Operation Hazard Bedlam 2.0

Lo Howlers,

Welcome to Operation Hazard Bedlam 2.0.

If you played last time, you know the general parameters. If not... well, welcome to the chaos.

OHB 2.0 is a bit different from our first game in one major way - Since folks didn't feel like the instagram voting option was fair since it gave an advantage to folks with big followings, we have opted to do away with the crowd-sourced instagram voting elements and simplify the categories. In short, for Stage 2 there will be three themes, and all winners will be chosen by Joel and Pierce for bravery, creativity, ingenuity and overall pizzaz. 

Thanks for playing. 

-Pierce & Joel 



Who doesn't love a little bit of gambling?

Stage 01 is simple: A select few of the game-pieces are automatic winners.

If you find yourself to be a lucky sticker holder of any variety, simply shoot us an email at hazardbedlam@shit-escalates.com with a photo of the sticker. If you are a holder of the Dominus gamepiece, please include your shirt size, preferred title (Dominus/Domina), and your mailing address.

Stage 01 Prizewinners will have until June 1, 2023 to email us to redeem their sticker(s).



PRIZE 01: Legatus (6 Winners) One seat at our private Red Rising themed feast with Pierce Brown in Tulsa, OK. The multi-course menu was created exclusively for this event by Sam Luna of the James-Beard nominated team at Et-Al, who happens to be a Howler. Exact dates TBD, but this will happen either the day before or after our mini HowlerCon on August 3rd, 2023.
**This prize is fully transferable but is NOT salable -- if you can't make it, just introduce us to your alternate.

PRIZE 02: Centurio (10 Winners) One Advance Readers Copy of Light Bringer. Shipping early June 2023.

PRIZE 03: Dominus: (1 out of every 100 stickers): One custom embroidered Dominus/Domina Shirt



Wolves mark their territory.


Stage 02 is the fun part. From June 1 - June 7, 2023, participants will post photo(s) on instagram of a sticker (or many stickers) they have placed out in the real world. Stage 02 was inspired by community, and our hope is to get enough folks participating that avid readers start to see stickers left by fellow Howlers in random places all over the world. Let's make it happen.

PRIZE: 5 winners (17 total) from each theme + 2 from our bonus theme will be hand picked by Pierce and Joel. Each winner will receive a Howler name bequeathed by Pierce Brown himself, along with a custom embroidered t-shirt with their new callsign. 

How it works:

To be eligible to win a prize, participants will place the stickers out in the world on objects, people, places or things that correspond, are related to or otherwise inspired by the three themes (See Theme Details below). Physical placement of stickers can start any time between now and June 7th. Once the sticker is placed, the participant will snap a photo or video of the gamepiece in (on?) its new forever home. To participate, the actual instagram post(s) must occur between 12am June 1st and midnight June 7th. Each post much be hashtagged with both the overall game hashtag (#hazardbedlam2) and the theme hashtag.

**Please note: for us to be able to see your posts (and thus for you to be able to play) your instagram profile must be public and you need to make actual posts (not instagram stories). 

At the end of the game period Pierce and Joel will pick their 15 favorite posts based on creativity, ingenuity, huztpah and pizzaz.

Please stick responsibly:

We are by no means asking you to place stickers anywhere that breaks any laws or puts you in any danger. Participating in this game is entirely at your own risk, and your placement decisions are entirely your own. 

Please don’t stick on the front of signs – the authorities get a bit more touchy when safety is involved… or tourism… or the economy is affected.

There are plenty of places you can legally place your stickers. Like everything you own and anywhere you can join a grouping of other cool stickers. Many bars, sport shops, clubs are happy to add to their sticker collections and decor… just ask if they’ll include your sticker.


THEME 01: #VisionaryViolet

Think art. Poetry. Creativity. From painters to musicians, creatives make the world a better place, and we believe that everyone has a bit of an inner violet. 

THEME 02: #GoblinModeActivated

What would Sevro do? Please, keep it safe, marginally sanitary and legal. 

THEME 03: #RustIsRed

This one is wide open on both the color and theme spectrum. Red is iron. Red is hard work. Red Is the working class. Red is dirt. Red is mars. 


BONUS THEME (2 Winners) : #SofterthanSophocles2

We are bringing this one back because it was so fun seeing your furballs last time around. 




Q: Are the stickers Limited? 

A: Nope! Buy as many or as few as you like. They will be available from April 14-21st, come one come all.


Q: When is the actual game?

A: June 1-7. However, this is the actual posting window - you are more than welcome to place your stickers and shoot your content anytime between receiving your game-pieces and June 7!


Q: Are you condoning illegal activity with this game?

A: Absolutely not. Please don't do crimes.


Q: Can I use the old stickers from the first Operation Hazard Bedlam? 

A: Nope! New game, new game-pieces.


Q: What happens if I just decide I want to keep my sticker(s) to myself after all?

A: Go right ahead! 


Q: How many stickers/posts can I enter with? 

A: As many as you have time, energy and interest in sticking on things. 


Q: Can I place the stickers prior to June 1st?

A: Absolutely. The week-long posting window is for the posting portion only, and exists primarily so that we can make sure we are able to see every post. Feel free to get ahead of the game and do the physical stickering any time between now and gameweek. 


Q: Why do I have to post on instagram to participate?

A: We wanted to make this communal. More practically, this was the only way we could think of that would easily allow everyone to see and interact with everyone else's stickering.


Q: Can I post videos instead of (or in addition to) photos? 

A: Yes please! But make sure it's an actual post, stories don't stick around long enough for us to see them.


Q: Will Pierce and Joel REALLY look at all the posts hashtagged?

A: Hell yes. We can't wait.