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Thursday, 1st November, 2018

  • 10:43 PM - MortalPlague mentioned Rune in post 2018 IRON DM Tournament
    ...eting in the past has made me a stronger writer, and a stronger DM. It's made me question things in a more critical light, to ask why a certain element needs to be this thing and not this other thing. And I can see, by the caliber of entries put forth by my competition, that I'm not the only one who's become better through past competition. Iron DM is always a test, and I'm pleased to have risen to the occasion this year. I feel like these adventures are some of my best work. Gradine, Writ In Blood was an evocative, fascinating adventure. The whole theme throughout was delightfully dark, with a full-fledged haunted realm for the PCs to explore. When I first read it, I wasn't sure which way the judges would go; I think yours is much stronger than mine in a few specific areas, including on some of the elements. I think the judgements, even though they all fell my way, were close in each case. I look forward to squaring off against you next year. Iron Sky, Deuce Traveler, Rune, thank you all for the tremendous amount of work you've put in judging these entries. I have never been a judge for this competition; I find the very idea of it daunting and intriguing in equal measure. I don't envy you some of the choices you had to make, there were truly some fantastic entries in this competition. But I'll thank all of you for the hard work and dedication to make this happen. I won't talk any more about my process. I think I've prattled on enough in the last few posts about how The Culling of Carriage Court progressed from early idea to finished entry. If I do end up putting together the full adventure, I will post a link here.

Saturday, 27th October, 2018


Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018

  • 05:56 PM - Gradine mentioned Rune in post 2018 IRON DM Tournament
    ... Hungry Hippogriff. I at least took the time to make a brief mention that the Daelkyr led armies of aberrations, hence why specifically a Mind Flayer (who in Eberron are created by and are often servants to the Daelkyr) would know about the curse in the first place, let alone have cause to study it. The Hippogriff is the more egregious example: as per setting canon the crest of House Vadalis is the Hippogriff; and of all the Dragonmarked Houses it probably maintains one of the closest ties to its heraldic beast. Vadalis claims to have created the first Hippogriff, and Vadalis' history of experimentation with magebreeding beasts (and the tendency of some its members to cross ethical and moral boundaries in doing so, Isle of Dr. Moreau-style) made it a perfect thematic match for all the business with Daelkyr flesh-warping and the lasting impacts of their curse on the ancient fortress. Of course, it doesn't help that I got the description of the Hippogriff wrong >< On the other hand, @Rune did pick up on the fact that Fernii was the true representation of the "Hungry Hippogriff" in the adventure. I got dinged on that anyway because, were this a setting of my own creation I could have picked any magical beast for the house crest; or even given Eberron (and thus the established House Crest) I could have had Fernii be a member of any Dragonmarked House. Except I couldn't, because again, the thematic ties between House Vadalis, her excoriate uncle/father, and the Daelkyr fleshwarping curse. Incidentally, "excoriate" is the appropriate and canonical term used in Eberron for a Dragonmarked House exile. This brings us to one of the biggest issues: To Use or Not To Use Established Settings in Iron DM This is the tricky one, because I don't think there's a proper answer to this, either as a contestant or as a judge. Ultimately, a judge should never have to do research on any deep lore of any particular established setting, and I'll admit I went pretty deep on some of the lore...

Saturday, 20th October, 2018

  • 01:13 AM - CleverNickName mentioned Rune in post 2018 IRON DM Tournament
    Iron Sky, Deuce Traveler, and now Rune: Thank you for the feedback (and judgment) on my entry! I can't speak for all of the competitors, but feedback and commentary like this are why I compete in the Iron DM contest in the first place. Most of my work as a DM is done in a vacuum, with little encouragement or feedback. Except from my players, and they usually only give me feedback when they are mad at me. I guess that's helpful too. My response to Iron Sky's Judgment Thank you for the kind words! I'm an engineer, and--well, let's just say that we aren't known for our writing ability. I truly appreciate the encouragement and feedback. I am my own worst critic, though. After I posted my entry, I re-read it dozens of times and found all sorts of things that I should have changed to tighten the entry up. First, I would have made it clear that this adventure is intended to be played by children. The light-hearted tone and silly names hinted at it, but I probably could (should?) have specified. And I agree, the...

Tuesday, 16th October, 2018

  • 03:57 PM - MortalPlague mentioned Rune in post 2018 IRON DM Tournament
    hawkeyefan, I was floored that neither of us went with a fantasy adventure. I thought the medusa element would strongly steer this into that territory. But when I tried to rationalize a science fiction medusa, I just liked it more and more. Your take on the medusa who inflicts phobia was a very clever take. I really thought it gave my own alternate medusa a run for her money. I also thought your indignant retort was very good. I have not yet tried Delta Green, but I really want to. More so, after reading 'Catalyst'. Iron Sky, Deuce Traveler, Rune - Thank you all for taking the time to judge. Some of you pointed out how Binjun and the retort aren't really connected to the rest of the adventure as tightly as the other elements, and that was a late change. I had originally intended to have a collection of silver and chrome entertainment bots floating around, hawking services (loudly) at the PCs. Their shiny exteriors would have allowed the PCs to use them to reflect the petrification rays, making their affluence meaningful. I showed the piece to two of my players, however, and independently, neither one thought it qualified as panhandling. So I drafted up Binjun instead, who is likely to fill some of the same role of being a wrench in the works. Then MortalPlague posted “Morality Index.” I copied it over to my word-processing app (minus title and ingredients). 1506. Uh oh. Copied into a different app. 1506. That didn’t seem likely. MortalPlague had turned the piece in with time to spare and had already talked about tradin...
  • 02:28 PM - hawkeyefan mentioned Rune in post 2018 IRON DM Tournament
    Thanks, Rune! Sorry I jumped the gun on my reply to the earlier judgments...since it had already been decided, I wasn’t sure if the third would be needed. I commented on the word count issue above, and most of the other concerns, but one thing to add is that medusa is also a word for a kind of jellyfish, typically the umbrella-like ones with stinging tentacles. And the dirty secret was Sayer’s experimentation with it. Thanks for taking the time to provide the feedback.

Friday, 12th October, 2018


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Wednesday, 3rd October, 2018

  • 08:40 PM - Imhotepthewise mentioned Rune in post After Judgement Discussion
    After Judgement Discussion First of all, I want to thank CleverNickName for being my honorable competitor and writing an excellent entry! Secondly, I want to than Rune for his fair and honest judgement. I appreciate he never belittles anyone and is always encouraging us to try harder. I got the ingredients Sunday night and started to take them apart to see what could be done. Having so many time ingredients with only one “thing” in the middle was giving me the vapours. If the meaning of the ingredient is not giving me anything, I usually find something in the alternate meanings of the word to make it work. After a couple hours, I gave up and went to bed. I woke up with another half-assed idea that went nowhere. Despondently, I wrote an apology to post to CleverNickName and my fellow Iron DM crowd that I forfeited. I just didn’t have anything. I couldn’t put three yet six ingredients together. Then she showed up. The mother is the well. The wish is her prayer not to be found. The unscripted revelation is the unknown effect of the visual obscurement of her that kept her from being found by the bandits. Nobody asked for it to happen that w...
  • 07:25 PM - CleverNickName mentioned Rune in post 2018 IRON DM Tournament
    Thanks for the review, Rune. I know we didn't make it easy on you this time around, and I appreciate the in-depth critique. At the end of the day, we are doing this contest to improve our Dungeon Mastery skills...and feedback like this is exactly what I need to hear. (However painful it ends up being.) The hardest part of this challenge is the word limit, hands down...it forced me to be vague in places that I really needed to be specific, and forced me to use canned ingredients when I should have used homemade. By the time I realized the story I had chosen to write needed 2,000 words to properly link all of those ingredients together, it was too late to go back. I cut a lot of important exposition about the nature of Purgatory, mortals' souls, and the raise dead spell...I had to abbreviate the negotiations with Beezelbub, cut his escape story and his motives entirely...I was forced to use a pre-packaged monster (Coloxus) instead of the "Timekeepers" I had created (fly-like minions of Beezelbub)...and eve...

Monday, 1st October, 2018

  • 09:16 PM - Imhotepthewise mentioned Rune in post The EN World IRON DM 2018 Tournament Scheduling Thread
    Rune Imhotepthewise entry up. Early because I have a meeting and taking on CleverNickName fair and square.
  • 05:56 PM - CleverNickName mentioned Rune in post The EN World IRON DM 2018 Tournament Scheduling Thread
    Rune: My Round 1 entry is up and ready for judgment. With so many time-related ingredients, my first instinct was to write a time-travel adventure, or some kind of modern adventure in a corporate bureaucracy setting. I decided to go with planar travel instead, and embraced one of the oldest bureaucracies I could think of--religion! But whatever. The real challenge wasn't the ingredients; it was that 750 word count limit. Brutal. I had to cut away so much exposition...super-important stuff too, like the background info that ties the Bible passage I quoted to the demon, and the reason why the demon was holding the soul of that character. (The gist of it was that no raise dead spells work anymore because Beezelbub had been released.) Alas, it's all on the cutting room floor now. Ah well. Win or lose, this non-Catholic writer learned a bit about Purgatory and the medieval church.

Sunday, 30th September, 2018

  • 03:59 PM - Deuce Traveler mentioned Rune in post 2018 IRON DM Tournament
    Judgment of Round 1, Match 2: Gradine vs tglassy First of all, let me apologize for the hiccup in the number of ingredients. It should have been six, and I posted five. Rune graciously bailed me out from my mistake. Second, let me thank the patient participants for volunteering in the first place. It’s difficult to post a piece for critiques when you put so much of yourself into it. Accordance to the Rules Both entries were posted in time, so no advantage on either side here. My word counter says that tglassy’s entry was 739 words, while Gradine’s was 747 words. Again, no advantage to either side as both made the 750 word limit. Grammar and Readability “Speak of the Devil”, by tglassy, is a creepy tale appropriately taking place in a carnival. The entry is easily understood, though I only found one small error where the villain, Piddlestomper, uses the word ‘whether’ where tglassy meant ‘weather’. Gradine’s “Have you seen this calf?” is a lot more whimsical in tone, but equal to “Speak of the Devil” in readability. “Have you seen this calf?” also has a slight spelling error as “...they most search...” should have been “...they must search...

Thursday, 28th December, 2017

  • 09:23 PM - Deuce Traveler mentioned Rune in post Scheduling for the IRON DM 2017 Tournament
    Lwaxy , thanks for doing a Shadowrun adventure! Most of us get stuck in the rut of doing pure medieval fantasy pieces, so I'm always happy to see something different. Rune, I am free anytime for the next week.

Friday, 22nd December, 2017

  • 04:04 AM - Iron Sky mentioned Rune in post IRON DM 2017 Tournament
    ...does now go somewhere since it leads the party to the cathedral. I originally had a legal battle with the sheriff to even be able to speak with Gristlyn and/or get an extension on the execution, but I had to cut it and, with it, my more obvious (legal) Impasse. I hoped the road would cut it and it clearly didn't. The glory was Gristlyn who became a renowned hero (complete with statues and speaking tours) after surviving the last "battle". Hence the road led to the last battle where she got her glory. I had more details with Gristlyn shouting something like "I'm the only survivor!" at the Veteran then abducting him to make it true, but that got lost in the snipping. I was somewhat worried at what I thought of as "a subtle weaving" of the ingredients. Elegantly subtle where you look back and go "ah, I see how they did that!" is great. Subtle where you're justifying your decisions to the judge that didn't see them at all after barely squeaking out a win is probably too subtle. Thanks Rune for judging and Yaztromo for stepping up to the plate. I dug the PCs as moral lab rats angle in your entry and, like Rune, dug the nuke dilemma and saw a lot of potential in the adventure. I hope you come back next year; as frustrating as it can be to lose these (I've lost at least half-a-dozen) my writing and adventure design have improved tenfold from the experience. Now I just need to step up my game a bit for the next match!

Thursday, 21st December, 2017


Wednesday, 26th July, 2017

  • 10:09 PM - Quickleaf mentioned Rune in post Minimalist Character Sheet
    Rune Interesting design! While I appreciate the minimalism...the real litmus test for a one-page character sheet is not a 1st-level PC (who it is easy to fit onto one page), but an 11th-level PC that has been "lived in." I also second the value of including portrait space – one of the most fun I had was ad-libbing D&D where we began with character sketches and then rotated them around the table, each player adding an artistic touch like a pseudodragon familiar or a word or something to each player's sheet. It really did wonders for kickstarting everyone's creativity.

Saturday, 22nd October, 2016

  • 06:43 PM - Iron Sky mentioned Rune in post Iron DM 2016 (The Complete Game Thread!)
    ... corporate Dirty Laundry starting with a Moonlight Serenade, discovering in the process a Hate Story leading to an Strangely-specifc Curse on the Nuclear Generator of a starship engaged in Sanctioned Kidnappings and now carrying Unstable Cargo that can manifest Twenty Apparitions. 3/8 replaceable is pretty good, historically. 4/5 Pts. Summary My main issues with this otherwise rock-solid entry could have been cleaned up by a bit more appealing formatting, and a little clarification of the curse and the ship layout. 5 minutes spent bolding ship sections, dropping a heading here and there, and better explanation of the curse(there were 100 words to spare!) would have been worth a few points at the least. A compelling scenario with exploration, mystery, combat, diplomacy, horror, and a pretty cool story behind it to boot. Run has his work cut out for him. Deuce Traveler isn't the reigning champion for nothing. Total: 83/105 Pts. Readability: As mentioned in Rune's the last round judgement, poetic language is either a boon or a bane and rarely anything between. Similarly, this doesn't quite work for me. I think I figured out what it is, too: the sentences are too short and choppy for the way the language is woven. Here's almost identical wording but combining a couple sentences: "Destruction slumbers beneath the waves, breaking mortal minds with its twisting dreams. It lures its faithful toward monstrous devotion while within the city walls destruction festers in another form. Driven by an ancient curse, hatred breeds revolt. Enter the PCs, caught between the schemes of two wicked factions." Tweaked just slightly and it flips from bane to boon (for me, at least). Again as before, after the opening, everything is well-formatted and eminently readable. This time, however, the language has kicked up towards primarily active wording: "betrothed" "compels" "dissemination" "lures" make for much more engaging reading. 9/10 Pts. ...

Tuesday, 18th October, 2016

  • 05:35 AM - Iron Sky mentioned Rune in post Iron DM 2016 (The Complete Game Thread!)
    ...learned it was marching north to put down the Revolt (first Revelation of the Revolt). When they reached the "City of Airships" they met a young martyr from the Revolt and learned that massive suicide attacks were coordinated across the city at sunset (Martyr Revelation, tied to the Revolt). Now that they've "accidentally" commandeered and airship they'll be flying over the Barbarian Invasion, etc. I have a little section in my game notes of Events that might look like this: *Colossus uncovered in Scrapmoors, invades Empire with Knights Mechane *Sultinate forces retake Umbar *Twilight Empire undead army seized by rogue agent, marches West *25 + 26th Legions go rogue, take city of Seer Some might have dates set (especially if they are nearby), if not, they'll just happen at some point in the future. I don't feel like I explained that very well, but hopefully it gives you a general idea. I'll maybe think about it more and see if I can figure out how to make it more succinct. Also, @Rune, my critiques of your ingredients were to some degree a result of me being tired and it being at hour 5 of 6 (about 2am) of my judgment writing. Rereading now, I'd probably give a couple another point or two, but as I go I have noticed I get more and more critical, in part because get so meta about things I get a bit ungrounded as to what exactly good looks like sometimes. I think your adventure had maybe the most solid set of ingredients I've seen in any IronDM entry I've seen - both individually and how they were woven together. I have to say, I think "Hate Story" is probably my favorite ingredient I've seen in my three years doing this. This should be a good one! I thought of it watching Netflicks when a "Love Stories" suggestion list popped up. As I scrolled through it, I wondered there was never the opposite. :P

Saturday, 12th January, 2013

  • 03:00 PM - FireLance mentioned Rune in post "This is a game that is fun. It helps you imagine."
    In this thread, Rune writes: "This is a game that is fun. It helps you imagine." These were the first two sentences in Frank Mentzer's preface to the Dungeons & Dragons Players Manual, written in 1983. In what ways have you found these statements to be true? Discuss. There were (alas, only) about three responses in that thread, apparently all from posters who like 4e. I wonder why posters who like other editions didn't participate? :] Anyway, my post in that thread is as follows: I guess the fact that I've been playing the game for almost thirty years now means that I'm getting something out of it. ;) And it definitely helps you imagine. Why, sometimes I've imagined as many as six impossible things before breakfast. I imagine it's possible for mortal beings to reach such heights of power that they can challenge and defeat ancient dragons, arch-devils, demon lords, primodials and gods. I imagine it's possible for magic to exist, and to manifest itself in many way, including...


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Sunday, 21st October, 2018

  • 08:42 PM - R_Chance quoted Rune in post Dragon Reflections #15 - Happy Third Birthday!
    Good revue. I’ve been enjoying these. However, I take issue with an interpretation you provide in the article: You claim that “it seems that "Theatre of the Mind" is how Gygax ran the original D&D games!” But that isn’t what Gygax said in the excerpt, at all. He said that “the majority of enthusiasts” played that way, but in no way did he include himself among that majority. He may well have been part of it, but there is no evidence within the excerpt to confirm that possibility. A minor quibble, perhaps, but one that leapt out as I read. Agreed. Gygax was a miniature gamer, I'd be surprised if he didn't use them in D&D. We always did, even if we didn't have the right miniature for everything, literally, that might show up in a game. I think as more non miniature gamers became D&D players / DMs theater of the mind became a thing. The growth of the miniature market for fantasy games was a response to demand by gamers and an expansion of the huge variety of historical miniatures alre...

Thursday, 18th October, 2018

  • 05:38 PM - CleverNickName quoted Rune in post 2018 IRON DM Tournament
    For those playing the home-game version of “Guess the Word-count,” CleverNickName’s entry has given me the widest varience yet: 1494 in WordCounter.net and 1516 in my app (which is Ulysses, by the way – with no formatting, just text).Eeep! That's quite a difference, especially for a contest with a hard requirement. MS Word gave me a count of 1496. 0.o I too will be using WordCounter.net, if I advance. And I've learned my lesson; I'll try not to push the envelope as much and give myself a little more breathing room. That was a little too close for comfort.
  • 09:01 AM - MortalPlague quoted Rune in post 2018 IRON DM Tournament
    If you can figure that out, it would be a service to us all. So I did some trial and error with Wordcounter.net. It counts hyphenated words as a single word, and it counts contractions as a single word. I believe those two factors account for the discrepancy.

Tuesday, 16th October, 2018

  • 03:57 PM - MortalPlague quoted Rune in post 2018 IRON DM Tournament
    hawkeyefan, I was floored that neither of us went with a fantasy adventure. I thought the medusa element would strongly steer this into that territory. But when I tried to rationalize a science fiction medusa, I just liked it more and more. Your take on the medusa who inflicts phobia was a very clever take. I really thought it gave my own alternate medusa a run for her money. I also thought your indignant retort was very good. I have not yet tried Delta Green, but I really want to. More so, after reading 'Catalyst'. Iron Sky, Deuce Traveler, Rune - Thank you all for taking the time to judge. Some of you pointed out how Binjun and the retort aren't really connected to the rest of the adventure as tightly as the other elements, and that was a late change. I had originally intended to have a collection of silver and chrome entertainment bots floating around, hawking services (loudly) at the PCs. Their shiny exteriors would have allowed the PCs to use them to reflect the petrification rays, making their affluence meaningful. I showed the piece to two of my players, however, and independently, neither one thought it qualified as panhandling. So I drafted up Binjun instead, who is likely to fill some of the same role of being a wrench in the works. Then MortalPlague posted “Morality Index.” I copied it over to my word-processing app (minus title and ingredients). 1506. Uh oh. Copied into a different app. 1506. That didn’t seem likely. MortalPlague had turned the piece in with time to spare and had already talked about tradin...

Friday, 12th October, 2018

  • 09:26 PM - CleverNickName quoted Rune in post The EN World IRON DM 2018 Tournament Scheduling Thread
    I don’t know, because I’m not going to look before judgement, but, assuming that last post includes commentary on your match, CleverNickName, the other thread is a better home for it. For posterity. This thread will probably never get linked to again after the tournament.Gah! Sorry about that...in past competitions, we were told to limit the Official Iron DM thread to just submissions and reviews, and to put all commentary in a separate place. Old habits die hard. I'll get this moved over to the right spot.

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Saturday, 29th September, 2018

  • 06:26 PM - Gradine quoted Rune in post 2018 IRON DM Tournament
    And another reason to do so is that it will force an autosave of your text (at least in the desktop mode of the web browser. Not sure about other mediums.). Oh, I already learned the lesson to type it up in another platform a long time ago. New lesson learned: the "WYSIWYG" editor lies!

Wednesday, 26th September, 2018


Thursday, 20th September, 2018

  • 03:47 AM - hawkeyefan quoted Rune in post The EN World IRON DM 2018 Tournament Scheduling Thread
    We’ll want to begin as soon can after we lock down our eighth contestant. The first round should be over in a week, if everyone’s schedules line up. Rounds 2 and 3 have 48 hour matches and a panel of judges, so they might take two or three weeks. We do try to schedule around the contestants’ availability, though, especially in the latter rounds. The expenditure of time and energy can be intense, but it comes in relatively quick bursts. That said, if you really aren’t sure if you can commit, you can sign up as an alternate. Okay, cool. If you do schedule around availability, then that should help. Sign me up as an alternate, but if you need me to step up, then I will!

Saturday, 31st March, 2018

  • 02:43 AM - AaronOfBarbaria quoted Rune in post Passive Investigation?
    You say that as if using uncertainty of the outcome of an ability check to maintain an atmosphere of suspense for the players is a bad thing.You say that as if hiding that a roll has been made is the only way to have the outcome of that roll be uncertain.

Thursday, 11th January, 2018

  • 10:33 PM - Gradine quoted Rune in post IRON DM 2017 Tournament
    Don't get me wrong. What you did worked well enough. It just would have been better if it had done both. When I come up with these types of ingredients with high potential for thematic integration (which character or personality traits almost always do – although not exclusively), I'm not looking for an obvious and clichéd interpretation; I'm hoping for a nuanced and layered one. I'm giving the competitors a chance to add a layer of dimension to their ingredient-tapestry that they can hang an adventure on. It's a challenge to see who's got the skill and inclination to take me up on the offer. It's a tricky thing to do well, but it has the potential to reward a contestant very well, because, if it works, it means the ingredients and the adventure are inherently woven together. But that's just one thing you can do. A good use of an ingredient will be a good use, even if I would have tried to do something different with it. Yeah, that makes sense. It's finding where the line is between...

Saturday, 30th December, 2017

  • 08:53 PM - MortalPlague quoted Rune in post IRON DM 2017 Tournament
    First off, congratulations to tglassy. It's always a great exercise to participate in a competition such as this, win or lose. The holidays have kept me so busy of late I haven't had a chance to chime in here. To begin with, I can't figure out why Barras even needs the Falling Sky. What does he get out of it? I haven't got a clue. In 750 words, I chose to gloss over some of what I considered the background. I pictured Barras as the sort of lich who has forces at his command, kind of the 'Evil Overlord' sort of lich. The 'Falling Sky' is his band of wyvern riders who he uses to sow chaos and fear across the land. I think in some of my earlier drafts I addressed it a little more, but it must have been trimmed in the end. Also, a large chunk of this adventure assumes the PCs won't have access to some other means of ingress (like flight – that's a thing!). If they bypass the runes and kill Solis without questioning him, they may never know what's really going on. That's a fair point. The trek to Barras (if it happens at all) could use a little fleshing out, but all-in-all, things have gotten really interesting by this point. Yeah, 750 words again. :p In a full-fledged adventure, I'd have included a map of the citadel and colorful NPCs to encounter or fight. It would be nice to have a little bit of direction for determining the fallout from the various options. If the ice demon is summoned and killed, how do Barras and the Archdevil respond? If the PCs just leave Solis to his misery, what happens then? If they kill Barras, what happens? Does Solis, having found his redemption, disband the Falling Sky or become an effective leader and take them in a new direction? I want to have unanswered questions at the end of an adventure to build future adventures on. But I need some sort of closure, and I'm not sure the adventure, as written, fully deliv...

Sunday, 24th December, 2017

  • 03:52 AM - Slit518 quoted Rune in post IRON DM 2017 Tournament
    I always try to let the last year's contestants know, so don't worry; you're on the list! (Also, told ya so!) :p Back when I was on the Midway Mortal Kombat forums years-and-years ago, they used to do this tournament. It was a bracket similar to this, with 3 judges. My first time playing I wound up winning the tournament, and my last match was against the previous year's champion. It was a good time. We were each a Mortal Kombat character fighting their other Mortal Kombat character. So for Example I was Nightwolf and somebody else might be Jade. We would write a scenario of us encountering each other, how the fight would go, etc... It was 3 rounds a piece, each round was 24 hours. I don't think there was a word limit though, nor an ingredient list. But, we kept things reasonable. And you could only kill your opponent if you won the overall match against them. So this kind of gave me the chance to relive that a bit.

Thursday, 21st December, 2017


Wednesday, 20th December, 2017

  • 08:39 AM - MortalPlague quoted Rune in post Scheduling for the IRON DM 2017 Tournament
    ...would any of you like to take on Deuce Traveler either tonight or tomorrow morning? I'd hate to have to delay his match until after Christmas. I could go.
  • 01:55 AM - Slit518 quoted Rune in post Scheduling for the IRON DM 2017 Tournament
    Works for me. 2:30 Eastern Tomorrow. I still need confirmation from Slit518, though (I know the time is fine, but I need to that know both of you know it's on). Yes, 2:30 should work.
  • 01:10 AM - Gradine quoted Rune in post Scheduling for the IRON DM 2017 Tournament
    I'm ok with 2:30, too. I realize that's still morning for you, though. The difference is pretty minimal to me. Hell, the way I tend to overthink things the earlier deadline would probably work to my benefit. :p
  • 12:56 AM - Gradine quoted Rune in post Scheduling for the IRON DM 2017 Tournament
    Sorry to hear about your health, Gradine. Hope you're doing better before long. Would 4 PM Eastern (1PM Pacific) work for both of you? Maybe 3:30 Eastern? If so, please confirm. A later start time works best for me, but I'm honestly game for any of these.


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Minimalist Character Sheet
I like my character sheets free of clutter and with a prominent space for a portrait (when did we gamers decide it was a good idea to get rid of the most important section of a character sheet, anyway?).

Here's a sheet; put whatever information y...
3355 0 2 Tuesday, 25th July, 2017, 05:48 PM Tuesday, 25th July, 2017, 05:52 PM
Light-weight Character Sheet
This is a super-light weight one-page character sheet for folk who feel the character portrait area should be the focal point.

This character sheet features a distinctly visual design, a generously-sized character portrait/description area, framed...
2743 +1 1 Thursday, 21st November, 2013, 08:25 PM Wednesday, 5th October, 2016, 08:33 PM
The Token System
At its heart, any role-playing game is about creating a collaborative narrative among all of the players. In order to produce the tension necessary to drive the game, most emphasize uncertainty by adding a random element to the mechanics.

There ...
174 0 1 Friday, 8th November, 2013, 04:08 AM Friday, 8th November, 2013, 04:08 AM

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