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 85 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.
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! All entries are protected under the Creative Commons license.
The 2017 challenge is over (rules here for the curious). But don’t be sad, the challenge will return next year (probably around May/June) with more chances to design more incredible 200 word entries. Until then, read through some of the entries or check out the winners and finalists. You can find PDFs and print collections at the downloads page.