Expert Dungeon Master Competition #12 Design a Vehicle!
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It's nearing the end of summer vacation, so you don't have much time to get in a little traveling. To do that, you're going to need a vehicle! The purpose of this competition is to design a vehicle that can transport the player characters on an entertaining adventure.
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Welcome to the twelfth 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.
In order to enter the competition, your entry must fulfill the following required elements:
- Design a stat block for a vehicle that includes all the information found in the vehicle stat block in the 4e System Reference Document. The vehicle must be able to transport no fewer than 5 small or medium sized characters. The vehicle need not be, but can be, a unique mode of transportation. (For example, the pirate Greybeard's ship Jagged Edge, could be an entry, even though, stat-wise, it is a standard sailing ship. Also, a druid-enchanted tree that serves as an elevator to a giant's floating cloud kingdom could be an entry.)
- Briefly describe the appearance and history of the vehicle, as well as a brief history of the type of vehicle, if that type is unique.
In addition, the entry must include at least three of the following optional elements:
- Although Small and Medium passengers may ride on the vehicle, the vehicle was designed to be piloted by creatures that are Tiny, Large, Huge or Gargantuan in size.
- Some aspect of the vehicle’s method of transportation is responsible for significant damage to the environment through which it travels.
- The entry describes specific NPCs who occupy the vehicle (as crew and/or passengers) when encountered by the adventurers. A full stat block is not required, but enough description should be given so DMs could easily use the vehicle in an encounter or adventure.
- The vehicle can transport passengers (and perhaps the passengers’ gear), but not cargo.
- The vehicle exists as a result of a naturally occurring phenomenon or was not intended as a vehicle by its creators.
- The vehicle is considered absolutely invincible, safe, and unsinkable, but has an unseen, yet critical design flaw.
- The vehicle is designed to travel within a fantastic location or other plane(s) (such as the Astral Sea and/or the Elemental Chaos), and its operation relies upon some peculiar feature of that location’s terrain.
- The vehicle is only used during a portion of a natural cycle (on full moons or during winter, for example).
- The vehicle requires a beast of burden that is not of natural origin for propulsion.
- The vehicle utilizes a new ritual (described in the entry) to function.
- The vehicle’s cargo space typically carries one or more smaller vehicles or mounts (described in the entry).
- The vehicle’s passenger accommodations are ridiculously opulent.
- Traveling on this vehicle is dangerous to the passengers, but offers other benefits that may make it worthwhile.
Following are some general rules of the Expert DM Competition.
The complete list of rules is in the Useful Links for Dungeon Masters thread at the top of this forum.
- 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 Peer Reviewing 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.
The contest will run from today through Friday, September 4, 2009. All entries must be submitted no later than 12:00 midnight on that day (Eastern Standard Time). The judges of this contest are Koradzi, TwinBahamut, and wrecan, and the coordinator of this contest is wrecan. Good luck and have fun!!