Three weeks ago we asked you to tell us about your best worst villain – that one villain that your players will remember for years to come.
We said that if we had 1-5 entries, we’d have one winner. If we have 6-10 entries, we’d have two winners, and if we had 11 or more entries, we’ll have three winners (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place). Honestly, I didn’t know how many entries we would get, but when the total ran up to 19, I just couldn’t have been happier.
Before I go any further, I’d like to thank everyone for participating – those who submitted entries, the judges (Brian Liberge, 1958 Fury, Charisma Keller, Anthony Laffan, and Alton), and the sponsors (Gnome Stew and Q-Workshop). I love taking part in these contests for a couple of reasons, but mostly it’s because a little friendly competition solidifies us a little more as a community of gamers.
Jericho Cain, Psychotic Manipulator – by Mike Gorgone
“I noticed several of the entries were characters that started out as allies (or at least pretended to be) before changing sides. I think this is a very good way of developing a character. One of the first rules of writing is “show, don’t tell”, and you should always avoid throwing a “wall of text” at your players when telling your villain’s back-story. Having the future villain allied with the PCs lets them see the descent into evil firsthand, and it helps the PCs feel like they’re part of the story instead of just being told a story. Of the allies-turned-enemies submitted for the contest, Jericho was my favorite. – 1958Fury, judge“
Olethros, Necromancer of Vecna – by Michael Jarhling
Ratgar, the Sewer-Dwelling Soul Slayer – by Sam Malabre
*Editor’s note – I didn’t vote in the contest, but I was rooting for Ratgar all the way!
All winners will receive two PDFs from Gnome Stew consisting of Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots, and Masks: 1,000 Memorable NPCs. 1st place winner will also get to choose one of the five sets of dice from Q-Workshop (shown below). 2nd place will get second choice, and 3rd place will get third choice.