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    Iron DM 2012 -- R2 complete, Finals in Progress

    Today is the Ides of May. We all know about the Ides of March, but the other Ides (in May, June and October) are also important, even if nobody has gone down in history for killing a Roman Emperor on them (yet). They probably feel neglected.

    So, to honor the Ides of May as they deserve, we will be taking a measure of the interest in a gladiatorial event of brutal wit and wicked creativity: Iron DM 2012.

    The judges for this tournament shall be:
    • Radiating Gnome
    • Wicht
    • Yours Truly

    My plan is to start formal sign-ups this Saturday at high noon.

    Edit: What is Iron DM? The founder says it best:
    Quote Originally Posted by el-remmen
    Simple. We get 8 people willing to play (and 3 alternates). I pair people off as competitors and give them a set of 6 "ingredients".

    The ingredients are elements that must be used in the designing of a scenario/adventure - which should be written up in overview form - players can be as specific as they like - but detailed stat-blocks and the like are not weighed as heavily as uniqueness and playability of the ideas.

    The results are then judged by me and the winner moves on to the next round. . .
    In this judge's humble opinion -- possibly the last humble opinion he will give in this contest -- it would behoove contestants and prospective contestants to peruse past performances:


    Edit 2: Sign ups now in progress!

    • Waylander the Slayer (reigning champion)
    • Rune (instigator)
    • Loonook
    • steeldragons
    • Lwaxy
    • Shoe
    • howandwhy99 -- maybe?
    • Deuce Traveler

    • ender_wiggin
    • FickleGM
    • Imhotepthewise

    Edit 3:
    Quote Originally Posted by Wicht View Post
    The Rules

    Contestants are to write an adventure synopsis using all of the 6 ingredients listed for the match-up.


    Contestants will be given 48 hours from the time the ingredients are posted to post their entry into this thread.

    Judges have leeway to enforce this rule as loosely as they want (in conjunction with agreement by the other contestant) if an entry is late, but some (if not all) judges feel strongly about the importance of the time limit--and may disqualify a late entry automatically. A better tactic, if you are not quite finished, would be to post what you have. Incomplete or unpolished entries have won in the past.

    Entrants are expected not to read another contestant's entry in the same match until after their own entry is posted. You are on your honor to do so.


    Please list the ingredients used at the top of your entry.

    Please limit your entry to 2000 words, including those used for the ingredient list and the title! Judges have leeway to enforce this as strictly as they want--some may, some may not.

    Please do not edit your post! Judges have leeway to enforce this as strictly as they want--but I warn you...for those judges who care about this, it is a big deal. Break this rule at your own peril!


    Use whatever rules you want; or stay system-neutral. Extensive use of stat-blocks is both a waste of time and space and, even in the form of attachments, may be ignored by the judge(s). You are advised only to include important system-information. That said, assumptions of familiarity with a system may be detrimental, as well. Make sure that you include enough details to explain things that ought to be explained.

    Use any genre you want. Just make sure you explain anything you need to.

    Including links to outside information as a source of background for your own entry is a cheap trick. The links may be useful for the casual reader and will, therefore, not be forbidden, but the use of these links is not going to be considered part of the submission for purposes of judgement--and will not be followed during judgement.


    Each of the first-round matches will have a single judge (determined randomly). One judge will be assigned two matches; two judges will be assigned one each (again, randomly).

    In subsequent rounds, matches will be judged by the full panel of judges. There will be a two third-round matches--one to determine a third-place contestant and one, of course, to determine the second place contestant and the IRON DM 2012.
    Let me repeat and reinforce: do NOT edit your post!
    Last edited by Nifft; Thursday, 7th June, 2012 at 01:01 PM.

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