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Title: CONTEST: TGC Short Fiction 2009
Description: The results are in...!

ShroudFilm - September 14, 2009 05:33 PM (GMT)
The veteran TGC members know what this is all about... :D

After Games Day last year, we decided to give the writers among us the chance to put their creative talents to good use and pen some original M31 fan-fiction. Experience has shown that there are some very gifted writers out there and so we are following up this year with another TGC fiction contest.

The idea is once again to find the best short stories produced by our members, and offer them as a downloadable fan-fiction anthology... with an introduction by Horus Heresy editor and top BL author NICK KYME!

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Nick is very excited to be part of this competition, and is looking forward to seeing what our members can come up with. He will read all the entries and pick the overall winner before writing an introduction about the work that our entrants have produced. The whole anthology will be named and compiled as Tales from the Great Crusade: Volumes 1 & 2 in a downloadable PDF file, and who knows where it could go from there...? ;) Also, all entrants who are published in the final anthology and who are also members of the Champions or Loyalists membership groups will receive a glossy printed copy of the anthology signed by some of the big names in the Horus Heresy novel series.


Ok, let's move onto the contest rules:

Entry is open to ALL members and moderators (and admin!) of The Great Crusade boards, but each member can only enter this contest ONCE.

Your entry must be an original piece of fan-fiction, not more than 1000 words in length... and that word count will be STRICTLY enforced! The content of the short story should be thematically appropriate to the subject matter of the Great Crusade and/or the Horus Heresy, as per the usual criteria for posting on this forum. Other than that, you have complete freedom to write whatever you like.

Entries should be made by emailing them as a Microsoft Word-readable document to
and you will receive a hand-typed confirmation from me when it is received. If you have any questions, queries, problems etc, please post them here in this thread.

The final, absolute and irrefutable deadline for entries will be
23:59 GMT on Thursday December 31st 2009
after which point this thread will be closed for posting and the email address will be set to return incoming mail. No entries will be accepted after this point, through any medium. This means the contest will be running for more than three months, which means you will all have plenty of time to get your creative juices flowing and redraft your ideas to your heart's content!


I hope you're all as excited about this contest as we are, and I'm personally looking forward to seeing what you can all come up with for your entries. Last year Dan Abnett was our celebrity judge, and now Nick Kyme - an in-house Black Library editor - will be reading your work too...!

Please do publicise this contest on any other forum or gaming groups that you think will have any interest in it, although please bear in mind that it is not in any way affiliated with any GW or BL contest which may have similar criteria.

Good luck to all, and I'm off to put pen to paper right now...


Ok, here are the entrants received before the deadline, as a taster of what is to come!

Broken Blades by Ahriman
Prophecy by Arden Fell
Airlocked by Argent
Duskraider 'Til Dawn by Benedict Arnold
Even in Death by Brother Handro
A Knife in the Dark by Fingol23
The Angel's Demons by Fulgrim
Speed Kills by Gagoc the Ancient
Unity by IngoPech
Nurma zu Asche by Lord Caldera
Here Instead by Marshal Wilhelm
Olympian by Mortarion
That Other Place by Pacific
Before the Conqueror by Provost Dylanof
The Gethsemane Dome by RandomX
Caduceus in the Dark by Renlegunvrs
Simulacra by ShroudFilm
The Sins of the Father by Titus Pullo
White Hot by Vinnie
Mud and Blood by Yvraith

Lord_Mortirion - September 14, 2009 05:41 PM (GMT)
ha i can actually finish the last piece i started... missed the deadline :(

lord_caldera - September 14, 2009 05:49 PM (GMT)
Whoo hoo! This was my favorite contest, thanks for doing it again Shroud!

Mabrothrax - September 14, 2009 06:05 PM (GMT)

I'm glad to see the return of this competition as I missed it last time around.

Time to get brain storming :)

Whitehorn - September 14, 2009 08:02 PM (GMT)
*Cleans sculpting tools*

I'll get this one done!

Benedict Arnold - September 14, 2009 08:50 PM (GMT)
Rock. Nicely done Shroud, your ability to line stuff like this up is top notch.

Mortarion - September 14, 2009 09:00 PM (GMT)
Count me in on this one ^.^ Now, to write about my Iron Warriors or my Custodes...hmmmmmmmmmm

Yvraith - September 14, 2009 10:52 PM (GMT)
I'll give this one a go too.
I enjoyed writing my last one.

Now who, when & where to write about. user posted image

KRUG_666 - September 15, 2009 07:26 AM (GMT)
Count me in for SURE this time.

Itkovian - September 15, 2009 08:55 AM (GMT)
Making this a yearly thing is a great idea. I won't make any promises, but I'll certainly try to make it for this one (only took me 1.5 years to enter my first contest on here, two in the space of 4 months might be too much...:rolleyes:)

Magos Explorator - September 15, 2009 05:26 PM (GMT)
Good work on getting this going a second time. :) I'll see what I can come up with!

Lord Commander Lucius - September 15, 2009 06:15 PM (GMT)
I might actually enter this if college doesn't interfer too much. Now who to write about?

ShroudFilm - September 15, 2009 06:18 PM (GMT)
I wonder what will be the predominant topic this time? Last time it was definitely invasions/compliance of non-Imperial worlds... I've got two or three ideas, one of which I have already mentioned on the boards... ;)

I know for definite that if I want to improve my writing from last time, I need to get away from recounting action/events in the third person. It's been done to death, and I think I will try a different tack this time.

Arden Fell - September 16, 2009 01:37 PM (GMT)
I'm in.

I have plenty of scope for the 17th's early days. Especially with the characters now established in my mind. B)

BigWill - September 16, 2009 02:22 PM (GMT)
I'll put this up on my blog "Heresy Workshop" as soon as I get home.

Battle Brother Loken - September 16, 2009 02:26 PM (GMT)
You have my axe
i sooooooooooooooooo want in on this one :D

Iacton - September 16, 2009 02:55 PM (GMT)
[deborah meaden voice]Thanks for your time, but I'm going to tell you where I am... I'm out[/deborah meaden voice]

Kriegersen - September 18, 2009 08:22 PM (GMT)
hmmm, I think I have an idea that will be fiarly different to the rest IMO :)
if this i anything like last year it will be a fantastic compatition :)

Cyrox - September 20, 2009 09:26 PM (GMT)
So glad this is running again, I missed the deadline last year I'll definately enter this one

Great stuff - thanks for organising it!

Gagoc TheAncient - September 20, 2009 09:41 PM (GMT)
I have two questions.

Is the *.wps file format alright?

And can it be an elaboration of something we've done before? By that I mean can it either follow on from a previous piece we've done, or can we beef-up a previously posted something, quickly written to illustrate an idea?

ShroudFilm - September 20, 2009 10:44 PM (GMT)
You can enter whatever you'd like, as long as it follows the contest rules.

Just bear in mind that Nick will have read the last anthology and so will have seen all previous entries. ;)

Mossy Toes - September 22, 2009 12:36 AM (GMT)
Saw this on another site, and, being fairly confident of my writing abilities, I want in. :D

I'll be making my entry as soon as I can come up with a powerful idea.

ShroudFilm - September 29, 2009 03:43 PM (GMT)
Entries are already coming in now, some very cool stuff!

Can't wait to see what everyone else comes up with. :)

Arden Fell - September 29, 2009 08:13 PM (GMT)
This may seem daft but I take it we can only submit one story?

My fiction head is in overdrive at the moment.

ShroudFilm - September 29, 2009 11:00 PM (GMT)
Yes - one entry per person. It's in the first rule of the first post... :D

Battle Brother Loken - October 13, 2009 09:54 PM (GMT)
something i whipped up that may help you develop characters more

Body Type:
Job or Rank:
Garb or outfit:
Short Term Plan:
Goal for long term:
Moral Code:
Philosophical stance:

(if this is in the wrong place let me know)

ShroudFilm - October 13, 2009 11:15 PM (GMT)
That's very cool! I've always tried to do something like that, to help crystallise a character in my mind before I write them. Sometimes I write an imaginary letter from that person to someone else in the story, to see what comes out when I put pen to paper... it can sometimes surprise you, what your own characters do and say! :D

As something of a teaser for my entry, here is my main character's profile according to BBL's list:

Name: Armand Kruspe
Age: 46
Height: 6'1"
Body Type: athletic but succumbing to middle-age
Hair: dark, cropped, receding
Skin: tanned
Job or Rank: Captain of Tharn Garrison (honourably discharged) and Imperial Army advisor
Saying: "What an honour..." [/sarcasm]
Garb or outfit: formal dress uniform/training overalls
Transportation: n/a
Short Term Plan: to get himself redeployed to the front lines!
Goal for long term: to win glory for the Imperium
Education: minimal, PDF/garrison boot camp, hypno-rote medical training
Home: Tharn IV
Location: the medicae facilities of Brakktyr Prime
Friend: (?) Planetary governor Thellion Calpine
Food: ration packs
Hobby: games of chance
Skill: relaxed informal oratory
Moral Code: somewhat dishonest but good-natured
Philosophical stance: the Imperial Truth!
Book: the IA primers


Battle Brother Loken - October 13, 2009 11:36 PM (GMT)
here is my finished one and i am glad you like it shroud i do this for every major character in my stories

Name: Nicolaus
Age: 265
Height: 8’5”
Body Type: Bulky even for a space marine
Hair: Pure white crew cut
Skin: Dark Tan and Scarred
Job or Rank: Iron Warrior Sergeant
Saying: I have killed a thousand men but the Hrud are worse than ten to kill.
Garb or outfit: MK2 Power Armour
Transportation: Drop Pod
Short Term Plan: Kill the Hrud
Goal for long term: Become a captain
Education: Terran
Home: Terra
Friend: Heavy weapon specialist Ombar
Food: no real information
Hobby: combat training
Skill: demolitions and leadership
Moral Code: Leave none alive and remember the Emperor
Philosophical stance: War keeps order
Book: no books

Yvraith - October 14, 2009 12:00 AM (GMT)
Dammit BBL!

My tale is about the Iron Warriors too!

I guess they'll be rather popular in this anthology then. :D

My entry is currently at the proof reading stage. :rolleyes:

My characters (in my longer efforts) tend to develop as the story progresses.
I often start with them intending to go one way but end up going in another. :D

lord_caldera - October 14, 2009 01:09 AM (GMT)
My story involves the Iron Warriors as well! (though in more of a supporting role) There must be something about lots of tanks and explosions that this round's entrants like.

ShroudFilm - October 14, 2009 01:23 AM (GMT)
Unless the legion is VERY important to the story, we can usually change it after judging so as to give more different legions a role in the anthologies.

For example, last time BBL's World Eater became a traitor from the Emperor's Children instead; and Lord Naughty Bitz's Luna Wolves became White Scars - the story remains the same, but we don't get lots of WE, LW/SoH and WB in every one! :D

Having said that, if the legion is very important (i.e. Kharn being found by the WE in Lord Caldera's 'The Gift of the God', or the Word Bearers in Absyrtus' 'Deus Imperator') then we leave it as-is.

Just to reiterate - this does not affect the judging, and Nick Kyme will read your unedited original versions.

Battle Brother Loken - October 14, 2009 01:39 PM (GMT)
I choose this legion thinking no one else would do it :o

ShroudFilm - October 14, 2009 02:40 PM (GMT)
I'm sure that was why everyone did World Eaters last time too...

Mossy Toes - October 17, 2009 02:11 PM (GMT)
Well, no fear here. I don't think that many other people will be doing Mongols...

Vinnie - October 24, 2009 09:28 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Mossy Toes @ Oct 17 2009, 02:11 PM)
Well, no fear here.  I don't think that many other people will be doing Mongols...

Oh contraire, mon frere.

The Khan, doing some tankbusting!

Arden Fell - October 25, 2009 11:53 AM (GMT)
Here's mine.

Name: Grim 'Happy' Lear
Age: None of your business, grunt.
Height: 8' 11"
Body Type: Wirey old athletic
Hair: Grey
Skin: Tanned and wrinkled
Job or Rank: Company Captain
Saying: REspect your elders and betters, grunt.
Garb or outfit: Mk3 Power Armour
Transportation: Drop Pod
Short Term Plan: to stop the voices
Goal for long term: to save the company
Education: n the streets; self taught military tactician
Home: Cthonia
Location: Davin
Friend: Iacton Qruze
Food: Who has time to eat?
Hobby: WHo has time for hobbies?
Skill: Military tactician
Moral Code: do what is right, don't just follow orders when they seem wrong
Philosophical stance: For the Emperor
Book: None

Pacific - October 25, 2009 07:52 PM (GMT)
heres mine:

Name: Slug
Age: 17
Height: 6'4
Body Type: Crude & mishapen
Hair: none, a cone shaped head
Skin: pale
Job or Rank: none
Saying: No Hurtee! No Hurtee!
Garb or outfit: Ogre loincloth
Transportation: A giant riding wolf named Tubs
Short Term Plan: Not to be hurt
Goal for long term: Not to be hurt
Education: Back of a cornflake packet
Home: Terra
Location: Cheltenham
Friend: Tubs
Food: Mouldy slilme
Hobby: stamp collecting
Skill: unicycle
Moral Code: None
Philosophical stance: Utilitarian/deterministic
Book: Small mention in Fulgrim

Calgar 2.0 - October 26, 2009 05:02 PM (GMT)
Name: Cassius Varnus
Age: 100
Height:2 Meters
Body Type: Super Human
Hair: Brown
Skin: Caucasian
Job or Rank: Captain 11th Company Ultramarines
Saying:”Courage and Honour”
Garb or outfit: Mk1, Mk2 armor combo
Transportation: Mk1a Jetbike
Short Term Plan: Kill Non-compliers
Goal for long term: Survive the Great Crusade
Education: Battlefield
Home: Used to be Terra
Location: Calth
Friend: None, only Battle Brothers
Food: None
Hobby: Servicing Weapons
Skill: Jetbike Flying
Moral Code: Fight for the Right
Philosophical stance: Not Apparent
Book: None

Battle Brother Loken - October 28, 2009 02:20 AM (GMT)
Since so many people are doing IW i changed mine

Name: Mathis also known as the Silencer
Age: 265
Height: 8’7”
Body Type: Massive even for a space marine
Hair: Long greasy pitch-black hair
Skin: Pale with scars
Job or Rank: Night Lord Sergeant
Saying: No saying just a piercing scream through the vox amp
Garb or outfit: MK3 Power Armour
Transportation: Drop Pod
Short Term Plan: Inspire fear
Goal for long term: Become a captain
Education: Terran
Home: Nostramo
Location: Ajax IX
Friend: No friends known
Food: no real information
Hobby: combat training
Skill: Terror tactics
Moral Code: Fear keeps the worms in their place
Philosophical stance: Fear is when you see the true man in any soldier
Book: no books

Mossy Toes - October 28, 2009 09:55 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Vinnie @ Oct 24 2009, 09:28 PM)
QUOTE (Mossy Toes @ Oct 17 2009, 02:11 PM)
Well, no fear here.  I don't think that many other people will be doing Mongols...

Oh contraire, mon frere.

The Khan, doing some tankbusting!

Warpfire and damnation. I suppose I'll have to change my - ah, well then. No sooner said than a new, more fully-formed idea emerges.

Now, nobody had better be using the Word Bearers... :ph43r: :angry: :ph43r:


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