Had a great response from folks, and I couldn't just choose one winner. It was incredibly hard to narrow this down. So I made the easy choice and added two 2nd place prizes of $250 each!
Congratulations to the following winners. I highly suggest keeping an eye out for them and the products that they are working so hard on!
Grand Prize: $1000
Project: Jamie is working on a coloring book titled "Strange Visitors". Her own words sums it up better than I:
"The concept comes from digging into my own feelings as a neurodivergent artist and transforming feelings of alienation, space invasion, animalistic upset, fear and many more deep upsetting feelings into a happy place. It started as me just getting feelings out and became so much more."
Visit www.jamiewaltonart.com for more information!
Second Prize Winners: $250 Prize
Josh's project, His Majesty the Worm, is a super cool sounding game you really need to check out. As Josh describes it:
"At its heart, His Majesty the Worm is still about fighting dragons and exploring dungeons. However, it is designed to make the “boring parts” interesting: encumbrance, light, hunger, resource management, and relationships are actually fun and central to the game’s flow. It zooms in on a slice of life inside the dungeon. The game has robust procedures: Characters adventure in the mythical underworld, rest in role-playing driven camping scenes, and plan long-term actions in the Ur-city. Your relationship with your companions, called Bonds, powers the rest and recovery mechanic of the game. Role-playing literally drives the game forward. Tarot cards are used as a randomizing element. Combat encounters are handled with an action-packed subsystem that ensures that all players have interesting choices every minute of combat: no downtime! Often forgotten subsystems, such as food, hunger, light, and inventory management, are central to play and actually fun."
Pauli is working on a project titled, "Seelie", a successor to Lace and Steel. It is a wonderful marriage of the fey folklore and 17th century France. Per Pauli herself (the bolded part sounds so incredibly interesting!):
"The setting is the Seelie court, and the characters are 'Fey'. There is an entire multiverse of worlds that interconnect. The Seelie court is very similar in many respects to the great European courts of the 1690's - Louis XIV, Chaerles !! of England, that sort of thing. Wigs, magnificence, and baroque splendour.
So - think Louis XIV spliced with the Goblin King from "Labyrinth'. This is a game of flirtation, passions, intrigue, war, duels, exploring strange other realms... There are social climbing elements that echo 'En Garde". There is a system that tracks a character's connection (love, hate, passion, loyalty) to the worlds, characters and groups around them."
Pauli did an excellent YouTube summary you can find here!
A contest for small indie publishers, especially for those starting out, who have great ideas but don't have the budget for putting their project together. The prize of $1000 will be granted to the selected winner.
When I started out as an indie publisher, I had a day job that paid the bills pretty much month to month. Getting the funds to put together a project was difficult. I had to start out really small. I did my own writing, editing, layout, and even own art in most cases! Every penny I made went back into new projects. Art, editors, etc. are all expensive. Thankfully we have a robust catalog of stock art (much greater than what I had available 20 years ago) that can significantly cut the costs of a project while still getting some high quality stock art in your project.
So now that I've been able to afford bigger projects, I want to play it forward, and help those who are starting out.
This contest is designed for small time indie publishers, not established larger businesses. If you are older than 18 years of age, and are a small time creator, this project is for you!
All interested parties will submit an entry submission to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following:
When the contest ends on Feb 28, 2022, a winner will be selected from the submissions, based on the criteria above. I will reach out to the winner to get PayPal payment information and to finalize the details by Mar 7, 2022.