Summer Camp 2022 Reading Challenge

I've taken a few days to unwind and not write for a few days after successfully meeting my goal of writing articles for all 31 Summer Camp 2022 prompts and getting the Diamond Badge. I'm now unwinding and taking part in the SC 2022 Reading Challenge.

I'll be picking 3 prompts and 3 articles in each prompt to read and review. Once I'm done with that, I"ll move on to reading all the prompts for the prompt I'm sponsoring: A tradition or ceremony which confers an honor on someone.

Α religion or organisation connected to a natural phenomenon

One of my favorite worldbuilders on World Anvil has always been thechangeling. I love the dream-like qualities of their world-building and writing and they'ver turned it up even more with this article. Here they talk about a cult that follows a trinity of sun-gods that only manifest for their followers.

thechangeling writes myths and gods like no one else on World Anvil and I always look forward to their work.


EmilyArmstrong is one of my favorites in the new crop of writers here on World Anvil. Her articles are always well thought out, entertaining, and gorgeously laid out. I especially love her wicked, dark sense of humor.

This article is about the "Followers of the Muffin Man", a generous baker who imbues his baked goods with magic. The layout and colors are attractive and eye-catching. I very much enjoy her colors and font choices.


Cult of Cold by George Sanders tells the story of a group of huntes in a cold land who unsuccessfully track a renegade. George tells the story from the first person, which immediately draws the reader into the story. You can feel the cold and the desperation of the hunters who fear the coming punishment for their failure.

The story then switches to the POV of seers, regulators, warlocks, and finaly the treacherous "Lord of the Land" himself. There's more story in here, but George leaves you wanting more. This is very well done!



A military conflict resolved through excellent leadership

I'm slightly cheating by picking this article because I influenced Chris a little bit while he was writing this. I'm a regular on his daily Twitch stream and I definitely incepted the idea of the Iron Stache vs. Captain Nunya into his brain during a stream and/or in comments on one of his other articles.

Chris (I can call him Chris, cause that's my name too!), is endlessly inventive, clever, and has a happily degenerate sense of humor that lines up with my own!

I really enjoy the conceit of his world, a mix of our own world, children's books, and a perverse sense of humor blended together through successive iterations of reality. The fun comes when people jump from one iteration to another to another. This article features a variant of Abraham Lincoln ending another "Civil War" between warring factions of Nunya. Give it a read for fun shenanigans!


This isn't an article. WantedHero tells a story told in one scene mostly through dialogue. It hyper focuses on the prompt to deliver an entire "military conflict resolved through excellent leadership." The titular gnome, Dimitris (love a good cameo), confronts a crusty old gnome general and overwhelms him with a precisely timed and executed attack of kindness and competence!

You expect the story to zig, but it zags instead. You think that he's delivering tired tropes, but instead he reveals something fun, or amusing, or kind. Give it a read and you'll see what I mean.


I aspire to write an article as well thought out and executed as nnie's "Operation War Dove." She delivers information in precise well-thought out bite sized pieces. Her layout perfectly delivers the information as you need it. Her use of World Anvil's Timeline was especially impressive. I immediately cracked open the code editor to see what she was doing and didn't know timelines could be presented like that!

She puts considerable thought into the conflict that she's describing as well. You get information about it in a "news report" and from a short 3-word quote. Amazing and well done.



Α food that marks a rite of passage for a culture in your world

I was not ready for the level of sardonic cosmic horror from AmélieIS that this article delivered! I was expecting a well-researched article based on Napoleonic era cuisine. I instead received a dark and funny riff on "Cabin in the Woods"!

The meal in question is a human sacrifice that is specially prepared to be fed to a cosmic horror to keep it asleep. It shouldn't be funny, but it is!

I have not delved into this new world too much, but it seems to be full of the same ruthless pragmatism that imbues some of my favorite World Anvil worlds such as Megacorpolis and Becketville.

Eldritch Horror Feeding Ritual
Tradition / Ritual | Jul 31, 2022

Eldritch beings live underground and get agitated every few months at the least provocations. They immediately need to be appeased and put back to sleep, and what better way to do that than with a tasty human meal?


This lovely "slice of life" article from Dazzlinkat describes a recipe for Lemon Cream passed down from mother to daughter for generations. The article begins with a short in-world vignette that centers the article in the world.

I really enjoyed the sidebar with the secret recipe for Lemon Cream there for all to see! Unfortunately, if you don't have a functioning magic wand, you won't be able to duplicate it in our world! But you might be able to reverse engineer it with our modern scientific methods!!


This simple article by tjtrewin takes on the complicated subject of untangling "the terms of consent in polyamorous and open relationships." The opening article really got me, I was expecting another article about entering the military or becoming an adult. Instead I get a meditation on how to negotiate a difficult subject with your partner, also poetry!

This article gives practical advice that would actually work in anyones real life relationship. Start out simple, mindfully mix in some ingredients, take your time. It drives its point home through the metaphor of a plain meal of bread and dipping sauces.

Summer Camp 2022 Pledge
Generic article | Aug 1, 2022

My Summer Camp 2022 Pledge Document - KCZ, Maharlitech, Moon Shards, and the Dragon Empire

I'll be reading and judging every prompt sumbitted for the prompt: A tradition or ceremony which confers an honor on someone. I'll be giving the lucky winner a collection of 3 RPG's:

  1. Gubat Banwa
    "A tactical martial arts and war drama roleplaying game set in a heroic fantasy setting inspired by Precolonial Philippines and Classical Southeast Asia.
  2. Navathem's End
    "Welcome to Navathem, a world of ice, bathed in fire, and stitched together by lightning. You are a Tower Agent, set to help figure out the signs of the times and stop the Apocalypse before it's too late! "
  3. Maharlika RPG
    "MAHARLIKA RPG is a technomystic Science Fantasy mecha RPG inspired by Filipino Mythology, centered around Mekanized Weapons or Meka, and their pilots: the eponymous Maharlika."


Cover image: Summer Camp 2022 Pledge Header by Chris L

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Grandmaster nnie
Annie Stein
5 Aug, 2022 09:07

That's some high praise for Operation War Dove. I worked very hard on it, and I'm glad to see it resonates. The timeline is actually all containers and css by me, I don't believe we have the tools to embed a timeline into an article quite yet? I hope we get that soon though!   Thank you so much!

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5 Aug, 2022 12:17

Now I'm even more curious. I'll have to dig in, because I really liked how you did that.

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E. Christopher Clark
5 Aug, 2022 10:36

Thanks for including me, man! I'm glad you got a kick out of the article. And also: thanks for all these suggestions, which I can now add to my own Reading List.

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5 Aug, 2022 12:17

You're welcome. Hope you enjoy them!

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