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Enter the Dragon’s Lair Finalist: The Black Crater of Blinder’s Keep by Christopher Lockey

Dragon LairOur expert judges have conferred, and we have our five finalists for the Enter the Dragon’s Lair contest! Each day this week, we’ll post one of the finalists, and then we’ll set up a voting process so that you, our readers, can vote for your favorite entry. Today’s entry comes from Christopher Lockey—congratulations, Christopher, for being another of our finalists!

The Black Crater of Blinder’s Keep (CR 14)

Rumors surrounding a mysterious calamity at Blinder’s Keep have surfaced in the streets of Zobeck. And travelers from each corner of the Crossroads share tales of a terrible wind northwest of Runkelstad, where the forlorn Keep and its haunted hamlet have sat in ruin for generations. Something stirs in the shadows of Blinder’s Keep. And whatever it is, it spells doom for the fair folk of Midgard…

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Enter the Dragon’s Lair Finalist: Ice Bridge by Ronald Corn

Dragon LairOur expert judges have conferred, and we have our five finalists for the Enter the Dragon’s Lair contest! Each day this week, we’ll post one of the finalists, and then we’ll set up a voting process so that you, our readers, can vote for your favorite entry. Today’s entry comes from Ronald Corn—congratulations, Ronald, for gaining one of the coveted finalist positions!

Ice Bridge Encounter


After a grueling climb, you finally reach the summit of the icy southern peak. Staring out across a great expanse, you can barely make out a cave mouth carved into the side of the next rise. Unfortunately there is only one way to reach the next peak or the cave mouth; by a long bridge made of ice.

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Enter the Dragon’s Lair: An Encounter Contest

Dragon LairIn honor of one of the deadliest of beasties in fantasy roleplaying games, which we like to call dragons, we wanted to give you all a chance to join in on the draconic fun!

Using rules for the Pathfinder RPG or 13th Age RPG, design a Midgard encounter with a dragon of any kind in its lair and send it to us for judging. The maximum length for entries is 1,500 words, and entries must be submitted on or before July 11, 2014, to be eligible. You’ll find the full details in the rules below.

A panel of judges will pick out five finalists to post on the Kobold Press website. Then we’ll ask the public to vote on the entry they think should win the grand prize!

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Ley Lines Contest Winner: “A Place Without Time”

Morgan le Fay by Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys (1864)The public voting has closed, and we have contacted the winner! Congratulations go to David Amburgey for his winning entry “A Place Without Time.”

Thanks, everyone, for making a submission, judging, and voting in this contest. We all had a great time with it, and we hope you have enjoyed the results. Stay tuned for the next contest Kobold Press pulls together—it might just be up your alley.

If you haven’t yet read the six finalists for the Ley Lines fiction contest, you can do so by clicking on the links below.

“A Place Without Time” by David Amburgey
“The Apple Thief” by Maggie Hoyt
“A Done Deal, a Final Act, and a Parting” by Chris Lozaga
“Lantern Festival” by Jeff Quick
“Five Finger Discount” by Stephen Rowe
"Ice Maiden's Heart" by Troy E. Taylor

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Ley Lines Contest Voting Now Open

Now that you have all six of the entries for the Ley Lines contest, it’s time to vote for your favorite entry. Just pick one of the entries below when you see our poll go live! If you haven’t yet read all the entries, you can visit the handy links below.

Which Ley Lines finalist fiction entry did you most enjoy?

  • “A Place Without Time” by David Amburgey (38%, 87 Votes)
  • “The Apple Thief” by Maggie Hoyt (27%, 63 Votes)
  • “Five Finger Discount” by Stephen Rowe (13%, 31 Votes)
  • “Lantern Festival” by Jeff Quick (9%, 20 Votes)
  • “Ice Maiden’s Heart” by Troy E. Taylor (7%, 16 Votes)
  • “A Done Deal, a Final Act, and a Parting” by Chris Lozaga (6%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 232

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Thanks for voting!

“A Place Without Time” by David Amburgey
“The Apple Thief” by Maggie Hoyt
“A Done Deal, a Final Act, and a Parting” by Chris Lozaga
“Lantern Festival” by Jeff Quick
“Five Finger Discount” by Stephen Rowe
"Ice Maiden's Heart" by Troy E. Taylor

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