Out of the Dust

Amber Zone Format

The format of an Amber Zone scenario is quite simple. There is one part with Players’ Information and one part with Referee’s Information. Below is an example.

You can also have a look at the previous contest entries.


AMBER ZONE: Name of your scenario

Players’ Information

Here goes information about the location, the situation and what the Player Characters can, should or must do and the reward for doing this. This is the part that is presented to the players.

Referee’s Information

Here goes all complications (about the situation and the reward and other things that may complicate things for the Player Characters) that the Player Characters don’t know anything about.

There are no D6 options or D6 possible outcomes.


Designs, blueprints and tables may be added if needed. A picture is always nice. Wikimedia Commons is a good place to find an image that You can use.

Out of the Dust

Out of the Dust : image from wikimedia

Amber Zone Opening Contest

Welcome to The Amber Zone Opening Contest!

We have 13 Prizes. All participants will get something. A big THANKS to our Sponsors.

The style of the entries should be in the style of the Amber Zones in the old JTAS. (First Players’ Information. Then Referee’s Information.)

The contest starts now and ends 6 July 2014. Write as many entries as You like.

After the 6:st of July 2014, all entries will be posted at the Amber Zone. The winner will be chosen by the Jury.

The Members of the Jury are BeRKA, Anders, Dylan, Mike and Eric.

By entering the contest You allow your entry to be posted at the Amber Zone. All entries might also be posted in PDF format as a free down-loadable file at the Amber Zone.

All entrants will be given credit for their work and will retain the copyright on their entries.

Amber Zone Opening Contest

Some general guidelines:

1, Each entry should be less than 2000 words.

2, One image may be used in each entry. You must either own the rights to the image, or it must be used under some sort of free license. Wikimedia Commons is a good place to find an image that You can use. Please provide information about the image. (Is it Yours? If not, where have You found it? What license is used?) Note: You don’t need to use an image. You can also generate an image using the Pulp-o-Mizer or similar services.

3, Please don’t force the PCs to sign up for (what they think are) illegal activities. It is better if they find that out later, or in some way are forced to take illegal action… Library Bob at Ancient Faith explains it better.  😈

4, Please be a bit vague about the planet and types of star ships and weapons, so your adventure can be useful for many ATUs. (Unless there is a good reason for not being vague about these things.)

5, Please use a spell checker! 🙄

Send Your entries by e-mail. Please use plain text format and attach (or link to) the image, if You select to use one. Word files will not be accepted! Send your entries to: Mail to Amber

Everyone that sends me an entry will get a reply. If you have sent me something and didn’t get a reply within a few days, then contact me again.

Please include a preferred nickname (that may be your real name) to show on the Amber Zone.

Please include your address if you want to win physical items and your e-mail address (that you use on DriveThruRPG) for the PDFs. If you are not yet using DriveThruRPG, then any of your e-mail addresses will work fine. Please also tell us if there is any Prize that you for some reason doesn’t need. (Maybe you already have it.)

Look at all those Prizes

All Sponsors and have now been presented. Look at all those Prizes they have donated! The Amber Zone Opening Competition is going to be awesome.

There are a total of 13 Prizes, and all participants will get something.

Greylock Publishing Lines has donated three great prizes that are physical items, including the amazing adventure “Cirque“.

DSL Ironworks has donated two packs of PDFs. One with adventures and ships and one with very useful deckplans. Check out this review of Quick Decks 2, that is a part of the “Shipyard Package” Prize.

Spica Publishing provide three PDF bundles as prizes. The Career Bundle, the Outer Veil Bundle and the Worlds & Adventures Bundle.

Gypsy Knights Games provide three PDF bundles as prizes from their interesting (and very good) Clement Sector ATU setting.

BeRKA from the Zhodani Base adds a $50 Gift Certificate at DriveThruRPG.

Nils from Contact Light adds a $10 Gift Certificate at DriveThruRPG. (That he didn’t want for writing an Amber Zone filk.)

DSL Ironworks is also donating a prize for all participants, the Reprieve-class Escape Pod.

Lots of Prizes

Lots of Prizes : Image from wikimedia.

If any prizes should be modified, improved, added or removed, this page will be updated.