So, on December 14th, I received an email from Stan! at WotC, informing me that the three pitches I submitted were rejected.
While this is very disappointing, I understood where the production team was coming from, as they took the time to explain it.
Below, I’ll show the pitches I submitted, and below that, the letter I received.
This feature-length article will detail how to create massive battles utilizing the rules D&D already has. By combining Skill Challenges with combat, you will be able to, on the fly, create fantastic battles that invoke the spirit of books such as Lord of the Rings and Dragonlance. Modified swarm rules allow the DM to scale up any monster into a unit of soldiers. The article would also detail objectives within a battle for the players to achieve.
Approximate length of article: 4000 words
Dragon – The War at Sea
This feature-length article will feature rules for ship-based combat. It’s all a matter of scale. Rather than utilizing the personal-scale measurements of one square equaling roughly five feet, you instead have one square symbolizing a hundred feet. Slight modification of a monster stat-block gives you a whole wealth of ships. A simple addition to the stat-block’s traits. Certainly the rules for ships seen in Adventurer’s Vault works for a one-on-one ship battle, but if you begin introducing multiple ships, there are serious problems. This would allow for battles at sea, large or small.
Thanks for sending pitches in during our recent open submissions window for DDI articles. Unfortunately, we are going to pass on your concepts. However, below is feedback the Producer team offered during our review of your proposals.
THIS IS WAR: MASS COMBAT RULES and THE WAR AT SEA: We appreciate you thinking big, and these seem like fine concepts. But if we are going to tackle subjects this pervasive, we’re going to do it in-house with our design staff and development resources.
UNEARTHED ARCANA: GRIEVOUS WOUNDS: We have a similar concept already in the works. Sorry.
Overall, we were very impressed with your thinking and hope that you’ll submit more pitches during the next submission window.
Wizards of the Coast”