Being a gnome has its perks. Snazzy felt hat, early access to next season’s hottest lawn ornaments, plus I get to promote my other web sites shamelessly. This is one of those shameless promotions.

Announcing’s first contest: “Can You Scare Us?”

With Halloween fast approaching the YMIAT staff wants to be scared! Do you have what it takes to terrify us? Can you design a horrifying monster or villain? If so, enter our “Can You Scare Us?” Halloween contest and you’ll have the chance to win $15 or $25 in gift certificates from!

Contest Rules & Details:

  • You must be a member of YMIAT to participate. Membership is free! Register here!
  • All works submitted must be original and must not violate another person’s/company’s copyright.
  • All entries must be in the PDF file format.
  • All entries must consist of a one page outline for a horror game adventure, and a one to two page monster and/or villain designed with the system of your choice. Entries that are longer than three pages will be disqualified.
  • All entries must be emailed to as a file attachment. The sender’s email address will be used for contacting the winners.
  • All entries must be received no later than October 25th, 2008 by 11:59pm Central Standard Time (USA & Canada). Late entries will not be eligible for prizes.
  • The act of submitting an entry grants the YMIAT staff permission to redistribute your entry under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States license.
  • The YMIAT staff will judge all entries in private and announce the winners on October 30th, 2008 at 12:00pm Central Standard Time (USA & Canada). Entries will be judged based on how scary the proposed scenario is and the overall quality of the submission.
  • The First Prize winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to The Second Prize winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to
  • All contest entries will be made freely available to the public on October 26th, 2008.

We look forward to reading all of your submissions, and good luck to all who enter the contest!

PS YMIAT is not associated with in any way. I just happen to like shopping there. smiley-1