This summer, Port Hope-based not-for-profit arts organization, Critical Mass: A Centre for Contemporary Art will be celebrating Role-playing Games with their Critical Massive Adventure, an epic full-day festival, complete with a live D&D performance, public showcase and exhibit of post-festival mini publications, collectible ‘zines, artist panel & talks, and a fun and inclusive community D&D team tournament. Rebel Joy is partnering with Critical Mass to organize and run the tournament, and we’re looking for fun, experienced, and inclusive-minded Dungeon Masters to bring our adventure to life!


• Draft adventure pre-review/Q&A: June 3, 2019, 7 pm, ONLINE (Format TBD: Skype/Discord/Etc)

• Final adventure review/Q&A: August 1, 2019, 7pm, ONLINE (Format TBD: Skype/Discord/Etc)

• Festival & Tournament: August 17, 2019, 10:30 am – 6:30 pm


This will be a timed points-based tournament using D&D 5th Edition. Pre-assembled teams of varying D&D experience levels will earn points based on their accomplishments — exploring locations, finding treasure, and progressing through the adventure. At the end of the allotted time (whether the adventure has been completed or not!), points will be tallied, and the team with the most points will be declared the victor.

Player Characters will be pre-generated and will be chosen before the tournament clock starts. Other mechanisms will be in place to ensure a level playing field for all of the teams including visible DM dice rolls, impartial judges on-hand, visible player HP trackers, and more.

In addition to the tournament, players new to D&D will be invited to play in a competition-free version of the adventure. Points will not be awarded, but players will be led through the adventure alongside the rest of the competing teams.


A solid understanding of D&D 5th Edition rules and some experience DMing will be a definite requirement, but more importantly, we’re looking for Dungeon Masters who have a sense of fairness and fun — Who are willing to work with the judges, adventure writers, other DMs, and the players to make sure that everyone has a good time and is treated with fairness and respect. Being comfortable DMing in a group environment would also be very helpful!

The Adventure

The “Port Hope Themed” adventure will be written and prepared in advance, with opportunities provided for DMs to review the material before running the module for players. Owing to the timed, tournament-style nature of the event, the adventure will likely be a fairly straightforward exploration-focused dungeon-crawl, with small elements of mystery and NPC interaction to encourage teams to progress through the adventure in a timely manner.


Although all efforts will be made to ensure the adventure as written will be as inclusive as possible, it would be impossible to predict when uncomfortable content might come up for all players. To ensure an inclusive and fun tournament for all participants, we will be using safety tools, including the X-Card/O-Card and, optionally, Lines and Veils.

The X-Card was designed by John Stavropoulos and more information about it can be found at: tinyurl.com/x-card-rpg

More info on Lines and Veils is available here: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/30906/what-do-the-terms-lines-and-veils-mean

DMs will be responsible for ensuring that players seated at their table treat everyone with respect and fairness, don’t limit other players’ choices or speak over them, and behave in a way that doesn’t negatively impact the experience.


Dungeon Masters get rewards too! In appreciation for contributing to the tournament’s success, DMs will be paid a stipend of $50, be provided with vouchers for food and refreshments throughout the scheduled Festival day, and have the opportunity to enjoy the other festival events and planned workshops for free!

If you’re interested in DMing for this event, or would like to learn more about the tournament or festival, contact either Shannon at shannon@rebeljoy.com or Ted at ted@rebeljoy.com to find out more!