, monster killing, loot grabbing, hack and slash board game.

We will announce the judge or judges of this contest as the contest continues.

In addition to the prizes listed above, the winner of the board game competition will also recieve

  • Automatic Showcase status on thegamecrafter.com.
  • 100,000 crafter points.
  • $100 of shop credit on thegamecrafter.com.
  • Induction into The Game Crafter Hall of Fame.
  • The possibility of judging a future contest.

To qualify, your game must comply with all of the following rules:

  • Your game must simulate a party adventuring through a dungeon to kill monsters and collect loot.
  • Your game must play under 2 hours.
  • You are welcome to use any printables or game pieces available in our shop to create your game.
  • The cost of your game cannot exceed $49.99.
  • A rules document must be downloadable from your game's shop page and also included in the game itself. Can be in booklet or document form.
  • The game must be publish ready, meaning it has a logo, backdrop, shop ad, action shots, description, and cool factors. It must also have all images proofed, and have a box.
  • This must be a new game created for this contest. It cannot have existed on TGC prior to the start of the contest.
  • All artwork must be your own, commissioned by you, licensed to you, or in the public domain.
  • All entries must be submitted through TGC's game editor (by clicking on the "Contests" button) no later than Noon UTC (6am US Central) on August 15, 2017.
  • Contestants may submit multiple entries to this contest. Each entry will be judged separately.

Notes

You retain all rights to your game and are welcome to sell it in our shop during and after the contest, regardless of the outcome of the contest.

The first round of judging is handled by a community voting process. The final two rounds are handled by the judge. See complete details here.

Participants in either/or contests do not need to be present at Gamehole Con 2017 to win, however, attendance is strongly encouraged. Moreover, neither Gamehole Con nor The Game Crafter will physically ship either the award or the prizes to an absent winner. To be clear, if you win and want your award and/or prizes, you must physically pick them up. They will not be shipped to you.

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Important Dates To Remember

Event Dates - Nov 8th - Nov 11th

Housing Portal Opens - Feb 3rd

Event Submissions Open - April 1st noon CST

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VIG Event Registration Opens - July 21st noon CST

True Dungeon Tickets Open - July 28th noon CST

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Pre-registration and Event Submission Closes - October 1st