New Year, New Game is Gnome Stew's annual challenge to tabletop RPG game masters everywhere: Run a new game this year.


The NYNG challenge runs for two weeks starting on the second Monday in January every year; it has been run twice so far, in 2012 and 2013. Check the main page for details and updates on the next challenge.

How to take part

There are three ways that you can take part in the challenge:

  • If you’re a GM who wants to participate, head on over to Gnome Stew to enter your new game idea in the first-ever NYNG contest.
  • If you’re a blogger, jump into Gnome Stew’s NYNG blog carnival by writing a post about running or playing a new game (and make sure you tell us about it so we can include you in the roundup of carnival posts).
  • If you’re a publisher, retailer, or are otherwise involved in the RPG industry and you’d like to sponsor the NYNG contest with a prize, offer a discount to participants on your products, or otherwise help support NYNG, we’d love to hear from you. Just drop us a line at martin at newyearnewgame dot com.

We hope you’ll consider taking the NYNG challenge!

Entry guidelines

In order to ensure that NYNG challenge entries are useful and inspiring for as many GMs as possible, there are a few guidelines you’ll need to follow.

Your entry is a pitch: Think of your entry as a pitch for the game you want to run, something akin to an elevator pitch. Why should your players be as excited about this game as you are? What do you need to tell someone who knows nothing about your idea beforehand in order to pique their interest?

Required elements: Entries must be 200-400 words long, and should address the following:

  • What the game is about
  • Why you’re excited about running it
  • What system you want to use, and why
  • What challenges running this game might involve

That’s all there is to it! This isn’t a formal process, and we hope you’ll find that having these elements to focus on will help you hone your idea into something that may surprise you, and which makes you want to run your game even more.


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