[indent]A good DM can create a compelling villain (the "Big Bad Evil Guy") to antagonize adventurers for a dramatic climactic final confrontation. But it takes an Expert DM to create a lesser villain who is equally memorable. Lackeys, sidekicks, rivals, minor antagonists. All require care to craft. This entry asks you to create a memorable minor villain (the "Little Bad Evil Guy") for the adventurers to confront.[/indent] Welcome to the eleventh Expert Dungeon Master Competition! The primary purpose of the Expert Dungeon Master Competitions is threefold: [*]To create a resource for new Dungeon Masters drawing on the vast talent pool of the experienced Dungeon Masters of this forum. [*]To create a fun and vibrant competition that is sportsmanlike and friendly. [*]To showcase the creativity and talent of Dungeon Masters like you.[/list] In order to enter the competition, your entry must fulfill the following required elements: [*]Name. Name the villain. [*]Stat Block. Provide a statblock for the villain that contains all the information found in the Monster Statblock Template in the 4e SRD appropriate for that villain. (When creating stats, be cognizant of the rules in the Dungeon Master's Guide for creating NPCs and Creatures.) The villain should not receive the full stats of a Player Character. [*]Personality. Provide a background and personality for the villain. [*]Confrontation. Suggest one or more ways the villain may confront the adventurers before any final climactic battle for the story arc in which the villain is involved. Be sure to describe the tactics the villain will want to use in each confrontation.[/list] In addition, the entry must include at least three of the following optional elements: [*]Skill Challenge. At least one confrontation is a non-combat skill challenge that uses no Charisma-based skills as primary skills. [*]Quest. Fulfilling a minor quest (described in the entry) could cause the villain to become neutral to, or allied with, the adventurers. [*]Useful. The adventurers discover the villain has information or a unique item useful against the main antagonist. [*]Mutlitiered. The entry presents statblocks for the villain at multiple tiers of play. [*]May Confrontations. The entry summarizes three or more hypothetical confrontations that include the villain. [*]Alien. The villain is neither humanoid nor unintelligent. [*]Diminutive. The villain is Small or Tiny in size. [*]Relation. The villain is the spouse, offspring, or parent of the main antagonist. [*]Torn. The villain serves multiple masters with contradictory motivations. [*]Fake Out. When first encountered, the villain appears to be the main antagonist, but isn’t. [/list] [*]Code of Conduct. All entries must comply with the forum's Code of Conduct. [*]Contest Duration. Contests usually run for two weeks, beginning with the post announcing the competition. The Coordinator may extend the duration of the contest at his discretion after consulting the other judges for that competition. However, such extensions should be done very rarely. [*]Edits After 15 Minutes Prohibited. Applicants may not edit their entries more than 15 minutes after submission. This includes editing done by forum moderators, unless the moderator specifically states that the entry had not been edited prior to the moderator's action. If the entrant submits an entry before the contest closes and then edits the entry after the contest closes, but within fifteen minutes of submission, the edits will be considered valid. Entrants should use the forum’s “preview post” function or an off-line text editor to check the entry before posting. Once winners have been announced, entrants may edit their entries. [*]Multiple Entries Prohibited. Each applicant may only submit one entry during the period in which entries may be submitted. Submitting multiple entries disqualifies all entries. Additional entries may be submitted after the competition closes, but they will not be judged. [*]Multi-Post Entries Prohibited. Each entry must be contained within a single post. The judges must ignore any subsequent posts. [*]Outside Links Prohibited. Entries may not include material hosted on a website other than the post on which the entry appears. Images hosted on, or links to, other websites will be ignored by the judges when scoring. [*]Plagiarism and Previewing Prohibited. All entries must be the original, exclusive work of the applicant. Entries found to be copying the work of another, or that have been posted for review prior to the close of the competition, will be disqualified.[/list] The contest will run from today through Friday, July 10, 2009. All entries must be submitted no later than 12:00 midnight on that day (Eastern Standard Time). The judges of this contest are Eldritch_Lord, Furion Thamior, Lord_Ventnor, and mccowen, and the coordinator of this contest is wrecan. Good luck and have fun!!