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Soft Serve
02-20-2009, 12:43 PM
Wizards his paying 6 cents a word for adventures and article pitches. I'm for sure going to start submitting at least once a week, but the thing is that they only take 4E stuff now, and I don't quite yet understand it.

I managed to get my hands on a Dungeon Masters Guide but not Player handbook, so if someone would kindly point out some reference pages, or some differences I should take note on it'd be helpful.

I already know that Gnomes and Half-orcs are gone and the skills have apparently "become easier, but more useless" (thats a quote form someone I didn't say it, I don't really know. Just saying what I heard) and that now you put half your level into some stuff for skill points or soemthing like that.

So, help? :biggrin:


Here's the link to their sumission guidelines.

http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/submissions

I'll probably stick to adventures since I don't give a flying damn about Dungeon or Dragon magazine or whatever they're publishing, and it sounds much easier then writing articles.

Valdar
02-20-2009, 06:12 PM
Um, 4e is completely different. A list of what stayed the same would be shorter than one of what changed. If you want to try to get your adventures published for 4e, you'll really need to own the books and understand the system.

Or you could see what Paizo pays for 3.5 material?

agoraderek
02-21-2009, 12:21 AM
Um, 4e is completely different. A list of what stayed the same would be shorter than one of what changed. If you want to try to get your adventures published for 4e, you'll really need to own the books and understand the system.

Or you could see what Paizo pays for 3.5 material?

Right now, Paizo isn't taking unsolicited submissions. That may change in August when they release the Pathfinder RPG rules. They are, however, accepting submissions for their organized play scenarios. It's too late to get into their annual "RPG Superstar" contest (the winner gets a contract to write an adventure for the "Pathfider Modules" product line), but they do it every year.

To the OP:

I would recommend picking up all three core books (and probably the other WotC 4e releases) AND subscribing to DDI if WotC is who you want to write for. The more you know about the rules set, the better.

As far as Paizo goes, a working knowledge of their Golarion setting is a necessity if you want to write for them. Right now, all they are releasing is material for their setting. Again, after the PfRPG is released, they may take generic proposals, but Golarion is it ATM.

Hope that helped a bit.

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
02-21-2009, 12:29 AM
Well heck! That's much better than the half cent a word Robert E. Howard received for many of his stories.

Best of luck to you Soft Serve in all your endeavors. I find that motivated creative individuals put out some great work. If you want to have folks to bounce ideas off of, then i am sure you will find quite a few people here on this site that would love to ablige, myself included.

Soft Serve
02-21-2009, 11:58 AM
Actually if I could get someone who was willing to just translate 3.5E to 4.E or even just give someone what I had written and they could fill in the stats for 4E and tell me where the adventure woulden't fit together in a 4E world.

I don't really want to do this for money, I just want to get something through the first few times and once I see I can do it then maybe more serious writing for them.

As it is I want to sending them something every monday if anybody wants to help. (excluding this coming monday...lol)

Bearfoot_Adam
02-21-2009, 12:40 PM
Translating is really a lot harder then you would think, try the library they may havethe books for you.

Soft Serve
02-21-2009, 01:14 PM
My library has two floors of childrens books and 1 floor of encyclopedias...so I doubt it.


Half of whatever wotc pays will go to whoever helps me.

I forgot to mention it earlier.

Lucian-Sunaka
02-21-2009, 01:24 PM
Actually Soft Serve... with that much children's books I think your odds of finding 4E's PH there are pretty good. (Sorry for the crack at 4E to those of you in love with it, the opportunity presented itself lol)

Anyways, I wouldn't mind helping with the stories I guess.

kkriegg
02-21-2009, 05:11 PM
I have all three core books. I wouldn't mind helping out.

Soft Serve
02-22-2009, 03:34 PM
Actually Soft Serve... with that much children's books I think your odds of finding 4E's PH there are pretty good. (Sorry for the crack at 4E to those of you in love with it, the opportunity presented itself lol)

Anyways, I wouldn't mind helping with the stories I guess.


lol, that was a good one at 4E.



I have all three core books. I wouldn't mind helping out.


Alright I'mm PM you two the stuff I get and see what you can do to it. Or E-mail it or something...

Rochin
02-23-2009, 08:45 AM
So far from my experience dealing with WOTC, they take a very long time at least 60 days to respond to anything. I had put forth a good effort at the middle of last year sending in a lot of adventures and at the time short stories for 4E. Since then I have heard back on 1 of the 40 I have sent them. It asked for more information, and that was over 3 months ago. I wish you luck with that, I fashion myself as a good writer(I have my wife, a teacher go over the grammar and such) but so far they have been very quiet about everything.

I know Pizo and Fantasy Flight games were also doing the same type of thing. So you may have better luck with them.

Soft Serve
02-23-2009, 01:52 PM
Thank you too, I'll submit something weekly to all of them then which is especially easy for me since I don't...you know...have a job.

lol

Rochin
02-24-2009, 07:19 AM
Thank you too, I'll submit something weekly to all of them then which is especially easy for me since I don't...you know...have a job.

lol


That is why I was and still do send as much as I am able. I will be starting college(as an old guy) soon, so my free time will be limited. I have a few people I know that work in the business as freelance. Some times the various companies hire temp freelance for certain projects. Just keep an eye out.

Soft Serve
02-24-2009, 12:12 PM
I didn't recognize Fantasy Flights until I went to their site, they're seriously hireing freelance writers?

I coulden't find the page (maybe because I didn't register there) but what would they need writers for?

Farcaster
02-24-2009, 05:10 PM
If you are truly serious about sending in freelance submissions for 4th edition, you really need to pickup the books and learn the system. You also need to probably run some sessions using the system. It has already been correctly noted on this thread that 4th edition is a different animal and you cannot simply translate a 3e game to it without some serious though. To make a fun adventure, you need to consider how 4e works. Skill challenges and encounter traps, for instance, are something to consider in your design. Also, encounter make-ups are vastly different than they were before. A thorough understanding of 4e is going to be your best bet before you get anything published in D&Di.

Soft Serve
02-25-2009, 06:19 AM
I know, I'm not looking forward to that with my conflicting gaming schedule already. I'll guess I can use the player registry here and try to find some online 4E games to be in or spectate...

yukonhorror
02-25-2009, 10:02 AM
I have access to the books. Like people say, translation isn't easy, but it's not impossible. I am currently trying to convert the 3e return to the temple of elemental evil to 4e.

Point is, I am no good at coherent stories (so I have to borrow something that is already set up), but I have a solid understanding of the game mechanics in 3.5 and in 4e, and could convey the concept into 4e.

The major difference is combat (in my opinion). Combat is designed to have multiple creatures in each encounter.

Send me a private message, and we can discuss things in detail. As for a "cut", I don't mind doing it for the credit. Probably after a couple of weeks, you'll get the hang of it.

I heard on a podcast, they are pretty into the freelance writers.