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This is for You

The holidays can be a rough experience for many folks who do not have good relationships with their families. The reality for a lot of people, especially LGBTQ+ folks, is that if they do not have holiday plans with friends, they do not have any holiday plans. Unfortunately, too many times the healthy choice is to not join family gatherings that stress you out.

This project is dedicated to you and your new gaming friends, uniting for some TTRPG magic and bringing holiday cheer to those who need it most.

A Special 25 Day Event

Holiday Happenings runs from December 1st through December 24th. This is a moment in which there is a space for you to spread joy to those in need—through festive TTRPG content.

The the Holiday Happenings 2019 Edition download page has the draft-in-progress. This draft will be updated often with new edited content, so keep an eye on it! If your submission has been accepted, we will include it and share it on the dev log. On December 25th, the final PDF will be published at the same page.

Submitting for Publication in Holiday Happenings 2019

Take a look at the past editions of Holiday Happenings (formerly known as Happenings in Christmas Village). You'll find that we have sections of content which evolve and expand with each edition. You can supplement or build on this content (using our CC-BY-SA license in those issues) or submit a new holiday-themed piece. 

Submissions & Rights

All submissions will be considered for inclusions in the Holiday Happenings 2019 edition. You may reuse or expand on settings, characters, moves, or other information from previous editions if your work is also under a  Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (CC BY-SA 4.0)

All submissions are subject to editorial approval and revision, in consideration of sensitivity, safety, tone, lore consistency and layout restrictions. Multiple submissions are accepted and encouraged.

If, after submitting your game material, you would like us to remove your content (or just your attribution), we will do so as far as it is reasonably possible (subject to the availability of our volunteers); please contact us through the Discord, by using our contact page, or by emailing support@holidayhappenings.info.

Miscellanea Submissions

During Holiday Happenings, you can check out the working draft for content that has already been edited to be included in Holiday Happenings 2019. Content new to this year's edition would especially benefit from your contribution!

Consider miscellanea as places, items, NPCs, encounters and other bullet-points, sidebars and text boxes added to the existing material. Even a single sentence is acceptable! Please submit your miscellanea to #submission-box on the Holiday Happenings Discord. By submitting to this channel you are doing so under the CC-BY-SA license and giving us the right to publish in the upcoming & future editions of the Holiday Happenings zine. If it's desired for publication, we will contact you to verify & accept your submission. Please be sure to provide us a way to do so if it isn't sufficient for us to message you via Discord.

Please review the Submissions & Rights section above before submitting.

Don't forget to share your content on Twitter with the hashtag #HolidayHappenings!

OnTheXDay Art Challenge & Other Art Submissions

Please see our site's OnTheXDay Challenge page for details.

We're especially interested in submissions that illustrate or otherwise embellish content in the Holiday Happenings working draft. These can be doodles, drawings, paintings or whatever you like. Please submit your art to #submission-box on the Holiday Happenings Discord. By submitting to this channel you are doing so under the CC-BY-SA license and giving us the right to publish in the upcoming & future editions of the Holiday Happenings zine. If it's desired for publication, we will contact you to verify & accept your submission. Please be sure to provide us a way to do so if it isn't sufficient for us to message you via Discord.

Please review the Submissions & Rights section above before submitting.

Don't forget to share your content on Twitter with the hashtag #HolidayHappenings!

Itch Game Jam Submissions

We're especially interested in submissions that are less than 1000 words. If your you have an idea that needs more space (a mini game, a longer scenario, a setting, etc.), please communicate with us as early as you can, give an estimate of the length, and submit drafts often so we can get them in front of our safety & sensitivity editors. We'd be especially thrilled if you can work on your larger piece with other collaborators in the community on our Discord channel but that isn't required. Larger pieces are definitely welcome in the jam even if they won't fit in this year's zine.

If we accept your game we will edit it at no cost to you. Safety & sensitivity editing is required for publication in the Holiday Happenings zine. Please credit our safety & sensitivity editors!

Please review the Submissions & Rights section above before submitting.

Don't forget to share your content on Twitter with the hashtag #HolidayHappenings!

Itch Game Jam - Pricing

Please offer your materials as free or Pay What You Want (PWYW) for consideration. After December 25th, feel free to price as you feel is appropriate.

Itch Game Jam - Art, Illustrations & Cartography

Text-only (including plain-text) contributions are entirely welcome. Please use only art, illustrations, and cartography if you can provide us permission to reprint or reuse them. After December 25th, feel free to adjust art or layout in any way you feel is appropriate.

Itch Game Jam - Systems

We're wide open on systems we'd love to see supported. In the past, systemless content or content for small-press and independently-published games was most popular with our audience.  We're especially interested in content that can be used in an unplanned one-shot.

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