Fantasy Setting Search Closes In on Finalists

In June 2002, Wizards of the Coast gave gamers around the world the opportunity of a lifetime when the company announced an open search for the next official Dungeons & Dragons campaign setting.

The fantasy setting search was divided into three rounds. For the first round, entrants produced one-page synopses of their worlds based on strict guidelines set down by Wizards of the Coast.

In the early meetings regarding the search, Wizards employees predicted that they would receive 3,500 to 4,000 entries at most. Less than one month after the search opened, Wizards had received nearly 11,000 entries.

A panel of Wizards employees reviewed those one-page entries. Originally the company planned to pick ten who would advance to the second round. In fact, eleven entries were chosen to advance. Those eleven entrants were then asked to write ten-page outlines of their worlds for review by the same panelists.

From the eleven second-round entries, three were chosen to advance to the final stage. Those three entrants were paid $10,000 each for making it to the final round, and they were asked to write 100-page setting bibles for their campaign worlds (for which they will receive another $10,000). From these three bibles will be chosen an official Dungeons & Dragons campaign setting.

Recently, we spoke with the three finalists -- Keith Baker, Rich Burlew, and Nathan Toomey -- about their thoughts on the process and reactions to becoming finalists in the Wizards of the Coast Fantasy Setting Search.

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