RPG Module Writing Contest

RPG Module Writing Contest

The module can be in any D20 system and can be in any setting, though it must conform to the theme. This year, the theme of the Module Contest is Piety/Zealotry. Bring the light, regardless of if they wish it or not.

The Module must:
• Conform to the theme of Piety/Zealotry; it can be motivation, source of conflict, or a backdrop for the adventure
• Contain at least one combat encounter
• Contain at least one social encounter
• Contain at least one puzzle or mystery
• Be 7,000 words or less
• Conform to the Layout Template Provided
• Have premade characters for players to choose
• Be playable to a conclusion in 2 hours time
• Have all information and handouts necessary to run the module within (no refer to book x for table stats on y, etc.)
• Setting Agnostic; do not rely on back story to sell the scenario

Submissions must conform to the family-friendly standards of JordanCon and should conform to the intended audience (see the JordanCon Anti-Harassment, Diversity, and Inclusion Policies) :
• The intended audience is someone ages 13 years of age or older.
• Wheel of Time Fans are the primary audience.
• Objectionable material is grounds for disqualification; this could be disrespect for the genre, an IP, a fandom, or real people or people groups. Context is key; satire or parody is allowed but being disrespectful is not.

Modules will be judged by Jon Hermsen, Ryan Szesny, and Sean Hillman on the basis of:
• Clarity – how well your points come across on the first reading; a reader should be able to pick it up, read it once start to finish, and understand how the module is supposed to flow. It should be clear from the reading who this module is intended for, what kind of genre it is meant to be, and what sort of character, item, or setting restrictions are required (i.e., a low magic setting for a module should mention that a whole party of wizards is not intended).
• Creativity – how unique or interesting the scenario is. This could be an interesting idea for the scenario, an interesting antagonist or characters, or just approaching something from a unique perspective (i.e., a war campaign from the warg’s point of view in the Battle of Five Armies).
• Playability – how useful the module document would be in a game; this includes game flow, balance, and how well the mechanics are laid out. I.e., if all the players have a one percent chance of survival for the first encounter for a light action romp game, it is out of balance.
• Ease of use – how well the module stands on its own and supports itself; less words can leave a lot of questions and over explaining a topic causes important information to be buried in text. I.e., the GM shouldn’t have to flip 3 pages for a single encounter if they were using the document as their only source document.
• Aesthetics and Layout of Information – how well the layout minimizes flipping and cross referencing; the stat blocks should be able to be picked out with a quick flip, there should be a logical flow to the module that puts sequences in the order they are likely to appear, and things must be organized so that one doesn’t have to read the whole document to find specific information about a general topic with all information in one location.

Scores will be tallied by each judge awarding a score of 1-5 in these five categories with the highest overall score winning.

Although all applicants will receive feedback based on the reading and play test of their submissions, all modules will be judged based upon the first submission. Contestants each get one attempt to compete.

All participants will receive constructive feedback and a participation badge ribbon, and the winner will receive a certificate.

Submission deadline is March 1, 2021.

Statement of Diversity and Inclusion

Statement of Diversity and Inclusion

Like the science fiction and fantasy works that inspire our members each year, JordanCon is a proud champion of diversity and equality.

JordanCon is, first and foremost, a family. Like most families, we have our differences. And we believe those differences are what make us stronger.

We are dedicated to providing an inclusive experience and community to all of our members.

That includes fostering diversity in our programming and vendor hall, as well as creating a safe space for attendees online and in person.

We do not tolerate racist, sexist, or otherwise discriminatory behavior.

JordanCon stands in solidarity with people of all nationalities, backgrounds, and sexual orientations, and denounces bigotry of all kinds.

The science fiction and fantasy genres are home to an ever-expanding collection of books, games, movies, lore, and fandoms, where the only limit is our imaginations. Diversity is our heritage and our future.

Please direct questions to JordanCon@JordanCon.org.

Honoring Jim: JordanCon and the Mayo Clinic

Honoring Jim: JordanCon and the Mayo Clinic

Did you know?
JordanCon, Inc. is a tax-exempt 501(c)(4) non-profit organization that supports Amyloidosis research at the Mayo Clinic.

Why Amyloidosis?

In 2006, James Rigney, best known to his fans around the world as “Robert Jordan,” was diagnosed with cardiac amyloidosis, a rare blood disease where abnormal proteins form in the bone marrow and are deposited in the patient’s heart. After a long and difficult struggle, Rigney passed away in 2007, leaving behind his family, friends, and an unfinished literary legacy. 

During his illness, Rigney received treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and encouraged his fans to donate in support of the clinic. We proudly continue to honor that request each year at JordanCon.

Charity Events 

Under normal circumstances, JordanCon hosts the popular Seanchan Hold’Em Poker Tournament, all proceeds going to the charity. We also hold a silent auction for attendees to bid on some truly spectacular items: our amazing donors (attendees, vendors, staff, even Jim’s family and friends) from all over the world have donated art, handmade crafts, and even items from Jim’s personal collections.  

Clearly, this year is different. We won’t be together physically for poker or live auctions.

Celebrity D&D 

We don’t consider this year’s barrier a good enough reason not to raise money for Amyloidosis research, so we put our heads together. We’ve talked about a Celebrity D&D game at JordanCon for some time, and this year we finally managed to get it off the ground! We had planned to hold it live, but were, thankfully, able to push it to JordanCONline. We are excited that this experience will lead to exposure for other similar events going forward.

The players are four JordanCon guest authors. They are bringing in characters from or related to their own writings. The characters are being sucked into the world of the Wheel of Time to find the Bowl of Winds. It is a fun little adventure that we hope the audience will enjoy.

How Can I Support Amyloidosis Research by Watching an Online Celebrity D&D Game?

 YOU impact the game. You can purchase “votes” for items; the top vote-getter for each character will determine the item with which they begin their journey. Then, while watching the live game, we’ll have special items for purchase at different points and send them to the player to use!  Every single purchase will be donated to the Mayo Clinic.

Visit the Page Here

Because JordanCon, Inc. is a tax-exempt 501(c)(4) nonprofit, contributions or gifts to JordanCon Inc. are not tax-deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. However, they may be tax deductible under other provisions of the Internal Revenue Code.

 

 

JordanCon 2020 Cancellation FAQ

JordanCon 2020 Cancellation FAQ

Letter from the Chair

Friends, it’s with great sadness that I announce the cancellation of JordanCon 2020. This is not a decision we make lightly. However, in light of the current state of emergency in Georgia it became clear that hosting JordanCon would be irresponsible of us. We initially tried to work with our host hotel, the Crowne Plaza Ravinia, to find alternative dates this year. However, nothing suitable was available. We understand that this comes as a disappointment to many of you and some of you will have financial concerns. We want this situation to be as seamless as possible for you, so we’ve prepared a FAQ that hopefully answers your questions. We will also continue to update our website and social media channels with information on how you can help members of our community affected by the coronavirus outbreak. We thank you for your patience and support during these trying times. 

Jennifer Liang

–Jennifer Liang, JordanCon Chair

 

FAQ

Q: When and where will JordanCon be held in 2021?
A: JordanCon 2021 will be hosted by the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia in Atlanta, Georgia, on April 23-25, 2021.

Q: What will happen to my membership? Can I get a refund?
A: You’ll be able to use it to come to JordanCon 2021, as all memberships have been deferred to next year! If you already know you cannot attend JordanCon in 2021, we will facilitate transfers by creating a closed JordanCon Transfers Facebook group. This will allow people who need to transfer their membership and people looking to purchase a membership to connect more easily without flooding our main JordanCon Facebook page. You’ll also still be able to purchase a membership from now until we close our membership purchases closer to our 2021 event.

Q: I have pre-ordered a t-shirt/anthology. What will happen to my pre-order?
A: You’ll still get the item, you’ll just get it at JordanCon 2021. If you pre-ordered these items and know you cannot attend next year, you may have someone else pick up your order for you. We will also extend out the pre-order time until closer to our 2021 convention.

Q: What about the money I paid for my workshop or the items I pre-ordered from vendors/artists?
A: Refunds and fulfillment for these are up to the individual vendor/artist. Reach out to the vendor/artist to find out how they are handling these, but please remember to be patient with them as they have many conventions canceling on them and many people to update.

Q: I spent so much time and money on my costume for this year; can we do the Age of Legends/Roaring 20s theme next year so it’s not wasted?
A: We don’t want to waste our time and money, and we most certainly don’t want to waste yours, so yes. I mean, technically 2021 is the start of the new decade anyway!

Q: What’s going to happen to my room reservation?
A: The hotel cannot book rooms that far in advance, so you will need to cancel your reservation and reserve again for 2021. Please note that some rooms have been automatically cancelled by the hotel.

Q: I’ve already paid for my spot in the Dealers Hall/Art Show/Authors Alley. What will happen to that?
A: As with everything else, your payment will reserve your spot for JordanCon 2021. If you know you absolutely cannot attend in 2021, please contact the following by April 30th for additional guidance:

Dealers Hall: Dealers@JordanCon.Org
Artist and Art Show: ArtShow@JordanCon.Org
Authors Alley: Guests@JordanCon.Org

We also plan on having a page with advertisements to all vendors, artists, and authors who were planning on attending JordanCon 2020. In this time of economic instability, almost all of our vendors, artists, and authors will be financially impacted by their inability to attend conventions such as ours. As such, we want to support those who have supported us for so many years by having active advertisements up, pointing our potential attendees to their websites, both as a page on our website and via our social media communications. Keep an eye out for those posts in the coming months, and check our website for full lists!

Q: I’ve already paid for ad space in the convention booklet for 2020. What will happen to that ad space?
A: You will be able to use that payment for ad space in our 2021 booklet. You have the option of keeping your same ad or changing to a different one, free of charge. We will contact you with our updated due dates closer to our 2021 event so that you can let us know what you want to do. We will also create a page and display those ads with links as appropriate. If you have any questions, please email Communications@JordanCon.Org.

Q: I booked a flight for JordanCon. What should I do now?
A: Reach out to your airline or booking agent to see what your options are for a refund, credit, or rebooking for a future flight. Many airlines are offering very forgiving refund/rebooking policies right now.

Q: I’ve already paid for a Sponsorship for JordanCon 2020. What will happen to my Sponsorship?
A: Your sponsorship will roll into JordanCon 2021 with no changes. We will also create a page and display your sponsorship with links as appropriate.

Q: I still have my flight/ hotel room. Is it cool if I just come to hang out with my friends in the hotel?
A: Please…please don’t. Even if you are not at risk you can still be a carrier for coronavirus and infect those around you. Please stay home and help us reduce the spread of disease.

Please visit the CDC website for information about COVID-19

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Tam Joins the Two Rivers

Tam Joins the Two Rivers

This month’s Wheel of Time Wednesday was an official announcement (or for some, a confirmation) that Michael McElhatton has joined the cast of the Wheel of Time TV show! If you find yourself thinking he looks familiar, you may recognize him as Roose Bolton from Game of Thrones (or any of his other projects on his impressively long resume).

He’s definitely got the acting experience needed, and he even played a dad on Game of Thrones! But let’s all hope Rand turns out better than Ramsey…

Be sure to join us over on our Twitter and Facebook pages to discuss the news with your fellow fans!