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Seize the Crown! Become King of the Monsters

King of the Monsters logoJust half a year ago, you witnessed the crowning of Kobold Quarterly’s first ever King of the Monsters: the spark and its designer Adam Daigle took on all comers and stood victorious. However, Monster Island is a dangerous place, and its rulers never last long…

Behold the King of the Monsters Contest, the greatest and most glorious contest ever! Welcome to Kobold Quarterly’s second semiannual tournament of monster design where you, the fans, test your skills by designing amazing monsters that are evaluated by a panel of industry professionals and by the fans themselves, all for fame and prizes! It’s easy to enter the arena: you simply design a monster and submit it in.

Here’s how it works: To enter the contest, your monster submission MUST

  • Be sent to the King of the Monsters Contest—that is, to kotm2(at)koboldquarterly(dot)com—no later than Friday, August 13th, by noon PST. (That’s only 3-1/2 weeks from now! It’s a little longer than last time, but we wanted to give Gen Con goers a little extra time.)
  • Be submitted as a doc, docx, or rtf attachment.
  • Read KotM2 Submission [insert monster name] in the email’s subject line. Your full name and contact information should be in the body of the email (not in your attachment).
  • Be designed for Pathfinder Roleplaying Game/3rd Edition D&D or for 4th Edition D&D.
  • Be 800 words or less and contain 1 full statblock (no more, no less) and the appropriate flavor text and lore to flesh out your creation. (You should look to previously published Monday Monsters for insight about format and content. The splicer beast and Xaldraxis are good examples.)

We are looking for monsters of all kinds and all levels. Even a CR 1/4 Small reptilian humanoid can rise to be king!

All submissions that meet the criteria will be entered in the contest and be judged by us, the Kobolds, and our guest judges on originality, effective writing and design, and “fun.” The 10 best monsters will be published here on koboldquarterly.com and be voted on by the public. Of those 10 monsters, the one with the winning votes will be crowned King of the Monsters in September 2010.

So who’s judging? You already know the first two judges, Kobold Quarterly’s very own Wolfgang Baur and Scott Gable. And as a gesture of good will from the seated champion to his replacement, none other than Adam Daigle!

Adam Daigle bore the weight of the King of Monsters crown for half a year. However crowns are destined to move from one head to another, so he must bid it goodbye that it might rest upon the deserving pate of a new crafter of critters. Adam’s delight in designing monsters fueled the creation of a race of fiends called divs for the Pathfinder Adventure Path Legacy of Fire and dozens of other fantastic creatures for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary and Bestiary II.

But who else, you ask? Celebrity judges, you say? Why, none other than Jason Bulmahn and Logan Bonner.

Jason Bulmahn is the Lead Designer of Paizo Publishing, LLC. After having coordinated Living Greyhawk, the world’s largest D&D organized play campaign for the RPGA, Bulmahn joined Paizo Publishing as the Managing Editor of Dragon magazine in 2004. Since then, Jason has published dozens of articles and adventures in Dragon and Dungeon magazines. His RPG design credits include Dungeonscape, Elder Evils, Expedition to the Ruins of Greyhawk, Pathfinder Chronicles Gazetteer, Secrets of Xen’drik, and the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. His work has earned an Origins Award and nine ENnie Awards.

Logan Bonner lives on the pain his creations foster. As a designer (and occasionally a developer and editor) at Wizards of the Coast, Logan Bonner created classes, monsters, and adventures for products ranging from Player’s Handbook 2 to Monster Vault to The Slaying Stone. Now, he’s a design mercenary, navigating the twisting alliances and precarious back-room politics of the game industry.

Prizes for the King
As the king, the winning monster will have its portrait commissioned and be published in Kobold Quarterly #15 (Fall Edition). In addition, its designer will receive a free print and PDF copy of their choice of the Zobeck Gazetteers. It’s good to be the king.

Additional Rules
1. The contest is open to all.
2. One entry per person. The entry must be your own work, which has not been published previously, is not being considered for publication by any other publisher, and is original and does not infringe upon any copyrighted material.
2. All entries become property of Open Design.
4. By entering this contest, you authorize the use of your name and likeness without additional compensation for promotion and advertising purposes in all media.
5. This contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws where applicable.
6. Open Design reserves the right to withdraw or terminate this contest at any time without prior notice.
7. All decisions of Open Design and the contest judges are final.

22 Replies to "Seize the Crown! Become King of the Monsters"


July 21, 2010 at 1:43pm

I look forward to reading everyone’s entries. Let’s see who becomes the next King!

Kobold Quarterly

July 21, 2010 at 3:12pm

I cannot wait to see the entries. There’s always a ton of talent in these!

Black Fang

July 21, 2010 at 4:43pm

I wonder if I should try again. What does everyone think?


July 21, 2010 at 5:44pm

Why wouldn’t you?


July 22, 2010 at 7:22am

LOL! While reading that I thought it said Spicerbeast!

Now THAT would be awful!


July 22, 2010 at 7:23am

I might just enter the beast my party destroyed last night. That was a fun combat!

Kobold Quarterly

July 22, 2010 at 10:32am

Carborundum, you totally should! Any beast that chews through a party is a good time.


July 22, 2010 at 11:54am

I instantly had an idea for this, and proceeded to spend six of the last 14 hours refining the stats, polishing the background info, and making statements more concise (while flirting with the 800 word mark).

ENTRY SUBMITTED! Now I can move on with my life.

Matthew Stinson

July 23, 2010 at 4:59pm

Timeto role up the sleeves and get to work killing people.


July 23, 2010 at 6:04pm

Good luck to all. Unsolicited advice from someone who made the cut last time and has had some freelance success:

1)Good writing is rewriting. Get a draft done and revisit it with fresh eyes and a fresh mind every day for the next few weeks. Even with just a few weeks, you will improve your piece immeasurably by doing this.

2)Don’t make it (too) weird, don’t have too many flashing and moving parts. With monsters many of us seem to have this temptation, but consider some classic monsters: Dragons-they’re big lizards. Giants-they’re big guys.
Very simple ideas, but have been around forever and still captivate the imagination. Even if you have a great idea, if you bury it under layers of bizarreness it will look as if you art trying to compensate for poor quality. If your theme and design are good, you don’t need to weird your audience into next week to be effective.


Dean Siemsen

July 25, 2010 at 12:48pm

Well, I gave it a go last time, I think I’ll polish up and dust off a critter that I would have entered in last year’s RPG Superstar (if I had made it that far that is). :)

Dean Siemsen (a.k.a. The_Minstrel_Wyrm) on Paizo’s Message-Boards

And good luck everyone!

Death Dragon

July 25, 2010 at 11:13pm

can i send two monsters?

Scott Gable

July 26, 2010 at 10:02am

One entry per person, and no more than one statblock per entry.


July 28, 2010 at 12:49pm

I sent in a submission. Hope I got the address right. :) The link for the email wouldn’t work for me – kept sending me to google to set up a g-mail account.

Scott Gable

July 28, 2010 at 1:16pm

There seems to be an automatic redirect to gmail, so if you have a gmail account, it will open that instead of a desktop client. (If you don’t have a gmail account, it will prompt you to create one.) Not sure what’s making the redirect happen.

For those of you that don’t have a gmail account (and don’t want one), the email address to send entries to is kotm2(at)koboldquarterly(dot)com.

And, yes, got yours Wicht. :)


July 28, 2010 at 1:34pm

Thanks Scott.

David Posener

July 28, 2010 at 5:27pm

OK, I’m in for a second swing at it…


August 2, 2010 at 5:30pm

So I sent in a submission but havent received any confirmation that it was received?

Scott Gable

August 2, 2010 at 10:38pm

There’s no formal confirmation process, Jim. Yours is in. :)


August 3, 2010 at 7:12am

ok thanks