So last night I finished up going over all the entries for this year's One Page Dungeon Contest, and I got my top picks turned into Alex. For those interested, here they are (in no particular order):
- Citadel of Evil, by Stuart Robertson - I am calling this "Most Creative Design" or just "Best Design" - I am going out on a limb here and picking this as my standout favorite.
- Raid on Chinatown, by Jason Morningstar - I am dubbing this "Best Gangster" - very detailed and creative.
- Crime and Punishment, by Paul Cunningham - "Best Sci-fi" - this is just an all around great entry, with TONS of useful detail.
- Into the Worm's Gullet, by Dyson Logos - "Best Old-School Dungeon" - great design, great map.
- Horror Comes to Haddonfield, by Kelvin Green - "Best Horror" or "Best Ravenloft Tribute" - I am a sucker for horror, and I felt this was a well designed horror adventure.
- Clockwork Invasion - Uraniborg, by Justin Colussy-Estes - "Best Alt-History" - I really liked this one, and felt it was a total package.
- The Slums of the Desert City of Barb-el-Shay, by Ravi Shankar - "Best Non-Traditional Fantasy" or "Best Urban Map" - beautiful presentation, and nicely written.
- Black Tom Muddye's Treasure Map, by Tim Hartin - "Best Pirate" or "Best Treasure Map" - this looks like it would be a ton of fun to play!
I rated each entry from 1 to 5 in both Function (mainly how easily it would be to use the 1PD at the game table) and Design (layout, graphics, overall presentation), and then took the average to come up with an Overall score. These eight entries were the only ones on my list to all score above 4 in the Overall rating, which made them my top picks. The category titles are mine, and are subject to change as other judges suggest their own titles and we all hash everything out.
If your entry is not on my list, please do not be disappointed. I had over 30 entries that scored at least a 4 out of 5 in the final Overall rating, so there is a LOT of good stuff to be found in this year's contest, but sadly I could not include them all on my final list. I urge those who haven't to take a look for themselves, as I am positive everyone will find at least one entry that will be of use to them at the game table.
Also, I want to let all those who submitted an entry into this year's contest know that I am willing to share my thoughts and opinions of all the entries directly with each of you, so just email me (psmangus at gmail dot com) to let me know if you are interested. I tried to be as objective as possible while judging the entries, and any criticism I might have will be constructive, and I hope helpful.
Over the next week or so all the judges will be corresponding back and forth, and we will take all the top picks and whittle them down to the final winners. It will be interesting to see the final list and who comes out on top.