Thursday, January 30, 2014

Tigerpede Joins the Arena!

The Warlock's Journal has departed the offices of Flying Hare Productions, and after our crack team of translators were through deciphering the strange symbols, it has been determined that the missing entry was the Tigerpede.

The Tigerpede, Iron Shadow Hound, and Myrmillios all fought for the right to be put into the updated Fields of Blood and Honor later this year. So a survey was taken where people were asked to rank them from first to third place. After the first round of voting, the Tigerpede and Iron Shadow Hound were tied with 40% of the first place votes each. So the Myrmillios with only 20% was eliminated, and the second place votes from Myrmillios voters were considered. After that second round of voting, the Tigerpede proved victorious. As a result, Marques will be listed as a contributing writer to the updated book and will receive three complimentary copies. Congratulations, Marques!

This is the link to the final PDF, showing the entries and who contributed them.

Stay tuned to see where the Warlock's Journal goes next month!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Entries for Warlock's Journal Contest now available for voting.

The voting period for the Warlock's Journal contest has begun, and will be open until January 29. It will be in Instant Runoff voting, which means that the votes are ranked in preference order, and if no entry ends with a majority of the votes, the one with the least amount of votes will be eliminated, and the next preference from the ones who voted for it will be considered.

Here are the relevant links:
Voting PDF containing the entries: http://bit.ly/1bgpxrY

Link to the voting survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5QHCSJT

Good luck to our contestants! Please take the time to vote, and please invite friends and family to vote as well.

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: http://warlockssanctum.blogspot.ca/2013/09/warlocks-journal-contest-items-of-power.html

Contest 2: http://talesofagm.com/?p=259

Contest 3: http://www.oneclick.tinygork.com/2013/12/04/the-warlocks-wandering-journal-contest-woman-in-ice/


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 flyinghareproductions@gmail.com 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.