Writer Guidelines for DR: Oregon

aged photo DR:ORIf you’re interested in becoming a paid writer for Dystopia Rising: Oregon, please read through the information below and then submit a sample module writing piece to dystopiarising.oregon@gmail.com.

The sample module should include how many and what sort of NPCs you need, and should also include a summary of the module. If you wish to see a sample module before writing your own sample, please contact the same email.

Writers are expected to make deadlines. You can be the best writer in the world and if you don’t make deadline, then we can’t use your materials. Writers who are late with their materials will not be re-hired in the future.

Writers should focus on the “feel” of the Rust Coast, and Deadmist Valley. If you’re interested in writing for Dystopia Rising: Oregon, please take a look at the Scraps of the Rust Empire source book or learn about the Rust Coast region of the world. We focus heavily on Slavery and Lawlessness as general themes, push to explore the effect of the Red Star as a dominant NPC strain, and try to challenge the players with choices between safety and success.  Critter and Strain threats often dominate.  Main zed for the region include Face Biters, Iron Corpses, and Brain Sieves. Main raiders include Berserker, Heavy, and Pit Stop raiders.

Writers should consider the season when writing modules. Please consider that when it’s hot in the summer, players want to be outside or in the water. When it’s winter, players prefer more active mods with little waiting time and more upbeat themes. When it’s spring, focus on getting outside after winter and going on adventure-type modules. When it’s fall, focus on combat preparation themes.

Writers should focus on horror at Dystopia Rising: Oregon. Writing horror-inspired modules is key at Dystopia Rising: Oregon. If you need help with the horror genre, take a look at a few horror movies and think of how it would be best to incorporate it into a modules.

Writers can submit several-month arcs. If you’re interested in created an arc that spans over several months, then please submit the general outline of your idea to dystopiarising.oregon@gmail.com. While single-shot modules are acceptable, writers that have ideas of groups, modules, and scenarios that go across several months will be re-hired for work.

aged photo DR:ORWriters CANNOT submit multiple-chapter story arcs without telling us that this is occurring and talking with other local directors. If you wish to create a cross-branch story, you MUST inform us ahead of time before writing. Any failure to do so will mean that you will not be contracted again.

Writers should write modules so that anyone can run them. Each module should be written in such a fashion that an ops marshal or rules marshal can look at the module and then be able to run it during game, assigning NPC roles, setting up the module site, etc.

We are always looking for new writers, so don’t hesitate to contact dystopiarising.oregon@gmail.com if interested.