Sunday, January 5, 2014

Warlock's Journal Contest: Unusual Arena Animal or Monster

Hear ye! Hear ye! The Warlock's Journal has appeared in a new location! What is the Warlock's Journal? Let's let Vicki Potter from Tabletop Adventures explain:
The Warlock’s Journal is an interdimensional book that teleports from place to place, recording knowledge in whatever location it finds itself. The places it goes may be widely separated in time and space and even be in different dimensions or alternate realities.
The handful of people who have actually seen the book more than once suggest that it sends its information back to some central location, as they have seen the book nearly filled with information, only to find it almost empty again, or filled with completely different information, at some later point.
Of course, since there is no real proof that the book itself travels through time in a linear manner, such analysis is speculation at best. What powerful entity could have created such a marvel? Where is the ultimate repository (if any) of the wealth of knowledge collected by the Journal in its roving, and is its creator still waiting there, learning about the multiverse? It is, perhaps, better not to know.

This is the fourth Warlock's Journal contest. Here are links to the previous contests:

Contest 1:

Contest 2:

Contest 3:

This time, the Warlock's Journal appeared in the editing room for the appendices for Fields of Blood and Honor, where the staff at Flying Hare Productions are working to expand our initial work by adding animals and monsters as gladiator types. Unfortunately, by the time we discovered the Journal's presence, the ink from one of the entries leapt off the page and into the Journal, where it was promptly rearranged into indecipherable symbols. What's more, the Journal then fired some mystical energy ball that erased our memory of the what we had written. After several attempts to recall what it was, we realized that we needed you, our loyal readers, to trigger our memory.

The contest is to come up with an unusual animal or monster suitable for use in a gladiator arena. We know the following things:
  1. The section from which the Journal stole the description described animals and monsters and how they fight in the arena. The standard animals and monsters are still here, so whatever was taken was unusual, and not something common.
  2. None of the animals or monsters were capable of sustained flight or had abilities that allowed them to leave the arena.
  3. Each animal and monster had five ideas for power moves. These are special abilities that can be trained and do flashy things in the arena. Power moves are often associated with attacks, but can be other things such as special defense or movement powers (except as noted above).
  4. Each animal or monster is categorized in one of four classes. Three classes are for melee fighters and are based on the relative armor rating: light, medium, or heavy. The fourth class (ranged) describes those who prefer to stand at a distance and fire projectiles or spells at the enemy.
  5. The missing description fit on a single page, which for Flying Hare Productions comes in at 300 words or less, and followed the format below:

    Animal or Monster Name (class)

·        Description: [What it looks like when meeting it in the arena]
·        Preferred Weapons: [What weapons and/or natural tools it uses]
·        Preferred Armor/Shields: [What armor or shields it uses, including natural armor]
·        Tactics: [Brief description of how it fights in the arena]
·        Five Ideas for Power Moves: [Power Move 1—What it does]
[Power Move 2...]
[Power Move 3...]
[Power Move 4...]
[Power Move 5...]
So here's the deal. Come up with your own animal or monster stat block using the format above and send it to with the subject "Warlock's Journal Contest" by January 20. Although everything in the Warlock's Journal is system neutral, you may include system-specific statistics in a separate appendix (this will not count toward the word count). Don't worry if you can't get all the formatting perfect; if it's clear what you mean we can edit the submission to match.
Your entry must include your real name and e-mail address, so we can contact you, but you may provide a pseudonym for publishing. E-mail addresses will only be listed in the final document if we are given specific authorization to do so.
At the end of the submission period, all entries will be gathered into a PDF file with no names or stats attached and linked to this site. Also, a link to a voting survey will be given.
Voting will be done through Survey Monkey, and will close January 29. If there are a small number of entries, there will be full Instant Runoff voting. Otherwise, we will run the Instant Runoff process as far as we can, and if no submission gets a majority of the votes, the leader at the end of the process will win. More information about the specifics will be published when the voting period opens.
You are allowed to submit multiple entries. Each entry must be in a separate e-mail. Flying Hare Productions reserves the right to edit submissions for clarity and adherence to form.
At the end of the voting period, all entries will be gathered at the end into a PDF file with the contributors's names (or pseudonyms) revealed and system-specific details (if provided) available for free download. His or her submission will be put into the updated Fields of Blood and Honor as the "Warlock's Journal Contest Winner" when it is completed later this year, and the author will be credited as a contributing writer of the book. The winner will also receive three links to complimentary copies of the updated book.
In addition, Flying Hare Productions reserves the right to use any other entry that the staff deems worthy of inclusion. If a non-winning entry is used this way, the author will receive credit in the updated book and receive one complimentary copy. Such entries will be listed as "Honorable Mention" submissions in the book.
Good luck! You have two weeks to get your entries in, so don't delay! The last Warlock's Journal contest had someone enter late; enter now so you are not that person this time.


  1. 300 words seems a bit low as a max

  2. Here's a 228 word version of the Satyr (cut and paste from the file, without formatting)

    Satyr (light)
    Description: Satyrs are a cross between men and goats. They have fur that covers their bodies, so they do not need clothing. Satyrs also have horns on their heads and hooves instead of feet, but human hands that can hold weapons.

    Preferred Weapons: Satyrs use two weapons most of the time. Their primary attack weapon is a dagger, but their off-hand weapon is normally an indestructible mug filled with some sort of intoxicating beverage. This mug has a lid to keep the libations from spilling out, allowing the satyr to fight and drink at the same time.

    Preferred Armor/Shields: A satyr’s hide is equivalent to light leather armor, and so they do not wear other armor. Satyrs do not normally use shields.

    Tactics: When not in combat, satyrs play to the crowd, working to maximize the crowd bonuses for their team. When in combat, satyrs dodge attacks and taunt their opponents, looking for an opportunity to get damage in through the enemy’s mistakes.

    Five Ideas for Power Moves: Mug Bonk—Knock an opponent down with the mug.
    Appease Crowd—Increase crowd favor by dancing for them.
    Ridicule—Taunt an opponent who has missed an attack against the satyr, reducing the enemy’s chance of hitting the satyr in the future.
    Dance the Jig—Inspire teammates to move faster in the movement order.
    Drunken Courage—Withstand more damage.

  3. I guess not then. :)

    Is it just animals and monsters, or people too?

  4. The contest is just animals and monsters, as most of the people were covered in the original product. But if you have a person type I missed, send it to me at the contest address and we can talk about adding it as part of the update if it's good enough. In effect, a person entry can't win the contest outright for the three copies (breaks the rules) but would be considered for an Honorable Mention.

  5. Can we submit more then one entry?

  6. Yes, just send them in separate emails.

  7. Hi Dominick,

    While my entry is going through the editing process, I have written up a short piece to promote the Contest;

    Best of luck with the contest

  8. Hi Dominick,

    Submission emailed to you.

    All the best

  9. Submission has been submitted. Yea!