#NameThatOrc Contest

You’ve encountered her once or twice. You may recognize her face. But you can’t quite put a name to it.
Black and white illustration of a blind orc sorceress and her bat familiar. Illustration by Thomas Carter.
 
That’s because she doesn’t have one. Yet.
Here’s where you come in.
Now that the Accessible Gaming Quarterly Kickstarter campaign has passed the 50% threshold, you’ve unlocked a contest to give a name and back story to our beautiful orc sorceress.

The Contest

From now until the end of the campaign on February 25th, we’ll be accepting submissions from our backers. All you have to do is:
  • Come up with a name for the orc sorceress pictured above (or see the text description, below).

 

  • Write a brief back story for her. Somewhere between one paragraph and one page is perfect.
  • Optionally, include a stat block for your favorite RPG system. It could be Fudge, D&D, Pathfinder, Dungeon World, Pip System, Power Outage, Role Master, Hack Master, the OSR system of your choice, or any other system that sings to you.
  • Post a link to your submission on social media. Use #ZineQuest and #NameThatOrc.
  • Your submission can be in a Google Doc, Office Online doc, a blog post, a Facebook post, etc. As long as you can create a link to the submission that is publicly available, it’s all good.
You can tag @AccessibleGames on Twitter or do whatever it is on Facebook that people do to get someone else’s attention. If nothing else, post a comment to this Kickstarter update with a link as well so you can make certain I see it.
After the campaign ends, I’ll consider all the submissions and choose a few I think are great. Then I’ll create a poll for backers to vote for their favorite.
The winner gets to have their own character illustrated and included in an issue of Accessible Gaming Quarterly. If there’s enough demand, I reserve the right to include multiple characters across multiple issues.
There is no monetary value for this reward. You can’t sell your rights to it or trade it for cash.
Finally, anyone is welcome to participate but only backers are eligible to win. If you’re not a backer but just want to have fun, we’re still happy to see your ideas.
I can’t wait to see everyone’s creativity. Remember though, this contest is only running for about a week so you don’t have much time. Tip: if you’re short on time, just post a name and a short back story, then come back later to fill in the stat block if time permits.

Description of the Illustration

In case you, like me, are not able to see the illustration, here’s a longer description from the artist.
A woman with a strong build and orcish features, though she still looks feminine and attractive. Her stance is wide footed and sturdy, projecting a confident look. To the left of her head is her flying bat familiar. She is holding a white cane in her right hand, and a glowing spell orb is floating above her left hand. She is wearing light, practical clothing, suitable for a range of weather and temperatures. A dagger at her belt indicates she is prepared for danger, and not to be taken lightly. Her hair and cloak are billowing in the breeze slightly. Her eyes are unfocused and her corneas are clouded over, indicating she may have corneal blindness. She is barefoot, so she can better feel the ground beneath her feet, allowing her to feel vibrations easier, and know the type of floor she is walking on.
 

About Jacob Wood

Jacob founded Accessible Games because he wants to spread the joy of gaming to everyone, including people with disabilities. He is visually impaired and knows what it's like to need to adapt, and he brings two decades of gaming experience to the table.
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