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The Arena: King of the Monsters Contest

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KotM_logo copy v2Behold the King of the Monsters Contest, the greatest and most glorious contest Kobold Quarterly has ever offered. It’s easy to become King of the Monsters: you design a monster and submit it for fame and prizes.

Here’s how it works: To enter the contest, your monster submission must…

  • Be sent to the King of the Monsters Contest no later than Tuesday, December 1st, by noon PST. (That’s only 2 weeks from now!)
  • Be submitted as a doc, docx, or rtf attachment.
  • Read KotM Submission [insert monster name] in the email subject line, and the email should contain your full name and contact information.
  • Be designed for 3rd Edition D&D, 4th Edition D&D, or Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.
  • Be 800 words or less and contain 1 full statblock (no more, no less) and the appropriate flavor text and lore to flesh out your creation. (You should look to previously published Monday Monsters for insight about format and structure. The quick drake and terror bird are good examples—but with only one statblock.)

We are looking for monsters of all kinds and all levels. Even a CR 1/4 reptilian humanoid can rise to be king.

Judging
All submissions that meet the criteria will be entered in the contest and be judged by us, the Kobolds, on originality, effective writing and design, and “fun.” The 10 best monsters will be published as Monday Monsters and be voted on by the public. Of those 10 monsters, the one with the winning votes will be crowned King of the Monsters in February 2010.

You already know the first two judges, Kobold Quarterly’s very own Wolfgang Baur and Scott Gable. But who’s the third judge, you ask? The celebrity judge? None other than Jeff Grubb:

Forged from the molten core of a living mountain of pure awesome, Jeff Grubb now strides through the galaxy, rendering his judgment of the good, the bad, and the weirdly intriguing. More than a man, less than a god, he is… Jeff Grubb.

(Jeff is one of the founders of Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms, and the author of novels, comic books, short stories, and innumerable game products. He also had a hand in the modrons, which we make sure to remind him of so he doesn’t get too cocky.)

Prizes for the King
As the king, the winning monster will have its portrait commissioned, and this beautiful art will be displayed to the public in the winner’s announcement. In addition, its designer will receive a free print and PDF copy of their choice of the Zobeck Gazetteers, and the King of the Monsters will be published in a future issue of Kobold Quarterly. It’s good to be the king.

Contest Rules
1. The contest is open to all.
2. One entry per person.
3. By entering this contest, you authorize the use of your name and/or likeness without additional compensation for promotion and/or advertising purposes in all media.
4. All entries become property of Open Design and may be published on KQ.com without prior notice or additional compensation.
5. This contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws where applicable.
6. Open Design reserves the right to withdraw or terminate this contest at any time without prior notice.
7. All decisions of Open Design and the contest judges are final.

    22 Comments

  1. I just sent in my submission. Good luck to all that enter and I wish every one the best in their designs.

    vikking_1

    November 17, 2009

  2. Wow, that was QUICK! Good luck!

    Wolfgang

    November 17, 2009

  3. I’m not sure which one to choose.

    David Fryer

    November 17, 2009

  4. And my submission is sent.

    David Fryer

    November 17, 2009

  5. Can we submit more than one creature for the contest, albeit in separate emails?

    malcolm_n

    November 17, 2009

  6. Nevermind, reread the rules…

    malcolm_n

    November 17, 2009

  7. Wolfgang says: November 17, 2009 at 7:31 amWow, that was QUICK! Good luck!

    what, its called dedicated reader……lol

    vikking_1

    November 17, 2009

  8. This is going to be cool! Great idea you lovely kobolds!

    Daigle

    November 17, 2009

  9. Sounds cool!

    (You might want to check the link for quick drake though).

    Matthew J. Hanson

    November 17, 2009

  10. New templates: Yay or nay?

    Hydro

    November 17, 2009

  11. Sorry, Hydro. Monsters only.

    Kobold Quarterly

    November 17, 2009

  12. i think i forgot to put my email in my submision, is that needed or can it be retrieved in another way?

    vikking_1

    November 18, 2009

  13. I can’t wait! :)

    Scott

    November 18, 2009

  14. Great idea! Most likely my first submission ever :D

    Hugo Solis

    November 18, 2009

  15. Does “1 full statblock (no more, no less)” preclude both a critter’s statblock and a statblock for a swarm of the troublemakers? Why am I asking? Of course it does.

    Ashenvale

    November 19, 2009

  16. Considering the number of “Build-a-monster” threads in places like the OotS forums and WotC sites. I wouldn’t be suprised if you guys have enough submissions to build your own KQ monsterous manual.

    Scary.

    DoomedPaladin

    November 24, 2009

  17. Should we submit both a “clean” version under the word limit and a separate version that ignores the word limit and shows all of our work (hit point calculations, saving throw calculations, skill bonus calculations, etc.)?

    Ashenvale

    November 24, 2009

  18. @Ashenvale Do not include calculations. You should just send the one version that you want judged. And to answer your previous question, just one statblock: either the critter itself or the swarm would be fine, just not both. Hope that helps. :)

    Kobold Quarterly

    November 24, 2009

  19. Strategy….do you use 3E, the old favorite, or Pathfinder, the hot new thing-or do you essay a 4E submission, perhaps hoping it will be stand out or be viewed favorably because there won’t be many 4E submissions? Hm?

    Chuck

    November 25, 2009

  20. Soon I shall have my newest pet ready for you all to see.

    Yes, soon…..

    /me stabs Davdi

    Black Fang

    November 28, 2009

  21. Stumbled across your blog while searching through google. I read the beginning and its fantastic! I do not have time to read it all now, but I have bookmarked this site and will read the rest tonight. : )

    Marcel Cox

    November 30, 2009

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