Archive for March, 2017

City of Light and Shadow: A World Building Contest

I suppose everyone thought I just forgot about the contest announcement.  Not so.  And now that life is a bit more stable on my end, I’m ready to publicly announce the details.  One big change: the due date.  All entries are now due on April 17.  That should give everyone plenty of time to craft their entries.

(It should go without saying that I am not taking random solicitations off the internet.  So please don’t send me an entry if you are not an attendee of the Teen Library Roleplay program.)


Lewisville Library Roleplay Presents

A City of Light and Shadow: A World Building Contest

Welcome to a Paris that never was. It is a city of extremes: of wealth and poverty, of honor and decadence, of enlightenment and mystery. From the glorious halls of Norte Dame to the forbidding catacombs beneath the city, Paris has it all.

This time you get to build the world you will be adventuring in!

The Contest

Each contestant will create a specific location that exists in the Paris of 1636. This could be a salon or gentlemanʼs club where a secret society gathers, the workshop of famous swordmaker whose work is known and sought after throughout Europe, or a monument to an aristocrat that harbors a dark secret.

The things you create will exist in our game. All submissions will have a location on the map of Paris. Your characters will be able to visit it, explore it, learn its secrets, solve its mysteries (or exploit them!).

All submissions must include the following:

  1. A general description of the location. What it is, what it looks like, who patronizes the place.
  2. Details of one (or more) people associated with the location. No statistics, just the name of the person, a short physical description, and a sentence about his or her relation to the location.
  3. Detail one SECRET associated with the location.

A Few Rules about your Submission:

  • Your entry must be able to reasonably exist in 17th Century Paris, and fit within the alternative-historical framework of the game. You can take liberties with existing people and places, but those should be grounded in history. (ie. Thomas Jefferson should not be walking the streets of Paris in 1636).
  • Your entry should be at least one paragraph but no more than one page in length.
  • Your entry must be of your creation. It can be based around an actual existing location, but you must add a unique quality to it.
  • No group submissions. Sorry guys and gals, but we only have so many prizes.
  • Plagiarism will not be tolerated. The written work must be your own. If you use online artwork for your submission, please note where you found it. Remember, I know how to use the internet, too.
  • All entries are due no later than February 20, 2017April 17. They must be typed and double spaced. You may turn in a printed entry or submit it by email.




    Your entry will be judged on the following elements:

  • Creativity: Your entry should contain original, creative details and descriptions that contribute to the reader’s enjoyment.
  • Setting: your entry should fit the period of early 17th Century Paris and be described in vivid language.
  • Character: any characters should have appropriate names, descriptions and defined roles (who they are, what they do, why they do it).
  • Conflict: Either the character(s), the secret, or the location itself clearly sets the stage for conflict in play.
  • Research: You have referenced at least 2 sources that have contributed details that benefit your entry.


    I will select my three favorite entries from all the submissions. These will be judged on creativity. Of these three, we will choose three winners:

  • First Place Winner will receive a hardcover copy of the All For One: Regime Diabolique rulebook, a set of dice, and a $10 gift card from Barnes and Noble Booksellers.
  • Second Place Winner will receive a set of dice and a $10 gift card from Barnes and Noble Booksellers.
  • Third Place Winner will receive a $10 gift card from Barnes and Noble Booksellers.

March 6: Game Cancellation

There will not be a game tonight as I am caring for ailing family. Please accept my apologies. This should be the last cancellation. I hope to see everyone in two weeks.