General RPG Submission Guidelines
We are not considering full campaign settings at this time.
We are only accepting submissions for content that uses the 3.5/OGL game mechanic or our own Karma Roleplaying System game mechanic.
RPG products accepted for publication are considered work-made-for-hire. In general, RPG products commissioned by Bards and Sages, or submissions for RPGs accepted by Bards and Sages, are considered Work Made for Hire. The copyright of such products is retained by Bards and Sages, though the author shall receive credit as the author of the product. All 3.5/OGL RPG products are also subject to the terms of the Open Game License.
Payment: 1 cent/word. We pay 25% advance upon delivery of the final accepted draft, and the balance upon publication. If for some reason we decide not to publish a product after it has been accepted for delivery, author keeps the advance as a kill fee. We also pay a performance bonus equal to 10% net profits for the first six months after release.
Send an email to rpg(at)bardsandsages(dot)com with the subject line RPG Submission Query.
If you are interested in writing for one of our existing game lines, please specify which line you are interested in. If you are pitching an idea for a new product, it must be either for the Karma Roleplaying System of 3.5/OGL system. You will need to provide the following information with your query.
Summary of Concept
Brief outline (for example, if submitting a query for the Nemesis line, you would need to outline the five villains and summarize what would be included in the supplement).
Estimated word count (not including stat blocks).
Estimated time required to complete
Karma Roleplaying System
We are currently looking for writers to create supplemental material for the Karma Roleplaying System. A strong familiarity with the system is required. We are happy to work with first time writers. We are interested primarily in location sourcebooks and adventures, but will consider other supplemental material.
You can now download the Core Rules Book for free at RPGNOW.com
Adventure Havens Series
We are currently looking for writers to create material for the series. Each installment of the Adventure Havens series presents twelve ready-to-use related locales, complete with brief histories, important NPCs, and story seeds. Adventure Havens: Tavern Tales can now be downloaded for free at RPGNOW.com.
We are currently looking for writers to create material for the series. Each installment of Nemesis features 5 unique, fully developed NPC villains with backstories, story seeds, mini adventures, and stats that can easily be folded into your game. Nemesis I: Vampires can now be downloaded for free at RPGNOW.com.