Chaosium Announces the BRP Design Challenge—$10,000 in cash prizes!

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PRESS RELEASE SOURCE: CHAOSIUM

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Chaosium, publishers of the award winning TTRPG Call of Cthulhu, announced today the Basic Roleplaying: Universal Game EngineDesign Challenge. The BRP Design Challenge is a competition open to tabletop roleplaying game designers worldwide, and will award cash prizes to 10 designers.

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The Basic Roleplaying: Universal Game Engine core book was released in 2023 under the ORC license, meaning creators can use the rules presented in the book to publish their own games royalty-free. The BRP Design Challenge is specifically for TTRPGs designed using Chaosium’s Basic Roleplaying engine—the roll-low D100 system introduced to gaming by Chaosium in the 1970s with RuneQuest—that now powers Call of CthulhuPendragon, and many other games across the industry.

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The focus of the BRP Design Challenge is to financially assist new and upcoming creators in bringing their games to publication (be that digital or print). Chaosium seeks to empower designers from all walks of life, with original ideas, concepts, and systems, with the goal of seeing all shortlisted entries eventually published—there is no cost to enter the BRP Design Challenge.

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As part of submission, entrants will need to provide a production budget for their game, as well as an outline on how the winnings from the BRP Design Challenge will help bring their game to life—this could be the hiring of a graphic designer or layout artist, commissioning key and interior art for the book, paying writers and editors, creation of a Kickstarter video, etc. Additionally, entrants are asked to provide information outlining the marketability of their game, how the BRP rules have been used, and what makes their system, setting, and/or experience unique.

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All entrants retain ownership of their work in its entirety. Chaosium does not require the signing over of rights of any kind in order to enter the BRP Design Challenge. Additionally, winners and shortlisted entries will also retain ownership and—regardless of what winnings may be received as part of this competition—may still publish their games royalty-free under the ORC license.

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“We’re very excited to give a selection of independent game designers a leg-up in making their dreams a reality,” Chaosium Vice President Michael O’Brien said. “Basic Roleplaying is a core system that is so easy to use and tweak to any setting or genre, and we cannot wait to see the imaginative worlds and innovative designs submitted.”

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At a to-be-announced date after submissions are closed, Chaosium will release a shortlist of 10 games and the creators of each will receive $500USD. Of those 10, a further 3 winners will be chosen, each of whom will receive an additional $2,000USD. The public will also be given the opportunity to vote on which of the 10 shortlisted games they are most interested in, and that one game will receive the Player’s Choice award, as well as $500USD in addition to any other winnings they may receive.

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The three winners, as well as everyone on the shortlist and the recipient of the Player’s Choice award, will receive custom award logos to include on the covers of their products, as well as a trophy. All of these games can expect continued promotion on the Chaosium channels as they work toward eventual publication.

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Entry to the BRP Design Challenge is free and open to all. Submissions are open now, and will close on May 31st, 2024 at 11:59pm Pacific US time.

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