View Full Version : Summer Organization Contest ENTRY THREAD

Gorbash Kazdar
2006-08-07, 09:55 PM
It's summer here in the Northern Hemisphere, and it's been a really hot one (at least in North America). So, both in honor and because of the brain-cell killing temperatures, and also of our recent board reorganization, I present the Summer Organization Contest.

The contest begins with the posting of this thread and will continue until midnight, September 1st (Eastern US Time, which makes it 4am GMT Sept 1st). Please remember, as always, to follow the contest guidelines (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11247707 71).

The Rules

1) Your organization cannot be an adventuring party. It should also have enough power or influence that it represents either something a PC would be interested in joining, or a reasonable adversary or ally for a party. (Note that this means you can make an organization that wouldn't be open to the majority of normal PCs).

2) Your organization must have some sort of relationship to heat or the summer. It can be in the name, the background, they could be connected to fire or a being of fire in some manner, they could oppose fire beings, anything. Get creative! (Note: Avoid references to the Silver Flame, or copying material created for that faith for the Eberron Campaign Setting. I'm very familiar with Eberron, and I will catch it, so don't try.)

3) Your entry must include the following
The name of your organization (preferably in big, bold letters at the top)
Flavor text - whatever you feel is appropriate. Please italicize.
General description
Purpose - a one or two sentence mission statement, describes goals and methods. The goal need not be some world-spanning scheme, just a reason the organization got together in the first place.
Alignment - the alignment of the organization as a whole, followed by acceptable member alignments in parantheses (if only those with the same alignment as the organization are admitted, just list organization alignment; if any alignment is allowed to join, put "All" in parantheses).
GP Resource limit/economics - how much the organization has available to it in regards to gear, hiring professionals, and so forth. Also, any speciail economic benefits for being a member (cheaper access to spells, for example).
Membership Requirements - how to become a member, what is required to remain a member, and any particularly noteworthy requirements to advance. Please include even if the organization would not normally be open to PCs. Birthright (eg. "must be a noble" or "inherited position") is a reasonable requirement.
Authority Figures (Name, Class(es), Levels) - the people who are ostensibly in charge. Please include a brief description.
Other Important Figures (Name, Class(es), Levels) - include a brief description
Racial Makeup - generally, break it down in percentages. For an organization that accepts only one or two races, put "<race(s)> only" (eg. "Ellves and Half-elves only"). For those that bar one or two races, put "<race(s)> barred" (eg. "Gnomes and halflings barred"). If it's simply very unusual for a race to join - such as a goblin joining a knightly order - and not actively banned, don't list it as such.
Class make-up of other followers - Percentages, generally. For organizations that are exclusive to particular classes, follow the same pattern as with races.
Origins/history/lore - how the organization came to be, important events of their past. Preferably, include Knowledge check DCs for players to find out more specific information.
Adventure hook - please include at least one adventure hook for a party
The crunchy bit - each entry should include one piece of new "crunchy" content; please select from the list below. You may make more than one of these, but only one may be used for judging.
A feat (or a tree of up to three)
A spell or psionic power (or a set of up to three)
A magic, psionic, or mundane item (any gp value; may include artifacts owned, protected, sought, etc. by the organization)
An organization exclusive prestige class (3, 5, or 10 levels), if you're feeling particularly ambitious
OPTIONAL: You may also include Affiliation stats for your organization, as described in the PHB2. You may include these stats and another one of the "crunch" items since the PHB2 is not available for everyone.

4) Start the subject line of your entry with [Org], followed by the particular crunchy category your using - {Feat}, {Spell}, {Power}, {Item}, or {PrC} - followed by the organization name. If you're including Affiliation stats, put a "/A" after the other crunchy category.

5)When your entry is complete (and not before!) please post it to this thread, and note which "crunchy" category your entering.

Judging Categories
Best Overall
Best Articulation of the Theme
Funniest Organization
Best PC Organization (must be open to PCs joining up easily)
Best Ally Organization
Best Adversary Organization
Best Adventure Hooks
Best <Crunch> Feat (or Feats)
Spell (or Spells)
Power (or Powers)
Prestige Class
Affiliation Stats Gorby's Seal of Approval (Staff Award)
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to post them to this thread.

This will hopefully give a nice mix of fluff and crunch for all you designers out there. Good luck!

The Demented One
2006-08-08, 04:51 PM
Introducing the fantastic /B/rotherhood (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11550690 66;start=0#1), complete with their magical item of fabled power, the 'Fro Wig of Pool Closing.

The Demented One
2006-08-09, 10:57 PM
Because two is better than one*, the Mindfire Knights (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11550048 94;start=0#0) are here to save the day!

*Especially one is an in-joke that about three people, tops, are going to get.

Fax Celestis
2006-08-10, 08:01 PM
The Order of Eternal Summer (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11552544 29;start=0#0).

2006-08-11, 03:44 PM
The Order of the Hidden Fire (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11551522 73) is basically done. I may tweak it a little bit, but it's pretty much finished. I welcome, nay, encourage feedback, comments, constructive criticism, and suggestions.

I hope everyone finds it interesting and I apologize for its reliance on specific campaign setting content.


2006-08-13, 04:02 PM
Sect of the Burning Feast: a fringe organization of druids who cook and eat people to divine the future and hunt down apostate druids. *Featuring the dark side of druidic practices and creepy sympathetic magic (you know, voodoo dolls and such).

And it's complete now!

Meet and vote for the Sect of the Burning Feast! (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11550847 48)

2006-08-14, 03:04 AM
Doom the Daystar:
Your Low to Epic Level, nature wrecking, god hating, sun destroying organization of doom! Enhanced with Psionics, Arcane magic, and tentacles.

Basicly, a large organization that is designed for players to interact with differently at different character levels, each time still providing a potent threat.

http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11554891 66
This entry is for the Organization, the Optional Affiliation rules, and the prestige class. "Daystar Innovator*"

Will be doing some spellchecking and grammer checking in the next few days, as well as adding some additional bonus content that isn't part of the material being judged.

*Not to be confused with Arcane Innovator, provided for all you non-psionics users.

2006-08-14, 01:13 PM
The Callers of the Summer Rain (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11553251 73), my second entry in this contest, is officially finished. *As with my other entry, I can't promise I won't make some minor tweaks, but it's mostly finished.

Again, I apologize for the setting-specific nature of this organization. *Hopefully the adaptation section I've included will help make up for that. *This one should be a bit easier to adapt. *I hope everyone likes it.


2006-08-15, 05:38 AM
The nefarious Ones-with-trees (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11556342 46) are finally finished, and are up and ready for judging, entering in the {Item} category.

Lord Iames Osari
2006-08-15, 02:31 PM
The Soulfire Knights (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11555744 92;start=0#0) are complete.

2006-08-15, 09:04 PM
Batter up! Take your swings in the Fireballers' League (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11550523 36).

Now with a prestige class for extra crunch. Feel free to comment, criticize, or mock mercilessly.

And while it's done, I'll probably continue to add plot hooks (and tweak flavor text... one of the sections of text drives me nuts...) right up to the deadline.

Mr. Moon
2006-08-18, 03:46 AM
The Flame Speaker Academy (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11558837 24) is now enrolling!

Constructive critisim and/or comments are wellcome!

2006-08-21, 10:10 AM
The guild of Pyrotransitionists (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11552924 23) has been unleashed, and entered in the {PRC} category.

2006-08-22, 10:56 PM
Here's the Loatuo Firewalkers (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11551462 95), submitted for your approval. First contest, so go easy on me. Hope you like it.

I'm entering the Prestige Class category, just cause it's the best I got...

2006-08-28, 07:23 PM
I've now proofread my entry, the many-layered
Steamscorch Guild. (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11557886 89)

Best used to design a whole group of adventures around -- it won't be very interesting as a one-time encounter.

The Vorpal Tribble
2006-08-29, 11:16 AM
http://my.photosleeve.com/TheVorpalTribble-albums/album03/adr.jpg (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11559418 07)

Edit: Hrmmm, that looks a bit tasteless. Ho hum.

2006-08-30, 09:47 AM
Well, this is my first contest entry. Connection to summer is a bit random but hey, it's what came to mind. Here goes:

The Vintners
A secret society

http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11568889 56

Any advice on future entires is much appreciated.

2006-08-30, 06:35 PM
The Order of the Rusty Kettle

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h197/Mephibosheth85/Kettle.gif (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11550149 25)

The Glyphstone
2006-08-30, 08:40 PM
The Cinderborn Sentinels - Burn, baby, burn! Now with pics!
http://www.pbase.com/image/66035273/medium.jpg (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11551227 51;start=0#8)

Featuring a cruncheriffic PrC, the Cinderborn Acolyte. Burn, baby, burn!

2006-08-30, 09:29 PM
Please take a look at my entry, a cult of sun worshippers:

http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11569739 36

Comments most welcome.

2006-08-30, 10:15 PM
Rassafrassin' writer's block...

The Children of the Burning River (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11563504 95) are as done as they're going to get. Their item, Coldflame, is up for judging.

2006-08-31, 07:36 PM
The Catalysts (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11558923 33) are ready to burn down the house. I've also chosen the Golem Cube as my judged item.

2006-08-31, 11:14 PM
The bluescale order (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11569559 43) is done and ready to be critiqued. (And hopefully voted for). Not to mention just in time.

2006-08-31, 11:41 PM
The Order of the Desert Orchid (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11550767 39) is now ready for review!

Whew...barely made it.

2006-08-31, 11:50 PM
Just finished [Org]{Item} Defenders of the Flame (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11570185 23;start=0#0)