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Mesomorph Games Piecepack Design Contest

MG has released two piecepack expansions, 4 Seasons and Playing Cards. This contest is intended to spur authors to begin incorporating the unique aspects of these new products into game designs. All submissions must make use of a Mesomorph Games expansion (either 4 Seasons or Playing Cards) as an integral part of the theme or mechanics of the game.

18 February 2005, 5:00 PM EST

The Judge
Dave Boyle of Mesomorph Games
Judging will be blind; the Judge will not find out the Authors' identities until after the winning entry has been selected.

The Prizes
The winner will receive $50 and any one Mesomorph Games product.
While we cannot guarantee widespread fame and adulation, we feel pretty confident this will follow as well.

No Purchase Necessary
Printable versions of MG's piecepack expansions are available for download at

Contest Rules

18 February 2005, 5:00 PM EST.

Judging will be blind; the Judge will not find out the Authors' identities until after the winning entry has been selected. (See Where to Submit Entries # below.)

1. Submitted games must make use of an MG piecepack expansion (4 Seasons or Playing Cards) as an integral part of the theme or mechanics of the game. Any games not meeting this requirement will be rejected.

2. Each submission MUST be freely redistributable or they cannot be included on and therefore will be rejected.
  • Authors are free to retain copyright.
  • Specific licensing information should be indicated at the END OF THE DOCUMENT. See examples of licensing on games posted at
3. All submissions MUST include the following header information as the first few lines of the rules:

A game for the piecepack by <Author's Name>
Version <Number>, <Date>
Copyright (c) 2004, <Author's Name>
<Number of> Players, <Number of> Minutes
Equipment: <Equipment Needed>

4. Each entry MUST be proofread prior to submission.
  • Please use standard piecepack terminology or include the definitions of terminology specific to the individual rule set. For reference there is a Glossary of Piecepack Terms posted at
  • Please use Arial or Helvetica font for the main body of the ruleset text.
  • Word, HTML, PDF or plain text with accompanying JPGs or GIFs if required for figures are all OK file formats for submitted rulesets. If a PDF file is used, the Submitting Author MUST remove all identifying information from the rules, or the entry will not be judged.
5. Games may make use of additional bits (such as money or tokens for example), or of other non-obscure game systems in addition to the piecepack. However, additional components should not overshadow the use of the piecepack in the game. If gameplay requires it, entries may be submitted that require the use of more than one piecepack.

6. While Authors are encouraged to submit their games early, there will be no penalty or stigma for sending in changes or updates to your game rulesets up to the deadline, and entrants are encouraged to submit updates based upon their own continued play testing.

  • Please be sure to send in a complete version of the game ruleset if changes are made.
  • Highlighting changes will make it easier for the Judge to see the difference(s).
Where to Submit Entries

7. Please note that the contest Mediator will not be judging content, only removing identifiable text and checking that all Authors have complied with these contest rules.

8. Entries should be sent to the contest Mediator [Karol] at: submissions @ mesomorph . com (without the spaces). Please make sure the following is in the subject line of the submisson: "MG Contest: [name of game] " where [name of game] is replaced by the actual name of the game. (E.g. MG Contest: Swollen Ostrich) This makes it much easier to go back to Authors with questions later.)

If the submission meets the contest requirements, the contest Mediator will strip all identifying names/e-mail off of the entry and send the entry to the Judge, then send confirmation of receipt and pass along back to at least the Main Contact. If the submission does not meet requirements at least the Main Contact will be notified.

  • Confirmations and notifications can be expected within 36 hours of submission.
  • Submissions received between 12 Noon and 5 p.m. EST on 19 January 2005 will be sent confirmation of receipt within 30 minutes of the time the entry was received. (Mediator is on EST.)

9. Judging will be subjective. Factors such as integration of new sets/pieces into the game, how enjoyable the game is, clarify and completeness of rules, length of game, and relative levels of skill and luck required will all be taken into account. In the end, it will be the subjective opinion of the judge that decides the winner.

10. The winning submission will be announced as soon as a winning entry has been selected.

  • Depending on the quantity and quality of games received and the availability of players to play with the Judge, this date may be as soon as one day after the closing of the contest, or it may be many weeks later.
  • If the Judge wishes, one or more runners up may also be announced.
  • Some game entries may receive special mentions for various reasons (such as novel use of piecepack components).
Contest Wrap Up

11. In tandem with the announcement of the winning submission the Judge will send feed back on all entries to the Mediator who will send a copy of this feedback to each of the Authors.

  • Authors are strongly encouraged to make any revisions to their rule set(s) based on this or other feedback they have received since submitting the entry and then send an updated version to the Mediator (See #9 above.)
  • If the Authors wish not to make any changes, then the Submitting Author should send a note to the contest Mediator stating such and give permission to post the ruleset "as submitted".
  • Authors are strongly encouraged to get the final version returned to the contest Mediator as soon as possible after the winning entry is announced.
12. Following the close of the competition, after each Author either gives permission to post their rule set "as submitted" or sends in an updated version of their rule sets (see above), submitted games will be added to the Games Page of the site by the Mediator.


Questions and comments are always welcome. If you're worried that your question will give your game away, please send it to the contest Mediator (see #8) who will forward it on to the Judge. Likewise, if necessary, the Judge may send questions to the ruleset Authors via the contest Mediator.

All entrants are encouraged to join the piecepack Yahoo! group if they have not yet done so.

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