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The 200 Word Challenge Returns in 2018!

Last year was incredible and this year is looking to be bigger and better than ever.
We are seeking 30-40 Readers and Prizes Donated by the community.


Apply to be a Reader:

This year we will have a large group of “Readers” to help narrow down the entries for the Judges.
Every entry will be read by at least two different Readers.
The top 50 entries will then be passed to the Judges for final consideration.

Readers must be:

Note: You can be a reader and still submit an entry! We will ensure you aren’t assigned entries from people you may know.

Link to Reader Submission Form

We hope to offer prizes donated by the community.
Digital prizes are prefereble (Game PDFs, Design tools, etc).

We are seeking several categories of prizes:

Please email davidschirduan @ if you have a prize you would like to donate.

Design a role-playing game using 200 words or less.

Why? What is this?

The 200 Word RPG Challenge exists for two primary reasons:

1) Encourage participants to make a complete Role-Playing Game. It’s hard to work on a game, and much harder to finish one. This is an opportunity for participants to brainstorm, write, edit, playtest, and polish a game idea from start to finish.

2) To provide a collection of ideas that the community may build upon. These entries are released under the Creative Commons license to promote collaboration and innovation. It is our hope that new designers and old pros alike will use these interesting ideas and work together to expand them into something greater.

Why 200 Words?

A 200 word limit encourages creativity and demands the very best of your editing and writing abilities. While making a game in 200 words can be difficult, it’s less of a daunting commitment than editing and proofing 285 pages of rules, complete with art and layout.

Conceiving, designing, and publishing a 200 word game is a great first step toward completing larger game design projects.


Visual presentation can be a large and scary problem. Very few people are masters of writing, editing, art direction, graphic design, layout, and marketing. It usually takes a village to make a game. We want participants to focus solely on the challenge of creative writing and brutal editing.

Connect with other Creators

Making and sharing a game is a great way to showcase your ideas and connect with new and more experienced game designers. Do you see a game that inspires you? The 200 Word RPG Challenge is a forge for new collaborations! Join the subreddit for discussion, collaboration, and feedback.