OFFICIAL Canonfire Postfest 2004: Mysterious Places



Feb 16, 2004 15:31:41
Get those creative juices flowing, it's time for Canonfire Postfest 2004!

What is a postfest?

Well, its a contest where the content generated is its own reward. These were invented on the TSR/AOL forum when Greyhawk was still a cancelled world and we used to do these on mailing lists as well, but they are infinitely better suited to a website. For the postfest, we set a Greyhawk topic for everyone to write a certain date. Everyone (and anyone) who is willing and able to write about the topic, comes up with their entry and we all submit them by the deadline... when they are all subsequently published and shared on the website for all to enjoy.

Canonfire! Postfest 2004

Topic: Mysterious Places

A Mysterious Place of the Flanaess! Write-up a locale that may make a great expedition for adventures Oerth-wide. Or perhaps shed some light on a long kept secret of some mysterious location. It can be something of your own creation or something out of any number of Greyhawk products that has never been detailed or explored in any depth before!

Requirement: Greyhawk Related 1-3 page article (750-2500 words) Artwork and Map inserts are very welcome!

Deadline: April 1st, 2004

*Prize: May include 1 year subscription to Dungeon Magazine, an out-of-print module, or some other Greyhawkian swag.

Format: All entries will be published on April 8th and voting will close on April 18 with a winner being announced on April 19th.

*Prizes vary as to make sure the winner is not awarded something he or she may already have.

How to submit your Postfest Article

1. Visit the Canonfire homepage at
2. Create an account or log in if you already have one.
3. Click "Submit an Article" link: top of the page, below the banner.
4. Submit your article! Be sure to include "POSTFEST" IN the title!
5. email any extra info, artwork, or requests to [email][/email]

Voting on an Article

A thread dedicated to Canonfire! Postfest votes at the Canonfire! forums located at the link below will be available on April 8th when the Postfest articles are published.

Within, you are encouraged to vote for your Top 3 favorite articles and votes will be tallied there. Only registered user's votes will count in the tally to ensure no one is voting for their favorite articles more than once. If you are experiencing technical difficulties with the forums you may also email your votes to [email][/email] and they will still be counted in the final tally. Be sure to indicate your Canonfire sign-in name in the email.

Note: You may exempt your article from the Canonfire! Postfest 2004 tally and prize by including the request at the top of your article submission. You're submission will still be published with the other Postfest entries, but will be ineligible for votes.

Lack of Inspiration? Not sure what a Mysterious Place is?

Don't sweat it! Grodog has done some homework for you. Simply follow the link below and a plethora of ideas will be at your disposal!

Need more to fill your Mysterious Places weaponrack? Download this Greyhawk Adventures file!

If you have any further questions concerning the Canonfire Postfest 2004 please direct them to [email][/email]

Thank You and we look forward to your Greyhawk: Mysterious Places submission!


Feb 16, 2004 21:48:13
Dang! and here I was, working on a 3-part mega-adventure using "Turucambi", "The Sinking Isle", and "The Jungle of Lost Ships". April 1st, eh? I have a busy schedule until mid-March... I'll see what I can do.


Feb 16, 2004 22:18:13
Sweet! You can always count on your stuff to have very original content and style.


Feb 18, 2004 10:10:57
So a 15-page revision of my current BPAA Background is out of the question, then? ;) (I'm working in bits from Unearthed Arcana)


Feb 18, 2004 10:20:55
So a 15-page revision of my current BPAA Background is out of the question, then?

For the contest purposes, yes, unfortunately it would be unallowable as a postfest entry.

If it were up to me, it'd be an open contest with no set topic or format, but the powers that be request that entries be limited to 1-3 pages to keep a linear and similiar stack of entries.

Submit it anyway though ;)

I already finished my entry so I just submitted it last night and I'll come up with something else by Apr. 1st. Also, my recreation of the Darlene map updated to 589 CY should be ready as soon as Issak finds some time.


Feb 18, 2004 15:29:55
Abyss: Does it have to be in the Flanaess proper or do the moons of Oerth count? I was thinking of a mysterious location on Luna or Celene (haven't decided which moon yet).


Feb 18, 2004 15:37:08
It just has to be Greyhawk 1-3 pages

So write away, bud!


Feb 18, 2004 15:40:29
btw, Spelljammer that I was back in the day and a lil fyi, Luna has an environment capable of supporting life whereas Celene does not.

They both also have "scientifical" names, although I can't recall them off the top of my head.

Thought that lil bit of info may help you in your submission.


Feb 18, 2004 16:56:55
Thanks Abyss, I've never read anything about Spelljammer so that did help quite a bit in my decision.


Feb 18, 2004 18:30:06
Ok, I'm at home now and got a chance to look at some old books.

Luna is also known as Raenei

Luna has a living environment and breathable atmosphere, and is about half the size of Oerth. Some animals exist on the planet, but none with greater than average intelligence. IT goes on to list purple worms, carrion crawlers, and ankhegs.

Celene is also known as Kule

It is the smaller of the 2 moons and is completely void of life and has no atmosphere although there are ruins that suggest an ancient civilization of some sort.

It is tidally locked, meaning it does not rotate on its own axis as it orbits Oerth.

The Sun is known as Liga

Doesn't really say much about it, but it doesn't matter to your submission anyway.

Reference SJ: Lorebook of the Void, Greyspace

Hopefully some of the above helps!


Feb 18, 2004 19:02:44
In my campaign, Celene is a hollow Dyson Sphere filled with a faraway sea.


Feb 18, 2004 19:21:06
Thanks again Abyss!


Feb 18, 2004 23:06:43
Hey, can I submit more than one entry? I may have a few ideas...


Feb 19, 2004 9:13:03
hehe Aeolius, a dyson sphere!

CP, only 1 entry allowed per participant for the postfest. Ofcourse, you are always welcome to submit any Greyhawk article.

If you come up with a different submission that you would like to use in place of your 1st one, just email me and we'll be sure to publish the other and save the new one for postfest for yah.

It's mere coincidence, but I use the two moons in my last submission "Ogremeet," as well.

I'm anxious to see who else is writing for the event. Rhineglade, Twiceborn, Greyson, any of you other regulars?


Feb 19, 2004 14:02:34
being a staunch supporter of the postfest, I will be submitting a place of mystery.


Feb 19, 2004 15:12:43
Well, I submitted my entry, can't wait to see what people think about it.


Feb 19, 2004 16:00:01
lol, well Apr. 1st is a ways out CP )


Feb 19, 2004 17:02:34
lol, doh! I thought April 1st was in 10 days, but then I realized it was March 1st in 10 days. Oh well, it's still a decent entry anyways.


Feb 22, 2004 22:12:13
Originally posted by abysslin
CP, only 1 entry allowed per participant for the postfest.

Why? And, it doesn't say that anywhere in the announcement....

I'm going to post the same question over at CF!.



Feb 23, 2004 7:52:13
bcuz we want people that have 5 hours of free time per month on equal footing with the people that do nothing but sit around and write 24-7.


Feb 23, 2004 8:04:52
How do multiple submissions give someone an advantage? I thought this was a quality-based postfest , not a quantity-based one. Restricting submissions to one per person doesn't automatically give people with less time a greater "advantage".


Feb 23, 2004 8:34:01
There is a prize involved.

If you bought 3 lottery tickets at the Greyhawk mule station, is your chances of winning not better than if you had only bought 1?

The more articles you have in, the better chance of some one liking and voting for one of yours.

I would think it self explanatory.


Feb 23, 2004 11:38:13
My posting problems at CF! seem to have been fixed. I've continued this over there, where it's a little more relevant, and it won't annoy the good people here.



Feb 24, 2004 8:19:11
Hee hee - I've done mine, and I can't wait to see everyone elses. April seems so far off though.



Feb 24, 2004 8:36:52
That's cool Stu, quite a few people have sent theirs in already.

See you thursday!


Feb 26, 2004 8:34:29
Hmm. I think this is a contest worthy enough to bring me out of my forum posting coma. I'll be looking the information over then submitting something for sure.


Feb 26, 2004 8:55:07
Sweet, Mortellan! You got plenty o' time.