Dystopia Rising SoCal : Returning Writer's application form

If you are filling out this form, you have been a part of our Story Writing Team before. In order to submit this form, you should be a member in good standing with our Chapter, and have NO disciplinary actions in the past 12 months. You are expected, just like our Guides, to always represent the game and the Chapter in the best possible way, always showing empathy and holding true to the progressive ideals of Dystopia Rising.

For Season Seven, we will be continuing with the Experience Design position, with Bennett Winter at the helm. He will be the one updated PELs, organizing and assigning Personal Plot Requests, and running the weekly meetings. Bennett will be in direct communication with the Owner, Rick McCoy, and will work with Rick to lay out the tasks and writing needed for each game of the season. For those of you paying attention, the Experience Design concept was not around when creating this form originally. Originally we were going to accept applications for the “Head Writer”, but with the changes of the network going forward, that is no longer the case.

As a reminder, here are are some notes you submitted on your original form. These are still very important and crucial in your role to be able to re-apply.

Writers are expected to make deadlines. You can be the best writer in the world but 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 El Dorado, a Pre-Fall Hollywood backlot used by Film Studios that has survived the centuries and acquiring the reputation of being a ghost town, a modern day "Roanoke". Please take a look at the Echoes of Celluloid Dreams source book or learn about the Holywood region of the world. We focus heavily on the manipulations of Holywood, and the town's growth and status associated with the actions of the player characters of El Dorado, along with conflict with unseen political forces in the area. Main zed for the region include Shamblers, Tanks, Bursters, Hunters, and other opportunistic zed. Main raiders include Grave Walker Raiders, Pit Stop Raiders, and Beserker Raiders.

Writers should consider the season when writing modules. Because our Chapter is located in a desert area that becomes cold in the winter, and an oven during the late spring and summer months, 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 or in the water. When it's winter, players prefer mods closer to the heat and combat modules to fight the sting of the cold. When it's spring, focus on getting outside after winter and going on adventure-type modules. When it's autumn, focus on combat and the season finale (September).

Writers should focus on horror and survival at Dystopia Rising SoCal. Writing horror-inspired modules is key for our experience in SoCal. If you need help with the horror genre, take a look at a few horror movies and think of how it would be best to incorporate it into a module.

Writers can submit several-month arcs. Once you are approved, and if you're interested in creating an arc that spans over several months, then please submit the general outline of your idea to bennett.dystopiarisingsocal@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 may not submit multiple-chapter story arcs without telling us that this is occurring and talking with Experience Design. If you wish to create a cross-branch story, you must inform us ahead of time before writing. While we really want to encourage creativity in the creation of story, we need to enforce this policy. 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 Guide or Rules Guide can look at the module and then be able to run it during game, assigning cast roles, setting up the module site, etc.

If, after reading and understanding the importance of the above criteria, you are interested in being a Story Writer for our Chapter, please read and fill out the application below. Answer the questions with care and thought.

This application is based on many other Chapters' own criteria across the Dystopia Rising network, and we are looking for thought and effort to be put into answering our queries. Once this application is completed it will be reviewed by Experience Design. If your application is accepted we’ll reach out to you with the module template and any additional information.

This application does not guarantee that your work will be used. Dystopia Rising pays their writers at an industry standard of $.03 per word (not including instructions and template language). Payment for accepted modules is the month AFTER the submission.


Please complete the form below

Name *
What type of modules are you interested in writing? Check all that apply. *
Please submit a module for the Season Seven opener. Note that it may be still be used for the game, even if your application is denied. Consider the events of last season, and the focus of our story coming up.