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Call for Submissions: AN RPG MODULE ANTHOLOGY

Get those dice fired up! Our module submissions are open!

Nothing is more ubiquitous in Fantasy than the trusty mule we always leave with an NPC somewhere. PanopLit announces its first (of many, we hope) queer anthologies of RPG modules. The theme is Equus/Equidae, meaning we want all your gay centaurs, lost donkeys, and beautiful braided manes.

To ensure our authors have the most freedom and to protect the rights of contributors to the 5th Edition of Grunions & Rayguns, we’ve chosen to release our anthology using content provided by the Open Gaming License kindly put together by those lovely paragons of gaming,… we’ll call them Lizards of the Toast. Please understand that a lot of work went into 5th Edition, and those writers deserve their work being used in a way they contractually agreed to.

If you have questions about using the Open Gaming License, please see “Other Info” below.

The Details

Submissions are open to queer-identifying authors September 15th, 2018, through October 31st, 11:59 PM CST.

The nitty gritty:

Modules must be 2000-2500 words of adventure text, with 5 authors being accepted into this anthology. After being accepted, authors will go through a round of edits with the editor. $200 USD will be paid to each accepted author upon receipt of the completed work. Payment will be made via paypal or mailed check.

Email all pitches to info [at] Panoplit [dot] org. Subject line should read “Anthology Pitch: [Title or Working Title of your adventure]“. Please do not email completed adventures. The body of your pitch email should include:

  • An outline of the adventure.
  • Suggested level (or range of levels) for the adventure.
  • 500 words of sample text from any part of the adventure text.
  • 1 example NPC, unique Monster, or Item.
  • A brief bio (50-100 words) + your preferred pronouns.

Please keep in mind that the adventures need a thematic relationship to the required Equus theme, but interpret that freely. Not accepted:

  • Inclusion of any unapproved/trademarked content from the MM, PHB, or DMG.
  • Sexual content.
  • Extreme violence/abusive storylines.

Please use your best judgment for content. A little darkness is just fine, but let’s keep this fun!

Other Info

If you submit to this anthology, we will assume you identify as queer or part of a queer community (LGBTQIA+, Ace, NB, Aromantic). You do not need to define your queer. We trust you. If you’d like to cover this in your bio, feel free! But it is in no way required.

The Open Gaming License can be overwhelming at first. It’s a 400 page document. The important part is not to use any of the trademarked content listed in the first 2 pages of that license, and to stick to the rules and monsters available in the rest of the document. I suggest using ctrl + F to find something if you’re specifically interested in using it.

You CAN create your own monsters/NPCs/items and lots of other things, but they cannot be based on anything in the core rulebooks. You can only draw specific creature references used in those books from the Open Gaming License.

There will be a follow up post on other places to submit your adventure if you’re not accepted (or a cis/straight ally).

Please comment with any other questions!

 

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3 comments

  1. This sounds amazing. Can people use other open gaming content from 3rd party publishers provided we are abiding by the license or are we stuck with only using open game content from lizards? Also just checking – does this have to be 5e or would a pathfinder submission be welcome? I am much more familiar with PF as a system but could do 5e if I must.

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