Archive for the ‘Contests’ Category

James Wallis getting ARGy with Perplex City creator

Friday, October 5th, 2007

Now and again, and it seems like lately it’s a little more often, I stumble across some neat little bit of info, and it may have been known to others already or by some much more obvious means, but it still makes me go “holy crap” and get all bouncy with anticipation of what could result. Take yesterday: I was reading James Wallis’ blog (Mr. Wallis, former Hogshead guy and doughty game designer, will not be unfamiliar to longtime Cave readers), specifically a post about a neat thing I’d seen a few days prior but hadn’t gotten off my ass to post for some reason, and… hey. Wait a minute. “My colleague, Adrian Hon”??? At a firm called Six to Start, that comes right out with “we make alternate reality games”? Well, damn if that’s not a glimmer of hope for a genre I was starting to lose faith in. Very interesting news for Wallis’ career as well.

So I’m all into that, but I shouldn’t keep burying the equally-interesting news that Hon and Wallis are trumpeting to begin with: Let’s Change The Game, a design contest to create a fundraising ARG for Cancer Research UK. Stories are the best motivating force on the planet as far as I’m concerned, and they seem particularly potent when juiced up with the particular energy of alternate-reality gaming – this is a smart and heartening project.

Merry Christmas! Ronin Arts for everybody!

Saturday, December 25th, 2004

To celebrate the holidays, OgreCave and Ronin Arts have a present for you. Well, mostly Ronin Arts. Anyway, until the end of Christmas Day, you can follow this link to download a free PDF copy of the expanded, deluxe version of vs. Monsters (which made our Christmas Gift Guide, by the way). But at the end of Christmas Day, the offer expires, so grab your copy while you can. Happy holidays!

Ogres in Love contest winner

Monday, February 23rd, 2004

It took a while of debating, but we’ve finally selected the winner of our Ogres in Love contest, David Vega. We’ve selected several other entries that were in the running for the best submission, and posted them along with David’s prize-winning poem of an Ogre’s Valentine’s Day (a disturbing prospect at best). David’s well-earned copy of The Slayer’s Guide to Ogres will be on its way shortly. Have a look at the best entries we ended up with.

Last dance, last chance for love

Saturday, February 14th, 2004

You’ve only got until tonight at 12 midnight PST to enter our OgreCave Ogres in Love contest. It’s an easy one: just come up with a few sentences describing an ogre’s Valentine’s Day, and you could win a copy of this month’s new Mongoose Publishing release, The Slayer’s Guide to Ogres. So look at the rules (I think there’s only two, actually), and type up a contest entry while there’s still time. What’s that? Girlfriend? Nah, she can wait.

Love still in the Cave

Friday, February 6th, 2004

There’s only a little over a week in our Ogres in Love contest, in which we’ll be giving away a copy of The Slayer’s Guide to Ogres, coming out this month from Mongoose Publishing. Come up with 100 words or less describing an Ogre’s Valentine’s Day, and you could well end up with a free copy of the book. Or at the very least, your name and entry up on the site. Have a look at the contest details, and get to writing.

New contest: Ogres in Love

Monday, January 19th, 2004

In preparation for Valentine’s Day (well, a gamer’s preparation, at least), OgreCave and Mongoose Publishing have a little contest for you. Well, it’s actually an excuse to celebrate the impending release of The Slayer’s Guide to Ogres, with our Ogres in Love contest. No, no, stop screaming. Have a look at the contest, throw together your entry, and you could win a free copy of the book. Then you’ll be all set to go out and slay some ogres… umm… wait a minute…

OgreCave contest: Redhurst Spellflag Season

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2003

We’ve got another great contest for you to enter. This time, Human Head Studios has offered up a copy of their gorgeous d20 supplement, the Redhurst Academy of Magic student’s handbook. Heck, Matt Forbeck, the book’s developer and main author, has even agreed to sign it. All you have to do is answer a simple question for us, and you could make off with the prize. Have a look at the Redhurst Spellflag Season contest, and get in the running.

OgreCave P3 contest winner

Tuesday, September 9th, 2003

We’ve gathered up all the correct answers in our OgreCave P3 Contest, and have determined a winner. We’ll also tell you the answer to the simple question “What console system does Phil Reed use?” You could’ve learned it for yourself at Phil’s site, but you’d rather just see who won, right? No problem, have a look.

Still time to enter OgreCave’s P3 contest

Thursday, August 28th, 2003

Just a couple days left to enter our P3 contest, where you can win every d20 supplement Phil Reed currently has to offer. That’s right, every single one. Wait… no, just the 30+ PDF products he’s offering at his site, we’re not offering up his entire personal library. You can’t hold us to that!

Aw, crap. Phil’s gonna kill me.

OgreCave contest: P3 – Phil’s Plethora of PDFs

Thursday, August 14th, 2003

You like winning free stuff, right? Then have a look at our new contest, Phil’s Plethora of PDFs, which comes to us compliments of popular game designer Phil Reed. You know all those nifty downloadable products he’s got on his site? You could win all of ’em. Yep, every single one. Have a look.

WotC setting contest finalists interviewed

Tuesday, December 10th, 2002

Wizards of the Coast hasn’t forgotten about the fantasy setting contest, don’t worry. In fact, WotC has posted interviews with the three finalists, Keith Baker, Rich Burlew, and Nathan Toomey. Which will be the chosen one? Dunno. But at least each of them is $10,000 richer so far.

Steve Jackson not funny, needs your help

Sunday, December 8th, 2002

I mean the company, of course, not the man. Steve Jackson himself is a born entertainer. But those responsible for the title “Munchkin 3: Bard For Life” for the next expansion to the smash hit dungeon-delving card game have been sacked. According to the Daily Illuminator (under December 7), it’s now an open discussion. Come up with your own funny title, and if it’s selected, you get… famous! And a credit, and a free copy. Full details are in their news post, which will go away in like a week. Go!

Vampire Man Heading Into Space

Thursday, April 19th, 2001

A few more tidbits for ya as a birthday gift (my birthday, not yours). Enjoy. 🙂

In an interview over at Games Unplugged, Vampire creator Mark Rein*Hagen speaks briefly about the new game he’s working on with his new company, Atomoton. Called Zero-Gravity (Z-G), the new game is described as “an action-figure trading-card game that can and will morph into an RPG, an animated show, a video-game first-person shooter, a comic book, an Advanced Game Boy game, a novel series, and a secret society.” Whew! Sounds like it will require many trips to the game shop to play Z-G, but color me intrigued.

Observers of the Titles
With the latest class handbook for D&D 3, Defenders of the Faith, arriving in stores tomorrow, Priests and Paladins will be covered. After Defenders, the next handbook will be Tome and Blood (for Wizards and Sorcerers) in June, followed by Song and Silence (Bards and Thieves) in December. So what will the others be? Well, we don’t know when in 2002 they’ll be available yet, but Masters of the Wild (for Druids, Rangers and Barbarians) and Tooth and Claw (for playing humaniods, perhaps?) should be next.

Prize Alert. Prize Alert.
You Red Dwarf fans out there will appreciate that a Prize Alert is slightly less dangerous than a Purple Alert, but more serious than a Blue Alert. Err… sorry.

Head over to the competitions page at Why? Well, I’ll let them tell you:

The Fiction & Fantasy Network are running a series of competitions, starting with two cool prizes. The first is a complete Warhammer: Vampire Counts army donated by The second is two signed copies of Junk from Dark Omen Games.