Ultimate Game Master Challenge

What’s Happening?  Ultimate Game Master Challenge (UGMC).  It is a challenge presented for those who think they deserve the title of the Ultimate Game Master.  This is the inaugural season and it was chosen to be held for 5ed D&D System in the Legacy of Mana setting.

Who can play? 16 contestants (GMs) will be chosen to compete in 4 qualifiers. (4 GMs per Qualifier). The winner of each Qualifier will move on to the Championship round to be held at SkyCon 2018, Sunday the 14th.

What is this? Each Qualifier will have a scenario to present with 3 elements that must be presented within the scenario. The GM is encouraged to use their creativity in any way (within the confines of the challenge) to incorporate these elements. GMs will have 1 hour to prepare their scenario and decide on the character’s they’re going to use or offer for use from their stable. They will then have 90 minutes to run their scenario.  Then the players will judge the GM on their skill and talent for running.  There are 4 rounds. The GM will run the same scenario of a total of 4 parties. (20 players) throughout the competition.

GMs are responsible for bringing their own dice and stable of pre-generated characters. Pens, pencils, and scratch paper will be provided. All GMs will be given a free PDF copy of the Legacy of Mana setting, and a commemorative GM Screen.  GMs may bring their own accessories (miniatures, matts, maps, dice towers, tokens, etc.)

Who will Judge? There will be 20 judges in each qualifier. They will be assigned to a party of 5 players. There are 4 rounds to judge.  The judges are encouraged to bring their own dice, but an ultimate GM should be well prepared. They will receive a score card for each GM which will be sealed and held-on to until the judging talley.

Judges will judge the GMs on their creativity, use of the elements, and execution of the scenario. How the rules are used and how the GM handles any conflict.

What are we playing for? Well, first and foremost the Title of Ultimate Game Master.  Each qualifier will have prizes for the GMs to win (prizes TBD and will vary based on entry fees and sponsorships). Each winner of the qualifier will play in the final round to be held at SkyCon 2018 October 14th.  There will be 4 guest judges and 16 judges chosen by raffle for the event.  The final scenario will be revealed and the 3 elements.  GMs will be given the information the evening before but must come prepared to run their scenario for 4, 1-hour rounds. There will be a grand prize and a trophy to the winner.

Where and when are these qualifiers and final round happening?  The first qualifier will be held Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 at the Watchtower Restaurant in Waterloo.  The second qualifier will be held Sunday July 8th, 2018 at the Round Table in Guelph. The third qualifier will be held July 22, 2018 at the Watchtower Restaurant in Waterloo. The fourth qualifier will be held Sunday September 30th, 2018 at the Round Table in Guelph.  The Final Round will be held on Sunday October 14th at SkyCon 2018 at the Holiday Inn on Fairview in Kitchener, ON.

How can I apply to be a GM?  GMs must be 18+. Must be a Canadian Resident. Please send a 2 min video tell us who you are, where you’re from, a brief gaming history (RPG) and why you want to win.  The Contestants will be chosen and contacted with their assigned date for qualifier.  You may request a date, but there’s no promise that the date requested will be available. We will do our best.  If you cannot attend the date assigned and there are no other dates available or that work mutually then we will move on to another contestant. There will be a $25-dollar entry for each contestant chosen which will go towards prizes.

How can I be a player/judge? Players/Judge must be 18+. We will set up a small application process and you will be contacted for the seat.

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