View Full Version : The Screen Name Tavern Contest! Entry Thread

Gorbash Kazdar
2006-02-12, 03:55 PM
We all know that the best adventures always include at least one trip to the local tavern - be it the Prancing Pony or the Mos Eisley Cantina - and countless epic campaigns have gotten their start over a mug of ale. In this contest, you get a chance to design your own tavern wherein many a great adventure can begin.

The trick is, the tavern's name and theme have to be based off your screenname.

The rules are as follows:

1) Even though it's called the tavern context, you can actually design any place where adventurers adventurers congregate to form parties and plan adventures. You can even design an event, like a fair. The only requirements are that the location/event be open to the public (and especially adventurers, which means it has to accept a rather varied clientle), and, if it's an event, it occurs on at least 7 days every year. Note that this doesn't mean it has to be easy to get to - the tavern could very well be on another plane of existance!

1a) You can make a tavern for a fantasy setting or for a science fiction setting. Since certain stats may be required, use the D&D and d20 Modern/Future SRDs in order to determine these. Avoid using any trademarked or copyrighted properties - ie. you can't make a Star Trek specific bar, nor one for ShadowRun, Firefly, Wheel of Time, or Lord of the Rings. If at all possible, do not make a bar that is specific to one D&D setting either.

2) The name of the tavern must be based upon your screen name. If your screen name includes numbers, articles (the, a, etc.) or pucntuation (!, _), you may omit these. If your screen name consists of two words (eg. a noun described by an adjective, or a full name), you may omit one of these words (preferably the adjective in the case of the first example). You may add as many other words to the title as you wish, and you may rearrange the words (but not letters) in your screen name as well (this includes splitting compound words).

3) The theme and design of the tavern should relate in some way to your screenname, but how is up to you. If your screen name is based on an old PC, feel free to base the tavern on him or her.

4) Each entry must include the following:
Box text for the tavern - ie. what a DM would read the first time a party enters.
Physical description of the inside and outside of the bar, specifically any notable features. Maps are nice, but not required.
Additional background & history (in particular, include DCs for Knowledge (local) - and/or other appropriate Knowledges - and Gather Information checks to find out information about the tavern)
A brief description of the proprietor (or at least one major NPC the party encounters), including a brief physical description, class levels, and maybe some relevant stats. This does not need to be (and probably shouldn't be) a full NPC write up.
At least one plot hook related to the tavern in some way.
A signature item. For an actual tavern, this is simple - just come up with a speciality drink or food item. Preferably non-magical; this should at most be a sort of keepsake or momento.
5) Each new entry should have a thread started on the contests board with [TAVERN] at the start of the title.

6) When your entry is complete - and not before! - post a link to it in this thread.

7) Follow the contest guidelines (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11247707 71).

8) The contest starts as soon as this thread is posted, February 12th, and entries will be locked and final on March 14th at 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (5:00 PM UTC/GMT).

9) Have fun and good luck!

Judging Categories
Best Articulation of the Screen Name Theme
"Wish I was There" (award for the tavern you'd msot like to visit yourself)
Best Signature Item
Best Adventure Hooks
Best Fantasy
Best Science Fiction
Best Overall
Gorby's Seal of Approval (Website Staff Award)
If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

1) Since I've already allowed you to only use only a single word from your screenname, you must use the entirety of that word. You can use a variation on it only if it only adds on new letters at the beginning or the end.

Example: If your screenname contains "Joke," Jokes, Joker, or Joked would all be fine. However, if your screenname contained "Angry," Angered would not work.

2) You may change numbers from their numeral to the written word or vice versa (three to 3). This may also be done with a phonetically spelled letter (Tee to T). This cannot be the only word you use in naming your entry, however, and you may only do this if the number or letter is a seperate word from the others in your screenname. This is an exception to #1.

Example: If you screenname includes "1138," you can change it to One-thousand One-hundred Thirty-eight (or the same number in another language). If you screenname includes Four, you can change it to 4 (or IV).

Note: If your screenname consists entirely of numbers and individual letters (THX1138, for example), you have to use the entirety of the screenname in order to meet the requirements.

3) If you change your screenname for some reason, and this change would invalidate your entry, you must change your screenname back by the end date of the contest and keep it that way until voting is complete. If I detemine that you have changed your screenname just to make it easier to enter this contest, I will disqualify your entry.

Example: Say your screen-name is "The Blue Clad One." Under the rules, you could name your entry "The Blue Rat." If you change your screen-name to "The Pink Clad One" for Valentine's Day, you must change it back to include "Blue" before the end date (and you can't change it to "The Green Clad One" for St. Patrick's Day unless voting is finished by then).

I have recieved a few questions in regards to whether or not it's okay to use a name for your entry that is similar to or related to your screenname. This is not allowed. You must meet the requirements as explained above. For example, if your screenname is "Hairy," you can't use "Furry."

14 February - Added rules 1a to allow Science Fiction based entries and to clarify other issues. Modified Awards (removed Most Original and Most Likely to Be Used in a Campaign as other categories essentially covered these; added Best Fantasy and Best SciFi).

14 February - Added additional specifications in regards to questions about how to meet the screenname requirement.

2006-02-12, 10:21 PM
Entry The Sneaky Tavern Inn (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11397844 97) is done, but is open to suggestions/edits/tweaks/etc.

2006-02-13, 02:32 AM
http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11398123 10;start=0#0

Mr. Jongluer's Smile is complete.

2006-02-13, 06:24 AM
http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11398253 60

Ilover's Fortnight is open to suggestions and remarks, but is mostly done.

2006-02-13, 06:35 PM
Open to suggestions, my first attempt at one of the contests is at http://www.GiantITP.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11398700 28;start=0

2006-02-14, 05:13 PM
http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11397863 48;start=0#5

The humanoid feast of Carrion is some-what done, might make some changes

2006-02-14, 08:09 PM
The Loch Daelin Potato Festival (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11399616 94) is done and ready for commentary. I may expand the description later, but that'll do for now.

EDIT: Description expanded, entry complete.

White Blade
2006-02-16, 08:42 PM
The White Blade Inn
Done. I might add more later but all the required stuff is there.

2006-02-16, 09:05 PM
http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11399860 19
Nolfar's End is finished. Have fun in it.

2006-02-20, 02:09 PM
Wukei's Kicking the Dead Horse Tavern (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11397749 08) is done except for maybe a little more history (maybe) and a couple of maps.

2006-02-22, 02:32 AM
Beelzebub the Fourth's Tavern of Hell (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11405895 10;start=0#0) is complete, but I may tweek and/or add a map later

EDIT: Changed the title slightly

2006-02-22, 07:36 PM
Renloth (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11405690 04) - The Inn of the Dragon is finished and open for criticism.
That should be it, barring a map or posting.

2006-02-23, 03:12 AM
Well, I'm going to declare St. Fhaolan's Rest (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11399364 24) effectively done.
It's kinda boring compared to everyone elses, it seems, but ah well, it's my first entry.

2006-02-23, 03:51 AM
Lysander's Center: The Inn In the Library is posted and currently serving a delicious continental breakfast.

http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11406479 72

2006-02-23, 11:23 PM
After way too long spent figuring things out, the Wolf and Ravyn is open for comment: http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11397845 58;start=0#2

Comments are encouraged; after all, this is my first time, and I'll be the first to admit I need all the help I can get. Stop in. Have fun. Leave questions. Enjoy!

2006-02-28, 09:49 PM
Vignirsson's Tavern (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11400403 73) is ready to go, though I couldn't get the maps to look decent. Hopefully everyone will enjoy and good luck to all!

The Glyphstone
2006-03-01, 07:02 PM
The Gate to the Glyphstone (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11398783 26;start=0#12) is Complete, maps and all. And other cool pics.

2006-03-05, 06:00 AM
The Deep Blue Sea (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11415522 38) has opened both its sea and city doors.

2006-03-05, 06:00 PM
theShakester inn (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11415821 51) is open for business!!!

2006-03-07, 04:49 PM
This is my 'tavern' entry.

The Blue Bathss of the Wizard:

http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11417644 24;start=0#0

2006-03-09, 01:10 AM
Mephibosheth's Mess Hall (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11410929 84) is ready and open for business. Pravi is currently telling an engaging story about the adventures of an intelligent cat that apprenticed itself to a local witch, and the Mess Hall is currently having a special on Curative Curry. That's right, its even more free than the rest of their food!

As always, I welcome any suggestions. I can't promise I won't tweak it any more, but it's probably as close to done as it will get.

Hope you like it!



2006-03-09, 01:52 AM
The Elvaris Lives (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11400636 94) Hotel, Resort, and Casino is open for business. Check your coat, find your seat, and enjoy the show.

2006-03-10, 01:12 PM
The Quincunx Mission (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11420103 31)

Originally intended as a benevolent place, with certain redemption, it became a work of hubris and a warning to other high-level adventuring parties.

The Vorpal Tribble
2006-03-10, 03:35 PM
Vorpal's Gaping Maw (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11414983 20)
The winds blow cold, and the rain freezes as it falls. Come take a respite from your chill journey and find animal comforts of food, warmth, and good companions with many a tale to tell. And if you stay awhile, you may just find yourself in the midst of an adventure of epic scope...

(Critiques and comments welcome)

2006-03-10, 10:46 PM
Haarculaneaum's Volcanic Magic Inn is open for business and imbibing! Be sure to bring your gold and your saving throws!

http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11420222 69

Oh yes, and please feel free to comment. Just don't anger the 15th level Gestalt Sorcerer-Wizard. He gets 8 Fingers of Death a day and he can sell your body to the Necromancer down the street for a nice profit.

(edited to add that last part)

2006-03-12, 07:59 PM
The Serpents Sky Tavern and messengers Guild (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11410210 39;start=0#0) has had a few renovations, second level, and less annoyingly large maps have been added. As well as some more character development for the NPCs...

2006-03-13, 05:00 AM
Sucros's Rest is open for business. Get yourself a mug of ale and get reaquainted with your old adventuring buddies

http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11422393 51

2006-03-14, 04:58 AM
The Armoured Owlbear (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11411837 22) is now open to all comers - consult the menu, your waitron will be with you momentarily...

2006-03-14, 02:56 PM
The Fox Tail Lounge (http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=Contests;action=display;num=11400307 15;start=0#5) pretty much done. I may add a few pictures, but I didn't want to miss the deadline.

Thanks, and good luck to everyone!