WRITER GUIDELINES

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If you're interested in becoming a paid writer for Dystopia Rising: New York, please read through the information below and then submit a sample module writing piece to drnystoryteller@gmail.com.

The sample module should include how many and what sort of NPCs you need (non-player characters, or your actors), and should also include a summary of the module. If you wish to see a sample module before writing your own sample, please contact the same email.

Writers are expected to make deadlines. You can be the best writer in the world and if you don't make deadline, then we can't use your materials. Writers who are late with their materials will not be re-hired in the future.

Writers should focus on the "feel" of Requiem. If you're interested in writing for Dystopia Rising: New York, please take a look at Dystopia Rising LARP Survival Guide 2.0 for information about the world setting. Dystopia Rising: New York also draws heavily from influences found in Overgrowth Of The Undying and Diaries Of The Rum Coast though some specific location details are not used. Raiders, such as Warpath and Omni's are prevalent. Zombie's, including Blessed Dead, Hates and Ascended Devours are more common. Much of the threat also includes dissident factions found in the local Families. An in depth understanding of the local flavor surrounding the factions is a must.  

Writers should consider the season when writing modules. Because Dystopia Rising: New York is located in an area that becomes extremely cold in the winter, we ask for submissions that fit the season they're being written for. Please consider that when it's hot in the summer, players want to be outside. When it's winter, players prefer internal mods and more upbeat modules. When it's spring, focus on getting outside after winter and going on adventure-type modules. When it's autumn, focus on combat and heavy torture themes.

Writers should focus on horror at Dystopia Rising: New York. Writing horror-inspired modules is key at Dystopia Rising: New York. If you need help with the horror genre, take a look at a few horror movies and read a few horror stories or novels. Think of how it would be best to incorporate these into modules.

Writers can submit several-month arcs. If you're interested in created an arc that spans over several months, then please submit the general outline of your idea to drnystoryteller@gmail.com. While single-shot modules are acceptable, writers that have ideas of groups, modules, and scenarios that go across several months will be re-hired for work. 

Writers CANNOT submit multiple-chapter story arcs without telling us that this is occurring and talking with other local directors. If you wish to create a cross-branch story, you MUST inform us ahead of time before writing. Any failure to do so will mean that you will not be contracted again.

Writers should write modules so that anyone can run them. Each module should be written in such a fashion that an ops marshal or rules marshal can look at the module and then be able to run it during game, assigning NPC roles, setting up the module site, etc.

We are always looking for new writers, so don't hesitate to contact drnystoryteller@gmail.com if interested.