Writer Guidelines

 If you're interested in becoming a paid writer for Dystopia Rising: Florida, please read through the information below and then submit a sample module writing piece to dystopia.florida@gmail.com.  The sample module should include how many and what sort of NPCs you need (non-player characters, or your actors), and should also include a summary of the module, along with a name to identify it and the time frame you expect it to run.   Not every applicant's work will be accepted.  A number of interested candidates may be familiar with storytelling or module writing, however it requires a particular skill and familiarity with the material to be hired on for this position.   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 Gatorland.  If you're interested in writing for Dystopia Rising: Florida, please take a look at the  Diaries of the Rum Coast  source book or learn about the Rum Coast region of the world. We focus heavily on the struggle to survive in the harsh swamp lands as well as the conflict created by being a buffer between the Rat Trap and the world beyond.   Writers should consider the season when writing modules.  Because Dystopia Rising:Florida is located in an area that becomes extremely hot from the late Spring until the early Autumn, we ask for submissions that fit the season they're being written for. Please consider that in the summer, players will have to deal with the high temperatures, harsh sun, and the safety issues that come from heat exhaustion. Heavy combat is best kept after dark when it's cooler. Modules involving hydration, as well as things that are low activity or indoors are preferred during daylight hours. When it's spring, autumn, and winter, players prefer to take advantage of the cooler temperatures to spend more time outside and really pull out all the stops on their costuming.   Writers should focus on horror at Dystopia Rising: Florida.  Writing horror-inspired modules is key at Dystopia Rising:Florida. 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 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 dystopia.florida@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.    Writers 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 dystopia.florida@gmail.com if interested.

If you're interested in becoming a paid writer for Dystopia Rising: Florida, please read through the information below and then submit a sample module writing piece to dystopia.florida@gmail.com.

The sample module should include how many and what sort of NPCs you need (non-player characters, or your actors), and should also include a summary of the module, along with a name to identify it and the time frame you expect it to run.

Not every applicant's work will be accepted. A number of interested candidates may be familiar with storytelling or module writing, however it requires a particular skill and familiarity with the material to be hired on for this position.

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 Gatorland. If you're interested in writing for Dystopia Rising: Florida, please take a look at the Diaries of the Rum Coast source book or learn about the Rum Coast region of the world. We focus heavily on the struggle to survive in the harsh swamp lands as well as the conflict created by being a buffer between the Rat Trap and the world beyond.

Writers should consider the season when writing modules. Because Dystopia Rising:Florida is located in an area that becomes extremely hot from the late Spring until the early Autumn, we ask for submissions that fit the season they're being written for. Please consider that in the summer, players will have to deal with the high temperatures, harsh sun, and the safety issues that come from heat exhaustion. Heavy combat is best kept after dark when it's cooler. Modules involving hydration, as well as things that are low activity or indoors are preferred during daylight hours. When it's spring, autumn, and winter, players prefer to take advantage of the cooler temperatures to spend more time outside and really pull out all the stops on their costuming.

Writers should focus on horror at Dystopia Rising: Florida. Writing horror-inspired modules is key at Dystopia Rising:Florida. 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 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 dystopia.florida@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. 

Writers 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 dystopia.florida@gmail.com if interested.