The Sci Fi Pitch Contest

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We have a ton of new resource packs come out recently, and several of them have a single unifying theme: Science Fiction.

For a chance to win all our new Sci fi Goodies in one go, let’s pitch a game.

Game pitches are useful for trying to sell your game to a potential publisher, but they are also useful for another reason: they can help you remember to focus on what is important about your game. You can’t go on and on, you have to distill your game down to its essence and what makes it special and worth paying attention to.

So here is the idea: Come up with a Sci Fi/Sci Fantasy game idea. It doesn’t have to be one you are actually working on, or will ever work on. It could be theoretical to the point of taking advantage of huge AAA type budgets. Now write a 800 or less word pitch for that game. What is the game about? What makes it special? How will the player interact with it?

Make it interesting, Make our judges WANT your game to exist.

Here are the rules:

  1. Your entry must be emailed to community@rpgmakerweb.com by 1PM on December 1st GMT.
  2. Your entry should be written only. This is a contest to get you to focus on the core ideas of a game, not to make awesome looking images.
  3. Your entry can be submitted as a Adobe PDF file, Microsoft Word file, or any open word document format. If you have questions, ask in the comments below.
  4. Your entry must be less than 800 words. If it goes over slightly, it is OK, but anything egregious will be disqualified. You need to focus on just what is important and interesting.
  5. Your entry must be Sci-Fi or Science Fantasy in theme.

We will select 3 winners. The prizes will be as follows:

Tips:

  • Don’t spend the entire 800 words talking about one thing. Make sure to diversify your talking points.
  • Make sure to tell us the basics of how the game will play.
  • Focus on why the player should care. What are the strengths of your game, and why will those be strengths.
  • Remember you are pitching to someone who knows nothing about your concept. Make sure to lay the groundwork.
  • For this exercise, don’t worry about pitching a game you could actually make. Just stay within the bounds of current technology and we are fine.

Have any questions about the contest? Ask us in the comments below.

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • Can someone submit more than one entry?

    Follow up question:
    If a single person cannot submit more than one entry, can they submit an entry by themselves, and another one as part of a team? – I think you had a similar rule for the Indie Game Contest.

    Thanks!

    • One entry per person, and I think that considering its just a plan and write contest, it should be an individual effort. Not saying you can’t have someone else edit your work, or bounce some ideas off, but each entry will be from a single individual.

  • Julio

    In case of winning (hopefully) is it necessary to own the game in Steam or anything like that?

  • Seacliff

    So you say ‘Science Fantasy’ is an option. So that means stuff like magic can exist, as long as the story has a futuristic/technological theme to it, right? Just clarifying.

    • Sure! Star Wars is Science Fantasy. As is stuff like Shadowrun. Final Fantasy VII/VIII. etc.

  • TheOddFellow

    So, I submitted my pitch. How will I know that you’ve received it and it didn’t go into the junk folder?

    • I’ll go through and reply to all of them during Monday saying if I’ve gotten them or not. If you don’t get an email by Tuesday, please contact me through the comments here.

      • Sol

        Hello Nick, I’m leaving a comment in regard to the email sent out to confirm receiving an entry. I was told about an issue with Microsoft blocking emails from the RPG Maker community and was wondering if I need to provide an alternate address. Hope all is well and look forward to hearing from You soon!
        Thank You

  • Candacis

    Does the pitch have to be for an RPG Maker game or can it be for every platform we like?

  • I didn’t receive your confirmation mail… I’ll try to send it again…
    my e-mail is sprintingkiwi@gmail.com

  • Frostyfirefly

    Hi Nick, just wanted to know if you received my pitch, I sent it on November 21st. I ask because I read above people should have received a confirmation email yesterday.

  • Mike

    Hi! I submitted a pitch for the contest, but have not heard any news on the standing or if it was received. Can I get a confirmation that it was received?

  • Sol

    Hello, I submitted an entry and never received any confirmation. I was told that there were issues with Microsoft regarding emails from the RPG Maker community. Do I need to provide another email address? Hope all is well and look forward to hearing from You soon!

  • Hi everyone! I had a little trouble with my email and couldn’t get the notifications out. Will be handling them today. Apologies for the inconvenience.