2016 Fool's Challenge
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In this challenge, your goal is to create and publish a role-playing game on RPGGeek by April 1, 2016. Anyone with an RPGGeek account can participate. The secondary goal is to have fun and become an internationally famous celebrity so you can attend game conventions for free, and even charge for your autograph.

The Prizes

Those who enter will receive an exclusive microbadge (Microbadge: 2016 Fool's Challenge participant-thanks Schwartzkopf!) and I also will distribute any tips received equally among all participants. Plus, you may win extra Microbadge: GeekGold Tipper from my personal dragon’s hoard. In the final geeklist entry of your game (when you complete the challenge) add in a no-monkey-business dice roll 4d6 and I’ll tip you that much from my own hoard (will it be fool's gold?).

The Details

I am a n00b at this type of activity so be nice when you elucidate my shortcomings. For the Fool’s Challenge, your creation must be completed by April 1, 2016.

To complete the challenge, you must:

1 Create a role-playing game that epitomizes the spirit of April Fool’s.

2 Create an "RPG" entry on RPG Geek (using the Misc/RPG menu item) for your game. You get Microbadge: GeekGold Tipper for doing this! Steffan’s Rule: If your game is going to link to an already existing RPG entry that’s OK too.

3 Create an "RPG Item" entry on RPG Geek (using the Misc/RPG Item menu item) for your game. This may require you to create Designer/Artist/Production Staff entries as well. For the Publisher, please select "(Web published)" and/or use common sense. You get Microbadge: GeekGold Tipper for doing this!

4 When your RPG and RPG Item entries are approved, upload a "logo" image to the RPG and a "representative" image(s) to the RPG Item. When they are approved via geekmod, nominate them to be the respective images. You get Microbadge: GeekGold Tipper and thumbs for doing this!

5 When your RPG Item entry is approved, upload the completed game as a PDF file (making sure that no part of it infringes anybody else's copyright, etc., etc.). You get Microbadge: GeekGold Tipper for doing this (but nobody ever thumbs files).

6 Add the RPG or RPG Item of your wonderful creation to this geeklist.

Now you can bask in the glory of being a published game designer. In addition, you might be interested in several perks - you'll earn Microbadge: GeekGold Tipper for your RPG, RPG Item, image, and file submissions. This will be special Microbadge: GeekGold Tipper because you've earned it the hard way. You'll be able to request the "Game Designer" banner for your badge. You'll qualify for Microbadge: RPG Author. You'll see Microbadge: I give thumbs up pouring into your account by the millions dozens ones and twos. You'll receive job offers from many game publishers who are astounded at your work. And you'll provide home-grown content to support 2016 RPGG Review Challenge Signup List.

This contest is going to follow the "Be a Good Chap" code, popular on BGG (that other, "also-ran" site):

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Microbadge: I always invade dungeons with a hangover! We're friendly, honest, and err on the side of being good to each other
Microbadge: I always invade dungeons with a hangover! If we make mistakes we own up, apologize, and make good as far as possible
Microbadge: I always invade dungeons with a hangover! We treat others as we'd want to be treated
Microbadge: I always invade dungeons with a hangover! We're here to have spiffing fun
Microbadge: I always invade dungeons with a hangover! We use the Oxford comma in all our sentences (this is Tyraziel’s rule and may not be impugned)
Microbadge: I always invade dungeons with a hangover! Good Chaps don't make public accusations


FAQ


Q: Do I have to be a fool to enter? A: If you are not a fool already then by entering you will become one.

Q: Do I really have to do all the RPG Geek data entry? A: Yes. Q: Can't I just write a cool RPG? A: Yes, but you won't complete this challenge.

Q: Can I participate in a group effort to complete the challenge? A: Yes. Please note all participants in the appropriate fields during data entry.

Q: But... how do I do data entry? A: Start with the Guide to Data Entry. If you need help, you can geekmail me and I'll try to help.

Q: Why would I want to write a Fool’s game? A: I have no idea but since the very earliest days of the hobby it has been an apparently irresistible tradition to produce foolish material for April.
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1. RPG: Fools and Heroes [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
RPG: Fools and Heroes
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Ugh. The small print. Entries must be compliant with the official Terms of Service

tl;dr - don't plagiarize or infringe on copyrights; geekdo owns your first born child
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Series: In the Footsteps of Fools
Clark Timmins
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3. RPG: Fortune's Childe [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
RPG: Fortune's Childe
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Please enjoy (and playtest!) Fortune's Childe:

FORTUNE'S CHILDE is a fantasy roleplaying game designed for one player and one gamemaster. The player assumes the role of the Fool, a lighthearted wanderer adrift through life, whose personal quest is the same as all our quests: to attain wisdom and good fortune while avoiding ill events and staving off death. At the beginning of each game session, the player decides whether his character is Upright or Reversed, with his or her abilities depending on that choice.

The game uses 22 cards from a Tarot deck to make attribute, skill, and combat checks, as well as to cast spells. These cards, known as the Major Arcana, are numbered 0 through 21. When a card is turned over, not only is its number revealed, but also whether or not that card is Upright or Reversed; this orientation affects the outcome of any particular skill or ability check. In lieu of actual Tarot cards, the GM may simply use index cards, numbering them 0 through 21, and indicating one end of each card as the top and one end as the bottom. This game mechanic is known as the Major Arcana system.

FORTUNE'S CHILDE is a free-form and stylized game that uses a “theater of the mind” format rather than battle maps and exacting rules. It celebrates abstractions and is designed for experienced RPG players and GMs.

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Random 4d4 roll as per the Challenge instructions:

1d4 + 1d4 + 1d4 = (1) + (2) + (2) = 5

Edit: Like a fool, I seem to have rolled only 3d4 instead of 4d4. Perfect! The joke is on me.
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4. RPG: Fluxxx: The RPG [Average Rating:10.00 Unranked]
RPG: Fluxxx: The RPG
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Simple in concept. Impossible in play. Foolishness indeed.
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5. RPG: Fool's Gold [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
RPG: Fool's Gold
I rambled about this one for ages before finally putting it together for a rulebook. File is currently pending approval.


RPG Item: Fool's Gold

A chance meeting next to an empty coffin sparks a search for a missing fortune in gold. But all is not as it seems, least of all your unremarkable characters who all possess some very remarkable skills. Suspicions run rampant and no one knows who is telling the truth, not even the players. To stand a chance of claiming the gold, players and GM alike must do whatever is necessary to manage a perfect hand of blackjack. A single card can mean the difference between a truth or a lie and a hoard or a hoax.

Download the rules: Fool's Gold

Feeling lucky foolish 4d6 = (5 + 2 + 5 + 3) = 15

God bless,
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6. RPG Item: The Fool on the Hill [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
RPG: The Fool on the Hill
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...124 to run fleeing from the mountain. ...125 to use a rope to climb the steep cliff. ...126 to quickly cast "summon stairs." ...127 to dodge under the falling rocks.
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The Fool on the Hill is geared towards being played in a forum, ideally for 2-5 players. There are expanded rules for playing with more than 5 people.

This is a GM-less game.

The game is mostly narrative, with a standard deck of 52 cards to be used as randomizers.

The game is about the Fool on the Hill waiting through the night, until the dawn comes. One player is the Fool, the rest of the players are the 1000 Voices the Fool hears. Each round consists of the Fool narrating what the Fool sees or does during that hour, then randomly choosing a new Voice to be the Fool.

The game lasts twelve full rounds, with a final partial round where the dawn is narrated.

This is part of my quest to create more RPGs which work in PbF settings, which have a clearly defined period of play and a minimum of rolls.

Fool's Geekgold: 4d6 = (1 + 6 + 5 + 3) = 15
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7. RPG Item: Poe's Law [Average Rating:10.00 Unranked]
RPG: Poe's Law
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We're live! File here: 2016 Fools Challenge Super Deluxe Ashcan

Quote:
"Good thing you included the winky.
Otherwise people might think you are serious."
- Nathan Poe, 2005

Poe's law is an Internet adage which states
that, without a clear indicator of the
author's intent, parodies of extreme views
will be mistaken by some readers or viewers
for sincere expressions of the parodied views.
- Wikipedia
4d6 = (6 + 5 + 6 + 6) = 23
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8. RPG Item: þe Specter [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
RPG Item: þe Specter
Shawn McCarthy
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þe Specter is a deck-based storygame for two to five ghosts.

File link shortly, the queue doesn't look too deep.

4d6 = (1 + 2 + 1 + 3) = 7

Gather your candles, bacon-tallow or otherwise, and prepare to be astounded by ... þe Specter - Fool's Challenge Edition
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9. RPG: The Trick-Taker [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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trick or treat 1d6 + 1d6 + 1d6 + 1d6 = (1) + (6) + (6) + (6) = 19
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10. RPG: Abbot of Unreason [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
RPG: Abbot of Unreason
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In an effort to be really foolish, this is designed to be a competitive RPG. It also uses the same system as my entry in the d16 contest.

I wanted to roll d16 anyhow 4d6 = (1 + 6 + 3 + 2) = 12
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