If you’ve never heard about 200 Words RPG, it’s a contest set up by David Schirduan for a complete, self-contained game that only takes 200 words. It’s been running for a few years and provides an excellent opportunity to begin an adventure with RPG design, as the task is small enough to be achievable by most who put their mind to it, the process teaches clarity in writing and simplicity in design. Networking and commenting on other people’s designs is part of the contest and every year it gets bigger – so if you fancy a foray into the world of indie RPGs, check it out.
I’ve participated last year with a game I’m not exactly proud of any more, so I thought I wouldn’t participate this year. However, on a longer than usual drive home I had an idea that I thought was good enough to be submitted. Initial draft took only 150 words so I had room for improvement. While the theme of starvation with hints of cannibalism is not exactly what I consider fun, I think the game is interesting enough to linger around the nets, even if no one would play it. Feel free to check it out on my website or directly on the contest website.