Tabletop Adventures hosts Warlock’s Journal Contest

Once again, Tabletop Adventures is hosting the Warlock’s Journal Contest. In May/June 2017, the topic will be, “Like a Mother to Me.”

CONTEST INFORMATION

Mothers have a large place in both real life and fiction; they range from the ideal to the terrible. In this iteration of the Warlock’s Journal Contest, participants are invited to describe a person who stands in the place of a mother, or goes by that title.

In fiction, mothers range from the ubiquitous evil stepmother to the nearly perfect Mrs. March of Little Women to the child Wendy, who mothers the Lost Boys in Peter Pan. Even Baba Yaga, the witch of Russian folk tales, is said in certain stories to have daughters.

Sometimes being called a ‘mother’ has nothing to do with giving birth. At one time, ‘nunnery’ was a slang term for a brothel, and the woman in charge was euphemistically referred to as the ‘Mother Superior.’ In some cultures, an elderly woman is called Mother (or Grandmother) as a term of respect. Being a mother figure is also not restricted to humanoids. There are those stories of the noble animal that raises a human child as its own, such as the wolf with Romulus and Remus, or Tarzan of the Apes. Other non-human figures are Mother Nature, Mother Earth, Mother Russia, or the futuristic Motherboard of the animated series “Cyberchase.” Then there is the motherly ghost of Hispanic legend, “La Llorona,” who weeps for her drowned children and may snatch others in their place.

For this contest, an entry could describe a mother like the old woman in a shoe (in the nursery rhyme), who has so many children – and hires them out to hold horses and run errands, and gathers up all the information they bring home to sell to the highest bidder. Another mother could be a matriarch – of a jungle village, or a fierce tribe of orcs, or a clan of dwarven artisans. A spy or escapee could be disguised as a mother with small children; after all, who would expect the harassed-looking mother of toddlers to be passing secret information? A smuggler could appear to be a mother-to-be and actually be delivering small arms to a Resistance cell.

CONTEST SUMMARY

The Warlock’s Journal is an interdimensional book that moves through the planes always seeking new information. In May and June, Tabletop Adventures is ‘hosting’ the book and the challenge is to describe an person who stands in the place of a mother, or is called by that title. The prize will be $10.00 in store credit on RPGNow/DriveThru RPG.

ENTRY DETAILS

An entry can be written for any genre or type of roleplaying game or fiction. It should include a title designating the person (a proper name, nick name, etc.), a description of appearance and personality, and brief information on how this character could be used in a game or story. No statistics are required, though if an author desires, stats could be included as ‘bonus material,’ not counted in the word limit for entries.

Entries should be limited to 500 words (not including the title), though they need not be that long. A person can enter more than once, but each entry must be separate. Put the entry in the body of an e-mail, reference the contest in the subject line, and also be sure to include contact information; at a minimum, name and e-mail address. Send all entries to customerservice@tabletopadventures.com. Entries must be submitted by midnight on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. (Every entry will be acknowledged by e-mail, though it may take a couple days. If you have not gotten an acknowledgement by the evening of June 3, please check to be sure your entry was indeed received.)

All entries will be presented anonymously for voting by fans, using Survey Monkey or a similar service. (Any ties will be decided by the Overlord, of course.) The winner of the fan vote will be announced no later than June 30, 2017, and all entries then made available as a free PDF with credit to the authors. (Entries remain the property of their authors, but participation grants permission to use entries in the free contest PDF and any annual or other compilation that may be made later.) Members of Tabletop Adventures are not eligible to enter. Tabletop Adventures reserves the right to add more winning places or award Honorable Mention recognition at the Overlord’s discretion.

For more information on the Warlock’s Journal Contest, see the page here: Warlock’s Journal Contest

We look forward to seeing your entries!

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Moms Are Gamers, Too!

Tabletop Adventures is pleased to celebrate our thirteenth annual “Moms Are Gamers Too!” sale in honor of Mother’s Day. We are offering 20% off on all our electronic products from now through Tuesday, May 23rd. You can find our products on sale at RPGNow and DriveThruRPG, and more sites will be added soon.

In addition, if you are a mom who is a gamer, have a mom who is a gamer, or know a mom who is a gamer, write us and tell us about her (or yourself) and we will give you a coupon for 40% off the Tabletop Adventures product of your choice at one of the above sites.

Send your mom info to customerservice@tabletopadventures.com or post it on our Facebook page. Please tell us about the gamer mom you know (or are), let us know where you heard about the sale and indicate the Tabletop Adventures product for which you would like a coupon. (Coupons will be good through July 31, 2017.) These accounts of moms in gaming may show up on our web site or in our social media, with all identifying information removed, of course.

Take advantage of these special offers and join us in celebrating gamer moms everywhere. Tabletop Adventures – Whatever you play, we’ve got your back!

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Celebrate GM’s Day with Tabletop Adventures!

March 4th is GM’s Day! In honor of GMs everywhere, Tabletop Adventures is offering 30% off all our electronic products. We provide Help for the Harried Game Master in a number of different ways. Check out our terrain and location products for fantasy, future, or modern horror settings, or try out the Deck O’ Names random name generators. Other items for the fantasy game master are the Bits of Magicka magic item products and Shards of the Heart NPCs. If your GM is into horror instead, look into Against the Darkness, a Vatican horror roleplaying game.

This sale is going on at all our various sales sites, so you can shop at your favorite! Check it out at:

The Open Gaming Store, affiliated with d20pfsrd.com (through March 6)

Paizo.com (through March 8)

Warehouse 23, at Steve Jackson Games (through March 8)

RPGNow (through March 13)

DriveThru RPG (through March 13)

Tabletop Library (through March 13)

Take advantage of these discounts to gift your game master (or yourself) with some useful, inspirational material. Any game, any time – Tabletop Adventures.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Tabletop Adventures wishes all your player characters a Happy Valentine’s Day, and hopes they have the chance for a little romance in their lives! To that end, we have Shards of the Heart (for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, and for the 3.5 Edition) on sale now. It is 20% off at several of our fine electronic RPG sales sites.

Furthermore, we have all our name generator products also on sale, to make it easy for a GM to select a name for the next person who wanders in to your characters’ lives, whether it’s a possible romantic partner or a consummate villain.

This sale will continue through February 27 at Tabletop Library, the Open Gaming Store, RPGNow, and DriveThruRPG.

Honorary Minions

For those of you who are privileged to be Honorary Minions (or, in mundane terms, to have subscribed to our e-mail list), please be aware that new free content has been posted to the Honorary Minions’ Secret Page. If you are not yet an Honorary Minion but desire to be (or are simply insatiably curious about the Secret Page), you can join that august group by filling in the simple form available in the sidebar of many of our pages. Once you join, an e-mail will be sent (though it may take as much as a day) giving instructions on how to access the hidden information. See the Honorary Minions’ page for more details.

 

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Tiny Gork announces prizes for Warlock’s Journal Contest

The Warlock's JournalThe Jan.-Feb. Warlock’s Journal Contest hosted by Tiny Gork (www.tinygork.com) is just a day from the Feb. 15th deadline. Its theme is to draw inspiration from three words (lexicon, dragonscale, and freebooter) and write a 500-word piece using those as terms or concepts. The contest prize will be a package of PDF products related to the theme words, whose total value has climbed to over $60!

This package includes the following products, donated by Tiny Gork, Ennead Games, and Tabletop Adventures:

Lexicon of Dungeons – from Ennead Games
Lexicon of Traps – from Ennead Games
Lost Pages Bundle – from Tiny Gork
Deck O’ Names: Japanese – from Tabletop Adventures
Deck O’ Names: Anglo Saxon Places – from Tabletop Adventures

Novus Draco “New Dragons” – from Ennead Games
Scirsevand’s Black Dragon Scale (published by Heathen Oracle) – from Tiny Gork

Toys for the Sandbox: Pirate Island Bundle (published by Occult Moon) – from Tiny Gork
Into the Future: Derelict Starships – from Tabletop Adventures
Destinations: Repair Station 7-Osiris – from Tabletop Adventures

You can find the contest details here: http://www.tinygork.com/wp/2017/01/15/warlocks-journal-january-2017/

Get your entry in soon for your opportunity to win this great package of prize material!

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Valentine Sale!

Shards of the Heart is on sale in honor of Valentine’s Day! Until February 27th, you can get both versions for 20% off their regular price. Written with the possibility of romantic relationships in mind, Shards of the Heart contains 20+ answers to the problem of lonely PCs. These fully-detailed human, elven, and half-elven characters are suitable for romantic diversions or liaisons. However, they could also be anything from bit players to major personages in your campaign. Most characters include scenario suggestions, an introductory narrative that can be read out loud if desired, and plot hooks for ways to use the character in your game. Shards of the Heart is available with character stats for either the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, or 3.5 Edition.

If you’re not running a fantasy game, we still have you covered. Need a name for that special someone? Whether it’s a new love interest or a jealous rival, the Deck O’ Names can produce interesting, unusual names on the fly. Mix and match the printable cards, or use the electronic generator, which runs in a web browser. All versions (Deck 1, Modern, Japanese, even the place names) are now 20% off!

This sale will continue through February 27 at Tabletop Library, the Open Gaming Store, RPGNow, and DriveThruRPG. Plan something a little special for gaming this Valentine’s Day!

Augment your imagination, with products from Tabletop Adventures.

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Tiny Gork hosts Warlock’s Journal Contest

The Warlock's JournalThe Warlock’s Journal Contest for January-February 2017 is being hosted by our friends at Tiny Gork, with an entry deadline of February 15th. They have a new approach for this contest – but here is the word straight from the Tiny Gork himself:

 

As a GM it can be tricky sometimes to come up with stuff, be it a location, magic item, npc, weapons, monsters, background story etc. The contest this time emulates one of the methods to overcome these tricky dry spells.

lexicon
dragonscale
freebooter

Seek inspiration in the three words above, let them take you places, let them create new places, people and items of power in your imagination. This time anything goes, you can submit any and everything for the Warlocks Journal. Well that is to say any and everything inspired by, derived by or crafted from the three words above. You do not have to use the words as words in a sentence; you can, but you can also use them as concepts and themes. Inspiration from random words is the idea this time. Let the random words spark your imagination.

Like a … dragonbone pirateship clad in dragonscales for superior protection, forever sailing in the mist guarding the ancient lexicon of the dead.

That there was a very short one, Tiny Gork grants you a full 500 words to do with as you please. Now it is true that sometimes one thing inspires another without any relation to each other, so make good use of the words available to make sure your reader understands a link between them.

The contest is open as of… right now!
You can submit your entry until the 15th of February, and you may submit up to 3 entries.Each entry must take all three words into account: lexicon, dragonscale, freebooter; each entry must not exceed 500 words (title not included).

The winning entry will be personally selected by Tiny Gork himself. The winner will receive a PDF bundle of products relating to the three topics of the contest; more info on this will follow but it will be a collection worth somewhere between $20-35 depending on what ends up getting into the bundle. All entries will be compiled into a free PDF by TinyGork, and the winner shall be declared upon the 28th of February 2017. So let’s see what you can come up with! Send your submission to gork@tinygork.com  with the subject: Warlocks Journal January.

The minions hope this sparks your imagination, as it already has ours. (The minions are not eligible to enter, but don’t let that stop you!) Good luck with your contest entry, and good gaming!

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Ten Days of Darkness: Sale for Halloween!

TTA logo purple & blackAt this time of year, the thoughts of Game Masters naturally turn to creepy things. Sadly, some GMs may not have the time they want to plan something sufficiently horrific. That’s where Tabletop Adventures can help! With our books of dark descriptions and unpleasant places, we can make it easier for a GM to set a suspenseful mood or evoke tension in players.

From October 23 through November 1, all our products of darkness and horror are on sale at 25% off the usual prices. These discounts are available at the Open Gaming Store, Tabletop Library, RPGNow, and DriveThruRPG. Also watch this space and the Tabletop Adventures Facebook page for creepy samples from the sale items. These special prices won’t survive past the holiday, so pick up a few of these dark products now and insinuate some disturbing details into your Halloween gaming!

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We Have a Winner!

Bridge over the Red River in Louisiana. Taken by Billy Hathorn, CC-BY-SA-3.0

Bridge over the Red River in Louisiana. Taken by Billy Hathorn, CC-BY-SA-3.0

We are pleased to announce that Michael McNeill has won the “Right Here in River City” Warlock’s Journal Contest. His entry, “Carthage, Louisiana – Gateway to Kisatchie,” was selected as the favorite river city. Carthage is a creepy town that would be great to drop in to a modern horror game anytime someone needs to travel through the South.

For his prize, Michael has chosen $10 in store credit at the Open Gaming Store. John Reyst (owner of the store and also of www.d20pfsrd.com) generously offered to match the prize, so Michael will receive a total of $20 credit.

The final version of the compiled entries is expected to be available in the next week or so. It will name the author of each piece as well as adding some related illustrations. Keep an eye out for it here, as well as at the Open Gaming Store or RPGNow, or become an Honorary Minion (sign up for the Tabletop Adventures mailing list) to receive notification directly to your e-mail.

Congratulations again to Michael, and watch for information on the November Warlock’s Journal contest, coming soon from Tales of a GM.

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One Day Left to Vote!

Only one day is left, to vote for the winner of the Warlock’s Journal Contest, “Right Here in River City.” More than two dozen great descriptions await your adjudication! Download the contest document and see the introduction for information on how to vote. One place to download the document is the Open Gaming Store, which not only announced the contest in its newsletter but also promised to match the offered prize if the winner decided to take the prize as credit at that store. Get the voting document now at the Open Gaming Store, or of course on the contest page here at the Tabletop Adventures website.

At the time this post is written, there is a tie for first place so get your vote in soon!

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