Some of the biggest companies in tabletop gaming are holding contests right now, including a monster design challenge, D&D trivia, and one for scifi mini settings. Here's how you can win fabulous prizes from Monte Cook Games, Wizards of the Coast, and Kobold Press.

The Strange Recursion Design Competition

The Strange is the second RPG from Monte Cook Games, based on Numenera's Cypher System, and was designed by Bruce R. Cordell. In The Strange, players explore a myriad of small dimensions with their own laws of physics — these are known as recursions. The Strange Recursion Design Competition offers the chance to have your recursion appear (adapted by Cordell) in the upcoming Worlds Numberless and Strange sourcebook, plus a $25 MCG store credit. Two runners up will also get $25 MCG credits.


But wait, who exactly is judging this panoply of weird worlds? Funny you should ask: the three judges are Sean K. Reynolds, a game designer with more credits on his CV than I can even begin to list here; Russ Morrissey, game designer and owner of EN World; and me, Ed Grabianowski, writer about games for io9.

The deadline for the contest is midnight (Pacific time) on Friday, February 20th, so get those recursions polished up quickly. Here are the official rules.


Monarch of the Monsters 5: All Monsters Attack!

Kobold Press wants you to design a monster for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition. If you have a solid grasp of the 5E rules and flair for creature features, assemble your best monster and enter by the deadline, February 23rd. All finalists get a PDF copy of the Kobold Guide to Combat and a Kobold Unit Patch. The overall winner will also score a signed copy of Tyranny of Dragons: Hoard of the Dragon Queen, and Kobold Press will commission that dastardly monstersmith to create three additional monsters. The judges are Wolfgang Baur, Steve Winter, and Rich Howard, RPG luminaries one and all. The official rules explain all the other details.


Appreciate Your Dungeon Masters

Wizards of the Coast is offering up an ongoing trivia contest via Twitter. To play, you have to have a Twitter account, and you have to follow the official D&D Twitter account. Through February 26th, that account will periodically tweet trivia questions, which you can reply to using the #DnDDMA hashtag. The first person to answer each question correctly will win a prize from a pretty impressive prize selection (chosen by WotC, not the winner). There's a DM screen, a copy of the Dungeon Master's Guide, some Attack Wing starters and expansion packs, and more. The full rules and prize list can be found here.