A Modest Proposal: Share Your D&D Story & Win a Free Book
The first time I played Dungeons & Dragons with a group was transformative.
Since I lived in the country, I played mostly small solo adventures because there weren’t lots of other folks around who were interested in the game. But in 1988, I met met a group of D&D players who’d come to Putt-n-Fun, where I worked in the summers. Up until that point, I’d largely been a casual D&D player.
Then those guys showed up, and I found myself drawn the game. Their passion for the game gave me the space I needed to bring my passion to the game as well.
I bring this up because those summer D&D games helped start me on the path to write Dungeons & Dreamers. John and I have spent hundreds of hours talking with gamers and developers, asking them to share their stories about D&D and computer gaming. Along the way, we’ve seen our own lives reflected back upon us (and we hope you will see yours reflected back to you…even if you’ve never played D&D or a computer game.)
Which brings me to this. We’ve partnered with a publisher, Carnegie Mellon’s ETC Press, that has given us a great deal of flexibility with the book’s rollout. This means we can begin pre-sales before the book is published, and get a copy into your hands before it hits the bookstores.
It also means we can run book giveaways without asking anyone, which is what I’m about to do.
The rules are simple: tell me your favorite story about playing Dungeons & Dragons, or your favorite story about playing a massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG). What is the story that geeks you out the most? What’s the story you find yourself telling over and over?
Share that story, and the best stories win.
“Brad, what does that mean? What should be in the story,” you ask.
“Well,” I respond, “our book is about the power of game communities. You should tell me an awesome story about our experiences with that. It can be funny, sad, poignant, or any of the other adjectives you can imagine. The most important aspects: it needs to be real and it needs to be engaging.”
“Will you tell me if my story fits those criteria,” you sheepishly ask.
“No,” I reply, “because the best stories will win even if they aren’t exactly perfect. We’re flexible when we play Dungeons & Dragons, as long as you adhere to the framework of the guidelines and entertain us.”
Here’s what I can tell you:
- The story needs to involve playing with friends (online or offline), and the community needs to be integral to the experience.
- It doesn’t need to a PG experience and you can use adult language, but the story you tell should be awesome.
- Before you hit send on your submission, ask yourself if you’ve adhered to the Wil Wheaton code of justice: “Don’t Be a Dick!”
- You can write it, record a video, animate it, illustrate it, or record audio
- Send me your story either as:
- A link through the Contact Us Form, or
- A link in the comments below; or
- You can post the full story in the comments or Contact Form.
As I receive your stories, I’ll share some of the best on the blog.
How Long Will This Run
We’ll keep the contest open for until December 31, and I’ll announce the winners on January 1.
“Why that day,” you ask.
“Because Dungeons & Dragons turns 40 in 2014,” I reply. “What a great way to kick of the year of birthday celebrations.”
“That is wise, Brad,” you say, hoping to curry favor.
“It is,” I reply, rejecting your curry.
The Winners Get
When it’s all said and done, the best stories will get the only thing of value that I have to give, which is a copy (or various copies) of the book:
- The top 5 winners, as determined by me (with input from you), will each receive a free ebook (EPUB or Amazon Kindle), and
- The top 3 will also receive an autographed copy of the book sometime in February (before it hits the bookstore)